• Tom Ewell speaks out: Abolish War

    Friends,  I have spent the better part of this weekend streaming a World Without War conference on war abolition being held in Washington, DC. (For those interested, the conference will continue to be re-streamed at http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2904). We heard speaker after speaker give accounts of the enormous negative impact of war our planet – the suffering of people killed and injured, the hundreds of thousands of refugees created, the economic and environmental cost of preparing for and executing war, the immorality of the arms trade, the failure of the US Congress to audit and control the Pentagon budget, the complete insanity of preparing for a nuclear war, the failure of the US to observe international law like the Geneva conventions and the UN Declaration…

  • Militarism and Gun Violence

    Friends, It is difficult to provide my intended “uplift” from my Saturday Evening Post this evening. The gun violence of this past week only leaves me with a “sinking” feeling – that we as a nation are sinking into some kind of quicksand of violence begetting violence. Recently a friend and I stopped at a little restaurant for breakfast on our way to a hiking trip. Across from our booth were a couple of unused video game machines blinking away with scene after scene of gun violence and inviting us to come “play.” My friend remarked at the time how this infusion of “recreational” gun violence must be having on us all but particularly the law enforcement community who carry…

  • Seabeck 2016: Whidbey Island FOR Part of a Greater “Beloved Community”

    July 2, 2016 Friends, I am writing this evening from Seabeck, WA, where I am attending a conference of the Fellowship of Reconciliation where we are also celebrating the venerable international organization’s 100th anniversary. FOR was initially founded in the fall of 1915 by a German and an Englishman at the outset of WWI as they vowed on a handshake that “no matter what happens, nothing is changed between us” and refused to be enemies. The FOR is best known for its persevering commitment to nonviolence, efforts at reconciliation, and opposition to racism, militarism and war. The Whidbey Island Fellowship of Reconciliation, which we founded on Whidbey in 2010, is a subchapter of the Western Washington FOR, which is a…

  • Mike Yarrow Peace Fellowship

    by Bruce Pruitt-Hamm The WWFOR has launched the Mike Yarrow Peace Fellowship (MYPF), a $1,000 grant for a year-long Fellowship that includes a week-long training intensive for high school and college students.  The Peace Fellows for 2015-16 have been selected.  The MYPF launched its second annual cycle in late June of 2016.  Applications for 2017 must be received by June 1, 2017.  There are 3 ways to get your application: 1) You can view and save the application form as a MYPF Application-PDF or 2) download it as a Word document with this link: MYPF Application-Word or 3)  use our contact form to request that we email you the application. Call Janis Pruitt-Hamm at 206-466-2924  or email jpruitthamm@gmail.com for further information or to submit your application (by June 1, 2016).…