Give Thanks to the People who Process Turkeys

November 25, 2009 by Rev. David L. Ostendorf · Comment
Filed under: Food Justice, Immigration 

The original article was published in The Progressive on Nov. 22, 2009.

We should know where our turkeys come from, and who processes them for us.

The turkeys piled into supermarket freezers carry their own stories. Raised primarily in massive confinement buildings by low-paid growers under contract to corporate food giants, they are genetically designed for plentiful breast meat to grace our Thanksgiving platters. They are then trucked to a processing plant, where they meet their demise. Read more

Surviving War Trauma

December 6, 2008 by Ana Turck · 4 Comments
Filed under: Culture 

For more than a decade I have been battling the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Sometimes I feel that I just can’t win. Just when I learn to live with a specific set of symptoms they either change or another symptom arises and a new reality emerges.

PTSD is greatly misunderstood in general society. It carries the stigma of mental disorder, and is often interpreted as a singular response to an event or a prolonged exposure to trauma. Defined as a response, and paired with a lack of societal interest and inquiry, PTSD becomes either something one should “get over” or “keep to themselves.” In this environment, those who live with the disorder often become isolated and misunderstood. Read more