A Strong Character
Re: “Political Fire” (Fall 2018). Rep. Marjorie Decker’s character should also be known for withstanding another group’s opposition to her legislative efforts on behalf of the Massachusetts “red flag” gun bill—the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU of Rhode Island wrote, “As well-intentioned as this legislation is, its breadth and its lenient standards for both applying for and granting an ERPO [extreme risk protection order] are cause for great concern.”
Kudos to Lisa Wexler for demonstrating that colonialism is a major factor underlying suicide in Native communities (“Suicide and Resilience,” Fall 2018). The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples acknowledges the damaging effects of government policies of domination and assimilation. Wexler’s research and experience have global significance for Indigenous self-determination. Moreover, as the article notes, non-Native populations can learn from the insight that suicide is a community phenomenon.