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Preventing Violent Extremism 15 Years After 9/11

Benjamin Orbach | Posted 09.08.2016 | Impact
Benjamin Orbach

In the months after the 9/11 attacks, most Americans felt that the threats we faced from terrorists were limitless. Anything seemed possible if al-Qaeda militants could enter our country, learn to fly airplanes, and then crash commercial flights into the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Expertise in countering urban street gangs can be used to fight jihadists

Joseph Braude | Posted 09.07.2016 | World
Joseph Braude

Word is out that Washington's traditional Arab allies, alarmed at rising terror threats, have been trying to counter jihadist groups on their own. In ...

It's Called "Battered Race Syndrome." Or, Something Like That

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 08.26.2016 | Black Voices
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

We are ridiculed for being angry We are pressured to quietly pacify our pain We are mocked for feeling victimized We are urged to 'forgive' in the fac...

Teens Ask For Summer Jobs After Gangs Try To Recruit Them

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 08.03.2016 | Good News

They all ganged up ― to stay out of gangs. Four young men who live at LaGrange Housing Authority in Georgia have gotten summer jobs working for thei...

Westminster Senator Woods Compares Police To Crips and Bloods

Jason Salzman | Posted 06.27.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

When an elected official, even one like Woods who likes Trump, compares police officers to Crips and Bloods, even under specific circumstances, it shouldn't fly under the media radar, like this May 26 statement of Woods did.

No Time To Waste Real Change in an Era of Gun Violence

Jessica Mindich | Posted 06.09.2016 | Crime
Jessica Mindich

On June 11, 2016, through my work with The Caliber Collection, I will fully finance a THIRD gun buyback and amnesty program.  After two successful b...

Red Is the New Black

Rasheena Fountain | Posted 06.02.2016 | Black Voices
Rasheena Fountain

Inner-city black communities are screaming bloody murder. Tears of those affected hover like a cloud over cities continuously drowned in blood splatter. Night time arrives with no peace--no rest and no silent nights.

Faces of health, poverty, and faith in Guatemala

Katherine Marshall | Posted 04.16.2016 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

Children bearing burdens in a pre-Easter procession in Antigua Washington DC faces meeting (and traffic) gridlock whenever world leaders gather. This...

I'm With Stupid: Turkeys Gone Wild Just Don't Give a Cluck

Todd Hartley | Posted 04.11.2016 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

I know it's April right now, but we need to talk about Thanksgiving. Specifically, we need to talk about whether we're going to be having turkey or wh...

'Murder is My Beat, Sadly I Make a Living From It.' Meet LAPD Detective John Skaggs

Jessica Mindich | Posted 04.08.2016 | Crime
Jessica Mindich

"I am most proud of my work for bringing some form of closure to the family and friends of victims that have been murdered. Many people who have lost a loved one to violence feel better knowing the suspect responsible cannot hurt others and is not enjoying the freedoms that we have."

Chiraq, Spike Lee's Hip (H)opera about Chicago

Leland Ware | Posted 03.09.2016 | Black Voices
Leland Ware

I recently viewed Chiraq. After reading some of the reviews, I realized that many people simply don't get Spike Lee's creative genius.

3 Things Every Citizen Can Do to Make a Difference in Reducing Gun Violence...Meet Gotham Chopra (Interview No. 4)

Jessica Mindich | Posted 02.23.2017 | Crime
Jessica Mindich

YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT is a series of frank interviews with passionate men and women who are leaders, activists and influencers on the subject of gun violence in America.

The Only Commercial Jeb! Needs

Tim Young | Posted 02.15.2017 | Comedy
Tim Young

With hundreds of millions of dollars spent and lots of really boring, typical political commercials, I've come to realize that Jeb! has missed a criti...

The Truth About 'Chi-Raq': A Conversation With Spike Lee

Julian Mitchell | Posted 01.21.2017 | Black Voices
Julian Mitchell

Spike Lee has built an astonishing career as a multigenerational filmmaker, crafting some of the most iconic cult classics of the past four decades.

Waiting on the Commissary

Chandra Bozelko | Posted 12.19.2016 | Crime
Chandra Bozelko

Mississippi prisons are so rife with gang violence that a federal court ruled that it's cruel and unusual punishment just to have inmates reside in th...

60% of Sub-Saharan Africa's Population Is Under 25!

Trevor Waldock | Posted 12.17.2016 | Impact
Trevor Waldock

What do the youth of a continent all have in common? Potential. Not just some vague sort of ideal that we call "potential." There is a story inside of each one of them waiting to be written and it's big and it is hard-wired into their brains to write it.

Disco's Out... Murder's In!

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 11.25.2016 | Books
Michael Nirenberg

It's easy to forget these days that punk used to be scary. It's true. Punk's original nihilism freaked out everyone from the squares to the hippies. Over time, some of that nihilism has been whitewashed with revisionist histories, rendering something more PC for TV.

TRIBE X - Ep.7

Spottoon | Posted 11.03.2016 | Entertainment
Spottoon

An action-packed fantasy about two young men raised in a crime den who are forced against their will to fight each other to confront their inevitable fate.

Former Philly Gang Member on Honor, Reform and the Next Generation

Peak Johnson | Posted 10.05.2016 | Crime
Peak Johnson

Kevin Wilkins remembers the summer day long ago when he stared down a member of The Valley, a notorious gang that inhabited the streets of North Philadelphia in the '60s and '70s.

10-Year-Old Boy Reportedly Sets Fire To Store For Gang Initiation

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 08.13.2015 | Crime

A 10-year-old New York City boy is accused by police of trying to burn down a local store so he could join a Brooklyn gang. The boy, who reportedly li...

(W)right It Out

Angelica V. Hernandez, Ph.D. | Posted 06.15.2016 | Women
Angelica V. Hernandez, Ph.D.

I always knew I had a story to tell, but just didn't know when I could tell it without severe consequences.

Chiraq and the North Shore: A Tale of Two Summers

Elizabeth Lazar | Posted 06.15.2016 | Impact
Elizabeth Lazar

Tonight summer is in the air. My sons ran to the park up the street and I am left alone, with dappled light and open windows... I pour a glass of wine and position myself in the stream of dusk blushing the living room gold.

Evocative Photos Highlight New Zealand's Largest Street Gang

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 06.11.2015 | Arts

Artist Jono Rotman discovered that there's more to gang members than violence and mayhem when he photographed New Zealand's Mighty Mongrel Mob. The...

Want to Know How to Recruit a Terrorist? Just Ask a Gangster . . .

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 05.26.2016 | Crime
Burke E. Strunsky

In efforts to limit the radicalization of American youth by ISIS, it is wise to employ strategies that have been most effective in combating the recruitment of young people by domestic criminal street gangs.

Religion Doesn't Create Terrorists. Society Does

Dale Hansen | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Dale Hansen

If the goal is to stop this sort of organized violence that plagues the world, then finding other ways to provide disaffected youth the money, protection, inclusion and social bonding they are missing that lead them to become outlaws in the first place should be our top priority.