the unconventional children’s television pioneer celebrated dignity and kindness in the age of mass media by stephanie van hook kids have it really hard right now. many adults have forgotten that a world where children are safe and cared for with dignity is not a utopian vision, but a necessity. take Ben, for example, who happened to be sitting in my office recently. I told … Continue reading why mister rogers is the role model we need right now
The top story in the Boston Globe today is that a police officer and a local woman were shot and killed Sunday after a 20-year-old man allegedly crashed a car, attacked the officer, stole his gun, and used it to shoot both victims. The suspect is in custody and expected to be arraigned on Monday. There is far too much violence in our communities. My uncle … Continue reading Weymouth, Massachusetts shaken after officer, bystander both shot and killed
A new op-ed, published on the Common Dreams website. My patient “Julia” was suffering. She had been severely burned in a house fire and could not move or speak. Bandages covered her skin grafts, her face was swollen beyond recognition, and her eyes were taped shut. We gave her antibiotics and antifungals and she clung to life. Julia had been working a low-paying job at … Continue reading Notes From the Burn Intensive Care Unit
It was early 1968. Since the previous spring Martin Luther King, Jr. had been pursuing a course that for many was unthinkable. He had deliberately connected the dots between the movement for civil rights and the struggle to end the war in Vietnam, and had paid the price. He was roundly criticized by the Johnson administration and the media, as well as people in his … Continue reading The Year of “Nonviolence or Non-Existence”
In the wake of Charlottesville, I read with interest an Op-Ed in the New York Times by Gopalkrishna Gandhi, entitled, “Can Gandhi Still Guide India?” In it, the author describes growing religious tensions in India between Hindus and Muslims, and the “right of all minorities— ethnic, linguistic, regional, political, social, and cultural— to be themselves, to be equal, to be free.” What should be done? … Continue reading Can Gandhi Still Guide India?
Kathy Stackhouse, from New York, wrote an important letter to the editor of the New York Times on Saturday. A $54 billion increase in Pentagon spending will not promote the “harmony and stability” that President Trump claims to seek, especially if it is combined with a 37 percent cut in the budgets for the United States Agency for International Development and the State Department. Many of the … Continue reading Allocating Money to Peace-Building Programs
Issa Amro is a native of the city of Hebron and advocate of nonviolent resistance. Through the organization he founded, Youth Against Settlements, he provides a space — a community center — and an outlet for young Palestinians to express their resistance in nonviolent ways. Every week, up to a hundred kids gather at the center, where Mr. Amro screens inspirational films and instructs them in … Continue reading Issa Amro