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Realize the Dream!

Elischia Fludd | Posted 04.09.2012 | Good News
Elischia Fludd

To make poverty and peace tangible issues requires taking multiple steps in ways that are conscious to the spirit of humanity. The good news is that like anything else, you start by putting one foot in front of the other.

Isaiah 58 And The Fast For DC Statehood

Jeremy John | Posted 04.09.2012 | Religion
Jeremy John

God is asking for the fast that moves beyond prayer and the negation of food to reform our economic relationships of injustice, to undo the cords of oppression.

When Pro-Life Is Pro-Choice

Robin Koerner | Posted 04.08.2012 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Paul's pro-life views are personal. The country needs to understand that a leader can hold a view fervently without having to impose it on the country as national policy.

Would Martin Luther Vote For Barack Obama?

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 03.30.2012 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

If Luther was living today and had the opportunity to vote, I believe wholeheartedly that the political views of President Barack Obama would resonate with his vision of universal needs for all.

No Fooling, National Day of Action for the Right to Exist: April 1st

Paul Boden | Posted 03.28.2012 | Impact
Paul Boden

We are building a movement to reclaim our communities for all members: not just those who set the rents. We must make clear the myriad of ways in which our community members are treated as though they are less than human.

GOP Nostalgia Is A Symptom Of Privilege

Christian Piatt | Posted 03.28.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

The fact is that, unless you're a white, Christian, straight male, there's little to look back to and say "yeah, I was better off back then."

Introducing Ask Pastor Paul: Spiritual Advice For The Real World

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 03.25.2012 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Have an spiritual question, ethical dilemma, or religious curiosity? Don't be shy! People of all backgrounds, ages and creeds are encouraged to submit questions to Ask Pastor Paul.

Don't Take the Vote Away From Seniors

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 03.20.2012 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

Our generation, like those who came before us, fought and died for the right to vote. We must never let politicians take this away.

Dr. King's 'Dream' Denied to Millions

Daniel Medina | Posted 03.20.2012 | Politics
Daniel Medina

With stubbornly high unemployment, a failing education system and mounting federal debt, has Dr. King's dream truly been realized in 2012?

The Economics Of Generosity: A Homeless Man's Advice To Restaurateurs

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 03.19.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Restaurants often chase the homeless away, instead of inviting them to the backdoor for a warm meal. Let someone else give them a hand, I have heard said too many times.

What Would You Sacrifice To Repair The World?

Rabbi Josh Feigelson | Posted 03.18.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Josh Feigelson

"When people get caught up with that which is right and they are willing to sacrifice for it, there is no stopping point short of victory," Dr. King said the night before he was killed.

The Short Life Expectancy of Iranian Nuclear Scientists: Assassinations with a Message

Haggai Carmon | Posted 03.16.2012 | World
Haggai Carmon

Does the killing of nuclear scientists stop or delay the Iranian nuclear weapons plan? Hardly.

God's Economic Justice: Year of Jubilee Deuteronomy 15:1-11

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 03.14.2012 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

It is no secret that many persons and families are going through hard times. The rise of unemployment is alarming. Despite these economic realities, I believe that God is calling us this year to be one of Jubilee for our nation, world and global marketplace.

Blessed by Nature, Cursed by Politics

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 03.13.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

The evidence is as strong as it is puzzling: countries that have a lot of natural resources -- things like oil, gas and minerals -- tend to be poorer than those that don't.

For Many, A Life Of Losing Religion

Posted 01.05.2012 | Religion

By Cathy Lynn Grossman USA Today When Ben Helton signed up for an online dating service, under "religion" he called himself "spiritually apathetic...

Give the Gift of Voice

Hugh Hogan | Posted 02.20.2012 | Impact
Hugh Hogan

This holiday season we need to give the gift of voice to those who have survived the worst abuses of our system, and are using their experiences to develop bold ideas to improve it.

Cholera Petition Suggests UN Caused "Involuntary Genocide" in Haiti

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 02.18.2012 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

The United Nations is faced with two substantial legal petitions on behalf of cholera victims in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The actions could not be more different in their demands, tone, jurisdictions and venues.

Give Money, Get Impact, Save Taxes: The Power of Social Entrepreneurs for Your Portfolio

R. Paul Herman | Posted 02.11.2012 | Impact
R. Paul Herman

Can charitable dollars be recycled? In the words of famed venture capitalist John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins, can you "write one $10 million check and h...

What Age Do You Teach Your Child Current Events?

Hayley Krischer | Posted 02.11.2012 | Parents
Hayley Krischer

Is it my job as a mother to shield an almost eight-year-old from a lesson about society and social unrest? Or do I discuss current events with him as I see fit?

There Is Only One Issue In America

Steven Van Zandt | Posted 02.09.2012 | Politics
Steven Van Zandt

Yes, we can demonstrate. We can march. We can write and sign petitions to our representatives. We can occupy. But the truth is, other than the value of venting, we're wasting our time.

Occupy The Climate Emergency: Buddhist Reflections On Inter-generational Justice

John Stanley | Posted 02.04.2012 | Religion
John Stanley

People participating in the Occupy movement against corporate power speak of the invigorating effects of taking action together... Genuine human communication is more satisfying than consumerism and its corollary, climate change denial.

Translators Without Borders Prepares to Bridge the Last Language Mile

Nataly Kelly | Posted 02.02.2012 | Impact
Nataly Kelly

Most people have heard about Doctors without Borders. Far fewer individuals are aware of Translators without Borders. I recently sat down for an interview with Lori Thicke, co-founder of the latter organization.

Now More Than Ever We Need Mindfulness

Larry Yang | Posted 01.31.2012 | Religion
Larry Yang

Our Mindfulness practice is always a reminder that in order to change any unhealthy or harmful patterns -- in order to transform any suffering -- we have to first become aware of the patterns themselves.

Spur the Global Economy -- Stay Home and Make a Difference This Thanksgiving

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 01.23.2012 | Impact
Homa Sabet Tavangar

My family has found a way to support the global economy by staying home and acquiring nothing -- with a game that's become a tradition.

When Legislating Morality Falls Short

Christian Piatt | Posted 01.21.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

The fear at the heart of the public's down-vote is that the rights of the unborn are being placed above those of those they already know. And that's simply not a sacrifice many are willing to make.