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Irreparable Human Deficit Looms in Wake of Budget-Cutting Frenzy

by Riane Eisler, Rene Redwood – OP ED

A financial debt can be paid. But the debt we’ll owe our children if investments in health, nutrition and education are slashed is irreparable. Investment in human infrastructure is essential for success in the post-industrial economy, and this should be our policymakers’ guiding economic principle.

It’s up to us to ask the hard questions: Why are we being told we can’t raise taxes on the rich, but must cut wages for teachers, nurses, child-care workers and others on whom our future depends? There is no evidence that lower taxes on corporations and millionaires raise all boats, or that massive cuts in social services have ever helped people in developing nations rise from poverty. The opposite is true. It’s countries like Canada, Sweden, New Zealand and Finland that have made commitments to caring for future generations that have risen from poverty to prosperity.

Why are we told that cutting social programs is the road to prosperity, when our past prosperity was the result of the very opposite?

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Greek Tragedy Mirrors Women Prisoners Lives

The women prisoners at the Homestead Correctional Institution in Florida use art and acting to soothe troubled souls through the Artspring program. By Celeste Fraser Delgado, Miami Herald, April 16, 2011 Read more>> NPR feature, aired April 8, 2011 Listen>>

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Hunger for the Holy

by Sr. Gail Worcelo, C.P., Green Mountain Monastery, VT

The bell rings at 5am, an early morning call to prayer. It is the beginning of our monastic day here in Vermont. It is time for Morning Vigil. At this hour, all is in darkness except for the one candle lighting our prayer space. I take my place on the cushion and join the others gathered for our hour of contemplative prayer. This time of Vigils is the night watch hour, a time to touch the mysterious Presence of God at the heart of the Universe. We discover, as the Gospel of John tells us, that “The Light shines in the darkness.” Continue reading

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Book: Iona Dreaming: The Healing Power of Place by Clare Cooper Marcus

A journey of healing takes Clare Cooper Marcus to the Scottish island of Iona and a 6-month solitary retreat. Here in this magical place she finds a setting that mirrors her soul. This compelling memoir is an inspirational account of … Continue reading

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Recovering the Ancient Role of Women in Akwesasne

“Women are the traditional leaders in Iroquois culture. Their models of government and leadership were seeds for the U.S. Constitution and the women’s suffrage movement. Recently a hundred Iroquois women convened at a heritage center in Akwesasne to try to … Continue reading

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Book: Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart

edited by Nina Simons with Anneke Campbell. Through a tapestry of over 30 voices and stories, Moonrise illuminates how women and many men are redefining the leadership landscape across a diversity of perspectives, generations and ethnicities. more>>

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Brave Heart Society – Girls Coming-of-Age Ceremony

Please enjoy this NPR story on a girls’ coming of age ceremony by the South Dakota organization Brave Heart Society! The story can be found here. A wonderful set of short videos can be found here.

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Film: Courageous Liberian Women

This new film, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. more>>

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