On March 7, 2013, I facilitated a workshop on “Gender-Based Violence and Religion: An Intersectional Perspective” at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW). The panel included speakers from the Center on Constitutional Rights, the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission, and CONNECT NYC. Here follow my own remarks.
This month marks the ten-year anniversary of the start of the U.S. war on Iraq, in which worldwide grassroots anti-war campaigns, while unsuccessful in preventing the war, were acknowledged as “the other world superpower.”
Tomorrow also marks the ten-year anniversary of the murder of Rachel Corrie, a U.S. civilian activist killed in Gaza, Palestine, protesting the demolition of homes by the Israeli military occupation. Rachel, who was participating with the International Solidarity Movement, was building on some of the nonviolent strategies developed in the First Intifada 25 years ago.
As we mark these events, let’s recommit our work in active nonviolence, taking both principled and strategic nonviolent direct action on behalf of justice and peace.
Building on efforts in the UNESCO General Conference of October 2011, the United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed the coming decade from 2013 to 2022 as the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures, with UNESCO as the lead agency.
Across the United States, people from different walks of life and political complexions are acting to change the laws and culture that produces so much gun violence in our country.
At noon on March 21st, religiously and spiritually rooted Americans of all traditions will gather at the White House for a moral act of loving nonviolent civil disobedience.
Bradley Manning’s courage, honesty and idealism are a shining light. Sadly, the prosecution has decided to go ahead with their case for the most serious charges. Of course they want to make sure that this breach of ‘security’ will not happen again. The question is whose security are they protecting?
Florida Atlantic University just signed a deal with a private prison company, GEO Group — the largest for-profit prison company in the United States — for the naming rights of their stadium.
GEO Group makes money by incarcerating people, money that should be used to support education. No institution of higher learning should endorse such an organization, much less the largest prison corporation in the country.
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