“Folks have called Carol Raivert Trainer, member of Veterans for Peace, unpatriotic for her anti-war stance. Some parents move their children away from her organization table at community events, worried that her progressive stance can be caught like some airborne virus without a cure. ‘Get a job!, a handful of dissenters say to the retiree who has always had one. ‘Dirty hippie,’ others mutter in attempts to justify their disdain.” COURIER –JOURNAL April 24, 2016
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This past weekend I attended the Black Male Summit at the University of Akron. I sat with 1700 participants who were predominately young African American men and boys accompanied by teachers, pastors, family and guests, like me. This was the ninth annual “summit” and the third one that I had attended. Continue reading →
I have a calendar from Appalachian Science in the Public Interest that declares that April is Child Abuse Prevention, World Habitat Awareness & Recycling Month, Cancer Control, Lawn & Garden, Poetry, Guitar and Keep America Beautiful Month. And if this happy compilation isn’t enough to remind us that all things are connected, the very date of April 22, Earth Day 2016 not only marks the 46th year of the event but commemorates also more ancient observances: the Buddhist New Year, the beginning of Passover and the Full Pink Moon, most ancient of all. Continue reading →
Earlier this week when I drove to work, I heard a story on NPR about truckers who were working to raise awareness of human trafficking and how to save trafficking victims. This good news story does not come as a surprise to me since I was aware of Truckers Against Trafficking, an organization founded in 2009 to educate truckers about the critical issue of human trafficking and challenge them to act to save lives through their awareness and willingness to act when observing suspicious behavior.
Every day we see truckers around the country delivering mail and transporting everything from the mundane to the exotic. This effort of TAT is a lifesaving effort that has already paid off many times over. Truckers are the eyes and ears of the nation’s highways and are uniquely qualified to help law enforcement confront the problem of sexual exploitation. Continue reading →
Like many people in the United States I would love to push the pause button on the political incivility that seems to escalate each day. When the political dialogue deteriorates to comments about candidates’ wives and manhood it is time to reflect on how we arrived at this disturbing juncture.
How do incivility and justice connect? While incivility is not a crime, it does have victims. Muslims are a frequent target, along with immigrants, persons with disabilities, women, gays and lesbians and low income citizens. In a recent KRC research poll, 62% of those interviewed believe there is less tolerance, and that leads politicians to say what they believe their supporters want to hear. Continue reading →