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New Measures Help Offenders Who Can't Afford Fines, Legal Fees Avoid Cycle Of Debtors' Prison

New York Times | TINA ROSENBERG | Posted 03.31.2015 | Impact

When Jack Dawley returned in 2007 to his hometown, Norwalk, Ohio, after eight years in prison and on parole in Wisconsin, he knew getting by would be ...

Bringing Dishonor Upon an Honorary Award

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 03.25.2015 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

We just found out that the Commonwealth Club of California - the "nation's oldest and largest public affairs forum" - plans to honor Chevron CEO John Watson as a "distinguished global citizen" who has "given back" to the global community.

Cookie Doughprah Winfrey and S'moria Steinem: 10 Solutions to Ben & Jerry's Women Problem

Amanda McCall | Posted 05.27.2015 | Women
Amanda McCall

There are currently no female flavors of Ben & Jerry's ice cream (even Tina Fey would agree that, while "Greek frozen yogurt" is certainly a healthy ice cream alternative, it is not the same as ice cream).

10 Tips for Creating Inclusive Religious Organizations

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 05.26.2015 | Religion
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

We are a stronger country when religious organizations of all faiths live up to our values--when we are welcoming, diverse, moral, and respect one another.

Dana Liebelson

Some Republican Governors Continue To Dodge Federal Anti-Prison Rape Law

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some Republican governors continue to dodge the federal law that aims to prevent rape in U.S. correctional facilities, despite a looming...

A Path to Liberation: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.24.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Joseph Gichoni is the founder of the Megabridge Foundation, a Kenya-based non-profit promoting the conservation of Kenya's incredible biodiversity.

Top 5 Reasons to Celebrate Obamacare's 5th Anniversary

Sanjeev K. Sriram | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Sanjeev K. Sriram

Health care is a human right and fundamental for a moral society. The ACA and its many provisions are important steps on our journey to health justice, a path that requires all of us (healthcare providers, elected officials, public health experts, and "ordinary" people) to do our part for our fellow Americans.

Reflections on a National Gathering of Jewish Peace and Justice Activists

Donna Nevel | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Donna Nevel

Guided by the weekend's theme -- We're not waiting -- more than 600 people from across the country gathered both to envision the future and think concretely about how to be as meaningfully engaged as possible with the movement for justice in Palestine.

Obama Says He Should Have Closed Guantanamo on Day 1 -- He Still Can

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.19.2015 | World
Daphne Eviatar

While Obama has slowly stepped up transferring detainees already cleared by a multi-agency process for release from Guantanamo to other countries, his administration has dragged its feet on reviewing the 51 detainees who aren't yet cleared, out of the remaining 122.

Ayotzinapa Families Bring Their Struggle to the U.S.

Ted Lewis | Posted 05.19.2015 | Latino Voices
Ted Lewis

The Ayotzinapa families make it very clear that the disappeared students from the Ayotzinapa College are neither the first, nor the last, victims of a system that has institutionalized complicity between authorities and criminal organizations.

Toward True Religious Freedom

Justin Thornburgh | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
Justin Thornburgh

The reason I am against the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is not because I am a lefty liberal, but because I am a proud American Christian. This legislation, though guised in the cloak of religious liberty, is the first string to be pulled out of our basic civil rights. This state is beginning the slippery slope of legalized discrimination.

Caregivers, Clients and National Leaders to Put State of California on Trial

Doug Moore | Posted 05.16.2015 | Impact
Doug Moore

Providing care for the severely disabled, elderly and others who need round-the-clock care is the fastest growing job in America, and about 2 million people already are working as caregivers.

Guilt, Privilege and the Unraveling of Race

Julian Mitchell | Posted 05.17.2015 | Black Voices
Julian Mitchell

The overarching desire is not to live in a "post-racial" America, but to exist in a "post-racist" America. The goal is not for all races to be considered the same, but for each race to have a private identity and culture that is separate, but respected equally.

White Noise: 'I Trust Wall Street'

Bartlett Naylor | Posted 05.16.2015 | Business
Bartlett Naylor

On March 12 Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White publicly returned fire for the first time on the charge from outsiders and two of her fellow commissioners that her agency is soft on Wall Street. Cut through her rhetoric, however, and what she seems to be implying is: "The SEC trusts Wall Street."

Communities May Be Key to Stopping Rape in Liberia

Karin Landgren | Posted 05.16.2015 | World
Karin Landgren

I strongly encourage Liberia to hold a nationwide discussion about the devastating effects of rape. Ultimately, the shocking rape numbers will not be reduced without major community mobilization across the country.

Against the Backdrop of Selma, Another Injustice in America: Deporting Adoptees

Adam Pertman | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
Adam Pertman

The last time I wrote about this issue, about the deportation of adopted people who were born in other countries after committing crimes in the U.S., was over two years ago. I said then, and I repeat in light of this new case today, that criminals should absolutely be punished -- but sending them to a place where they know no one and don't speak the native language is simply appalling.

The ICC and the Situation in Honduras

Mariana Rodriguez Pareja | Posted 05.10.2015 | World
Mariana Rodriguez Pareja

If the Honduran judicial system is not seriously amended, and human rights matters are not addressed properly by the State, more abuses will continue to be committed with impunity.

Celebrating Feminism for International Women's Day

Rebecca Todd Peters | Posted 05.08.2015 | Religion
Rebecca Todd Peters

One must choose to be a feminist. It is a political and spiritual choice that must be made in the full knowledge of the forces that you are up against. What truly separates feminists from the majority of the students that I teach and most of the people in congregations I have met is the issue of confrontation and advocacy.

A Potent Mix: Freedom of Expression and Violence Against Women

Widney Brown | Posted 05.05.2015 | World
Widney Brown

The panicked decision by the government of India to ban a BBC documentary on the infamous 2012 gang rape of a 23-year-old woman, claiming it must do so to protect women in India, demonstrates that "protective" measures by governments actually hurt women.

An Anniversary of Our Evolving Standards of Decency

Diann Rust-Tierney | Posted 05.05.2015 | Crime
Diann Rust-Tierney

More often than I would like, I have used this space to decry our shortcomings because we retain and still use capital punishment. This past Sunday, however, marked the 10th anniversary of a high point in our shared history.

On the Anniversary of Selma, a Call to Action

Tefere Gebre | Posted 05.05.2015 | Black Voices
Tefere Gebre

We cannot stay complacent or silent in the face of restrictive voting laws. The best way for us to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Selma is to recreate the energy that forced Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act in the first place.

On Ferguson, A Stark Choice: Real Reform or Petty Politics

Riley Roberts | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Riley Roberts

The people and police officers of Ferguson can ill afford to allow the difficult but necessary reform process that's now underway to be subsumed by petty politics. To plunge headlong into a dialogue defined by the same narrow, reductive, zero-sum talking points that frame so much of our national debate would be an inexcusable mistake.

This Is Life

Blessing Offor | Posted 05.04.2015 | 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 05.04.2015 | 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 05.04.2015 | 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.