The Year of “Nonviolence or Non-Existence”

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”

First Night Jubilee concert celebrates hope

On Sunday, Dec. 31, at 2 p.m. in Trinity Church in Boston, the Handel and Haydn Society will perform its annual Jubilee Day concert, celebrating the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Presented in conjunction with the Museum of African American History, the performance will feature music by Mendelssohn, Bach, and Handel and readings from the proclamation by Poetry Slam Individual Champion Regie Gibson. … Continue reading First Night Jubilee concert celebrates hope

Nobel laureate: There is one way to prevent nuclear war

(CNN) In awarding this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, the Nobel committee has chosen to shine a powerful light on the grave and growing danger of nuclear war and illuminate the path we must follow to avoid that ultimate calamity. The crisis in Korea poses the most immediate and visible threat of nuclear conflict — but it is not … Continue reading Nobel laureate: There is one way to prevent nuclear war

Boston Should Lead the Way Toward the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

Check out the new op-ed Dr. Lachlan Forrow and I just published in the Harvard Law Record.  Everyone in Boston knows that when a house catches ablaze, lives are saved by pulling the fire alarm. Sirens wail, trucks race down the street, and a fire crew comes to the rescue. But what if the fires haven’t started, yet are close to being ignited, on a … Continue reading Boston Should Lead the Way Toward the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

The Poor People’s Campaign and the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize: A National Call for a Moral Revival

Read my latest op-ed, published on the Common Dreams website and the Baystate Banner.  The mass meeting at Boston’s historic Trinity Church on October 19 was packed with men, women, and children, rich and poor, of all races and ethnicities. The jazz band warmed up, a piano, bass guitar, and drums. And we sang, call and response: Woke up this morning with my mind stayed on … Continue reading The Poor People’s Campaign and the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize: A National Call for a Moral Revival

Global Health: What’s in It for Us?

I enjoyed Satish Gopal’s new essay in JAMA, entitled “Global Health: What’s in It for Us?” In the essay, he explores why we do the international work we do, in the context of his daughter’s bout with cerebral malaria. This is the nightmare of many of us with children and who do global health work. Thankfully, his daughter was cured of malaria and did fine, … Continue reading Global Health: What’s in It for Us?