29 July 2014


"I imagined the situation in my head. Outside the car window were just plains, but half a century before it had been the site of tragedy and many killings. Rice, beans, weeds and trees were absorbing the blood and tears shed on this land. I even felt as if the souls of the Chinese and Koreans who were killed had become tree trunks and their cries had become the rustling of leaves. The souls of Japanese people, who had gone from being perpetrators to victims, had no place to go in this vast foreign land and were forever wandering around aimlessly. This is how I saw it. Once again I felt Japan's wartime leaders had caused such a huge tragedy."

Ayako Kurahashi, My Father's Dying Wish: Legacies of War Guilt in a Japanese Family

14 July 2014

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CANCELED: tonight's scheduled speaker talk with Israeli Embassy Spokesman Ran Peleg


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Jul 9 (5 days ago)

Moishe friends, 
Thanks to everyone who RSVP'd or was planning to attend tonight's scheduled event with Israeli Embassy Spokesman Ran Peleg.  Unfortunately due to the current situation in Israel he has to cancel tonight's event and stay at work tonight explaining the situation to the Chinese people.  
We will try to reschedule the talk for later this summer and please join us in understanding Ran's urgent responsibilities tonight, supporting his efforts and praying for peace and safety of the people in Israel.  
Thanks and see you soon, 
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Jul 12 (2 days ago)

Yes, and praying for peace and safety of the people in Gaza.

13 July 2014


Marti. I hate to say this, believe me I really do, but surely you can see how being “male-bodied” (i.e., xy chromosomes, sex characteristics) combined with intimidating posturing (such as that described in this piece, and what you are attempting here) have the potential to frighten “cis” women when so many of us have been victims of male violence? Sorry but how is that likely to make “cis” women permit access to change rooms and bathrooms? Has it occurred to you that intimidating force really isn’t the appropriate “tactic” in this type of situation when it might actually be acceptable in a different protest setting?
Meghan Murphy - August 20th, 2013 at 11:55 am
But the use of caps does signify shouting… Regardless of your intent, it does come off as aggressive… I’m not saying don’t express anger, I’m just letting you know that your sentiments may not be coming off in the way you intend them to…
Frankly I was finding your abundant use of caps to be jarring and aggressive, and I would have found this regardless of who you were. I mean it’s not that I don’t use the occasional caps-word myself but….. My point was that, if the object is to share intimate spaces with people, it is necessary to build trust and dialogue, not make demands. It’s really not the same thing as engaging in other types of political protest.