BERKELEY, California, Mar 28 2013 (IPS) – Rodrigo Javier Diaz Guzman was a fairly typical Berkeley, California kid. He loved playing baseball and video games, enjoyed school and got good grades, watched Ninjago on TV, and ate take-out burritos and Chinese food whenever he could.
His mother was one of those parents who always showed up at school with snacks for field trips and came along to help if she could get away from work.
In school we are learning about all these important people like Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks who fought for people’s civil rights and freedom. So what about Rodrigo’s freedom? Continue reading U.S. Fourth Graders Fight to Bring Home Deported Classmate→
Based on the principles of Buen Vivir, indigenous youth in the Amazon create an intercultural community.
University students from seven indigenous communities who live together in the Peruvian city of Iquitos, on the banks of the Amazon River, have created a sustainable community based on the tenets of Buen Vivir, or “good living” — the concept of existing in harmony with other people and with nature.
The youths, of Achuar, Kichwa, Murui, Tikuna, Matsés, Shawi and Awajún descent, decided in 2010 to start the Sustainable Community in the student housing where they live, which is run by the non-governmental organization, Red Ambiental Loretana (The Loreto Environmental Network). The initiative was first launched during their first conference, taking place between February 21 and March 1, during which they established the four pillars on which the community would be based: time, resources, funding and spirit. Continue reading A sustainable community is born→
Uri Avnery, now in his eighties, is one of the most respected leaders of the Israeli peace movement. His description of the gathering last week of Israelis and Palestinians together to mourn those killed in the ongoing struggle, a unique spiritual event (though Avnery rarely uses that word), can give hope to even the most cynical. And his analysis of the role of emotion in peace-making makes us proud to be distributing our book Embracing Israel/Palestine (which you can order at www.tikkun.org/EIP) which actually embodies a way to speak not only to the head but to the heart of those in both camps who despair of bringing peace to the Middle East.
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) welcomes the release of S-744, Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 and thanks Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), John McCain (R-AZ), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) for their efforts to craft bi-partisan legislation to fix our nation’s broken immigration system.
“Giving machines the power to decide who lives and dies on the battlefield would take technology too far.” — HRW’s Steve Goose
By Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, Apr 20 2013 (IPS) – When international human rights groups launch a global campaign next week to ban “fully autonomous weapons”, they will follow in the footsteps of the highly-successful 1990s collective worldwide effort to ban anti-personnel landmines and blinding lasers.
The chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) expressed “deep disappointment in the Senate’s failure to support reasonable regulations to reduce gun violence in our nation” in an 18 April letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“The USCCB has been working with other faith leaders and organizations urging Congress to support legislation that builds a culture of life by promoting policies that reduce gun violence and save people’s lives in homes and communities throughout our nation,” wrote Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, California. “In the wake of tragic events such as the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, the failure to support even modest regulations on firearms is a failure in moral leadership to promote policies which protect and defend the common good.” Continue reading US Bishops disappointed at Senate failure to support measures to reduce gun violence→
Sister Teresa Forcades: “The current economic model, institutional and political order has failed.”
– Lauren McCauley, staff writer
From the peaks of Monserrat, a new and unlikely leader has emerged in Spain’s rising “indignado” protest movement, leading the charge against the excesses of capitalism.