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Jeb Bush Blows It on Race

Raul A. Reyes | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Raul A. Reyes

His quip that black voters want "free stuff" is pretty rich. The Republican Party has struggled for years to attract more voters of color. In a rec...

IWJ Wins Bradford O'Neil Award for Social Justice From Dominican University

Rudy López | Posted 10.01.2015 | Religion
Rudy López

Good afternoon everyone. It is a real honor to be here with you today. I know it's a Tuesday but I want to take us to church for a minute.

Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Reflects On The Origins Of The Movement

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics

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To End Violence Against Women, End Violence Against Boys

Sheena Vasani | Posted 09.30.2015 | Women
Sheena Vasani

Research conducted in 2010 by the International Center for Research on Women [ICRW] illustrates this complexity, demonstrating that a significant number of men who abuse their partners were themselves abused as children.

How To Make Social Justice Movements Less Judgy, And More Welcoming

Everyday Feminism | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact

In my first year of college, I stopped calling myself an activist. It took attending just a few meetings of the campus queer group for me to realize ...

3 Things The Pope Taught Millennials on His Visit to America

Anurag Gupta | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion
Anurag Gupta

As a millennial, I often think about the world I will be leaving my children if we, as a generation, continue on the current economic and political path. It is we who will inherit the impending trials and tribulations of the uncertainty of our economy and ecology.

Pope Francis' Speech Is A Win For Progressives

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 09.24.2015 | Politics

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Why Urban Trees Solve Most of Our Problems

Sierra | Posted 09.24.2015 | Green

Trees cover an estimated 20.9 million acres of urban land in the continental United States. That's 3,659 square feet of urban forest per city dweller -- about the size of a not-so-modest four-bedroom house.

Spirituality in Action--A Call to Inner Revolution!

Beth Green | Posted 09.24.2015 | Impact
Beth Green

We can no longer pretend that spirituality is just an inner experience. It is our sacred trust to be agents of higher consciousness in the world. We cannot focus just on ourselves.

Program Assists 42,000 Homeless and Counting

Jeff Woodward | Posted 09.24.2015 | Impact
Jeff Woodward

Every person that has ever been homeless has a story to tell. A story of survival, a story of hitting rock bottom, a story of doing whatever it takes to survive just another day. Most face unimaginable suffering, loss, and depression as they fall from the precipice into the abyss of darkness that is homelessness.

Wondaland Talks Music, Community and Activism

Nsenga Burton | Posted 09.24.2015 | Entertainment
Nsenga Burton

Wondaland's connection to the community is on full-display at a Centennial Park community event. Wondaland welcomed the fans with love and adoration, thanking them for their support and chatting them up to learn more about the members of "the community."

The Story Of Thomas Merton, Who The Pope Held Up As A Model Of Peace

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 09.24.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON -- Pope Francis invoked Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk, celebrated author and social justice activist, as a model for peace and contemplat...

LGBTQ Literature Creates Social Justice in the Classrooms and Beyond

Michael Carosone | Posted 09.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

When LGBTQ literature is taught, read and analyzed in the community college English classroom, the clear message is that it is important enough to study and to include in the curriculum; therefore, LGBTQ people must be important enough to be considered as human beings and citizens.

An Open Letter to Pope Francis

Gina Messina-Dysert | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Gina Messina-Dysert

You have called for a year of mercy, a time where all should be absolved of their sins if they confess. With the utmost respect, I wonder, will this be a time when the Vatican confesses its sins against women?

Inequalities, Wasted Opportunities, and Humanitarian Crises: Awaiting Social Progress

Marc Fleurbaey | Posted 09.21.2015 | World
Marc Fleurbaey

Looking at the long-term prospects for social progress, as this Panel sets out to do, is not a diversion away from the management of the most urgent challenges. It is the wisest way to address these challenges.

#IStandWithAhmed: Or When Islamophobia Jumped the Shark

Atif Choudhury | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Atif Choudhury

Are schools not supposed to be institutions of education and learning, complete with a welcoming atmosphere for all in the hopes of serving as a beacon of light for the next generation?

Gay Wedding

Rev. Earl E. Johnson | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Rev. Earl E. Johnson

You are also committing yourselves to staring at petunias and trees with all encompassing love and compassion, and dancing daily whether you hear drumbeats or internal songs of joy.

How Will Pope Francis Change America?

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 09.20.2015 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Morality, in the American political context, is almost universally thought of as consisting principally of the range of sexual issues. In contrast, morality, for Pope Francis, is much more encompassing. It includes the ways in which strangers are welcomed, the climate is repaired, and money, markets, and capital are put in proper perspective.

Why I Helped Carry a Torah From Selma to Washington

Rabbi Steve Fox | Posted 09.18.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Steve Fox

This week, I carried a Torah, not an unusual experience for a Rabbi -- except this Torah had traveled 1,000 miles from Selma, Alabama, to Washington, DC. It was carried along the way by nearly 200 Reform Rabbis and hundreds of others who walked in partnership on the NAACP's America's Journey for Justice.

Bernie Sanders: At Liberty, With Justice, For All

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 09.18.2015 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

By now you're aware that Bernie Sanders, Senator from my home state of Vermont and Democratic frontrunner in the early presidential bid, visited Liberty University on Monday and gave a speech at the school's convocation.

Pope Francis' Visit: The Conversation in America Will Change Next Week

Jim Wallis | Posted 09.18.2015 | Religion
Jim Wallis

From the beginning of his tenure as pope, Francis has used his position to change our conversations about what, and who, is important. In his words and his actions, he has challenged narratives and assumptions about the Catholic church, the world economic order, immigration, and the environment -- to name a few issues.

A Special Birthday Salute to a King: Leadership Lessons from the Life of B.B. King

Dr. Artika R. Tyner | Posted 09.18.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Artika R. Tyner

On September 16, 2015, we celebrated the birth of a music legend. As I reflect upon how B.B. King impacted my life, three key leadership lessons emerge.

Celebrating Community Change-Makers

Center for Community Change Action | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Center for Community Change Action

Life in the progressive movement can be arduous, which is why the Center for Community Change (CCC) takes one night of the year to lift up and celebrate some of the people and organizations that are leading the struggle toward justice in this country.

Understanding the "Privileged"

Sheena Vasani | Posted 09.15.2015 | Impact
Sheena Vasani

I realised what my friend was saying: just because you've the upper hand in one area of life doesn't mean you've the happier life. Nobody's immune from pain, no matter her or his gender, race, or wealth. After all, depression and suicide can affect anybody.

Can Money Create Social Change?

The Sillerman Center | Posted 09.15.2015 | College
The Sillerman Center

Many philanthropists and foundations have recently been making impact investments in an attempt to influence social policy. But are these investments producing dividends toward social change?