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Elizabeth Warren's Moment

Brent Budowsky | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Warren knows from experience and writes with warmth that every day in America there are boys and girls asking moms and dads why the family car is gone, why the family home was taken away, why Mom or Dad has lost a job, and why so Americans live from paycheck to paycheck, desperately struggling to make ends meet.

One Night in Katmandu

Nevo I. Shinaar | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Nevo I. Shinaar

For Passover is not merely a celebration of the triumphant emancipation of the Hebrew slaves of old, it is also a time for contemplation of the basic human phenomena that seem to recur time and time again throughout history.

Opera Uncensored

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 06.23.2014 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

Rock 'n roll music on the radio. Blood-curdling screams. Gunshots. Children's laughter replaced by inmates shouting, "Bitch!" A prison guard shouting,...

For More Internet, and More Democracy, Forget NetMundial and ICANN

Jean-Christophe Nothias | Posted 06.22.2014 | Technology
Jean-Christophe Nothias

As the Netmundial conference on the future of Internet governance starts, rather than asking "What can we expect from it?", we might ask instead whether this future might be more promisingly reformed by political, technical and architectural innovations than by a preach to a so-called multistakeholder choir convened in Sao Paulo.

Freedom of Religion

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 06.21.2014 | Religion
Jill S. Tietjen

Today, we are able to exercise our religious beliefs because of the courageous women and men who came before us. Let's learn about some of the women who strove for religious freedom.

A Kale of Two Cities: Cultivating Social Justice

Nevin Cohen | Posted 06.14.2014 | New York
Nevin Cohen

For some farmers and gardeners, particularly those in low-income neighborhoods, urban agriculture is a means to a more ambitious end: an attack on racial, gender and class disparities and political disempowerment.

Numb to Being Numb

Marc Barnett | Posted 06.09.2014 | College
Marc Barnett

Recently, my alma mater's student newspaper wrote an article about how students and the student body should not be numb already to the recent Tsunami ...

A Time for Action

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

This week, all roads lead to National Action Network's 16th annual convention at the Sheraton New York Times Square hotel. We have undoubtedly progressed as a society, but until social justice and fairness are achieved across the board, we cannot rest. The time for action is now, and you're all invited.

Affluenza: Plagued With the Complexion for the Protection

Christopher Norris | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Christopher Norris

Affluenza is quite possibly the only sickness on the face of the Earth where those who are afflicted by it show no sense of urgency to be cured.

Papers, Please

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 06.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Given the catch-22 of requiring surgery for ID, but making surgery nearly impossible to obtain (if you even wanted it in the first place), plus social injustice aspect, one has to wonder why this hasn't become a point of greater emphasis in the LGBT movement.

Whose Cass Corridor?

Laura De Palma | Posted 06.04.2014 | Detroit
Laura De Palma

Stadiums and arenas are band-aids. Their construction does not take into consideration the city's rich and unique history; does not change structures that favor the wealthy and uphold the status quo; and does not facilitate participatory processes that allow community members to have equitable decision-making power.

A God Who Hates Bribes: A Religious Response to the McCutcheon Ruling

Rabbi Michael Knopf | Posted 06.04.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Knopf

The impact of this phenomenon on politics and on our society is the same as bribery's. To argue otherwise reflects either a profound naïveté or the total divorcement of law from real life.

Another Chance for Ukraine

Tristan Masat | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Tristan Masat

Ukraine is beset by troubles. The Russian annexation of Crimea is the dramatic headline, but the economic struggles the country and Ukrainian workers face may prove just as dire.

Power of Organizing Rooted in Participatory Action Research

Donna Nevel | Posted 05.27.2014 | Education
Donna Nevel

El Museo del Barrio offered a warm, welcoming space consistent with the spirit of the day. Working with social justice oriented childcare and interpretation collectives and community food cooperatives contributed to an inclusive and participatory event that celebrated the strengths of the many communities that were there.

The Promise of Redistribution

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

The ancient promise of a just society is a command that should ache in our hearts as we gaze upon the effects of our own political indifference. Turning away is the very worst kind of redistribution: a callous misallocation of the human capacity to do the right thing.

Why Men Should Be 'Leaning in' Too

Chris Looney | Posted 05.27.2014 | Business
Chris Looney

Men my age are beginning to define their success in different ways, with their (future) families being the number one concern. Sure, they are not yet vocal about it, but the more I talk to my peers, the more worried I realize they are.

This Year For Lent, I Decided to Give Up My Feelings

J Mase III | Posted 05.26.2014 | Religion
J Mase III

Privilege is a powerful drug. It lets us ignore the harm we cause to others by our indifference, and wants to multiply with our desire to self-preserve.

Tax a Cola, Save the Planet

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 05.26.2014 | Green
Jeff Ritterman, MD

A simple policy change like the Soda Tax can help us waste less water, lower our GHG production, and lessen the pollution of our air, water and soil. It's a win-win-win: a win for the environment, a win for our children, and a win for our communities.

10 Trips That Will Make You a Better Person

SmarterTravel | Posted 05.25.2014 | Travel
SmarterTravel

These 10 trips -- from volunteering in an orphanage in Cambodia to learning environmental stewardship on an organic farm in Scotland -- will enlarge your heart, help you live more mindfully, and inspire a better version of you to emerge.

Young Man Has to Flee After Coming Out

Timothy Kurek | Posted 05.25.2014 | Religion
Timothy Kurek

Again and again, we are reminded that horror stories are happening every day to those unfortunate individuals trapped in rural, conservative parts of America.

You Want Human Rights With That? McDonald's Serves Up Due Diligence on Human Rights

Amol Mehra | Posted 05.25.2014 | Business
Amol Mehra

By Amol Mehra, Esq., and Nicole Santiago Shareholders are using their voting power to join the movement for corporate accountability and the most re...

Making Women's History

Judith Rosenbaum | Posted 05.21.2014 | Women
Judith Rosenbaum

It's insufficient to devote one month a year to the story of more than half the population, and problematic to ghettoize women's history as if it isn't integral to our understanding of all history.

Squatters Name Settlement After Pope Francis, Seeking Mercy

Posted 03.20.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis has inspired a group of impoverished people in Buenos Aires to name their makeshift settlement in the Villa Lugano district after their h...

Preschool Problems in an Adult World

Suna Senman | Posted 05.19.2014 | Education
Suna Senman

Placing emphasis on how we raise our children early on will help society overall when we choose our leaders, determine our policies and relate to one another.

Re-Thinking Intelligence

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 05.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Mitchell J. Rabin

We love intelligence, we respect intelligence and we laud it. We also have a bevy of assumptions around this intangible, ineffable but very powerful...