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Blessing Offor | Posted 03.04.2015 | Arts
Blessing Offor

My point of view in life is perfectly valid, but my aim as a songwriter and communicator is to sing about my reality in a way that resonates with you, because at the end of the day, the human experience is collective.

No Justice. No Truth. No Reparations.

Widney Brown | Posted 03.04.2015 | World
Widney Brown

There is no excuse for courts to fail the victims of sexual violence. As Physicians for Human Rights has demonstrated in its work in eastern Congo, doctors, nurses, police investigators, prosecutors, and judges can work together to support evidence-based prosecutions for crimes of sexual violence. The ICC should know better. The ICC should do better.

Will The Marathon Trial Re-Traumatize Boston?

David Freudberg | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics
David Freudberg

As the trial recreates the crime and its repercussions in devastating detail, one concern is the likelihood that Boston will be traumatized all over again and that deep emotional wounds that victims have worked hard to heal will inevitably be torn back open.

The Public, Race, and a Jury of Your Peers

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Last year's jury decisions in racially-charged investigations were only the most recent to reveal the schism in the country's perceptions of how race intersects with justice. From the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research archives, here is a look back over more than twenty years of data on race and the jury system.

Celebrating the Tenth Anniversary of Roper v. Simmons: One Small Step for Christopher Simmons, One Giant Step for Juvenile Justice Reform

Marsha Levick | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Marsha Levick

With this simple declaration ten years ago, the United States Supreme Court ended a centuries-old practice that left youth eligible for execution for murders they committed when they were under the age of eighteen.

The Time for Voter Rights Is Now

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

We cannot raise awareness about the heroines and heroes of history, and then turn around and be cowards 50 years later. This Congress must deal with overt moves among states to obstruct people's right to vote, and they must restore federal protections of voting rights.

UN Cholera Plan for Haiti Must Choose Justice Over Charity

Ted Oswald | Posted 02.26.2015 | Impact
Ted Oswald

Securing water and sanitation infrastructure for Haiti is ultimately about fulfilling obligations and respecting human rights, areas where the UN can, and should, be demonstrating leadership.

For Holder, a Legacy of Achievement in a Time of Doubt

Riley Roberts | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics
Riley Roberts

Since 2009, Holder has exercised the powers of his office not merely to preserve the Justice Department as a static institution, as many of his predecessors have done, but to mobilize it as a force for proactive change.

Interior Secretary Has 'Much to Learn' from Kivalina's Iñupiaq Elders on Climate Change and Village Relocation

Jennifer J. Marlow | Posted 02.23.2015 | Green
Jennifer J. Marlow

Co-authored by Michael Gerace, Re-Locate founder, and P. Joshua Griffin, doctoral candidate in anthropology at the University of Washington. Photo...

The Achievement Gap vs. The Justice Gap: Race vs. Redemption

Kanene Holder | Posted 02.23.2015 | Education
Kanene Holder

The achievement gap will never close until we as a society, especially educators, tackle the justice gap head-on.

Just Vengeance

Rumni Saha | Posted 02.20.2015 | Crime
Rumni Saha

In late January of last year, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it would be seeking the Death Penalty in the case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Many were outraged.

Fighting Poverty and Politics in North Carolina

Rebecca Todd Peters | Posted 02.20.2015 | Impact
Rebecca Todd Peters

While it is true that we will always have poverty in our midst, it is also true that it is our calling and our responsibility to do everything in our power to fight that poverty by creating just structures of support for our community.

Why I Oppose the Death Penalty: Redemption Is Always Possible, so Killing Is Always Wrong

Michael Shammas | Posted 02.17.2015 | Crime
Michael Shammas

The death penalty is about many things -- retribution, punishment, anger, a misguided desire for some illusory "cosmic balancing" of the scales of justice. Yet it is most about imagination.

Colombia: ICC Preliminary Examination Report and Peace Negotiations

Mariana Rodriguez Pareja | Posted 02.11.2015 | World
Mariana Rodriguez Pareja

In December 2014, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) published its annual Report on Preliminary Examination Activities. This report includes information on Colombia and Honduras, among others

The Fiery Cage and the Lynching Tree, Brutality's Never Far Away

Bill Moyers | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Jesse Washington was just one black man to die horribly at the hands of white death squads. Between 1882 and 1968 -- 1968! -- there were 4,743 recorded lynchings in the U.S. About a quarter of them were white people, many of whom had been killed for sympathizing with black folks. My father, who was born in 1904 near Paris, Texas, kept in a drawer that newspaper photograph from back when he was a boy of thousands of people gathered as if at a picnic to feast on the torture and hanging of a black man in the center of town. On a journey tracing our roots many years later, my father choked and grew silent as we stood near the spot where it had happened. Yes, it was hard to get back to sleep the night we heard the news of the Jordanian pilot's horrendous end. ISIS be damned! I thought. But with the next breath I could only think that our own barbarians did not have to wait at any gate. They were insiders. Home grown. Godly. Our neighbors, friends, and kin. People like us.

5 Powerful Stories About FGM/C You Need to Hear

Catherine Russell | Posted 02.05.2015 | Impact
Catherine Russell

Female genital mutilation / cutting is not an easy subject to talk about. After all, it involves the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia.

Did You Hear What Obama Said?

Jonathan Walton | Posted 02.04.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

Our perception of the world is horribly off because the scale we use to measure ourselves is skewed and it will never be stacked in our favor unless there is a radical transformation. And that transformation does not exist outside of an encounter with Jesus.

Why I Don't Believe in Forgiveness

Myisha Cherry | Posted 02.04.2015 | Black Voices
Myisha Cherry

Resentment is an indicator that moral judging is taking place. Resentment is not just some feeling we have. It is an emotion that has intentional and cognitive content.

Art Matters: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 01.27.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day, along with a group of nearly 50 other people, I have the privilege of making seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. The Pollination Project helps this community of daily givers identify new grantees. Here are the extraordinary people and projects that we supported this past week.

Abuse in Marriage & Divorce. Warning. As Goes the Marriage, so Goes the Divorce

Sharon Zarozny | Posted 01.26.2015 | Divorce
Sharon Zarozny

We marry dreaming of "happily-ever-after." But sadly, 25% of all women in the US (and a significant % of men) find themselves in an abusive marriage or partnership. And when that occurs, most are in denial.

The Media vs. the Movement: 3 Ways the 'New York Times' Completely Misunderstands #BlackLivesMatter and Movements in General

Leah Hunt-Hendrix | Posted 01.22.2015 | Black Voices
Leah Hunt-Hendrix

Recently the New York Times published the latest in its series of sub-par articles on the current racial justice movement. Like its predecessors, this installment dutifully reinforces conventional wisdom that does not stand up to challenge.

What's Not to Understand? Children Were Raped.

Phu Nguyen | Posted 01.26.2015 | Sports
Phu Nguyen

I'm writing this to make a point that I feel can't ever become redundant. I seem to keep having to argue a very necessary objective regarding the PSU/Paterno scandal and the NCAA sanctions. I suppose I'll keep reiterating as often as possible until people who don't get it, do.

The Other Rev. King: A Word from Mississippi

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 01.15.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Make no mistake, there truly are ghosts in Mississippi. Most often, they inhabit long forgotten places and toil with hopes that their mortal lives have not been lived in vain. A few years ago, I first traveled to a forgotten place to meet a forgotten man.

We Are a Country of Cowards

Jonathan Walton | Posted 01.14.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

We don't want to talk about race and religion because it might get awkward. We don't want to talk about sex because we might say the wrong thing. We can't speak about gay marriage and climate change because we're afraid of offending someone or sounding too open- or closed-minded. So we talk about work or complain or rave about the latest iPhone.

Leaders Like MLK Are Not a Thing of the Past, But We Must Shape the Moral Frame of Our Day

Macky Alston | Posted 01.12.2015 | Religion
Macky Alston

I want to offer three recommendations to all who believe in freedom and are praying that 2015 is the year that future history books and major motion pictures show that we stood as communities and as a nation for justice for all. Having worked with so many powerful voices in this current generation, I believe we can.