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Hyper-Masculinity, Twin Peaks, & Gendered Violence

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.22.2015 | Crime
Warren J. Blumenfeld

While is it common knowledge that dogs, in particular male dogs, urine scent mark their territories, human males often mark their territories in other forms more noxious and poisonous than urine.

Teaching Peace and Life Skills in Schools: Why Not?

Matthew Albracht | Posted 05.19.2015 | Education
Matthew Albracht

Schools are our main social avenue of learning. While the primary focus of teaching in schools is predominantly on academic skills, many feel that lif...

A Simple Formula for Peace and Security in Africa

Henri Fouda | Posted 05.19.2015 | World
Henri Fouda

In the coming months, several African countries will be holding elections. The flurry of electoral activity marks progress towards democratic rule in a continent where, until recently, military coups were a common practice for the transfer of political power.

Memorial Day Awakening- 2015

Dave Stieber | Posted 05.19.2015 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

An awakening . . . to summer festivities and the anticipation of warm weather and fun, picnics, a holiday - that's what Memorial Day is for most. Some will march in parades or stand on the sidelines waving flags and unwittingly support the military model of conflict resolution by violence.

Coming Back to Life After a Couple Years of Living Intimately

Jarid Manos | Posted 05.19.2015 | Black Voices
Jarid Manos

While men do things to each other's bodies, and to women too, of course, women largely keep walking forward, shouldering all our mess.

Federal Appeals Court Hears Case Over Student's Suspension for Posting a Profane Rap Video Online

Student Press Law Center | Posted 05.15.2015 | Education
Student Press Law Center

Off-campus speech that students share on the Internet must have heightened protection from school disciplinary authority to keep whistle-blowers and rap artists safe from punishment, an attorney for a suspended Mississippi high school student told appellate judges Tuesday.

The Last Time The World Looked The Other Way

Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes | Posted 05.14.2015 | World
Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes

It is heartbreaking for those of us who live, work, and invest in the region to contemplate that history may repeat itself.

What Happens When Moms Stand Up for Justice

Gary Haugen | Posted 05.08.2015 | Impact
Gary Haugen

A mother is many things to many people. Mom is a soft place to land when the trials of life overwhelm us, a fount of wisdom, a hard-working role model, a home-cooked meal. Growing up, my mom was certainly all of these things for me.

Todd Dye, Pittsburgh Skater, Artist and Friend

Leigh Roche | Posted 05.14.2015 | Impact
Leigh Roche

When a young person's life ends because of such tragic circumstances, it affects the people whose lives he touched. In the world we live, it seems like it's only a matter of time before we all have a connection to a senseless tragedy and it's is difficult to wrap my mind around that.

NO-EXPO

Jasmina Tesanovic | Posted 05.04.2015 | World
Jasmina Tesanovic

The people who hit the streets, on the first of May in Italy, wanted to celebrate the day of labor in the major cities. Also, to express their worries about the lack of work and the unemployment (which is now 43 percent among young people). Their credo: more work for everybody, less work per person.

Baltimore Civil Unrest Puts My College Concerns In Perspective

Leigh Vinocur, M.D. | Posted 05.04.2015 | Parents
Leigh Vinocur, M.D.

This week in Baltimore makes my concerns seem trivial. I have a close African American friend whose son has gone to school with my son since kindergarten and I worry for her. I can't even imagine how it must feel to send your son away to school and have to worry about his physical safety.

Seeds of Violence Can Grow Swiftly in Any Culture -- One Way to Uproot Them

Greg Frucci | Posted 05.04.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Greg Frucci

Photo by Greg Frucci, February 2015 "I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is perman...

Stronger Gun Laws, Less Violence

Robert Muggah | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
Robert Muggah

Strong gun laws are not equivalent to taking guns away from citizens. To the contrary, they consist of transparent rules and procedures designed to manage the possession, storage and carrying of firearms in order to limit access to legitimate users alone.

What Not to Be Apathetic About

Zak Smith | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics
Zak Smith

Apathy is a privilege. A great many people do not have the luxury. If you feel your life is in danger, if you feel your family or your loved ones are in jeopardy, if you feel attacked and diminished, the odds are that you will not feel indifferent about it.

Dear MSNBC, Let's Talk About Police Brutality and This 'Mom of the Year' Narrative

Sheena C. Howard | Posted 04.30.2015 | Black Voices
Sheena C. Howard

We need to consider the prism of external and internal forces that contextualize how protestors of color are presented in the media, the positioning of what type of violence is deemed okay in America and how that feeds into the persistence of what is the right way and wrong way to be violent.

Little Hope in Baltimore for the '2s,' '3s,' and '4s'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.29.2015 | Education
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Baltimore City is not unlike many inner cities throughout the country where unemployment rates for black youth tops 50 percent, and black adult unemployment hovers around 20 percent. Blight saturates neighborhood.

In a Culture of Rape, How Can We Not Insist That Women Learn Self-Defense?

Avital Zeisler | Posted 04.29.2015 | Women
Avital Zeisler

Today's culture is arguably one where rape and sexual assault are supported by societal norms of male aggression and female weakness. For a very long ...

Pain Is Universal, and So Is Kindness

Lexi Behrndt | Posted 04.30.2015 | Good News
Lexi Behrndt

Kindness is contagious. Kindness dissolves anger, rage, and violence. Even when kindness is beaten down, it finds a way to prevail. All we have to do is look for it.

Creating a Better Baltimore

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 04.28.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

My heart is bleeding for the people of Baltimore and other communities who are struggling with challenges. We have been paying attention to police violence in Maryland for some time. While we focus on disability issues, we are all a part of our community overall.

Religion and the Politics of Fear

Kelly James Clark | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Kelly James Clark

As fear increasingly constricts Christian love toward Muslims, we would do well to remind ourselves of the radical love of Jesus who insisted in word and deed that our fears must not be allowed to overwhelm our compassion.

Recent Gun Bill Is Bad for Ohio's Youth

Rebekah Bolser | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Rebekah Bolser

My heart aches for the thousands of people who will lose their lives this year to gun violence. The thousands of families who will mourn their loved ones.

Idiots of the World, Unite

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

I was left with the same quandary as ever: How will things ever change? How will human society let go of violence -- "good violence," which is the most seductive and most destructive of all -- when its utterly crucial necessity permeates the media, permeates collective thought?

Gun Violence Is a Moral Problem

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

As a rabbi, I am enraged not at guns but at the casual violence afflicting our country, and the way we have grown immune to it. I do not accept the NRA's claim that "guns are not the problem," but I do agree that guns are not the main problem. This is a moral crisis, and it requires a moral response.

Let's Stamp Out Stigma

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 04.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

To scapegoat and stigmatize people with psychological problems may discourage them from seeking treatment and result in a backlash including the occurrence of an increased incidence of violent episodes.

Mercy Over Vengeance for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.16.2015 | Crime
Warren J. Blumenfeld

We are Boston Strong in our resolve to remain united in the face of tragedy. We are Boston Strong in our ability to show mercy amid our grief. We are Boston Strong in our belief that in the midst of tragedy, we may now truly begin the healing process.