Third Thursday Lunch, Feb. 16, 2023, 12-1pm

On a Kentucky Riverbank, a Path to Remembrance
with Hannah Drake

hannah drake by the river photo Josh Miller
THIRD THURSDAY LUNCH SERIES
presented by Fellowship of Reconciliation and
Sowers of Justice Network

February 16, 2023: Noon—1 PM

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OUR SPEAKER: Hannah Drake, is chief creative officer of IDEAS xLab, an artist-run nonprofit based in Louisville (https://ideasxlab.com)

In recognition of Black History Month, writer, historian and Louisvillian Hannah Drake, known for her penetrating social analyses and commanding presence at the microphone will talk about her (Un)Known Project, a multimedia installation, “On the Banks of Freedom”, (located on the Ohio Riverwalk between 9th and 10th Sts.), a memorial to enslaved people whose stories may never be uncovered and a challenge to us to unearth narratives hidden in attics and archives.

This event will also be live streamed on the Sowers of Justice Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/SOJNLou/

Louisville Forward Radio at WFMP-LP, 106.5 FM will carry this program on its Solutions to Violence series on Monday, Feb. 20th, at 5:00 pm; Tuesday, Feb. 21st, at 8:00 am and Wednesday, Feb. 22nd, at 6:00 am.

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Third Thursday Lunch, Jan. 19, 2023, 12-1pm

presented by Fellowship of Reconciliation and Sowers of Justice Network

GUN VIOLENCE: PREVENTION AND PROTECTION
with Cathy Mekus and Kemal Wells

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Cathy Mekus is the Standard Kentucky Lead for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a national organization founded after the Sandy Hook, Conn., school massacre on December 14, 2012. She is a retired engineer, married with two children and in recent years has spent much of her time advocationg for sensible gun policies. 

(https://momsdemandaction.org)


Kemal Wells is the founder of the Men Against Gun Violence team. Galvanized by the tragic school bus shooting which killed 16-year old  Tyree Smith and injured several other students in September 2021 he turned to the community, especially in West Louisville for help. “It’s not just an opportunity, it’s an obligation”, he said. “I wanna see the kids succeed. I want to see them live.”

See recent news coverage here.

Within just the past week gun violence has seized the headlines again when the murdered body of Jeremiah Buckner, aged 43, a musician, community builder and mentor to young people was discovered by police in the Russell Neighborhood; followed two days later by the bizarre incident in Newport News,Virginia, where a first grader pulled a loaded handgun out of his back pack and shot his teacher!  So it is a sobering coincidence that we welcome Cathy Mekus and Kemal Wells on January 19th to talk about this subject. A video of this program will be available the following day from the www.louisvillefor.org website.

Louisville Forward Radio at WFMP-LP, 106.5 FM will carry this program on its Solutions to Violence series on Monday, Jan.23rd at 5:00 pm; Tuesday, Jan. 24th at 8:00 am and Wednesday, Jan. 25th at 6:00 am.  You can also listen to these program via the website www.forwardradio.org at the same dates and times: Click on “Listen Live now”.

The event will also be live streamed on the Sowers of Justice Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/SOJNLou and broadcast on 106.5 FM WFMP’s FORward radio.

Third Thursday lunch is sponsored by Fellowship of Reconciliation and Sowers of Justice, two faith based advocacy groups that work for justice through education and action

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Third Thursday Lunch, Nov. 17, 2022, 12-1pm

Rescue and refuge in the desert:
Voices from the Borderlands

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OUR SPEAKERS: Bob Kee and Dora Rodriquez will be zooming to us from Tucson and will describe their life sustaining work for the migrants on both sides of the Arizona/Mexico border. Bob Kee’s photographs will illustrate their program.

Bob Kee volunteers with the Tucson Samaritans, a group dedicated to the survival of people who make the perilous trek from Mexico to the southern Arizona desert.  He will update his work at the Nogales border and with those incarcerated at Eloy and other immigrant detention jails in the Tucson/Phoenix area. (www.tucsonsamaritans.org)

Dora Rodriquez is the director of the Casa de la Esperanza, a hostel in Sasabe, northern Mexico.  The Casa is staffed by neighborhood volunteers (all Spanish speakers) who offer hot food, hot showers, fresh clothing, maps and information about where to go for further assistance. (www.dorarodriquez.org)

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Third Thursday lunch is sponsored by Fellowship of Reconciliation and Sowers of Justice, two faith based advocacy groups that work for justice through education and action.

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THE “WELCOME IMMIGRANTS” GROUP ADVOCATES FOR ADMITTING IMMIGRANTS INTO THE U.S. (Immgrantes Y Refugiados Bienvenidos)

October 16,th 2022 the group known as “Welcome Immigrants,” led by Father Jim Flynn, displayed their advocacy for welcoming Immigrants into the United States. The October 16th demonstration occurred in front of St. Edwards Church. If you are interested in joining the group, please call Jim Johnson (502-262-0148).

OCTOBER THIRD THURSDAY LUNCH

Voting rights under attack: The current situation, locally and nationally

THIRD THURSDAY LUNCH SERIES
presented by Fellowship of Reconciliation

and Sowers of Justice Network
October 20, 2022: Noon—1 PM
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Dee

OUR SPEAKER: Dee Pregliasco, First Vice-President of the Kentucky League of Women Voters

According to the League’s website (lwvky.org) “Many changes have been made in Kentucky’s voting and election process,leaving voters confused and potentially prevented from voting”.

Well known as a student of the tangled web of voting history in the United States, Dee Pregliasco’s presentation will be a timely reminder that the upcoming general election on Tuesday, November 8th, is a very important date to observe —for voters in Jefferson County will be casting their ballots to determine their next mayor, 3rd district congressman, U.S. senator, state legislators, two possible amendments to the Kentucky Constitution and local school board races (see louisvillefor.org for details).

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New executive director of FOR-USA

“After an extensive national search, the Fellowship of Reconciliation-USA (FOR-USA) is proud to welcome our next executive director, Ariel Gold.

Ms. Gold, a veteran peace and justice advocate, is taking the helm as the organization’s first Jewish executive director. Prior to this groundbreaking appointment, for the past seven years Ms. Gold worked at CODEPINK Women for Peace, where she was the national co-director and a Middle East policy analyst.”

Watch this video for her welcome message and introduction:

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SEPTEMBER THIRD THURSDAY LUNCH

September 15, 2022, noon to 1pm – Tom “Fitz” Fitzgerald: Kentucky Resources Council, The Good Trouble Proposal (click here to REGISTER in advance or see below to join live)

Tom “Fitz” Fitzgerald

Tom FitzGerald, better known as “Fitz,” was Director of the Kentucky Resources Council for 37 years. Since 1984, KRC has worked to protect those who live downhill, downwind, and downstream, and who have suffered the burdens of environmental pollution and injustice. With the support of friends and members, KRC achieved numerous successes in protecting Kentucky’s built and natural environment.

FitzGerald, who says he’s never charged a client for legal services in his career, also has one final project — a program to “engage communities and individuals more proactively in getting involved in environmental decision making at a local and state level.”

The Good Trouble Proposal — a program to “engage communities and individuals more proactively in getting involved in environmental decision making at a local and state level.” Tentatively named their “good trouble” proposal — an homage to the late congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis — FitzGerald added: “I’m always looking for good trouble to get into.”

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APRIL Third Thursday Lunch

THIRD THURSDAY LUNCH SERIES
presented by Fellowship of Reconciliation

and Sowers of Justice Network
April 21, 2022: Noon—1 PM

SPEAKER CHANGE: Anatol Levin was unable to participate

Dr. Andrew J. Bacevich

Answering questions about Ukraine and Russia

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Andrew J. Bacevich is Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History at Boston University. He is also the founder of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statesmanship, the author of Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War, The End of American Exceptionalism, The New American Militarism: How Americans are Seduced by War, and American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy.

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Third Thursday lunch is sponsored by Fellowship of Reconciliation and Sowers of Justice, two faith based advocacy groups that work for justice through education and action.

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Socialism and Incentive

by Ike Thacker

There was a joke in the old Soviet Union: “They pretend to pay us, and we pretend to work.” However widespread (or not) the sentiment suggested by this humor was, the attempt at levity does get at a central question regarding socialism, namely, how do you keep people motivated to work, give them incentive to do so, when cash wages are low and their basic needs are provided for by the government? How do you avoid what Engels called “universal laziness?”

The famous psychologist B.F. Skinner once, in a novel called Walden Two, tried to sidestep the thorny, deeper question to which the question points, that of human nature, by changing that human nature using his behaviorist ideas. The notion was to artificially transform mankind’s flawed nature so that it conforms with what socialism requires.

But I believe that such is unnecessary. Women and men, with their “nature” intact, can be motivated by a multitude of noble causes, including “building socialism.” And anyway, whatever one’s view of human nature, from Hobbesian belief in the state of nature’s “war of all against all,” to John Locke’s “Glorious” view that man’s mind is a tabula rasa (blank slate) onto which one can freely write whatever one wishes, to the even more hopeful Unitarian position—socialism is the social system (the similarity of the words is not random) of choice.

First of all, I believe that people can in fact be motivated idealistically. Despite some 600-700 years of not-so-temporary capitalist conditioning, the evidence that they had already come to be so in Eastern Europe in a matter of a few decades runs through Voice of America publications from the time of the transition back to capitalism, consistently: large majorities of folks in the old Eastern bloc had come to see societal well-being, not just their own, as the proper yardstick with which to measure sociopolitical systems.

Even if people were as capitalists claim, though (which they emphatically are not), socialism would still be the proper social system of choice. The reason for this is simple. Even if man is lazy and evil, under socialism he will quickly figure out that, for the first time in human history, he is not working to make somebody else rich and powerful—in a word, that she and he are no longer being exploited. So, people will work much harder, productivity will skyrocket, and everybody will be able to live at least very near the level at which only the wealthy can, now.

Thus, be mankind good or be mankind bad, it is socialism which can best motivate him economically. Not only that, though. The appeal (as with the preceding argument about exploitation) does not even have to be to the “better angels” of man’s nature. It can be strictly materialistic and self-interest-based. This is because 80 percent or even 99 percent or 99.9 percent of people will be better off (much “richer” economically and otherwise) under socialism. Remember: Lenin won in 1917 promising “Peace, Land, and Bread,” not only through appeal to people’s idealism!. The vast majority of ordinary (and other) people will have their material

lives totally transformed by socialism. We can win by appealing to self-interest; the alignment of the result with virtually every moral principle taught by every world religion from Buddhism to humanism to Islam to Judaism and Christianity, is, while the very most important thing, in this sense a bonus.

And what a glorious world we can create! Michael Harrington, despite his reputation no “moderate” in his ultimate hopes and dreams, compared the world that would result under socialism as (in effect) being like the coming of a lush rainforest for beings who have known only desert. We can’t even properly imagine how things will be! Our perception is limited by our experiences in the desert.

The rainforest of socialism is coming in all its glory, though! Socialism benefits 99 percent or 99.9 percent of the world’s people. Even in the U.S., abominably enough, 76 percent of wealth is held by the richest ten percent of the population and only one percent—one percent!—by the poorest 50 percent. These numbers are ultimately unsustainable for the capitalists. Simple arithmetic will win. We will win! Love will win! Si se puede! Viva the 99 percent!

Isaac Marion Thacker, IV (Ike Thacker) is a writer, activist, and high aimer who seeks solutions to violence and to end racist and political repression.

NO TO WAR!

International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR) statement on the current situation in Ukraine

https://www.ifor.org/news/2022/3/1/not-to-war-ifor-voice-for-peace

The International Fellowship of Reconciliation expresses its very strong concerns and deep sadness about the invasion and occupation being conducted by Russia in Ukraine.

These are dark days in history.

War is a crime against humanity and can never be justified. It only leads to human suffering and

tears, and rips apart the societal structures that enable people to live in dignity.

The use, or preparation for use, of nuclear weapons is unconscionable.

Therefore, IFOR:

▪ Stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and supports the efforts of Russians who are

protesting against this war.

▪ Urges an immediate ceasefire and the withdrawal of the Russian troops from Ukraine.

▪ Stands up for conscientious objection, the right to refuse to kill, to reject violence and to

repudiate bearing arms in both (and all) countries.

▪ Urges all governments and multilateral organisations to choose diplomatic and political means to address the situation.

▪ Encourages the Ukrainian government and people to choose persistent nonviolent resistance.

▪ Calls on European people and nations to welcome refugees from Ukraine.

▪ Encourages the Russian people to non-violently resist the war policy and actions of their

government.

▪ Calls on Russian religious leaders to disassociate themselves from the aggressive and bellicose

policy of the Russian government, to recover the peaceful intentions of those religions, and to

actively engage with peace initiatives and diplomacy.

▪ Invites people of faith, spirituality and conscience to direct their prayers and actions to stopping the war and sustaining peace in the region.