Sunday, June 11, 2006

The Wee Small Hours of the Morning

Three inmates at Guantanamo hung themselves today using nooses made of sheets and clothing. Military commanders have responded by calling on the administration to shut down Guantanamo because these deaths have revealed the cruelty of indefinite detention.

Oh wait . . . I read that wrong. They're responding by giving bed sheets to detainees only when they go to bed and removing them after they wake up in the morning.

Because who ever heard of a person hanging himself in the middle of the night?

Friday, May 19, 2006

English-Speaking Only

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Tough Questions from Sen. Orrin Hatch

Isn't it true, General Hayden, that you are one of the bravest Americans ever? And that you are working tirelessly for peace and security, and Americans should be grateful for your prying hands on their personal information? In fact, and I challenge you to prove otherwise, General, shouldn't we just take your word for it, whatever "it" is, and go back to praying and buying things?

Wisdom from Sen. Pat Roberts

"I am a strong supporter of the First Amendment, the Fourth Amendment and civil liberties. But you have no civil liberties if you are dead," said Sen. Pat Roberts, expressing concern that when the rapture comes the dead will demand privacy protection. The Senator went on to explain his proposal to build a barbed-wire fence between this world and the next citing the millions of dead who are taking jobs from un-dead Americans.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Friday, April 07, 2006

The Church of St. Judas the Betrayer?

"In many a dark hour
I've been thinkin' about this
That Jesus Christ
Was betrayed by a kiss
But I can't think for you
You'll have to decide
Whether Judas Iscariot
Had God on his side."
Bob Dylan, With God On Our Side

Thursday, April 06, 2006

dad cuts wood;

the thick smell of white
gasoline smoke, a whining
chainsaw, cool iced tea.

Dump dwellers

Below is a link to a Morning Edition story, 4/6/06. It's about a priest who works with a community of dump dwellers in Mexico.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5327140

What grabbed my attention was the priest's realization that he had to meet this community where it was and then work for positive change out of love and respect for the people of that community. It is something my friend Luis talks about a lot, a notion at the heart of Gerald Lopez' book "Rebellious Lawyering." I think it's an important concept to grasp, not only in our professional lives as lawyers working in the public interest, but in our daily lives as well.

If we are unwilling to meet people where they are, then our efforts to alleviate suffering will be counterproductive at worst and shots in the dark at best. In order to alleviate suffering, we must first know the nature of that suffering. In order to know that, we must work to know the people around us.

Sunday, March 26, 2006