Shantih Journal 3.1 - Page 2

About Shantih In the very days our focus on this issue fixed its place in the realm of social and political awareness, my family and I were participating in the RedforEd movement in Arizona. As we walked out of our classrooms with tens of thousands of other educators, students, and parents, and then marched to the state capitol in 100-plus degree heat, we began to feel stronger, more supported, and even more hopeful. Our movement became a celebration of the power and healing to be had from raising our voices to say what mattered, though the message was difficult for some to hear. What began as a demonstration of resolve rose to the level of triumph, even as our lawmakers failed us in significant ways. 2 During that experience, a voice in the movement stood out, and we made the decision to interview Noah Karvelis for our spotlight feature. A music teacher, Noah has a great deal to say about the time we are in and where we are heading. He has been championed and maligned, but as the face of the movement in Arizona, he is in a unique position to humanize the struggles so many of us are facing in these strange days. About these days, strange as they are--as always, our focus in this issue of Shantih is peace, but sometimes to study something you have to pick it up, turn it over, and look hard at the seething world under the smooth. Looking hard at our present moment, we admit to feeling pain, worry, rage. Maybe that’s how we came to feel that a neutral approach to art in a time of moral upheaval was far from any notion of the study of peace. Here we bring you the study of the truth of now, documented, made beautiful by art, but no less devastating. In this collection, our writers bare their scars and furies. We are in awe of their candor and grace as they wield words that matter.