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Malaysia Must Listen to What Protesters Have to Say, Not Attack Them

Josef Benedict | Posted 08.28.2015 | World
Josef Benedict

LONDON -- Malaysian authorities must ensure that this weekend's protest is not a repeat of the one in 2012 that resulted in protesters tear-gassed and arrested. The government has a duty to respect people's right to freedom of expression and to peacefully protest. A heavy-handed response by the authorities could sow the seeds of further resentment.

#BlackLivesMatter Activists Call For Charges In Brutal Death Of Prisoner Samuel Harrell

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 08.28.2015 | Black Voices

#BlackLivesMatter, and #BlackPrisonersMatter too. That's the message protesters and family members of Samuel Harrell sent to an upstate New York distr...

Vatican Supports Naming Square After Excommunicated Church Reformer (Martin Luther)

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.26.2015 | Religion

ROME (RNS) The Vatican has given its backing to a central Rome square being named after Martin Luther, a church reformer excommunicated by the pope n...

Lebanon's Procrastination Problems May Soon Be Insurmountable

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 08.24.2015 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

Mocking the absurdity of Lebanon's politicians and complaining about corruption has become a national past time. The political elite, while still seemingly somewhat in control, have proved themselves to be completely incompetent. Not once, not twice, but relentlessly.

50 Years Later: Racial Outrage and the Importance of the 1965 Watts Uprising

Shaun Ossei-Owusu | Posted 08.21.2015 | Black Voices
Shaun Ossei-Owusu

As the country continues to deal with racial strife, fatal police encounters, and dogged economic inequality, the Watts protests has instructional value for advocates of racial justice and their adversaries. For the former, short-term improvements can prove to be fruitful and can be an important respite from the daily onslaught of racial oppression.

Will NYC Occupy Feel the 'Berne' On Birthday #4?

Jerry Ashton | Posted 08.20.2015 | New York
Jerry Ashton

There's a "buzz" in the Occupy community, and it's all about Bernie. And the word is that... an endorsement is in the works.

A Tiered System of Justice, the Veil, & "Double Consciousness"

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.17.2015 | Black Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Maybe one day, we white people may escape from our self-imposed hermetically sealed worlds that cut us off from the realities of our neighbors of color, a day when we become fluent in the multiple languages of "race."

Thank You,  Mara Jacqueline  Willaford  and Marissa Johnson

Erica Garner | Posted 08.17.2015 | Black Voices
Erica Garner

I saw drones and battle tanks; I could very well have been in a war zone. I guess, in a sense, I was. I was in a space where large groups of Black lives were gathered in a system that is designed to respond to Black lives with violence. I know that I speak for Ms. McSpadden and Mr. Brown Sr. when I tell you to never stop fighting, and that we are grateful.

Why Protest Someone Who Agrees With You? Here's Why.

Matt Baume | Posted 08.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

If you're a member of any group that's been shut out, pushed aside, forgotten or made fun of, you'll never change anything by following the rules. The rules are what marginalized you in the first place. You've got to break a few of them if you want to make history.

Why I Am a White Liberal Who Supports Both Bernie Sanders and the Black Lives Matter Protestors

Ed Coffin | Posted 08.12.2015 | Black Voices
Ed Coffin

You know why ‪protestors addressed a crowd of liberals? Because that is exactly the crowd that needs to hear it. Their reaction proves exactly why this interruption was needed. Instead of criticizing, how about getting off your computer and helping us figure out how we change things?

Ferguson Black Lives Matter, Oath Keepers Fight as One

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

The Black Lives Matter movement needs to continue nonviolent civil disobedience to evoke the change it seeks to fight for. Tying BLM to a potentially violent movement, however politically convenient this may be over the short-term, would delegitimize BLM.

The Race/War

Christian Gabriel | Posted 08.11.2015 | Black Voices
Christian Gabriel

Non-white people uphold and participate and support racism every day simply by existing, but they will never experience the privilege of whiteness existing in a system designed to keep white peoples on top.

Why White Liberals Need To Stop Policing #BlackLivesMatter

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 08.13.2015 | Black Voices

At a rally in Seattle on Aug. 8, protestors disrupted presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' scheduled speech and shifted focus to police brutality ag...

11 Striking Photos That Show A Forever-Changed Ferguson

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 08.09.2015 | Black Voices

 In the early days of August 2014, the city of Ferguson, Missouri was a community divided by race and inequality. Later that month, the death of ...

Youth Basketball Team Protests Disqualification For Playing A Girl

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 08.06.2015 | Sports

When Kymora Johnson found out her basketball team was going to be disqualified from their tournament because of her, she asked if she could be disqual...

From Ire to Investment: The Latino Vote

Nicole Castillo | Posted 08.03.2015 | Latino Voices
Nicole Castillo

In 2016, rather than conversations about who is courting us for their vote, let's start thinking about who we want to elect, what kind of candidates we want to see, and start investing in them, because the only way that the system will become one that works for us, is if we start working it.

'Green News Report' - July 30, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 07.30.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Portland activists suspend from a bridge to stop Arctic drilling; Wildf...

OUTRAGEOUS! Animal Rights Activists Prosecuted As 'Terrorists'

The Intercept | Adam Goldberg | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics

The FBI on Friday announced the arrests in Oakland of two animal rights activists, Joseph Buddenberg and Nicole Kissane, and accused the pair&nbs...

Pug, Poodle or Pit Bull: Who's Watching the World Bank Group?

Nezir Sinani | Posted 07.24.2015 | World
Nezir Sinani

Since Jim Kim took up the Presidency of the World Bank Group in July 2012, heads have rolled, boxes have been moved around the organizational chart, and an unprecedented drive to shave $400 million from the budget has been undertaken.

A History of Protest - Racialized Politics of Mental Illness

Eram Alam | Posted 07.13.2015 | Black Voices
Eram Alam

I trace a continuation of a vital politics that asserts that black lives have a right to existence. I see a movement repeatedly silenced by tear gas and police batons, just as a mental illness diagnosis was used as a social tranquilizer fifty years earlier.

To Obama, Iran's Threats Never Matter

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

On Saturday, "Al Quds Day," Iran had an orgy of "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" chants. I witnessed some of it here in Toronto where I'm filming a new TV series.

Small Electric Yerevan Spark -- A Big Challenge for the Armenian Government

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
St. Gallen Symposium

What is specific to Electric Yerevan is that the protests were not led by any political leader, from either the ruling or opposition parties. It was a purely social movement led by young people and joined by the senior generation.

Pride Returns to It's Protesting Roots

Dan Glass | Posted 07.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Dan Glass

'RIP Pride' took place because of the corporate focus of Pride in London is seen to be influenced by those involved in running it. The Pride in London Board who are responsible for delivery of Pride is made up of mainly business bodies who have little or no connection to the queer community.

The Difference Between Activism and Advocacy

Melissa Schwartz | Posted 06.26.2015 | Media
Melissa Schwartz

Activists do themselves a disservice if they alienate advocates who believe just as passionately as they do, but choose to go about implementing change in a different way.

White Americans Support Protests, But Not So Much When Protesters Are Black

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 06.26.2015 | Black Voices

A new study found that a majority of white Americans believe that protests improve the country -- that is, unless those protesting are black. Acco...