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'Damage By Seeing' -- Jewish Insights for the Privacy Debate

Ari Hart | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
Ari Hart

How do we, as individuals and as a society make the difficult choices balancing privacy and security, sharing and oversharing, convenience and confidentiality?

Empowering Immigrant and refugee Women to Pursue Dreams of Entrepreneurship

Rich Polt | Posted 09.02.2013 | Impact
Rich Polt

In 2001, Marga had a life-changing experience when she had to leave behind her native Romania to bring her seriously ill newborn baby to the United States for treatment.

Calling Out Celebrity Christianity & Counterfeit Justice

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 09.02.2013 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

It's the age-old prosperity gospel bait and switch. And really, it's "We wanna be the 1 percent!" Christianity, with the cheering crowd ironically widening the economic gap between themselves and their leaders even as they strive to obtain their celebrity status.

From Rags to Resilience in Rural Bangladesh

BRAC | Posted 09.01.2013 | Impact

With the concern that women are significantly more affected by natural disasters than men, BRAC's disaster, environment and climate change (DECC) program recently launched a new initiative aimed at reducing the vulnerability of women affected by climate change through viable livelihood options.

Jesus the Liberal

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Michael Shammas

A long time ago there was a remarkable man, a man who said that might does not make right, that the weak have a strength the strong do not have, and that what we call "justice" is often really injustice. He was a man who was condemned by traditional conservative society.

What About Unmarried Equality?

Bella DePaulo | Posted 08.30.2013 | Impact
Bella DePaulo

When I saw the Prop 8 plaintiffs huddled around the cell phone, hearing the President of the United States personally congratulating them on their rol...

Let's Not Make Things Worse for Young Adults

Terri Ludwig | Posted 06.28.2013 | College
Terri Ludwig

America's young adults face a treacherous road ahead, and it's clear that student loans are exacerbating the problem. Lawmakers in Washington should be careful not to make matters worse.

The Heart Honors the Sacred Feminine

Susanna Bair | Posted 08.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Susanna Bair

Recently there has been a surge of reported incidents of gang rape of girls and young women across the globe. I question what the staggering levels of...

Diversity Lives to See Another Day

Deborah N. Archer | Posted 08.26.2013 | Black Voices
Deborah N. Archer

With the Supreme Court's opinion in Fisher, talented and bright students from all backgrounds, including different racial and ethnic backgrounds, will get a fair opportunity. That is good news for every American.

No 'Joanie Phonie' Here: Joan Baez Radiates in Newark Concert

Jared Feldschreiber | Posted 08.25.2013 | Arts
Jared Feldschreiber

In October 1967, Joan Baez blocked the doorways of the building at the Armed Forces Induction Center in hopes of convincing young potential inductees to not serve in the Vietnam War. As a result, Baez and others, were arrested.

I'm An Immigrant, Come Harass Me Too

Palmer Chinchen | Posted 08.25.2013 | Religion
Palmer Chinchen

We harass people because of their skin color. My blood boils as I write those words. What is wrong with us? What is wrong with this country that calls itself "Christian"? What in us has created a disdain for the immigrant? We are a nation of immigrants.

Jesus, Shabbat Violators, and an Ethic of Tolerance

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 08.19.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

We can only bring each other closer with love, wisdom, and compassion. There is no room to alienate others based upon their theological understandings, communal commitments, or ritual practices. In the new paradigm, we evolve beyond mere tolerance into deeper respect, learning, and collaboration.

Which Would You Choose? Money Or Love?

Joanna Perry-Folino | Posted 08.18.2013 | Fifty
Joanna Perry-Folino

Does it make any sense at all then for a man of 60 to hook up with a woman of 30? Or vice versa? Logic would dictate against it; yet it happens all the time and many such relationships last for years.

Can Atheism Save Humanity?

Andrew Schwartz, M Div. | Posted 08.13.2013 | Religion
Andrew Schwartz, M Div.

Atheism cannot simply be about setting individuals free. It needs to address the deep suffering of society and take aim at dismantling the socio-economic structures that privilege the few while oppressing the many.

Torah vs. Libertarians: Round 1

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 08.12.2013 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

The libertarian view of economic justice is approximately this: If people freely agree to exchanges, then they are fair by definition. Restricting people's freedom in order to bring about or maintain a certain pattern of wealth distribution is unjust. The Torah disagrees.

If This, Then That: Logical Conclusions of a Broken Criminal Justice System

Delphia Simmons | Posted 08.10.2013 | Detroit
Delphia Simmons

An ex-offender's rehabilitation, growth, and development are both relevant and vital to the health of the thousands of families, neighborhoods, and communities to which they will return. It is in our best interest to support it.

Two Men at Midnight

Robert Egger | Posted 08.06.2013 | Impact
Robert Egger

Tonight at midnight, as June 6th gives way to June 7th, there is the powerful nexus between two symbolic dates in world history. Dates which have played a pivotal role in my life and career, as well as milestones on our world's journey towards justice.

Celebrating National LGBTQ Pride Month: Acknowledging LGBTQ People With Disabilities

Joseph LoGiudice | Posted 08.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Joseph LoGiudice

Both gay and disabled people have had a lifelong struggle with the hegemony of normality. Gay and disabled people were compelled by their families, communities, and culture to "pass" or "overcome" their deviant classifications, which is what the dominant culture sought from them.

The History of Mrs. Obama's Heckler, or Caught Between Civil Rights and a Hard Place

Jim Downs | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics
Jim Downs

On one level, I recognize how this is a highly charged political throw down between two oppressed groups that rarely get the national microphone. I then worry about activists, regardless of their political stripes, disrespecting Mrs. Obama more than other first ladies.

How-To Be An Imperfect Woman Of Change

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 07.26.2013 | Women
Jonathan Lewis

Social entrepreneurs of both sexes are imperfect beings -- with imperfect answers - acting on imperfect information -- for causes with imperfect resul...

Evangelicals Launch $250,000 Immigration Campaign

Posted 05.31.2013 | Religion

By Alan Gomez USA Today (RNS) During the last attempt to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws in 2007, the Southern Baptist Convention never ...

The Nuns Are Back On The Bus

Posted 05.29.2013 | Religion

By David Gibson Religion News Service JERSEY CITY, N.J. (RNS) With the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop, the “Nuns on the Bus” on Wednesday (M...

A Minimum Wage Increase Is Smart Housing Policy

Terri Ludwig | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

Earlier this year, lawmakers in my home state of New York agreed to increase the statewide minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 over the next three years. It's time for the federal government to follow suit.

The Costs Of Helping

Richard Brand | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
Richard Brand

While the country is reeling from the tragedy of the tornado in Oklahoma, there is also, in a much more hidden way, another massive cost of helping victims that is not being talked about.

How-To Make Your Mentor Matter

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 07.25.2013 | College
Jonathan Lewis

Students are graduating. Hard-won college diplomas are being handed out with hearty handshakes and heartfelt wishes for successful careers. Graduati...