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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...

Fighting our Goliaths

Rabbi Will Berkovitz | Posted 07.02.2015 | Impact
Rabbi Will Berkovitz

Our task in the world is to help the vulnerable in our community find their release and their radiance. To help them realize they have a value much greater than the sum of a series of terrible experiences.

Onward for All of Us: Thoughts on Independence Day

Kathy Stevens | Posted 07.02.2015 | Impact
Kathy Stevens

On Independence Day, I invite you to consider whether all beings--not just humans, dogs, and cats--are entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and to join the legions who have chosen to align their lifestyles with their beliefs. All you have to do is go vegan.

"The Fierce Urgency of Now" Why Social Justice Must be Teachers' Mission

Daniel Katz | Posted 07.01.2015 | Education
Daniel Katz

The martyrs in Charleston -- The Honorable Clementa Pickney, 41, Tywanza Sanders, 26, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45, Cynthia Hurd, 54, DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49, Ethel Lee Lance, 70, Susie Jackson, 87, Myra Thompson, 59, and Reverend Daniel Lee Simmons, Sr., 74 -- deserve our resolve and our dedication to social justice.

When We Fully Claim Black Lives Matter, We Move Closer to All Lives Matter

John A. Powell | Posted 07.01.2015 | Black Voices
John A. Powell

All lives should matter but in this America, we are constantly reminded that blacks lives have not mattered as much as whites lives. And by proclaiming our target of fully embracing that black lives matter, we come closer to our aspirations of a society where all lives matter.

Dear Progressive Philippines

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
Bino A. Realuyo

If all people of Filipino descent were honest with ourselves, it would be safe to say that we live for contradictions. While Filipinos enjoy their hard fought independence, we also willingly submit to oppressive powers.

It's Not That I'm Against Marriage Equality

Pat Cordova-Goff | Posted 06.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Pat Cordova-Goff

It's not that I am against marriage equality, but as an 18-year-old non-binary low-income transwomyn of color (who is single because college is my current boyfriend), my right to walk down the aisle is no where near my list of priorities.

What the SCOTUS Decision Looked Like For a SWHF

Amanda Glassman | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Amanda Glassman

What did the SCOTUS decision look like to me: A Suburban, White, Heterosexual Female? Must we wait until an issue hits us directly on the head to react to it, or to feel as if we are worthy of identifying with it?

'God Will Give Me Justice'

Maggie Sergio | Posted 07.01.2015 | Green
Maggie Sergio

While I don't have all the answers on how to fix our broken system, or heal those impacted, I can continue researching and sharing the experiences of people, families and communities that have been adversely affected by pesticides.

You Can Put Your Rings on It, but Haters Gonna Hate

Michael Solis | Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Solis

Wedding bells will chime, brides will kiss brides, grooms will kiss grooms, rainbows will light the skies of all fifty states, and all will live happily ever after. If it could only be so easy.

The Problem with 'Good' White Folks

Maja Tosic | Posted 06.26.2015 | College
Maja Tosic

The workings of our society allow white people to walk through life and be accompanied by an image of good. They do not have to confront the idea that they are racist. They do not have to work towards being seen as good.

Downtown

Lorri Horn | Posted 06.26.2015 | Los Angeles
Lorri Horn

Petula Clark was never trying to get there Summer 2015, Los Angeles. We're going Downtown! to see one of the most beautiful public libraries in the world, I told my son.

Removing Confederate Flags Must Be the Beginning, Not the End

Terry Newell | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

As much as the flag's removal will honor the sacrifice of those murdered in Charleston, they deserve more.

What the Liberal Arts Did for Me

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 06.25.2015 | College
Victor M. Feraru

Several years ago, driving down Friendly Avenue, in Greensboro, North Carolina, my mother pointed to Guilford College and said, "You will go there." H...

A New Monasticism for Our Times, Part 2: Inspiring Transformation in the Heart of Radical Change

Rory McEntee | Posted 06.25.2015 | Religion
Rory McEntee

This sense of the sacred is not something that needs to be defined for you, by dogmas or beliefs or teachings, but rather is that which resides deepest in your own heart, in your own being, in your own experience of Life.

High School Graduation , Prize Day and Huck Finn

Wayne Meisel | Posted 06.24.2015 | Education
Wayne Meisel

It did not start out as a memorable day. As usual, my parents forced me to an event, in this case a graduation at Lawrenceville School for my first cousin. The event was held outside, and I can still see the space to the left of the stage where I played.

Black Fraternities (and Sororities) as Social Justice Organizations: A Model and a Vision

Gregory S. Parks | Posted 06.24.2015 | Black Voices
Gregory S. Parks

This is an opportunity for fraternities to not only reclaim some past glory but also, and more importantly, a chance to reinvigorate its membership and play an impactful role in advancing African American civil rights.

How Education Can Be a Force for Good

Daniel Goleman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Education
Daniel Goleman

The Dalai Lama had come to John Oliver High School for an in-person session on Educating Hearts and Minds. Several hundred students were packed into the school gym for the event, which was live-streamed as well to thirty-three thousand others across the province.

White Feminists: Please Stop Using the Race Card

Ravishly | Posted 06.19.2015 | Black Voices
Ravishly

Mainstream feminism has a real problem with race. From Tina Fey to Patricia Arquette, we see even the most famous feminists disenfranchise women of color with harmful statements and actions. Feminism must be intersectional if we want it to truly help all women.

I Am My Brother's Keeper

Max Skolnik | Posted 06.18.2015 | Impact
Max Skolnik

I've told this story before but it bears repeating, especially in these trying times. For many years, I ran youth programs in the District of Columbia. I worked with hundreds, maybe thousands, of young people all over the city. Still, I keep coming back to the experiences of two kids.

Classroom Aesthetics: Not the "Art of Teaching" - Teaching As Art

Rick Ayers | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Rick Ayers

Sometimes the magic and beauty of the classroom, the soaring beyond simple skills and content, happens in the most unexpected ways. At these moments, we are experiencing a kind of performance art in the classroom.

Dolezal's Devastating Deception

Murali Balaji | Posted 06.18.2015 | Black Voices
Murali Balaji

Dolezal dramatically undercut attempts to form multiracial coalitions to solve these problems. Instead, creating a false biography, as if she had just combined bits and pieces from a Sherman Alexie novel and a Tyler Perry play, she has served to uphold a false narrative that racial and ethnic identities can be assumed by anyone.

On Alternative Ways of Living Sustainably: Lessons From Solidarity & Social Economy in Madrid

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green
Gaia Paradiso

The majority of times we think we are not free to think of the world as a unity of people all working towards human development, evolution and res-publica, which- as the Greeks taught us- means contributing to the development of the society's state of the art.

A New Monasticism for Our Times, Part 1: The Spirit Behind a Radical Movement for Change

Rory McEntee | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Rory McEntee

The spirit that lies behind my work comes from a deep longing to harness our contemplative wisdom for a new age, helping those who long to cultivate their own gifts and graces to serve our human family in the greatest way possible.

Why Hundreds of Animal Rights Advocates Just Celebrated LA Pride

Nathan Runkle | Posted 06.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Runkle

Sunday, June 14 marked the 45th anniversary of LA Pride, the largest LGBT celebration in Southern California. The event's iconic parade is one of the most inclusive in Los Angeles, bringing lesbian, gay, bisexual, straight, transgender, and cisgender people from across the state to march for freedom and acceptance for all.