Both women have a lot in common, especially in their core values. Both Reverend Blackmon and Rabbi Talve understand the basic need to bear witness – to show up and support people being shut out by a system that was built to exclude them. That’s why Rabbi Talve was on that first “Marriage Equality” bus bound for Iowa where she legally married a couple, and that’s why Reverend Blackmon went to Charlottesville. They see a need and they act.
Rachel Pruchno, the distinguished developmental psychologist and expert on aging, knows all too well how mental illness not only ravages the sufferer, it also devastates their families. For her, the tragic effects of mental illness on a family were experienced not once but twice: first when her mother’s battle with manic depression ended in suicide; and again as a mother with a deeply troubled daughter whose mental afflictions led to her death.
A veteran journalist, Hagan is a writer and contributing editor of “New York” magazine, and has written for “The Wall Street Journal,” and “Rolling Stone Magazine,” as well as a host of other publications. He has published long-form profiles and investigative exposes of some of the most significant figures and subjects of our time, among them: Hillary Clinton after serving as Secretary of State; Karl Rove, the Bush family, Henry Kissinger, Dan Rather, Goldman Sachs, “The New York Times”; and Twitter.