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Social Justice

The Boggs School Oral History Project: Linking Youth and Elders to the Past, Present and Future

Laura De Palma | Posted 02.16.2015 | Detroit
Laura De Palma

The Oral History Club is a powerful example of the importance of intergenerational dialogue between our youth and the elders. It is the knowing of what has been that informs the limitless possibility of what can be.

When a School Lets Everyone Down: The Myth of 'Men and Women for Others'

Miranda Richard | Posted 02.15.2015 | College
Miranda Richard

I used to spend a lot of time defending my school: "I love it here," "They don't enforce a lot of the conservative rules," but I now realize that the administration needs to start taking some responsibility for letting its students down.

Celebrating and Forgetting One Hundred Years at the Panama Canal

Blake Scott | Posted 02.14.2015 | Travel
Blake Scott

The water rises and another ship - an oil tanker - passes through a set of giant steel gates. Thousands of people have gathered at the Miraflores viewing center in Panama City to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Panama Canal.

An Attack on Eva Longoria

Sanjay Rawal | Posted 02.15.2015 | Impact
Sanjay Rawal

For decades growers vowed never to "compete on the basis of social responsibility," but in Florida those days are on their way out. Social responsibility is like the genie that, once out of the bottle, cannot be forced back in.

Racing Away From Ferguson and the Challenge of Education

Paul Stoller | Posted 02.11.2015 | College
Paul Stoller

The times are perilous. We are confronting a potentially devastating set of ecological, social and cultural crises, which means that as scholars we have a great obligation. It's time for us to step up to the plate.

'American Spring'?

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 02.09.2015 | Black Voices
Harold A. McDougall

As in the Arab Spring, young people like the Dream Defenders and Millennial Activists United, protesting police practices in the black community, have created a "free space" in the national political continuum. What will fill that space when the protests inevitably end?

Reflections on Race, Power, and Science

T.A. Ridout | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
T.A. Ridout

With the current news cycle highlighting police brutality against African Americans, it is hard not to contemplate the continuing role of race in American life. Despite our progress as a nation and more broadly as a human race, we still struggle with seemingly antiquated modes of thinking that lead to unnecessary frictions between people.

You Can't Joke About That

Mik Moore | Posted 02.08.2015 | Comedy
Mik Moore

You can't joke about that. Have you ever hear someone say that? Or said it yourself? I hear it all the time. And I understand it. If you are horrified by an injustice, it can be difficult to see the possibility of using humor while confronting that injustice. Those of us who bring comedy to causes are confronted with these questions.

My Wheelchair Doesn't Define Me

Erin M. Kelly | Posted 02.06.2015 | Impact
Erin M. Kelly

It casts a shadow that's bigger than my body. It has left scars that run deeper than my flesh and bone. It haunts me -- but I know I wouldn't have the life that I have without it.

Six Ways to Flex Your Empathy Muscle

Cindy Brandt | Posted 02.06.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

Empathy will be our weapon against the darkness of hate, the strife of hostility, of diminishing hope. With it, we will reach for nothing less than full restoration of humanity for every tribe across the nations.

Social Justice in the Urban Classroom: The Day After the Eric Garner Decision

Franchesca Warren | Posted 02.07.2015 | Education
Franchesca Warren

In the classroom, I honestly spoke to students about how to channel their anger and how to exact change in a way that would make them unstoppable in the eyes of injustice.

No One Is Talking About the Source of Our Racial Divide

Dianne Collins | Posted 02.06.2015 | Impact
Dianne Collins

As well intentioned as we are in our dialogues and in our actions, the truth is as a society we haven't yet focused on the source of what has engendered the racial divide in the first place.

One Leader in Ferguson: What Does Success Look Like?

David Dye | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics
David Dye

Following the announcement of the grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, protesters have continued calling for change. I had the opportunity to talk with community pastor and social activist Anthony Grimes while he was in Ferguson.

Broken Systems Created #Ferguson. Educating People Can Help Fix It.

Kate Casas | Posted 02.04.2015 | Education
Kate Casas

How do we fulfill our responsibility to this generation of children so that they can realize sooner than I did that our systems are broken and that it is everyone's responsibility to fix them?

Advent, Genocide, and the Baby in the Manger

Melissa Browning | Posted 02.04.2015 | Religion
Melissa Browning

Advent is a time of hope, and the hope of Advent is this: God with us came into this world to turn everything upside down. Only a Christ who fled a violent genocide can teach us how to end violence for good.

'This Is What Theology Looks Like:' My Reflection on the 'Die-in' Protest at Emory

Richard M. Weinberg | Posted 02.04.2015 | Religion
Richard M. Weinberg

I've experienced many challenging and inspiring moments in my first semester as a student of Candler School of Theology at Emory University. None has been as equally challenging and inspiring than what transpired in recent days.

Pope Francis Speaks to Europe -- and the World

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 02.03.2015 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Pope Francis may prove to be another pope like these two, someone who offers the possibility of redirecting the path of the world at large. He certainly took an important step in that direction with his address to the European Parliament on November 25, 2014.

A Mother's Tears: Open Letter to Mothers of Color

Mardra Sikora | Posted 02.03.2015 | Parents
Mardra Sikora

When someone we love is robbed from us, it feels like the world should stop. Actually, it does. For a moment. And we look around us, jealous that others are still living, working and being alive.

Homelessness Is Down, But More Families are on the Brink

Terri Ludwig | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

For too long we've ignored America's housing insecurity crisis, in part because it happens behind closed doors, hidden from the public eye. We can no longer afford to do so.

The Pulse of Change!

Jamelle Sanders | Posted 02.03.2015 | Black Voices
Jamelle Sanders

One of the greatest ways to bring healing is to tear down the walls. All our experiences are unique; however, we cannot discount the experiences of another. Now is the time to seek to understand. Now is the time to listen.

PWIs: What Will You Do for Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tanesha Anderson?

Nicole Angela Tinson | Posted 02.02.2015 | College
Nicole Angela Tinson

These critical moments offer us an opportunity to consider how silence within privileged communities, such as the ones at PWIs (Predominately White Institutions), perpetuates the systemic violence we see in our world.

HIV/AIDS: A Fight We Must Win

Roslyn M. Brock | Posted 01.31.2015 | Black Voices
Roslyn M. Brock

We at the NAACP are focused on infusing social justice within public health and disease prevention. HIV/AIDS is a fight that we cannot afford to lose. Too much is at stake. Silence is not an option. Our collective message of social justice, HIV prevention, and frequent testing must ring throughout our homes and schools and in our barbershops, hair salons and churches.

A Song to Sing with My Brothers and Sisters

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 01.31.2015 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

I saw at an early age that through singing one could stand up for the rights of the many. What I realize now is that I longed to do something for the greater good through singing and that this was a part of what the folk movement and protest song genre accomplished.

Human Rights and the Fight Against Trafficking

Juhu Thukral | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Juhu Thukral

Trafficking in persons clearly involves human rights concerns, based on the coercion, threats, or violence victims and survivors face. But the ways we as a community respond to human trafficking also involve very important human rights issues.

Protecting and Serving Our Future: A Human Rights Movement

Stephen Powell | Posted 01.26.2015 | Black Voices
Stephen Powell

"They don't respect my existence" was the feedback received from a mentee during a Bronx male Mentoring USA program session designed to process the pending Ferguson verdict and community policing in NYC.