Frida Berrigan

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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Seven months in, I’m finally realizing what so many marginalized people have always known: we’re on our own. (Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, October 06, 2020
Pandemic Living
After all these months and 210,000 deaths , you’d think I’d be used to it all, but I’m not. It doesn’t seem even a little normal yet. I’m still full of absences, missing so much I used to take for granted: hugs and handshakes, rooms crowded for funerals and weddings, potluck dinners and house...
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Phil Berrigan in front of a "wreckage of war" die-in at the River Entrance. Views
Sunday, September 27, 2020
After 4 Decades of Plowshares Actions, It’s Nuclear Warfare that Should Be on Trial — Not Activists
“Nuclear warfare is not on trial here, you are!” said Judge Samuel Salus, in exasperation. Before him were eight activists, including two priests and a nun. As Judge Salus tried to preside over the government’s prosecution of them for their trespass onto — and destruction of — private property, the...
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Each of those 394 votes felt hard won indeed. (Photo: Facebook) Views
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Sometimes We Can Make Our Own Hope
“YES!” he yelled, thrusting his fist in the air. “We get to live in the mayor’s house!” My son’s reaction when I told his two sisters and him that I was running for mayor of our town became the laugh line of my campaign. But in real time, I had to burst his bubble. “Oh Seamus,” I said, smiling, “...
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After all, the future doesn’t belong to him or to me. It belongs to my kids and your kids and all the generations to follow. (Photo: Hannah Peters/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, October 03, 2019
Protecting the Children on a Trumpian Planet
Okay, I'll admit it. Sometimes I can't take the bad news. It's too much. It's so extra, as the kids like to say. When I hit that wall of hopelessness and anxiety so many of us have become familiar with, I take what I think of as a "kid break." I stare into the faces of my three children seeking...
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Sunday, April 21, 2019
Nuclear Weapons Ruined My Life, and I Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way
I want to offer you something different than the barrage of facts and figures around nuclear weapons. But let’s establish the basics. There are nine countries that possess them: France, China, the United Kingdom, India, Pakistan, Israel, North Korea and — of course — Russia and the United States...
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 “Some two billion young people, all of whom have grown up under global warming and are fated to spend the rest of their lives confronting its mounting impacts.” (Photo: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, March 14, 2019
A Mother Swept Away by Climate Change
Kids are taking over the streets in other countries, rallying and chanting and refusing to go to school one day a week. Young people across the world are striking to draw attention to the ravages of climate change. They are demanding -- with their bodies and their voices -- that the catastrophe...
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There are only seven or eight thousand cheetahs left on Earth. Once upon a time (and not so long ago) there must have been 100,000. (Photo: Jon Newman/flickr) Views
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
The Cheetah in Us All
“I don’t want to live in a world without cheetahs, Mom.” Seamus loves cheetahs and what’s not to love -- unless you are a Thomson’s gazelle ? Cheetahs are the fastest mammals on the planet, formidable predators, sleek, saucy looking, and they even have spots. My six-year-old boy can’t imagine a...
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Frida Berrigan stands in front of the newly unveiled Catonsville Nine historical marker in Catonsville, Maryland with her children. (WNV) Views
Thursday, May 17, 2018
50 Years Later, the Spirit of the Catonsville Nine Lives On
It was a big moment. More than a hundred people watched as a college professor held one end of a heavy vinyl cover, helping an 88-year-old woman, pull it from the top of a tall metal sign. Together, they unveiled a familiar looking historic marker — the kind that draws attention to battlefields...
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Monday, April 16, 2018
Gunning Down the Easter Bunny: On the Weaponization of Everyday Life
Guns. In a country with more than 300 million of them, a country that’s recently been swept up in a round of protests over the endless killing sprees they permit, you’d think I might have had more experience with them. As it happens, I’ve held a gun only once in my life. I even fired it. I was in...
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The seven members of the Kings Bay Plowshares, who entered the Georgia naval base on April 4 to protest nuclear weapons, white supremacy and racism. (WNV/Kings Bay Plowshares) Views
Saturday, April 07, 2018
How Do You Tell the Kids that Grandma is in Jail for Resisting Nuclear Weapons?
“Our grandma is in jail,” Madeline tells a woman wrestling a shopping cart at Target. “She went over a war fence and tried to make peace,” Seamus adds helpfully. “They arrested her, and she is in jail now.” “Where?” the woman asks, looking from them to me in disbelief and maybe pity. “We don’t...
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