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'The Shadow of Slavery' -- Trinity Church Confronts Its Past and the Present

Alan Singer | Posted 02.11.2016 | New York
Alan Singer

Trinity Church was at the center of the New York colony's ruling class with close ties to the wealthy merchants, slaveholders, and government officials. Prominent New Yorkers assigned enslaved Africans to construct the original church building.

Islamic Revival and the Yearning for Social Justice

Morgan Y. Liu | Posted 02.10.2016 | Religion
Morgan Y. Liu

Is there a link between Islam and justice? Would a society following Islamic principles be a more just society? Many Muslims across the world today th...

Nurturing The Young Social Justice Writer

Christine Stoddard | Posted 02.09.2016 | Impact
Christine Stoddard

While the other girls wrote about princesses and high school Queen Bees, Emily* wrote about Harriet Tubman. Her first piece in the week-long creative writing workshop began as an academic essay, but ended up being creative non-fiction.

The Long Game

Wendy Kopp | Posted 02.08.2016 | Impact
Wendy Kopp

On Saturday, February 6, Teach For America founder and current CEO of Teach For All, Wendy Kopp, spoke to more than 15,000 Teach For America alumni, corps members, staff, and supporters at TFA's 25th Anniversary Summit in Washington, DC.

Evangelicalism Is Not a Bad Word: 8 Redeeming Qualities of Conservative Christianity

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 02.08.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

Evangelicals and conservative Christians often seem to get a "bad name" in the press and popular culture. It is true that Christians, and evangelicals in particular, have our own portion of historic and contemporary failings. Nonetheless, there continue to be many redeeming qualities of the evangelical faith tradition and those who call themselves followers of Jesus.

What Is the Purpose of Education?

Alan Singer | Posted 02.08.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

If appointed by the State Legislature to the Board of Regents, I will use my position as a platform to organize the people of New York to fight for social justice for children, in schools, and in society as a whole.

The Global Implications Of The Marc Gafni Scandal

Carolyn Baker | Posted 02.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Carolyn Baker

Given his sordid reputation, I assume that Gafni is a lost cause, and therefore, I am not taking him to task, but rather the purveyors of "solar spirituality" who refuse to engage with the dark side of human nature.

What in the World is Slave-Tag?

Andrew Brennen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Education
Andrew Brennen

In an attempt to teach slavery, one Philadelphia teacher created an activity where he designated certain students in the class as slaves and certain students as slave owners. It didn't take long for students to determine that there was something more than a little bit wrong with "slave-tag," and they spoke out.

7 Podcasts That Will Make You A Better Human

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Impact

Your newsfeed is depressing. Each new scroll reveals a fresh headline about police brutality, the migrant crisis or Donald Trump's latest bigoted comm...

A Letter To The Good Men Out There

Bronwyn Lea | Posted 01.29.2016 | Impact
Bronwyn Lea

There are men in our communities who are predators and pedophiles. But not all men are like that. You are not like that. So I'm asking you: will you please be our protectors? Would you be a voice of conscience to the men around you?

Why Bernie Sanders Is Winning the Hearts and Minds of America

Tom Weis | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Tom Weis

If you've watched the Democratic debates (I feel your pain if you've suffered through the rancor of the Republican ones), you've probably noticed something else about Bernie Sanders: he's tough, but he's not a gutter fighter.

Helping NGOs Improve Impact Assessments?

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 01.28.2016 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

In the development sector, giving a clear, quantifiable picture of a program's impact helps beneficiaries and funders ensure that grant money reaches its target, and it also assists foundations, governments, and NGOs in making better funding choices.

'Help Us, Even Though Exide is Closed I'm Still Sick'

Hilda L. Solis | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Hilda L. Solis

In a powerful, solemn voice, Anthony Gutierrez appealed directly to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for help. "Even though Exide is clos...

#AtheismSoWhite: Atheists of Color Rock Social Justice

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 01.26.2016 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

Back in the day, supergroups ruled rock's largely white, largely male landscape. Megaliths like my boys Cream, Blind Faith and Crosby, Stills, Nash a...

Challenging the Impossibility of Coexistence

Paul G. Kist | Posted 01.26.2016 | Religion
Paul G. Kist

While we would maintain our goal of helping persecuted minorities in the Middle East, we decided to open up our doors and invite artists and collaborators from all backgrounds, faiths, and ethnicities to participate in the making of this record.

Hip-Hop: A Child Of The Civil Rights Movement

Taymullah Abdur-Rahman | Posted 01.26.2016 | Black Voices
Taymullah Abdur-Rahman

If we don't start to use our voice, the voice of Hip-Hop, the child of Civil Rights to push mass incarceration reform, police community-sensitivity training, economic equity and equal educational opportunities, then we'll be shucking and jiving all the way back to Jim Crow.

It's Okay If You Don't Love College

Rachel Drucker | Posted 01.26.2016 | College
Rachel Drucker

Let's stop pretending that college is ever a four year walk in the park. I'm not suggesting that all of you have to be as dissatisfied with your college as I am, but I think we could all benefit from a bit more honesty about the ups and downs of every college experience.

Making Murderers

Jason Flom | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Jason Flom

The public outrage that has resulted from shows like Making a Murderer will be remembered as the tipping point when we finally decided to take seriously the need to fix the system. Change will only happen when we demand it. How many more innocent lives will be ruined before we do?

Tunisia's Unfinished Revolution

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

Few would dispute the significant advances Tunisians have made towards democratization since escaping Ben Ali's dictatorship in 2011. But these accomplishments have remained elitist matters, viewed with apathy by the wider population.

2016 Should Mark the End of the 'Ally'

Sumaia Masoom | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Sumaia Masoom

Verbalizing support for a cause is a beautiful thing, but one of the biggest problems with calling ourselves "allies" is that too often, we use it as a means of ridding ourselves of any guilt we may be feeling for unintended complicity in the oppression of those we love.

Being Tough, Doing Wrong: The Shame of Mass Incarceration

Kermit Roosevelt | Posted 01.23.2016 | Politics
Kermit Roosevelt

Why does the United States incarcerate a higher percentage of its citizens than any other country in the world?

What Whiteness History Month Is Already Teaching Us

Simon Tam | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Simon Tam

In Portland, Oregon, a brave community college launched a new project that "seeks to inspire innovative and practical solutions to community issues an...

Snow Storms and Social Justice

Patrick Vaughn | Posted 01.22.2016 | Religion
Patrick Vaughn

This weekend is delightfully disruptive. The storm interferes with our plans, delays travel and cancels meetings. Therein lies the disruption, and oddly enough, therein also lies a surprising word of hope.

Send Dominic Ongwen of the Lords Resistance Army Home for Real Justice

Travis Rejman | Posted 01.22.2016 | World
Travis Rejman

Major General Ongwen was a notoriously brutal top commander who spent his entire adult life in the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) which terrorized communities in Northern Uganda, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.

"My Dad Doesn't Like Black People": Explaining Racism to Young Children

Natalie Flores | Posted 01.21.2016 | Education
Natalie Flores

As adults, it is essential that we listen to the questions and concepts children bring up and explore the experiences they have had around racism.