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Escalating Humanitarian Crisis on the Aegean Sea: A Yogi's View

Becky Thompson Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2015 | Impact
Becky Thompson Ph.D.

Now, in Greece, he and the 120 others who arrived yesterday will continue on their arduous journey, first to Molyvos, a coastal town that is about an hour's uphill walk from the shore, then on a bus to a locked detention facility in Mytilini, then to Athens where they will receive authorization for a temporary stay in Greece.

Confronting Homeland Security's 'SSSS' Watch List

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

If you were to look at my past and present passports, you'd see a host of nations stamped on it that the White House has historically considered an adversary, an "axis of evil" state, or a security threat.

Everyone Has to Practice Nonviolence Now

John Dear | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
John Dear

The death of unarmed Freddie Gray in police custody and the subsequent riots in Baltimore demonstrate the profound systemic injustice in our country, as well as the complete misunderstanding and widespread hypocrisy about nonviolence.

Communities That Matter: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week in daily giving we were honored to provide funding that helps make life better for people around the world. From a culturally sensitive Ebola-eradication effort in Sierra Leone to a free/low-cost means of legal support for African Immigrants in Texas, our daily giving community at The Pollination Project is happy to announce the seven micro-grants we've made this week.

Baltimore Is Burning -- Not Just in Flames, But With a Righteous Anger

Frida Berrigan | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Frida Berrigan

Baltimore is my home town -- the birth place of Jonah House, a Christian nonviolent resistance community founded by my parents, Phil Berrigan and Elizabeth McAlister. Those places that the whole world is seeing "going crazy" on the news? They are my geography, my history, who I am.

You're Nobody 'Till Somebody Kills You: Baltimore, Freddie Gray and the Problem of History

Yohuru Williams | Posted 04.29.2015 | Black Voices
Yohuru Williams

As residents of Maryland and the nation brace for what could potentially be another night of civil unrest in Baltimore, it is important to pause and reflect on what has brought us to the current moment.

Absurdity's Traveling Road Show Makes an Impromptu Appearance in Baltimore

Byron Williams | Posted 04.29.2015 | Black Voices
Byron Williams

Assuming that most can agree that one should not become belligerent toward police officers when asked to walk on the sidewalk, run from police officers while detained, or sell illegal cigarettes, can we not also agree that such infractions do not warrant a death sentence? Is that not absurdity?

Idiots of the World, Unite

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

I was left with the same quandary as ever: How will things ever change? How will human society let go of violence -- "good violence," which is the most seductive and most destructive of all -- when its utterly crucial necessity permeates the media, permeates collective thought?

Creating the History You Want to Share

Paula Gordon | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

For almost 30 years, people in Georgia's Fifth District -- and all of America -- have been able to count on this person of unquestionable integrity, someone who shares our hunger for justice and love of the planet.

50 Years Later... Once More, Nonviolence

Bernice A. King | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
Bernice A. King

Once more, we must courageously embrace Nonviolence 365, which is based on my father's nonviolent philosophy and methodology, as the answer to the "crucial political and moral questions of our time," and not as a mere response to incidents but as a lifestyle and a force for good that permeates our culture, including our media and entertainment.

Loving Our Enemies: Reflections on the Hardest Commandment -- Jim Forest's Much Needed Meditation on a Shamefully Neglected Teaching

Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D. | Posted 05.24.2015 | Religion
Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D.

The inspiring talk Jim Forest gave at an Orthodox Peace Fellowship conference I organized in Abbotsford, BC in the summer of 2012 only reaffirmed his stoic humility.

Do We Treat Our Co-Workers the Way We Like to Be Treated?

Sweta Saraogi | Posted 04.20.2015 | Business
Sweta Saraogi

Why can't we have more leaders who understand that power expands the moment it's shared, and who choose to leverage their individual leadership for collective progress?

Race, Caste, Gandhi and King in the 21st Century: A Dialogue With Pandit Dasa

Chris Fici | Posted 04.10.2015 | Religion
Chris Fici

Discrimination, whether raced-based, caste-based, gender-based, or religion-based is just plain discrimination and it springs from ignorance and has no spiritual value. It only serves to distance us from other human beings and from God. It breeds more hatred and disunity inside of the person discriminating.

Racism, Crime, and America's Faith in Punishment and Violence

Derek Flood | Posted 04.09.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

Rather than approaching crime from the perspective of restorative justice and public health, seeking to help people to reform and re-integrate, our country has instead not only continued in a model of punishment that can only be described as "medieval", but has grown it to a scale unprecedented in world history.

Can Non-Violence Still Work In a Violent World?

Frank Islam | Posted 03.22.2015 | Impact
Frank Islam

Passionate peacemakers and peacekeepers are unstoppable and unbeatable forces. United they not only ensure the relevance of nonviolence -- they make this world a safer, saner and fairer place for all.

The Serpent and the Dove!

Janine Francolini | Posted 03.21.2015 | Impact
Janine Francolini

On this day when we honor the power of nonviolence to change hearts and minds, is it too much to believe that such compassion, connection and love can define the relationship between citizens of every race and mental condition and the police officers who bravely dedicate themselves to protect and serve our communities?

Questioning Genocide and Slavery in the Bible

Derek Flood | Posted 03.07.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

There are a number of things in the Bible that should trouble any reader. We find in its pages things like genocide, gang rape, and slavery -- not only being sanctioned, but at times even being commanded.

Security Council Vote Legitimizes Israeli Occupation

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.07.2015 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Maybe the vote in the council was merely a step in a larger scheme that will legitimize going to various international agencies. But the world community, and especially the US, have failed in their mission and have indirectly legitimized the illegal Israeli occupation.

100 Years Ago: When Battlefield 'Enemies' Refused to Fight

David Freudberg | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
David Freudberg

In the land that originated the German Christmas carol O Tannenbaum, holiday trees were a deeply sentimental tradition. Small trees had been sent as a gift to German soldiers at the front. And on Christmas Eve, they began lighting candles on their trees, which caught the attention of combatants in the opposing trenches.

Violence-Loving Conservatives, Cherry-Picking Liberals, And Why We All Need to Learn to Read Scripture Like Jesus

Derek Flood | Posted 02.17.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

We will need to demonstrate that there are viable nonviolent means of dealing with societal problems--ways that are not only effective, but in fact more effective than violence is at resolving conflict, and keeping us safe as a society.

Jesus and American Sniper: A Call to Resist

Michael G. Long | Posted 02.15.2015 | Religion
Michael G. Long

That's what Hollywood would have you believe as it entices you to leave your home on Christmas Day so you catch the release of its new blockbuster about a Navy SEAL sniper who kills so-called bad people.

In the Face of Systemic Racism, South Asians Must Not Keep Silent

John Thatamanil | Posted 02.12.2015 | Religion
John Thatamanil

The Civil Rights Movement was itself the fruit of the shared spiritual yearnings of blacks and Indians. Therefore, South Asian immigrants are under historical, moral and spiritual obligations to refuse offers of white privilege and join in solidarity with African-Americans.

Revisiting My Father's Nobel Acceptance Speech, 50 Years Later

Bernice A. King | Posted 02.09.2015 | Black Voices
Bernice A. King

A half-century later, my father's words are still powerful, still relevant. Justice, racial equality, and the Beloved Community that he often described are still, to paraphrase Victor Hugo, ideas whose time has come. In fact, their time is long overdue.

How Malcolm X Taught Me to Listen

Aspen Baker | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Aspen Baker

Racism -- the insidious disease, the implicit bias, the unwritten rules that govern our lives -- won't be fixed by a grand jury alone. We have to take responsibility for the cultural practices that let racism thrive.

One Leader in Ferguson: What Does Success Look Like?

David Dye | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics
David Dye

Following the announcement of the grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, protesters have continued calling for change. I had the opportunity to talk with community pastor and social activist Anthony Grimes while he was in Ferguson.