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This Brazilian Street Artist Is Using Art to Inspire São Paulo

Stephen Grant | Posted 08.28.2015 | Arts
Stephen Grant

Chances are you have passed by one of Eduardo Kobra's street art murals. His kaleidoscope style images have transformed city walls and sidewalks across the globe into colorful sights that pay homage to some of the world's most influential figures like Martin Luther King Jr. and Dalai Lama.

Why Social Conditions Matter to the Pope

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 08.28.2015 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

In his statements and actions, Pope Francis reveals a commitment to emulate the earthly ministry of Jesus. This is particularly clear in the Pope's focus not only on the condition of humanity's inner selves, but even more so on the conditions in which so much of humanity lives.

Nonprofits: Equity Must Begin Within

Paul Schmitz | Posted 08.27.2015 | Impact
Paul Schmitz

Equity recognizes that we don't all start at the same place. It recognizes that persistent disparities will not be solved without targeting certain opportunities and supports to individuals who start further behind or face additional barriers.

The Feeling of Justice: The 2015 Dignity March for Mental Health

Ginger Lerner-Wren | Posted 08.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Ginger Lerner-Wren

Returning from the inaugural Destination Dignity March for Mental Health and Change, I sat on the flight from Washington D.C. to Fort Lauderdale refle...

Who's the "Mentally Ill, Homeless Man" Down the Street?

Matt Hartman | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Matt Hartman

The next time you see someone rambling on the street or asking for money, put yourself in their position. We need to imagine lacking a family, lacking food and lacking simple roofs over our heads. Maybe then, we'll understand and begin showing compassion.

6 Steps to Deleting the 'R' Word

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

The next time you see a middle-schooler or even a peer use derogatory terms, make faces or inappropriate impressions or gestures related to disability, take that opportunity to talk about it. It all starts with a conversation. A conversation many won't have, unless you bring it up.

There Is a Ferguson Near You

Leah Gunning Francis | Posted 08.25.2015 | Religion
Leah Gunning Francis

I interviewed more than two-dozen clergy and young activists that helped fuel the movement for racial justice in Ferguson, and listened to their stories about what and why they did what they did.

Paying Your Rent in Full: A Call to Servant Leadership

Dr. Artika R. Tyner | Posted 08.24.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Like many aspiring lawyers, I decided to attend law school because I wanted to make a difference in the world. I was committed to eliminating child poverty, supporting education programs, ending mass incarceration and this was only the beginning of my to-do list. Law school provided me with the advocacy tools to take a stand for justice.

Civic Engagement and Our Responsibility in Higher Education

Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D. | Posted 08.21.2015 | College
Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D.

For public two-year college presidents, who serve nearly 1,400 communities, it is our moral responsibility to provide fearless leadership. We welcome the most vulnerable members of our communities.

The Unbearable Lightness of Non-Profit Propaganda

Daniela Kon | Posted 08.20.2015 | Impact
Daniela Kon

I became brutally mindful of the BS that clogs up the social change industry, specifically about the lies that we, as content creators, producers, and filmmakers are communicating to the public about the "glorious impacts" that foundations and non-profits have on impoverished communities.

What Prison, Poetry, And A Redhead Have In Common

Susan Sobel | Posted 08.20.2015 | Impact
Susan Sobel

What do you say to a young girl in juvenile detention when she tells you she cannot eat the Cheetos you offered because her "daddy" wants her skinny, so she can keep making him money?

The Jesus We Love

Richard Stearns | Posted 08.19.2015 | Religion
Richard Stearns

I find there is a Jesus who everybody loves, the Jesus who modeled what it means to show compassion to the stranger, care for the widow, bind up the wounds of the hurting, and heal the sick. This Jesus continues to attract admirers and followers.

What If We Are Not All Created Equal?

Cody Cain | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics
Cody Cain

One little detail in the fine print is that even though you can be anything you wish to be, in order to actually achieve it, you must compete against and beat out everyone else in the world who is also vying for that very same position. And of course only one person will win, and everyone else will lose.

Leaders as Entrepreneurs: The Power of Creating Change

Dr. Artika R. Tyner | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Leaders have the power and influence to address some of the most pressing social justice issues of our time. The exercise of this power begins with entrepreneurship since it serves as an indispensable tool for advancing social change.

Stand With the Real Coachella

Daniel Hamidi | Posted 08.18.2015 | Impact
Daniel Hamidi

Every year, thousands flock to the Coachella Valley for its iconic Music and Arts Festival. Just a short twelve-minute drive southeast of the festival location lies a different Coachella -- one not nearly as glamorous. It's actually quite the opposite: filthy, decaying and in need of your help.

Summer Reading List: The Top 6 Books on Leadership for Social Justice

Dr. Artika R. Tyner | Posted 08.17.2015 | Books
Dr. Artika R. Tyner

A study of leadership serves as your "leadership compass," an indispensable navigational tool. This compass will aid you in developing your leadership skills and creating a vision for the future of social change.

Summer Movie List: Top 10 Movies on Leadership

Dr. Artika R. Tyner | Posted 08.17.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Artika R. Tyner

As you watch these movies, you will also learn about different types of leadership, explore problem solving strategies, reflect upon your leadership style and gain new insights on how to lead effectively.

China's Anger Management Problem

Lara Farrar | Posted 08.17.2015 | World
Lara Farrar

The tension is tangible and contagious. Personally, I have had outbursts of rage here that have never happened outside of Chinese borders. Towards taxi drivers. Landlords. Cashiers. When the tension passes, I stop and wonder where it came from.

A Conversation With Craig Kielburger

Jade Greear | Posted 08.14.2015 | Education
Jade Greear

Imagine a world where every young person felt a deep sense of ownership and empowerment over social, political, environmental and economic issues from gender equality to poverty.

What if the Parenting Study on Happiness Was About Compassion Instead?

Katey Zeh | Posted 08.14.2015 | Parents
Katey Zeh

Maybe becoming a parent has made me less happy, at least in the short-term. But I also know that it's made me more compassionate and more committed to advocate for women and families.

Taxing the Rich Was a Pillar of Our Modern Society

Cody Cain | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics
Cody Cain

So here we are today, plagued by severe income inequality throughout our society. But it wasn't always like this. In fact, for just about our entire modern history, our society required the wealthy to contribute their fair share of taxes.

I Am Not Sandra Bland

Pegah Maleki | Posted 08.12.2015 | Women
Pegah Maleki

I may never be a victim of pointed racial violence like Sandra Bland, but if we as a country had risen to the occasion and recognized when other black women, men, and children were being murdered, perhaps she wouldn't have been either.

The Race/War

Christian Gabriel | Posted 08.11.2015 | Black Voices
Christian Gabriel

Non-white people uphold and participate and support racism every day simply by existing, but they will never experience the privilege of whiteness existing in a system designed to keep white peoples on top.

Quiet Policy Victories Spell Big Wins for Athletics

Ashland Johnson | Posted 08.11.2015 | Sports
Ashland Johnson

It's up to advocates to create the right legal and policy environments for those athletes, coaches, and fans to live their lives openly. And two recent civil rights developments have the potential to do that.

We Need Criminal and Civil Justice Reform

Carla DiMare | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
Carla DiMare

President Obama recently highlighted the need for criminal justice reform which complements the bipartisan effort to reform our criminal justice system. However, reforming only the criminal justice system falls short of what is needed.