Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Ubuntu Weekly #55

As our research team works furiously to find all the facts for the truth portion of our work, we’re looking to the larger community to help carry out the reconciliation part when we’re gone. Will you be there?
  • Legal questions surrounding the First Amendment, self-defense, and other issues were the focus at our last Commission meeting. We were grateful for the expertise of NCCU Law Professor Irv Joyner, his student assistant Angelica Reza Wind, and Lisa Magarrell of the International Center for Transitional Justice.
  • A collection of DVDs from our three public hearings is now available for sale, with proceeds going toward our remaining fundraising needs. Click here to order (and encourage other individuals and organizations to do the same).
  • Volunteer of the Week: Dr. Bill Gentry, a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership, who analyzed all evaluations from our public hearings and other events. Thanks, Bill!
  • This week’s progress indicator: We’ve set the evening for our report sharing ceremony: Thursday, May 25, 2006. Stay tuned for more details!

Latest news coverage:
Yes! Weekly coverage, March 14, 2006

Our upcoming events:
“Poetry, Truth and Reconciliation,” 2-5 p.m. Saturday, April 22, Nussbaum Room, Central Library, 219 N. Church St. Workshop co-sponsored with the
Greensboro Public Library as part of Poetry GSO, led by Jacinta White of the Word project, who will present techniques for using poetry as a means of community healing. For info, e-mail info@greensborotrc.org.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Martin Luther King's address before SCLC on August 16, 1967 speaks directly to the CWP's behavior on Nov. 3, 1979. I hope the Commission will address the importance of the words of King.
The violence of Nov. 3rd can partially be traced to the hatred urged by the CWP.

King said:
"I'm concerned about justice. I'm concerned about brotherhood. I'm concerned about truth. And when one is concerned about these, he can never advocate violence. For through violence you may murder a murderer but you can't murder murder. Through violence you may murder a liar but you can't establish truth. Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can't murder hate. Darkness cannot put out darkness. Only light can do that."

9:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Martin Luther King continues with his "Strength of Love" speech that shows us clearly that the hate language spoken by the CWP and the violence supported by the CWP did create more violence. All of this is as relevant today as in 1979 and is the central lesson of 1979.

King said:
"The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction."

10:28 PM  

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