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Project Educates, Empowers Defendants To Get Fair Shot In Imperfect Justice System

New York Times | DAVID BORNSTEIN | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact

If a member of your family was arrested, would you know how to help? Would you know what to look for in a police report? Or guide your relative about ...

It's About Power, Not Food: The True Causes of World Hunger

Joel Berg | Posted 05.27.2016 | Impact
Joel Berg

India exports about 270 pounds of food per year for every hungry Indian and 186 pounds of food per year for every Indian in poverty. Why is this allowed? It is allowed because successive governments of India placed a higher priority on earning large sums of money for agribusinesses and exporters than on feeding the nation's own hungry populace.

5 Steps to Understanding Racial Bias

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 05.27.2016 | Impact
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Whether in business or personal life, racial bias separates people from their possibilities, organizations from the causes of equality and justice, and society from the benefits of true inclusion. It is incumbent upon each of us to eliminate racial bias where we find it.

Educating Our Children for the Common Good

Rick Ayers | Posted 05.25.2016 | Education
Rick Ayers

Joel Westheimer, professor of education at the University of Ottawa and education commentator for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, unpacks important insights on schools and what happens in classrooms on a daily basis.

4 Lessons from Luis Lang's Lost Eyesight

Sanjeev K. Sriram | Posted 05.22.2016 | Politics
Sanjeev K. Sriram

Mr. Lang's story has gone viral in the world of health news because it takes place in a state where politicians punish people for being flawed and vulnerable -- in other words, for being people.

Welcome to the Class of 2015 -- We Need You

Daniel Katz | Posted 05.22.2016 | Education
Daniel Katz

There are many forces trying to fragment teachers from working together for their students' true interests. We need young teachers to stand together.

We Shall Overcome By Finding Meaning

Reiner Lomb | Posted 05.20.2016 | Fifty
Reiner Lomb

I felt ashamed for having tried to take God away from my father, the very reason that gave him the will to survive the most hopeless circumstances. This was one of the most important lessons I had ever received in my life.

How Do They Matter?

Marty Favor | Posted 05.19.2016 | Black Voices
Marty Favor

If it's lives that matter, what is the effect of repeatedly viewing death? For my own part, it has gotten to the point where I can no longer watch. When upcoming "new video" is teased as news, I have to turn away from the spectacle of trauma that feeds the news machine and the produces the distilled outrage of social media.

Crossing the Globe in Search of Authentic ​Evangelicalism

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.15.2016 | Religion
Jim Wallis

How refreshing it was to be in the presence of leaders of faith -- heads of these huge churches that represent millions -- who are more interested in the needs of the poor and the call of Christ than in being "conformed to this world" and its shallow interests or reducing gospel concerns to a few hot-button social and sexual issues.

We Can Be Better Than the Audacity of Small Hopes

Arthur Camins | Posted 05.14.2016 | Education
Arthur Camins

There were times when our dreams were big. They can be again. The times demand it. A look back at what values and actions have broadened access to a decent life for all can illuminate a path toward greater equity in the future.

Piketty, Stiglitz and Our Renewed Interest in Inequality

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics
Marcelo Giugale

The study of inequality has been going on forever. To give you an idea, the index used to measure how unequal the distribution of income is -- the "Gini Coefficient" -- was invented a century ago. So, why the sudden interest? Why worry now about something that has been the fodder of academics, politicians, and the media for so long?

BIG: Buy Local, Invest and Hire Local, Give Local

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 05.07.2016 | Politics
Henry A. J. Ramos

Late last year, working with an impressive array of more than twenty institutional partners, the Insight Center for Community Economic Development launched an important new initiative.

I Dream America

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 05.08.2016 | Black Voices
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

If I could remake America, I wouldn't add a thing. She's got it all. Instead, I'd take away some things.

Why Latinos Should Speak Up for Black Lives

Alberto Retana | Posted 05.07.2016 | Latino Voices
Alberto Retana

It's time that we, as Latinos, boldly speak out in support of justice. If we are to truly deal with racism in America impacting Latinos, we need to understand what is happening right now with Black America.

Christians and Baltimore: We Need A Different Framework For Understanding Evil

Crystal Lewis | Posted 05.06.2016 | Religion
Crystal Lewis

I worry that Christian faith communities may be missing an opportunity to talk about problems that embed and replicate themselves at the systemic level--problems such as racism and failed measures to ensure police accountability.

Riots and Resilience in Baltimore and Beyond

Denise Fairchild | Posted 05.06.2016 | Green
Denise Fairchild

Resilience is a word we hear a lot lately, most often applied to communities devastated by the weather-related disasters which have become increasingly common in the era of climate change. It also applies to cities, like Baltimore, that are reeling from civic unrest.

Heroes, Antiheroes and Our Obsession With Both

Sarah Illingworth | Posted 05.03.2016 | Impact
Sarah Illingworth

The above image features 30 people I consider antiheroes, for the fact they have chosen to challenge norms and live differently. We created the image in collaboration with designer James Evans, as part of an Instagram campaign for the site I edit, Impolitikal.com.

The Anatomy of a Riot

Chris Peak | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Chris Peak

What would be accurate is to suggest that the "thugs" are those who have been in charge of the city of Baltimore for the past four decades, who by all accounts, haven't done a thing to improve their city since the riots of '68 happened following the death of Martin Luther King Jr.

Keeping 'Us' Safe in Baltimore

Amy Bhatt | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Amy Bhatt

Despite feeling a marginal impact from the protests, I've been reading and hearing people in my neighborhood (and others like mine) asserting that "we need to take back our city" or work "to make Baltimore safe again." It's clear who "we" are in these statements.

The Great Equalizer 2.0

Dan Truong | Posted 06.27.2015 | Media
Dan Truong

The Internet, or more accurately, the Web 2.0 version of it, has been hailed as the "Great Equalizer," a title that public education once held. On the Internet, voices from all different ethnic, cultural, and economic backgrounds can come together.

#Justice4Tamir

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 06.28.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

To put it bluntly, Tamir did not receive adequate opportunity to process that he was the target of the police stop, much less respond to what has been portrayed in the media as a "verbal warning" given to him by the responding police officers.

Suggestions to High-School Students for Reading Shakespeare -- Part 5

Frank Breslin | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

As impressed as we may be when reading Shakespeare, we shouldn't think that we've plumbed the depths of his meaning. As we mature, our understanding of his plays will deepen, as time and heartache teach us more about life than we may care to discover.

Celebrating National Poetry Month 2015

Michael Carosone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Carosone

For National Poetry Month 2015, here is one of my poems: "My Laundromat"//I will buy a Laundromat//so that//I can take the perfectly blue and green//rounded sphere which we call planet Earth// and give it a very needed cleaning.

It's Time to Queer Our Taxes

Meghan Maury | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Meghan Maury

While more states are recognizing same-sex couples' right to marry, there is still an enormous amount of work to be done to secure social justice for all. Ensuring that our families are recognized by the federal tax code is a queer issue. Updating our tax code must remain a key component of advancing freedom, equality, and justice for LGBTQ people.

Building Your Own Castle

Graham Milne | Posted 06.14.2015 | Books
Graham Milne

Writing, like any profession, is a road forked with unexpected turns and sudden drops and stops. On occasion, when you reach what you expect is the successful end, you discover abruptly that the princess is in another castle.