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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Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 12:30pm
Baltimore is Burning—Not Just in Flames, But With a Righteous Anger
Baltimore is my home town — the birth place of Jonah House, a Christian nonviolent resistance community founded by my parents, Phil Berrigan and Elizabeth McAlister. Those places that the whole world is seeing “going crazy” on the news? They are my geography, my history, who I am. Baltimore is many...
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 2:00pm
Uncle Pentagon: Growing Up in the Shadow of the American War State
The Pentagon loomed so large in my childhood that it could have been another member of my family. Maybe a menacing uncle who doled out put-downs and whacks to teach us lessons or a rich, dismissive great-aunt intent on propriety and good manners. Whatever the case, our holidays were built around...
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Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 8:30am
Am I Still a Rebellious Mom If I Use Disposable Diapers?
I have a confession to make. I am hardly using cloth diapers any more. There it is. I said it out loud. It feels good to get this off my chest. I should go on. There are worse things in the world to be guilty of, but I feel pretty lousy about this. Our household is so good about trash. Between...
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Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 9:30am
How’s a Busy Mom Supposed to Find the Time to Protest Guantánamo?
This is how it starts. I am sitting on the floor in the living room. My son Seamus — a two-and-a-half-year-old — is cuddled in my lap. I am talking to my sister on the phone and then, suddenly, I am covered in vomit. “Ah, Kate. I am going to have to call you back. Seamus just hurled all over me.” I...
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Monday, December 8, 2014 - 3:15pm
How I Will Prepare My White Son for the Interactions He Won’t Have with Police
“I’m a mother of three children, two of which are black boys. I fear for the lives of my sons. My daughter, my youngest, is six years old. When she looks at a police officer, she’s afraid. She’s not looking at them as somebody who’s there to protect and serve her.” That’s what a woman named Rodrice...
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Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 9:15am
Beware the Fear Industrial Complex
Be Afraid. Be very afraid. That is the message to moms (and dads too, but they tend not to be as susceptible ). Be afraid of strangers, as well as friends and family too. Be afraid of bugs and dirt outside, and snot and germs inside. Be afraid of cars and bikes and motorcycles and anything with...
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Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 11:30am
Operation Kid Freedom: Making Our Communities Safe for Children to Take Risks
When I was little, I loved going to the library with my brother. It was in an old mansion across a street and up a steep hill about 200 yards from our house. We would set out on our own with our due-back books — big kids on the way to the library. There we would read, chat with the librarians, hang...
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Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 9:00am
Solidarity and Social Change in Aisle 5
The girl behind the checkout counter at Shop Rite sighed deeply and pushed her manager call button. A slightly older girl shuffled over wearily. “WIC,” the checkout girl said, turning the three letters that stand for Women, Infants and Children — the government-funded supplemental nutrition program...
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Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 7:15pm
Being a Stay-at-Home Mom in a World That Needs 24/7 Activists
When you are a stay-at-home mom, the world gets very small — nursing and diapers, and then when that is mastered, adding in the rest of the laundry, the bills, the dishes, the groceries and the tidying up. I almost added meals to that list, but thankfully, my husband does most of the cooking.
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Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 8:24am
Why I Keep Working to Close Guantánamo
I have a long trip ahead of me this weekend. It begins with the Shore Line East commuter train in Old Saybrook, Conn. I will transfer to the Metro-North in New Haven. From Grand Central Station in New York, my roller bag and I will walk across town to the Bolt Bus stop at 12th Avenue and 33rd Street. I’ll hop a bus to Baltimore and spend the night with my mom. Then take the MARC train — the Baltimore to Washington, D.C.
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