Peace & Human Rights
Zoe Weil: None represent brand new ideas; none are panaceas, and none offer quick solutions. Yet collectively I believe that they offer us a meaningful path toward building a less violent future.
Hundreds pushed back against the media’s attempt to incite a race war by showing up at a midday prayer service in Dallas, Texas, and lending their support to the police department. After the service, many of the attendees stood in line to personally thank the men and women who place their lives on the line every day – and hugs became the best way to express what words cannot.
While the name, Black Lives Matter, could be perceived as an exclusive club where others aren’t welcome, nothing could be further from the truth. BLM, as the movement is often abbreviated, only wants to level the playing field, and welcomes supporters from any race, creed, religion, gender — anyone — who acknowledges systemic disparities present in the U.S.
Most of you who read this are committed to some kind of psychological or spiritual process which you believe enhances your life. You probably like to think the world is also a better place for your doing this self-reflective work. Given this, let’s take this fantastic opportunity to expand our minds, hearts and souls. You know […]
Matthew Cooke shows us that there is a better way for police to respond and react without having to kill. He shows how police all around the world respond to the same situations we get right here at home without going for their weapons first.
In the aftermath of the mass shooting in an Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, the LGBT community in Orlando came together to mourn and remember those killed in the nightclub attack.
If the citizens of the United States alone were to practice meditation for a mere ten minutes every day, concentrating on peace, the wars would lessen, and eventually stop. This is no bogus claim. It is backed by over 100 scientific studies proving that meditation stops war.
Currently, there’s a lot more spending on violence than peace. The price tag on the violence added up to $13.6 trillion in 2015, or 13.3 percent of gross world product. Investments in peacekeeping and peacebuilding, in contrast, totaled $15 billion. That ratio of nearly 1000 to 1 needs to dramatically change.
When Jack met Felix, who sells recyclables collected from garbage so he can eat, an emotional Black breaking his public promise not to cry urged people to donate to help children like Felix live a better life.
The third annual Global Slavery Index, which gathers and analyzes surveys conducted by Gallup, reported that the number of people forced into “modern slavery” rose from 35.8 million to 45.8 million since 2014 — a 28 percent increase.
Displaying flags and placing flowers on the graves of military members might be two of the more traditional Memorial Day methods of showing tribute to those who have fallen in battle; but perhaps a new tradition must be initiated — one that would constitute the highest form of respect. It’s time, beginning with Memorial Day 2016, to prevent any further unnecessary deaths by exposing the lies of the American empire in corporate and defense profiteering as the now-exclusive driving factors behind its push for war on all fronts.