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What Not to Be Apathetic About

Zak Smith | Posted 06.30.2015 | 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 06.30.2015 | 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 06.29.2015 | 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 06.29.2015 | 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 06.28.2015 | 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 06.28.2015 | 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 06.26.2015 | 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 06.27.2015 | 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 06.23.2015 | 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 06.20.2015 | 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 06.17.2015 | 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 06.08.2015 | 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.

#Bring Back Our Girls -- A Year Later

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 06.14.2015 | Impact
Malika Saada Saar

April 15th marks one year ago that Boko Haram brutally abducted 276 schoolgirls in Nigeria, as they studied for their spring exams. Our girls who have not been brought back, who are now simply disappeared, cannot be lost to us.

The Making of a Murderer

Lisa Firestone | Posted 06.09.2015 | Crime
Lisa Firestone

If we are serious about preventing violence, we have to be serious about early intervention. We have to work together to prevent child abuse and build better mental health screening and services for younger people.

Pilots, Patients and Public Peril: Framing Andreas Lubitz and the Germanwings Crash

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 06.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

These findings suggest that mental illness is neither a sufficient nor necessary cause of violence. Rather, like the rest of the population, a nexus of variables must be considered when attempting to predict something as complex as human behavior.

Addressing Violence at its Roots: A Quest for Philanthropy

Maya Ziswiler | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Maya Ziswiler

We believe that philanthropy -- with its appetite for risk and flexible capital -- has a great opportunity to make significant headway towards breaking the intergenerational cycle of violence and reducing violence against children over the next couple of decades.

A Solution to Street Violence Can Be Found in Martial Arts, Yoga and Meditation

Gary Snyder | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Gary Snyder

Every few weeks, it seems, there's a new example of street violence that jumps to front and center of the national media and sparks another round of c...

Fear of Violence Connects Cis and Trans Women

Georgia Kolias | Posted 06.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Georgia Kolias

Women don't dress for violence -- not the terrified woman nearly abducted from outside a motel, not Mary Vincent who had her arms taken from her and not the murdered trans women. Trans women don't invite attack when they choose to be their authentic selves.

10 of Illinois' Safest Cities

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.30.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois is home to 19 of the country's 100 safest cities with more than 25,000 people living in them, says Neighborhood Scout. Though the No. 1 safest city in the country is Zionsville, Ind., with just over 2.6 crimes per 1,000 residents every year, Illinois can still claim the country's second safest city.

Everyday Abolition: Working Towards Non-Punitive Accountability

justin adkins | Posted 05.30.2015 | Impact
justin adkins

Practicing restorative justice begins in our everyday lives. In an everyday setting jumping to punitive measures raises questions like the following. What do you do when your neighbor/friend is verbally having a loud disagreement with her teenager?

Giving Peace a Chance

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 05.31.2015 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

The growth of peaceful conflict resolution is something that people of all backgrounds, religious or not, must encourage if we wish to stop religious and ideological extremists from instigating violent reprisals, both individually and through government action.

Ida and the Cycles of Violence and Forgiveness

Matthew Hoh | Posted 05.30.2015 | Religion
Matthew Hoh

The choice of mercy, of forgiveness, is anathema to my sense of manhood and my obligation for revenge and justice; but what would come of such forgiveness, besides a rejection of cultural and institutionalized violence and loss of personal pride, if I had the courage to enact it?

Message from Mali: There is No Life Without Music

Paul Stoller | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Paul Stoller

We have much to learn from The Caravan of Peace and the likes of Khaira Arby and Songhoy Blues. As in Mali, there is no shortage of political and economic oppression in the United States. Considering the ever-growing celebration and extension of ignorance, intolerance, hate and social violence, the prospect for our future generates no small measure of fear.

50 Years Later... Once More, Nonviolence

Bernice A. King | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Bernice A. King

Once more, we must courageously embrace Nonviolence 365, which is based on my father's nonviolent philosophy and methodology, as the answer to the "crucial political and moral questions of our time," and not as a mere response to incidents but as a lifestyle and a force for good that permeates our culture, including our media and entertainment.

Nigerian Elections 2015: The Leadership Challenge

Stan Chu Ilo | Posted 05.26.2015 | World
Stan Chu Ilo

The most fundamental concern of most Nigerians is the need for a new leadership in Nigeria across the board which can bring about a country of which all Nigerians will be proud to say in the words of the old National Anthem: Nigeria, we hail thee.