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Obama Political Staff Overruled Human Rights Experts On Slavery Report

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Top diplomats at the State Department repeatedly overruled human rights experts in the crafting of a recent report on human trafficking...

Pacific Tuna Fishing Is Out of Control

Kumi Naidoo | Posted 08.03.2015 | Green
Kumi Naidoo

High-seas transshipping is an enabler of both human rights and environmental abuses. Next time you visit a supermarket or a sushi bar, consider using the power of your wallet to tell the tuna industry that there is no place for ocean devastation and human rights abuse on our plates or in our lunchboxes.

Slavery at Sea: The Human Cost of Illegal Fishing

Ocean Unite | Posted 07.31.2015 | Green
Ocean Unite

Illegal fishing wrecks ecosystems and habitats because illegal fishers often use destructive gear with little thought for the ecological impacts of their activities. It steals food from the plates of impoverished coastal communities and small-scale fishers, and is particularly harmful to those countries that don't have the means to effectively monitor and enforce their waters.

Brazil To Use Drones To Investigate Rural Companies Suspected Of Slave Labor

Thomson Reuters Foundation | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.28.2015 | Impact

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Brazilian government plans to use drones to strengthen its fight against slave labour in ru...

Obama Shrugs Off Global Slavery To Protect Trade Deal

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration outraged human rights advocates on Monday by removing Malaysia from its list of the world's worst human traffi...

Slavery: Reality vs Symbols

Curtis Ellis | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
Curtis Ellis

While elected officials pose as Great Emancipators for purging the Confederate battle flag from TV reruns, slavery thrives in the real world - and these same officials are actually encouraging it.

I'm Not A Very Good Southerner

Anthony Hatcher | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Anthony Hatcher

If you honor pre-emancipation Southern heritage, you are honoring a society that engaged in the buying and selling of human beings. As for the plethora of Confederate monuments that dot the South, at the very least let's drop the pretense about the war they represent.

An Open Letter to Allies: Demand Justice for Sandra Bland

Attiya Latif | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Attiya Latif

Sandra Bland was 28 years old, young, with a bright smile and an even brighter future. She was headed to Texas to begin a new job at her alma mater, working in student outreach. On July 10th, she was arrested. On July 13th, she was found dead in a jail cell.

Where's the Travel Writing for Black Women?

Sarah Enelow | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Sarah Enelow

Ever since I got into travel writing, I've been told to read the works of Joseph Conrad, Jack Kerouac, Edward Abbey, Bruce Chatwin, Paul Theroux, William Dalrymple, Bill Bryson, and other white men. While I learned a lot from their stories, I was also repeatedly left with questions about misogyny and racial insensitivity.

African American Nation Builders in Our National Park System

Audrey Peterman | Posted 07.20.2015 | Green
Audrey Peterman

Walking among 2,000-year old sequoias in Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, I felt their powerful energy and gave thanks that these last remaining giants were protected by the Buffalo Soldiers from the effects of logging and ranching at the turn of the 20th century. What a loss their demise would have been!

How a Human Trafficking Victim Shook This Sheltered American Girl to the Core

Rachel Pross | Posted 07.17.2015 | Impact
Rachel Pross

What 13-year-old girl wakes up one day and says she wants to be a prostitute when she grows up? That was the question Timea Eva Nagy posed as she addressed the crowd -- a room full of regulatory compliance and anti-money laundering specialists, me included, just last week.

"If We Destroy Creation, Creation Will Destroy Us"

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 07.17.2015 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

Unless the global community strikes an effective deal to rein in its carbon emissions, unchecked climate change could usher in a hellish world of lethal heat, soaring food prices, and the failure of even wealthy states.

Despite Honest Attempts at Universality, "Amazing Grace" Falls Short

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 07.17.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

As the curtain closes, Amazing Grace gets a standing ovation, with shouts and tears to boot. Maybe, I missed something. Maybe, I don't understand. It's okay that I don't like it because someone else did. But for me, it is not enough. It's too trapped in "history" to acknowledge the history that resides inside us.

Congress Suggests Obama Will Ignore Slavery To Secure Trade Deal

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics

A Malaysian Muslim man sits amid coffins in a pit during re-burial of remains found at human-trafficking camps in the country's north, on June 22, 20...

Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Hamilton' and the Inclusive Future Of American History

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.14.2015 | Arts
Ian Reifowitz

If people see their ancestral experience integrated -- not just mentioned in a checklist kind of way, but fully integrated into the larger narrative -- then they are far more likely to see that larger narrative of American history as something that speaks to them.

Season 3 of 'Finding Your Roots' Green-Lighted for January 2016 Return on PBS

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 07.14.2015 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Season 3 of the popular show, hosted and produced by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., was put on hold until certain measures were implemented.

A Culture of Dogma

Andy Schmookler | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

In a healthy democracy, differing points of view contend to shape the destiny of the society. What does it mean, however, when a major subculture of that society is perennially of but one mind?

An Open Letter to All Those Who Would Be President

Kirk Douglas | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Kirk Douglas

America has never formally acknowledged and apologized for the unspeakable evil of slavery. So I am asking Republicans and Democrats alike to apologize to the American people. Our continued refusal to apologize for slavery still shames and divides our nation. It is past the time to heal.

When a Brand Becomes Obsolete

Diana Mao | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Diana Mao

Imagine a little 10 year old boy making a shirt that you bought your son at GAP Kids. That is exactly what happened when a 12 year old girl was found in Cambodia making clothes in 2010 for GAP.

Is There Space for Southern Heritage That Does Not Ignore Slavery?

Byron Williams | Posted 07.09.2015 | Black Voices
Byron Williams

Those exalting southern heritage in its present form gloss over the inconveniences of history to insist hate was not the intention. Unfortunately, intent is often the false refuge to justify something that reasonable persons would otherwise abhor.

Fighting Fire

Ryley Rubin Pogensky | Posted 07.09.2015 | Black Voices
Ryley Rubin Pogensky

An angry white man is politician. He is a banker, a lawyer, a journalist, a president. He can carry gun. He can voice his opinions no matter how loud and is entitled to a microphone. The constitution was constructed for and by him. It his pulpit. No matter how hard Black voices try and compete they aren't even in the audience.

Let Go Your Southern Ghosts!

F. Scott Hess | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics
F. Scott Hess

I've noticed many online defenders of Confederate heritage argue that their opponents do not understand history and fail to see beyond racial barriers. I have white southern roots deeper than most. I understand my history and the lineage of bigotry it entails.

Yes, Washington: Accepting American Exceptionalism

John K. Herr | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
John K. Herr

Alas! how dreary would be the world if America were not exceptional. It would be as dreary as if there were no Washingtons. There would be no torch of liberty, no shining city on a hill, no Channing Tatum.

Charleston Shootings: The Intersection Of Race And Gender

Anushay Hossain | Posted 07.07.2015 | Women
Anushay Hossain

Yes, Black Lives Matter and so do the lives of Black women.

America, What Do We Do After Charleston?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I am a native South Carolinian. Charleston is my maternal ancestral home. My great grandmother was born during slavery. My great grandfather I have been told was a plantation overseer. Never have I been more proud and more ashamed of my dueling ancestral heritages than right now.