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Former Foster Kid: Two Things I Wish They Knew

Hilary Holland Lorenzo | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Hilary Holland Lorenzo

It would be near impossible to find one who wouldn't be grateful to have an advocate with a strong voice until that foster kid is old enough and brave enough to be her own.

Facing Epilepsy Stigmas

Tiffany Kairos | Posted 07.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Tiffany Kairos

Terrible myths have been told about what epilepsy is and about people who live with the condition. Myths such as these can take such a toll on those living with this condition and their families too.

A Love Letter to LGBT Progress

Kent Reiersgaard | Posted 06.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Kent Reiersgaard

I doubt the people who took a stand on a hot summer evening at the Stonewall Inn knew their acts of defiance would usher in a new era of LGBT rights. Oh how I wish we could go back to that day in 1969 to tell all those people what was ahead.

Why Trans Lives Matter to This Lesbian

Allison Hope | Posted 04.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

As of today, trans women of color are the most targeted victims of hate. They are murdered by men who pass them on the street, by intimate partners in bed and by lovers who traded in love and understanding for ignorance and violence.

Remembering Jane Raley, Advocate for the Innocent

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 03.09.2015 | Chicago
Jeanne Bishop

She was the consummate professional, a criminal defense lawyer who was not afraid to cry with her clients. She could also laugh, cracking up her colleagues with salty comments about some of the bad actors in the wrongful conviction cases she pursued.

Saving Your Sanity While Saving the World

Rachel Avalon | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachel Avalon

Let's keep saving and loving the world while we give ourselves the same gift. Let's strive to infuse joy into every detail possible. At times we'll feel like the world is just too crazy and we'll wonder if we can keep our sanity intact, but we can still rally and transform everything from the inside out.

National Domestic Violence Organizations Silent in Wake of Ray Rice Abuse

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 11.09.2014 | Women
Tanya Young Williams

Where is the outcry from our leading domestic violence organizations in the wake of the latest Ray Rice elevator video, wherein he punches his fiance in the face?

#AOLBUILD Hosts Director Extraordinaire Rob Reiner

AOL BUILD | Posted 09.16.2014 | Entertainment
AOL BUILD

Gino DePinto, AOL BUILD "If you are a creative person, you try to create things that are an extension of yourself" - professed Hollywood's jack-of...

Don't Get Angry. Get Involved.

Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo

If someone on Twitter thinks gays should not have the right to marry, my 140 retort back isn't going to change their minds. I've never heard anyone ever say, "Someone posted a .jpeg on Facebook and now I'm a liberal!"

What's Your Number? One Number Could Cost You Your Life

Meredith Prescott | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Meredith Prescott

I only had 15,000 platelets that day. I could not comprehend why that number mattered so much, until she informed me that the normal platelet range was 150,000-400,000. Suddenly, a number became a potential matter of life and death.

It's Uter-US: We're All in it Together

Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo | Posted 06.17.2014 | Impact
Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo

On May 7th, many people like myself will be volunteering their personal time in order to ask Congress to support legislation that will allow more people to afford IVF treatments.

Are You Certain That Your Lawyer Is Not Impaired?

Mark Baer | Posted 06.14.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

I have written a number of articles about the negative impact that certain "types" of attorneys have made on our "system of justice." The first articl...

Post-Surgery Hell and the Important Lessons Learned

Randy Pipkin | Posted 05.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Randy Pipkin

I have been fighting a PEG tube for long time. But never in my wildest imagination would I think the experience would turn into a gore fest. So, what did I learn from all of this?

The Nightmares and Tears Ceased to Cease

Rob Cipriano | Posted 03.30.2014 | Impact
Rob Cipriano

I come to you today through this epistle of sorts, to relate and to communicate just how "what one witnesses can bring such profound and unwelcome cha...

8 Tips for Parents of Children with ADHD

Christine M. Ristaino | Posted 03.29.2014 | Parents
Christine M. Ristaino

If your child has ADHD you might be thinking of ways to start off 2014 on the right foot. Advocating for your child this year might be all it takes to change a stressful environment into one in which you and your child both feel supported.

Pee-Shy: Dr. Frank Spinelli Exposes His Struggles With Child Molestation, Paruresis and Finding True Love in NYC

Austin Head | Posted 03.24.2014 | Books
Austin Head

Pee-Shy takes you through a whirlwind of emotions from the grand fears of childhood to the small disappointments of adulthood. Dr. Spinelli shines a bright light into deep shadows of child molestation from the view of the victim ... it is a brave endeavor.

A Fierce Advocate

Kateri Allard | Posted 03.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Kateri Allard

The definition of an advocate is a supporter, one who will argue, even plead for a cause. How often are we willing to plead for others? I mean really plead, beg even, put ourselves in a potentially vulnerable position in the interest of someone who can't do it for themselves?

Millennial Raptivist Organizes Community's Voice

Christopher Norris | Posted 02.01.2014 | Impact
Christopher Norris

Looking around his West Philly community a 19-year-old do-gooder held his first community event, aiming to both recreate the look and feel of memorable childhood block parties, and bring warmth to an otherwise 'cold block.'

Stage/Film/TV Actress Elaine Hendrix Started The Pet Matchmaker - Part II

Ilana Rapp | Posted 10.13.2013 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Elaine Hendrix wakes up and celebrates every day of life with a huge breath of air and a great big smile on her face. She puts passion and love into everything she does, whether it's acting or saving animal's lives.

Speak Up and Be Counted!

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 05.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

While there's a fine line between being involved and being overbearing, it's necessary for you, as a family caregiver, to foster open lines of communication -- and this includes questioning decisions concerning your loved one's health.

An Invitation to Love

Laura Bushnell | Posted 03.11.2013 | Parents
Laura Bushnell

How many children have to die before we decide to change? How many mothers have to put their little innocent children in the ground? How many mothers have to say goodbye to their sons and daughters going off to war?

Olympic Medalist Turns Tragedy Of Rape, Family Death Into Triumph

Huffington Post | Laura Rothkopf | Posted 08.09.2012 | Impact

Olympian Kellie Wells has spent her life overcoming hurdles -- in both literal and heartbreakingly figurative ways. After taking home the bronze i...

The Five Cardinal Sins of Progressive Activists

Mark Osler | Posted 06.17.2012 | Impact
Mark Osler

We live in a world that too often values conflict over solutions, and loud voices over wise ones. Avoiding the mistakes described below may not only make you more effective, but help make our public discourse more civil and productive.

The Politics of Jesús: A "Xota" Activist From Salinas, CA

Voto Latino | Posted 06.12.2012 | Latino Voices
Voto Latino

Things change when we treat the needs of all people as holy. And as my Grandpa always says, "No mas te falta la entrega."

Making a Difference: The World of Giving -- Heart Health Month

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 04.15.2012 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Many of us only think about our hearts on Valentine's Day or when we fall in love. But according to the American Heart Association we should think about our hearts all year long!