|Re: peace, justice||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Lynn Nadeau (welcomeolympus.net)|
|Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2005 09:19:02 -0700 (PDT)|
>I'm curious how the activism of members in a community affect the other >not-so-activist members, if there is an open space created for tolerant >discussion and dialogue, I found myself in an interesting "diversity" situation at one point, when as head of Outreach/marketing I dealt with an inquiry from a nuclear-warfare submarine captain, potentially stationed in our region with the Trident fleet at Bangor WA (1700+ nuclear warheads). I was fully cordial in offering the usual information about our project, inviting a visit, etc. Members of our community showed up for a tea and cookies chat with this couple. In speaking with them afterwards, I put it this way, "We are open to diversity, and you can have whatever religious, political, etc views you do. However, I want you to know that you'd likely hear after-dinner announcements, from time to time, about people going off to protest and get arrested at Bangor. Perhaps we could carpool?!" To tell the truth, I was relieved when he was stationed elsewhere and the inquiry was irrelevant. At RoseWind, I am unaware of any members who aren't at least supportive of activism, and many of us are quite active in organizations and activities for peace, environment, social justice, etc. The day after the September 11th attacks, about 25 of us spontaneously gathered at the common house in the evening for a circle to share thoughts and feelings. Given the media reports of attitudes in the mainstream, I found it remarkable that not a single person present voiced any desire for revenge, any nationalistic sentiments, or such, and that the greatest fear was not of further terrorist attacks, but of curtailment of civil liberties and justification for certain political agendas. So I can't speak to what it's like to have real political diversity in a group. I get my fill of other political views, elsewhere, so I'm just as glad that our diversity typically takes other forms. Lynn Nadeau, RoseWind Cohousing Port Townsend Washington (Victorian seaport, music, art, nature) http://www.rosewind.org http://www.ptguide.com http://www.ptforpeace.info (very active peace movement here- see our photo)
Re: Re: Peace, Justice pattymara [at] juno.com, June 20 2005
- Re: peace, justice Lynn Nadeau, June 21 2005
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