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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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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"The country -- if it even exists as the United States of America decades from now when they’re adults -- will undoubtedly still be waging war across the planet." (Photo: Angus Chan/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, January 08, 2018
'Do Kids Die, Mom?: Parenting in a World on Fire
As a mother and an activist, here’s what I’ve concluded as 2018 begins: it’s getting harder and harder to think about the future -- at least in that soaring Whitney Houston fashion. You know the song: “I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way...” These days,...
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017
How Can We Turn Military Spending into a Budget for the People?
Connecticut is the only state in the union that does not have a budget, and the state’s bills are being paid in emergency supplementals — or going past due. The state is budget-less, so my town of New London — one of its smaller urban communities — doesn’t have a budget either. That means a hiring...
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Feeling Not Quite So Hopeless in a World on the Skids
In the wake of Donald Trump’s inauguration, George Orwell’s 1984 soared onto bestseller lists , as did Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale , which also hit TV screens in a storm of publicity. Zombies, fascists, and predators of every sort are now stalking...
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Saturday, April 08, 2017
Why Tax Resistance Under Trump Needs Its Antiwar Edge
There have always been fights about taxes — stretching back to the crates of over-taxed tea tossed into the Boston Harbor and a thoughtful man’s night in jail for refusing to pay taxes in the slave-holding state of Massachusetts. This country’s long history of tax resistance stretches from the...
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Preparing for the Long Haul Under the Trump Administration
By now, my inchoate hopes that our nation will just wake up from the bad dream of Trump — or even more remotely that he’ll be impeached by a radicalized Congress — have turned to dust and floated away. He seems here to stay, and I need to figure out how to stay human, stay upright, with him in the...
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Thursday, February 16, 2017
Loving America and Resisting Trump: The New Patriotism
So reality has inexorably, inescapably penetrated my life. It didn’t take long. Yes, Donald Trump is actually the president of the United States. In that guise, in just his first weeks in office, he’s already declared war on language, on loving, on people who are different from him -- on the kind...
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