When Evil Walks Among Us

By Steven Worth In his book “People of the Lie,” the late psychiatrist Scott Peck addressed the question of evil. Surprisingly for a psychiatrist trained as a doctor in the latest scientific techniques of treating people who are suffering, Peck observes there is such a thing as pure evil that has no cause and no…

Every Body, Every Day, Every Way

By Karen A. Hart In Racine, Wisconsin, a few of us volunteers have managed to tie in a solar-energy-installation training program for young adults with a local environmental initiative. It has been a big challenge for everyone involved to prepare the legal and insurance considerations for this program, and also to ensure that it will…

Seeking Education in a Time of Displacement

By Kristy McCaskill Ahmed* is a 21-year-old medical student from Iraq. The crisis in his country forced him to flee his home with his family last year and abandon his studies. A bright and compassionate person, Ahmed wants nothing more than to return to university and finish his studies so he can become an anesthesiologist.…

Shared success and individual success

By: René Muhindo (Democratic Republic of Congo) In many instances, I think that society values large-scale achievements far more often than individual ones. For instance, a country’s school attendance rates are scrutinized with no regard for the efforts of disadvantaged parents for their family’s survival. Or, when a country’s economy becomes stronger, the president or…

In Detroit and Flint (USA), no more water for the poor

I am Justin Wedes, a co-founder of Detroit Water Brigade, a non-profit advocacy and rapid relief organization responding to the city’s aggressive water shut-off program. I work on water issues with low-income families, the homeless, and unemployed people in Detroit and Flint. In Detroit and Flint, people have been facing multiple ongoing crises that arise…

Arrested over subway turnstile jumping

By: Gligor Tashkovich (United States) I got a text message at about 9:30 am in the morning on Thursday with the cryptic words, “She was arrested.” The message was from Jeffrey. Last October, I had finally succeeded (after months of trying) to move him and his partner Nadine off the pavement and into a temporary shelter.…