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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.

The NYT's Limitless Ignorance of Bangladesh Trials

Sabbir Khan | Posted 01.12.2015 | World
Sabbir Khan

One doesn't expect the world's leading -- and liberal -- paper to take a stance that goes effectively against a court in a Third World country that's struggling against great historic odds to bring genocidal killers to justice.

Jesse Friedman's Case and the Appearance of Impropriety

Perry Binder | Posted 01.08.2015 | College
Perry Binder

In plain English, Judge Corrigan should remove herself from this case to maintain public trust in our judicial system. Such an act is not atypical for judges since they must project the highest level of professionalism in the legal process.

Born Again, or Blind?

Cindy Brandt | Posted 01.06.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

I want to explore the beauty in the dark recesses of our world. I want to talk with with those outside of the spotlight, the unheard voices muttering in the dark. I want to settle in the shadows. I no longer wish to bring light to those in the darkness.

Measuring Justice One Case at a Time

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 01.06.2015 | Crime
Burke E. Strunsky

Because there really are no cookie-cutter criminal cases or fungible criminal defendants, we need juries to act as a counterweight to legislative and political incentives that drive us toward a one size fits all criminal justice system.

Promise Me Humanity

Melis Figanmese | Posted 12.31.2014 | Impact
Melis Figanmese

So this is the day, the last of days. Three hundred and sixty-five days of protests, lay-ins, new laws, broken laws, innocent jailing, pride, nationalism, fear and hope. This day, without failure, wipes the windshield of mud and dirt, eternally with the promise of change.

Breathe: Raising the Voice of Justice

Lauren Harris | Posted 12.31.2014 | 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.

New Genocide Trial in Guatemala?

Jo-Marie Burt | Posted 12.29.2014 | World
Jo-Marie Burt

If the genocide trial does restart, the role of the international community will be of utmost importance to ensuring a fair process. There is little doubt that there will be strong opposition from conservative elites and from sectors of the military. But the desire for the victims for truth and justice remains steadfast.

I Was Taught to Be Racist for My Own Protection

Lloyd Burnett | Posted 12.27.2014 | Black Voices
Lloyd Burnett

My parents were terrified that the same racism that they had endured would cause me the same tremendous pain and frustrating limitations as it had caused them. They wanted to protect me from the experiences of hate that they had lived.

An Open Letter from Black Clergy: A Call for Racial Justice, Healing and Reconciliation

Rev. Dominique C. Atchison | Posted 12.24.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dominique C. Atchison

We are calling on clergy of all ethnicities and faith traditions to join us in leading our nation toward healing and reconciliation.

A Tale of Another Three Young Lives

Tania Bradkin | Posted 12.24.2014 | Crime
Tania Bradkin

While I do not condone Mr. Kleinman's behavior, I support Judge Wright's decision to put this young father behind bars for nearly 18 years, leaving his two young children without a father and creating a single mother, EVEN LESS.

Foley Square: Our Streets

Brigitte Hamadey | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Brigitte Hamadey

Since December 3rd, I have returned to the streets because having a voice in the justice system is not sufficient either. In solidarity with my angered peers, I lean on the unofficial fourth branch of government that has the final say: collective civil society.

How You Function When You Can't Breathe

Stephen Phelps | Posted 12.23.2014 | Religion
Stephen Phelps

When a system fails, it is easy (or necessary) to locate a breakdown. When a system is working, however, it is impossible to identify just what is working. Everything is working. In a business, for example, the visible and measurable is working reasonably well.

A Fixable Problem for Our Society

Marc Gopin | Posted 12.23.2014 | Crime
Marc Gopin

Community policing needs to be restored to its pre-9/11 commitments. Counterterrorism influences on policing must be scaled back dramatically, especially the corrupting influence of military and counterterrorism training with its absurd technical firepower, and shoot to kill orders.

In Defense of Love

Scott Stabile | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Scott Stabile

I think about, talk about and write about love a lot -- the power of love, the importance of love, the necessity of love, the anything and everything ...

Dr. Bronner's Year-End Report from the Front Lines of the Fight for Cannabis Reform and GMO Labeling

David Bronner | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
David Bronner

Both cannabis policy reform and the movement to label genetically engineered foods in the United States made huge strides in 2014. Major battles were won, some narrowly lost, but ultimately victory is inevitable.

Why I Was Arrested Standing Up for Dontre Hamilton in Milwaukee

Paul Schmitz | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Paul Schmitz

Black lives matter, and our justice system must become more fair and just. I hope many others concerned about these injustices will stand up to support policies and reforms that will create a fairer, safer, and more just America.

A Prayer From the Mall of America

Rev. Meg Riley | Posted 12.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Meg Riley

I thank you for the Bloomington Police Department, and the Mall of America Security Force, for their willingness to keep things calm and peaceful. May their humanity continue to shine in the difficult months ahead, as we work towards systemic change when police are accountable to the same laws as other citizens.

We Can't Breathe: The Chokehold on Democracy and Justice in America

Clark Power | Posted 12.19.2014 | Black Voices
Clark Power

We will not move forward as a society until we can bring ourselves to listen and respond to the cries of those whose spirits have been crushed by the chokehold of poverty and racism.