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JP Forum: Katherine Power - From Guerilla to Grandmother: Politics of Rage and Practical Peace
From Guerilla to Grandmother: Politics of Rage and Practical Peace with Katherine Power
Friday, December 7, 7pm – 9pm
“I didn’t set out to be a terrorist” begins Katherine Power’s bio. Come hear this local activist’s remarkable story of seeking peace and reconciliation in the wake of being accomplice to a heinous crime.
In 1970 Katherine Power was a Brandeis student who went from being an activist against the Vietnam War to joining a guerrilla revolutionary group. In the course of a bank robbery in which she drove the getaway car, Boston police officer Walter Schroeder was killed. Power fled from justice but surrendered 23 years later when she realized that she could no longer hide her past from her teenage son. She pled guilty to charges of armed robbery and manslaughter and served six years in prison. Katherine Power uses her very public inner journey from guerrilla to fugitive to prisoner to penitent to explore the politics of rage and the possibilities of peace.
Writes Katherine of peacemaking within her own family:
“I remember when my son came home from night school and told me about a film his teacher had shown, a film about the schools in Cleveland with holes in the walls, outdated textbooks, and inadequate teachers. I could hear the hurt and outrage in his voice as he recounted how the city students’ conditions compared to those in the schools of the wealthy suburbs. I felt both tenderness and fear that he would be blinded by this outrage and throw his life away and others’ along with it. As I had when I was just his age. I asked him how he would live with knowing this—how wrong and damaging it was, how much he wanted to make it change—without destroying his life. Together we had no answer except to stay always aware of the question, to remember that the blindness of the rage was not the only possible place from which to act.
I have had to confront the singular reality of violence, to see the pain on the faces of victims of my outraged righteousness. And yet I cannot give up consciously looking at hurtful injustices that demand a response. Practical Peace is my ongoing work to make change without making enemies.”
Read more about Katherine on her website: http://practicalpeace.net/
We hope you’ll join us on December 7th in this season of peace.
|Where||First Church In Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist 6 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130|
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|Time||7:00 pm–9:00 pm|
|Price||free ($3 - $5 suggested donation)|
More About First Church In Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist
The first church established in JP in 1769, the First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist's mission statement cites its desire to "join together in a common respect for the beliefs and feelings of all." Services are held Sundays at 11am.
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