I was asked recently to name my favorite novel about justice.

My favorite novel about justice is Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. In the character of Jean Val jean Hugo shows how what society narrowly considers criminal behavior is often caused by impoverishment, hunger,  and desperation to which society has made insufficient address. I too believe that most “criminal” behavior has desperation, and the… Continue reading

Goddess Speed your boat.  You are doing the work of The Collective as it attempts to bring Comfort, Support and Abiding Love and Solidarity to Itself.  What you demonstrate is what we all, deep in our hearts, can know:  We are One People, existing in one Love.  The Gazans are us, living in a beleaguered place too small for us, dangerous… Continue reading

©2010 by Alice Walker

Dear Ones,

I realize you and your mother have been hurt and embarrassed by the infidelities and bizarre behaviors of your father. This is a common problem for many. Because your father is famous, you may feel exceptionally exposed, but be assured there are millions of wives and children feeling as sad, confused, angry and distraught as you do. I know… Continue reading

© 2010 by Alice Walker

If I was President
The first thing I would do
is call Mumia Abu-Jamal.
if I was president
the first thing I would do
is call Leonard Peltier.
if I was president
the first person I would call
is that rascal
John Trudell.
the first person I’d call
is that other rascal
Dennis Banks.

I would also… Continue reading

©2010 by Alice Walker

All this time, silenced, speechless, grateful for my meditation cushion, I have been thinking about the writer, Edwidge Danticat, whose writing for me, so pure and grounded and wise, is the quiet stream flowing in the background of the present chaos and noise in Haiti. Danticat explores with acute attention and tenderness the complex reality of Haiti and its people, and… Continue reading

Sasha Kramer sent a message to the members of Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL).


Subject: Kouraj cherie: Update from Port au Prince

This afternoon, feeling helpless, we decided to take a van down to Champs Mars (the area around the palace) to look for people needing medical care to bring to Matthew 25, the guesthouse where we are staying which has been transformed into… Continue reading

Garrett Larson, Mommy, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and Devaki Jain, Mommy and Daddie's newest beloved friend! Christmas With His Holiness/Dharamsala, India, December 25, 2009 © 2009 by Lhamo Tsering
Garrett Larson, Mommy, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and Devaki Jain, Mommy and Daddie’s newest beloved friend!
Christmas With His Holiness/Dharamsala, India, December 25, 2009 © 2009 by Lhamo Tsering

The Chicken Chronicles

Chapter Fourteen

©2009 by Alice Walker

Dear Girls, Mommy is missing you terribly, even while she is having a wonderful adventure; So many new ideas to digest, so much good food to… Continue reading

The Chicken Chronicles

Chapter Thirteen

© 2009 by Alice Walker

The elephant makes a gurgling sound, from the throat, on seeing his favorite mahout or owner. Similarly it may excrete dung, or urinate, to express its happiness. All these are considered good signs.

So, girls, we went today to pay our respects to a man who never ate a single chicken!* Mahatma Gandhi. Like… Continue reading

Global grassroots initiative in spirit of Gandhi aims to break blockade

The Gaza Freedom March that will take place in Gaza on December 31 is an historic initiative to break the siege that has imprisoned the 1.5 million people who live there. Conceived in the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and nonviolent resistance to injustice worldwide, the march will gather people from all… Continue reading

When I think of Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize, for which, after all, he didn’t audition, I think about that photograph of him with his feet up on a desk, and there’s a hole in one very worn shoe. This is someone who has stood up for himself and for the good of the human group for a long time, even though he’s still… Continue reading