The Food Aid Reform is moving and shaking! Here at the Quixote Center we have been meeting and collaborating with other lobbyists to follow Congress’ movements as Food Aid Reform negotiations start. Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY), the senior Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote an op-ed that provides some great points on food aid reform, and even specifies Haiti.… (Read the Rest)
Over the last few weeks the revolution in Nicaragua has been back in the news as a backdrop to the mayoral race in New York City. The New York Times initiated the new found interest in the revolution in an article about Bill de Blasio’s activism during the late 1980s in solidarity with the people of Nicaragua, and in opposition to the Reagan administration’s efforts to cripple the Sandinista government through financing the Contras and other means. Because the story has been more about defining de Blasio’s political leanings rather than a retelling of events from the 1980s, the history that seeps into these articles has been incomplete, often false, and consistently misleading.… (Read the Rest)
Okay. Not really. However, Bill de Blasio, the Democratic candidate for mayor of New York City, did work at the Quixote Center in 1987-88. I’ve never met him (I did not start at the Center until 2001) but it is certainly interesting to see an alum from a place I cherish making headlines. Of course, the Quixote Center is not the same place it was in 1988, and de Blasio is not the same person – we all grow and change. Does this matter for New York City in 2013? The New York Times decided it was important, and well, that is certainly okay with us.… (Read the Rest)
On Monday morning I woke up around five to catch the earliest bus from Leon to Esteli. The ride takes approximately two hours on one of the smaller InterLocal buses, and I was fortunate enough to catch one with a mid day arrival.
My bus arrived at the terminal around 12:30.… (Read the Rest)
This Saturday, May 11, the Gateway Arts Center in Brentwood, MD, unveiled the sculptures that we donated in memory of Bill Callahan, co-founder of the Quixote Center and the embodiment of Don Quixote. Dan Walsh, of Fire Knife Studio, created these sculptures in 1996. Originally situated in front of the “old yellow tugboat” of a house that the Quixote Center inhabited on Varnum Street in Brentwood, MD, they were re-installed here when the Quixote Center relocated in 2011.… (Read the Rest)
Will Pope Francis “Rebuild our Church”?
Catholic Organizations for Renewal (COR) joins with the Roman Catholic Church around the world in welcoming Francis I as the next Pope.
Now in its 21st year, COR is a leadership forum of US national organizations to further reform and renewal in the Roman Catholic Church, to build an inclusive church, and to bring about a world of justice and peace.… (Read the Rest)
On February 5th, I had the opportunity to lead a delegation in support of cafeteria workers who are asking to be able to cook real foods again. We delivered 1600 pledges signed by community members to Sodexo, a multinational corporation that contracts dining at Howard University.
With rising food prices, money doesn’t buy fresh fruits and veggies the way it used to.… (Read the Rest)
To live, we must daily break the body and shed the blood of creation. The point is, when we do this knowingly, lovingly, skillfully, reverently, is is a sacrament; when we do it ignorantly, greedily, clumsily, destructively, it is a desecration…in such desecration, we condemn ourselves to spiritual and moral loneliness, and others to want.… (Read the Rest)
By Mark Snyder*
January 12, 2013
Three years after the devastating earthquake and the series of aftershocks that followed, visitors to Port au Prince, Haiti could feel that the situation is improving as they travel the main roads and pass the now cleared public square where victims of the earthquake were displaced to when their city crumbled around them.… (Read the Rest)
Safe housing is a cornerstone of development because it allows families to pursue the educational and employment opportunities that are so vital in the modern world. More than 900,000 Nicaraguans call the sprawling capital city of Managua home,but there are not enough homes in the city and surrounding region and many families are homeless or living in unsafe or overcrowded homes.… (Read the Rest)