Nancy Scheper-Hughes: Beyond undoing the damage and human rights violations committed in our prisons, jails, courtrooms, police stations, and the horrendous militarization of police weaponry, we urgently need an official reckoning with the past.
Stephen Menedian: The shocking deaths of Alston Sterling and Philando Castile this week, accompanied by wrenchingly painful video, are tragic reminders that all the protests, national attention on race and policing, and calls for reform have failed to abate, let alone slow, the epidemic of extreme violence against black bodies by law enforcement.
Kathy Kelly: Can we ask ourselves: which has ever brought a peaceful future nearer to people in Afghan or U.S. neighborhoods– weaponized military and surveillance systems or the efforts of concerned neighbors seeking justice?
Maria Armoudian: It’s salt into the collective wound of the Armenian people, yet another reminder of our unacknowledged pain and injustice by Turkey, which was built upon the bones, blood—and land of Armenians.
Sharon Kyle: To the uninitiated, Brooks’ position would be quite sensible and even persuasive had it not started from a false premise — that we are all on a level playing field.
Hannah Petrie: To view our dads as they are, as flawed human beings, frees us from illusion, and in seeing them as whole people, we have a better chance at coming into our own wholeness.
Arica Coleman: On this first anniversary of the Emanuel A.M.E. tragedy, let us honor the victims and their loved ones by remembering their acts of kindness shown to one who proved himself to be so undeserving.`
Sam Davis: The obvious solution is that we must keep people on the verge from becoming homeless, because once on the streets they experience a dehumanizing and costly downward spiral.
These men and women at the Heroin Anonymous event are testaments to cracking that snake in half, and throwing away the allure and the mighty erotic and attractive moment of the fix hitting all those dopamine-serotonin cylinders all at once.
Paul Haeder: What we have is emptiness in America – the public spaces no longer public, barricaded against the struggle that is displacement, and no place to live or stay.
Larry Wines: Meanwhile, we see fellow Americans who instinctively know how to respond: with help. They are making donations of desperately needed blood for victims. Long lines are already zigzagging outside hospitals in Orlando.
Hannah Petrie: We now have a “faithful 8” of trainees, a diverse group of community members including the Walkers (and their daughter Nicole) who will soon be able to facilitate inter-generational councils in our community, welcoming anyone ten years and older affected by gang affiliation.
Angela James and Melina Abdullah: The brutal treatment of pregnant women, as well as the abusive treatment of gender nonconforming men and women, must all be giving the same value as we assert that in fact, ALL #BlackLivesMatter. #SayHerName