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The Boy Who Dared to Be Great

Richard Paul Evans | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Richard Paul Evans

I had a somewhat traumatic childhood, but 1970, the year I turned eight, was especially difficult. A Tsunami of misfortune hit my family. My father lost his job and couldn't find work and my mother began to exhibit the first signs of severe depression.

First They Came: Redux

Warren Holstein | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
Warren Holstein

According to Wikipedia: "First they came ... is a famous statement and provocative poem written by Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892-1984) about the cow...

Revising The Undemocratic 'Map Of Shame'

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Our nation has a vital stake in the well-being of its children. But all these efforts to subvert the democratic process continue and we must fight to stop them in every form.

New Book on South Offers Expected Clichés, Some Good Stories

Andy Brack | Posted 11.09.2015 | Books
Andy Brack

Noted travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux's new book, Deep South, brings very mixed reactions. On more than one occasion, I wondered, "Where does this guy get off saying that?" And I grab the book and want to hurl it through the window.

Adults Are the Problem

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.01.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We tell our children to control themselves while slapping and spanking and ejecting them violently in our homes, child care centers, schools, detention facilities and prisons. Adults tell children to be honest while lying and cheating and not to be violent while marketing and glorifying violence.

What Kind Of World Would It Be If The Rich Admitted They Need The Poor?

Derek Penwell | Posted 10.12.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

I'm dealing with Jesus right now, and I'm having a difficult time manipulating his words so that they come out approving of any policy enacted by the powerful that says to the powerless.

Facts Don't Support TANF's "Work-First" Approach

LaDonna Pavetti | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
LaDonna Pavetti

In today's increasingly skill-focused economy, work-first approaches that limit TANF recipients' opportunities to increase their skills through education and training hurt their chances of finding jobs and lifting themselves out of poverty.

The Return of the Debtors' Prison

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 09.30.2015 | Black Voices
Anthony D. Romero

State and local governments should be helping their poorest residents improve their lives, rather than perpetuating a vicious and unfair cycle that criminalizes poverty and exacerbates inequality.

Pope's Madison Square Garden Address Challenges New Yorkers To See Jesus 'At The Edges'

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.25.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis celebrated Mass before a massive audience of 19,000 at New York's Madison Square Garden on Friday and delivered an emotional appeal to re...

The Pope Said 10 Times More To Congress About Poverty Than Abortion

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.24.2015 | Religion

Before a Congress once again fighting over abortion, Pope Francis emphasized his priorities on Thursday. He had roughly 10 times more to say about th...

Pope Francis: A Spokesman for Our Planet

Dr. Cristián Samper | Posted 09.22.2015 | Green
Dr. Cristián Samper

When Francis speaks to Congress and the United Nations this week, as he did in Havana recently, this call for all of us to be responsible will no doubt be a part of his message to this country. And the timing is perfect.

It's Constitution Day! Time to Teach Obedience or History?

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

As students compare the actual Constitution with their classroom-generated Constitution, they realize that the framers took sides. But why these particular sides? Inevitably, most students want to learn who wrote the Constitution and which social groups they represented.

Children Living With Relatives Lose Out on Benefits as Young Adults

Matt Hartman | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
Matt Hartman

Children living with relatives often receive the short end of the stick -- regularly lacking health benefits, access to programs and college grants received by other foster youth -- but, seemingly, no one knows or cares to discuss the topic. Often, the media discusses foster care, yet does not go into the deeper complexities of the confusing child welfare system.

What It Feels Like To Be Part Of The First U.S. Generation Worse Off Than Their Parents

Culture-ist | Posted 08.17.2015 | Impact

I kiss my dog, who nudges me back into a normal position. I stare at him on the floor and think I'd be fine living in a shack as long as my family was with me. There are people who have it far worse off than I, and I can't allow myself to continue complaining.

He May be Argentine, but the Pope's no Che Guevara

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 08.06.2015 | Business
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

Pope Francis prays for systems that provide financial services and facilitate commercial transactions that will equitably advance human well-being, promote the common good and make the protection of our common home, the earth, a top priority.

Sanding Down the Rough Edges of Capitalism Is Not Enough

David Morris | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
David Morris

I recommend we stop using the term "contributions" to describe the campaign spending of oligarchs and start using the term they themselves often use: "investments". The very rich invest to change the rules in their favor.

Activists Create Sleep Safe Haven For London Homeless

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.28.2015 | Impact
Van Winkle's

In just one of many examples of why the world is a cold, ugly place, "anti-homeless spikes" have materialized in London.

Embarrassed About Your Finances? 3 Reasons to Let Go!

Zoë Foster | Posted 07.24.2015 | Women
Zoë Foster

Have you ever had that sudden panic at the supermarket checkout that you've forgotten your purse? Or worse, you realise once you've started bagging up your items that you don't have quite enough cash to pay the bill?

The Topic of Money

Hope Kumor | Posted 07.22.2015 | College
Hope Kumor

Money has always been an awkward topic I choose not to talk about. The reason could be because I never really had money. I grew up in a middle class family and money was tight at times.

In Support of the Pope's Statement on Climate Change

Jennifer Wiseman | Posted 07.17.2015 | Religion
Jennifer Wiseman

The Pope's Encyclical reflects a growing and important relationship between religious leaders and the scientific community, one that DoSER has actively supported for 20 years by facilitating conversations between scientists and religious communities.

This Land Is Your Land -- Can a Democracy Be All It Can Be Without the Possibility of Property Ownership for All?

Christopher Phillips | Posted 07.12.2015 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

Jefferson believed that the common good and the individual good are interlaced. If so, then society itself suffers right along with the individuals that comprise it when they are left out. In America today, home ownership is increasingly out of reach of ordinary Americans.

What Do Americans Think About Economic Inequality?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Numerous opinion surveys in recent years indicate that substantial majorities of Americans not only recognize that the gap between the wealthy and everyone else has grown, but favor greater economic equality.

23 Reasons Why You Will Always Feel Poor

GOBankingRates | Posted 06.24.2015 | Business

Many Americans are clearly not experts at managing their own finances and end up broke month after month. The cycle of overspending leaves them poor, even if their income means they are considered well above the poverty line.

Growing Seeds for a Multicultural, Multiracial Teaching Force for Our Rainbow Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan put it, "I am increasingly worried that our teachers, our administrators don't reflect the great diversity of our nation's students, and that is a real problem."

Leaving the Faith Because of the Faithful

Richard Stearns | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion
Richard Stearns

As his disciples, we are commanded to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and tend to the sick. When churches model that kind of faith in action, maybe more people will once again want to be a part of it.