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mloutre Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-01-07 11:25 AM
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Cry, The Beloved Community -- John Lewis is still carrying the flame


What is "The Beloved Community" and why should we care?

John Lewis wants you to know the answer.


First, the official explanation:
"The Beloved Community" is a term that was first coined in the early days of the 20th century by the philosopher-theologian Josiah Royce, who founded the Fellowship of Reconciliation. However, it was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., also a member of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, who popularized the term and invested it with a deeper meaning which has captured the imagination of people of good will all over the world.

For Dr. King, The Beloved Community was not a lofty utopian goal to be confused with the rapturous image of the Peaceable Kingdom, in which lions and lambs coexist in idyllic harmony. Rather, The Beloved Community was for him a realistic, achievable goal that could be attained by a critical mass of people committed to and trained in the philosophy and methods of nonviolence.

Dr. Kings Beloved Community is a global vision, in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth. In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it. Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood. In the Beloved Community, international disputes will be resolved by peaceful conflict-resolution and reconciliation of adversaries, instead of military power. Love and trust will triumph over fear and hatred. Peace with justice will prevail over war and military conflict.

How does John Lewis tie in with that description of The Beloved Community, though? Well, long before he became the Democratic Congressman for Georgia's 5th District, representing the people of Atlanta in the House of Representatives, John Lewis was a leading figure in Dr. King's non-violent campaign for civil rights back in the early 1960's. He was arrested 40 times, beaten by police in Selma so badly that the scars are still visible today, and threatened with death more times than he can count. But he believed in Dr. King's vision of The Beloved Community and still carries its message in his writings and speeches today.

Rep. John Lewis is known for being one of the most courageous members of Congress. never shirking his commitment to speaking out for peace and justice. He was the first major House figure to call for the impeachment of George W. Bush, stating that the president "deliberately, systematically violated the law" in authorizing the illegal wiretapping of American citizens. As Rep. Lewis has pointed out, "He is not King, he is president."

Rep. Lewis is also an impassioned, outspoken critic of the Bush administration's illegal and unjustifiable military occupation of Iraq. A recent recipient of the Backbone Award for his efforts in convincing Congress to stand up against the president's actions in the Middle East, Rep. Lewis often cites The Beloved community in his speeches (such as this powerful floor speech against providing funds for the war that he gave earlier this month).

Rep. John Lewis is a lifelong advocate of peace and justice, a powerful example of integrity in public service, a courageous voice against the war, and a worthy bearer of Dr. King's vision of The Beloved Community. We are fortunate to have men and women like him in Congress during these trying times. And we should make a point of telling him that and encouraging him to continue representing what is best about America, even when it is sometimes unpopular for him to do so.




"I say to you students, lead us into the 21st century. Find a way to get in the way. Find a way to get in trouble. Find a way to make some noise, to make our country and our world a better place."
-- John Lewis
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wisteria Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-01-07 11:39 AM
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1. Wonderful acknowledgment of a good man who strives for peace. n/t
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-01-07 12:33 PM
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5. I would have loved to have seen a Kerry-Lewis ticket. Close friends who both led
on some of the most serious issues of our modern governance.


They know that courage like theirs is often more scorned than heralded, but they show up anyway.

Salute to John Lewis. Many of us DO recognize your leadership.
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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-01-07 12:57 PM
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6. Maybe we can "lobby" for Lewis to be on the '08 ticket
I would love to see that happen.
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karendc Donating Member (231 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-01-07 12:02 PM
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2. Comment from one who does not post here
But I thought it an important point:

One Video for the Whole Country

Suppose everyone in the country was going to take 5 minutes to listen or read any form of media about why the U.S. should end the war in Iraq immediately. What would you recommend?

Before you answer, take a look at this speech that Rep. John Lewis gave on the floor of the House the other day explaining why he wasn't going along with the Democratic leadership an voting to give Bush another $100 billion for the war, regardless of how many strings and deadlines were allegedly attached to the bill.

I challenge anyone to find a more powerful, more deeply rooted, more spiritually compelling 5-minute presentation about why we should end the war today and only spend money on bringing the troops home as quickly as possibl.

I have been shocked and deeply saddened in recommending this video to find out that more people than I could possibly have imagined do not even know who John Lewis is. He was one of the bravest leaders of the civil rights movement, arrested more than 40 times, and nearly beaten to death by a white racist weilding a metal pipe.

Yet Lewis remains steadfast in his commitment to nonviolence, as he notes in his references to Gandhi and Martin Luther King.

Watch this video. Listen to the words. Look at the face and the gestures of a man who has taken some of the worst abuse that the racists of this country could dish out (short of assassination) and yet he keeps on keeping on.

Watching this speech, and feeling my heart catch in my throat more than once, I wonder how it is that his fellow members of Congress could look on (yes, I know, most of them probably weren't even in the chamber) and not come away changed.

Watch this video, and send it to as many people as possible.

by richardbelldc
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scarletwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-01-07 09:22 PM
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11. Do you have a link for that video? (nt)
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-01-07 12:03 PM
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3. Excellent, excellent!
Thanks for the great links. John Lewis is a true champion.
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mloutre Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-01-07 12:22 PM
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4. It's really a shame that more people aren't familiar with John Lewis.
He's been a rock-steady member of the social-progressive community his whole life, a crusading member of the civil rights movement since he was 20 years old, and an exemplary member of Congress since 1987.

Mr. Lewis' progressive bona fides are beyond reproach (you can view his voting record at http://www.ontheissues.org/GA/John_Lewis.htm and they are well worth taking note of), and he has an amazing institutional memory of the last half-century of American history and politics.

I had the pleasure of voting for Mr. Lewis several times when I still lived in Atlanta, and I still have nothing but respect for him. He's never been a scene-stealer or an attention hog, so he's relatively unknown by those outside the Beltway or I-285.

But that lack of familiarity is the country's loss, not just his. Here's hoping that this post will help spread the word about what a fine man and an excellent representative of the people John Lewis truly is.

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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-02-07 03:43 PM
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17. Democrats have been fortunate to have truly historic figures in their ranks.
I wish we heard more about them and less about the more cynical powerseekers in our party.
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ray of light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-01-07 01:44 PM
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7. excellent post about a very sincere activist and a great person, Rep. Lewis
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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-01-07 09:11 PM
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8. k&r
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-01-07 09:13 PM
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9. Comment on the allusion: "Cry, the Beloved Country" is an astounding, stylistically original book.
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sicksicksick_N_tired Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-01-07 09:17 PM
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10. An amazing human being, indeed.
:hug: to you, Lewis.
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-01-07 09:24 PM
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12. Nominated.
John Lewis is a strong voice of conscience.
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scarletwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-01-07 09:26 PM
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13. Thank you for doing such a beautiful powerful post about such a beautful powerful man! (nt)
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TayTay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-01-07 09:56 PM
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14. John Lewis is a remarkable man
I heard him speak in Roxbury Mass back in Oct of 2005, and he was every bit as passionate and inspiring as he has ever been. What a wonderful man and what a great leader.
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DemReadingDU Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-02-07 07:06 AM
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15. morning kick
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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-02-07 03:19 PM
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16. Kick!
:kick:
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