Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez

Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez teaches comparative literature and gender studies with an activist bent at Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, MA and blogs at Transition Times.

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Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 11:52am
This Spring, Let Us Commit Ourselves to Life
Both Passover and Easter “celebrate” truly horrendous acts committed by men against men. Passover commemorates how the Jews were spared by the grace of God from the Pharaoh’s evil plan to kill all first-born sons. Easter celebrates the Resurrection of Christ after he was brutally martyred on the cross—a not-uncommon practice at the time.
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:29pm
Round Up the Chemicals – For Our Children’s Sake
When I was pregnant with my second son, born in 1998, I was living out in the country in a small house next to my parents’ bigger house. My son was born in late August, and all through that third trimester I spent a lot of time outside.
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Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 9:40am
Occupying Leadership: What Will it Take to Accomplish Real Change?
Environmental activist Tim DeChristopher and Jamphel Yeshi, the young Tibetan monk who set himself on fire last week, are more alike than might first meet the eye.
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Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 10:28am
Living on the Trigger's Edge
I am always worrying about our vulnerability as individuals living in a contaminated environment, or about the instability of our planetary ecosystem now that global heating is underway. But one thing I don’t usually worry about is whether my son will be shot and killed on his way to buy candy at the corner store.
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 5:16am
Silent Spring Dawns Hot, Dry and Merciless
This week, turning the corner into the astronomical Spring, we have gone abruptly from warm winter to hot summer. And I mean hot: it was 84 degrees Farenheit in western Massachusetts today, brightly sunny, with puffy white cumulus clouds against a brilliant blue sky, unobstructed by any leaves. No shade.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 12:45pm
Women Must Stand Up for Peace and Security
A deranged soldier, armed with gun and knife, walks off the base into the nearby small town, and massacres 16 people, including 9 children. No, it’s not the plot of the latest Schwarzenegger movie. It’s real life in Afghanistan. Or Oslo, Norway. Or Homs, Syria. Or the local high school or university in Anytown, USA.
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Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 10:06am
May Day Mutiny: Radical Transformation Rises
Today is our “spring forward” day in the U.S., when we move the clocks forward an hour thus “losing an hour” in the morning, but gaining an additional hour of light at the end of the day. It’s a beautiful sunny day here in Massachusetts, with birds singing their love songs in the trees, and the sap rising steadily in the thick sugar maple forests.
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Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 9:21am
Looking Catastrophe in the Eye
Denial of climate change is deep and it is wide. We woke up this weekend to news of record-breaking tornadoes touching down across a wide swath of the American Midwest, flattening entire townships and leaving behind multiple trails of devastation.
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Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 8:48am
From War Games to Peace Games, It’s Time to Stop Playing Games
I am having an uncomfortable feeling of déjà-vu as the winds of March come up, blowing us headlong into an uncertain spring. Ten years ago we were reeling in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Governments and the media were howling for retaliation, and the massive U.S./NATO war machine was gearing up for a fight, first with Iraq, and then with Afghanistan. Now it’s an Iranian president who is talking tough and daring the U.S. and Israel to bring it on. Have we learned anything from our misadventures in Iraq and Afghanistan?
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Monday, February 20, 2012 - 3:16pm
Calling on President Obama: Be Our Warrior for Peace
Although most Americans think of Presidents’ Day mainly in terms of sales on home appliances and electronics, as well as a welcome mid-winter day off, it’s worth stopping to think for a moment about what we are actually celebrating on this day. Why take a day out of the national calendar to honor Washington and Lincoln? What is there about these two heroic figures to inspire us today?
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