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Social Justice

'Marriage Equality' and the Politics of Love

Tim Ward | Posted 08.03.2015 | Impact
Tim Ward

Polyamorous partners do not have the privilege of legal marriage. I interviewed author and poly advocate Dr. Anya Trahan about the Supreme Court Decision, and what she sees as the way forward for those who embrace ethical loving with multiple partners.

Nelson Mandela and The Transformative Power of Service

Dr. Artika R. Tyner | Posted 07.30.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Artika R. Tyner

"He that is greatest among you shall be your servant." The late Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa, modeled servant leadership in action. His leadership focused on the importance of community-building and empowering others to lead social change.

Too Close for Comfort: The Social Significance of New York City's Public Pools

Sarah Thomas | Posted 07.30.2015 | New York
Sarah Thomas

While we outwardly embrace the ethos of crossing cultural, racial, and gendered lines, every New Yorker knows that bigotry dwells here with the same potency it does South Carolina. And, as the history of the New York City pools suggest, evolution has been both slow-going and hard-won.

Obama Has Outclassed the Grand Old White Establishment

Cody Cain | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Cody Cain

The experience of witnessing the first black President in the history of the United States has indeed been a wonderment to behold. As it turned out, the grand old white establishment revealed itself to be petty, obstructionist, vindictive, and incompetent. History will remember them as such, to the extent history will remember them at all.

Achieving A "More Perfect Union" Requires Acknowledging Our Past Injustices

Rep. Steve Cohen | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Rep. Steve Cohen

Whether race relations have actually worsened or whether that perception stems from more information reaching more people, it is obvious that we must re-dedicate ourselves and our government to eliminating injustice and promoting equality.

Homeless Families Win Class Action Lawsuit

Patty Mullahy Fugere | Posted 07.28.2015 | DC
Patty Mullahy Fugere

This decision is a resounding victory for homeless families based not just on esoteric interpretations of law, but on a common understanding of basic human rights that must be protected for all DC residents, no matter their income.

The White Anti-Racism Tone Police: White Supremacy vs. White Privilege

Jesse Benn | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
Jesse Benn

White supremacy refers to a racial hierarchy in which whiteness sits atop of. The United States was founded on a system--legally, culturally, economically, and politically--of white male upper class supremacy. All of these remain today.

Mental Illness, Societal Oppression, and My Rebuttal to Bruce Levine

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 07.23.2015 | Healthy Living
J Nelson Aviance

In a recent piece posted on Salon.com, Bruce E. Levine made the bold statement that: For nearly two decades, Big Pharma commercials have falsely tol...

Happy Birthday, Living Legend Rachel Robinson

Yohuru Williams | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Yohuru Williams

On Friday, the nation celebrated what would have been the 153rd birthday of pioneering Civil Rights advocate and anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Sunday, July 19, 2015 marked the 93rd birthday of another significant woman of color, Rachel Robinson.

Go Set a Watchman: A Review

Jessica Denis | Posted 07.20.2015 | Books
Jessica Denis

There are so many amazing quotes from this book regarding social inequality and justice, picking from them isn't exactly an easy task. One being, "Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends."

As If Children Mattered

Michael Piraino | Posted 07.20.2015 | Impact
Michael Piraino

Adults matter to children. Whether it is the earth, the seas, or the air we breathe, we cannot destroy our planet's assets and hope to survive, let alone prosper. These young at risk are also our "assets," whose untapped potential is being wasted.

Dear Greek Children: I'm Sorry for the Smouldering Garbage Heap We've Left You

Diane Kochilas | Posted 07.17.2015 | World
Diane Kochilas

I simply want to tell you the naked truth as I see it. The truth is always radical. After that, I can only hope you will summon the courage to step over the smoldering garbage heap we've left for you to clean up, to forgive us, and to get on with the job.

Solitary Confinement: 'It's As If We Want Them to Fail'

Sean Larner | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Sean Larner

Evan Ebel was worried about leaving prison -- and reasonably so. His last couple years were spent by himself in a cinderblock cell the size of two queen mattresses.

The Electrifying Rachel Dolezal Story

Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders | Posted 07.17.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders

But that's not the main reason parts of Black America are upset with her. People are upset that she CHOSE to live as black woman, and she can CHOOSE to live as a white woman with all rights and privileges restored while everyday black folks can't shed their blackness in favor of being white for a day.

Deaf Discrimination: The Fight for Equality Continues

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 07.17.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Frequently and all too easily, the rights of people who are deaf get stripped away. Every day, deaf individuals attempting to interact with hearing authorities, emergency responders, or organizations are denied basic access to communication and, in some instances, their lives are put into jeopardy.

Laudato Si, Westphalia, and a New Old Principle of Governance

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

History abounds with the problems of creating global governance. Think about how the League of Nations failed, giving way to the United Nations. Look at the establishment of the Eurozone, and the convulsions brought on by the Greek financial crisis. Getting people to the table is hard.

Incheon to Addis: Are We Getting Back on Track in Global Education?

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

We've seen increased access to essential medicines for AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other diseases of poverty that have saved millions of lives. In some places however, achievements that were thought possible are slipping away. We now appear to be going backwards in access to primary education.

Intersectional Activism: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.09.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

It is easy to get caught up in organizing and activism around a single issue or cause. This week, we proudly supported grantees who are working at the intersection of multiple issues, addressing the complexity and interconnectedness of the world we live in through their activism.

An Open Letter to the Woman Who Taught Me What It Means to be an Effective Educator

Abukar Adan | Posted 07.07.2015 | Education
Abukar Adan

You are what every educator should aspire to be. You inspire your students. You do everything in your power to ensure that we are able to secure whatever opportunity comes our way.

Ted 2, Seth MacFarlane, and the Age of the Brogressive

Michael Darer | Posted 07.07.2015 | College
Michael Darer

Perhaps, I'm just a masochist, but I cannot stop thinking about Ted 2. I've made no bones about my distaste for the film, but it's rare that a film so dumbly vulgar holds my attention for nearly two weeks after its release.

Vindication: Why We Feel the Need and What We Can Do About it

Lena Aburdene Derhally | Posted 07.07.2015 | Women
Lena Aburdene Derhally

The need for vindication in our daily lives can be all consuming. Life isn't fair. Answers, closure and vindication don't always come to us. That means we have to somehow find it within ourselves to move past where we feel stuck and find some way to let go.

Let's Talk About Prison Reform

Laura De Palma | Posted 07.07.2015 | Impact
Laura De Palma

There is no doubt we have come a long way in shifting our national, collective consciousness around this issue. But is the national conversation regarding criminal justice reform moving in the right direction?

An Apprenticeship in Sustainable Development

Pioneers for Change | Posted 07.07.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

Social justice and environmental sustainability are two sides of the same coin -- a coin that has very little value if all you're seeing is either one side or the other. That may sound obvious now, but it's been a 30-year struggle to secure consensus on that all-important imperative.

I Get It: You Don't Like Slacktivism. Now Shut Up. Only Don't.

Abby Rosmarin | Posted 07.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Abby Rosmarin

And as much as the cynics of the cynics of slacktivism might disagree, your vocality is continuing to draw awareness to whatever cause you are talking about. And that is key: change can only come when people care.

The Haircut That Got A 5-Year-Old Sent Home From School

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 07.03.2015 | Black Voices

Jalyn Broussard was excited to show off his haircut at school last December. It was the first time the 5-year-old sported a different haircut than his...