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The Secret History of 'Maleficent'

Dale Elizabeth Meikle | Posted 08.27.2014 | Women
Dale Elizabeth Meikle

However narratively clumsy, adaptations like Maleficent are inherently constructive. They teach us to humanize others in a society stalled not by men themselves, but by a patriarchal legacy that's dismissed qualities of the ancient goddess.

Pope Francis: 'Jesus Was A Refugee'

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 06.23.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis made a poignant appeal on behalf of the world's refugees during his Wednesday general audience, reminding all listening that Jesus, too, ...

Making Yoga Affordable To All

Rob Schware | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Peggy Hong, who is part of a growing movement to incorporate themes of social justice into yoga classes, workshops, and programs.

Let's Not Forget These Hindu Voices in the World of Social Uplift

Murali Balaji | Posted 08.20.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

One of the great things about The Huffington Post is its willingness to provide a forum for open discourse about the role religion can play in social ...

Doing Social Justice: 10 Reasons to Give Up Ableist Language

Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg | Posted 08.10.2014 | Impact
Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg

Disability metaphors abound in our culture, and they exist almost entirely as pejoratives. You see something wrong? Compare it to a disabled body or mind. These words seem so "natural" to people that they go uncorrected a great deal of the time.

White Evangelicals Are The Religious Group Most Opposed To Immigration Reform

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 06.10.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Majorities of every religious group except for white evangelical Protestants support a path toward citizenship for undocumented immig...

Landscaping for Heaven or Hell on Earth

Lisa Novick | Posted 08.04.2014 | Green
Lisa Novick

It is time to recognize the wrongdoing at the heart of ornamental non-native landscaping and to make amends. It is time for people to extend the love and respect they show for one another to the land that surrounds their homes and places of worship.

Bill Moyers and Our Call to Bear Witness in a Time of Crisis

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

At a time when we find ourselves in near-despair over a democratic process increasingly influenced by concentrated economic power, let us heed the visionaries in our midst who offer bold alternatives.

Dorothy Height's Quiet Leadership

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

It's possible that what makes me admire Dorothy Height more than anything is the fact that I didn't know she existed until Google wove her face into its logo recently.

How to Overcome the Geographic Handicap

Julia Kurnia | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

I've spent the past few weeks in Indonesia, one of the countries at the forefront of the developing world's internet revolution. I often work out o...

LA Public Schools: A Glimmer of Hope on the 60th Anniversary of Brown

Marqueece Harris-Dawson | Posted 07.28.2014 | Education
Marqueece Harris-Dawson

A new study by UCLA's Civil Rights Project finds that California leads the nation when it comes to segregation of Black and Latino students. What's more, the researchers indicate segregation has "grown substantially in the past two decades."

Committing to Change and Justice at Wendy's

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

Why not join a proven solution to abuse in your supply chain? That's the question that T'ruah rabbis and others around the country have been asking over the past year.

"New Detroit": A Critical Perspective

Laura De Palma | Posted 07.23.2014 | Detroit
Laura De Palma

Although there are various ways "change" is happening in Detroit, the dominant paradigm of changemaking is too often top-down and exclusionary.

Seven Leaders to Inspire You to Act

Adria D. Goodson | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Adria D. Goodson

Today we announce the seven women and men chosen as our 2014 Prime Movers fellows who will inspire you next or may have already done so.

It's Not Me, It's You: Letting Go of the Status Quo

Zetta Elliott | Posted 07.18.2014 | Books
Zetta Elliott

Hashtag activism and symbolic gestures have their place, but transforming the publishing industry will take sustained pressure; increasing diversity in children's literature will require support not only for inclusion but innovation.

Environmental Justice and the "Science" of Denial

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I ask, though, how "free" are we now as mining, oil and lumber companies lobby to exploit the land, and as legislators grant corporations enormous tax breaks and subsidies?

The Real Mommy Wars: Exchanging the Pretend War to Take on The Real Battles

Jessica Martin-Weber | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Jessica Martin-Weber

What if we stopped the wars? What if, instead of attacking each other's decisions, we calmly discussed them and shared information, throwing each other a new rope when we see that others are getting to the end of theirs?

The Library Fight in Plain Sight

Christian Zabriskie | Posted 07.14.2014 | New York
Christian Zabriskie

It is time to talk seriously about branch libraries. It is time to focus on the community libraries that are within walking distance of nearly each and every New Yorker.

Why the Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls Will Persist and What We Can Do About It

Dr. Keri Day | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Dr. Keri Day

Our activism must be objective and consistent. Boko Haram has been largely ignored up until this point. Now that they have the public's attention, it is critical that we attack the root of the problem.

Radical Grace: U.S. Nuns Honor Vow by Challenging the Vatican

Gina Messina-Dysert | Posted 07.06.2014 | Religion
Gina Messina-Dysert

Although the Vatican attempted to rein in American nuns for pushing "radical feminist themes," its efforts have been less than successful. Recogni...

Naked Storytelling

Molly Hayward | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Molly Hayward

I have learned that I need not look beyond my own city to establish the community -- of men and women -- that cares deeply about this issue. I don't need to make a global appeal for support. I can turn to my neighbor and ask for her or his hand first.

Why Religion Is More Progressive Than Sports

S. Brent Plate | Posted 07.05.2014 | Religion
S. Brent Plate

I don't believe morality relies on religious institutions, but if we are looking for places with a very long track record of concern and activism for oppressed people, then religious institutions remain a good place to start.

A Living Systems Approach to Addressing the High School Dropout Crisis

Max Klau | Posted 06.18.2014 | Impact
Max Klau

Recently, I had the tremendous privilege of presenting at TEDx HGSE, a local TEDx conference organized by my alma mater, the Harvard Graduate School o...

(Trying to) Speak Truth to Power: Ten Observations From My 90 Minutes With Lululemon's CEO

Natalia Mehlman Petrzela | Posted 07.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Natalia Mehlman Petrzela

Lululemon should be judged based on what they do now, not primarily on their willingness to participate in this panel.

Henry Rollins Loves EveryLibrary

Christian Zabriskie | Posted 06.30.2014 | Impact
Christian Zabriskie

Libraries across the nation, large and small, north and south, east and west, are getting hit as low-hanging fruit in budget battles everywhere. Fortunately we have very loud supporters like Henry Rollins and EveryLibrary.