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Helen Antel, Lawyer and Peacemaker – P.1

Former criminal prosecutor Helene Antel grew up in a low-income housing project in the South Bronx. It was a rough and ugly neighborhood where people did not treat each other with kindness. She knew, even as a little girl, that so much hatred was not normal. She remembers being eight or nine and flying with fists of fury at a burly, tattooed gang member because he was picking on a little fat kid. She’s had the heart of an advocate since she was small.

Helene is a lawyer in Alaska who recently made the decision not to litigate any more. Over the course of her impressive career, and with a little help from her personal life, Helene has come to the conclusion that most conflicts are the product of a misunderstanding, or the lack of a good translator. And so she doesn’t litigate, she translates. Through translation, she reduces conflict while increasing peace and understanding.

Listen as Ron and Robert interview Helen Antel, lawyer and peacemaker.

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  • Carol Lipton

    Hello. I was a good friend of Helene’s back in 1965. We both went to the same high school and became lawyers for social justice. What she describes as the extreme violence in the projects affected me the same way. I’m so proud that she’s gone on to be such a force for justice and understanding. I’ve been a member of the National Lawyers Guild for many years.

  • Carol Lipton

    We lived in the Pelham Parkway housing projects and they were in the north Bronx. We both graduated from Bronx HS of Science. I was 2 years ahead of Helene, having skipped a grade.