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Racial Justice

What Catholic Writer Thomas Merton Can Teach Us About Racial Justice

Religion News Service | Renee K. Gadoua | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (RNS) If the influential Catholic writer Thomas Merton were alive today, he would likely have strong words about police brutality and ...

Strength in Cross-Collaborations From #BlackLivesMatter to Dallas Faces Race

Kamilah Collins | Posted 05.19.2015 | Black Voices
Kamilah Collins

From tweeting about social justice causes to creating and signing online petitions, if done well, online activism can be an effective form of organizing. But what makes online activism the most powerful is when it is collaborative and supplemented by or leads to offline activism.

A Black Freedom Rider's Assessment of Whites

John A. Tures | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Hank Thomas, one of three living Freedom Riders still alive from the May 14, 1961 bus firebomb attack in Anniston, Alabama, spoke before a mixed audience at a Georgia college recently. His message wasn't just one of racial reconciliation. It was about "allies."

Crisis and Turning Points in the Fight for Racial Justice

Laura De Palma | Posted 05.08.2015 | Detroit
Laura De Palma

These protests, this rebellion and the Black Lives Matter movement is demanding the actualization of racial justice in this country and is causing a shift of the national consciousness and discourse on mass incarceration and PIC. This is a turning point.

Why Latinos Should Speak Up for Black Lives

Alberto Retana | Posted 05.22.2015 | Latino Voices
Alberto Retana

It's time that we, as Latinos, boldly speak out in support of justice. If we are to truly deal with racism in America impacting Latinos, we need to understand what is happening right now with Black America.

Take the Racial Justice Pledge

Donna P. Hall | Posted 04.30.2015 | Impact
Donna P. Hall

One valuable action is to contribute to community organizations working to address the inequities and outrages of the criminal justice system, as well as economic inequality, racial health disparities and structural barriers to building political power for people of color. At this moment, more than ever, if you believe that #BlackLivesMatter, you should support a stronger movement for racial justice.

#BlackWorkMatters: 'It's A Fight For The Dignity Of Workers'

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 04.15.2015 | Black Voices

Police brutality is not the only issue concerning black lives in America. #BlackLivesMatters is a hashtag that has taken the Internet by storm and ...

Black Clergy Call for Prayer for Black Lives

Rev. Dominique C. Atchison | Posted 03.27.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dominique C. Atchison

The deaths of unarmed black individuals at the hands of law enforcement and the shootings of members of law enforcement has forced America to take a deeper look at the legacy of our problematic racial history.

50 Years Later... Once More, Nonviolence

Bernice A. King | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
Bernice A. King

Once more, we must courageously embrace Nonviolence 365, which is based on my father's nonviolent philosophy and methodology, as the answer to the "crucial political and moral questions of our time," and not as a mere response to incidents but as a lifestyle and a force for good that permeates our culture, including our media and entertainment.

We Can't Stop Now

TNTP | Posted 05.19.2015 | Education
TNTP

Today, we live in an America that has yet to live up to the constitutional rights granted to all of her citizens. What feels like a spate of young black men's deaths at the hands of police is only a relatively small -- and recent -- example of this. The fight for racial equality in this country continues. Teachers -- as they always have -- stand on the front lines.

Selma and Our Next Bridge to Cross

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Last Saturday, during the 50th anniversary event of "Bloody Sunday," I spent many hours just looking at that bridge. The words that kept coming to me were "courage" and "resistance." My question became: What bridge we will now have to cross?

The Book of Negroes and the Ongoing Fight for Equality in America

Cierra Lockett | Posted 04.25.2015 | Black Voices
Cierra Lockett

Though The Book of Negroes will undoubtedly serve as one of the newest cinematic educational tools, awareness is only the beginning. In order for history not to repeat itself further, Americans have to take a long, hard look in the mirror.

Patricia Arquette's Stirring Oscars Call (and Teaching Moment) About Wage Equality

Christine Pelosi | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

From President Obama's calls for equal pay to the House Democrats' Women Succeed agenda to the nonpartisan National Women's Law Center to now Oscar night itself, this issue is gaining traction.

Heading to the Supreme Court This Valentine's Day

Christopher Punongbayan | Posted 04.14.2015 | San Francisco
Christopher Punongbayan

Valentine's Day takes on a special meaning at the Supreme Court this year. The first case on the docket delves straight into the matter of love and rights. Specifically, the Court is asked whether a U.S. citizen can be denied the ability to live here with her spouse without the government providing a reason.

Dean Smith: Amazing Grace

Jim Wallis | Posted 04.15.2015 | Sports
Jim Wallis

Dean Smith clearly touched many individual lives, but he also affected the world in which he lived. He was especially committed to fighting racial discrimination and wasn't afraid to speak out against the nuclear arms race, and he publicly opposed the death penalty -- all issues that didn't have great support in his environment.

Beyond ‘Black Lives Matter'

The New York Times | Charles M. Blow | Posted 02.10.2015 | Black Voices

The Black Lives Matter protesters took some criticism for what others viewed as a lack of clear focus and detailed agenda. But in truth, raising an is...

Hope and Struggle

George C. Gardner III | Posted 04.12.2015 | Black Voices
George C. Gardner III

Only in the last few weeks has the temperature in New York City descended to consistently freezing lows, yet I've been numb since last summer. I am contemplating still the murder of Michael Brown.

The Media vs. the Movement: 3 Ways the 'New York Times' Completely Misunderstands #BlackLivesMatter and Movements in General

Leah Hunt-Hendrix | Posted 03.24.2015 | Black Voices
Leah Hunt-Hendrix

Recently the New York Times published the latest in its series of sub-par articles on the current racial justice movement. Like its predecessors, this installment dutifully reinforces conventional wisdom that does not stand up to challenge.

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr: Social Justice Is Linguistic Justice

Colleen M Fitzgerald | Posted 03.22.2015 | Impact
Colleen M Fitzgerald

Language is always a vehicle for social justice. Righting wrongs. Native American language revitalization sustains the life force of communities. This is ever so true when it comes to immersing children in their heritage language.

What Color Is Your Student Loan?

Mekela Panditharatne | Posted 03.18.2015 | College
Mekela Panditharatne

Geographies of class and color segregation are cementing inequalities in schools. Overworked and faced with crippling debt, many low-income students and students of color drop out of university or opt out entirely.

David Oyelowo on Playing MLK and What It Means to Be a Christian

Jim Wallis | Posted 03.16.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Wallis

Many historians just see King as a "civil rights" leader, but they don't fully understand how being a minister and a faith leader made his role in the movement possible. Oyelowo believes, after the years of research into King and the civil rights movement, that King could not have led this movement had he not been a "man of faith."

Racial inequity: An everyday issue for educators across the country

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 03.14.2015 | Education
Ama Nyamekye

Co-authored by Madaline Edison In an ever-changing news cycle, the stories of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice fall to the background of ...

Breaking Down Barriers: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.07.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Nearly 50 others have now joined us in the practice of making a grant a day. As of Dec. 31, 2014, we have made 790 total grants in 55 countries.

Fostering A Climate For Racial Justice

Ian Monroe | Posted 03.01.2015 | Green
Ian Monroe

Climate change is not primarily an environmental issue. Yes, over half of Earth's species are in danger of extinction from our current pace of climate disruption. But what makes the imperative to immediately act on climate most compelling is what a warmer world means for people, particularly people living in poverty and people of color.

Time for Net Neutrality Opponents to Reconsider Their Position

Joe Torres | Posted 02.21.2015 | Technology
Joe Torres

Over the past few weeks, this argument has been exposed as nothing more than a ruse meant to deceive lawmakers, regulators and the public.