THE BELOVED COMMUNITY: Building Sustainable Communities.

This year would have been the 86th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. , as we reflect on his life today, let us remember the vision that fueled the man which was “The Beloved Community”.

The nonviolent resister must often express his protest through noncooperation or boycotts, but noncooperation and boycotts are not ends themselves; they are merely means to awaken a sense of moral shame in the opponent. The end is redemption and reconciliation. The aftermath of nonviolence is the creation of the beloved community, while the aftermath of violence is tragic bitterness.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        —Martin Luther King, Jr., 1957 

Dr. King’s vision of a Beloved Community was a society in which all people around the globe would share in the wealth of the earth.  A society where equity was given to even to the least of these. Read more

“Green” Is NOT the New Black

When you mention the word “Green” the first thought that may come to mind is money or the color. Yet more than ever “green” references a whole industry of renewable energy technologies, products and non-profits capitalizing on our need “to save the planet”. Climate change has everybody from the White House to local municipalities trying to better manage energy use. “Green” is synonymous with recycling, restoration and redeeming things that have gone to waste. Except in many instances “Green” does not mean necessarily restoring ravaged black communities. We can recycle bottles but not neighborhoods. We will let urban neighborhoods lay up and rot like nuclear waste in a dessert (food dessert). In a lot of ways the “Green” movement is like Christopher Columbus coming to America, there seems to be no regard for the people and environment who are already living in the land. The EPA gets “props” for attempting to roll out a new Clean Power Plan but black communities have been “catching hell and the high water (Hurricane Katrina)” for decades, with very little reciprocity from the EPA.     Read more

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