We Shall Overcome

My new op-ed, just published on Common Dreams, entitled We Shall Overcome During Black History Month, and year-round, we can teach our children the musical history of the Underground Railroad and the civil rights movement. This history can inspire them to pursue peace and justice.      It was a frigid Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Boston. Outside, snow drifts were piling up next to Dorchester … Continue reading We Shall Overcome

Dr. Victor Sidel’s Metronome

Dr. Victor Sidel, public heath champion, is dead at the age of 86. An excerpt from his obituary is below: In speeches beginning in the mid-1980s, Dr. Sidel used a metronome to stress what he described as the imbalance between worldwide spending on arms and health care. With the metronome set at one beat a second, Dr. Sidel explained that with every beat, a child … Continue reading Dr. Victor Sidel’s Metronome

The devastation of nuclear war

The Boston Globe just published my brief letter. The medical consequences of war with North Korea are so devastating, they are almost unimaginable (“Trump tweets that he has a bigger ‘nuclear button’ than North Korea’s,” BostonGlobe.com, Jan. 3). Increasingly, Americans from all political backgrounds are calling for negotiations with North Korea, without preconditions.   Continue reading The devastation of nuclear war

Notes From the Burn Intensive Care Unit

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

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