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On Struggle In Our Historical Moment

Anthony B. Pinn | Posted 07.12.2016 | Religion
Anthony B. Pinn

The idea that love is the guiding force serving to bring U.S. citizens together is an old fallacy without historical evidence. This is theological slight of hand, a theologically driven wish without grounding. This nation is built on bodies brutalized and disregarded.

A Story Of Racism In Italy

Christina Pacella | Posted 07.11.2016 | Impact
Christina Pacella

There is only one "war" humanity should be declaring. That is war on hate and violence. For there is but one race in this world: the human race.

In Addition To Race, We Must Talk About Men And Violence

Beth Green | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Beth Green

While we're finally awakening to the pain of racism and bigotry of all kinds, and we're also awakening to the prevalence of gun violence in America, we may be missing one other outstanding point: most of this violence is being committed by men.

Do You Have What It Takes To Be a Cop?

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Helen Eisenbach

1. What does the phrase "protect and serve" mean to you? 2. Are you comfortable shooting a gun? 3. Do you consider people who don't look like you to be human beings? 4. Define the phrase "civil servant."

Unarmed Truth

Em Powers Hunter | Posted 07.11.2016 | Impact
Em Powers Hunter

Like thousands of other people, every mass shooting affected me and I wrote my share of posts related to the carnage, the tragedy, and the helplessness. I had made that promise to myself but political correctness and Facebook friendships be damned. How could anyone look at the pictures and read the heart-breaking stories and not want action?

Lies From The 'Father Of Lies'

Richard Stearns | Posted 07.08.2016 | Religion
Richard Stearns

All Muslims are terrorists. All undocumented immigrants are a threat. All young black men are dangerous. All cops are racists. These are the lies of t...

Following Sniper Attacks, Images Of Love Profess Support For Dallas

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 07.09.2016 | Arts

Today, citizens of Dallas are mourning the deaths of five police officers who were killed in an “ambush-style” attack that occurred during a Black...

Confessions Of Someone Who Isn't Black

Michael LaMasa | Posted 07.08.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael LaMasa

As a gay man, I used to think that I knew. I had experienced discrimination from people on the streets and in my family. I had to march in the streets for the right to get married and for equal protection under the law -- I thought that being a part of a minority gave me some insight into what other minorities felt. Turns out I was wrong. Dead wrong.

See Worry As Self-Harassment And Fear As A Friend

Kare Anderson | Posted 07.05.2016 | Impact
Kare Anderson

"Whenever you've felt profound fear, it was usually linked to the presence of danger, imminent pain or death, said security firm founder and author of...

My Turkish Airport

Marc Gopin | Posted 07.01.2016 | Home
Marc Gopin

I know it like the back of my hand, my Turkish airport, the Istanbul airport. When I pass through a place often enough, when I do so bleary eyed and happy to be there, it becomes my place in the world, as in a dream. I sleep on its floors, in crevices that I find, in between flights to Gaziantep to visit my beleaguered Syrian friends who have I have worked with and loved for so many years.

Dangerously Uninformed, Part II

Kelly James Clark | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Kelly James Clark

I agree that insofar as extremist violence is motivated by religion, the religious motivation needs to be resisted. I support the efforts on the parts of Muslim leaders to inoculate young Muslims against the co-option of true Islam by extremists.

A Young Native American's Journey From Jail To Award-Winning Film Actor -- Lessons In How To Help Our Struggling Youth

Reiner Lomb | Posted 07.05.2016 | Impact
Reiner Lomb

I strongly believe that by focusing on young people's growth needs, we can motivate many of our struggling young people to lead healthier, happier, and more fulfilling lives.

I've Had A Gun Pointed At My Face, And The Trigger Pulled.

Roger Wolfson | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics
Roger Wolfson

My experience has made me conscious of how gun control advocates like myself are failing America, how gun enthusiasts have good points that need to be understood, and how the only successful approach to reducing gun violence in America needs to involve a hell of a lot more initiatives than regulating the sale of guns.

The Empathy Revolution Begins at Home

Michelle Zunter | Posted 06.24.2016 | Parents
Michelle Zunter

Intolerance, violence, and malicious intent are often cultivated in the most innocent of citizens in this world by their parents. It is a learned behavior. Children mimic their parents.

City Hall often fights to keep files secret in police abuse suits

Chicago Tribune | Taryn Finley | Posted 06.24.2016 | Black Voices

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration routinely fights turning over information in federal civil rights lawsuits against Chicago police officers, often ...

Dangerously Uninformed: Religion and Violence

Kelly James Clark | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Kelly James Clark

There is no psychological profile of today's terrorist. They are not crazy, they are often well-educated and many are relatively well off. They are motivated, like many young people, by a sense of belonging, a desire for an exciting and meaningful life, and devotion to a higher cause.

The "Orlando Syndrome": Re-Traumatizing a Community of Survivors

Gary Cohan | Posted 06.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Gary Cohan

I'm a Los Angeles-based medical doctor who, for the past 25 years, has specialized in treating the LGBT community. I've witnessed the ravages of AIDS, the physical and psychological trauma of violent hate crimes, depression and suicide in a community specifically targeted for discrimination because of who they love.

Terrorist Shoots, NRA Scores

Marty Rudoy | Posted 06.20.2016 | Comedy
Marty Rudoy

CLEVELAND: Goodyear Satire Co-- In sports news, the NRA Finals ended in victory as the Senate blocked four gun control measures supported by a 70% mi...

Sorry, He Was One of Ours

Crystal Sanchez | Posted 06.20.2016 | Impact
Crystal Sanchez

As we look into the life and history of the shooter, the picture that is coming together is of a person who had a history of violence dating back to elementary school. He had a history of domestic violence, he made threats to coworkers, and seemed to be struggling with his sexual orientation.

Go There When You Want To Be Loved: Charity Single in Support of Pulse Orlando Families And Survivors

Logan Lynn | Posted 06.20.2016 | Queer Voices
Logan Lynn

On Saturday I woke up to the news of singer Christina Grimmie being gunned down and killed at a meet and greet with fans after her show. On Sunday I w...

This Congress Is Undivided On Violence Against Women

Patricia M. Davidson | Posted 06.21.2016 | Women
Patricia M. Davidson

ICOWHI is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting health and well-being of women throughout the world through participation, empowerment, advocacy, education, and research.

The Orlando Shooting Must Not Divide Us

Areva Martin | Posted 06.20.2016 | Queer Voices
Areva Martin

As the shock of what happened last week in Orlando begins to subside, we are left with many serious questions about what happened, and what the future...

The Orlando Shooter Was American, Not An "Other"

Melody Moezzi | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Melody Moezzi

For all the innocent people who have lost their lives as a result of what may well have been Mateen's internalized homophobia turned outward, countless others lose their lives every day as a result of internalized homophobia and transphobia turned inward.

Dear Daughter, In Face of Tragedy Try to Keep Your Spirit Intact

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 06.15.2016 | GPS for the Soul
The University of Central Florida Forum

By Leandra Preston-Sidler UCF Forum columnist "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the he...

Orlando, Love, and Labels

Gary Zukav | Posted 06.15.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Gary Zukav

"Terrorist" is a label. There is no humanity in labels. There is no compassion in labels. Labels create villains and idols. The pain of an individ...