The Language of Us and Them

The Language of Us and Them

Periodically, Slate has been running a piece about American events written using the tone and language US reporters typically employ when writing about events elsewhere. It’s disconcerting, enlightening and in a very direct way, about compassion. The latest is...
Facts are Like Cows

Facts are Like Cows

We publish a series of classic fiction books that focus on particular peace & justice topics. Most are short stories, but End of the Line is an anthology of five short novels about the death penalty. As I re-read my introduction to the book — about the...
The Compassion of Traffic Lights: Nothing Happened

The Compassion of Traffic Lights: Nothing Happened

At the beginning of our weekly staff gathering yesterday, Ann Helmke, the peaceCENTER’s director, told us that all the traffic lights went out downtown. We leaned forward in our chairs, primed for a gory story of traffic snarls, blaring horns, some Texas-sized...
Feral Cats and Compassion

Feral Cats and Compassion

Cathy Rosenthal writes a column about animals for the San Antonio Express-News. Today she answered a compassionate question about the care and feeding of feral cats. Compassion moves us to feed them. Knowledge informs us that there is a better solution: Dear Cathy: My...