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Recorded Sunday, September 23, 2018.... check out our YouTube Channel or go directly to the YouTube page for "Interfaith Peace Service 2018, Shorter Version"... or click the screen below to watch in this window...

This is a one-hour version of the longer video below. It will also play on Grand Rapids metro cable access channel 24, and on WKTV in Wyoming and Kentwood.

Recorded Sunday, September 23, 2018.... check out our YouTube Channel or go directly to the YouTube page for "Interfaith Peace Service 2018"... or click the screen below to watch in this window...

On the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of the International Bill of Rights, we gathered in Grand Rapids, Michigan for an Interfaith Peace Service. The September 23, 2018 event was hosted by the Institute for Global Education (IGE), Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids, and Instruments of Hope. The Grand Rapids Threshold Choir sang during the program which included meditation, prayer, and reflections – as the group progressed from the St. Francis Sculpture Garden for Prayer and Meditation, across the grounds of Dominican Center at Marywood to Dominican Chapel.

Representatives of seven different faiths shared how their traditions celebrate peace. Speakers included: Janet Brown, OP, Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids, Catholic tradition; Mary Patricia Beatty, OP, Catholic tradition; Representatives of seven different faith traditions shared peace reflections. Reflections from: Reverend William Edens, CSP, Associate Pastor, St. Andrew Cathedral, Roman Catholic tradition; Au Su Kimberly Hillebrand, Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple and Zen Center, Buddhist tradition; Diane Baum, Congregation Ahavas Israel, Jewish tradition; Fred Stella Pracharak, West Michigan Hindu Temple and Co-founder of Interfaith Dialogue Association, Hindu tradition. Mary Beth Mead, Sufi Muslim Inayti Order, Reverend Doctor Willie A. Gholston II, First Community A.M.E. Church, Protestant tradition; Aslam Modak, Burton Street Islamic Center and Interfaith Dialogue Association Board.

 

Recorded Monday, August 27, 2018.... check out our YouTube Channel or go directly to the YouTube page for "How to Vote... First, Register"... or click the screen below to watch in this window...

People are actively trying to disenfranchise us… intimidating voters with the thinnest veneer of justification. Creating spurious laws, like gerrymandering, to keep current politicians in office when they are in the minority. Penalizing people returning from prison, not even for punishment, but because they belong to the wrong demographic.

Experts on voting answered questions and gave advice.

The last day to register for the November election is Oct. 8. We have voter registration forms, and can look up whether you are registered. And we’ll help you work the election. There’s a small stipend, but the love you get from the community is priceless. Contact Kate at 773-220-0847 or kates@igegr.org. Also see igegr.org and facebook.com/InstituteforGlobalEducation.



 

Recorded Monday, July 30, 2018.... check out our YouTube Channel or go directly to the YouTube page for"The Right to Peace"... or click the screen below to watch in this window...

Good things are happening in the landscape. But it feels like we’re entering another era of institutional debauchery that will incite turmoil and creative destruction. Where will it all end? igetalks.org is there and so are you.

It’s the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of the International Bill of Rights. IGE celebrates this tradition with a program of Peace Education in the Grand Rapids Public Schools on Friday, September 21. On Sunday, September 23, the Dominican Center at Marywood celebrates with an International Day of Peace Interfaith Service at 2 pm. And 50 years ago in 1968 Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired a Poor People’s Campaign... which was rebooted this summer.

 

Also recorded Monday, May 21, 2018.... check out our YouTube Channel or go directly to the YouTube page for "The Poor People's Campaign; shorter version"... or click the screen below to watch in this window...

This is a shorter version of the program called “IGE Talks: Poor People’s Campaign” (also available, below). Edited for brevity and clarity, this program is one hour long instead of one hour and twenty minutes.

Recorded Monday, May 21, 2018.... check out our YouTube Channel or go directly to the YouTube page for "The Poor People's Campaign"... or click the screen below to watch in this window...

50 years ago, shortly before his death, Dr. Martin Luther King called for a Poor People's Campaign to march on Washington DC. The Poor People's Campaign 2018 is a call for a Moral Revival with 40 days of action. See the video of our discussion, where the public participated and presented their views at the Institute for Global Education.

Also see the national website at https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org. The Michigan Chapter has a website at https://www.facebook.com/michigansppc/. Or get involved with events locally --  Facebook.com/poorpeoplescampaigngreatergrandrapids.

Recorded Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.... check out our YouTube Channel or go directly to the YouTube page for "50 Years of Young Lords"... or click the screen below to watch a smaller version in this window...

A celebration of Puerto Rican and Latino self-determination, promoting neighborhood empowerment. Featuring Jose (Cha-Cha) Jimenez, founding member of the Young Lords Movement in Chicago, and Dr. Jose Flores, publisher and board member of Grand Rapids Public Schools, and other community leaders.

Recorded Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017.... check out our YouTube Channel or go directly to the YouTube page for "Just War 1: Presentation"... or click the screen below to watch a smaller version in this window...

We met at Trinity United Methodist Church to hear Dr. Michaeleen Kelly, professor of philosophy at Aquinas College, make a presentation on the philosophy of and criteria for “a just war.” Her presentation takes about an hour.

Also see Part 2, in which John Koch, veteran, attorney and social worker for Veterans Justice Outreach, provides commentary from personal and professional experience. We follow with general discussion.

Recorded Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017.... check out our YouTube Channel or go directly to the YouTube page for "Just War 2: Discussion"... or click the screen below to watch a smaller version in this window...

In Part 2 of "Just War,' John Koch -- veteran, attorney and social worker for Veterans Justice Outreac -- provides commentary from personal and professional experience. We follow with general discussion. This program takes about an hour.

Also see Part 1, in which Dr. Michaeleen Kelly, professor of philosophy at Aquinas College, makes a presentation on the philosophy of and criteria for “a just war.”

 

Recorded Monday, May 1, 2017.... check out our YouTube Channel or go directly to the YouTube page for "Human Trafficking In Our Backyard"... or click the screen below to watch a smaller version in this window...

Love in action will change the lives of women who are survivors of addiction, prostitution, and human trafficking. Our Sisters and the Institute for Global Education welcomed author Nita Belles to hear her speak of a way out of exploitation. Ms Belles is the author of "In Our Backyard: Human Trafficking in America and What We Can Do to Stop It." Also see her website, inourbackyard.org.

You have heard the stories and are aware of the scandal of modern slavery. Would you respond to a woman in severe and chronic distress? Find out about Our Sisters’ project to reach women who want to change their lives... oursisters.org.

 

 

Recorded Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 .... check out our YouTube Channel or go directly to the YouTube page for"The Rising Resistance to Trump's Presidency"... or click the screen below to watch a smaller version in this window...

Labor activist Tom Burke and Barb Howard hosted a one-plus hour long discussion at IGE Talks, open to public participation. We presented our views on the rising movement opposing the racist, anti-woman, anti-Muslim, and anti-worker attacks of Trump and the Republicans. Can we turn it into a force that will actually make gains for women, oppressed nationalities, immigrants, and working people? You’ll wish you were there…..

 

Recorded Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016.....check out our YouTube Channel or go directly to the YouTube page for "Support Our Rapid Bus Drivers"... or click the screen below to watch a smaller version in this window...

We hear from union bus driver Jay DeShane of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 836. Why is the Rapid Board (Interurban Transit Partnership) taking over a year to give the bus drivers a contract? Why is the Rapid trying to take away the workers' pension and downgrade their health insurance? We hear from union members, riders, and community leaders who are organizing to get a fair contract and social justice for workers in Grand Rapids and the surrounding towns. Hosted by labor activist Tom Burke.

 

Recorded Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016....check out our YouTube Channel or go directly to the YouTube page for "How to vote... step one, register" or click the screen below to watch a smaller version in this window...

Following up on our popular July IGE Talks, "Meet Your Candidates for the Aug. 2 Primary,” IGE Talks met Thursday, Sept. 1 for “How to vote… step one, register.”

Joy Murphy of the AARP voter education program told us everything you need to know about the election process. We present no candidate or proposal information, just procedural information.

This videotaped program can also be seen at igetalks.org, as well as during September on cable access in Grand Rapids, and hopefully, adding WKTV (Wyoming and Kentwood, Mich.).

Recorded Monday, July 11, 2016....... "Meet Your Candidates for the Aug. 2 Primary" on our YouTube Channel or click below to watch it in this window......

Videotaped at the Wealthy Street Theatre in Grand Rapids. Sponsored by Voices Not Heard in Michigan • Urban League • Kent County Black Caucus • Institute for Global Education • IGE Talks. Moderated by Paul Mayhue of the Kent County Democratic Party and Hank Fuhs of the Kent County Republican Committee. Straw poll vote for President. Meet and greet with local and state candidates running in Kent County’s Aug. 2 Primary.

Also showing on GRTV-25 (as well as channel 24 at times above):

Tue        08/02/16              12:30 AM             GRTV-25
Mon      08/01/16              02:00 PM             GRTV-25
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Sun        07/24/16              12:15 PM             GRTV-25

 

 

Recorded Thursday, April 14, 2016....... "Neighborhood Improvement vs. Resident Displacement"on our YouTube Channel or click below to watch it in this window......

Is your rent going up? Are your neighbors moving because they cannot afford to live in Grand Rapids anymore? What does gentrification mean? Do you want to know what a TIF or “Tax Increment Financing” is? Who decides what neighborhoods get city tax dollars? Are local businesses you use closing down or new ones opening up? What is the role of Wall Street banks in what happens to you and your neighbors? Is there neighborhood control or do politicians and outsiders decide? How are jobs and housing linked?

IGE Talks answersyour questions and discusses

Paul Mayhue, Moderator • Jose “Cha Cha” Jimenez, Presenter • Chuck Neller, Producer

 

Recorded Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016......Watch "The Flint Water Crisis" on our YouTube Channel or click below to watch it in this window......

The Flint Water Crisis remains in the news as a problem created by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, that would have been better if he had left it alone. When Governor Snyder is driven by profit schemes to privatize public utilities, then public health is damaged and children suffer for the rest of their lives.

Individuals made short presentations, on the science of polluted water, the “Emergency Finance Manager” laws and many other things, and a pastor visited us from Flint.

Recorded Monday, Jan. 25, 2016......Watch "Dump Trump" on our YouTube Channel or click below to watch it in this window......

Tom Burke moderated a report-back and discussion of West Michigan’s “Dump Trump” protest on Dec. 21, 2015. Students and youth, immigrants and refugees, anti-war activists and trade unionists, all greeted Wall Street’s Donald Trump during his stump stop here.

We chanted as Trump supporters drove past the entrance, “Hey Donnie! Let’s be clear, refugees are welcome here!” Inside, activists disrupted Trump’s hour-long speech eleven times, as Trump supporters and curiosity seekers gaped.

The U.S. continues fighting useless wars for oil and power in the Middle East, creating ever more refugees, while budgets get slashed, wages are cut and poverty increases at home. Politicians like Trump are the problem, not the solution. Wall Street billionaires get rich off our labor while scapegoating the undocumented immigrants and Muslims.

Sponsored by the Grand Rapids Anti-War Committee and IGE Talks. Let’s continue to build a movement. Beat back the fear, hatred and war mongering of right-wing populism! Dump Trump!

Recorded Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 Watch "GunsDown" on our YouTube Channel or click below to watch it in this window......

We discussed the prevalence of guns and violence in the African-American community. Mothers Against Street Killings (M.A.S.K.) joined in exploring the causes of these intractable problems. The big news is MASK announced they are starting a gun buy-back campaign for the Grand Rapids area. Help us protect the community. Check out the MASK facebook page for details of the upcoming gun buy-back campaign.

Recorded Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 Watch "Human Trafficking Here and Now" on our YouTube Channel or click below to watch it in this window......

How real is sex trafficking in my safe, suburban town? It happens everywhere: wherever there are people, there is sex trafficking. Most of us never see the traffickers, because they are experts at singling out the vulnerable.

We welcomed members of the Kent County Human Trafficking Task Force, who talked about traffickers recruiting and exploiting people around us. They shared a lot information about local programs, including Our Sisters, which is creating a shelter for women escaping that life.

Recorded Saturday, July 18, 2015 Watch “Police, Vigilante, and Racist Murders” on our YouTube Channel or click below to watch it in this window......

What we can do to end police, vigilante, and racist murders? Videotaped on the anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birthday, part of a two-day celebration at IGE.

Paul Mayhue—Forum moderator and local political leader

Professors Nicholas Budimir and Dr. Bonnie Wright--on “Race, Racism, and Reconciliation”

Michael Scruggs—respondent, local Democratic Black Caucus Chair

Jewelian Robertson—respondent, cultural performer and activist

Jose "Cha Cha" Jimenez—respondent, community organizer and founder of Young Lords

Diane Baum -- respondent, long-time member of the Middle East Working Group of the Institute for Global Education

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Recorded Thursday, July 9, 2015 ... Watch “Charleston... symbols, terror and the American way” on our YouTube Channel or click below to watch it in this window......


Flags are symbols that stand for something, although they can mean different things to different people. That’s called cognitive dissonance. The triggerman says you’re taking “our” women, but it’s the men who have to save face before their race makes them fools.

Also mentioned in this program:

International Day of Peace Activities sponsored by IGE

The cynical seem proud to be right, without getting the irony of a self-fulfilling philosophy. We'll see your cynicism with "there is no path to peace" and raise with "peace is the path."

IGE provides schools with suggestions in the form of a Program Guide for a Week of Peace Education:

We support a better way of doing things -- better morally, logically, and practically. We can't just wait for the old men of Israel and Ukraine to die, because they are creating new warriors every day. We have to teach children the Principles of Peace. Or is it just reinforce their natural tendencies? Please watch IGE's faceBook page and plan to attend. Contact us at 616-454-1642 or amybennington@rocketmail.com.

Help us promote these events! Please download, print, and/or distribute the flyer or poster linked above.

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Recorded Thursday, June 11, 2015 Watch “Rasmea Conversation” on our YouTube Channel or click below to watch it in this window......

Palestinian activist Rasmea Odeh spoke by video conference to organized groups of supporters, and we taped that along with our discussion. Rasmea is the 68-year-old Palestinian American community leader who was tortured by the Israelis in 1969. She was targeted for political repression by the U.S. government and put on trial last year. Unable to obtain a fair trial where she could speak about the torture and rape by the Israeli occupation army, she was convicted.

Outrageously, given the minor charges against her, she was sentenced to 18 months in prison, followed by deportation. She is at home in Chicago preparing for her appeal, which takes place in Cincinnati, Ohio at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. We plan to be there in solidarity with Rasmea when it happens, perhaps in September.
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Recorded Thursday, May 21, 2015 Watch “When Law Becomes Lawless: Code Blue or Code Red” on our YouTube Channel or click below to watch it in this window......

"When Law Becomes Lawless (code blue or code red)" was our topic of discussion May 21st.  It's the third in a series, the first two "Death and Community" and "Police Brutality: The Next Step."

We're inching closer to real change -- not the instant gratification of throwing bricks, or the similar circle-the-wagons-and-attack defensive posturing of the police. See if you don't come down on the side of change.

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Recorded Thursday, April 16, 2015 Watch “Art & Music” on our YouTube Channel or click below to watch it in this window......

We always say, “Define your terms.”

But that IS the controversy. What IS art? What is musical? To paraphrase the Supremes, “I know it when I see it.” That’s the supreme court.

Music is harder to define. In our packaged attention-wrenched media saturated lives, it’s always there when words aren’t. Is there ever dance without music? Butoh. Even though “a person who doesn’t love music is dead,” can’t you hear it in your head? Just one more quote… google the rest of this song: “They’re just nicks off of records that I’ve learned.”

Stupid internet. Somebody tell me what is this song in my head?.

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Recorded Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 Watch Mental Health Parity on our YouTube Channel or click below to watch it in this window......

An intersection where mental health and physical health meet and “mind, body and spirit takes off.”

This program gives the public information about the connectiveness of mental health to physical health and touches on some common sense ideas for effective treatment and advocacy, to sustain proper perspective and balance in dealing with treators, and the statewide mental health system.

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Recorded Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 Watch “Police Brutality...the Next Step” on our YouTube Channel or click below to watch it in this window...

The IGE Talks public forum addressed the issue of minority and police relations from the IGE standpoint of peace, justice, and non-violent resolution of conflict. Also please see http://www.grtimes.com/archive2014/12_26_2014.asp for a local black perspective.

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Recorded Dec. 11, 2014 Watch “Death and Community” on our YouTube Channel or click below to watch it in this window

The peaceful protests of police killings hope to show the fearful and the fascists their irrationality. So we unite to question the status quo and hope to awaken conscience in the latter and consciousness in the former. These deaths should be met by a united front -- a community.

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Recorded Nov. 6, 2014 Watch “Ebola” on our YouTube Channel or click below to watch it in this window

Yes, you too can get it....

But did you hear about the survey that found viewers of Fox News knew less than people who watched no news at all?

Our guest was epidemiologist Brian Hartl with the Kent County Health Department. We’re sure you’ll find it more enlightening than the mainstream media Plague Balls (party like there’s no 1299).

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Recorded Oct. 9, 2014 Watch “Growing Equal” on our YouTube Channel or click below to watch it in this window

As a woman, would you date a man who’s more feminine? Could you be married to a woman who makes more money? We discussed the past, present, and future state of gender equality, reflecting on how gender definitions differ around the world, at the community level, and from household to household. We dedicate time for group dialogue about the direct impact gender equality has on global sustainable development through social, environmental, and economic dimensions.

For further information we offer Emma Watson’s recent UN speech. We discussed her message about the need for both women and men to come together to actively create gender equality. We hope you get a chance to check out the 10-minute video.

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Recorded August 7, 2014 watch “The Right of People to Peace” on our YouTube Channel or click below to watch it in this window

The International Day of Peace is an annual event on Sept. 21, actually celebrated here in Grand Rapids from Sept. 13-21. In mid-September, the Institute for Global Education (IGE) sponsors the Week of Peace Education in Grand Rapids area schools from Sept. 15-19. IGE also celebrates a Peace Fest street fair in Eastown Sat., Sept. 13, and an Interfaith Service Sun., Sept. 21.

The cynical seem proud to be right, without getting the irony of a self-fulfilling philosophy. We'll see your cynicism with "there is no path to peace" and raise with "peace is the path."

IGE provides schools with suggestions in the form of a Program Guide for a Week of Peace Education:

We support a better way of doing things -- better morally, logically, and practically. We can't just wait for the old men of Israel and Ukraine to die, because they are creating new warriors every day. We have to teach children the Principles of Peace. Or is it just reinforce their natural tendencies? Please watch IGE's faceBook page and plan to attend. Contact us at 616-454-1642 or amybennington@rocketmail.com.

Help us promote these events! Please download, print, and/or distribute the flyer or poster linked above.

June 5, 2014 watch, “Mandela’s Legacy of Reconciliation” on our YouTube Channel or click the picture below to watch it here…

This Talk features world famous artist Paul Collins (Blessed Are the Peacemakers) and natives of Africa. We celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela. South Africa was descending in a death spiral when he came along and applied truth directly to the forehead. Is there a lesson for the American empire? IGE Talks’ parent organization, the Institute for Global Education, will celebrate Nelson Mandela’s birthday on Friday and Saturday, July 18 and 19. Please watch IGE's faceBook page and plan to attend.

A little taste of IGE's July 18 and 19, 2014 Mandela Day Celebration...
Shingi Mavima recities two of his poems about Africa.

On Thursday, May 8, 2014, we tackled two topics, the first of which is posted below.

The second, “Waging Minimum War.” is still being edited. The republicans say you can’t legislate morality unless God is on your side. If you cared about people you would support living wages, but we saw in 2008 how the powers that be just decide that they aren’t rich enough, because they can. A higher minimum wage would be good, but the corporations will strike back. The class war is on and you are losing. Get serious and never vote republican.

May 8, 2014 watch “The Pain of Ukraine is a Mainstream Media Game” on our YouTube Channel or click the picture below to watch it here…

The U.S. has again championed “freedom fighters” (neo-Nazis who overthrew an elected government, reminiscent of the Latin American death squads). But Putin seems intent on carving off bits of Ukraine to “protect” the ethnic Russians there. Reminiscent of Hitler annexing parts of Czechoslovakia, Austria, and whatever else he wanted. Seems it all comes back to Hitler. But remember that even if Hitler was an alpha dog, he was still a dog. Blood is shed in the dismantling of empire as well as its building. What’s the answer? Just don’t do it.

Answers are to be guessed not given

April 3, 2014 watch “Predatory Lending” on our YouTube Channel or click the picture below to watch it here…

Remember that sad day when all Americans put aside their differences and could say as in one voice, "We are ALL Republicans!"

Maybe because it never happened. Maybe because it never will happen. Maybe because the only way we can ALL come together on the subject of this divisive, elitist, I'm-better-than-you-so-do-as-I-say, so-called philosophy, is when they are no more. 

Our topic of discussion April 3 was "Predatory Lending." Slick Vinnie in a fedora with a toothpick in his mouth has been replaced by the payday lender cash stores. Vinnie's leg breakers have been replaced by lawyers, and the godfather has been replaced by a supreme court that every day rewrites the law to shield those with money.

Happy endings are for fairy tales. I have never voted Republican, but I now offer to vote for anyone who will move our government from the winner-take-all two party rut we are in to proportional representation, where every party has seats at the table depending on how many votes they get, and since usually no party has a majority, only coalitions of parties can get anything done. I doubt the Republicans could swing us around by the tail like a dog ever again

Then when we are asked, “Do you remember the Republicans?” we will all say, “Who?”

March 6, 2014 watch “Disability Advocacy” on our YouTube Channel or click below

We wanted to call the March program "DEA," as in Dyslexia, Epilepsy, and Autism, but dyslexia dropped out so we went with "Disability Advocacy." Several people connected to Disability Advocates of Kent County attended. So we had expertise and anecdotes. Somewhere in between is statistics. You could learn something by watching this video. Like mental health parity means the head is part of the body. And cognitive dissonance means what you reCOGnize is DISsed by somebody else. And we could learn something from your feedback. We already got "Hey, you don't know what pain is!" so don't send that.

February 6, 2014 watch “Move to Amend: Taking Back the Streets” on our YouTube Channel or click below

Move to Amend is a national organization (movetoamend.org). We talked with our local chapter that works to educate and build consensus on defining personhood as being a live person. If you need that explained, you're probably a corporation. When a critical number of bipartisan supporters is reached, the 28th Amendment to the Constitution will be passed. Some corporate lawyers will have to give up legal fiction, maybe write romance or adventure.

We previously discussed this topic in June 2012, but the struggle goes on. In fact, the lawyers of the rich and powerful invest more of their ill-gotten gains every day -- regulations force them to “engage in speech they would not otherwise” engage in. So, corporations are people, and people with money don’t have to do anything they don’t want to?

Nov. 6, 2013 watch “IGE Talks: Losing the War on Drugs” on our YouTube Channel or click below

Yes, it's time to nark on your mom before she destroys civilization as we know it. Our November IGE Talks was anything but predictable. One Republican announced he would not attend because the title, “Losing the War on Drugs,” betrayed our intention of surrendering to the decadent liberal tax-and-spend mandatory gay agenda.

He would be proud, because we came out for banning the tryptophan high that is lulling Americans to sleep. This substance is a soporific found in turkeys. It is no coincidence that every year at this time these queer birds attack just when there is so much to be vigilant against.

You see it everywhere: Americans lolling around somnambulently, shirking their duty to go out and shop. We need to lock up these birds, and skip Thanksgiving — just go right from Halloween to Christmas. One minute the little naifs are gibbering in terror of monsters, the next they are grasping the levers of the economy to lobby the fat man for the best toys.

I think we Republicans can all agree on basic principles. We only differ in our self-righteous opinions of the best strategies for combatting the evils of marijuana and tryptophan. Sorta like light meat versus dark meat. If you can’t be righteous about yourself, who can you be righteous about?


October 3, 2013 watch "Human Trafficking" and "Electile Dysfunction."

First hour: It's exploiting workers to their fullest potential. It's treating women according to how they were designed. It's making kids count for the most in the global economy. It's Human Trafficking, capitalism at its finest, free-range, in the raw. The way God intended, nature red in tooth and nail polish. There are more slaves today than at any previous time in history. 

Second hour: The only safe bet is the Republicans got what they wanted. Since the Democrats caved on national health care and went with the Insurance Industry Protection Act (Obamacare), there wasn't anybody else left but Republicans to pretend they wanted to take it away... and make you want it. So everybody's happy, stuck in this two-party rut.

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We met on Sept. 5, 2013 to discuss "Prescription for Syria" and "Peace Fest and Peace Week."

If you bomb Iraq to make the world safe for the oil industry, do not double up and bomb Syria just to show nice guy Democratic presidents can slaughter people wholesale, too.
IGE prescribes peace by sponsoring the Week of Peace Education in Grand Rapids area schools, holding an Interfaith Service and a Peace Fest street fair locally, and celebrating the U.N. International Day of Peace.

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We met on Aug. 1, 2013 to discuss "Rationalizing Race" and "Election Reform."

Less melting pot than tossed salad, the Martin-Zimmerman case created more problems.

If you had to design something analagous to our election laws today, could you do it?


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Videotaped July 11, 2013... click to watch "An Open Letter to the NSA"


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On Thursday, June 6 we addressed how Monsanto and other unaccountable corporations modify organisms genetically for their maximum profit and pool the risk on us. In the rush of conquest, control is extending into nature that will leave it less functional as a thing in and of itself. Don't believe in biodiversity? You could ask the bees, but you better hurry.

Videotaped June 6, 2013... click to watch "The Anti-GMO Movement"

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We met on May 9, 2013 to discuss "Exploding Memes" and "Drones."

Media coverage of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas and the bombing in Boston in April. The tactics and morality of drone warfare.

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On April 4, 2013 we tackled three programs in one: the new Pope, sequestration, and marriage equality.

Enough with the red carpet already. What's the The New Pope going to do? Some say money is energy. Some say it's less: it's a relationship. Not a wall outlet, but a battery. Just sitting there in a bank. The Sequester. We proved a one-winged bird can fly... a good exploration of many sides of the issue. You could learn something. Marriage Equality.


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Videotaped February 7, click to watch Gun Violence


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Videotaped Jan. 3, 2013... click to watch Presumptive Parole


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Videotaped Dec. 13, 2012... click to watch Palestine-Israel


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Videotaped Nov. 8, 2012... click to watch 2012 Post-Election


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Videotaped Oct. 4, 2012... click to watch 2012 Pre-Election


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Videotaped Sept. 6, 2012... click to watch "Big Fracking Deal"

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Videotaped July 5, 2012... click to watch "The Martin-Zimmerman Moot Trial"


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Videotaped June 7, 2012... click to watch "Why Amend?"

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Videotaped March 1, 2012... "International Women's History Month"

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Videotaped Feb. 2, 2012... "Black History Now"

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Videotaped Dec. 1, 2011: "Occupy Wall Street: What's the best that could happen?"

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Videotaped Nov. 3, 2011: "Occupy the Movement"… click to watch

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Videotaped Oct. 6, 2011: "Civil Unrest in Africa" ... click to watch

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Videotaped Sept. 8, 2011: "Meet the Nuclear Regulatory Commission" ... click to watch


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So, you thought you were voting for the Tea Party? You gave the governor the power to appoint monsters to take absolute control of municipalities and schools, breaking union contracts, privatizing, selling public assets, overruling public elections and officials. You might say, outsourcing democracy.

Videotaped July 7, 2011: “Emergency Financial Managers”… click to watch


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June 2, 2011 watch “You Be the Judge” on our YouTube Channel or click below

We invited judges to our forum. We'll hear about justice and peace, and the people, ordinary and otherwise, whose responsibility is the law. Featuring Robert Jonker, U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Michigan, and Sara J. Smolenski, Chief Judge of the 63rd District Court, Kent County.

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Recorded May 5, 2011 Watch Human Trafficking on our YouTube Channel or click below to watch it in this window


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Videotaped April 7, 2011 ... click to watch "Government and the Courts"


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ideotaped March 3, 2011, Education, Race, and Social Status
Videotaped March 3, 2011: "Education, Race, and Social Status" -- click to watch.


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Feb. 3, 2011, Justice Part 2: Rehabilitation?
Videotaped February 3, 2011: click to watch "Justice Part 2 -- Rehabilitation"


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Videotaped Jan. 6, 2011: click to watrch "Juveniles in Justice"


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Videotaped Nov. 4, 2010: click to watch "Environment and Policy"


Why a unicorn? There are some people who can live without wild things about them and the earth beneath their feet, and some who cannot. A unicorn emphasizes the gulf between reality and politics, between new-found belief in hidden agendas and the actual socialist conspiracy. (You could just ask us.) Is valuing the environment an accounting mistake? Watch and see.

If you have the power to adapt your environment, why would your genes ever have to change? Can we stop our own evolution? Perhaps this is the godlike state of perfection that religious impulses drive us toward... the end of history that Marx predicted and that capitalists deny.

Has human fashion ever driven an animal to extinction? Here's a place to start: http://www.ornithology.com/extinct.html. Plumb the swamp of ignorance (and make a buck, say the Libertarians). Is sport hunting a fashion, as in the passenger pigeon, or Dick Cheney's shotgun shenanigans inside a penned enclosure? Is blood lust contagious? Fashions are.

Want to follow up "Environment and Policy" with a related topic for IGE Talks? How about "Women's hats and brightly colored birds: Can we stop evolution?"

Taking your suggestions now...

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Videotaped Oct. 7, 2010... Nuclear Power... click to watch...


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Videotaped Sept. 2, 2010: click to watch "International Day of Peace"


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Videotaped Aug. 3, 2010: "Afghanistan, the 9-Year War"


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Videotaped July 1, 2010: click to watch "Man Up"


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Videotaped Thursday, June 3, 2010: click to watch "What is the role of government"


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Videotaped Thursday, May 6, 2010: click to watch "Going Mental"


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