On Presidential Immunity


Artist Robert Shetterly confronts his fears about the recent Supreme Court decisions on presidential immunity and the powers of administrative agencies.

Bernard Lown Unveiling

Bernard Lown Portrait

On Friday evening, June 7th, 2024, in the atrium of the Bates Mill in Lewiston, Maine, we honored  Dr. Bernard Lown by unveiling his new AWTT portrait on what would have been his 103rd birthday.

Who’s the Teacher Now?

Sojourner Truth Awtt Portrait

I’m thinking about the students on college campuses today protesting the Israeli violence in Gaza. I’m thinking about what it means to be a teacher and a student.

Student Protests Over Gaza

1963 March On Washington

It warms my heart and stirs my sense of righteous rebellion to see the proliferation of student protests on college campuses and in city streets, in opposition to the Israeli genocidal war on Gaza. It’s also dejá vu. Many folks my age took part in the campus protests of the 1960s and ‘70s over civil […]

It Happened Again at the Symphony!

Bangor Symphony Orchestra2

NOTE: AWTT Director of Education contributed this piece to Rob’s blog. . It always happens at the symphony!  True confessions — music moves me in so many ways.  Maybe that is why I love it so much, but I think it actually moves many of us.  Why does every movie, television show, radio broadcast, sporting […]

Mary Oliver, a Grasshopper and Gaza

Rachel Corrie Awtt Portrait

Early on in the Americans Who Tell the Truth project I traveled to West Virginia and eastern Kentucky to witness for myself what Mountaintop Removal (MTR) coal mining looked like. I wanted to see the devastation I’d been reading about and meet some of the courageous activists trying to stop it (Judy Bonds, Larry Gibson, Teri Blanton). […]

When Being Pro-Palestinian and Pro-Israeli Is the Same Thing

Dr Alice Rothchild Awtt Portrait

Author’s Note: I wrote this essay for the unveiling of Dr. Alice Rothchild’s portrait almost ten years ago. Unfortunately, it seems just as relevant today. And just as important. (First published on Common Dreams, March 15, 2015.) “I found that for many, publicly stating that Jews could be victimizers as well as victims, and that Palestinians are […]

White Privilege, Black Portraits, Whose Story?

Martin Luther King Jr Awtt Portrait

Last September Connie Carter, AWTT’s education director, and I had the opportunity to visit the Maine State Prison and share the documentary Truth Tellers  with a group of prisoners. Connie and I previously wrote about the revelations of that visit. But there was an aspect of the event which I thought deserved more serious attention because […]

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