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Calling Sanders a "Socialist" Dismisses His Good Ideas

Cody Gough | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
Cody Gough

The worst moment of the entire 2016 presidential campaign was when Bernie Sanders first uttered the phrase "democratic socialist." Why? Because since last summer, it seems like every online discussion regarding the election has involved slapping a label on an issue or policy and then spiralling into a fruitless debate about its precise application or meaning.

Race Is in the Air We Breathe and the Water We Drink: The Moral Failure in Flint

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Jim Wallis

How would you feel if you realized your children's water was being poisoned, and your government didn't seem to care? That's the story of the parents of 8,000 mostly poor and black children in Flint, Mich., that has finally hit our media front pages. The fact that most Americans realize this would never happen in affluent white Michigan suburbs (or any other white affluent communities in our country), still doesn't penetrate our very souls. This fundamental contrast between black and white experiences in Michigan, just north of my hometown of Detroit, points to the structural racism that is still the primary moral contradiction of American life.

Detroit's Public School Educators Lead Protests With Moral Authority On Their Side

Eli Day | Posted 01.25.2016 | Detroit
Eli Day

Issue framing ranks among the more powerful weapons of political theatre. That weapon--of how to present an issue in a way that's most advantageous fo...

I Embrace Democratic Socialism

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

No country in the world today stands as a fully Socialist state, but rather, some of the most successful economies combine elements of Capitalism with Socialism to create greater degrees of equity and lesser disparities between the rich, the poor, and those on the continuum in between.

Let's Talk About Love -- Seriously

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

If being hateful, or at least fearful, is core to our public discussion, then love should be, too. Every ying deserves its yang, especially one that works. After years of working on poverty and inequality, I know that love works.

The Day I Asked My Feminist Wife if Our Marriage Was an Egalitarian One

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 12.31.2015 | Politics
André Corrêa d'Almeida

When I began looking back over the myriad events involving gender equality -- victories and losses -- in 2015, I wondered how our relationship measured up under Sara's own feminist ideal.

The Minimum Wage and Our Tolerance for Economic Misery

Eli Day | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Eli Day

The body of American labor history is scarred by the ugly tradition of panning workers' demands for more humane treatment as deeply villainous. It's an old, lifeless tune, but one that's never had need for resurrection.

Detroit, Revitalization, and the Obliteration of History

Eli Day | Posted 11.11.2015 | Detroit
Eli Day

There's a revivalist lullaby being sung about Detroit--one that croons of a city lifting itself up and vanquishing the ghosts of its tortured history simply by looking past them.

Breaking News: Money Helps the Poor!

Elisabeth Mason | Posted 11.10.2015 | Impact
Elisabeth Mason

Poverty is a fluid condition which millions of Americans experience from year to year. Many fall into it, many climb out of it; some persist in it. The idea that there's nothing we can do to put a real dent in poverty is as ridiculous as it is dangerous.

Four Things You Never Knew About the Governmental Public Health Workforce and Why You Should Care

Brian Castrucci | Posted 10.29.2015 | Business
Brian Castrucci

Today, governmental public health agencies face extraordinary challenges, from managing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act to adapting to the advent of big data and availability of electronic health records. We need data to ensure that we have the public health workforce that we need.

Of Fools and Free Markets

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 10.29.2015 | Business
Marcelo Giugale

Today, a tweet, a post, or a blog is enough to alert millions in seconds of a dreadful restaurant, an unsafe toy, or a polluting car company. We can share our market experiences in real time. This narrows the space for phishing.

Disability Housing: A Diverse Population Needing Diverse Options

Micaela Connery | Posted 10.08.2015 | Impact
Micaela Connery

Looking Upwards is one of the largest disability service providers in the state of Rhode Island. They provide services and supports to over seven hundred individuals with disabilities with a variety of abilities, diagnoses, and needs.

The Destructive Power Of Misunderstanding Poverty

Eli Day | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics
Eli Day

Our inadequate form of state capitalism, and not a culture of laziness, is clearly responsible for the lion's share of economic suffering in this country. You cannot look at the data and seriously claim otherwise.

Why You Can't 'Just Say No' to Stress

Kristen Lee Costa | Posted 10.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristen Lee Costa

The scramble to avoid becoming fried is tricky, and begs our constant attention. It's hard as individuals to simply "just say no", to say the least. Even if we seem to be navigating fairly well, we have a responsibility to one another to raise awareness and promote better policies and practices.

On Killer Apes, Naked Apes, and Just Plain Nasty People: The Misuse and Abuse of Science in Political Discourse

Hippo Reads | Posted 10.02.2015 | Science
Hippo Reads

Is biology destiny? Do our genes determine who we are and what we're capable of? What does the mere idea that they might mean for politics and policy? A lot, it turns out.

The Government Is Learning How To Change Your Behavior -- Supposedly For Your Own Good

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 09.21.2015 | Technology

Not every effort to change how we make choices will go flat like the soda ban that former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration tried to impose up...

The Consequences of Our Underwhelming Criminal Justice Reform Debate

Eli Day | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics
Eli Day

To recall that America's ghastly criminal justice record was rendered by our own callous hands is to accept that it must be repaired by the same. Anything else seems a pathetic attempt to relieve oneself from the hard work of citizenship, the cost of which is paid in human carnage.

Taking Stock in Our Children: In a Time of Volatile Markets, How We Can Play the 'Long Game' by Investing in Our Society's Future

Riane Eisler | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics
Riane Eisler

When world markets convulse, people tend to think short term. But as a society, we must start focusing on what investors call the "long game" -- re-examining our economic priorities to improve and stabilize more lives over time.

5 Ways Educators Can Take Back Their Professional Narrative

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.25.2015 | Education
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Regardless of political ideology, educators must reclaim their profession. I know you don't seek attention. You just want to teach, but it's time for a PR offensive of your own. It's time for the experts to drive the narrative, and below are five ways to do that.

Summer Reading List: The Top 6 Books on Leadership for Social Justice

Dr. Artika R. Tyner | Posted 08.17.2015 | Books
Dr. Artika R. Tyner

A study of leadership serves as your "leadership compass," an indispensable navigational tool. This compass will aid you in developing your leadership skills and creating a vision for the future of social change.

5 Steps Toward Disability Equality

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.17.2015 | Education
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Do what you can to learn more about disability-related issues and help start some discourse about disability equality, and then share that with other people. Disability is not just physical. There are plenty of hidden disabilities related to learning or emotion as well. Help stop stigmas and stereotypes.

Three Things About Abstinence-Only Sex Ed You Need to Know Now

Carolyn Davis | Posted 08.14.2015 | Education
Carolyn Davis

John Oliver's brilliant piece did a marvelous job laying out many of the problems in the abstinence-only approach, from its emphasis on shame and ineffectiveness in preventing unplanned pregnancy or STIs to its harmful neglect of the needs of LGBTQ teens.

Who Are "The Mentally Ill?"

Paul Heroux | Posted 08.10.2015 | Crime
Paul Heroux

Who are the mentally ill? The lunatics? The insane? The reason I ask is because there seems to be this need to be afraid of them, whoever they are, ...

Who Speaks for California Latinos on Climate Change?

Manuel Pastor | Posted 07.31.2015 | Latino Voices
Manuel Pastor

There are ongoing and vibrant disputes between economists over whether California's attempts to address our climate crisis can create jobs as well as protect the planet.

Mental Illness, Societal Oppression, and My Rebuttal to Bruce Levine

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 07.23.2015 | Healthy Living
J Nelson Aviance

In a recent piece posted on Salon.com, Bruce E. Levine made the bold statement that: For nearly two decades, Big Pharma commercials have falsely tol...