I worry that "checking out," while tempting, is not the answer when so much is at stake. Yet, action takes a toll, and some contemplative tips can come in handy.
NCR Today: Nonviolent protest, modeled by Dr. Martin Luther King, is a way to address injustices; it has an important history in our democracy and our Christian churches.
The political and moral stands of Joan Baez have their origins in Baghdad. Her father taught physics for a year at the University of Baghdad.
The mines no longer operate.
The large trucks that carried heavy equipment no longer rumble down dirt roads fogging the air with dust.
The workers no longer trudge along those same roads inhaling the dust weighted by the humidity of dawn.
Community opposition succeeded in shutting down mines in Nueva Esperanza in northern Honduras and El Tránsito far to the south near the border of Nicaragua. But to many people in these two small towns the closings serve only as a pyrrhic victory.
Making a Difference: A monumental conference held in Rome sought to deepen the church's commitment to nonviolence, a very personal subject for me.
Early in 1965, Edmundite Fr. Maurice Ouellet answered a knock at his door. Martin Luther King Jr. was standing on the front step.
An appeals court in Hanoi today upheld the sentence given to a jailed Catholic lawyer, who is on hunger strike, while international human rights groups called on Vietnam to release him.
The People’s Supreme Court upheld the jail term of 30 months for lawyer and dissident Joseph Le Quoc Quan for charges of tax evasion. His firm was also fined 1.29 billion dong (approximately US $61,000), local sources said.
Attorney Ha Huy Son, who supported Quan in court, told the BBC’s Vietnamese section that he “is disappointed by the appeal court’s decision that has been approved.”
Pope Francis is considering a visit to South Korea this summer, and the activists of Korea’s Jeju Island are appealing for a solidarity appearance.
With news of Francis’ possible trip to South Korea, the activist website, Save Jeju Now, is urging people to send letters to the pope, asking him not only to visit Jeju Island, but also to preside over their daily Mass at the construction site of a future naval base. A sample letter to Francis states,