Category Archives: Social Justice/Non-Violent Protest

President Obama and Gun Control

Dear President Obama, I was touched by your speech introducing the executive measures you are putting in place to reduce gun violence. Your evident compassion for the victims of gun violence and for the grieving friends and family members of … Continue reading

Posted in Gun Violence, Peace, Social Justice/Non-Violent Protest | Tagged , | 2 Comments

On Sexual Violence

Sexual violence:  What is it, where does it come from and how do we get rid of it? These are questions that came up for me in two sessions I attended at the recent UN Commission on the Status of … Continue reading

Posted in Dialogue, Human Trafficking, Peace, Sex Industry, Social Justice/Non-Violent Protest | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why I Act to Oppose Human Trafficking

While viewing the documentary, “Singers in the Band,” I suddenly began to cry. The film was shown during an event co-sponsored by the Network for Peace through Dialogue in conjunction with the U.N.’s Commission on the Status of Women meetings … Continue reading

Posted in Community/Environment, Dialogue, Human Trafficking, Sex Industry, Social Justice/Non-Violent Protest, Women's Rights/Human Rights | 1 Comment

Locker Room Bullying: An Analyis

Jonathan Martin – the player for the Miami Dolphins who left football, at least temporarily, as a result of relentless locker room bullying – has prompted some voluminous soul-searching. (Whether it leads to meaningful action remains to be seen.) I … Continue reading

Posted in Dialogue, Peace, Social Justice/Non-Violent Protest | Leave a comment

Abolish War?

Can war be abolished?  What would it take? This is what has been on my mind since attending meetings connected to the recent session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.   The theme this year was violence against … Continue reading

Posted in Dialogue, Peace, Social Justice/Non-Violent Protest | 3 Comments

A Young Boxer Breaks a Mold

Claressa Shields, the young boxer who won a gold metal in the first-ever women’s boxing event at the Olympics, challenged some deep-seated stereotypes when she was interviewed last week by Stephen Colbert.  It seemed to me that this young black … Continue reading

Posted in Racism, Social Justice/Non-Violent Protest, Women's Rights/Human Rights | Leave a comment

An Appreciation

Kathleen Kanet, RSHM and Virginia Dorgan, RSHM, founders of Network for Peace through Dialogue, are nuns who have taken on the challenge of confronting injustice and violence in the world.  This month they celebrate their Jubilee anniversary, the 50th year … Continue reading

Posted in Religion/Faith, Social Justice/Non-Violent Protest | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

On Demand—Trafficking for sex

From our colleague: Kris Wade Executive Director The Justice Project http://www.thejusticeprojectkc.org How do we address the “demand” side of sex trafficking?  At a recent presentation during meetings of the UN on the status of women, Kris Wade spoke as a … Continue reading

Posted in Human Trafficking, Sex Industry, Social Justice/Non-Violent Protest, Women's Rights/Human Rights | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Social Doctrine and Peoples of the Book

Where does a person’s idea of justice come from?  Are we born with it?  Did humans develop it in the course of evolution?  Does it come from God as commandments revealed in the Bible or Koran? What do Judaism, Christianity … Continue reading

Posted in Dialogue, Religion/Faith, Social Justice/Non-Violent Protest | Tagged | Leave a comment

Understanding Islam — Session 3

This evening’s event was entitled “Social Doctrine for People of the Book.”  It brought Michael Graff, Esq., a member of West End Synagogue; Elizabeth Barre, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Marymount Manhattan College, and Yusuf Hasan, Healthcare Chaplaincy at … Continue reading

Posted in Religion/Faith, Social Justice/Non-Violent Protest | Tagged , | Leave a comment