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Understanding the radicalism of Martin Luther King Jr.’s nonviolent resistance… King pursued a distinctly leftist program, including alliances with a then-powerful labor movement and a militant dedication to equality in housing and the criminal justice system — two areas where racial inequalities have in many ways become more pronounced than they were in King’s day.
Since I stood up for our shared civil liberties in May of 2018, I have been called an ignorant, insensitive, misogynist, rape apologist and accused of slut shaming, harming women and idol worship, mostly from inside the Buddhist community. I am none of those things. I am an American Buddhist feminist.
In the Refuge Recovery Boards release yesterday of the following: ADOPTION OF POLICY, POSITION, COMMITTEE, OR ACTION ADOPTED BY THE REFUGE RECOVERY BOARD OF DIRECTORS: APRIL 6, 2019, this successful formula of the democratic election of fellowship representatives who approve Board recommendations is turned on its head.
The 100 million yen ($909,090) project to build the android was a collaboration between the zen temple and Hiroshi Ishiguro, professor of intelligent robotics at Osaka University. The temple asked Ishiguro and his team to develop an android that can preach Buddhist teachings “…in an easily understood manner to help give peace of mind to troubled people”.
Facebook founder and former execs warn that the platform is “designed to be addictive…”, and “rewiring our brains…”. Should any addiction recovery program be encouraging its members to use “social” media designed to be addictive?
Without Fellowship approval and in a move sure to further divide Refuge Recovery Sanghas, Refuge Recovery’s non-profit Board of Directors made an announcement January 28th that it has begun a controversial lawsuit against founder Noah Levine.
With no vote from the greater fellowship of Refuge Recovery, and in contradiction of the foundational principle of “self-support” at the heart of RR’s Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous predecessors success , the appointed RR Board of Directors has established direct donation ties to private corporations Facebook and PayPal.