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Stars of Courage: Mahatma Ghandi

Hello, Jordan Denato and I worked on art for my book project Evoke together, which is still in the process of self-publication. Our art collaborations have taken on a life all their own and,if all pans out, I hope to put all of them together and pitch them to graphic novel publishers. This series will cover well known figures in history, taking a spin off of the series "Courage Boys," created by conservative radio host Glenn Beck. This whole series will be in the book project when it is finally completed. Read the previous post in this series, about Mother Jones.

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One of the things that made Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s campaign for liberation of African Americans so effective is that, unlike many black American leaders before and after him, he looked beyond his social group to see the experiences of others and what had succeeded and failed in the world. This took him a lot further than groups like the Nation of Islam or the Black Panthers.

One figure that he idolized and modeled himself after Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of Indian independence who worked to achieve independence from the British Empire in the wake of the second world war. While criticized by some, Gandhi is widely seen as an influential figure who helped inspire self-determination movements worldwide.

The details are often lost in the hagiography - when you read the details of Gandhi's efforts, one sees that he tried greatly to create some sort of wider union in India between the larger Hindu population and the Muslim population which now cloisters in Pakistan. Just as Jorge Bergoglio lived a modest lifestyle in priest hostels before taking on the papacy, Ghandi spent much of his life in self-sufficient living communities, adhering to a very strict vegetarian diet in league with his Hindu beliefs.

Ghandi helped set the precedent that we have seen amongst solidarity leaders ranging from Nelson Mandela to the aforementioned King. His assassination was tragic, in 1948 at the age of 78 - if there were an interfaith institution as I suspect that the current Pope would like to see in a perfect world, Ghandi's martyrdom would be remembered along with the like of Archbishop Oscar Romero.



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Michael Orion is a blogger, writer, artist and photographer based in the Bay Area. Besides his maintenance and promotion of Radical Second Things, he contributes to the San Francisco newspaper SF Western Edition, where he writes about local non-profit organizations.

Mark Cappetta is a practicing Catholic and active LGBT activist. He has been instrumental in keeping Radical Second Things and updates the Facebook account almost daily.

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Jordan Denato is a professional artist based out of Iowa. He took the initiative to illustrate both Jennifer Reimer's story and Michael Orion's Oscar Romero work. He has his own art studio, Tar and Feather Studios, and is a critical part of Radical Second Things.

Radical Second Things is a liberation theology themed blog that has clear cut goals - we see the structural decline of the United States and much of the west and hope to present alternatives that will offer "a preferential option for the poor" as more become vulnerable.

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