George Payne in the CITY: Drone victims were ‘massacred’ too


You’ve known George Payne for his wide-ranging subjects and always thoughtful and informative commentary: on Martin Luther King, a photo montage of Rochester, interfaith dialogue, urban poverty, plans to make refugees croppedthe Lower Falls Park and Gorge into a World Heritage Site, a critical response to a PBS documentary, on Black Lives Matter, philosophy of teaching philosophy online, legalizing cannabis as an social of social justice, and thoughts on the past, present and future of his alma mater, the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.

And on Mara Ahmed’s The Muslims I Know

And most happily in 48 Hours In: a new father remembers his innate goodness.

Today we are pleased to republish George’s letter in this week’s City.

Right is the lead front page story from today’s (July 2nd) New York Times. The Obama Administration made public the death toll from U.S. drone airstrikes in Libya, tribal Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen.

The official civilian death count is far lower than estimates compiled by independent organizations that try to track what the government calls targeted killings.


front page, New York Times, 7/2/16

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City, June 29th – July 5th, 2016












































George Payne in the City

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The long vigil for peace on the corner of East and Goodman