Our Children as Victims  

Who among us would insist that our children repeat the miseries—real or imagined—of our childhoods? Why, then, do we tolerate other people’s children suffering more than most of us will ever do in a lifetime? The answers lie in a …



Markets and Mortgaging the Future  

Headlines in late spring announced that at least half the states had started cutting government food allotments in the WIC program (Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, Children), which provides milk, cereal, cheese, and juice for poor women and …



Tribute to Michael Harrington  

Everyone remembers the first time he or she heard Michael Harrington speak. Mine was sometime in the early seventies in a drab room at the Catholic Worker house on the Lower East Side. I didn’t know Mike’s history with the …



Time to Tell the Stories  

In the early 1970s, when I worked for a child welfare agency, a Catholic colleague told me that she became prochoice the day she was called to find foster homes for five children whose mother had just died from a …



Will We Save the Children?  

Mayor Koch’s face stared out from the bus poster. “I want you to have my children,” the caption read, part of a stepped-up campaign to recruit badly needed foster homes. After six years of the Koch administration, its brazenness should …