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Mehnaaz Mome: The Missing Piece in the Gun Violence Discourse — The Porous Border Between Republic and Empire

It may not be a coincidence that the rise in the killings of unarmed civilians thrives at a time when America remains engaged in a multitude of wars, some visible, … Continue reading

December 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Christian Christensen: Are Dead Children The Price of Freedom?

The most common question asked on this side of the Atlantic is: “Why can’t they see what these weapons are doing to their country?” There is a sickness eating at … Continue reading

February 19, 2018 · 4 Comments

Abby Zimet: The Kids Have Had Enough

“The NRA is a terrorist organization.” With evidence growing that prayer will not stop bullets from killing school children, the kids themselves are stepping up to be the grownups in … Continue reading

February 18, 2018 · 2 Comments

Arlene Weiner: Nearer

All day our brilliant screens show without letup hysterical screamers winning money prizes, a woman sneering at another’s getup, boys doing jackass stunts in various guises, in aspiration to become … Continue reading

February 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Deborah Bogen: Florida

Abraham. What were you thinking nudging Isaac up that hill?  You must have known some tests must be refused. You say I shouldn’t judge, that I’ve made my own mistakes … Continue reading

February 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Leslie McGrath: An Anniversary

(Newtown, CT December 14, 2012) Cue the half-mast flags sagging eleven listless days before Christmas and the entreaties to return to our senses.   It takes nearly a month, an … Continue reading

December 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Video: “Loss”

. In recent years, several media outlets have taken to calling President Obama the ‘Mourner-in-Chief’ due to the frequency with which he addresses the nation following fatal incidents of mass … Continue reading

July 3, 2016 · 12 Comments

Joshua Dubois: What the President secretly did at Sandy Hook Elementary School

Below is an excerpt from The President’s Devotional by Joshua Dubois, the former head of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He’s recounting events that occurred Sunday, December … Continue reading

December 11, 2015 · 1,477 Comments

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