Musings and updates from David...
In the end, the best defense against bigotry is forging communities that are strong enough to withstand it. Really knowing each other is the starting place for healing all of our wounds. Learning each other’s stories and struggles leads to a broader sense of who ‘us’ is, and there is no victory over ‘them’ so complete, or so healing, or so effective, as welcoming them into ‘us.’ That is the radical subversion of fear by love. . . . → Read More: The Klan went home, the community stayed
This Saturday the Ku Klux Klan is promising to have one of its largest rallies ever in Memphis, Tennessee. I’m headed there too.
The Memphis park formerly known as Forrest Park, after Civil War general, slave trader and first Grand Wizard of the KKK Nathan Bedford Forrest, now bears the innocuous moniker “Health Sciences . . . → Read More: Klansmen, Crips, Clowns, Memphis and Me
The American Friends Service Committee has opened a call for suggested nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize, and you are invited to submit your suggestions between now and May 1, 2013 for the 2014 prize. . . . → Read More: Nobel Peace Prize nominating season…
Ed’s first trip to the beach after prison.
As Christmas approached last year, my thoughts were very much with my friend Ed Chapman. Ed spent nearly fifteen years in prison, thirteen of those on death row, wrongfully convicted. He was exonerated five years ago. Exoneration doesn’t involve any restitution or declaration of innocence, . . . → Read More: The Fifth Annual Freedom Ball
The alarm rang at 4AM yesterday, and that’s early for just about everyone. On the West Coast that was 1AM. And just to sweeten the deal, Sunday is the time change for Daylight Savings. Sleep schmeep!
Spending my adult life as a professional musician, I’ve probably seen 4AM on the end of my . . . → Read More: California Dreaming and Changing the World
The moon and the miracle Santee, SC January 28, 2013
And on other nights (one night before full, or one night after)
, the moon does not make me smile or remember a lover who once held all of my tension and attention I don’t think of children’s rhymes or giddy night rides with the headlights . . . → Read More: The Moon and the Miracle
Antigua, Guatemala 8AM Monday, Feb. 11, 2013
I’m waking up this morning in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala (also known as Xela), realizing that it has suddenly been a week since I arrived. The time is going quickly, and it has been a whirlwind. Here are a handful of highlights from the last week:
Camino Seguro . . . → Read More: News from Guatemala
Antigua, Guatemala 8AM Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013
I wrote a song lyric yesterday that captures a bit of what I’m thinking and feeling on this particular trip to Guatemala, which must be about my tenth time here. I’m thinking about how the places we encounter literally become a part of us (and yes, I . . . → Read More: A new song being born: Angelita
For over fifteen years David has been offering Worldchanging 101 workshops and keynotes. In them, he challenges some common, but largely unexamined, ideas about how large-scale social change happens and how it does not.
We have put together a new flyer for colleges and churches about various ways to organize a weekend event or . . . → Read More: Worldchanging Weekends