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Oppression

In This Era of Mass Incarceration, I Always Fit the Description

Dr. Kirk Anthony James | Posted 02.05.2016 | Black Voices
Dr. Kirk Anthony James

Last week I had the privilege to be a panelist at an NYU event. We were discussing the "Mass Incarceration" of colored people in America. It is a topic that I have significant personal and professional expertise; it is a topic that I feel represents one of the greatest social justice issues not only in America, but that of the world.

Sexism Against Men? I Wish.

Barbara Holm | Posted 01.26.2016 | Women
Barbara Holm

I acknowledge as a white, cisgender person that my beliefs come from a ridiculously privileged place. I understand that white feminists' voices have flooded civil rights conversation over the last couple years. That being said... If someone tells you that they are offended by something... just believe them.

Iran, Assassinations, and Hypocrisy

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.07.2016 | World
Warren J. Blumenfeld

While the Iranians rightly condemned Saudi Arabia, I find it quite ironic when they represent the murders as a "medieval act of savagery." It's as if the Saudi's, in executing Shiite clerics, held up a mirror to the Iranians in which they saw reflected back their own long-standing and brutal civil and human rights atrocities.

'The Roar of the Word': Eulogy for Shaykh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr

Tanvir Akhtar Ahmed | Posted 01.04.2016 | Religion
Tanvir Akhtar Ahmed

It brings me no small amount of pain to be forced to bring light to yet another disgraceful and shameful act perpetrated in the name of Islam. But such barbarism must be dragged into the light, recognized for what it is, and immediately stopped.

Defending Caitlyn Jenner Against Rose McGowan

Rocco Papa | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rocco Papa

McGowan doesn't seem to understand equality. Equality is welcoming all people regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc.

Equality Is Not Special Privilege -- Here's The Difference

Ali Owens | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Ali Owens

Simply put, oppressed groups that fight for social change aren't looking for a role-reversal; they're just looking for equal treatment. It's as easy as that.

Does Systemic Oppression Really Exist?

Humera Lodhi | Posted 11.12.2015 | College
Humera Lodhi

I always comforted myself thinking those people were in the minority; to me the open-minded people far outweighed the bigots. Then, February 10 happened. For the first time in my life, my life had less value than a white life.

A Guide to White Privilege For White People Who Think They've Never Had Any

Deborah Foster | Posted 11.11.2015 | Black Voices
Deborah Foster

Now I finally accepted what it meant to have white privilege and how being a poor white person didn't erase that, I have witnessed countless white people from backgrounds similar to mine struggle more than any other white people with accepting white privilege.

North Korean Defector Yeonmi Park Shares Her Harrowing Story

Kelley Calkins | Posted 11.09.2015 | World
Kelley Calkins

Yeonmi Park's childhood reads like the kind of fiction best-suited for sadists, marked by starvation, the execution of a friend's mother, the imprisonment of her father, human trafficking, and chronic sexual violence.

Reclaiming Salvation for Today

Timothy Murphy | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion
Timothy Murphy

"Salvation" is often a dirty word in progressive Christian circles, but when abandoned, it leaves a void for others to fill. Instead, we need to boldly reclaim it.

Why It's Hard to Talk about Oppression in Academia

Cassie Premo Steele | Posted 11.02.2015 | Women
Cassie Premo Steele

While being a woman professor is a position of privilege, it is also a position of oppression. There. I said it. I think I was afraid to say it because of the interconnected nature of the privilege and the oppression.

Trans* People Murdered for Truth Telling

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

When any group of people is targeted for oppression, it is ultimately everyone's concern. We all, therefore, have a self interest in actively working to dismantle all the many forms of oppression, including cissexism.

Pope Francis's Hollow Rhetoric On Place of LGBTQ People in the Church

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.09.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Rather than requiring women to ask it for forgiveness, the Vatican needs, instead, to ask those of us whom it has repressed and oppressed for forgiveness of its sins throughout its existence.

Azealia Banks Is the Donald Trump of Rap

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

Ms. Banks thinks that she is somehow advancing the cause for women of color and bisexual women, so I wanted to be as kind and respectful as possible. But it is difficult to maintain positive thoughts toward someone so mean-spirited.

Letting Go of Victimhood

Jennifer Ka | Posted 09.25.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Ka

I am tired of hurting myself and feeding this cycle of self-sabotage. I break that glass ceiling of limitation that has made me believe I cannot expand and evolve into the infinite. I break the walls of separation that stop me from seeing everyone as human beings rather than just by the labels put upon us.

Bigotry and Repression in 'Religious' Guise

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 09.15.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Kim Davis certainly does not walk in the footsteps of progressive leaders who took a stand to improve circumstances for oppressed people. Rather, she follows the muddled path of such people as Alabama Governor George Wallace.

Not in My Name in Guatemala

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 09.04.2015 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

The people of Guatemala are seeking justice. In the face of corruption, power, and violence they are demanding to be heard. We in the United States have a role in their struggle. We must say to our own government, "Not in my name."

Anti-Jewish Oppression and Theme of Powerful Manipulators

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.26.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Today we still live in a society that attempts to define and perpetuate lies about the real lives of Jewish people and of all minoritized peoples, and even proclaims that we do not have a right to exist. But exist we do, everywhere, in all walks of life.

"The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey:" A 21st-Century Play for a 21st-Century Audience

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 08.06.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

His sensitivity and thoughtfulness contrasted my first impression of him from a few days before, when he primarily portrayed a gruff detective from the Jersey Shore in his one-man show at the Westside Theatre.

If We Don't Feel Oppressed, Are We?

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 07.22.2015 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

Look, it isn't that I think that the prophets of the Mormon church are bad men or that they intend to take power to themselves. But they do have that power, and women do not. In my opinion, this diminishes us as a group.

An Open Letter to Allies: Demand Justice for Sandra Bland

Attiya Latif | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Attiya Latif

Sandra Bland was 28 years old, young, with a bright smile and an even brighter future. She was headed to Texas to begin a new job at her alma mater, working in student outreach. On July 10th, she was arrested. On July 13th, she was found dead in a jail cell.

Deaf Discrimination: The Fight for Equality Continues

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Frequently and all too easily, the rights of people who are deaf get stripped away. Every day, deaf individuals attempting to interact with hearing authorities, emergency responders, or organizations are denied basic access to communication and, in some instances, their lives are put into jeopardy.

Happy Birthday America: A Short Killjoy Rant by a Trans Immigrant

Addison Rose Vincent | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Addison Rose Vincent

As we recite the Pledge of Allegiance and remind religious and spiritual minority communities that this is "one Nation under [a Christian] God," remember that liberty and justice is reserved only for those who resemble the Founding Fathers.

Unloading a Weighty Taboo

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 06.16.2015 | Women
Jessica R. Dreistadt

I can wrap both of my legs behind my head. My triglyceride level recently registered at 62. My favorite food is kale. And in addition to all of these glorious qualities, I am overweight.

Can I Ever Forgive Evangelicals?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.15.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I noticed with interest and, quite frankly, surprise an article headline on the front page of The New York Times dated Tuesday, June 9, 2015, which stated: "Evangelicals Open Door to Debate on Gay Rights."