Category Archives: Human Rights

Pray for Delia Leal

The Rev. Delia Leal is the regional coordinator for the Women’s Ministry program in Mexico and Central America with the Protestant Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America (CEDEPCA). Delia has exercised the role of educator, has provided pastoral accompaniment, and has promoted women’s rights, primarily in Cobán, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. Through her work, she has shown a genuine interest in the entire well-being of girls, teenage girls, young and adult women in Guatemala.

Her colleagues report that Delia is detained by the police in a private hospital in Coban. Prayers are requested for her release and vindication. Thanks are extended to all who have written. Her colleagues also report that Delia is encouraged by all the support she is receiving from people around the world. Please add your prayers.

Thanks to Karla Ann Koll for sharing this story of Delia’s visit to the United States in the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program’s International Peacemaker Program in 2017.

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Recuerdo Roberto


Graceful athlete
Dedicated humanitarian
Forever hero

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Tomorrow is the 4th annual #FreeThePeopleDay! On New Years Eve in 2017, the Community Justice Exchange started this initiative. This year the CJE, the New Sanctuary Coalition, and others, again call people to donate the cost of a drink to their local community bail or bond fund.

Freedom means freedom from cages, and it also means freedom to thrive. Support the holistic freedom of your neighbors and donate to a local mutual aid effort, community bail fund or immigration bond fund. Find a fund in your area.

Tricia and I are in. We will give to the Louisville Community Bail Fund project of BLM Louisville.

Thank you if you choose to participate.

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Light a candle – New Year’s Eve

I will join my friends in the New Sanctuary Coalition in lighting a candle on New Year’s Eve. Will you join us?

In 2020, too many lights were dimmed by COVID19.

Immigrant, migrant, and refugee communities have been devastated by the impact of the virus and by the family separation the U.S. immigration system has wrought.

Thousands of our Friends are still detained, and in danger, and ICE is responsible. Thousands more live in constant fear of being torn from their families and communities at any moment.

Let us come together in community and solidarity with those in limbo at the border and in detention all over the United States. Let us keep those who have been unjustly stripped of freedom in our hearts. We will not look away from injustice and inhumanity. ‪

At 11pm on New Year’s Eve, let’s light‬ up the night sky and illuminate the the freedom we will continue to fight for. Share a picture or video of your lit candle and tag us. Use the hashtags #lightacandle #dontlookaway #FreeThemAll

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26 December 2020

Walking. Germantown.
Many and Great (Dakota) – Jon Sarta
Lakota Forever – Brulé
Treaties – Frank Waln
You’re A Brave One – Joanne Shenandoah
And We Can Love – Mary Youngblood
Brave Heart – Luis Cachiguango
Standing Alone – Buddy Red Bow
Thunder Horse – Kevin Locke
Peyote Healing – Robbie Robertson, Verdell Primeaux & Johnny Mike
Reflections of Paha Sapa – Bryan Akipa

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15 December 2020

Sitting Bull’s Medicine Song – Kevin Locke
2 Live & Die on the Plains – Frank Waln
The Little Bighorn March – Bill Miller
Garryowne & Valley Of Little Big Horn – Jack Gladstone
Wovoka (Re-Recorded) – Redbone
Ghost Dance – Robbie Robertson & The Red Road Ensemble
Sitting Bull’s Memorial Song – Lakota Thunder Veterans
Lakota Forever – Brulé
For My People – Litefoot
Now That the Buffalo’s Gone – Buffy Sainte-Marie
Assinboine: Warrior Death Song (for Sitting Bull) – Native Americans Songs and Dances of the Sioux, Apache, Kiowa, Hopi, Navajo, Cree, Seminole and Others
The Prayer – SupaMan
Aiionwatha Forgives (World) – Joanne Shenandoah
Heart Of The World (World) – Mary Youngblood
Life Surrounds Me – Paul Horn & R. Carlos Nakai

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10 December 2020

On December 10, 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. With help from my friends, today’s playlist contained 72 songs in honor of the anniversary.
What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
Give Peace A Chance – Aerosmith Feat. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars
Rise Up – Andra Day
Just One Candle (Live) – Abraham Jam
Masters Of War – Eddie Vedder & Mike McCready
Ella’s Song – Sweet Honey In the Rock
Victor Jara’s Hands – Calexico
Took The Children Away – Archie Roach
This Land – Gary Clark Jr.
Teach Your Children – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Mothers Of The Disappeared – U2
Respect – Aretha Franklin
Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Beds Are Burning – Midnight Oil
Blowin’ In The Wind – Stevie Wonder
Dead Man Walkin’ – Bruce Springsteen
Not In My Name – John McCutcheon
Ballad for Americans – Paul Robeson
This Is America – Childish Gambino
Luka – Suzanne Vega
1 2 3 – Indigo Girls
Lives In the Balance – Richie Havens
Wonder – Natalie Merchant
Is This the World We Created…? – Queen
Ring Them Bells – Natasha Bedingfield
Solidarity Forever – Pete Seeger
You Got to Run (Spirit of the Wind) – Buffy Sainte-Marie & Tanya Tagaq
Wake Up – Rage Against the Machine
Hope – David LaMotte
The Times They Are A Changin’ – Keb’ Mo’
Jerusalem 3:56 Steve Earle
Libertad – Los Miserables
Freedom – Beyoncé (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
No Human Is Illegal – The Wakes
Which Side Are You On? – The Freedom Singers
Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos) – Arlo Guthrie & Pete Seeger
If I Had a Hammer – Odetta
Redemption Song – Johnny Cash & Joe Strummer
Everyday People – Sly & The Family Stone
Talkin’ Bout a Revolution – Tracy Chapman
Imagine – Willie Nelson
One (Hu)’man One Vote – Johnny Clegg & Savuka
The Dreamer – Jackson Browne (feat. Los Cenzontles)
Get Up Stand Up – Bob Marley & The Wailers
Weary Mothers (People Union 1) – Joan Baez
When The Ship Comes In – Marcus Carl Franklin
Know Your Rights – The Clash
Among the Believers – Little Steven
Fight the Power – Public Enemy 20th
White Man’s World – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
The Music Of Healing – Tommy Sands (With Pete Seeger)
Crowded Table – The Highwomen
Canticle of the Turning – Princeton Seminary Choir
The Cellist of Sarajevo – A Lament in Rondo Form for Solo ‘Cello, Op. 12 – Yo-Yo Ma
Our Precious Mothers – Bear Fox
Strange Fruit – Billie Holiday
This Land Is Your Land – Sharon Jones & The Dap-King
American Remains – Highwaymen
Call It Democracy – Bruce Cockburn
We Will Not Stop – Tom Chapin (feat. The Chapin Sisters)
Woke Up This Morning – Mary D Williams Blood
Pastures of Plenty – Woody Guthrie
Dear Mr. President – P!nk (feat. Indigo Girls)
Don’t Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down – Eric Bibb
Trail Of Freedom – Bill Miller
Stimela – Hugh Masekela
Treaties – Frank Waln
Wavin’ Flag – K’naan
Hallowed Be Thy Name – Iron Maiden
No Knock – Gil Scott-Heron
Wedding March – Walter Rinaldi
How Can I Keep From Singing – Eva Cassidy

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12 October 2020

Walking. Germantown.
Stretching. Strength work. Gym in the apartment. NK Body Philosophy.
For Those Who Cried (Cherokee Removal) – Jack Gladstone
Some How – Nizhóní Girls
Native North American Child – Buffy Sainte-Marie
The Art Of Survival – Bill Miller
Yo Soy Boricua – Taino
Brave Hearts – Brulé
Red Dress (feat. Chantal Kreviazuk) – Amanda Rheaume
No More – Fawn Wood
Rest Of My Days – Indigenous
Broken – Bear Fox
Washita Love Child (With Eric Clapton) – Jesse Ed Davis
Hawai’i ’78 – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
You’re A Brave One – Joanne Shenandoah
Rockin The Res – John Trudell
We Are Here – Sharon Burch
The Prayer – SupaMan
Akua Tuta (Fais Attention) – Kashtin
Tell Them We Exist – Luis Cachiguango
And We Will Fly – Mary Youngblood
Roots And Culture – Native Root
2 Live & Die on the Plains – Frank Waln
Shimmer, Prayer For Cleaning the Water 3:46 Joy Harjo
Wake Up – Pamyua
A Tribe Called Red – Angel Haze
Song Of Hope – Thunder Bird Sisters
Vuelvo – Inti Illimani
Alcatraz – Redbone
Retribution – Tanya Tagaq
How I Feel (feat. Leonard Sumner, Shad & Northern Voice) – A Tribe Called Red
We Shall Remain – Kalolin Johnson

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21 September 2020

Stretching. Gym in the apartment. NK Body Philosophy.
Walking. Germantown.
(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding – Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Down By the Riverside – Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Peace Train – Cat Stevens
A Song of Peace – David LaMotte
Peace Will Come – Tom Paxton
What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
Peace Has Broken Out – Eric Bogle
The Great Peace March – Holly Near
Peace In The Valley – John Scofield
Peace March – Bruce Cockburn
Go Well and Peace Be with You (Hambani Kahle) – Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Peace – Sweet Honey In The Rock
Pipes of Peace – Paul McCartney
Peace And Power – Joanne Shenandoah
Paz Y Libertad – José-Luis Orozco
Peace Train & People Get Ready – Abraham Jam
Imagine – Avril Lavigne
The Times They Are A Changin’ – Keb’ Mo’

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19 September 2020

Walking. Germantown.
The Long View (A Portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 9 Songs):
No. 1, Prologue. Foresight – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
No. 2, Celia. An Imagined Letter from 1949 – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
No. 3, Advice from Morris – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
No. 4, On Working Together – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
No. 5, Anita’s Story – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
No. 6, New York, 1961 – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
No. 7, The Elevator Thief – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
No. 8, Dissenter of de Universe. 5 Opinions and a Comment – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
No. 9, Epilogue. The Long View, Questions Answered – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
2 Dickinson Songs: No. 2, Wider Than the Sky – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
Pot Roast à la RBG 4- Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
My Dearest Ruth – Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang
Scalia/Ginsburg: You Are Searching in Vain for a Bright-Line Solution -Patrice Michaels & Kuang-Hao Huang

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