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What Can White People do to Help?

Jo Ivester | Posted 11.05.2015 | Black Voices
Jo Ivester

You may hear that we live have moved beyond this issue as demonstrated by our having elected a bi-racial president. You might be told, "Get over it and stop talking about it." Unfortunately, we are not there yet. It is still difficult to grow up as a person of color in America and we have much work left to do.

I Am Not Sandra Bland

Pegah Maleki | Posted 08.12.2015 | Women
Pegah Maleki

I may never be a victim of pointed racial violence like Sandra Bland, but if we as a country had risen to the occasion and recognized when other black women, men, and children were being murdered, perhaps she wouldn't have been either.

Learning Chinese

Tricia McCallum | Posted 07.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tricia McCallum

Growing up in a small northern town shaped me in ways untold. As a little girl my family lived in an apartment above a hardware store on our small...

The White Anti-Racism Tone Police: White Supremacy vs. White Privilege

Jesse Benn | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
Jesse Benn

White supremacy refers to a racial hierarchy in which whiteness sits atop of. The United States was founded on a system--legally, culturally, economically, and politically--of white male upper class supremacy. All of these remain today.

Atticus And Me

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 07.12.2015 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

When I heard about Go Set a Watchman, a sort of sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, being released I was ecstatic. But this weekend, when the first chapter was released, my heart ached a bit. Because, as it turns out, Atticus Finch might not be such a hero after all.

7 Ways To Be A White Ally For Charleston And The Black Community

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 06.19.2015 | Black Voices

The massacre in Charleston, South Carolina, that left nine black people dead on Wednesday night, has initiated conversation about race both within the...

Allies Are Not Like Facebook Friends: US Should Drop Useless And Dangerous Alliances

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.25.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

If America ends up at war, it almost certainly will be on behalf of one ally or another. Washington collects allies like most people collect Facebook "friends." The vast majority of U.S. allies are security liabilities, tripwires for conflict and war. Alliances should be based on interest, not charity.

Postmodern Politics?

Francis Levy | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics
Francis Levy

There's strength in numbers and its always easier when a coalition can close ranks against a common enemy the way the allies did against the axis powers during the Second World War. But there's also something undeniably intriguing about the prospect of sharing objectives with unlikely partners.

Trying to Be a Better Ally

Barbara Holm | Posted 04.19.2015 | Women
Barbara Holm

Much of my stand-up is about feminist issues, and because of that, I've been called "man-hating," but I believe when a man talks about feminist issues, people listen more, as disheartening as that is.

Is the Gay Community Scaring Away Our Straight Allies?

Mason Hsieh | Posted 03.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Mason Hsieh

When one of my new straight-male friends asked if he could sit in on a QSA meeting, I immediately said yes and took him to a panel on LGBT dating, hoping to show him how cool the queer community is. The discussion was mostly civil, until my fledgling ally worked up the courage to ask one simple question.

The War in Afghanistan Formally Ended; The War in Afghanistan Informally Goes On

Andrew Lam | Posted 03.01.2015 | Impact
Andrew Lam

"End of U.S. combat means that fewer American lives will be lost in Afghanistan and less American money spent, but Afghans will continue to die, even more now because they no longer have the support of foreign troops."

It's Time for the US to Reconsider its Relationship With Egypt

David Oualaalou | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

In light of the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East with no end on sight, what is one to make out of the contradictory relationship between the United States and Egypt. Of interest, is the latest decision by the Egyptian government to deny entry to a former U.S. diplomat, Michele Dunne, to attend a conference in Cairo.

Locked Behind Prejudice: Questions from a (Hopeful) Ally

Max Dorfman | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics
Max Dorfman

One observation may be subjective -- often it's not completely -- but when millions speak, it's a greater truth, one no one can reasonably deny. No one wants to be treated poorly. We are all Americans. And more importantly, we are all human beings.

Simple Truths: We Will Only Win This - and Other Conflicts - with Allies on the Ground

Marjan Ehsassi | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Marjan Ehsassi

President Obama has signaled a "new phase" in the fight against the Islamic State as we send 1,500 additional Americans into Iraq to train and advise the Iraqi army to "start going on some offense." Doing so will be no small task.

Teachers: Time to Ban Derogatory Language in Your Classroom

Dr. Carmen Cruz | Posted 01.06.2015 | Education
Dr. Carmen Cruz

October was National Bullying Prevention Month, an annual campaign started in 2006 to illuminate the problem in schools and enhance prevention efforts. However, we still have a ways to go in zero tolerance in schools for bullying.

What About Libya: Or How the U.S. Prioritizes One Suffering Nation Over Another

Samantha Paige Rosen | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Samantha Paige Rosen

What makes one country more important than another? That's a crucial question to ask when it comes to Libya. The U.S. is now prioritizing the fight against ISIS through airstrikes over Iraq and Syria. But what about the country we were so focused on three years ago?

The Reykjavik International Film Festival Is the Tectonic Meeting Point of European and American Indie Cinema

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 12.09.2014 | Entertainment
James Marshall Crotty

Whether you are looking to write, scout or shoot (the Icelandic Film Centre offers a 20 percent rebate if you meet certain "cultural criteria"), put Reykjavik and RIFF in your filmmaking bucket list.

Numinous Market -- Women of Color Creating a Healing Space in Pittsburgh

Sue Kerr | Posted 12.03.2014 | Black Voices
Sue Kerr

A friend in Pittsburgh has put together the first Numinous Magic Market and Healing Workshops -- an event created by people of color for people of color, featuring an array of workshops and vendors focused on a healing space.

Ryan Kristobak

Allies Makes Rock Music Sexy Again | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 10.01.2014 | Entertainment

While radio stations and stages today are dominated by pop, hip-hop and EDM, bands like Heavy English, Closure in Moscow and Dorothy prove rock music ...

PG&E, ConAgra, and Edison Set a New Standard for LGBT Workplace Inclusion

Joanne Sprague | Posted 09.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Joanne Sprague

Corporate America has come a long way in creating LGBT-inclusive policy (as has the government, just this week), but as Deena Fidas of the Human Rights Campaign says, "The inclusive policies coming from the boardroom have not fully made it into the everyday culture of the American workplace."

Pittsburgh Museum Faces Backlash for Supporting PrideFest, LGBTQ Community

Sue Kerr | Posted 08.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

Earlier this week, Executive Director Joe Wos received an email from a member informing him that they were cancelling their membership because of the ToonSeum's affiliation with Pittsburgh's PrideFest.

Honor the Fallen President

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 07.27.2014 | Books
Nigel Hamilton

The story of FDR as U.S. Commander in Chief is a heroic war story of a president who had already overcome great adversity in facing polio, but who went on to take the reins of our armed forces in the greatest conflagration in human history -- on our behalf.

Too Bad Ukraine Didn't Keep Its 2,000 Nuclear Weapons

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The U.S. should tone down the rhetoric and concentrate on the core issues for worldwide peace and accept the Crimean reality. The solution will evolve slowly, if we let it.

Monuments Men Adjacent, The Roses Underneath

Melanie Chartoff | Posted 04.08.2014 | Books
Melanie Chartoff

In The Roses Underneath, a confident first novel by C.F. Yetmen, the details of one German female's wily survival skills are in the forefront against the backdrop of the Monuments Men cataloguing fine art stolen, sold and hidden during the Holocaust.

America Is Not in Decline, Its Foreign Policy Is... But It Can (Still) Surprise the World

András Simonyi | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
András Simonyi

When America fails to lead, the world becomes messy, at times even dangerous. Washington therefore needs a broader, more strategic, more determined and clearly more courageous vision of its global role.