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Occupy Congress!

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As I write this, a protest is occurring on the floor of the House of Representatives. Democrats, led by John Lewis, Jim Clyburn, Nancy Pelosi (and many others), are staging a "sit-in" to protest Republicans' refusal to even hold a vote on any gun control legislation.

Orlando: Rethinking Morality

Cate Montana | Posted 06.21.2016 | Crime
Cate Montana

In other words, it means doing everything we possibly can to break down the current obsession with the individual ego "self" and its petty stories and needs and create a more global perspective. As author Rai sums up: "Only when violence in any relationship is seen as a violation of every relationship will it diminish."

The Right to Bear Harm

Samuel C. Spitale | Posted 06.21.2016 | Crime
Samuel C. Spitale

In 1999 sociologist Barry Glassner published his national bestseller, The Culture of Fear, about the hidden forces that manipulate us in the name of p...

Orlando -- My Pulse Still Beats

Lena Hades | Posted 06.20.2016 | Arts
Lena Hades

All these guys and girls could be my children considering their age. This is the reason why I decided to make a portrait series of all these guys and girls killed in Orlando.

Inaction Cannot Be An Option

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Since 1963 more than 176,000 children have died from gun violence in America — over three times more than all the soldiers killed in action in the Vietnam War and every external conflict since. Our children have a right to grow up in a caring and decent society that protects their right to live and learn in safety.

Tribute To The Orlando Victims

Lena Hades | Posted 06.16.2016 | Crime
Lena Hades

I have drawn these sketches to pay tribute to the Orlando victims. Juan Ramon Guerrero, Leroy Valentin Fernandez, Martin Benitez Torrres, Rodolfo A...

LGBTQ Latinxs And Allies Share Heartfelt Messages In Honor Of Orlando Shooting Victims

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 06.16.2016 | Latino Voices

Edward Sotomayor Jr., Oscar A. Aracena-Montero, Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, Juan Ramon Guerrero, Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz.....

Those Holding 'Anti-Gay' Sentiments Need To Stop Making Things Worse By Expressing Outrage Over The Florida Massacre

Mark Baer | Posted 06.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark Baer

Many of those spewing anti-gay rhetoric engage in gaslighting, which “is a form of mental abuse in which a victim is manipulated into doubting their...

‘My So-Called Life’ Star: Don’t ‘Whitewash’ The Victims Of The Orlando Shooting

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 06.15.2016 | Latino Voices

In the days following the massacre in Orlando, actor Wilson Cruz has found himself wanting to scream, but "just kind of breaking down" instead. Cruz'...

The Orlando Massacre's Latino Angle Must Not Be Erased

Tony Varona | Posted 06.14.2016 | Latino Voices
Tony Varona

To these LGBT Latinos/as, gay bars and clubs are sanctuaries of safety, understanding and fellowship with people who look and sound like us, and who live with many of the same challenges that we do.

Dear America, Love is Not Enough, You Need To Be Furious

Rich Hawkins | Posted 06.13.2016 | Queer Voices
Rich Hawkins

Sending love and prayers and thoughts is fine, but it is not enough. You need to be furious, and you need to send that collective fury to every elected official in your land.

I Blame Hate

Mischa Haider | Posted 06.13.2016 | Queer Voices
Mischa Haider

After the Pulse nightclub massacre, there will be the customary vigils, speeches, and rainbow processions, vows of solidarity, and then the predictable return to business as usual. I am left wondering, amid all the prayers and mourning, wherein lies the responsibility and who is to blame?

The Road to Freedom for West Papua

Benny Wenda | Posted 05.13.2016 | World
Benny Wenda

A historic step on the road to freedom for West Papua took place in London last week. At a meeting of the International Parliamentarians for West Papua in the Houses of Parliament, a new declaration was signed calling for an internationally supervised vote on the independence of West Papua.

Climate violence and the criminalization of hunger

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 04.07.2016 | Green
Eric Holt Gimenez

Earlier this week tragic events on the island of Mindao in the Philippines, served as a stark reminder of how climate change and poverty are visiting violence on peasant and indigenous communities across the globe.

The Harshest Question We All Face

Dennis Santiago | Posted 12.06.2015 | Politics
Dennis Santiago

"True massacres" of which Mother Jones -- a source I put much more credit in than Reddit -- says there were four this year. The bottom line with thes...

Our Thoughts Are With Paris, But Let Us Not Forget Lebanon

Zeena Saifi | Posted 12.04.2015 | Media
Zeena Saifi

As heartbreaking as the Paris massacre was, I wish Europeans knew that the night of November 13th has been every single night for the lives of Syrian refugees. But I guess it only matters when your country's flag colors can manage to get plastered on everyone's Facebook page.

The Jonestown Massacre

ADST | Posted 11.18.2015 | World

Jonestown, Guyana was the scene of one of the most harrowing tragedies in American history. On November 18, 1978, at the direction of charismatic cult...

Pain. Change. Hope.

Rev. Bonnie A. Perry | Posted 11.17.2015 | Religion
Rev. Bonnie A. Perry

People who choose to change are people who understand that the Kingdom of God is at hand. As we choose to make changes in our own lives, our collective choices make changes in this our broken, bleeding world.

Do All Massacres Matter? You Decide

Andrew Royce Bauer | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Andrew Royce Bauer

It is easy to blame the media for reporting much more on massacres in Paris than on bombings in Beirut or Baghdad. But media outlets are simply responding to consumer demands and market forces. It is on you, the consumer and moral citizen, to demand better coverage and to actively seek out a broader moral community.

A Terrifying Account From A Survivor Of The Paris Concert Hall Massacre

The Huffington Post | Annum Masroor | Posted 11.16.2015 | World

As the world continues to grapple with the tragic events that unfolded in Paris on Friday night, stories from survivors have offered a sober reminder ...

People Everywhere Share Messages Of Support, Solidarity For Paris

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 11.15.2015 | World

Dozens of people are dead after shootings and at least five explosions rocked Paris on Friday, according to The Associated Press. The terror attacks t...

'As the Poppies Bloomed': Love and Hate in 1915

Christopher Atamian | Posted 08.24.2015 | Books
Christopher Atamian

Maral Boyadjian's debut novel, As the Poppies Bloomed is a fictionalized account of her family's experience during the Armenian Genocide of 1915, which decimated the families of all four of the author's grandparents.

19 People Shot Dead In São Paulo 'Massacre'

Associated Press | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 08.15.2015 | Latino Voices

At least 19 people were shot to death within the span of about three hours in Brazil's biggest metropolitan area, law enforcement officials said Frida...

Forgiving the Unforgiveable

Megan Feldman Bettencourt | Posted 08.10.2015 | Women
Megan Feldman Bettencourt

One warm, overcast afternoon, Chantal Nimugire took me to the place where she almost died. The clearing, roughly the size of a football field, was nestled amid hillsides in Kicukiro, a suburb of Kigali, the Rwandan capital.

CONGO ART! in Paris

Frank Browning | Posted 08.05.2015 | Arts
Frank Browning

There is no bloodier 20th century history than that of the Congo. Against all that gore, how then can we imagine that over the same time frame Congo, or Kongo, persisted as arguably the most brilliant artistic center on the continent?