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Desert Dancer: Art and Humanity Blooms in Post-Revolutionary Iran

Yasamin Beitollahi | Posted 04.10.2015 | Entertainment
Yasamin Beitollahi

What if you looked beyond the images of Iran that flicker past on the nightly news? What if you knew that Iran was the birthplace of the revered Persian poet, Rumi and the first charter of human rights?

Religious Freedom Restoration Acts Restore Bigotry and Repression

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.30.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

We must, thus, restore Indiana and other states contemplating similar legislation to a path of understanding and support for people different from ourselves. We must work to rescind Indian's "Religious Freedom Restoration Act."

Message from Mali: There is No Life Without Music

Paul Stoller | Posted 03.28.2015 | World
Paul Stoller

We have much to learn from The Caravan of Peace and the likes of Khaira Arby and Songhoy Blues. As in Mali, there is no shortage of political and economic oppression in the United States. Considering the ever-growing celebration and extension of ignorance, intolerance, hate and social violence, the prospect for our future generates no small measure of fear.

When Is It Bad to Seek Attention?

Matt Hartman | Posted 03.27.2015 | Impact
Matt Hartman

Most of us are called attention-seeking at some point, and it's usually a way to silence or delegitimize. We silence and delegitimize those who are oppressed -- those we want to stay in their place. Often, its done subconsciously, but just as, if not more, often it's done with purpose.

The Internet is an Angry Beehive, and It's Messed Up

Ashley McDonald | Posted 03.26.2015 | Technology
Ashley McDonald

What I don't love is the swarming vehicle that is the Internet. Why is our culture, especially the Internet, so paradoxically hateful? Someone says one thing that might be considered out of line and the Internet goes ape shit on the person.

Prejudice: A Reflection on Incident of Sureshbhai Patel

Richa Gandhi | Posted 04.23.2015 | College
Richa Gandhi

Why did being "skinny," "black" or walking in a neighborhood become perceived as the sign of a perpetrator or criminal? Why did a communication barrier give an officer the prerogative to throw a fragile grandfather to the ground?

Violence Against the 'Other' as Systematic Blight on Our Society

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Whenever anyone of us is diminished, we are all demeaned, when anyone or any group remains institutionally and socially stigmatized, marginalized, excluded, or disenfranchised, when violence comes down upon any of us, the possibility for authentic community cannot be realized unless and until we challenge it in truly transformational ways.

Trans* People Murdered for Truth Telling

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.14.2015 | Gay 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.

New Hope Ministries Offers No Hope At All

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I find the name of the church, New Hope Ministries, to be a fraudulent misnomer, a deceit in advertising. If Pastor Chavez considers his actions as representing some sort of hope, new or otherwise, I prefer no hope at all.

An Endearing Arrogance in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Jake Threadgould | Posted 03.23.2015 | Travel
Jake Threadgould

For Nasrin the headscarf transcends aesthetics, it is a symbol of the Islamic Republic itself. A symbol of that which reduces her to something that she is not. A symbol of something that can quite literally smother her identity. Only in the alcoves of this rigid regime, such as the corner of her friend's café, could she be herself.

Spaces of Freedom in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Jake Threadgould | Posted 03.15.2015 | Travel
Jake Threadgould

On my second night in Iran, I was invited to a party in a middle-class area of Tehran. Since we were a mixed gendered group with a foreigner in their midst, we had to be reasonably inconspicuous. As soon as we stepped over the threshold of the house, however, we were no longer in the Islamic Republic.

Born Again, or Blind?

Cindy Brandt | Posted 03.08.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

I want to explore the beauty in the dark recesses of our world. I want to talk with with those outside of the spotlight, the unheard voices muttering in the dark. I want to settle in the shadows. I no longer wish to bring light to those in the darkness.

Nerd Masculinity: 'They Won't Give it Up Without a Fight'

Ravishly | Posted 03.08.2015 | Women
Ravishly

It's time for "nerds" to admit the things that make us "nerdy" -- social exclusion, unusual interests, atypical learning development -- don't erase the privileges we also have. That LGBTQ people, people of color, and, yes, women are all vulnerable to those things -- and have to deal with a pile of other issues as well.

When a School Lets Everyone Down: The Myth of 'Men and Women for Others'

Miranda Richard | Posted 02.15.2015 | College
Miranda Richard

I used to spend a lot of time defending my school: "I love it here," "They don't enforce a lot of the conservative rules," but I now realize that the administration needs to start taking some responsibility for letting its students down.

Injustice, Violence, and Oppression: On Loving the Lions

Scott MacDougall | Posted 02.14.2015 | Religion
Scott MacDougall

As passages such as Matthew 25 make abundantly clear, to love God is to find and serve Jesus in the form of the most vulnerable among us: the poor, outcast, needy, and marginal.

The Police Shootings: A New Chapter in an Old Story of Racial Oppression

Andy Schmookler | Posted 02.11.2015 | Black Voices
Andy Schmookler

A very dark force in the American body politic -- an ancient and destructive component in the consciousness of the American collectivity -- is being expressed here.

Transgender and Privileged

Stephanie Mott | Posted 01.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

I am a transsexual woman. I am therefore marginalized and oppressed. Such is the nature of life for transgender people in the home of the brave and the land of the free. I live in a red state. I am therefore pushed further to the margins. However, for me, this is only part of the story.

Faith and Marriage Equality: Welcome to the Party

Stephanie Mott | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

The recent appearance of pastors and churches declaring their willingness to perform marriages for same-sex couples has led to some of the most amazing imagery of the marriage equality struggle. Imagery the likes of which seemed all too impossible not long ago, especially in the deeply-red states of America.

Slavery, Hong Kong and Inalienable Rights: We've Got It Wrong

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 01.04.2015 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

"American slaves were liberated in 1861 but did not get voting rights until 107 years later. So why can't Hong Kong wait for a while?" Recently Laura Cha, a Hong Kong politician, made this rather unnerving statement in reference to pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong who have been protesting having their election ballots limited to China-vetted candidates only.

A Reflection on Veterans Day

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Originally known as "Armistice Day," November 11 was chosen to annually memorialize the cessation of hostilities between the Allied powers and Germany ending World War I, which was then regarded as "the war to end all wars."

More on the O'Reilly/Stewart Brouhaha: The Right-Wing Urge to Kick Down

Andy Schmookler | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

On the right, it's not only the rich who seem drawn to this distorted fantasy. This I know from years discussing politics with a conservative audience in my part of Virginia.

The Many Ways We All Lose in a Heterosexist Environment

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 11.05.2014 | Gay 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 heterosexism.

Celebrating One Year and Many Victories

Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso

Here at Schools for Sustainability (S4S), we are jumping for joy as we celebrate the first anniversary of our organization. In merely one year, what b...

Tariq Nasheed on the Current State of Affairs in the Black Community

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 10.13.2014 | Black Voices
Bryan Cain-Jackson

Hidden Colors 3: The Rules of Racism, directed and produced by author and documentary filmmaker Tariq Nasheed, explores racism in a way it previously hasn't been explored.

Trust: The Church and Facebook

Trey Lyon | Posted 10.05.2014 | Religion
Trey Lyon

You don't undo those things with better packaging, or a new release of an old product. You have to do the deep, soul-baring, painful work of repentance and asking forgiveness -- and do it without caring if this person ever comes to your church or not.