Amnesty International USA’s Program to Abolish the Death Penalty

The death penalty is the ultimate, irreversible denial of human rights. By working towards the abolition of the death penalty worldwide, Amnesty International aims to end the cycle of violence created by a system riddled with economic and racial bias and tainted by human error. Amnesty International campaigns to abolish the death penalty in the … Read more…

Hunger and Poverty

Poverty and hunger are pandemic in our world, although we in the USA seem shielded from knowing or seeing the vast suffering it causes. Half of humanity survives on $2-a-day or less, without reliable access to safe water. Twenty percent of humanity — some $1.3 billion people — survive on $1-a-day or less with little … Read more…

Day of Reckoning: Tuesday, November 7th

by Nathaniel Batchelder Americans voting this fall must elect Members of Congress who will support legislation in the common good and general interest of all, especially addressing economic and environmental sustainability. The challenges are urgent and daunting: On the first Earth Day, in 1972, many of us learned that, with only 6% of the world’s … Read more…

Affinity Groups for Social Action

It is not situations that are hopeless, but rather people who feel hopeless because events have left them discouraged or disempowered. Yes, these are tough times, politically and economically … all the more reason for us “peace activists” to review and renew our sources of hope. Actions DO make a difference, as all of us … Read more…

Hate Crimes Legislation Valuable

Clarification is needed to explain why hate crimes deserve special prosecution when some would argue that a crime is a crime, so why give special treatment to some groups. All violent crimes are heinous but hate crimes are different. They target not only an individual but the entire population the individual represents. Hate crimes send … Read more…