Colman McCarthy directs the Center for Teaching Peace, a Washington non-profit. He is the author of I'd Rather Teach Peace and has written for NCR since 1965.

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The families against the death penalty, no matter their personal pain

It's Happening: With the outgoing administration supporting a surge in federal executions, our attention and gratitude goes to the stories of families who have lost loved ones to homicide but publicly lobby against governmental vengeance.


How Biden deals with stuttering reveals his character

It's Happening: "It's not a heavy load, but it's always with me, like a touchstone, as a reminder that everyone carries his or her own burdens," Biden has said. I, too, carry the speaking impediment.


Why I don't vote

It's Happening: I've never voted in any election, going back to when Kennedy and Nixon were offering their services to the country. Why? Because I'm a pacifist — and on my better days, a pacifist-anarchist.


This college semester will be different, but there is more than one kind of remoteness

It's Happening: For the first time in 38 years, I won't have the privilege of sharing time and ideas in a classroom with college students at American University and Georgetown University in courses about peace and social justice.