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52 years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. penned Letter from a Birmingham Jail, originally written in the margins of a newspaper in his jail cell. It was addressed to his fellow clergy, in response to their criticism of his nonviolent demonstrations in that city: "...Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied to a single garment of destiny. What affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial 'outside agitator' idea."

Apr 16th 10:33pm • No Comments

Just led a discussion on race+equity@NW symposium w/50 EDs from across U.S. They're ready to step up. Forward progress!

Apr 16th 6:59pm • No Comments

It's a shock when you suddenly become one of those statistics you've been reading about in the news for months. My heart hurts for my niece and nephew who lost their 20-year old son to a drug overdose on Friday, and for his sisters and all who are impacted by such an untimely tragedy. My grand-nephew had his demons. But I wonder, if our society was more nurturing and less demanding of a hyper-aggressive, tough-guy persona of our young men, might he have struggled less with coming of age? If our government put money into drug rehab instead of locking up users, might he have been saved? I can't help thinking that this scourge is the fallout of a dysfunctional society trying to pretend everything is fine.

James D. Rowse's Obituary on Lowell Sun


Read the Obituary and view the Guest Book, leave condolences or send flowers. | James D. Rowse of Pepperell; 20 PEPPERELL -- James David Rowse, of Pepperell, April 3, 2015. He was born in Concord November 10, 1994, son of Richard J. and Suzanne (Chamberlain) Rowse. A lifelong

Apr 6th 2:07pm • 5 Comments

Susan Naimark provides consulting services to grassroots groups, nonprofit organizations, public school parent groups, schools and other public agencies.
My focus is on creating bridges between the different worlds in which I have been deeply involved: public schools, community development organizations, advocacy and organizing groups.
My work helps people develop the skills, relationships, and understanding that enable them to work together to build equitable communities with renewed energy, motivation and hope.


  • training
  • technical assistance
  • supporting leaders, staff, volunteers and constituents


  • community building
  • program development
  • building racial equity
  • cross-cultural collaboration
  • education reform organizing
  • organizational systems to support volunteers and community partnerships
  • participatory decision-making processes