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Memorial Day, or National Grief Acknowledgement Day?

Megan Devine | Posted 05.21.2015 | Impact
Megan Devine

In a sense, Memorial Day weekend should usher this country into the griever's world: The every day reality of grief. Memorial Day should (or could) be a time when the whole nation bows its collective head to its collective heart, and says: Ow. Ow. OW. This hurts.

Nixon's Domino Theory Was Right

Pat LaMarche | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Pat LaMarche

It's graduation season and nearly two million undergrads will receive their diplomas this year. While campuses all across the nation groom themselves for commencement, one university reels from the weight of another commemoration.

The Theology of Black Unrest

Tyree A. Boyd-Pates | Posted 05.07.2015 | Black Voices
Tyree A. Boyd-Pates

In the wake of the budding unrest in Baltimore, Ferguson, and other cities across America, Black Christians are trying to comprehend how Christianity informs their forms of resistance.

#CEOLivesMatter -- What About Others?

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
David Palumbo-Liu

As a society, we have accepted the disruptions to life the very privileged and the very powerful visit upon us. I am concerned about the disparity of privilege, rights, and sanctioned behaviors that we tolerate and are told to get used to.

The Testing Opt-Out Movement Explodes, and the Empire Strikes Back

Lisa Guisbond | Posted 05.06.2015 | Education
Lisa Guisbond

As the resistance continues to escalate, we will no doubt see more threats and misrepresentations. But the movement shows every sign of remaining energized and united, keeping its eyes on the prize: a more rational approach to assessment and accountability that does not turn schools into test prep centers full of fearful teachers and disengaged students.

Stop the Madness

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
SidneyAnne Stone

Regardless of how you may feel about some of the recent issues we face, please don't let them tear us apart as people. We have to put our humanity first because we are all in this together.

'To the Youth of This City': Have the Cries for Justice in Baltimore Been Heard?

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

The first day of May seemed to mark a turning point in the story of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore man who died of a severe spinal injury incurred while in police custody. His death set off a wave of protests that turned violent this past week.

Is My Upset in Vain? On the Fatigue of Another #Baltimore

Jarrett Hill | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Jarrett Hill

Is there even any value in my pain, frustration or trying to use my voice? Is there any point in trying to engage my fellow American in dialogue that can bring about awareness? Should I even waste my breath trying to explain to you why Black people are sick and tired of being sick and tired?

Slavery, Curfews, Property, and Marriage

Buster Ross | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Buster Ross

Being out past curfew was against the law for slaves in the colonies. Should slaves have respected the law and brought about change through legal means?

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.

Baltimore -- Riot v. Rebellion

Shermin Kruse | Posted 05.01.2015 | World
Shermin Kruse

I am struck by the different lenses through which identical events unfold and the challenges involved in unification.

What Not to Be Apathetic About

Zak Smith | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics
Zak Smith

Apathy is a privilege. A great many people do not have the luxury. If you feel your life is in danger, if you feel your family or your loved ones are in jeopardy, if you feel attacked and diminished, the odds are that you will not feel indifferent about it.

Oh, Boy

Marcia Liss | Posted 04.29.2015 | Fifty
Marcia Liss


Matt Sheehan

Shanghai Models Dress As Beggars To 'Protest' Ban And ... Sell Weight-Loss Supplements | Matt Sheehan | Posted 04.29.2015 | World

The models stood on the streets of Shanghai, dressed in ripped clothing with dirt smudged across their faces, carrying beggar's sticks and asking for ...

New Course at the U. of Utah has Students 'Begging' for Change

Marina Gomberg | Posted 04.27.2015 | Green
Marina Gomberg

Panhandling took a different form in downtown Salt Lake City this past Earth Day when students from the University of Utah's Art, Action and the Environment class took to the streets.

Rights Group To Probe Freddie Gray's Death, Cites No Confidence In Police

Reuters | Ian Simpson | Posted 04.23.2015 | Black Voices

BALTIMORE, April 23 (Reuters) - The U.S. Southern Christian Leadership Conference will independently investigate the death of a black Baltimore man in...

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation on the Fight for $15 with Saru Jayaraman

Tavis Smiley | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Saru explains why the food industry, despite being one of the most profitable industries in the country, pays its workers such low wages -- the federal tipped minimum wage, for example, which goes to workers who are expected to receive tips (like servers in restaurants), is still just $2.13 per hour.​

'Justice For Freddie': Hundreds Protest Death Of Freddie Gray After Arrest By Baltimore Police

Reuters | Ian Simpson | Posted 04.23.2015 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON, April 21 (Reuters) - Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Baltimore on Tuesday to protest the death of a 27-year-old black man who died a...

A Thousand Angry Women Say No to Genetically Engineered Trees

Rachel Smolker | Posted 04.20.2015 | Green
Rachel Smolker

An open letter from Brazilian civil society was delivered, a supporting letter came from international groups. All in all, more than 100,000 protest letters made the resistance and opposition to GE trees loud and clear. But Brazil did not heed.

Fordham's Award to John Brennan Cannot Stand

Jason Steidl | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
Jason Steidl

Fordham University's award of an honorary degree to John Brennan, an unapologetic advocate of torture, is a scandal for Christians, a dark moment in the university's history, and a betrayal of its Catholic commitment to human dignity.

It's Not Just About a Telescope

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson | Posted 04.16.2015 | Hawaii
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

The movement to protect and preserve the summit of Mauna Kea, one of the most sacred sites in the Hawaiian Islands, has grown from a small group of local activists to a much larger and diverse coalition around the globe.

Protesters Take Part In Nationwide Rally For $15 Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 04.15.2015 | Business

See photos from the demonstrations.

Paving Paradise in Mexico City: Megaprojects Cater to Cars, Ignore Citizens

David R. K. Adler | Posted 04.13.2015 | Latino Voices
David R. K. Adler

At Friday's protest, Mixcoac residents gathered to voice their dissent. "If the government keeps removing trees," one resident announced over a loudspeaker, "We will replant them!"

South African University Removes Statue Of British Imperialist

Reuters | Wendel Roelf | Posted 04.13.2015 | Black Voices

South Africa's University of Cape Town removed a statue of British imperialist Cecil Rhodes on Thursday to cheers from students, a symbolic move that ...

The Singer

Marcia Liss | Posted 04.11.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss