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A New Generation Of Evangelical Women Hold A Conference Unlike Any Other

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 02.13.2014 | Religion

AUSTIN, Texas (RNS) If past conferences such as Women of Faith drew thousands of evangelical women to indoor stadiums for devotional Bible study, a n...

Still We Rise: Recovering the Grassroots Impetus of the NAACP Post-1965

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 04.13.2014 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

As we commemorate our 105th anniversary on February 12, I am hopeful that we as an organization can rise and soar to new possibilities. With the help of the Lord, still we rise.

Will Feminists Innovate Out of the Ashes?

Aspen Baker | Posted 04.12.2014 | Impact
Aspen Baker

While the pain and hurt that many feminists have experienced as a result of our online interactions with each other is quite real, I hope it is not the end of our story.

A Force to Be Reckoned With

K. Sujata | Posted 04.08.2014 | Chicago
K. Sujata

In 2012, nearly half of the elderly population (adults 65+) in the United States were considered to be "economically vulnerable."

An Unforgettable Glimpse Into Pete Seeger's Genius

Henry Miller | Posted 04.06.2014 | Arts
Henry Miller

When Pete Seeger died at the age of 94 last week, he left three extraordinary legacies: all of them world-class. One was of music -- building audiences for folk music and making his own remarkable contributions to it.

The Opportunity Ladder and Social Justice

Michael Brenner | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The opportunity project proved to be a far cry from the promised war on inequality. Tepid and tentative best describe it. Mr. Obama's calling off the war before the first shot was fired carries a blunt lesson. America today is a plutocracy.

Pete Seeger: His Public Face Was His Private Face

Michael Wenger | Posted 04.02.2014 | Celebrity
Michael Wenger

I actually only encountered him personally one time. That one time cemented my admiration for him for all time. Let me tell you what happened, how the Pete Seeger we saw in public demonstrated that he was the same man in private.

Sun Dancing on Snow: Shining a Bright Light on Social Justice

Peter Samuelson | Posted 04.02.2014 | Entertainment
Peter Samuelson

Young filmmakers and their audiences are leading the march to a better world. An unstoppable wave of social justice is coming, long-overdue but now spread through the robust digital anthill of the millennial Web. Its films engender empathy that moves hearts and opens minds.

FACE IT: Pete Seeger on My Mind

Michele Willens | Posted 03.30.2014 | Fifty
Michele Willens

Today, everyone will be writing their obits and playing "Turn Turn Turn," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "If I Had a Hammer" in memory of the great and now late Pete Seeger.

Justice Department's Anti-Smoking Efforts Exclude Black Media

Daisy M. Jenkins, Esq. | Posted 03.29.2014 | Black Voices
Daisy M. Jenkins, Esq.

My cousin won't get the chance to tell his story but the U.S. Department of Justice, Kids Free Action Fund and the four major tobacco companies have the opportunity to make sure his message is heard.

"I Want to Follow Your Footsteps," -- Schools and Social Capital

Andrew Frishman | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Andrew Frishman

I open my mailbox and find an envelope addressed to my wife, handwritten in an almost illegible scrawl: Dear Dr. Leigh Needleman, I am very intere...

Intersections: Progressive and LGBT Advocacy

Dana Beyer | Posted 03.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

I want my children to live in a progressive America. When I was my sons' age, my hope for a progressive nation was dashed when the Reagan "revolution" set in. I want them to have the future of which I dreamed, and I can sense that we are on the verge of a new progressive era.

Honoring Dr. King the Man, Not the Icon

Paul Schmitz | Posted 03.22.2014 | Impact
Paul Schmitz

When we remember Dr. King only by his greatest victories and quotations, we do a disservice to him and ourselves. The iconic King teaches us incomplete lessons about leadership and the struggle for social change that can only be completed by understanding the true, three-dimensional man.

M.L.K.'s Housing Legacy

Terri Ludwig | Posted 03.19.2014 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

On a sunny July day in 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. took the stage at Chicago's Soldier Field before a crowd of 35,000 supporters. Building off m...

It's Time for Progressive Christians to Take a Stand for Marriage Equality

Derek Penwell | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

We liberal religious folks have too often ceded the cultural playing field to fundamentalist activists, who've organized themselves for the purposes of advocacy. It's time for progressive Christians to stand up and let their voices be heard.

Punching Holes in the Darkness

Rabbi Will Berkovitz | Posted 03.15.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Will Berkovitz

We all have torches we carry -- some to help us see and others to help us be seen. Despite the fact that our cities produce so much light that the heavens are obscured nightly, far too many of us suffer alone in darkness.

Bringing Urban Infrastructure to Communities On the Margins

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Informal settlements are especially underserved when it comes to infrastructure, and they often lack recognition from the government as well as the means to access necessities like clean water or healthcare.

What Motivates People of Faith to Serve Thy Neighbor? Studies Find Prayer, Beliefs, Social Ties All Matter

David Briggs | Posted 03.11.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Increased belief and attendance were both associated with greater service to others in a new study examining religion and volunteering throughout adulthood based on four waves of the Americans' Changing Lives study.

Do You Earn a Living Wage?

Abhi Nangia | Posted 03.09.2014 | Impact
Abhi Nangia

A toast is in order. A toast to everyone fortunate enough to earn a living wage. Here's a toast to complacency. Yes, complacency. Why am I writin...

Judy Wicks Threatens to Give Business a Good Name

John Locke Goss | Posted 03.08.2014 | Business
John Locke Goss

I was recently invited into the cozy Philadelphia row home of one of the great entrepreneurial minds and hearts of my generation. By almost any measur...

A Do-Gooder's Dilemma

Diana Mao | Posted 03.02.2014 | Religion
Diana Mao

As we enter the New Year, it is important to take a step back and ask the question of why as opposed to what. So many times we get asked what do you do, who do you work for?

Journey to Rising

V-Day | Posted 03.02.2014 | World
V-Day

I saw, like a picture, every step of our 13-year journey in their fierceness, in their courage, in their generosity and love of our women and our country -- as well as in their joy and insistence on hope.

Where Do You Stand? Where Do We Fall?

Joanna Perry-Folino | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Joanna Perry-Folino

Mike McCarthy, political commentator and a friend of mine on Facebook, wrote this a few days ago: By mid century the society of this country will b...

New Year Reflections: The Character of the Task Before Us

David Coates | Posted 03.01.2014 | Politics
David Coates

The task before us in 2014 is nothing less than to find a route back to generalized prosperity amid the wreckage left in place by the collapse of the Reagan growth model and the rise of the globalized economy. The debate now underway about the relationship between full employment and income inequality is vital because progressives have to find -- and find quickly -- a set of economic policies that can credibly refute the sustained attempt by the GOP to take us back to the future. From conservative circles, we now face a coordinated campaign to intensify income inequality, to erode the welfare safety net, to undermine public services and to weaken still further already weak labor unions. For moral as well as for economic reasons, progressives have to challenge this conservative renaissance by developing a political program that explicitly and proudly combines job creation and inequality reduction, one that insists on greater income equality as the route to full employment.

From Charity to Justice to Love: My Professional Odyssey

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 02.28.2014 | Impact
Jessica R. Dreistadt

True connection, dialogue, and understanding are missing from both the charity and justice prototypes. Both models are based on judgment, prescription, and dominance. Both assume that there is one right answer -- an illusory perfection that none of us can truly claim to exemplify.