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Seafood Firm Drops Supplier Linked To Slavery

AP | Posted 03.25.2015 | World

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Thailand's biggest seafood company said Wednesday it has cut ties with a supplier named in an Associated Press report after...

Are Slaves Catching The Fish You Buy?

AP | ROBIN MCDOWELL, MARGIE MASON and MARTHA MENDOZA | Posted 03.25.2015 | World

BENJINA, Indonesia (AP) — The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical isla...

Ending Seafood Slavery: How Tracing Seafood Can Protect Humans, Too

David Bank | Posted 03.20.2015 | Impact
David Bank

Co-authored by Maura Dilley To blood diamonds, sweatshop apparel and other products to avoid, now add slave shrimp. The global fishing industry, a...

World Poetry Day: Poetry for Social Change

Tammara Fort | Posted 03.19.2015 | Impact
Tammara Fort

Poetry has been used for millennia as a means for transmitting historical and cultural information. Poets throughout history have also waged war on social ills and crimes against humanity through their verse

One Way Forward in Ending Modern Slavery: Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancies

Jenny Eaton Dyer | Posted 03.19.2015 | Impact
Jenny Eaton Dyer

We are at an opportune moment to look at the broad range of issues we must address in order to achieve the Committee's goal. Among them are the health needs of women and children worldwide.

Tuna Industry Failing on Sustainability

John Hocevar | Posted 03.17.2015 | Green
John Hocevar

As a cheap source of protein, families all over the country have relied on canned tuna for decades. Unfortunately, most people don't realize the damage many of America's "trusted tuna brands" are doing to our oceans.

Teaching History the Pearson Way

Alan Singer | Posted 03.16.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Pearson promotes Common Core and Common Core creates markets for Pearson. Teaching history the Pearson way means teaching it the Common Core way, without any meaningful content. The text, no matter how inaccurate or misleading, rules. Myth replaces history.

We Can Eradicate Modern Slavery. Here's How

Nick Grono | Posted 03.15.2015 | Impact
Nick Grono

As we scale up our efforts, the Freedom Fund and its partners on the ground will transform the lives hundreds of thousands more in the coming years. And collectively we can change millions of lives for the better. That's our ambition and our responsibility.

Did Mr Darcy Make His Fortune From Slavery?

The Gaurdian | Posted 03.12.2015 | Black Voices

Age: 28. First name: Fitzwilliam. Appearance: He “drew the attention of the room by his fine, tall person, handsome features [and] noble mien...

What Happened to America's First Muslims?

Peter Manseau | Posted 03.23.2015 | Religion
Peter Manseau

Muslims were indeed here from the beginning, but the beliefs and practices they brought with them only rarely endured. Their experiences serve as a reminder that every faith woven into the fabric of our country has been made up of strands both light and dark.

White Terrorism

Robert Koehler | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The president doesn't "love" America? Would that it were true. Would that the president felt a responsibility to the global future and, at the same time, could summon our real past, grieve for its victims and vow with every fiber of his being to atone for our history of slavery and conquest: the "white terrorism" of manifest destiny. Would that the president didn't "love" our myths.

The Woman Who Has Played Harriet Tubman 200 Times

Chris Taylor | Posted 03.03.2015 | Black Voices
Chris Taylor

In the theatre world, there are ordinary roles, and then there are roles of a lifetime. Harriet Tubman is among the latter.

Natchez, Mississippi Up Close

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 03.03.2015 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

I looked forward to my first visit to Mississippi. During decades of travel across the USA, I have covered much of the South, but had not wandered through or made any forays into the great State of Mississippi.

John Legend Speaks to the Crack in the System Caused by Mass Incarceration

Antonio Moore | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics
Antonio Moore

Crack in the System's goal is simply to dig deeper, supply more facts, and provide the definitive story. We accomplished this by interviewing several individuals never seen on camera before speaking about the realities of their involvement with the reach of the contra scandal and cocaine epidemic.

You Need to Know: The Slavery Conditions on Tomato Farms

Eve Turow | Posted 02.25.2015 | Impact
Eve Turow

Thousands of farm laborers work under slavery-like conditions today in the U.S. and Mexico to grow tomatoes and other produce. This January, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) was presented with the 2014 Presidential Medal for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking.

Is ISIS a Religious Group? Of Course It Is.

David Paul | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
David Paul

This week, the White House held a Summit on Combating Violent Extremism. Walking through the Albuquerque airport on the day of the Summit, I was surprised to see a TV headline ask the question, "Is ISIS a religious group?" It is an absurd question. Of course it is a religious group.

A New Slavery, 150 Years Later

Gen. Charles C. Krulak | Posted 02.20.2015 | Impact
Gen. Charles C. Krulak

It is labeled as human trafficking, but make no mistake -- it is slavery, and worldwide more than 20 million people are its victims.

Fifty Shades of Whiteness

Jim Downs | Posted 02.19.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Downs

Only Hollywood would turn sadomasochism, a complicated sexual performance, into a white college girl's extracurricular activity. And only whiteness would allow for the whipping to be seen as elective in a coming-of-age narrative rather than as unavoidable in the violent history of slavery.

The Case for 'American' American History

Louise Mirrer | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
Louise Mirrer

We must make sure that Americans honor their differences, but also know that they have a shared history -- a history that is the indispensable basis for an inclusive, tolerant society.

Getting Off Our High Horse

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

Too many treat greatness not as a responsibility but as an entitlement, an inheritance that was earned for them. They fail to grasp that the struggle for our values is the prize. Take it for granted and it slips away. We will defeat enemies like the Islamic State by learning from our past, not airbrushing it.

Trans* People Murdered for Truth Telling

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

When any group of people is targeted for oppression, it is ultimately everyone's concern. We all, therefore, have a self-interest in actively working to dismantle all the many forms of oppression, including cissexism.

South Africans Transform Historic Sites Into Powerful Public Tributes Honoring Mandela

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 02.12.2015 | Black Voices

On this day in 1990, massive crowds gathered throughout South Africa to celebrate the release of the nation's beloved Nelson Mandela. It marked a m...

These Pictures Prove Brazil's Legacy Of Slavery Is Not A Thing Of The Past

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 02.11.2015 | Latino Voices

In 1889, Brazil became the last country in the Americas to outlaw slavery. More enslaved Africans were sent to Brazil than any other country in the he...

Steve Harvey: 'I Don't Give A Damn About Slavery'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 02.16.2015 | Black Voices

In the past Steve Harvey’s advice on relationships has garnered notoriety including a New York Times bestseller for his book, “Act Like a Lady, Th...

President Obama at the Prayer Breakfast

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

The President reminded his listeners about some uncomfortable truths. Great crimes have also been committed in the name of Christ. There were the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition. These were the great offenses of medieval Christendom.