Why would a gun-wielding, tattoo-bearing "homie" trade in la vida loca for a Bible and the buttoned-down lifestyle of an evangelical hermano (brother in Christ)? To answer this question, Robert Brenneman interviewed sixty-three former gang members from the "Northern Triangle" of Central America--Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras--most of whom left their gang for evangelicalism.
Casual carnivores imagining a vegan Thanksgiving might picture something like this: a grayish “mock” turkey, dry spongy stuffing, and cookies that taste like sawdust. Vegan cooking has made great strides in recent years, but it still feels like a bit of a buzzkill to insist upon being vegan at Thanksgiving.
Analysis of 2011 U.S. census data continues to reveal surprising demographic shifts…including a largely unreported exodus of middle class African Americans to cities in the south. Today, 57% percent of black Americans live below the Mason-Dixon line, the highest percentage since 1960. At the same time, black populations in traditionally integrated cities including New York, Chicago, and Detroit have dropped for the first time in American history.
This weekend, Moammar Ghadaffi’s son Saif was captured while trying to flee south into Niger, which offered asylum to his brother Saadi a few weeks ago. The last time the western world heard much about the North African nation was during the buildup to the Iraq war when British and U.S. intelligence claimed that Niger was the source of yellowcake uranium for Sadaam Hussein’s weapons program. Today, Niger remains one of the poorest countries in the world.
For Native Americans, Thanksgiving is not a cause for celebration. The holiday commemorating the survival – thanks to the Wampanoag tribe – of early settlers also marks the first wave of a European invasion that culminated in the death of 10 to 30 million native people.
You may recall that as President, Ronald Reagan labeled ketchup as a vegetable. On Monday, a joint House-Senate spending bill added tomato paste slathered on pizza to the vegetable group. In fact, pizza is now designated as a “supervegetable”. Julian Pecquet covers health care for The Hill and has been following the bill, and the lobbying effort behind it.
We can't help but wonder what Michelle said when she found out.
Before vaccines became standard care, parents who wanted to build their children’s immunity to common diseases often brought them to play with other neighborhood kids already infected with bugs like the measles and chicken pox. Now, a small group of parents opposed to vaccines are reviving “pox parties” via social media sites like Facebook. Recently, one mother catered to that crowd by advertising homemade lollipops tainted with the varicella virus…yep.
In 2009 Beth Olshansky, a pioneer in a theory of education called "art based literacy" brought her ideas to Webster Elementary school in Manchester. Olshansky worked with the school's large immigrant and refugee population, many of whom hardly spoke English, by having them illustrate then write a book on the stories of their lives. It was successful. The following year, Moharimet Elementary School in Madbury caught wind of the project and decided to bring a new group of Webster students over there to have them write their stories together.
Pastor Joel Kruggel of the Bethany Covenant Church in Bedford talks about his congregation's work providing Sudanese refugees with their own place of worship, as well as computer literacy classes and computers.