For the Birds

Photo Credit: Jen Zoon, Smithsonian’s National Zoo In this photo: Zoo veterinarian Nancy Boedeker (L) and veterinary technician Peter Flowers (R) examine the snowy owl Jan. 30, 2014. “The snowy owl that has been spotted recently in the Washington D.C. area was brought to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo for care early this morning after reportedly … Continue reading

Talking Satire with Song Byeok

I was thrilled this week to get a chance to interview Song Byeok, former State Propaganda Artist for North Korea. Song lost both parents and a sister to the famine of the 1990s that ravaged his homeland. After trying to escape into China to find food, he was tortured by the same government he used … Continue reading

When They Die, Who Mourns Them?

Today I want to highlight a group of heroes out there doing amazing, practical work. I hope their hands-on response to the global crisis that is HIV/AIDS will inspire us to deeper compassion and give us just one example of how we can care for the people in greatest need among us. Joseph’s House is … Continue reading

Growing Up Without AIDS

What I remember most about AIDS growing up is the silence. In Memphis, where more than one friend actually went to ex-gay camp, I don’t remember hearing much about the disease that has now killed over 30 million people. To be fair, I also don’t remember any hateful statements about how AIDS cures homosexuality. No, … Continue reading

Abolitionist Opportunities

The following opportunities came to me through the DC Stop Modern Slavery (DC SMS) newsletter. As the membership coordinator for DC SMS, I can help you get involved, join a team, or even start a chapter in a different metro region. Let me know if you’re interested in getting involved, or check out one of … Continue reading

A Zagat for Bleeding Hearts

Next time your waiter brings you that side of fries, how do you know she hasn’t coughed a nasty stomach virus onto it? Who can a busboy talk to about having his wages stolen from him? When a line cook leaves work, does he have a place to call home? Earlier this month, Restaurant Opportunities … Continue reading

Human Rights in China: An Interview with the Laogai Museum’s Harry Wu

I recently visited the Laogai Museum and wrote a bit about it for We Love DC. In the process I also spoke with the museum’s director Harry Wu. Wu is a survivor of the Laogai prisons – a forced labor system in China to which he was sentenced for political crimes. After moving to the … Continue reading

Good News Friday

TGIF! Am I right? Am I right? JOBS JOBS JOBS! If you’re looking for work in human rights, there are some great job opportunities out there right now. Here are a few with links to their listings: End Genocide – A growing and dedicated DC-based NGO. Currently seeking policy analysts and web/communications personnel. USCRI – … Continue reading

Good News Friday

Happy Friday, folks! I have been MIA as I finish two big writing projects before their deadlines. Hopefully I can get them both out in the next day or two. Then I plan to spend a week or so detoxing from my (now severe) addiction to coffee. Here’s some good news to boost you into … Continue reading

Mob Guilt and Mob Mercy

Last night I saw Parade at Ford’s Theatre. Lucky SOBs: they scheduled a musical about the wrongful imprisonment and execution of a man in Georgia at conveniently the exact same time the Troy Davis case entered national consciousness. Add to that the looming seat stage left, draped in flags for an assassinated President Lincoln, then … Continue reading

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