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How A Visit To Death Row Turned This Man Into A Crusader For Justice

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 01.11.2016 | OWN

In December of 1983, Bryan Stevenson hadn't yet become the renowned equal justice attorney he is today. He was just a 23-year-old law student working ...

The Voice of Lubana: Syrians' Wishes for 2016

Georges Ugeux | Posted 01.04.2017 | World
Georges Ugeux

Everyone is celebrating; it is time for family and friends, going back to sweet memories, or setting up plans for next year. For Syrians, during the last few years, things have been quite different. Actually, this time of the year is nearly the worst to go through.

Nightmare in Waco: Bikers' Sans Justice

Candy Chand | Posted 12.11.2016 | Crime
Candy Chand

"Speak up for the ones who cannot speak for themselves. Ensure justice for those being crushed." --Proverbs 31:8 Law and order, not tempered by jus...

Richard Wershe Jr. Turkey Drive

Seth Ferranti | Posted 12.06.2016 | Detroit
Seth Ferranti

Even from his prison cell, Richard Wershe, Jr., the man law enforcement and the media dubbed White Boy Rick, is trying to help his community by having...

Waco Biker Injustice

Candy Chand | Posted 11.26.2016 | Crime
Candy Chand

On May 17, 2015, numerous motorcycle groups met in Waco, Texas for a Confederation of Club's joint meeting. Scheduled at a Twin Peaks restaurant, they set out to discuss laws, mutual rules, and common ground. It would be hard to anticipate that lunch with fellow bikers (which included a mix of 1 percenter outlaw, U.S. Veteran and Christian groups) would turn into bloody mayhem.

Football and Social Change

Clark Power | Posted 11.23.2016 | Sports
Clark Power

Sports have the power to bring communities together and change mindsets. Hopefully, this brave stand by a football team will make it easier for university administrators to do what is right for its own sake.

Me and White Boy Rick

Seth Ferranti | Posted 11.17.2016 | Crime
Seth Ferranti

It was in the mid-90s, while serving time at FCI Beckley in West Virginia, that I first heard about White Boy Rick. Like any street legend he had an equal number of supporters and detractors on the inside. I didn't read about White Boy Rick in any newspaper or see any media reports about him on the television.

Life Questions Man

Bill Halamandaris | Posted 09.28.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Bill Halamandaris

Like many others, I have been profoundly moved by the Pope's visit to America this week. What a great and godly man. His homily in Philadelphia Satur...

It Ended Before It Began: Criminalizing a Young Brain

Merritt Juliano | Posted 09.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Merritt Juliano

Trying to identify those circumstances where an 18- to 25-year-old might fairly be treated as a juvenile, difficult though it may be, should be a priority for a modern society, particularly for non-violent offenders with a low outlook for recidivism.

Refugees And Responsibility In Europe And The U.S.

Pierre Guerlain | Posted 09.15.2016 | World
Pierre Guerlain

The genie cannot be put back in the bottle and wars cannot "unhappen". Yet besides the humanitarian help which decency dictates should be offered to refugees, the resort to diplomacy instead of war would also help millions of people now fleeing their countries and trying to make a new life elsewhere.

Using Dr. King's Name to Support Bigotry

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 09.05.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

Kim Davis has been jailed because her God-sense tells her it is right and fitting to discriminate against people; Dr. King was in jail because his God-sense told him it was wrong to mete out injustice against anyone - especially blacks.

Bishop Tutu's Dream

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.04.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We must wake up, open our eyes and ears, avoid convenient ignorance, seek the truth, speak up, stand up, and never give up fighting for justice for all. How long?

10 Years After Katrina: Reflections on Injustice, Advocacy and Reasons for Hope

Maria Foscarinis | Posted 08.27.2016 | Politics
Maria Foscarinis

Hurricanes happen, but for those with resources, insurance payments, family and friends come to the rescue. For poor Americans, those safeguards are lacking -- friends and family are typically strapped themselves, and insurance coverage is thin or absent.

America in Black and White

Aaron Caleb Bardo | Posted 08.03.2016 | Media
Aaron Caleb Bardo

The process of change begins with us and ends with us. Through social media and grassroots movement we can unite our colors as we did on June 26, 2015. We can inspire American Dreams for generations to come before the riots begin, before the violence turns viral.

Beauty and Injustice in Lakota Land

Jack Healey | Posted 07.27.2016 | Impact
Jack Healey

Even amid staggering poverty and neglect, the descendents of the great Oglala Sioux Chief Crazy Horse remain a strong and proud people in the face of unimaginable difficulty.

Everyone Should Be Required to See "Inside Out"

Mark Baer | Posted 07.11.2016 | Entertainment
Mark Baer

I want to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in the production and development of Disney•Pixar's film "Inside Out." The film is named "Inside Out" because it is about the inner workings of the mind, which controls how people behave.

Marriage Equality: Racism on the Side

Stephanie Mott | Posted 06.26.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

My heart is filled with joy. My heart is filled with pain. My heart is filled with purpose. My heart is filled with hope.

The Silent Campaign by the US Government to Brand American Soldiers as Criminals

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 06.05.2016 | Politics
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

The violence inflicted on US soldiers is not always confined to a remote battlefield in a distant land from armed insurgents. Only recently has it become known that veteran's are dying right here at home as they await medical care from the VA healthcare system that has shamefully demonstrated the wonton disregard of their well-being.

Two Concepts of Public Art

Harry Boyte | Posted 05.15.2016 | 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 06.26.2015 | 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 06.23.2015 | 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 05.30.2015 | 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 05.29.2015 | 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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?