Frida Berrigan

Frida Berrigan, a columnist for WagingNonviolence.org, serves on the board of the War Resisters League and organizes with Witness Against Torture.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 11:30am
Movements Need Imagination, Which Is Why I’m Not Buying My Kids Any More Toys
“Mine!” “No. It’s mine!!” They keep this “conversation” going for a while before there is a screech and a wail. “Figure out a way to share it,” I call from the other room. “Madeline,” says four-year-old Seamus, who puts on a very reasonable and emphatic voice with his two-year-old sister. “I want...
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Monday, August 1, 2016 - 8:30am
"Pow, Pow, Yous Are Dead!"
It was a beautiful evening and the kids -- Madeline, two; Seamus, almost four; and Rosena, nine -- were running across a well-tended town green. Seamus pointed his rainbow flag with the feather handle at his sisters and “pow-powed” them, calling out, “Yous are dead now, guys. I shot yous.” Madeline...
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Monday, May 30, 2016 - 11:15am
A Fond Farewell to New York's Peace Pentagon
Nearly 20 years ago, as I left the War Resisters League , or WRL, offices in lower Manhattan for the first time, I noticed that my fingertips were covered in black soot and ink. My hands were full of tracts and leaflets, and I had been looking through nonviolence training materials for the last...
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Friday, May 13, 2016 - 3:15pm
What the Obituaries Missed About My Uncle, Dan Berrigan
Father Dan Berrigan’s life, legacy and gifts were celebrated at Saint Francis Xavier Church in New York City on Friday, May 6. The church is supposed to fit only 700 people, but more than a thousand crammed in, packing the aisles and sides, sitting and standing through the more-than-two-hour-long...
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 11:00am
Make Trump Great Again! (By Taking The Donald Down to Toddler Town)
So far, I’ve dealt with Donald Trump’s bid for the White House as performance art: a clever, full-body, self-marketing scheme in the fashion of actor Joaquin Phoenix restyling himself as a hip hop artist to promote his mockumentary I’m Still Here . You remember that odd media moment from a few...
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Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 5:30pm
Blessed Are the Cheesemakers
I’m not feeling very radical these days. There is not a lot of fighting the power or beating the system or rocking the boat. I am taking care of kids. Right now, that involves a lot of ballet lessons, broccoli summits and fielding questions about superhero characteristics. “What can Batman do, Mom...
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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 1:45pm
Time Spent in Guantánamo is Time No One Gets Back — Whether Soldier or Prisoner
I love my local paper. The Day is locally owned and based right in downtown New London, Connecticut. They publish an actual, physical newspaper every single day and have a first rate photo department. Their news pages feature a mix of national and international articles from The New York Times and...
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Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 9:30am
Kids’ Questions on a Lockdown Planet
"What did you do at school today, Seamus?" It’s a question I ask him everyday. "Well," my proud preschooler begins, "we did not have a lockdown drill today." And that’s about as far as he gets in the art of storytelling. Sometimes I'll get something about "bim" (gym) or how "Bambi" (Jeremy) pinched...
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Saturday, December 19, 2015 - 10:45am
Why I went to Guantánamo, Again
I have the world’s worst hair cut. It is uneven, hacked and does nothing to flatter my features. For the first few days after I cut it, my hair was also super dirty, sticking straight up with a Pomade of bug spray, sunscreen and Cuban dirt. While so many in the United States were being driven to...
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Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 9:45am
Cutting Through the Helplessness of the Refugee Crisis
Fences. Barbed wire. Plexiglass riot shields. Refugee camps. Unanswered questions. Terror. Roiling seas in flimsy boats. Waiting. Fear. Walking. Huddled in wet, cold fields with no shelter and no certainty about what tomorrow brings. This and so much more is the experience of refugees fleeing the...
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