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Healing Violence This Holiday Season

Rose Kumar, M.D. | Posted 11.29.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rose Kumar, M.D.

"You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kin...

In Today's World, I'm Paralyzed By Fear

Rachel Brehm | Posted 11.26.2015 | Fifty
Rachel Brehm

I worry when my husband attends a crowded college football game. I worry when I attend any type of religious event. I worry when I'm in a crowded a flea market, when I think about traveling with my family, when I hear a siren screaming in the distance. I worry for the innocence lost, the lives cut short, the souls that leave too early.

On Gender, Violence, and the Right to Education

Randal Mason | Posted 11.30.2015 | Education
Randal Mason

The threat and reality of violence hinders girls' access to education and undermines their ability to learn. Children and youth of all genders have a right to inclusive, quality education--the foundation to improving people's lives.

I Want to Feel Safe: It's Time to End Violence Against Women on Campus

1,000 Dreams Fund | Posted 11.25.2015 | College
1,000 Dreams Fund

When will college campuses provide the security where women won't be scared to walk alone to their classes? Where women won't have to feel violated? When women won't have to protect themselves from unwanted attention? When will no actually mean no?

A Prayer of Thanksgiving to the God of All Children in America and the World

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Help us to love and respect and protect and welcome them all on this day of Thanksgiving as we affirm the sacredness of every child in our own country and all around the world.

Laquan and Woodrow Wilson: A Case for Horrific Images

Julian DeShazier | Posted 11.25.2015 | Black Voices
Julian DeShazier

I'm tired of people with privilege being able to wash away their mistakes, while those without privilege must carry and live with their mistakes for a lifetime. If a black man must have a criminal record follow him into job interviews, then Princeton must have Woodrow Wilson everywhere

The Boy Who Dared to Be Great

Richard Paul Evans | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Richard Paul Evans

I had a somewhat traumatic childhood, but 1970, the year I turned eight, was especially difficult. A Tsunami of misfortune hit my family. My father lost his job and couldn't find work and my mother began to exhibit the first signs of severe depression.

Reversing Colombia's Security Deficit: Plan Colombia

Brian Fonseca | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
Brian Fonseca

To argue, as critics do, that Plan Colombia was a failure and the source of challenges faced by the Colombian people over the past 15 years, is to neither understand Plan Colombia and its historical context, nor the realities of Colombia today.

This Woman Started A Sex Strike To Help Stop Violence In Chicago

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 11.20.2015 | Black Voices

Similar to the premise of "Chi-Raq," April Lawson from the South Side of Chicago, wants both married and single women to join her in a sex strike unt...

Grief Shaming: Because There Is No Sport in Compassion

Nathaniel Mueller | Posted 11.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Nathaniel Mueller

Grief and tragedy were never meant to be digested like professional sports. We don't have tragedy brackets on ESPN where Bombing in Paris was beat o...

The West Has An Empathy Issue

Anthony Nuccio | Posted 11.16.2015 | Religion
Anthony Nuccio

It is apparent that there is a politics of empathy and grief in the West; empathy and related emotions have fallen victim to Orientalism that refuses to acknowledge the dignity, respect, and worth of the persons slaughtered on an all fronts.

'I Hope They're Not Muslims'

Kelly James Clark | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Kelly James Clark

My Muslim friends know that Muslims will once again be defined not by what they believe and how they live, but by the actions of a vicious few who pervert the meaning of Islam. They fear that "Muslim" and "terrorist" will become even more deeply seared into the Western psyche.

Violence Is the Business Of The NFL Because It Sells

Leland Faust | Posted 11.13.2015 | Sports
Leland Faust

Needless violence on and off the field should undermine the popularity of professional football. Sadly, that isn't the case. In fact, violence is accepted, even encouraged, by the National Football League because it sells.

Black Poet Explains Painful Reality Of Police Violence To His 4-Year-Old Nephew

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 11.16.2015 | Black Voices

"I'm not happy with the way we raise our black boys. Don't like the fact that he learned to hide from the cops before he knew how to read. Angrier tha...

Violence and Mental Illness: Suicide, Not Homicide, Is the Major Problem

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 11.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

The major problem of violence among people with serious mental illness is not that they kill other people but that they kill themselves.

Appealing To Black Women Should Be A Top Priority For Presidential Candidates

Keisha N. Blain | Posted 11.12.2015 | Politics
Keisha N. Blain

Despite their influence at the polls, black women's concerns are undervalued in contemporary political campaigns. Few presidential candidates have been vocal about black women's vulnerability to state-sanctioned violence. Candidates who ignore black women voters do so at their own peril.

When Pastors Become Janitors: Tyshawn Lee and Beyond

Julian DeShazier | Posted 11.11.2015 | Chicago
Julian DeShazier

This is an absolute mess of cultural and systemic proportions -- a mess churches and gangs used to be able to work together and prevent. Now, an institution that used to sit as a community's anchor is part of the cleanup crew.

The Ferguson Truth Initiative: Building on the Legacies of South Africa and Greensboro

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 11.10.2015 | Black Voices
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

Both initiatives demonstrate the bold, grassroots commitments of U.S. citizens acting from places of integrity, love and faith -- without government funding or backing, to support the rights of fellow citizens to live free of violence based on the color of their skin.

A New Approach For Israel: An Israel Peace Initiative

Robert K. Lifton | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Robert K. Lifton

What Israel needs now is a new approach -- one that does not involve any physical risk of actual withdrawal, but still demonstrates to Israelis, Palestinians, and to the world at large that Israel intends to separate from the Palestinians and carry out the UN mandates of two states.

Say What, Ben Carson?

Janet Eve Josselyn | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Janet Eve Josselyn

Whether it's true or not, Ben, why even tell that story? Why tell that story when you are running for President of the United States? I don't admire hammer-wielding people in general, but I cringe at the notion of anyone waving the hammer at their mother. That is just wrong on any level.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks On What It Takes To End Violence In God's Name

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.08.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Religious zealots fill newspapers and screens with bloody images of bombings and beheadings. They kidnap children and make them into soldiers. ...

Seeing Race in Black-on-Black Violence

Ira Silver | Posted 11.06.2015 | Crime
Ira Silver

It's easy to see racism when a white police officer kills an unarmed black citizen. We should feel similar outrage when the perpetrator and victim are both African American. Such violence also reflects the structural inequalities that adversely impact black lives.

Dear Houston: Children Are Dying

Stephanie Mott | Posted 11.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

Under the guise of protecting women and girls from a danger that does not exist, transgender teens are given an extraordinarily clear message: In the eyes of their community, their lives are not valuable.

Women from Central America on the Run from Violence

Michelle Brané | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
Michelle Brané

According to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, women fleeing Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador have been subject to a constant threat of violence, including threats, assault, murder, rape and other gender-based violence, and their governments are unable to protect them.

Gun Violence, Mental illness and Money

Lori Stevic-Rust, Ph.D. ABPP | Posted 11.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Lori Stevic-Rust, Ph.D. ABPP

On this beautiful fall day in northeast Ohio, I wish I were writing something about pumpkins and the amazing colors on the trees, but as a psychologis...