It’s Time to Take a Stand

It's time to stand for welcome and to raise your voice to meet the critical needs of children and families seeking refuge. Your voice is needed to ensure that children and families seeking refuge retain access to compassion and justice. A bill introduced this week in the U.S. House, if passed, would be devastating for … Continue reading It’s Time to Take a Stand

Execution in Arizona Takes 2 Hours

“‘Joe Wood is dead, but it took him two hours to die,’” Troy Hayden of Phoenix’s KSAZ-TV and an eyewitness to the execution of Joe Wood was quoted as saying in a July 23 NPR story. “‘And to watch a man lay there for an hour and 40 minutes gulping air, I can liken it … Continue reading Execution in Arizona Takes 2 Hours

“Bring Back the Firing Squad”

"If we, as a society, cannot stomach the splatter from an execution carried out by firing squad, then we shouldn't be carrying out executions at all," wrote Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Federal Judge Alex Kozinski in a dissent released Monday. Kozinski dissented from a Ninth Circuit decision dismissing Arizona death row inmate Joseph Wood's … Continue reading “Bring Back the Firing Squad”

If we fail them, “their hell will increasingly become our own”

". . . [T]wo superpowers — the United States and the Soviet Union — chose our region [Central America] as a place to work out their disputes. They were eager to help Central America transform students into soldiers," Oscar Arias, former president of Costa Rica and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, wrote in the July 18 … Continue reading If we fail them, “their hell will increasingly become our own”

Taking Stock of U.S. Involvement in Central America

"Today, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala are horrifyingly dangerous places. Children are fleeing. The response from much of Congress and the tea party has been to argue for the repeal of immigration laws so that the U.S. can quickly deport the children back to their devastated home countries," reports Ryan Grim in a July 18, … Continue reading Taking Stock of U.S. Involvement in Central America

We Should Be Better Than This

"This is not the best face of a great nation. This is the underside of a great stone, which when lifted sends creepy things slithering in all directions. We are better than this. We are more compassionate than this. We are more honorable than this." Read more of The New York Times' Charles M. Blow's … Continue reading We Should Be Better Than This