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Prayers for Howard Schultz, Starbucks and the Coffee Industry

Jonathan Walton | Posted 10.12.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

Would you pray with me? Father in Heaven in the mighty, transformative name of Your Son Jesus, I plead your redemptive blood over the coffee industry...

1 in 5 Seniors Has Fallen Prey to a Financial Swindle, But This Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Martha T.S. Laham | Posted 08.11.2015 | Fifty
Martha T.S. Laham

You've probably heard of a durable power of attorney (DPA), which is a simple, easy legal tool to help you with financial assistance if you need it. However, the DPA is just as easy for people to obtain and misuse.

Five Travel Tips To Help Stop Human Trafficking

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 08.10.2015 | Impact
Stephanie Hepburn

It's not terribly surprising to learn that many trafficking victims have been exploited in a hotel. An NGO recently launched #DoesYourHotelKnow, a new awareness campaign that alerts hotels and travelers on what to do if we think it's happening (key: you don't have to be certain, that's up to the authorities to figure out).

So You Say You're an Ethical Shopper

Michael Hobbes | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Michael Hobbes

Consumer movements are never going to end sweatshops. We can lean on multinational corporations all we want, they don't have the information or the power to ensure decent factories, and neither do we.

Conversation With My Daughter About Human Trafficking

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 06.14.2015 | Impact
Stephanie Hepburn

As we take turns pushing her one-year-old brother in his stroller, my daughter asks me why people don't just stay away from bad people, then they won't be trafficked. I tell her that usually the story starts out with hope.

The EU-CELAC "Partnership" Fails Coffee Test

Fernando Morales-de la Cruz | Posted 06.11.2015 | World
Fernando Morales-de la Cruz

The European Union hosts the EU CELAC "Partnership" Summit in Brussels on June 10th and 11th. It brings together Presidents, Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers of 61 countries and the EU institutions, that is the 28 members of the EU and 33 nations from CELAC - Community of Latin American and Caribbean States-.

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Dilemma of Temporary Outrage

Mehroz Baig | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Mehroz Baig

It's a matter of common sense that the shortcuts we take to avoid paying large sums of money mean that someone somewhere is being exploited for that price tag to be what it is.

This A&E Reality Show Promised To Help Sex Workers. It Just Made Their Lives Worse.

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 05.06.2015 | Media

A&E's dramatic reality TV show "8 Minutes" claims to rescue sex workers from lives of danger and abuse. But several women who appeared on the show cla...

What's Behind the Hostility Toward Government?

Jon Wisman | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Jon Wisman

As ever more Republican politicians show interest in capturing their party's nomination for the presidency, they spar to outdo each other in depicting government as incompetent, corrupt, or even as the enemy.

Youth Must Fight for 15

Hannah Weintraub | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Hannah Weintraub

Young people have taken it for far too long. The exploitation of my generation began quietly with brutal standardized testing and increased rates of childhood poverty. It crescendoed with raising university tuition prices until the stage was set for the grand finale.

There's a Rock Band Named Black Pu**y -- And That's Not Okay

Sara Haile-Mariam | Posted 05.18.2015 | Black Voices
Sara Haile-Mariam

While I'm mustering the bravery to proudly and persistently proclaim that black lives matter, a band of white guys from Portland are running around calling themselves "Black Pussy" with no consideration for how that registers in the mind of a black girl who has actually been reduced to that by a stranger.

We Need to Stop Lying and Repent

Jonathan Walton | Posted 03.23.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

Marching down the streets of NYC in remembrance of MLK, I thought not of the anger swarming around me, but of the King that Dr. King followed. There is no freedom apart from Jesus, no victory that does not include His name.

The Rise of the Hyper Educated Poor

Julia Meszaros | Posted 03.15.2015 | Education
Julia Meszaros

Throughout the United States, children are told that the key to financial success is higher education and college. The assumption is that the more education you have, the more successful you will be.

Rising to the Italy

Christina Pacella | Posted 03.14.2015 | Impact
Christina Pacella

Ten year old Piero ( imaginary name) wakes up every morning at six a.m. He washes his hands and face, brushes his teeth, combs his hair, gets dressed and rushes down the stairs.

David Lohr

Man Loses Job, House, Reputation After Police Wrongly Charge Him With Child Rape | David Lohr | Posted 12.04.2014 | Crime

A North Carolina man says authorities ruined his life when they mistakenly arrested him on child sex charges, which cost him his reputation, his home ...

More on the O'Reilly/Stewart Brouhaha: The Right-Wing Urge to Kick Down

Andy Schmookler | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

On the right, it's not only the rich who seem drawn to this distorted fantasy. This I know from years discussing politics with a conservative audience in my part of Virginia.

Mining in Ecuador's Intag Valley: An Untold Story of Climate Change

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 12.14.2014 | Green
Ariel Smilowitz

Amid all the fanfare around the pledges to fight climate change and global warming, another environmental issue has failed to reach the masses, one that has had devastating and irrevocable ramifications for rural communities worldwide.

Let's Stop 'Dumbing Down' Breast Cancer Awareness Campaigns!

Nancy Stordahl | Posted 11.30.2014 | Women
Nancy Stordahl

I say no; it does not. Trivializing a deadly disease is wrong. Objectifying women is wrong as well. Two wrongs do not make a right.

Angry White Men on the Right

Andy Schmookler | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

The Republican Party, as the instrument of the forces of corporatist oligarchy, has had a major hand (more so than the Democrats) in injuring the economic prospects of these men. But the ways these injuries have been inflicted are more hidden than the social revolutions that toppled the old order of automatic superiority.

#2: The Republican Party's Extraordinary Pattern of Destructiveness

Andy Schmookler | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

In the conduct of today's Republican Party, we can see a pattern of destructiveness. It displays an insatiable lust for power and wealth, an impulse to prey upon the vulnerable, a preference for conflict over cooperation, a persistent dishonesty, and a willingness to sacrifice the greater good for selfish advantage.

One Hour on the Sidewalk

Abby Klinkenberg | Posted 11.11.2014 | Women
Abby Klinkenberg

As a woman, I exist solely to be commented upon -- unsolicited opinions, either positive or negative (their stupidly contrasting judgments only further show the caprice of the male gaze), are mandatory conditions to which I tacitly agree upon entering the public sphere.

Border Problem, Beltway Crisis

Mark Hetfield | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Mark Hetfield

The children at the border are only a symptom of a crisis of extreme violence in Central America and a crisis inside the Beltway caused by a dysfunctional Congress that misses opportunity after opportunity to fix our broken immigration laws. This is a life and death issue.

70 Percent Of Child Sex Trafficking Victims Are Sold Online: Study

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact

In 2014, buying a child for sex online can be just as easy as selling your old couch or posting an updated resume. Astonishing statistics dug up by...

Betrayal of Trust: 3 Ways We Can Begin to Protect Our Children from Pedophiles and Abusers

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

Clearly, our legal and policing systems have not kept up with the explosion of materials and the ease of access that modern electronic communications have provided to those with a predilection to abuse children.

A Dangerous Summer for Central American Kids

Mark Hetfield | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Mark Hetfield

This month, as kids across the United States wrapped up the school year and started their summer breaks, thousands of children from Central America were embarking on a different kind of transition.