Tomas Young has been fighting for the last nine years, fighting his government, fighting the Department of Veterans Affairs and fighting his own deteriorating body. But soon the struggle will be over. The Kansas City man who was paralyzed from the chest down by a sniper’s bullet during the Iraq war is now in hospice care and preparing to die. Sometime in the next few weeks, after he has said all his goodbyes, he intends to refuse nourishment, water and life-extending medication. He expects his 33-year life to be over a few days after that.
Peace & Justice
This today from Mike Allen's Politico Playbook
Opinion: It's been 10 years since President George W. Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq, causing countless deaths and suffering for both Iraqis and Americans.
"One day, someone told us, 'This is my house.' Since then, we have been suffering." -- Rifkah El Kurd, Palestinian grandmother in the film "My Neighbourhood"
Julia Bacha believes violent and nonviolent resistance have something in common. Both are theatrical productions, seeking an audience to their cause. Frustrated by the media's overwhelming tendency to focus on the violent actors, Bacha co-founded JustVision, a small, independent film company committed to highlighting nonviolent voices from Israel/Palestine.
Advocates of arms control worldwide are gearing up for the restart of negotiations on a UN-sponsored treaty to regulate trade in weapons.
As we process through Lent toward Holy Week, it may be helpful to recall Jesus' testimony in court before Pontius Pilate, the representative of the Roman Empire. For me, these words sum up the Christian life of peace and nonviolence:
My kingdom does not belong to this world.
If my kingdom did belong to this world, my attendants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Judeans.
This assessment from Time magazine suggests that we have allowed ourselves to be distracted, and anyone who had grand hopes for significant gun control measures enacted this year are quickly losing the race:
Actor and activist Mike Farrell, best known for his role as Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt on the television series "M.A.S.H.", spoke against the death penalty Tuesday at Notre Dame de Sion, an all-girls Catholic high school here.
Farrell spoke to about 45 students, mostly sophomores, on the importance of human dignity and its relevance to abolishing the death penalty.
Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley urged the 450 participants of the 2013 national Catholic Social Ministry Gathering to use their time together to discern their vocation in the church and world.
The case could determine whether towns and counties with a history of voter discrimination will continue to be required to obtain federal approval before enacting changes to voting laws.