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1,000 Strong for Planned Parenthood Generation Action

Kelley Robinson | Posted 09.12.2014 | College
Kelley Robinson

With more than 250 campus groups across the country, Planned Parenthood Generation members are organizing on the ground every day for the issues that matter most to them. This month, thousands of young people head back to their college campuses, ready for the start of the school year and ready to take action.

Crowdsourcing Human Rights

Faisal Al Mutar | Posted 09.11.2014 | Impact
Faisal Al Mutar

Whenever someone mentions the internet and social media, generally people think of pictures of cats, selfies, and food. But the Internet can do so much more. It has become a central tool in the struggle for human rights.

Abusive Authority; Power & Police: An American Tale

Aurora Barnes | Posted 09.09.2014 | New York
Aurora Barnes

While I was always opposed to New York City's stop-and-frisk policy, and in general, to the NYPD's racist regime, I had never been so directly affected by it.

Strike Debt Takes on Student Loans! (It Must Be Occupy's Birthday Again)

Jerry Ashton | Posted 09.08.2014 | New York
Jerry Ashton

After having raised over $700,000 in "People Bailing Out People" funds and then using a majority of these dollars to purchase -- and abolish -- upwards of $15,000,000 in personal medical debt, Occupy Wall Street's Strike Debt is now stalking a more formidable quarry -- student debt.

How to Make the Most of College as an Activist

Erin McKelle | Posted 09.15.2014 | College
Erin McKelle

When you're going into college (whether you're a freshman, senior, or somewhere in between) as someone who is, or aspires to be, an activist, the amount of preparation involved can seem overwhelming or even impossible to navigate. Believe me, I've been there.

Finally a Huge And Magical "First Time Ever" Musical Event, and You Can Be There

Jerry Ashton | Posted 09.10.2014 | New York
Jerry Ashton

Wouldn't it be better -- this time 0- to be able to look back and say "I'm glad that I was there," rather than, "I wish..."

Confessions of an HRC Canvasser

Francisco J. Tirado | Posted 08.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Francisco J. Tirado

You're walking down the street (perhaps shopping, or on your lunch break), and up ahead you see one of those street activists with the binders. They're trying to make eye contact with you, but you've averted your gaze and pulled out your phone. "Hey! Do you have one minute for gay rights?"

Why Philly Must Persist in Protesting

Christopher Norris | Posted 08.11.2014 | Education
Christopher Norris

There's a lot at stake when it comes to fairly funding public education, but it seems only the teachers, students and parents are sacrificing -- I've never heard of a stadium being closed because the team didn't make the points or a politician's salary being drastically cut to make ends meet.

Adela Mohseni: 'Any People Who Are Not Aware of Their Rights Will Not Live in Peace'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"I don't think there is a civil society in Afghanistan. There are many people from overseas who are working in Afghanistan, but they will leave as soon as there is some turbulence."

Aziz Rafiee: 'We Have Not Yet Diagnosed the Pathology of the Problems That Infect Afghanistan'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The most important factor is the conservatism that prevails with respect to social issues. Lack of education and economic poverty are other factors. Women are consistently used as a means of labor in families."

Mohammad Ismail Qassemyar: 'Poverty and Unemployment Have Paralyzed the Lives of Most Afghans'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The key to our success, as testified by history, is our national unity. We must protect our Islamic unity and brotherhood and adhere to it."

Massoud Hassanzada: 'The Biggest Challenge Facing Afghanistan Is Absence of True Progressive Forces to Combat Ignorance, Corruption and Fanaticism'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Poverty, violence, ignorance, plunder, and deception are the fruits of the class society, based on profit-making at any cost."

Abdul Hamid Mobarez: 'Democracy Is the Choice of the People and It Is Up to Them to Protect It'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Against such a backdrop of fundamental, structural changes, the Taliban will not be able to dominate Afghanistan again. The free people of Afghanistan would never allow that scenario to be repeated."

Wahida Samadi: 'The Taliban Will Never Really Change'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"My greatest fear is that after 10 years of efforts to promote women's rights, a group may take over the political power that does not believe in women's identity or even the fact that they are human beings."

Dr Saheb-Nazar Moradi: 'We Must Unite Against the Extremists to Defend the Achievements of the Past 10 Years'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"We are living in a society where political despotism, social and economic injustice, unbalanced culture and education and cultural and identity authoritarianism prevail."

Mahbuba Jamshidi: 'It Would Be a Tragedy for Women to Lose Their Legal Status and Rights in This Political Game'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"I only fear instability and insecurity. I fear that the insecurity may lead the political powers to strike some kind of bargain that trades away women's rights. It would be a tragedy for women to lose their legal status and rights in this political game."

Aziz Deldar: 'My Greatest Fear Is a Day When I May Not Be Able to Express What I Think'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The courts should be one of the important sources for women to rely on in this country. Unfortunately, the courts are very corrupt and are permeated by a strongly misogynist attitude, which seeks to use gaps in the law to punish women."

Activist Shareholders: Hear Them, Don't Necessarily Heed Them

Jim Treacy | Posted 06.29.2014 | Business
Jim Treacy

January 1987 and South Africa was burning. The eyes of the free world transfixed on a country in turmoil -- declared state of emergency, mounting Anti...

Sonia Iqbal: 'We Have Not Planned for Economic Recession, But It Is Sitting on Our Doorstep'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"International statistics indicate that we will have around 400,000 to 500,000 unemployed people after the withdrawal of the international forces and a fall in foreign aid."

Bakht Mohammad Bakhtiar: 'We Will Return to the Dark Days of the Past If We Are Not Careful'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"My two daughters were forced out of education under the Taliban. We were forced to migrate to Pakistan and my family had to weave carpets with me to make a living. It was a hard work that we had to do in awful, unhealthy underground workshops."

Hasina Safi: 'One New Phenomenon Is the Men Who Believe in Women and Their Power'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The traditional society is one of the biggest deterrent factors. Even educated members of society attempt to prevent women from working outside the home. Another factor is the extensive level of illiteracy, and general lack of skills, amongst women."

Rafi Behroozian: 'I Strongly Support the Media Revolution'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Our society is not an intellectually independent one. It has not taken decisions for itself; others have always decided on its behalf. But nonetheless, I believe that the young generation of today will not be prepared to accept such a dark and evil scenario."

Professor Seifuddin Sayhoun: 'It Was a Woman Who Decided My Fate'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"My greatest fear is the extent to which people are disappointed and disenchanted with the present situation."

Torpikai Nawabi: 'Popular Uprisings Against the Taliban prove that the people Do Not Want Them to Rule Afghanistan Anymore'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"My greatest fear is that we may return to the pre-1992 dark days with the impending withdrawal of the international forces from Afghanistan."

Ahmad Fahim Hakim: 'Peace Talks With the Taliban Lack Red Lines, Clear Policy, and Transparency'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The real question is: When we talk about reconciliation, are we talking about real political compromises? Or is it about negotiations and reconciliation for the survival and interests of the ruling establishment?"