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Take a break and read a great nonviolent story!

May 29, 2008

A Victim Treats His Mugger Right

Julio Diaz recorded his story in New York City just days after he was mugged in the subway. StoryCorps

“If you’re willing to risk your freedom for a few dollars, then I guess you must really need the money.”

Julio Diaz, speaking with the teenager who robbed him

Morning Edition, March 28, 2008 · 

Julio Diaz has a daily routine. Every night, the 31-year-old social worker ends his hour-long subway commute to the Bronx one stop early, just so he can eat at his favorite diner. 

But one night last month, as Diaz stepped off the No. 6 train and onto a nearly empty platform, his evening took an unexpected turn. 

He was walking toward the stairs when a teenage boy approached and pulled out a knife.

“He wants my money, so I just gave him my wallet and told him, ‘Here you go,'” Diaz says.

As the teen began to walk away, Diaz told him, “Hey, wait a minute. You forgot something. If you’re going to be robbing people for the rest of the night, you might as well take my coat to keep you warm.”

The would-be robber looked at his would-be victim, “like what’s going on here?” Diaz says. “He asked me, ‘Why are you doing this?'”

Diaz replied: “If you’re willing to risk your freedom for a few dollars, then I guess you must really need the money. I mean, all I wanted to do was get dinner and if you really want to join me … hey, you’re more than welcome.

“You know, I just felt maybe he really needs help,” Diaz says.

Diaz says he and the teen went into the diner and sat in a booth.

“The manager comes by, the dishwashers come by, the waiters come by to say hi,” Diaz says. “The kid was like, ‘You know everybody here. Do you own this place?'”

“No, I just eat here a lot,” Diaz says he told the teen. “He says, ‘But you’re even nice to the dishwasher.'”

Diaz replied, “Well, haven’t you been taught you should be nice to everybody?”

“Yea, but I didn’t think people actually behaved that way,” the teen said.

Diaz asked him what he wanted out of life. “He just had almost a sad face,” Diaz says.

The teen couldn’t answer Diaz — or he didn’t want to.

When the bill arrived, Diaz told the teen, “Look, I guess you’re going to have to pay for this bill ’cause you have my money and I can’t pay for this. So if you give me my wallet back, I’ll gladly treat you.”

The teen “didn’t even think about it” and returned the wallet, Diaz says. “I gave him $20 … I figure maybe it’ll help him. I don’t know.”

Diaz says he asked for something in return — the teen’s knife — “and he gave it to me.”

Afterward, when Diaz told his mother what happened, she said, “You’re the type of kid that if someone asked you for the time, you gave them your watch.”

“I figure, you know, if you treat people right, you can only hope that they treat you right. It’s as simple as it gets in this complicated world.”

Produced for Morning Edition by Michael Garofalo.

 

Thanks to Nonviolent Peaceforce for sending this to us!

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Blogging for Human Rights

May 14, 2008

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
–Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Throughout history there have been many courageous individuals who have stood up for the rights of others around the world. Continuing the work of those before them, the 15 of May 2008 has been designated as a day for bloggers to come together and unite against the abuse of human rights throughout the world. By posting on a single day, bloggers around the world will draw attention to issues of mistreatment and abuse as well as show their solidarity and unity in the fight to protect all peoples’ basic human rights.
In addition to bloggers uniting for human rights, May 15th is also International Conscientious Objectors’ Day with this year’s specific focus being on the men and women in the armed forces. On this day people are encouraged to call in and lobby their Congressmen and Congresswomen to protect the rights of conscientious objectors.
As bloggers unite against human rights abuses and individuals nationwide call into Congress to protect the rights of conscientious objectors, The Michigan Peace Team joins these brave people, from the famous Dr. King to the anonymous blogger or caller, in supporting the rights of all people, both at home and abroad.

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Blogging for Hope

May 14, 2008

Blogging for Hope....Blogging for Human Rights

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