In this excerpt from his timely new book, Jonathan Lerner offers a cautionary tale for activists today about his time with SDS and the Weather Underground.
A Reason for Hope: There is Another Way! COMBATANTS FOR PEACE SPEAKING TOUR with Israeli Steering Committee member Galia Galili Palestinian Coordinator Mohamed Owedah plus clips from the film “Disturbing the Peace” November 8, 7-8:30 p.m. B’nai Israel Jewish Center 740 Western Avenue, Petaluma In 2006, Israeli and Palestinian former combatants, people who had taken an active role in the conflict, laid down their weapons and established Combatants for Peace. The egalitarian, bi-national, grassroots organization was founded on the belief that the cycle of violence can only be broken when Israelis and Palestinians join forces. Combatants for Peace is the only organization, worldwide, in which former fighters on both sides of an active conflict have laid down their weapons, choosing to work together for peace and justice. Co-sponsors: Metta Center for Nonviolence B’nai Israel Jewish Center Combatants for Peace J-Street
While over 90 of the world’s largest banks gather in Brazil this week, protesters around the world are calling on them to uphold indigenous rights.
Contrary to the Gospel?
In a recent opinion piece in the Boston Globe (Wednesday October 18, 2017), Jeff Jacoby asks the question: “If the death penalty is in the Bible, how can it be ‘contrary to the Gospel?’” Jacoby took issue with Pope Francis’ statement that capital punishment is “contrary to the Gospel…” arguing that “To nonbelievers and non-Catholics, the whole subject may seem little more than Vatican shop talk. Legislators, not popes, write our criminal codes. If Francis wants to change church doctrine, why should outsiders care? This is why: Because the death penalty is a tool of justice that no decent society should unequivocally renounce, and because more innocents die when the worst murderers face only prison. The Catholic church at its best has been a mighty upholder of human dignity. But when remorseless killers have a greater right to life than their victims, human dignity is trampled into the mud.”
It won’t be easy getting to a place where we spend more on social goods than the military, but the People’s Budget points the way forward.
The Center for the Study of Social Movements at the University of Notre Dame invites nominations for the 2018 John D. McCarthy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Scholarship of Social Movements and Collective Behavior. The award honors scholars who … Continue reading →