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The Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., Founder and President of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, is one of America’s foremost civil rights, religious and political figures. Over the past forty years he has played a pivotal role in virtually every movement for empowerment, peace, civil rights, gender equality, and economic and social justice.

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Why Social Conditions Matter to the Pope

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 5:38 PM

We Christians tend to focus on personal piety. When dealing with others, we become legalistic and concentrate on dos and the don'ts, mostly of other people. We delight in creating 11th commandments like, "thou shall not drink nor smoke" instead of treating each of these as a medical issue, which...

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What Matters to the Heart: Pope Francis, Climate Change, and Sustainability

(8) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 6:24 PM

His Holiness Pope Francis has become, in the two years since his election on March 13, 2013, the most highly respected religious leader in the world, adored by Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Pope Francis addresses and touches on issues that matter to us the most, issues that matter to our...

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Police Shootings Are About Class as Well as Race

(226) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 12:49 PM

After three days of peaceful demonstrations marking the one year anniversary of Michael Brown's fatal shooting in Ferguson, Mo., yet another African-American man was shot by police there. While the facts are still unclear, the tragedy will surely add to the national protests challenging our racially biased structures of criminal...

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The Confederate Flag and the Fight to End Racism

(6) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 5:06 PM

In the wake of the devastating terrorist attack on June 17, 2015 at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina it has become apparent that this nation needs to deal with the pervasive issues of malicious racism and white privilege.

Emmanuel AME, affectionately referred to...

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Kneeling at the Feet of the Poor: Pope Francis and Liberation Theology

(9) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 5:48 PM

Pope Francis is drawing attention from people around the world. Those who have never read anything about the Pope now follow his every move on the news and in social media. His witness in living the Gospel is drawing renewed interest in Catholicism and in what it means to be...

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'I Can't Breathe': Eric Garner's Last Words Symbolize Our Predicament

(9) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 5:20 PM

When Eric Garner was held in a chokehold on Staten Island on July 17, 2014, by New York City police officer Daniel Panteleo, he yelled 11 times, "I can't breathe." The medical examiner's office ruled Garner's death a homicide caused by "compression of the neck (chokehold), compression of...

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Advent Hope: The Joy of Meeting Kenneth Bae

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 5:29 PM

In the life of the church, Advent is a season of waiting -- waiting to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Advent is also a season of hope as the church lives in the hope that Jesus brings. Throughout our lives, we experience seasons of waiting of differing time periods and...

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Freedom for Kenneth Bae! His Family's Enduring Faith

(2) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 2:07 PM

We met Terri Chung, sister of Kenneth Bae, and her mother Mrs. May Bae in January 2014 in New York City to discuss how we might help in the efforts to gain the release of Kenneth Bae who had been held in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea since November...

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Mascotism and the Redskins

(5) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 1:23 PM

Our past haunts us.

The history of the United States has some ugly events that many in the dominant culture would rather forget. We would rather sweep away some of the genocidal events that occurred on this soil as if they never happened. If we do not forget, we...

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Living in Hope: Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 3:25 PM

On October 21, 2014, Jeffrey Fowle, an American, was released from a North Korean prison where he was held for leaving a Bible at a club for foreign sailors. In an interview earlier this year he said that his "charges are violations of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)...

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Ebola and Thomas Eric Duncan: Compassion for All

(2) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 1:16 PM

When Thomas Eric Duncan, a visitor from Liberia, became ill in Dallas on September 24, he went, as many people do, to the local hospital emergency room. However, serious questions must be raised about what happened when he did.

Duncan entered the hospital with perspiration, vomiting, a fever of...

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Ebola Outbreak and Outcry: Saving Thomas Eric Duncan

(98) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 2:28 PM

Ebola! The news media has focused attention on an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the past month. According to the CDC, ebola causes the disease with "symptoms ranging from fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F), severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal (stomach) pain and unexplained...

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Don't Count Out the Down Ballot

(1) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 5:29 PM

There's no question -- the midterm elections this fall are consequential. In Washington, they will determine not only whether Democrats retain control of the Senate, but also whether our nation has a chance to solve real problems for American families or if President Obama will have to veto his way...

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Kenneth Bae: When One Hurts, All Hurt

(2) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 1:51 PM

The annual joint military drills between South Korea and the United States have ended but tensions continue and fire has been exchanged between South and North Korea. Rather than mediation, there is mutual agitation and antagonism.

Korea was divided along the 38th parallel...

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What Happens After Easter: Living the Life of Hope

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 4:48 PM

When the dust settles after Easter, many return to their daily routine and leave Christianity aside. For others, Easter has been a time of Easter bunnies, chocolates, bonnets, new clothes and Easter Eggs. With commercialization, many have forgotten what Easter is all about. Whatever the season of Easter means to...

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Military Drills and the Harmful Cycle of Fear

(5) Comments | Posted March 30, 2014 | 6:19 PM

The annual South Korea-U.S. military drills began again on Feb 24, 2014 and will last until April 18th. The DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) opposes these annual drills which began in 1976. They see them as military threats. The U.S. and South Korea engage in these drills as defense...

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A Dream Deferred: The Right to Food in America

(125) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 5:03 PM

This year our nation commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, giving us all occasion to reflect on his civil rights aspirations and the extent to which they have been fulfilled. But the persistence of

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Police Chiefs Are Right: Ban Assault Weapons

(232) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 12:43 PM

"We're talking about weapons that are made for war," said Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee. "An AK-47 is a Russian-made weapon that is made for war. An AR-15, which is an answer to the AK-47... these high-capacity [guns]... you can shoot 50 to 60 rounds within a minute. Within a...

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Lax Gun Laws Allow Terrorism at Home

(39) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 11:41 AM

We are shocked and saddened by the massacre in Aurora, Colo. But Aurora is part of a pattern, not an isolated incident. Two days earlier, 17 were hurt outside a bar in Tuscaloosa, Ala., when a gunman opened fire.

There is no safe zone.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and...

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A New Politics for Black Youth: From Rodney King to the 2012 Elections

(3) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 2:05 PM

The recent death of Rodney King reminds us of many things, not least of which is how important technology can be in the pursuit of justice. The videotape of the beating of King by Los Angeles police in 1991 challenged our nation to take seriously claims from communities of color...

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