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Social Justice

We Know What Works

Tim O'Shea | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Tim O'Shea

We all must begin to act on what we know. We are, each of us, part of the solution or a continuing part of the problems.

If the Russians Love Their Children Too: The Hypocrisy and Promise of "Bad" Public Servants

Stuart Rhoden | Posted 01.23.2015 | Education
Stuart Rhoden

My question is why is it so easy to leap to the conclusion that there are "bad cops" and at the same time, not draw the same conclusions about "bad teachers?"

Happy 15th Anniversary, Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 01.22.2015 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

Fifteen years ago, the Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing was published in a full page ad in the New York Times, surrounded by the names of more than 800 of the country's leading religious leaders.

Privilege Glasses

Ellen Goodlett | Posted 01.22.2015 | Women
Ellen Goodlett

Privilege isn't always something you can see without trying. Some people, usually those born with less privilege, have perfect vision. They see the privilege problem because they experience it firsthand every day. Other people, however, may not recognize it at first.

Introducing Remote Justice

Melanie Zurek | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Melanie Zurek

For us, remote work is defined not by whether one of us is located in or out of our office, but by our locations in relation to each other. In this way, we are all remote workers, with benefits that have included increased trust, greater flexibility, better work-life balance

#LiberateWE: A Call to Action

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 01.21.2015 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

The same systems and organizations that have frozen us out for years now want to dictate and advise us on how we should engage to fight for our freedom.

Horyou TV: Can Social Good Videos Go Viral?

Ron Mwangaguhunga | Posted 01.21.2015 | Good News
Ron Mwangaguhunga

High above the west fifties in Manhattan overlooking Fifth avenue the people at Horyou -- pronounced OR-YOW -- are attempting to make social good videos viral. When one thinks of viral videos, social good does not immediately come to mind.

May We #ReclaimMLK With Mindfulness

Cameron Conaway | Posted 01.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Cameron Conaway

Dear Philadelphia, On Jan. 19, as our collective energy buzzes at 1:30 p.m. on 440N Broad St., as we begin marching at 2 p.m. and finish symbolical...

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

Colleen M Fitzgerald | Posted 01.20.2015 | 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.

The Serpent and the Dove!

Janine Francolini | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Janine Francolini

On this day when we honor the power of nonviolence to change hearts and minds, is it too much to believe that such compassion, connection and love can define the relationship between citizens of every race and mental condition and the police officers who bravely dedicate themselves to protect and serve our communities?

MLK's Fight for Economic Justice

Nancy Altman | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Nancy Altman

As many of us fight today for an increase in the minimum wage, an end to job discrimination, including that based on sexual orientation, full employment, and an end to poverty, we are continuing the struggle for which Dr. King gave his life.

Off Limits: My Transgender Teen's Body Is Not Up for Discussion

Liz Hanssen | Posted 01.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Liz Hanssen

If you are ever in doubt about whether to ask some burning question, first ask yourself if you would pose the same question about the body of a non-trans youth or adult, perhaps your own child or a student or neighbor. If the answer is no, don't ask. If you find yourself biting your tongue, keep biting.

This Weekend, Let's Make Art Like Nun Artist Corita Kent

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 01.16.2015 | Arts

Corita Kent, the ex-nun-turned-artist who rose to fame in the 1960s, used graphic design and poster art to protest the Vietnam War and advocate for Am...

The Internet's Dirty Secret: This Isn't Dialogue

Edward Muzio | Posted 01.15.2015 | Technology
Edward Muzio

If you're in the habit of paying attention both to people who agree with you and people who disagree with you, you almost certainly know it too.

Top 4 Lessons Dr. King Taught Us

Carla Javits | Posted 01.15.2015 | Impact
Carla Javits

We have made tremendous leaps forward before, and if we have the nerve and mutual respect to engage and act -- we can make progress again on the urgent matters we face today -- with economic inequity as the centerpiece.

Poison the River

Peter Buffett | Posted 01.14.2015 | Impact
Peter Buffett

We've always needed stories to make sense of the world around us. But most of the recent stories don't serve us anymore. We need new stories. Stories that stop asking us to live up to something -- and instead inspire us to live in to what's possible.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Being a Radical: Assata Taught Me

justin adkins | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
justin adkins

As I ring in a new year I commit to continuing to listen, to act, to learn, and to speak. I implore you to join me. Stand up, stand with, walk alongside, and speak up. It is not going to be easy, but together we can change the world.

A Million People in Paris Teach Us What Religion Is Really All About

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D. | Posted 01.13.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D.

A million people marched in Paris this week. A million men, women and children, Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Atheists, and those with no religious label at all, marching simply to demonstrate their ultimate humanity that crosses religious distinctions.

Can Luxury Lead Us Out of Inequality?

Misha Pinkhasov | Posted 01.12.2015 | Business
Misha Pinkhasov

The pollution of moneyed interests in politics aside, does the political will for reform even exist among the constituency? After all, it was the American electorate that put a business-friendly Congress into office this year.

Breaking Down Barriers: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 01.09.2015 | 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.

Civil Dissonance

Lisa Longo | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Lisa Longo

I've been thinking a lot about the world we've created. And I've come to the conclusion that it makes absolutely no sense. None. Not even a little.

I Was An Unwed Welfare Mother: Social Justice for Poor Women and Children

Ellevate | Posted 01.07.2015 | Parents

As successful as the outer trappings of my life have grown, I can still feel the crimson humiliation of being an unwed welfare mother. Over 30 years later, I've never fully shaken that silent shame of the welfare life -- but I'm glad the system was there to help me when I needed it.

Connecting Muslim-Americans to Health Insurance

Aamir Hussain | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact
Aamir Hussain

IMAN has worked on providing critical services to Chicago's inner city communities, and has provided opportunities for Muslims to translate their faith into social justice work that benefits the community.

In Defense of the "Social Justice Warrior"

Tile Wolfe | Posted 12.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Tile Wolfe

We're winning when young people have the internet's arsenal at the ready. We're winning when online discourse translates into offline action. We're winning when seemingly "niche" groups reflect a new generation of LGBT people who defend their own survival, and others.

10 Resolutions for 2015

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.01.2015 | Religion
Jim Wallis

All three meanings of "resolution" are wonderfully attractive to me -- and timely for this brand new year.