Aaron McCarroll Gallegos manages social media for the United Church of Canada and was a founding member of D.C. Barrios Unidos, a gang intervention group.
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Sri Lankan Excommunicated
Catholic theologian and priest Tissa Balasuriya was excommunicated for heresy from the Roman Catholic Church in January.
Set the Captives Free
While many people of conscience in the United States are aware of the plight of political prisoners in countries around the world, Americans rarely hear about those locked up in
A Partnership for the Earth
Wise, gentle, and tough as nails
Rev. Daughtry's reflections on his ministry to Tupac Shakur show us the patience and tolerance for ambiguity required in the task of ministering to those wrapped up in what some call the "thug life."
Sue Bailey Thurman, 93, died on Christmas day 1996 in San Francisco.
Headwaters Forest Alliance
An interfaith alliance of religious activists—including Christians, Jews, and Buddhists—has joined other environmentalists...
It's a Small World After All
The National Labor Committee, the group that linked Kathie Lee Gifford's clothing line with sweatshops, is now looking into Disney's production of children's clothing in a Burmese assembly plant.
Sister Dianna Ortiz
Dianna Ortiz, the Ursuline nun who vigiled and fasted in front of the White House for six weeks last spring to pressure the government to release the identity of her torturers...
Bernardin's Most Important Year
Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, the archbishop of Chicago, has announced that the cancer he was treated for in June 1995 has returned.
Beyond the Test Ban
Some are calling it "a pivotal moment." Others have labeled it "flawed and dangerous."
Manual for Horror
The Pentagon snuck out an admission that the students at the notorious School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia, once used manuals advocating torture, assassination, and kidnapping as t
Seventy-five years after its creation, a statue of suffragists Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton will at long last join the all-male statuary of the U.S. Capitol Rotunda...
A Part of the Solution
The Blueberry Tax
Between the Lines
Women's Rights are Human Rights
Between the Lines
Democracy Efforts for China
Chinese pro-democracy activist Harry Wu led 1,000 protestors to the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C., to kick off Amnesty International's Annual General Meeting in June.
If no man is an island, as the adage goes, then no nation is either. Even while Indonesia and most of the rest of the world remain in denial, books like Matthew Jardine's East Timor: Genocide in Paradise continue to connect the atrocities committed in that small corner of Southeast Asia to the rest of the world.
The dearth of media coverage in the 21 years since Indonesia invaded and occupied East Timor—during which time more than 200,000 East Timorese died—makes it necessary for activists continually to educate the public about the basics regarding the region. With less than 100 pages and an introduction by well-known intellectual Noam Chomsky, East Timor was written to be widely read and to keep the East Timorese struggle for survival from falling off the screen of peace and justice activists.
Jardine manages, in a few pages, to offer a fairly thorough history of East Timor (though perhaps skipping a little too quickly through the murky period between the end of Portuguese colonization and the Indonesian invasion, when competing political factions in East Timor fought a brief civil war). He stresses that the ongoing genocide of the East Timorese would not be possible without the acquiesence of the United States and, to a lesser extent, Australia, Japan, Canada, and Great Britain.
The United States provided Indonesia with 90 percent of the arms used in the initial invasion in 1975—the same weapons that killed 60,000 East Timorese in the first two months. In 1977, after two years of slaughter threatened to deplete Indonesia's arsenal, Jimmy Carter's "human rights" administration authorized a 2,000 percent increase in commercial U.S. arms sales to the country, allowing the killings to peak in 1978.
Fasting for Life
“Anything worth living for is worth dying for,” Brian Rohatyn told The Washington Post concerning his fast with Pastors for Peace on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.
Peace and Dignity
Margarito and Maria Esquino, refugees in Washington, D.C., received death threats this spring that they suspect came from members of El Salvadors ruling ARENA party.