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Since My Brother's Murder

Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D. | Posted 07.31.2014 | Crime
Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D.

As the third anniversary of my brother's death approaches, this is what I am left with. My dreams have irreversibly changed.

Why Love Is Not All We Need

Myisha Cherry | Posted 07.28.2014 | Black Voices
Myisha Cherry

Have you been paying attention to the news lately? If so, I'm sure some of it has depressed you. Just as history has made us believe that the human race has made progress, reality will tell you the awful truth that we have not come that far at all.

Brazil Can Put Safety and Justice at the Heart of Global Development

Robert Muggah | Posted 07.24.2014 | World
Robert Muggah

The Sustainable Development Goals are about much more than achieving a diplomatic consensus. Starting next year, they will serve as a road-map for driving development around the world, including the world's poorest countries.

A Call for Compassion for Children Arriving From Central America

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño

We all know that where a child is born shouldn't determine how long she lives, but it does. However, we must remember that under God, there is a universal citizenship -- a status that makes us all equal under His eyes and worthy of love, dignity and respect.

Parallel Construction: Unconstitutional NSA Searches Deny Due Process

Peter Van Buren | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

A lot of attention Post-Snowden has been paid to what the NSA does-- vacuum up emails, listen in on Skype chats and so forth. Too little attention has been devoted to what is done with the information NSA collects.

Fence-Sitters and Boundary-Pushers: A Postmodern Reflection

Christian Piatt | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

I'm no lover of fences, of the limitations, boundaries and delineations they represent. Yes, sometimes they're necessary. In some ways, such boundaries actually afford us the confidence and safety to stretch ourselves, to go farther than we would have without any sense of place, of where the unknown begins.

What Do We Want? Justice! When Do We Want It? Now!

Evgeniya Melnikova | Posted 07.16.2014 | New York
Evgeniya Melnikova

Yesterday, on July 15th, I became a witness of something greater than any weapon in the world. I saw hundreds of people of different race and religion unite in the name of justice and true freedom in New York City.

Where Is the Justice?

Wardah Khalid | Posted 07.11.2014 | World
Wardah Khalid

Enough is enough. Every party in this conflict must ask themselves: Have we so lost our humanity that we would rather leave these people in a living hell for our own selfish gain? For the sake of those innocent civilians suffering on both sides of the conflict, let's pray the answer does not take too much longer.

Teen Sexting Is Not A Felony

Stephen Balkam | Posted 07.10.2014 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

We need to take a moment to reflect on the state of our laws around "sexting." And we need to consider the crazy mixed messages we are sending our teens about sexual behavior in our digital world.

Our Complicity in the Somaly Mam Scandal

Cindy Brandt | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

It is time we inspect the basic motives to why we engage in this fight against injustice. Whether it is on grounds of human decency and equality, or because we are compelled by our faith; let's recalibrate our moral compass so it is not led astray by our tendency to strive for the sensational stories.

The Insanity of the Death Penalty

Howard Falco | Posted 07.07.2014 | Crime
Howard Falco

We have a legal, justice and prison system that takes care of protecting society from those who demonstrate themselves as a threat. We just don't have to go the last step of stepping into vengeance and hatred.

Why the SCOTUS Cellphone Decision is a Win for Press Freedom

Josh Stearns | Posted 06.26.2014 | Media
Josh Stearns

According to the Supreme Court, police need a warrant to search the cellphones of people they arrest. The unanimous decision, which was handed down this week, is being heralded as a major victory for privacy rights and a landmark case with implications far beyond cellphones.

More Pride Needed Over Treatment of Homeless Young People: 5 Things You Should Know to Help

Ariel Zwang | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Ariel Zwang

I want to share with you five things that you might not know about homeless youth and ask you to share with your networks. The more that people understand this problem, the more that we can rally behind efforts to create solutions.

How the LGBT Community Has Moved Me Forward and Why I'll Always Be There for Them

Will Dailey | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Will Dailey

The story of the LGBT community is a story of strength, endurance and compassion that leads all of us into this 21st century with a win for generations to come.

Between Hope and Despair, Waiting for Meaningful Implementation of Miller v. Alabama

Marsha Levick | Posted 06.30.2014 | Crime
Marsha Levick

This willful disregard for Miller has spread from the legislatures to courtrooms. In too many re-sentencing hearings, it is simply business as usual; the offense overshadows the defendant's individual attributes.

Washington to Cairo: Start Acting Like a Democracy

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

For the United States and many other foreign leaders around the world, from Great Britain to Australia, this sentence was a vivid reminder of Egypt's grotesque reality: that of a country dominated by the military, where the right to a fair trial, a free press, and free expression are blatantly crushed.

Which Side Are You On? Inequality and the Case for Unions

Tim Koechlin | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Tim Koechlin

Republicans tell a tired, cynical story about all of this, insisting that union busting is, somehow, good for the economy and good for workers. It's the same old trickle down nonsense. Democrats, on the other hand, have done too little to defend unions and worker rights.

Why Jack Bauer Reminds Me of Jesus

Bethany Blankley | Posted 06.23.2014 | Religion
Bethany Blankley

I've never been a big television watcher. I abhor commercials, and even more so, cable company monopolies legitimized by legislators dismissing the co...

Shaping the Rule of Law, Trust And Resolution in The Online Justice System

Jeffrey M. Aresty | Posted 06.20.2014 | Impact
Jeffrey M. Aresty

The ability to negotiate, reach consensus, and resolve disputes online will be an essential set of skills for all who participate.

Letters From the Front Lines of the Drug War

Anthony Papa | Posted 06.18.2014 | New York
Anthony Papa

Locking people up for nonviolent drug crimes has become the way of life in the United States. The more stories we can hear of those subjected to draconian sentencing laws, the better chance we have to fix this broken system.

Whoops! Jury's Bad Paperwork Frees Career Criminal

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 06.12.2014 | Crime

UPDATE: Bobby Pearson, freed from jail when a jury turned in the wrong paperwork, was killed shortly after his release. Police say he was stabbed in a...

Platform of the Unite America Party

Gary Reber | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Gary Reber

The growing imbalance between how wealth is produced and how it is earned and distributed cannot be corrected without connecting up every human being with the rights and powers of capital ownership.

Death by Imprisonment: America's War on Melanin Possession and the Indigent

MiAngel Cody | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
MiAngel Cody

Although the 1986 overdose death of 11-year-old Reynolds Allen Wintersmith Jr.'s mother, unlike that of all-American basketball standout Len Bias that same year, did not thrust our nation's legislators into reactive political pandemonium, the federal drug-sentencing policies of that year would later impact this motherless son's life in a most damning and undeniable way.

Walking the Peaceful Path: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

Who's Bribin' Who?

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 07.28.2014 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Do people give people backpacks full of cold hard cash in exchange for legal testimony? People do. Chevron should know. They did exactly that.