Rights and Responsibilities

Embed from Getty Images When a foreigner resides with you in your land, Do not harass him/her. You shall treat the Foreigner who resides with you no differently than the natives born among you; have the same love for him/her as for yourself; for you too were once foreigners. . . (Lv. 19: 33-34) It’s […]

Can the Center hold?

Embed from Getty Images   Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhereThe ceremony of innocence is drowned;The best lack all conviction, while the worstAre full of passionate intensity.  (William Butler Yeats, The Second Coming) Written in 1919 after World War I the above […]

Climate of Violence

Embed from Getty Images I began this blog on August 6, 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima; three days later, Nagasaki. The only nation who has used the atomic bomb – twice! Today, no matter where we live, violence affects us; violence pervades our surroundings, between people, within countries and throughout our planet.  From the […]

May 2015

I ask you to read and reflect on the attached document below. It’s a process and struggle that continues today.  The reflection is from the 1960s – another chaotic time with major shifts taking place.  I believe it’s applicable and timely for the 2000s.  The facts, as we continue to see and hear, are multiple […]

Earth Day 2015

Jeffrey Sachs, Ph.D., Director of Sustainable Development Solutions Network, A Global Initiative for the UN; Director of The Earth Institute, Columbia University. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals, having held the same position under former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Yesterday I heard this man interviewed by […]


A Harvard business prof and a behavioral economist recently asked more than 5,000 Americans how they thought wealth is distributed in the United States. Most thought that it’s more balanced than it actually is. Asked to choose their ideal distribution of wealth, 92% picked one that was even more equitable. Take a long, hard and […]

Earth Day

Earth Day, Apr. 22, a day to celebrate the environment! The first Earth Day was organized in 1970 to promote the ideas of ecology, encourage respect for life on earth, and highlight growing concern over pollution of the soil, air, and water. Earth Day is now observed in 140 nations with outdoor performances, exhibits, street fairs, and television programs […]

International Women’s Day, March 8, 2014

Embed from Getty Images “Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support. The evidence is clear: equality for women means […]

Malcolm X

Embed from Getty Images “I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.” During February, Black History Month, we honor the history and outstanding individuals […]

Being Part of the Life Boat

Embed from Getty Images 50 years ago, during Lyndon Johnson’s first State of the Union Address on January 8, 1964, he announced: “This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America.” Despite this determination many political, social and economic factors became obstacles rather means to success. Numerous resources are available today […]

Signs of the Times

Signs of the Times Vatican II was the catalyst that helped create a new way of being Church:  a Church centered on justice, professing a preferential option for the poor, a Church of modern day martyrs, and a Church with a growing number of laity desiring a more active role. Below is the first paragraph […]


Embed from Getty Images NOVEMBER is a month of days full of remembering and giving thanks! To name a few. . .We started with All Saints  and All Souls Days which give us opportunities to recall loved ones who have gone before us. Veterans’ Day sets forth a time in which we honor those, living […]

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor. . .

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor. . . Do these words sound familiar? Do they resonate? Or are they passé? According some in the U.S. House of Representatives this sentiment is not relevant today. Their vote, 217-210, to cut a devastating amount – about $40 billion over the next 10 years – from the Supplemental […]

The Dream of MLK, Jr. 50 years later. . .1963-2013

Embed from Getty Images Art work with narrative reflecting the thoughts, feelings and dreams of ethnic communities of color. www.thenation.com/article/175731/how-streets-honor-martin-luther-king-jr?rel=emailNation#http://   Reflection & Analysis on Marching on Washington Today –  www.thenation.com/article/175757/time-march-washington-again?rel=emailNation#axzz2coT2JUYE

Walking while Black…

April 2012 “On the rainy night of Sunday, Feb. 26, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin walked to a convenience store in Sanford, Fla. On his way home, with his Skittles and iced tea, the African-American teenager was shot and killed. The gunman, George Zimmerman, didn’t run. He claimed that he killed the young man in self-defense. The […]