At the Movies: Rising Up Down South

November 23rd, 2011

By Jan Barry The myriad marches, sit-ins, camp-ins and other protest demonstrations sweeping across America these days didn’t spring up out of nowhere. Such actions against entrenched injustice were honed in the civil rights movement that shook up authorities in the 1950s and 1960s. That movement energized and inspired a groundswell of grassroots movements against […]

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Duty, Honor, Dissent

October 28th, 2009

Matthew Hoh took a Foreign Service job in Afghanistan determined to make a difference in a key part of America’s war on terrorism. After trying to carry out the U.S. mission plan for Afghanistan, he resigned in a letter that may be far more meaningful than any other action one can take on behalf of […]

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The Duty of Dissent

October 11th, 2009

They teach a lot of things at the US Military Academy at West Point, but one thing they don’t teach is the honorable duty of dissent, a vital element in a democracy. I was reminded of that while reading a new book about the latest crop of veterans protesting military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. […]

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Pushing Back

August 18th, 2009

How much power are you willing to give your government? It’s obvious that not all of us are in agreement with legislation proposed by our President and the Democratic lawmakers. After seeing how they work, we have ample reason to worry about what will be next. Health care is only one of several bills that […]

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