• Doug Mackey wrote: “The world gets smaller in Selma

    The three Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965 were part of the Voting Rights Movement underway in Selma, Alabama. The first march took place on March 7, 1965, organized locally by Bevel, Amelia Boynton, and others. State troopers and county possemen attacked the unarmed marchers with billy clubs and tear gas after they passed over the county line, and the event became known as Bloody Sunday.  On March 8, 2015  thousands of people paraded across a Selma, Alabama bridge to commemorate the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” march, not waiting for dignitaries who had planned to lead them in marking the 50th anniversary of a turning point in the U.S. civil rights movement. A number of members of FOR were present for the commemoration.       We met on our way into the…

  • Seabeck Conference 2015 – Activist Fair

    Sunday Morning Activist Fair: A Quasi Open Space Session This is a session for us to share information, express opinions, accomplish quick actions, and plan actions that will occur after the conference. Attendees of all ages are invited to participate. Let’s use this opportunity to strengthen the links between us and between the issues we care about. o  Some issue you’d like to tell others about? Perhaps it hasn’t been included in any workshops. Set up a table with informative literature and invite all to hear about it. Why is it important and how does it relate to other issues? o  Want to share opinions about some activist issue? Set up with some chairs and invite others to sit and…

  • Seabeck Conference 2015 – Logistics and Other Information

    SEABECK CONFERENCE CENTER:  Seabeck is on beautiful Hood Canal, fifteen miles west of Bremerton, Washington.  Bedding and towels are provided to guests at the Conference Center.  Sleeping in RVs is not permitted.  Family style meals will be served from Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch.  Vegetarian meals will be served, with meat available at some meals.  If you have special dietary needs, please indicate this on the registration form.  Recreation opportunities include swimming, row boating on the lagoon, tennis, horseshoes, ping-pong, volleyball, basketball, hiking, music, and crafts.  Bring swimwear and comfortable shoes.  Be prepared for wet, dry, warm, or cool weather. ACCOMMODATIONS:  Seabeck Conference Center’s website www.seabeck.org/ provides descriptions of each housing building and floor plans. Except for 10 single rooms…

  • Seabeck Conference 2015 – Schedule of Events

    2015 Conference Schedule What is new this year: An Activist Fair replaces one of the Workshop Sessions. There will be NO SILENT AUCTION this year and the live/oral auction will be different. Thursday, July 2 4:00    Registration (till 9:45) 6:00    Continuous Soup and Salad Bar 7:00    Drop by and Meet Children’s Program Leaders 8:00    Welcome, Orientation 9:00    Youth Group Meet and Plan 9:00    Ad Hoc Groups and Social Time Friday, July 3 7:00    Nature Walk and Meditation 8:00    Breakfast 9:00    Sing-Along and Announcements 9:45    Keynote 1 11:15   Introduce Workshop Leaders Sign Up for Workshops 12:00  Lunch 1:00    Workshop I 2:45    Break 3:00   Workshop II 4:45    Break 5:00    WA and OR Regional Meetings 6:15    Dinner 7:15    Ad Hoc Groups and Social…

  • Seabeck Conference 2015 – Youth and Children’s Programs

    The Children’s Program: The Children’s program for 3 to 11 year olds will be led by Nora Walsh and Jamie Martineau. Activities will be geared to the needs and interests of the individual children, and will develop a sense of community through play and mutual problem solving. We celebrate and explore our beautiful surroundings with walks and outdoor games. We rely on adults and youth attending the conference to volunteer their time and talents to assist us. Beyond Seabeck, Nora teaches art with young people in a variety of settings. Youth Program: The Youth Program for 12 to 19 year old attendees will feature workshops following two threads, “The Power in Your Voice” and “What is Youth Driven Activism?” Participants…

  • Seabeck Conference 2015 – Registration

    Pre-registration is required! Online Registration for Seabeck 2015 is available through our partner Oregon FOR at  http://forseabeck.org Note that if you register online, you will be given the option of mailing in a check, or paying online. In the latter option, there will be a processing fee. Or else you can register by mail by downloading the registration form (PDF), printing (2 pages) and mailing it to:  Louise Lansberry, Seabeck Registrar 2007 NE 107th St Seattle WA 98125 Help us spread the word by downloading and posting the flyer in your local coffeehouse, church, or community center. Further Information Western Washington FOR: 206-789-5565   wwfor@wwfor.org   www.wwfor.org Oregon FOR: Janet Hawkins 503-244-7703 janetchawkins@msn.com   www.ofor.org To contact the Conference Registrar directly: Louise Lansberry…

  • Seabeck Conference 2015 – Keynote Speakers

    Keynote 1: “Transformational Justice: Weaving the Tapestry of  a Harmonious Ecosystem That Affirms ALL Lives.” Between corporate domination and pathological individualism, the US society has paved a path wrought with devaluation of nature and humanity. However, there are many signs that people are recognizing that we are headed in the wrong direction and are pushing back against oppression and re-envisioning systems and community. Through intentional efforts toward systems change coupled with local efforts to build cohesive, sustainable communities, hope is emerging that we can transform the harmful economic, political, cultural, and social norms in a way that affirms all lives and our collective interdependence with nature. Currently the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice, Jacqui Patterson, MSW, MPH,…

  • Seabeck Conference 2015 – Workshop Descriptions

    1 – 10 Ways YOU Can Advance a Sustainable Planet that Uplifts All Rights for All People! Whether it’s our full time job, a group to which we belong, an activity we do occasionally, and/or the way we live our lives, we all have a role to play in creating and sustaining an equitable and sustainable planet. This workshop will provide guidance on large, medium, and small ways we can each contribute to the society in which we want to live, including sharing examples of ways that communities, groups, and individuals are already executing these roles and activities! Jacqueline Patterson 2 – The Gospel Is Not a Neutral Term. How can people of faith radically oppose the systematic oppression of…

  • Larry Kerschner, Letter to the Editor The Chronicle (12-09-14)

    A recent letter in the Chronicle asserted that Korean people eat cats and dogs after torturing them. A check with my Korean friends found that Koreans don’t eat cats. Some older Koreans do eat dogs, which are raised to be eaten just like cows and chickens, but most young Koreans find this as unpleasant as most Americans. I recently returned from Jeju Island, South Korea. I went with a group of friends to stand in solidarity with villagers of Gangjeong Village who are opposing the building of a naval base.  The base is supposedly a Korean Navy base but a look at the plans clearly shows that wharfs and docks are fitted to the size of US naval vessels. The…