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Stephanie Van Hook: Why Mister Rogers Is the Role Model We Need Right Now

The unconventional children’s television pioneer celebrated dignity and kindness in the age of mass media. Rogers says that in times of “scary news,” of tragedy and disaster, his mother taught … Continue reading

September 1, 2018 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: The long-term effects of separating children from their parents

The real tragedy of separating children from their parents will come years from now when the kids suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. These past few days, I’ve been feeling a … Continue reading

August 8, 2018 · 1 Comment

Elizabeth Kirschner: The Story of Benjamin

Early July, ninety degrees in the shade and me in the crook of my mother’s arms. She has her movie star sunglasses on, purple cat-eye glasses with iris-tinted lenses.      … Continue reading

July 15, 2018 · 1 Comment

Sarah Bilston: Breaking Up Families? America Looks Like a Dickens Novel

It’s 2018, but it sure feels like 1834.  ‘Please sir, may I have some more?’ James Mahoney’s illustration for chapter one of Dickens’s ‘Adventures of Oliver Twist.’ (Image: Public domain) … Continue reading

June 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Dr. Eva-Maria Simms: Under International Law, Children Have The Right To Be With Their Families

Over the past weeks, we have seen horrific pictures of children separated from their parents and detained in tents and holding pens. Politicians justify this by claiming that they are enforcing … Continue reading

June 21, 2018 · 4 Comments

Rev. Dr. Charles N. Davidson: A Summons to a Nationwide Citizens’ Mobilization to Free and Unite Migrant and Refugee Children and Families

The crucial moment has arrived amid the immigration crisis inflaming the nation—the time for citizens from cities, townships, and hamlets across the land to answer the clarion call to take … Continue reading

June 19, 2018 · 2 Comments

Ann Fisher-Wirth: Prayer

Let the mothers rush toward their babies and wrap their arms around them tight enough to hold back even the sea if it would harm them.   Let the anguish … Continue reading

June 19, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: “Will we make their abuser a US senator?” Powerful new ad rebukes Moore and Trump

Democratic Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones has released a searing political ad putting names and faces to Roy Moore’s victims. . . There is seemingly no end to the horror … Continue reading

November 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

Chris Hedges: Pity the Children

Larry—not his real name—is 38. He is serving a 30-year sentence for murder in a New Jersey prison. He will not be eligible for parole until 2032, when he will … Continue reading

February 4, 2016 · 1 Comment

Jose Padua: The Beautiful Thing

In Virginia this fat southern kid sits by me on the bus and starts talking to a man wearing a baseball cap who’s sitting across the aisle from him. “My … Continue reading

November 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Marian Wright Edelman: Adults are the Problem

I am often asked what’s wrong with our children and I almost always answer, adults are what’s wrong. It is time for adults of every race and income group to … Continue reading

November 5, 2015 · 2 Comments

Sharon Doubiago: The Rape

This is a letter I received from Jack Retasket. The words are entirely his. — S.D. — 9:54 pm, April 15, 2006, Two Rivers Correctional Institution, Umatilla, Oregon It is spring, … Continue reading

June 10, 2015 · 1 Comment

Sharon Doubiago: I Am My Brother’s Keeper

[ed. note: This is the preface to The Visit by Sharon Doubiago, published by Wild Ocean Press] Jack Retasket is a Native American/Canadian Shuswap-Lillooet (Statlmx) survivor of Kamloops Indian Residential … Continue reading

May 14, 2015 · 4 Comments

Doug Anderson: Tucson, 1954

One night when I was eleven, when my mother swung to hit me I reached up and grabbed her hand and was surprised at my own strength. We both knew … Continue reading

December 22, 2014 · 9 Comments

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