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Katherine Power

Katherine Power

Recent and Upcoming Appearances
10/18/2015 The Pocket Guide to Practical Peace, The Community Church of Boston
1/15/2014 Complexity and Social Change, Occupy Radio
10/31/2013 Surrender, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
10/25/2013 Surrender, SOMOS, Taos Community Theater, Taos, NM
3/27-28/2013 Forgiveness, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
12/7/2012 Guerrilla to Grandmother: The Politics of Rage and Practical Peace, Jamaica Plain Forum, First Church, Jamaica Plain, MA
Spring, 2012 “My Surrender and Return”: http://www.brandeis.edu/magazine/2012/spring/turning-points.html Brandeis Magazine
9/1/11 Catastrophe and Catalyst: 10 Years Since 9/11, National Press Club
10/19/11 The Power of Forgiveness: Freedom and Responsibility, Stonehill College
online Film “Forgiveness” Helen Whitney, PBS Frontline

I didn’t set out to be a terrorist. As a student activist, I moved from protesting the war in Viet Nam to waging guerilla war to overthrow the government. A bank robbery we undertook to finance this “revolution” resulted in the murder of Boston police officer Walter Schroeder. I fled and lived as a fugitive for 23 years. In 1993 I surrendered to authorities, pled guilty to armed robbery and manslaughter, and served six years in prison.

I haven’t given up on social change. I have not stopped paying attention to the suffering wrought by wars and other forms of domination. I have surrendered to this—that we cannot force an end to dominance systems. Yet in my lifetime we have witnessed the collapse of all kinds of oppressive realities. The more I have studied how things change, the more I see that the acts of this moment are hugely powerful, that peace in the moment is the way to peace in the world.

I am 61 years old now, a mother, grandmother, and (in Massachusetts, at least) a wife. I want to share some of what I have learned. In this website I offer some of the thoughts and stories that have emerged from my life’s work. I welcome comments, conversations, responses, engagement, questions.

About Katherine Power

I didn’t set out to be a terrorist. As a student activist, I moved from protesting the war in Viet Nam to waging guerrilla war to overthrow the government….

Recent and Upcoming Appearances and Publications
1/15/2014 Complexity and Social Change, Occupy Radio
10/31/2013 Surrender, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
10/25/2013 Surrender, Taos Community Theater, Taos, NM

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