I've been representing Missouri on a Sentencing Project group on parole issues. The monthly phone calls have been very interesting, but I haven't been sure what to report back to the Missouri task force. Regular participants are from New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and California.
Peace & Justice
We say: The Cold War has ended, but "deterrence" policies generated within that era remain intact, perpetuated by outdated circumstances and fears.
Catholic leaders in the Holy Land called for an end to the cycle of violence and criticized Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories and its collective punishment of Palestinians.
"Using the death of the three Israelis to exact collective punishment on the Palestinian people as a whole and on its legitimate desire to be free is a tragic exploitation of tragedy and promotes more violence and hatred," said a statement Tuesday from the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land.
Fr. Carl Kabat, 80, of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate was arrested Friday after he splashed red paint on a sign at the new National Security Campus in Kansas City, Mo., a five-building facility where 85 percent of the non-nuclear parts for U.S. nuclear weapons will be made or procured. Jane Stoever* of PeaceWorks Kansas City, a friend of Kabat's, submitted the following account of his most recent nonviolent protest.
Sr. Mary Evelyn Jegen, a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur for 66 years, helped the peace group grow from 1,000 members to more than 5,500.
Opinion: How does any war get the name "good"? And how does such a name stick for 70 years?
For most Americans, the word "patriot" probably doesn't include peace activists, people fighting segregation, or journalists exposing classified information. But should it?
Advocates for women's rights weren't the only ones dealt a blow Monday; so, too, was an Illinois health care union seeking dues from the nonmembers they represent.
The Presbyterian Church (USA) has removed from its website a booklet that many Jewish groups have criticized as hostile to Israel and denigrating to Judaism.
"Zionism Unsettled," published in January by the church-chartered Israel/Palestine Mission Network, is a history and commentary on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that paints Israel as the aggressor and describes Zionism as inherently racist and theologically flawed.
Book review: The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI is a demonstration of what journalism accomplished in the 1970s.