We can barely turn in any direction without encountering violence of one kind or another. It is a pervasive presence in our lives and the lives of people worldwide.
War is a human disaster: Not only due to the victims, but also because it brings in plain view many evil and ugly phenomena: violence, racism, nationalist zeal.
Can working class internationalism break down the walls of reactionary nationalism and prejudice which serve as chains holding both peoples down?
After Rolling Stone magazine placed Tsarnaev Dzhokhar on their cover in a flattering rock star image, many protested saying it was a terrible move - and they may be right.
The Religious Society of Friends, known as Quakers, have an expression called "holding in the light..."
Reducing gun violence in modern America, is not as simple as in "Destry." But neither is it a lot more complicated!
The bravery of the first responders, whether public workers, runners, fans or race volunteers, in rushing toward those who were hurt and towards the explosion, smoke and chaos is to be saluted and recognized.
On Feb. 14, an annual event highlighted the fact that one out of three women will be beaten or raped in her lifetime. The same day Reeva Steenkamp was killed, allegedly by Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius.
It's not complicated. Less guns equals less murders. But arms sales are through the roof now.
Since coming to Philadelphia in 1973, I personally have known at least six parents/grandparents who have lost a total of seven children and grandchildren to gun violence.