Commentaries

 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Randy Ruffin

I am an American and a Virginian, who loves her state. I grew up hearing only positive things about Robert E. Lee, including the fact, emphasized by my mother, that he was my first cousin four times removed! In 1993, I experienced “walking through” an inclusive history of Richmond, Virginia, with several hundred people of many backgrounds. It was a different history than many of us knew.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Rev. Sylvester L. Turner is the director of reconciliation programs for Initiatives of Change/Hope in the Cities writes: "Exposure to truth can be healing for both the victims and the victimizers."

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
2017 Swedish workshop

Sweden is indeed a country with the potential to model humanitarianism and collective healing for all of Europe and the developed world. While still in the early stages of accommodating the rapid and increasing influx of refugees and asylum seekers, there is a strong case for Sweden to become a prototype with its government establishing trauma and resiliency informed policies,

Monday, March 27, 2017
Mohan Bagwandas

Ten of us from eight countries and five continents had braced ourselves for challenges at the US customs and border control as we entered the country. On the contrary none of us had issues and we were pleasantly surprised. Border control officers even welcomed us warmly and it was one of the fastest entries into a country I have ever had!

Monday, January 23, 2017
Jake Hershman

A few months ago, I was able to experience my first climb up the mountainside to to the Initiatives of Change conference center at Caux, Switzerland, where I shared ten memorable days with extraordinary people from all over the world.

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Dick Ruffin

America’s nightmare is over. Or is it? Toxins infused into the body politic through a protracted and horrific campaign are not easily purged. It was not only the candidates who flaunted basic values of honesty, respect and decency, abetted by a rating hungry media. We, voters and non-voters alike, were complicit, either by our silence, or by what we said or passed on or simply by the relish with which we watched the debacle, like kids at a food fight.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Sarah Workman

Sarah Workman has just joined our team. She writes, "One year after returning to Richmond, I am thrilled to be here at Initiatives of Change as the new Development Coordinator. I am inspired by IofC’s rich history of conflict transformation both here in Richmond and across the globe."

Monday, November 14, 2016
Jake Hershman

It’s tempting. That primitive instinct kicks in and beckons us to do whatever it takes to purge the welling fear, disorientation and anger “caused” by the circumstances spiraling around us. For me, it takes a millisecond to slide into the escalating dissonance of voices and commentary enveloping our country today.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

"Police shootings, school segregation and inner city economic deprivation demand frank talk and hard work across the color line," writes Mike McQuillan who served on the NYPD Training Advisory Council.

Friday, October 21, 2016
Margaret Smith

"The opening of Washington, DC’s new Museum of African American History and Culture on Saturday, September 24, occurring as it did in the same week as police shootings of black men in Tulsa and Charlotte, captured perfectly the mixture of grief and dignified struggle that has defined the African American story," writes Dr. Margaret Smith

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