Elie Wiesel

“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation.” — Elie Wiesel


grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate.

All the world’s major religions, with their emphasis on love, compassion, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness can and do promote inner values. But the reality of the world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate. This is why I am increasingly convinced that the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether.

Help the Lakota Sioux Save their Sacred Black Hills Land!

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Help the Lakota Sioux Save their Sacred Black Hills Land!

7,264 signers. Let’s reach 10,000

Why this is important

Pe’ Sla is an area in the Black Hills of South Dakota (just west of Rapid City, South Dakota, United States) that is considered by the Lakota Sioux people to be the Center and heart of everything that is. It is part of our creation story, a sacred place. We perform certain ceremonies at Pe’ Sla which sustain the Lakota way of life and keep the universe in harmony. But almost 2,000 acres of Pe’ Sla is privately owned and could be auctioned off on August 25, 2012 to the highest bidder.

The seven bands of the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota Oyate (people) aka Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation) have a collective effort to buy as much of Pe’Sla as we can at this auction (although we also believe that the land cannot be owned and that our sacred places were illegally taken by the United States). Yet we are trying to work within the current U.S. laws to regain custody of our sacred sites and prevent future road and industrial development.

Our sacred ways must be protected and passed on to our future generations so that our children may live. This area of the Paha Sapa (Black Hills) is also home to many plants and animals who should also be protected. In fact, many consider that the area should possibly be a historical site, which would also assist in protecting it from future development as well. As Lakota people, our ancestors prayed here, at Pe’ Sla, at certain times of year, when the stars aligned. We cannot go elsewhere to pray. We were meant to pray here.

We have a group of young professional Native people that are dedicated to the promotion of education, health, leadership, and sovereignity among our indigenous Nations. Our goal is to assist in any way possible the purchase of Pe’ Sla by a collective effort of the seven bands of the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation) – the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota people. All proceeds from this campaign will go towards that effort. This area would be open to tribal nations for ceremonial purposes. The plants, animals, water, and air in the area would be respected and honored.

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We are hoping to buy as much of the land that is being put up for auction as possible. The total amount of land is 1,942.66 acres which is in 5 tracts (300 – 440 acres each). It is diffcult to say how much this land would be sold for as developers may increase the true western “value”. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe has designated $50,000 for the purpose of purchasing Pe’ Sla land. By contributing to the effort of all the Sioux Tribes, we aim to purchase at least some of the tracts, if not all. Many of the Sioux Tribes continue to exist in poverty and do not have a thriving casino-based economy as the media may have portrayed. Yet we continue to fight for what is sacred, because it matters!

“Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.” Chief Sitting Bull, 1877

bypass confusion

If we strive for enlightenment by trying to bypass our confusion, our practice will remain divorced from our immediate experience.

the better of us

“Rather than letting our negativity get the better of us, we could acknowledge that right now we feel like a piece of shit and not be squeamish about taking a good look.”
― Pema ChödrönWhen Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

we must choose

Save Dre, a Pit Bull

Save Dre, a Pit Bull in Brighton, CO who has NEVER hurt anyone!

  • signatures: 6,512
  • signature goal: 10,000
  • Target: Brighton, CO Animal Control: Animal Control Officer Holly Hosker – HHosker@brightonco.gov; Animal Control Officer Julie Sanders – JSanders@brightonco.gov; Animal Control Officer Cessna Santana – csantana@brightonco.gov ; Chief of Police Clint R Blackhurs
  • Sponsored by: Chloe DiVita

On the evening of July 26th, two dogs got out of their home because a child got a hold of the garage door remote and accidentally pressed the button. A family member was watching the kids and didn’t even realize what had happened and that the dogs were loose. The dogs, Dre and Machomotto, were running amuck thru the neighborhood. Dre was barking at people and apparently some lady jumped into her car…for whatever that is worth. Several people called animal control and someone called 911 reporting vicious dogs running loose. Supposedly it took 5 officers to obtain Dre, thou NOT ONE person was injured; bitten or scratched.


Imagine having 5 strangers chasing you.


The police/animal control released MachoMotto (not a Pit Bull), but have have quarantined Dre (Pit Bull, not even sure if he’s full or mix) labeling him “vicious”.
Dre has a court date of Tuesday, July 31 at 10:00am and is being hed until then. There is very little time to try to plea to the judge that Dre is not the dog they are labeling him as. Both a Police Officer and an Animal Control Officer have said they will be going to court to plea with the judge to have “the dog” destroyed. To clarify, his name is Dre and he is a family member who has never hurt anyone.

Please sign this petition and show Brighton, CO that falsely labeling a dog who has hurt noone will NOT be accepted! If you live localy, please consider coming to the court and showing your support.

Brighton Municipal Court 3401 E Bromley Lane. THIS IS UNFAIR AND UNJUST… DOES HE LOOK VICOUS TO YOU???


UPDATE: More details about what happened, what the family was told and how they are handling it here: bit.ly/MSqzll














open heart

“When you open yourself to the continually changing, impermanent, dynamic nature of your own being and of reality, you increase your capacity to love and care about other people and your capacity to not be afraid. You’re able to keep your eyes open, your heart open, and your mind open. And you notice when you get caught up in prejudice, bias, and aggression. You develop an enthusiasm for no longer watering those negative seeds, from now until the day you die. And, you begin to think of your life as offering endless opportunities to start to do things differently.”
― Pema ChödrönPracticing Peace in Times of War

do it now