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Angle of View: History in Sharp Focus

Ken Gonzales-Day | Posted 03.06.2015 | Arts
Ken Gonzales-Day

Our memories sometimes work against us. Recollections of dates, times, and names fade with each passing moment. Erasing painful images or pretending oppression does not exist will not eradicate social injustice.

You Go, Gurl!: How LGBTQ Literacies Create Social Justice in the Classrooms and Beyond

Michael Carosone | Posted 03.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

I do not believe in keeping information within the confines of academia. (What is the purpose of knowledge if it only remains within the ivory tower and tiny bubble that is the university?)

If a Tree Falls in the Forest... Remembering Rev. Malcolm Boyd

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 03.04.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

The Rev. Malcolm Boyd died last week at the age of 91. Accolades began popping up, but many do not know how Boyd shaped a generation of seekers in the 1960s to understand that unless Christianity was about justice and inclusion, it was just blowing smoke.

The Case for Restorative Justice

Nancy Michaels | Posted 03.03.2015 | Education
Nancy Michaels

Restorative justice has the capacity to empower those who have not been empowered in the past. Individuals and communities begin to act collectively, which is necessary in order to challenge the punitive structures that keep our young black and brown boys from succeeding.

Black Equality Doesn't End in February

Carmen Berkley | Posted 03.03.2015 | Black Voices
Carmen Berkley

Black History Month is more than just acknowledgement in a newspaper or a special program at the kids' school. It's an opportunity to reflect on how far Black people in the United States have come in their struggle for justice and equal rights.

20 Years of craigslist: A Reflection by an Old-School Nerd

Craig Newmark | Posted 03.04.2015 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Every day I'm reminded that we help people put food on the table and get a job and a place to live. Maybe we have changed the world, seriously. Sure, this isn't the usual approach in Silicon Valley or anywhere else, but I'm a nerd, and a nerd's gotta do what a nerd's gotta do.

Faces From Ferguson: Ashley 'Brown Blaze' Yates

Maytha Alhassen | Posted 02.25.2015 | Black Voices
Maytha Alhassen

In the basement of St. Louis' Saint John's United Church of Christ at the end of the Labor Day weekend, Yates recounted almost a month's worth of harrowing encounters with a militarized police force to a room of Black Lives Matter freedom riders. She woefully explained that as the days bled into one another, she began "marking days by police tactics."

Black Christian Leaders Changing the World (Part 3 of 3)

Rev. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 02.25.2015 | Religion
Rev. Mae Elise Cannon

While we shouldn't wait until February to celebrate Black leaders, Black History Month gives us an opportunity to recognize how we fall short the rest of the year (and take steps towards correcting it). These leaders are each changing the face of global Christianity, and it has been a real privilege knowing them.

The Visible and the Invisible at the 87th Annual Oscars

Sophie Cowley | Posted 02.24.2015 | Entertainment
Sophie Cowley

Lately I've found myself wanting more from film-- the new, the feminine, the "other." In an ideal world, this year's Oscars would help catapult radical change in the industry.

To Love Black Lives

Alta Starr | Posted 02.24.2015 | Black Voices
Alta Starr

Liberation requires courage and hard work. We resist injustice, create alternative systems, build power, redesign institutions, build organization, and all the while, live our lives, as whole as we can make them.

6 Women Rocking Tech for Good

Craig Newmark | Posted 03.05.2015 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Folks, I figure it's really important to highlight women who are really making positive changes across the tech sector. These people aren't often give...

Black Christian Leaders Changing the World (Part 2 of 3)

Rev. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 03.02.2015 | Religion
Rev. Mae Elise Cannon

This is the second installment of a three-part series highlighting a few of the many Black Christian leaders I've had the privilege of learning from throughout my career.

The Achievement Gap vs. The Justice Gap: Race vs. Redemption

Kanene Holder | Posted 02.23.2015 | Education
Kanene Holder

The achievement gap will never close until we as a society, especially educators, tackle the justice gap head-on.

Fighting Poverty and Politics in North Carolina

Rebecca Todd Peters | Posted 02.20.2015 | Impact
Rebecca Todd Peters

While it is true that we will always have poverty in our midst, it is also true that it is our calling and our responsibility to do everything in our power to fight that poverty by creating just structures of support for our community.

What Is Yoga Service? A Working Definition

Rob Schware | Posted 02.19.2015 | Impact
Rob Schware

Yoga service is gaining in popularity. There is a Yoga Service Council, an annual Yoga Service Conference, and numerous professionals in many discip...

Repair-ations Guyana: A Case Study

Alyson Renaldo | Posted 02.18.2015 | Black Voices
Alyson Renaldo

History, my friends, is being made everyday: a phenomenal thing to truly grasp. Historic "shifts," impacting how we think, what we think and (hopefull...

Stanley Fish on Academic Freedom

David Moshman | Posted 02.17.2015 | College
David Moshman

Interested in academic freedom? If so, you should read Stanley Fish's new book, Versions of Academic Freedom: From Professionalism to Revolution. I hasten to add that you should disagree with much of it, and you probably will.

Is Gay Porn Racist? I Don't Think So

Terrence Chappell | Posted 02.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Terrence Chappell

Porn should not be leading the conversation in social or racial issues, and we shouldn't be charging them to even contribute to that conversation. Right sentiment but wrong space. Porn is all about desire and losing inhibitions, at least behind a monitor. By its very nature porn caters to a person's fantasy and their innate impulses.

Welcome to the PAGE2Ferguson Blog Salon

Timothy K. Eatman | Posted 02.17.2015 | Education
Timothy K. Eatman

At this time of protest over systems of power, oppression, racism, and police brutality, Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life lifts up the voices of our graduate students in response to the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

Unspeakable Hope

Khary Lazarre-White | Posted 02.10.2015 | Arts
Khary Lazarre-White

So often plugged in and invested in distraction, who will be our poets? So many seek to live through the experiences of others, maniacal about sharing snippets of their lives, but in curated photos of a desired life, an avoidance of the present. What of the moment of experience?

Honoring MLK With Action

Stephen Seufert | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Stephen Seufert

Philadelphia, like so many other cities across the nation, has lost its sense of unity and purpose. Poverty has robbed too many Philadelphians of their individual dignity, family and community.

Black Evangelical Leaders Who Are Changing the World

Rev. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion
Rev. Mae Elise Cannon

I've had the privilege of working alongside a prodigious group of Black Christian leaders throughout my career as a social justice activist. Their lives and ministries have shaped me deeply and continue to do so as I grow in my own ministry of racial reconciliation and justice.

Why Crowdfunding's a Good Idea

Craig Newmark | Posted 02.11.2015 | Money
Craig Newmark

Folks, lots of people have been doing crowdfunding campaigns lately, myself included, and they're pretty effective. In 2013 alone, crowdfunding raised about $5.1 billion worldwide.

Black History Month: Feminism and Inclusion

Teresa C. Younger | Posted 02.09.2015 | Black Voices
Teresa C. Younger

Together we can bring more people to the table by expanding feminist narratives and acknowledging the intersection of issues within the larger movement for women's empowerment. To strengthen our movement, we have to address inequality as all women experience it.

Ode to Football: A Sport I Kind of Can't Stand

Lisa Stulberg | Posted 02.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Lisa Stulberg

I revere football because it provides an opportunity in pop culture to wrestle with the complexity of identity. It is often through football, for instance, that TV's Glee confronts gender, sexuality, and marginality.