Author: Kathleen

  • “Criminals,” “Illegals,” “Terrorists” and #AllLivesMatter

    “Criminals,” “Illegals,” “Terrorists” and #AllLivesMatter

    My heart broke just a little bit more every time I saw the reactionary #AllLivesMatter hashtag. Because mostly, white people were using it as a rude rebuke to undermine the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag. That’s sad on so many levels. And of course, all lives do matter, so I think we should take over the #AllLivesMatter hashtag, […]

  • I think I’m a resident of the Capitol

    I think I’m a resident of the Capitol

    The first time I saw an ad in the subway for the movie Mockingjay, my first thought was, “oooh… should I put that date in my calendar?” It’s an unusual thought for me about a movie opening. I don’t make it to the movie theater that often, but I LOVED the Hunger Games books. The movies based […]

  • Yes, go somewhere and read the names of people killed in Gaza

    Yes, go somewhere and read the names of people killed in Gaza

    On Tuesday, I went with my wife Dana to one of the actions calling for an end to the violence in Gaza organized by “If Not Now,” a Jewish group here in NYC. I wanted to thank them, and also encourage everyone I know, Jews and non-Jews alike, to participate in their events if you’re in […]

  • For Christmas, let’s remember what’s fundamentally Christian

    My wife is Jewish, and I was raised Catholic (confirmed and all) but I’m no longer a practicing Catholic. Even so, I find myself explaining some of the finer points of Christianity in our household. That’s because there are so many supposedly Christian folk who do very unkind and ungenerous things. Since my wife is […]

  • Nelson Mandela: Both World Leader and Convicted Criminal

    Nelson Mandela: Both World Leader and Convicted Criminal

    In hearing people talk about the passing of President Nelson Mandela, I’ve noticed that people don’t use the word “convicted criminal” to describe him, presumably out of respect. But “world leader” and “convicted criminal” are both chapters of his story. We act as if one term describes his greatness and the other is a blemish […]

  • Iran: Where the story starts matters

    I got to hear a great piece about Iran on WNYC yesterday: Robin Wright gave an insightful interview on what the approaching inauguration of the new Iranian president could mean for U.S.-Iran relations, especially given that the U.S. House has voted to yet again renew and deepen economic sanctions against Iran. Wright mentions that the relationship […]