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  • Moral Responses to the Palestinian/ Israeli Conflict
    This piece draws from writings by a Catholic activist on behalf of freedom for Palestinians and a Buddhist monk of Jewish ethnicity speaking out on Israel’s genocide in Gaza, and describes the missions of Palestinian/Israeli groups working together for peace and justice and the US-based Jewish Voice for Peace. https://www.laprogressive.com/war-and-peace/moral-responses
  • AOTV Pat Hynes Interview
    https://reflect-vod-athol.cablecast.tv/CablecastPublicSite/show/9696?site=1
  • Trees are our wisest ancestors
    COLUMN: FROM GLOBAL TO LOCAL  by Pat Hynes As I began this piece on trees in forests, woods and parks, a friend asked, why in February? Why didn’t I wait until the deciduous trees were a palette of new spring green crowning the stark brown trunks and branches of winter? The next day, Jan. 7,… Read more: Trees are our wisest ancestors
  • Resolution calling for cease-fire a local issue
    Readers Write I am in total support that a resolution supporting an immediate cease-fire in Gaza be brought before the City Council of Greenfield as soon as possible. The billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars being used to destroy a primarily civilian population in Gaza makes all of us taxpayers complicit in the death and maiming… Read more: Resolution calling for cease-fire a local issue
  • My Turn: Death of children too high a price
    MY TURN, Greenfield Recorder, January 5, 2024 By CLAUDIA LEFKO The U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child issued a statement on grave violations of children’s rights in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory on Oct. 13. “We reiterate that the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) requires States parties and all… Read more: My Turn: Death of children too high a price
  • My Turn: Our tax dollars used for death, destruction
    https://www.recorder.com/My-Turn-Golub-Sexton-53564276 By KATHERINE GOLUB and STACEY SEXTON, Greenfield Recorder, January 4, 2024 As elected officials representing the people of Greenfield, we face the very real needs of ouFourteen percent of Greenfielders live below the poverty line. Our schools face an untenable fiscal situation leading to cuts in programs including music and arts. Climate change and… Read more: My Turn: Our tax dollars used for death, destruction
  • Calling on Biden to back peace, not war
    FROM GLOBAL TO LOCAL COLUMN, Greenfield Recorder, January 3, 2024 Dear President Joe Biden: I would wish you a Happy New Year but it seems trite, given all the challenges and troubles you and our country face in 2024 — some inherited from previous administrations, others of your making. Americans are 10 times more likely… Read more: Calling on Biden to back peace, not war
  • Local to Global: Beacons of civilization and citizenship
    Greenfield Recorder, December 1, 2023 https://www.recorder.com/Col-Hynes-(forDec-1)-Beacons-of-Civilization-53100024 By H. PATRICIA HYNES Civilization has been described as “the slow process of learning to be kind.” This past summer and early fall, while I stood with peace and justice companions on the Greenfield Common, I witnessed a pervasive culture of kindness. Karen Boyden, with the assistance of some… Read more: Local to Global: Beacons of civilization and citizenship
  • Praying for peace and speaking the truth
    MY TURN https://www.recorder.com/my-turn-Kelner-I-start-with-Hineni—I-am-here%E2%80%9D-52929795 By LIZ KELNER I start with Hineni — “I am here.” I am Jewish and very proud of the many Jews, including my ancestors, who with courage have stood for and struggled for peace, justice and survival, who have taken great risks for our people and for all people. But today I… Read more: Praying for peace and speaking the truth
  • Let’s restore Armistice Day — a day for peace
    COLUMN by Pat Hynes https://www.recorder.com/Col-Hynes-Let-s-Restore-Armistice-Day-52845169 November 11 — at the “11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month”— marks 105 years since the World War 1 Armistice, which ended the nightmare of the deadliest war in history until then.The brutality of that first industrial war robbed 20 million soldiers and civilians of life… Read more: Let’s restore Armistice Day — a day for peace