Identifying ‘Vampires’ In Your Community

Identifying ‘Vampires’ In Your Community

Of the many questions I receive from fellow activists, community workers and others, one of the most popular is still: How do I handle my vampire problem? That’s right. Vampires. Contrary to popular opinion, vampires really do exist. They hide amongst us at work, at school, at our place of worship and even within our families only showing their teeth when it’s time to feed. And because many have faced them not knowing who they are or have chosen to deliberately ignore the issue out of the goodness of their hearts, these vampires have had the good fortune to partake in a feeding frenzy. Not anymore. Here is what we know about vampires: They enjoy what they do. They’ll bite and pursue you in the most annoying way possible. They will hiss just a...

The Soviets are invading! What do we do?

The Soviets are invading! What do we do?

In 1939, in the middle of World War II, the Soviet military entered the small eastern European nation of Latvia en route to Germany. These troops, just as other Soviet troops at the time, were low on supplies including ammunition and food, and the vice-Consul at the U.S. State Department in the Latvian embassy wired Washington D.C. requesting permission to fly the Stars and Stripes over the Red Cross food warehouse. If our flag was flying over the supply depot, more than likely, the troops wouldn’t enter the building to loot it for food and other goodies. The good folks in D.C. responded with “no precedent exists for such action”. <insert a few choice words here> No precedent for such action? The vice-consul climbed the flagpole on the Red Cross...