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Fourth of July Message: Jobs = Freedom

Blake Kernen | Posted 08.31.2013 | Teen
Blake Kernen

I've always known the Fourth of July is a day to celebrate America's birthday, its independence from British rule and the signing of the Declaration of Independence. But as a teenager, I've also come to realize that as Americans, we are celebrating a lot of other freedoms also.

Wake Up, Beijing -- It's Hong Kong Calling

David Millar | Posted 08.31.2013 | World
David Millar

If Occupy Central can generate enough unity among the people and Hong Kong politicians -- and remain peaceful -- it may actually force Beijing's hand and bring about real change.

America the Free

John M. Eger | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics
John M. Eger

As usual, the 4th of July holiday is one we seem to enjoy more than others. Of course, we will have our family barbeques, fireworks displays, parades ...

Three Zen Stories for Peace of Heart

William Horden | Posted 08.28.2013 | Healthy Living
William Horden

Zen stories serve as intriguing reminders we can use to keep our feet on the path of a calm heart and an untroubled mind in the hustle of everyday life. It is always easier to remember a story than an idea!


Jennifer Hamady | Posted 08.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Hamady

Forgiveness means that you are choosing to release the grip you've continued to allow people and situations from your past to have over you in the present. It is a gift of acceptance you give to yourself; the very gift that allows for true freedom from all that has come before.

Let Mandela Inspire Us to Live Our Lives for Justice

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 08.26.2013 | World
Ruairí McKiernan

The outpouring of global love for Nelson Mandela shows that people everywhere crave courageous leadership and celebrate those who are prepared to break the rules to uplift humanity.

The Winner's Circle: I Am a Muslim Woman Who Finds Freedom Behind My Veil

Te-Erika Patterson | Posted 08.26.2013 | Impact
Te-Erika Patterson

Because the Western world's expression of feminine beauty lends itself to the promotion of less clothing equating to more freedom, Muslim women and their fully covered frocks are often viewed as oppressive and diminishing.

Single or Married? Which Status Gives You More Freedom?

Marilyn Tam | Posted 08.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Marilyn Tam

Our minds need to develop new thought pathways different from the old belief system. To make the shift more solid, research has shown it takes 21 - 30 days of practice; a mere fraction of the time it took you to acquire the initial negative pattern. What a relief!

Number One With a Bullet: America's Prison Paradise

Carl Pettit | Posted 08.25.2013 | Crime
Carl Pettit

Americans are an extremely competitive lot, which has benefited our society immeasurably, yet when it comes to caging our fellow citizens for years on end, perhaps we should step back and let another nation take the lead for a while.

Constitutional Freedoms and Defining Religion

Steven Ramey | Posted 08.24.2013 | Religion
Steven Ramey

Whether you accept a particular revelation as true or consider a ritual institution to be divinely demanded, the category "religion" is a human construction with a shifting meaning that people use strategically to make sense of the world and to negotiate relations to others in society.

The Quiet, Powerful Courage of Lambda Legal

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

In the vast universe of humanitarian organizations, few are committed to creating a world where freedom reigns for all while sidestepping narcissistic fanfare the way that Lambda Legal is.

Captive to Modernity

Marissa Lepor | Posted 08.24.2013 | Media
Marissa Lepor

What is freedom? That's a fairly intense question for someone to ask a nineteen-year-old. What do I know about freedom? I live in Los Angeles, Califor...

The Day Before the Fourth of July, Fight for Freedom -- From Paralysis

Don C. Reed | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

On July 3, the day before Independence Day, the California Senate Health Committee will hear a bill that fights for freedom from paralysis. A.B. 714 would provide $1 million annually for the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act of 1999 partially restoring its original funds.

Young And Fighting Taboos In Turkey

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 08.20.2013 | World
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Olga Müstecaplıoğlu and her boyfriend in their protective gear at Gezi Park. Photo Credit: Olga Müstecaplıoğlu By: Robyn Gee "I am 22-year-o...

The Importance of Engaging Millennials to Protect Freedom

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Zachary K. Pearce

For our generation, for the millennial generation, is this indicative of what we can expect of our lives? Will the United States continued to be mired in a "war" of aggression with those who abhor freedom?

Digital Fire: Give Us This Day Our Daily Tech

Russell C. Smith | Posted 08.19.2013 | Technology
Russell C. Smith

The Internet poses two questions to people every day: What are you wishing (searching) for right now? How much change (acceleration) can a culture end...

The Transformative Potential of the Poor

Susan Davis | Posted 08.14.2013 | Impact
Susan Davis

You may have heard of the concept of "inclusive growth," the idea that the increasing economic prosperity should benefit everyone, including the poore...

A 21st Century Freedom Movement

Harry Boyte | Posted 08.12.2013 | Good News
Harry Boyte

In an educational environment today where teachers feel powerless, they are forging an alternative in which educators reclaim teaching as a great civic vocation.

Torah vs. Libertarians: Round 1

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 08.12.2013 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

The libertarian view of economic justice is approximately this: If people freely agree to exchanges, then they are fair by definition. Restricting people's freedom in order to bring about or maintain a certain pattern of wealth distribution is unjust. The Torah disagrees.

You Are Responsible For Nothing

Peter Rollins | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
Peter Rollins

What might we do differently if we were to fully embrace our responsibility and make decisions in the full knowledge that there are no guarantees and no way of going in every direction we would like?

Could Drones Mean the End of Wilderness?

OnEarth | Posted 07.29.2013 | Green

By David Gessner, OnEarthLast Tuesday, as I do almost every day, I went for a walk in the woods with Missy, my yellow lab. We were deep in a thicket n...

Frogs in Water About Our Freedoms

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

Three converging trends put me on common ground with your average Tea Party member for the first time in my liberal-New-England-elite life: government action, technological advancement and American attitude.

Who Invented Memorial Day?

Jim Downs | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics
Jim Downs

As America recognizes the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclaimation, we would do well to revisit the origins of Memorial Day among freedpeople in Charleston.

A Heart That Is Ready for Anything

Tara Brach | Posted 07.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

There's a bright light of awareness that shines through each of us and guides us home, and we're never separated from this luminous awareness, any more than waves are separated from the ocean.

Free-market Conservatism Kills: Oklahoma Buildings Don't Have Safe Rooms Because "Regulation Rankles"

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

That's what we saw when an EF5 tornado blew through Moore, Okla. on Monday. What do the tornado-related deaths of 24 people, including nine children, have to do with free-market conservatism?