Robert Koehler: Nonviolent protest is a confrontation between parallel universes: love vs. hate. This is, perhaps, the definition of evolution.
Robert Koehler: Americans are killing each other at an average of one mass shooting a day. How is this possible? What poison is permeating the social infrastructure?
Robert Koehler: What has become obvious in the age of Trump is that this country has not transcended racism and moved on. America remains as much a paradox-in-progress as it was in 1776, when slave-owner Thomas Jefferson penned the phrase “all men are created equal.”
Robert Koehler: The little girl is the face of struggle and courage, the embodiment of hope and interconnectedness.
Robert Koehler: This country — the one defined by “actual Americans” endlessly needing to defend themselves against some lesser aspect of humanity — is not the country I believe in, but it’s the one I live in, at least for the moment.
Robert Koehler: The parallels are so naked, so obvious: When you define particular people as the enemy and arm yourself against them, you also dehumanize them.
Robert Koehler: There’s a hell of a lot of history this country has not yet faced, but the Trump administration, with its blatant disregard for political correctness, is making it front-page news.
Robert Koehler: National security is always seen, in the corridors of power, as a matter of striking back against some enemy or other, an attitude that strikes me as both stupid and cowardly.
Robert Koehler: A recent study by the Missouri attorney general’s office shows that black drivers are at least twice as likely — in some towns, much more than that — to be stopped by police as white drivers.
Robert Koehler: Here in the U.S., we have a military budget pushing a trillion dollars annually, which is a hell of an investment in nonexistence. But we also have a growing peace consciousness that cannot and must not stop until it changes the world.
Robert Koehler: Politics should not be a pursuit disconnected from the heart; it should be, as everything should be, an expression of the heart. Where fear has been harnessed for political purposes, let’s now harness the power of love.
Robert Koehler: The world is organized the way it is right now thanks to Europe’s nearly 500 years of invasion, conquest and colonization.
Robert Koehler: At the refugee camps, the musicians made music with children and performed again the beautiful folk songs from the region.