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President Trump's Pronouncements -- A Wakeup Call for Muslims?

Hossein Askari | Posted 02.14.2017 | World
Hossein Askari

In the aftermath of President Trump's Executive Order banning entry into the US from seven predominantly Muslim countries--Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, S...

How To Be Anxious On Social Media In Difficult Times

Anna Kegler | Posted 02.07.2017 | Politics
Anna Kegler

Everyone's energy is precious when we're engaged in resistance. Many of us who are new to this have spent a lot of time feeling safely out of danger's way, in the outermost rings of the circle.

Hostage to Injustice

Lydia Canaan | Posted 01.18.2017 | World
Lydia Canaan

The speech "Hostage to Injustice" that I delivered at the 26th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) at the Palais des Nations in...

Your Voice Is As Radiant As The Sun (Queer And Feminist Love Note)

Sofia Rose Smith | Posted 11.28.2016 | Queer Voices
Sofia Rose Smith

[Image: a queer femme of color with a headwrap looks into the camera. Selfie by Sofia Rose Smith}. "There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a q...

Castro, My Family and the Lie of Romantic Revolutions

Michelle Manning Barish | Posted 11.28.2016 | Politics
Michelle Manning Barish

Everyone has their personal stories about Castro, but one thing everyone says is: "He took everything."

If You Voted For Trump And You're Not A Racist, You Have A Lot Of Work To Do

Vernā Myers | Posted 11.18.2016 | Black Voices
Vernā Myers

As a diversity and inclusion specialist who preaches the importance of understanding the perspectives of others, I started talking to a number of you ...

Season Of The Witch

Donna Henes | Posted 10.26.2016 | Women
Donna Henes

By the half-way point of fall we are surrounded by a ambient prescience of impending death. Death and decline. Death and disappearance. The sun seems ...

Why Do Black Protests About Police Brutality Have To Be So... Protesty?

Michael Gene Sullivan | Posted 09.14.2016 | Black Voices
Michael Gene Sullivan

Why is it so many White Liberals continue to say that the real solution to the ongoing psychological and physical violence directed at Black Americans will only be reached when the victims of this brutality moderate their reaction to it?

An Open Letter To Colin Kaepernick

Lauren Harris | Posted 09.02.2016 | Politics
Lauren Harris

In a matter of weeks, this whole scandal will blow over and you will be sitting on the sideline for other reasons. I hope that you still oppose the oppression in all of its forms. I pray, however, that you will fight it more rationally, productively and nobly.

I Hear America Singing (Sometimes It's the Blues)

Paula Gordon | Posted 08.25.2016 | Good News
Paula Gordon

I heard America singing on Sunday night. Bluesman extraordinaire* Buddy Guy's music rang like the flip-side of Walt Whitman's famous poem. Whitman i...

5 Common Behaviors Cis Men May Not Realize Are Abusive (And How To Stop Them)

Jamie Utt | Posted 08.24.2016 | Women
Jamie Utt

My actions exist in the context of how I was taught to be a man. My actions exist in the context of patriarchy. And patriarchy is violent. Full stop.

Demanding Black Forgiveness Is Just Another Way To Control Us

The Establishment | Posted 09.23.2016 | Black Voices
The Establishment

When I was six, my favorite uncle came by to visit. I loved spending time with him; He was always playful and fun. On this day for some reason I didn...

Status: It's Complicated

Rev. Gwen Thomas | Posted 08.10.2016 | Black Voices
Rev. Gwen Thomas

My theory is that perhaps all the violence, state-sanctioned murder and unbelievable minimization of African Americans' reality and suffering requires that our psyches create some defense mechanism to survive the inundated news and media blasts of domestic terrorism.

Testosterone Helped Me Feel Like Myself -- Here's Why I Stopped Taking It

The Establishment | Posted 07.05.2016 | Queer Voices
The Establishment

Ultimately, I realized that in order to find my voice, I had to begin by decolonizing myself not just in how I present my black identity, but my trans identity as well. After coming to this realization, I decided to discontinue taking T after six months.

Indonesia attempts to crush mass peaceful rallies across West Papua

Benny Wenda | Posted 06.20.2016 | World
Benny Wenda

In every corner of West Papua and in several Indonesian cities, the people of West Papua gathered peacefully to show their true aspirations.

If You Don't Fight Against Oppressive Structures, Then You Support Them

Hafsa Musa | Posted 06.09.2016 | Queer Voices
Hafsa Musa

I am twenty, queer, non-gender conforming, trans, black, mentally ill, and despite being college educated and situated in america, i do not expect to live long.

My Husband's Unconscious Racism Nearly Destroyed Our Marriage

The Establishment | Posted 06.08.2016 | Women
The Establishment

We hit a point where he had to change or we were going to separate. That point was the Trayvon Martin trial and verdict. From the moment Trayvon's murder became visible, I dismissed the idea that his murderer's actions were justifiable in any way. Imagine my surprise when Kevin said that the evidence supported the murderer's account.

The Transgender Body of Christ

Timothy Murphy | Posted 06.02.2016 | Religion
Timothy Murphy

As a minister, I am disheartened by the misunderstanding and hate displayed against transgender persons in many states across our country. According t...

Race Delusion: Lies That Divide Us

Robert J. Benz | Posted 05.31.2016 | Science
Robert J. Benz

Jack Moreh, Learning and Education - Brain Functions Development Concept David Livingstone Smith is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Ne...

Why We Need to Stand United Against Governments Cracking Down on Dissent

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 04.27.2016 | World
Danny Sriskandarajah

Across the world, civic activists are being detained, tortured and killed. The space for citizens to organise and mobilise is being shut down; dissenting voices are being shut up. In 2015, at least 156 human rights activists were murdered -- 156 that we know of.

Why Africa Needs a Strong Community of Activists

Kumi Naidoo | Posted 04.26.2016 | World
Kumi Naidoo

Activists need to support each other in our struggles, as neighbors across country borders and by joining in solidarity with people mobilizing in other parts of the world.

Internalized Oppression: Healing Scars You Can't See

Susanna Barkataki | Posted 04.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Susanna Barkataki

I'd repeat messages that inspired love, confidence, support. I began to talk to myself in my head the way I would encourage my best friend, or sister, or even a student.

When You're Accustomed To Privilege, Equality Feels Like Oppression

Chris Boeskool | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
Chris Boeskool

Equality can feel like oppression. But it's not. What you're feeling is just the discomfort of losing a little bit of your privilege.

Transgender Oppression (Cissexism) and Conservative Religion

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.19.2017 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

In my recent editorial, Pope Francis Erects and Fortifies Walls, I critiqued the symbolic and literal walls the Catholic Church has and continues to c...

Listening for Lent

Timothy Murphy | Posted 02.18.2017 | Religion
Timothy Murphy

Lent is an opportunity to take up a spiritual practice, as opposed to superficially avoiding sweets. Learning how to listen for the sake of building solidarity is an essential practice for progressive Christians.