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Two Concepts of Public Art

Harry Boyte | Posted 05.15.2015 | Good News
Harry Boyte

Public art often protests injustice and oppression, seeking to raise public awareness. Pablo Picasso's famous painting Guernica, finished in 1937, is an example.

The Tale of Two Body Cameras: White Man Lives, Black Man Dies

T. Better Baldwin | Posted 04.28.2015 | Black Voices
T. Better Baldwin

When I heard about How to Get Away With Murder, I took to twitter to ask Shonda Rhimes if it was a TV show about police corruption. While she courteously replied, she opted not to match facetious wit.

A Letter of Apology to My Grandson

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Stretch anything far enough and it'll begin to tear, fragment, break apart. That, I suspect, may be a reasonable summary of what's been happening in our twenty-first-century world. Under stress, things are beginning to crack open.

Why Does Racism Persist?

Robert Fuller | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Robert Fuller

Racism is proving as stubbornly hard to eradicate as the mythical Hydra which sprouted two new heads for every one that was cut off. Until, that is, Hercules found and severed the beast's immortal head. What is racism's immortal head?

A World of Violence

Eduardo Galeano | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Eduardo Galeano

In 1919 Rosa Luxemburg, the revolutionary, was murdered in Berlin. Her killers bludgeoned her with rifle blows and tossed her into the waters of a canal. Along the way, she lost a shoe.

When Visibility is not Enough

Kris Hayashi | Posted 04.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Kris Hayashi

Failure to adequately protect transgender students means that transgender people and their families often face hostile, unsafe, or unwelcoming school environments. Harassment and violence make it difficult for transgender students to obtain the skills and education they need to succeed.

'Bullpen Therapy' for the Central Park Five

Ronda Lee | Posted 04.15.2015 | Black Voices
Ronda Lee

Saturday, Feb. 7, was the third time I saw Joe Assadourian's The Bullpen, which addresses Assadourian's encounter with the New York criminal justice system. On this occasion, three of the Central Park Five were in attendance. Would they find humor in Assadourian's performance after being vilified by the media and unjustly incarcerated?

The Positivity of Givers and Takers

Catherine Nagle | Posted 04.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Catherine Nagle

It seems that we are both the givers and the takers; it's only until we tip the scales of justice that we truly see who is the true giver of us all...

If You Could Imagine a Better World, What Would it Look Like?

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 03.17.2015 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

For me, it's a world where no one goes hungry and everyone has the means to provide for themselves and their families. It's a world where we can be confident the environment will be clean and healthy for future generations.

I Took My Kids To The Protest

Jennifer Harvey | Posted 03.08.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Harvey

They have a deeply informed perspective on this. Kindness and fairness are a big deal in their lives.

Breathe: Raising the Voice of Justice

Lauren Harris | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Lauren Harris

Violence is its own barrier. Violence closes minds to the opinions of others, violence darkens the public discourse with the pall of fear and violence silences voices tragically and permanently.

Dear White People

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 02.28.2015 | Black Voices
Nicholas Ferroni

Before you start shouting that "blacks are destroying everything that is white" or that "political correctness is destroying America," here is some historical fact that will prove otherwise.

This Is Why We March

Marc H. Morial | Posted 02.16.2015 | Black Voices
Marc H. Morial

In this catalytic moment driven by cataclysmic circumstances, what we have witnessed across America since the non-indictments of officers in the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner may be new to a generation, but it is not new to a nation.

Cop Story (Too)

Andrew Cotto | Posted 02.15.2015 | Politics
Andrew Cotto

Police brutality is real and wrong. But what we as the American public should consider are the profound pressures applied to law enforcement officers in high-crime areas and how said pressures often inform the distance between the officers and the communities they are obliged to protect.

13 Years for Two Joints? Louisiana Gov. Jindal Needs to Correct Injustice With Clemency

Anthony Papa | Posted 02.14.2015 | Crime
Anthony Papa

I was lucky enough to be granted executive clemency in 1997. Since my release I have continued to advocate for prisoners who are stuck in prison, sentenced to tremendous amounts of time for small amounts of drugs.

Injustice, Violence, and Oppression: On Loving the Lions

Scott MacDougall | Posted 02.14.2015 | Religion
Scott MacDougall

As passages such as Matthew 25 make abundantly clear, to love God is to find and serve Jesus in the form of the most vulnerable among us: the poor, outcast, needy, and marginal.

Stop Protecting the Badge

Jarad Barr | Posted 02.02.2015 | Crime
Jarad Barr

In cases such as Eric Garner, we must look beyond the badge. If the forearm cutting off Mr. Garner's air passages belonged to a man with any other professional occupation he would face consequences in the court of law.

White Vision: Seeing Clothes on a Naked Emperor

Lucia Brawley | Posted 01.26.2015 | Crime
Lucia Brawley

The epidemic of monolithic thinking seems to me to be weighted far more on the side of white Americans, officers and civilians alike, thinking of all black boys as criminal.

Of Dolphins, Oil, Politics and... Italy

Christina Pacella | Posted 01.10.2015 | World
Christina Pacella

Throughout the years I tried to learn as much as I could about the marine ecosystem. I felt I needed to do my part to keep the Adriatic and the life that dwells within it safe, for the sake of humanity.

Why Is Judge Rakoff a Lone Wolf?

Joel Cohen | Posted 01.03.2015 | Crime
Joel Cohen

Why is Judge Rakoff (seemingly) the only one willing to expose to the general public the galling scenario that plays out every day in our courts?

Summer Madness: A Eulogy for John Crawford

Lebaron Sims | Posted 11.30.2014 | Black Voices
Lebaron Sims

Wednesday's announcement of no indictment in the shooting death of John Crawford III, and the subsequent release of the video and audio detailing his last moments, relay a sequence as old as any, one with which we have become all too familiar.

Egypt's Transitional Injustice

Dalia Abd El-Hameed | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Dalia Abd El-Hameed

As a human rights worker, I thought I would feel the same compassion for all victims of the police state. But it has turned out to be very different when a friend is arrested.

If You Want to See Inequality in the U.S. at Its Worst, Visit an Impound Lot

David Sheff | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
David Sheff

For millions of Americans a towed car can lead to a crippling spiral of stress, debt, joblessness, illness and, in many cases, incarceration. On a re...

Talking to My White Child About Race

Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW | Posted 10.29.2014 | Parents
Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW

"Mommy," he piped up from the back seat in his sweet little voice, "I don't like people who have different skin color than mine." My brain sort of froze, but I stayed on the road as I gulped in discomfort.

The Tyranny of the Nanny State, Where the Government Knows What's Best for You

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Having allowed the government to expand and exceed our reach, we find ourselves on the losing end of a tug-of-war over control of our country and our lives.