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North Little Rock's Knight in Black Armor Breaks Down Stereotypes and Changes the World Using Social Media

Ren Dungari | Posted 11.25.2015 | Black Voices
Ren Dungari

"Go Kendra! Go! Get out!" screamed the young accomplices of four-year-old Kendra while filming her premature arrest. Their high-pitched voices echoed down the street like a siren as Kendra sat restlessly in her pink Mini Cooper, poking her pencil at the steering wheel to stay calm. "How you doin'?" said the middle-aged white police officer in a deep, mid-western accent

What's Missing From Our Thanksgiving Menus? Justice for Farmworkers

Jennifer S. Hirsch | Posted 11.25.2015 | Business
Jennifer S. Hirsch

How we eat is one of the central ways we show who we are and what we care about, but what's almost entirely impossible is to put food on the table that was produced by workers who enjoy the same rights as almost every other laborer in America.

Delaware Muslims Stand Up For Social Justice

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Muqtedar Khan

"Oh my Servants, I have forbidden injustice for myself and have forbidden it among you, so do not be unjust with each other" -- Islamic tradition. S...

Anatomy of a Broken Campaign Promise

Joel Berg | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Joel Berg

While all kept campaign promises are alike, each broken promise is broken in its own way. Campaign vows that are kept are often politically or administratively easy to fulfill. But failed promises fail for a host of reasons.

On Eliminating Violence Against Women

Barbara L. Shaw | Posted 11.23.2015 | Women
Barbara L. Shaw

November 25, 2015 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. While raising awareness is an important first step to change, short-term campaign efforts and law-and-order approaches will not stop the pandemic of violence.

Football and Social Change

Clark Power | Posted 11.23.2015 | Sports
Clark Power

Sports have the power to bring communities together and change mindsets. Hopefully, this brave stand by a football team will make it easier for university administrators to do what is right for its own sake.

Faith Calls Us To Be Courageous in Our Love

Marie Alford-Harkey | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Marie Alford-Harkey

As religion continues to be misused to support discrimination and violence toward LGBTQ people, people of faith have an obligation to show another way.

Yale Law School Grad Launches Tech Company to Staff Social Justice Cases via Equity Crowdfunding

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 11.18.2015 | Black Voices
Marquis Cabrera

Recently, I interviewed JusticeInvestor Founder and CEO Maxim Thorne, who graduated and taught at Yale Law School, for he launched a tech company to t...

Being Black at Mizzou: Then and Now | Posted 11.18.2015 | Black Voices

I don't know what it's like to be an average Black student at the Mizzou in 2015, though I imagine it's not very different from what it was like when I studied there in the early '90s.

No, Hate, You Cannot Have Paris

Flynn Coleman | Posted 11.15.2015 | World
Flynn Coleman

I have lived some of the greatest days of my life in Paris. I have loved there, had some of the most profound love story moments of my life there. That is Paris, for me, and for many others. So hate, you cannot have Paris.

Promoting Peace: From Board Rooms to Refugee Camps

Melissa Jun Rowley | Posted 11.14.2015 | Impact
Melissa Jun Rowley

Social equality has the greatest chances at being achieved when all sectors at the corporate, government and grass roots level work together. That's a lot of ecosystems with different geopolitical agendas to fit under one Utopian umbrella. So what's the solution?

Give Miami Your Money -- You'll Thank Me Later

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey | Posted 11.12.2015 | Impact
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

I like you. You're reading my blog, and we're not even related. And because you've done something nice for me, I'd like to return the favor. So I'm going to invite you to empty your pockets on November 19th.

Missing In Citizen Action: Gen Z

Jade Greear | Posted 11.11.2015 | Education
Jade Greear

Much has been said about Generation Z-- today's tweens and teens -- and our endless selfies on Twitter, 6-second Vines and Snapchats. Though many demographers say this is the generation that will help bring better futures through our civic-mindedness, it's still common to hear that apathy among young people is creating a generation of passive bystanders.

Registration Games: Gender, Race, Age

Kimann Schultz | Posted 11.11.2015 | Women
Kimann Schultz

I get that stats are constantly being compiled for this n' that, and I get that this n' that is often a multi-nuanced gathering of positively skewed info posturing, when often the tabulation of who knows what is in the end financially founded, as are all things in this capitalistic land of ours.

Changing the Dialogue for Women Vets

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact
Marcia G. Yerman

The stories of female vets don't always get traction. For example, awareness of concerns like Military Sexual Trauma have recently received recognition. Yet, the experiences that women go through in the military frequently remain under the radar.

Watch Toni Morrison Break Down Why Racism Is A White Problem

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 11.10.2015 | Black Voices

Toni Morrison is without a doubt one of the greatest novelists of all time, and one of the most profound thinkers on race and identity politic...

Casual Transphobia in My Media?

Delia Melody | Posted 11.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Delia Melody

You might not want to harm trans people, but that's the thing about casual transphobia; It doesn't need to have true hate behind it to be real and harmful.

Lifting your Voice for Justice: 3 Leadership Lessons from Laura Coates

Dr. Artika R. Tyner | Posted 11.05.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Laura Coates is lifting her voice to make this vision a lived a reality. Her passion for making a difference and challenging injustice motivated her to become an attorney. Laura is mobilizing a social justice movement through her work as a legal expert and commentator.

To The End, 'American Revolutionary' Grace Lee Boggs Never Gave Up on Detroit

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.30.2015 | Detroit
Tavis Smiley

The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Boggs was a seminal figure in the Black Power movement and -- along with her husband, James Boggs -- spent decades tirelessly advocating for fundamental changes in American policy on civil rights, labor relations, feminism, the environment and just about anything else that would shake up the status quo.

Is Operation Cross Country the Best Way to Fight Child Sex Trafficking?

Katherine Koster | Posted 10.29.2015 | Impact
Katherine Koster

The sweep netted 149 youth involved in the sex trade. It also led to arrests of 150 "pimps as well as other individuals." Rescuing "commercially sexually exploited youth" and catching their "exploiters" sounds like a great thing, right? Actually, it's a bit more complicated.

16 Thought-Provoking Social Justice Blogs On Tumblr

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 10.28.2015 | Black Voices

Most people know about "Black Twitter," the virtual community of black Twitter users who provide cultural perspective on issues of race and current ev...

Can Religious Institutions Become Sweeping Forces for Social Progress?

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 10.26.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Religious institutions have, at times, been at the forefront of progress by engaging in forceful spiritual leadership. The engagement in Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers grape boycott in the 1960s, for example. But where are we more than half a century later?

A Trans Odyssey: The Impact of Dear Texas

Mandi Camille Hauwert | Posted 10.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Mandi Camille Hauwert

Breaking free of assumed gender roles requires unfathomable sacrifice and courage. To capture that, what it is to be Trans, on stage -- is miraculous.

Worth The Fight: The Problem With Denying the Experience of Oppression

Ali Owens | Posted 10.23.2015 | Women
Ali Owens

You don't know what it's like to be anyone but yourself, and you never will. Furthermore, you're not in a position to say whether or not any fight for social justice is "worth it." It is always worth it.

A Beautiful Hope: A Story of Human Trafficking and Survival

Lisa Williams | Posted 10.22.2015 | Impact
Lisa Williams

Five years ago this month, a young girl from Los Angeles called me from state custody and simply asked, "Can you help me?"  Four years earlier, at 13-years-old, her older sister had handed her over to a pimp.