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Check Out the Emerging Coalition Unifying Black Lives Matter, LGBT Equality, and the Fight for a Living Wage

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Three of the progressive movements that are most active right now are Black Lives Matter, the push for LGBT rights, and the push for a minimum/living wage. Each of these movements is powerful on its own. Working together, they can achieve much more. And they are coming together.

Searching for Equality in Indiana and Beyond

John A. Powell | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
John A. Powell

It is especially troubling when the state effectively sanctions private discrimination, placing its weight and imprimatur behind the beliefs of a few to exclude and marginalize. The state is a public entity, entrusted to create and foster space where all members are cared for.

8 Ways to Make College More Accessible to Low-Income Students

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey | Posted 06.08.2015 | College
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

Amidst our platitudes and promises of equity and justice, there are some pretty clear-cut reasons why low-income students are dropping out, failing out, or never even starting college.

Here's How Anti-Vaxxers Actually Sound

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living

Sorry anti-vaxxers, but this video just made your argument sound a lot more ridiculous. Put together by Alex Hluch of sketch comedy group Girl Pan...

You Can't Measure This

Michael Elliot | Posted 06.07.2015 | Education
Michael Elliot

What matters is that the best teachers care. They inspire. They forge relationships that acknowledge that children are complex beings; they see and address students' needs and possibilities.

Should I Have Gone to Bard?

Leah Susman | Posted 06.05.2015 | College
Leah Susman

While I am not planning on transferring to Bard anytime soon, I hope our university will return to its commitment to dialogue and diversity of opinion, and finally restore the Brandeis University-Al-Quds University partnership.

Criminal Justice - There's an App for That

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 05.30.2015 | Crime
Brandon L. Greene

The promise of a second impression is to simplify the job search for people with records and to leverage consumer power to either support progressive employers or put pressure on employers who fail to adopt more progressive hiring policies.

Race in America - Word and Deed

Rick Ayers | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Rick Ayers

To get beyond the headlines and the squirming of the exposed ones, there are two important things to consider. First, please, let's give at least some attention to the actual operation of racial oppression, something that goes beyond words.

10 Tips for Creating Inclusive Religious Organizations

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 05.26.2015 | Religion
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

We are a stronger country when religious organizations of all faiths live up to our values--when we are welcoming, diverse, moral, and respect one another.

Reaching the Finish Line

Cornell William Brooks | Posted 05.25.2015 | Black Voices
Cornell William Brooks

In our everyday fights to silence the racist chants of misguided college students and stifle overaggressive police who racially profile black children, we must reach the finish line. The next generation should never have to question whether their lives matter.

U.S. Police Officers Kill Primarily Because They Are Attacked, Not To Disrupt Crime

Alev Dudek | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Alev Dudek

Police officers in the U.S.A. are not better or worse than in Germany or Great Britain. What determines the conduct of an average police officer is the political and organizational climate in which they operate.

Top 5 Reasons to Celebrate Obamacare's 5th Anniversary

Sanjeev K. Sriram | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Sanjeev K. Sriram

Health care is a human right and fundamental for a moral society. The ACA and its many provisions are important steps on our journey to health justice, a path that requires all of us (healthcare providers, elected officials, public health experts, and "ordinary" people) to do our part for our fellow Americans.

Has the Disability Rights Movement Stagnated?

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Sarah Blahovec

Why don't disability issues generate mainstream attention? There could be a number of factors that contribute to its lack of momentum. First, there may be a greater perception that people with disabilities are less productive and able.

The Meaning of Life (the Real One, not Monty Python)

Peter Samuelson | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Peter Samuelson

isn't one of the defining features of an alert life in its third and terminal act, surely to look back, look forward, and to ask what this is all for? I have, and I continue to do so.x

In a City of 'Good People,' How Can 'Selma' Happen?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

We often portray life within these moralistic extremes -- good people versus bad people, instead of people who do good things or people who do bad things.

Against the Backdrop of Selma, Another Injustice in America: Deporting Adoptees

Adam Pertman | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
Adam Pertman

The last time I wrote about this issue, about the deportation of adopted people who were born in other countries after committing crimes in the U.S., was over two years ago. I said then, and I repeat in light of this new case today, that criminals should absolutely be punished -- but sending them to a place where they know no one and don't speak the native language is simply appalling.

McFarland Shows a Sprint, but the Real Race Is a Marathon

Robert Ross | Posted 05.10.2015 | Impact
Robert Ross

The film, based on a true story, follows a teacher in California's Central Valley who decides to start the high school's first boys cross country team and encounters many unexpected challenges and successes along the way.

Angle of View: History in Sharp Focus

Ken Gonzales-Day | Posted 05.05.2015 | Arts
Ken Gonzales-Day

Our memories sometimes work against us. Recollections of dates, times, and names fade with each passing moment. Erasing painful images or pretending oppression does not exist will not eradicate social injustice.

You Go, Gurl!: How LGBTQ Literacies Create Social Justice in the Classrooms and Beyond

Michael Carosone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Carosone

I do not believe in keeping information within the confines of academia. (What is the purpose of knowledge if it only remains within the ivory tower and tiny bubble that is the university?)

If a Tree Falls in the Forest... Remembering Rev. Malcolm Boyd

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

The Rev. Malcolm Boyd died last week at the age of 91. Accolades began popping up, but many do not know how Boyd shaped a generation of seekers in the 1960s to understand that unless Christianity was about justice and inclusion, it was just blowing smoke.

The Case for Restorative Justice

Nancy Michaels | Posted 05.03.2015 | Education
Nancy Michaels

Restorative justice has the capacity to empower those who have not been empowered in the past. Individuals and communities begin to act collectively, which is necessary in order to challenge the punitive structures that keep our young black and brown boys from succeeding.

Black Equality Doesn't End in February

Carmen Berkley | Posted 05.02.2015 | Black Voices
Carmen Berkley

Black History Month is more than just acknowledgement in a newspaper or a special program at the kids' school. It's an opportunity to reflect on how far Black people in the United States have come in their struggle for justice and equal rights.

20 Years of craigslist: A Reflection by an Old-School Nerd

Craig Newmark | Posted 04.28.2015 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Every day I'm reminded that we help people put food on the table and get a job and a place to live. Maybe we have changed the world, seriously. Sure, this isn't the usual approach in Silicon Valley or anywhere else, but I'm a nerd, and a nerd's gotta do what a nerd's gotta do.

Faces From Ferguson: Ashley 'Brown Blaze' Yates

Maytha Alhassen | Posted 04.27.2015 | Black Voices
Maytha Alhassen

In the basement of St. Louis' Saint John's United Church of Christ at the end of the Labor Day weekend, Yates recounted almost a month's worth of harrowing encounters with a militarized police force to a room of Black Lives Matter freedom riders. She woefully explained that as the days bled into one another, she began "marking days by police tactics."

Black Christian Leaders Changing the World (Part 3 of 3)

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

While we shouldn't wait until February to celebrate Black leaders, Black History Month gives us an opportunity to recognize how we fall short the rest of the year (and take steps towards correcting it). These leaders are each changing the face of global Christianity, and it has been a real privilege knowing them.