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#1151 A vaccine against addiction, crime and despair? And it works.

By Cathryn Wellner / October 15, 2014

You are a single mother, trying to prepare dinner for your three-year-old daughter. You have worked eight hours and commuted another two. You are exhausted. You ask her to pick up her toys, and she erupts, screaming and kicking and refusing to comply with a simple request. Every time she is angry or frustrated, she […]


#1140 Lunch Ladies (and guys) to the rescue, in schools everywhere

By Cathryn Wellner / October 4, 2014

They are the unsung heroes of school cafeterias everywhere. They deliver nutrition and kindness, all on a budget that is nearly always ridiculously inadequate. For many children from families struggling in poverty, lunch ladies (and men) deliver the fuel that makes it possible for them to concentrate and learn in school. They get too little […]


#1125 He bought signs from homeless people, and it changed his life

By Cathryn Wellner / September 19, 2014

Willie Baronet was judgmental about homeless people until he started buying their signs in 1993. As his collection grew so did his insight into the lives of the homeless people who made them. The random signs became collages, quilts, photo series, videos, performances and art installations. Instead of being uncomfortable when he met someone homeless, […]


#1120 One-woman dynamo fights for women in conflict zones

By Cathryn Wellner / September 14, 2014

Amnesty International calls Afghanistan “one of the worst places to be a woman”. The statistics are appalling. Among them: 87% of women in Afghanistan experience domestic violence The average Afghan woman won’t live to see her 50th birthday Only 16 per cent of peace agreements in the last two decades have contained a reference to […]


#1108 Jews and Arabs plant love in place of hatred

By Cathryn Wellner / September 2, 2014

Only someone who’s been hiding under a rock is unaware of the tragedy unfolding between Israel and Hamas. Whatever our judgments of both sides, those of us not living in the region have the luxury of safety while we express our opinions. For young people in the path of conflict, the cause of peace is […]


#1106 What’s the link between Green Bridge Growers and autism? A transforming vision

By Cathryn Wellner / August 31, 2014

Young people with autism can be high functioning, university educated and still unemployable. Obviously that is unfair, but workplaces and employees are often unprepared to accept the social challenges faced by people with autism. A new company in South Bend, Indiana is providing opportunities for people with autism to demonstrate their skills. Green Bridge Growers […]


#1090 They stand firm against the terror of Muslim fundamentalism

By Cathryn Wellner / August 15, 2014

Karima Bennoune, professor of international law at the University of California-Davis School of Law, is telling the stories of women and men risking their lives to counter right-wing fundamentalistm. She asks us to do the same. Always in her mind is the bravery of her father. In the 1990s the University of Algiers professor faced […]


#1073 Low-caste women farm their way to respect and independence

By Cathryn Wellner / July 29, 2014

When two Dalit sisters were raped, strangled and hung from a tree, they became statistics in the ongoing war on women in India. Dalit women are at the bottom of the social barrel, oppressed because of their caste and gender. Subjected to the triple horrors of discrimination, poverty and sexual predation, they are generally ignored […]

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