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Change is Coming

Robert Koehler marched for all of our lives this past Saturday. "Gun regulations, even repeal of the Second Amendment, are bandages over the wound. ... This emerging movement must address the whole spectrum of violence" by "looking institutional dehumanization straight in the eye."

The Birth of a Movement

Robert Koehler attended the Women's March in Chicago. "[T]hese rallies were also more than a sum of their parts. They were a culmination — a fusion — of the issues the participants stood for, and thus they were something new, nameless, in the process of becoming."

Poverty, Militarism and the Public Schools

"The Pentagon has been eyeing these schools — broken and gang-ridden — for a decade now, and seeing its future there." At the Chicago Memorial Day Parade, Robert Koehler joined with Veterans For Peace to let people, especially young students, know that there is opposition to the poverty draft and school to selective service pipeline.

Rethinking Criminal Justice

"{...[S]omething extraordinary, that is to say real, is on the brink of happening in Chicago," Robert Koehler says as the North Lawndale community in Chicago prepares to launch a restorative justice program that aims to repair the damage done not just by crime, but by "justice" that brands nonviolent offenders for life and devastates neighborhoods.

Addicted to Hate: Guns and Other Stuff

My readers in Europe see one thing more clearly than we in the States do – that Americans have a gun obsession. No matter your position on gun ownership or gun control, guns are larger than life. Either they are necessary and good, delivering protection from forces of evil that can be arrayed against you without warning, or they are evil itself, the cause of all that we need protection from. I am not writing to position myself on one side of the gun debate in order to persuade you to join me in uniting against the other side. I am writing to persuade you to see that both sides are barely distinguishable from each other. Despite their attempts to establish their differences from their opponents using the starkest language of good vs. evil, for both sides, guns possess an almost totemic power to situate evil in someone or something that is nothing like us.