World leaders are gathering in Kuwait today to decide the fate of millions of people in Syria and the neighbouring countries. The Kuwait pledging conference, the third of its kind, will bring together the UN and donor governments to pledge money to help civilians caught up in the spiralling violence. They will need to be generous - as the war enters its fifth year, Syrians and their neighbours are increasingly unable to cope with this unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe.
Over the five years that I was incarcerated, I felt confused and often dehumanized. After dropping out of my gang, life became a daily struggle to survive. In no way was my incarceration an environment of rehabilitation. In fact, some even called our facility "gladiator school," because of the harsh treatments we faced daily.
It was exactly a year ago when I allowed myself to be fully seen by the world as the woman that I am: a proud transgender female. For a long time, I was paralyzed by fear in accepting my truth. I finally decided that I could not be paralyzed anymore. I realized that to accept vulnerability is to allow your authenticity to shine.
This nation has a strong tradition of Latino leaders being environmental champions and the Latino Democrats in Congress reflected that tradition in 2014.
As gobs and gobs of money in the form of campaign contributions keep congesting our elections, "We the People of the United States" are forced out of this crucial political process. If we want to reclaim our seats at the decision-making table we're going to have to stamp out Big Money.
If you've landed yourself in a brand new city without a single friend to accompany you, never fear. Here are seven tried-and-true ways to make friends in a new city, which I've gathered from casting my own roots in New York City, Los Angeles and Seattle.
Why does hunger persist in a world of plenty? In a world that has made so much progress in achieving many of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), cutting extreme poverty in half by 2010, why has it not yet cut hunger in half?
As a young boy, I remember when my Grandma Dorothy gave me the book Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, but it was not until more recently that I learned that Rosa Parks was not the first to woman to deny her bus seat to a white person.
When I visited the Sivile Primary School in South Africa's Western Cape, I was struck by a feeling. It was a feeling of the vulnerability of the children all around me, who are put at huge risk every single day.
Fighting predatory lenders can feel a little like taking on the 2015 Kentucky basketball team, but last week the odds for millions of underdogs across America got a lot better.
Two years ago The Pollination Project started a daily giving practice, making daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world. This summer we will make our 1000th grant! Here are the extraordinary people we supported with seed funding this week.
We recognize that the Internet is a big, noisy place, and that messages can get lost in the shuffle. But we can't ignore the role that technology and digital activism can play in service to our overall mission. So we appreciate all those clicks and finger taps to view our webpages and follow our Twitter feeds, because they keep our concerns and our objectives part of the conversation.
I sat down with three extraordinary women leaders in the American Muslim community to discuss identity, charitable giving and civic engagement. I was seeking to better understand the needs of a community I knew little about.
I don't think there is ever the perfect time or the perfect set of circumstances in which to start a project. If we delay until everything is in place, we could be delaying forever. Starting is the hardest part, but it is also the most important. Whatever your idea, I urge you, make a start on it today!
We prayed and dreamed that this would be the beginning of the end of the horror; that 2015 would put the past four years behind us and bring the long-awaited end to the blood on our hands - the lost fathers, the grieving mothers, the broken children, the destroyed cities and the squandered aspirations.
A challenge stands before us: ensuring immunization of the world's poorest children. If we as global citizens can meet it, we will help protect the lives of millions in places too poor to afford vaccines.
A slavery survivor from Haiti shared a grizzly account of her childhood in restavèk domestic servitude.