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James

Last Name

Ruelas

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JRuelas

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Looking at making the world a better place. One conversation at a time.

Bio

For me, it was a journey. I was a staunch Ruby-Red Republican. I would have to say former Christian Nationalist.

 

It was during the Summer of 2020 and Covid. Once I saw friends, family, and people I highly admired speaking against science and the unabashed support for the police, it didn’t sit well with my soul.

I joined the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno once I understood that one of the core tenets of faith is Social Justice, it was an easy choice.  I had found a calling and a purpose. I have spoken a few times as a layperson about Non-Violence and Pacifism.

We are starting an IAF chapter in the Central Valley with the help of other organizations and religious groups. We are building a power base that we can call on to make collective action happen here in Fresno.

I am also a member of Peace Fresno and have been calling on my city council for a Ceasefire Resolution in Gaza for the past 2 months.

I will leave you with my into of my reflection on non-violence and pacifism:

When I think of non-violence and pacifism, I’m reminded of great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and Grace Lee Boggs:

They were people in a community who saw a need and felt something in their souls. They felt something was wrong, and the wrong needed to be corrected. Putting word and voice to what the community was feeling and needed. Allowing those who felt unheard, unseen, and forgotten to know they matter, and they VALUE.