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Juvenile Review Board: A Chance for Underage Greenwich Offenders to Avoid a Criminal Record

Katherine Du | Posted 10.05.2015 | Crime
Katherine Du

Prior to the introduction of the Greenwich Juvenile Review Board (JRB) in late 2008, every arrest in Greenwich, Connecticut was processed and sent directly to court.

Is Preventing Injustice Possible?

Ellen Lawton | Posted 10.05.2015 | Impact
Ellen Lawton

Whatever you may think about how we pay for health care, everyone can agree that staying out of the emergency room is a good thing. Maintaining good health through access to primary care and healthy policies is better not only for individuals, but also for health care's bottom line.

The Supreme Court Is Back At Work, And Things Look Pretty Ugly Already

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics

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Calling All Peace-Loving Hindus

Sunita Viswanath | Posted 10.02.2015 | Religion
Sunita Viswanath

I and my colleagues at Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus are heartbroken to read the news that Muslim man, Mohammad Akhlaq, was lynched and murdered by a Hindu mob in Northern India because it was rumored that he killed and cow and consumed the meat.

A Buddhist Cop's Approach to Justice

Cheri Maples | Posted 10.01.2015 | Crime
Cheri Maples

Any one of us can make a difference in a similar way as we move forward in the wake of tragedy. Any one of us can be the person who, rather than exacerbating pain and violence, transforms it by the way we bear witness and respond to it.

'Justice or Else' for Black, Brown and Indigenous Americans

Erica Garner | Posted 10.01.2015 | Black Voices
Erica Garner

We all know that I haven't gotten justice, but that doesn't mean that I'm not going to keep fighting for it. This struggle is much larger than me. We have seen our voting rights stripped right along with our humanity. And it is time that we join together to say, "Enough is enough. We want justice -- or else!"

Inquisition in Our Time

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 09.29.2015 | World
Harry Leibowitz

A young man is about to be beheaded and then have his body crucified in public. Sounds like some novel that takes place at the time of the Inquisition, but this is very real and is scheduled to happen in Saudi Arabia this week.

3 Things The Pope Taught Millennials on His Visit to America

Anurag Gupta | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion
Anurag Gupta

As a millennial, I often think about the world I will be leaving my children if we, as a generation, continue on the current economic and political path. It is we who will inherit the impending trials and tribulations of the uncertainty of our economy and ecology.

Meeting Pope Francis Was One of the Greatest Days of My Life

Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D. | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D.

Pope Francis embodies the tenderness of God's mercy. From comforting families who lost loved ones on September 11 in New York City to proclaiming hope to the prisoners in Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia, Pope Francis has embodied God's tender mercy.

Commandments of Love

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

The Ten Commandments, given to Moses by God for the children of Israel to follow, are not primarily religious. Their concern is largely social, rooted in love, and all of them are relational in their thrust. Four Commandments address the human-divine relationship; six of them address human-to-human relationships.

Hindus and Catholics: Reasons for Mutual Respect and Reverence

Anantanand Rambachan | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Anantanand Rambachan

Respectful relationships do not insist on sameness of vision or the relinquishing of our distinctive theological commitments. In fact, our differences may be the places of our deepest learning from each other.

Against Solitary Confinement

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.22.2015 | Crime
Michael Shammas

Don't get me wrong: The most immoral prisoner has earned his government-sponsored home. Quite thoroughly. But by treating him in an inhumane manner that extends beyond confinement, we too become all too human. We too commit a moral wrong.

A Call to Leadership: Strategies for Building Restorative Communities

Dr. Artika R. Tyner | Posted 09.22.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Leaders are called upon to build new bridges, promote the common good, and uplift others. Restorative justice can serve as a tool for achieving these goals. Restorative justice focuses on the interrelatedness of the human experience and offers a framework for resolving conflict.

#IStandWithAhmed: Or When Islamophobia Jumped the Shark

Atif Choudhury | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Atif Choudhury

Are schools not supposed to be institutions of education and learning, complete with a welcoming atmosphere for all in the hopes of serving as a beacon of light for the next generation?

Bernie Sanders: At Liberty, With Justice, For All

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 09.18.2015 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

By now you're aware that Bernie Sanders, Senator from my home state of Vermont and Democratic frontrunner in the early presidential bid, visited Liberty University on Monday and gave a speech at the school's convocation.

Deaf Protestors in DC Demand the Opportunity to Work

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Deaf people want to work and they deserve to feel successful. They are tired of enduring the same oppressive practices that the ADA was supposed to protect against.

California's Pot Biz "Wild West" May End, Massachusetts Could "Head It Off At The Pass"

Adam Sulkowski | Posted 09.16.2015 | Business
Adam Sulkowski

As I write this, California may be ending almost two decades of their "Wild West" approach to marijuana businesses. Californians voted in 1996 to legalize pot for medical purposes, but as of September 2015 there is still no state regulatory framework for its share of what could be a $3 billion national industry.

Cut To Video: Reflections On James Blake, On-Camera Police Brutality | Posted 09.16.2015 | Black Voices

One officer told me that if I simply complied with his instructions to show my ID, then I wouldn't have been detained. I demanded to know why I was rushed and restrained with handcuffs. "Why don't you trust police?" the officer shot back.

Canada Decision Is Message to Chevron: Stop Deaths in Ecuador Now!

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 09.10.2015 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Last week, the Supreme Court of Canada handed Chevron another defeat in its efforts to forever avoid paying to clean up its toxic mess in the Amazon. It ruled unanimously that the Ecuadorian communities could pursue an enforcement action with the aim of seizing Chevron's Canadian assets to cover its $10 billion liability.

Justice For Josiah

Jessica Denis | Posted 09.11.2015 | Impact
Jessica Denis

A 3-year-old has lost his life, a mother has lost her son and a family has lost their star. The child lost his life at the hands of one person; that one person who was always supposed to protect his son. On September 5, 2015 near Memphis, TN, 3-year-old Josiah was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead.

Abraham Spared Isaac: #ChildLivesMatter as Precursor to #BlackLivesMatter

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 09.09.2015 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

One way to eliminate a practice is to convince people that the practice conflicts with the core values of their society and/or religion. In Abraham's day, the core values were expressed as God's orders; today the core consists of fundamental principles.

Ayotzinapa: 10 Reasons to Keep the Search for Truth Alive

Ted Lewis | Posted 09.09.2015 | World
Ted Lewis

A body of independent experts, appointed by Inter-American Human Rights Commission rejects the Mexican government's conclusions about key elements of last year's attacks on unarmed students during which six people were killed and 43 forcibly disappeared.

Justice... Is This the New Normal

Michael G. Winston | Posted 09.08.2015 | Business
Michael G. Winston

The rhetoric from AG Holder appears to be nothing more than a smokescreen activated every six months or so to create the illusion of law enforcement. They say one thing and do the other. In 2011, the Justice Department mysteriously dropped a criminal case against Mozilo. As predicted, not a word was heard after the August, 2014 promise of justice.

Mistaken Identity

Marcia Liss | Posted 09.06.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss


Climate Truth, Justice, and the American Way

Joylette Portlock | Posted 09.03.2015 | Green
Joylette Portlock

Personal changes and policy changes (like the recently finalized, historic Clean Power Plan to reduce climate pollution from the U.S. power sector) are what will get us to that better future, for everyone. So let's keep fighting for truth, justice, and a new, clean-energy-based American way.