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An Open Letter from Black Clergy: A Call for Racial Justice, Healing and Reconciliation

Rev. Dominique C. Atchison | Posted 12.24.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dominique C. Atchison

We are calling on clergy of all ethnicities and faith traditions to join us in leading our nation toward healing and reconciliation.

A Tale of Another Three Young Lives

Tania Bradkin | Posted 12.24.2014 | Crime
Tania Bradkin

While I do not condone Mr. Kleinman's behavior, I support Judge Wright's decision to put this young father behind bars for nearly 18 years, leaving his two young children without a father and creating a single mother, EVEN LESS.

Foley Square: Our Streets

Brigitte Hamadey | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Brigitte Hamadey

Since December 3rd, I have returned to the streets because having a voice in the justice system is not sufficient either. In solidarity with my angered peers, I lean on the unofficial fourth branch of government that has the final say: collective civil society.

How You Function When You Can't Breathe

Stephen Phelps | Posted 12.23.2014 | Religion
Stephen Phelps

When a system fails, it is easy (or necessary) to locate a breakdown. When a system is working, however, it is impossible to identify just what is working. Everything is working. In a business, for example, the visible and measurable is working reasonably well.

A Fixable Problem for Our Society

Marc Gopin | Posted 12.23.2014 | Crime
Marc Gopin

Community policing needs to be restored to its pre-9/11 commitments. Counterterrorism influences on policing must be scaled back dramatically, especially the corrupting influence of military and counterterrorism training with its absurd technical firepower, and shoot to kill orders.

In Defense of Love

Scott Stabile | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Scott Stabile

I think about, talk about and write about love a lot -- the power of love, the importance of love, the necessity of love, the anything and everything ...

Dr. Bronner's Year-End Report from the Front Lines of the Fight for Cannabis Reform and GMO Labeling

David Bronner | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
David Bronner

Both cannabis policy reform and the movement to label genetically engineered foods in the United States made huge strides in 2014. Major battles were won, some narrowly lost, but ultimately victory is inevitable.

Why I Was Arrested Standing Up for Dontre Hamilton in Milwaukee

Paul Schmitz | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Paul Schmitz

Black lives matter, and our justice system must become more fair and just. I hope many others concerned about these injustices will stand up to support policies and reforms that will create a fairer, safer, and more just America.

A Prayer From the Mall of America

Rev. Meg Riley | Posted 12.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Meg Riley

I thank you for the Bloomington Police Department, and the Mall of America Security Force, for their willingness to keep things calm and peaceful. May their humanity continue to shine in the difficult months ahead, as we work towards systemic change when police are accountable to the same laws as other citizens.

We Can't Breathe: The Chokehold on Democracy and Justice in America

Clark Power | Posted 12.19.2014 | Black Voices
Clark Power

We will not move forward as a society until we can bring ourselves to listen and respond to the cries of those whose spirits have been crushed by the chokehold of poverty and racism.

Who's the Boss of Our Breast Health Information?

Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D. | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D.

It is potentially dangerous to women's health to withhold the screening and causal risk of dense breast tissue from them. How can women be empowered to make informed decisions about their breast health screening when one of the most critical risk factors is being kept from them?

Wanted: African American Leadership

Victor Burt | Posted 12.16.2014 | Black Voices
Victor Burt

We waited. Trayvon Martin. Mike Brown. Eric Garner. Nothing.

Families Of Slain Unarmed Black Men Send Powerful Messages To Protesters

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices

Thousands nationwide have mourned the deaths of unarmed black men -- but few have grieved as much as the relatives of those who have passed. On Sa...

Millions of Lives That Matter

Tania Bradkin | Posted 12.12.2014 | Impact
Tania Bradkin

Every day in the United States, with just the "click" of a button millions of Americans apply for employment. It's so effortless, in fact, that I can type this piece, pause for one or two seconds and CLICK; I just applied for a job, in literally, a blink.

Finding Justice in the "Giving Season"

Rebecca Todd Peters | Posted 12.12.2014 | Religion
Rebecca Todd Peters

Tis the season of giving. Right? From "Giving Tuesday" to Salvation Army bell ringers to frantic online donations or checks postmarked by Dec. 31, charitable giving spikes in December.

The System Didn't Fail Eric Garner. It Worked How a Racist System Is Supposed to

Omer Aziz | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Omer Aziz

The disquieting truth is that there was never to be an indictment in this case, which on simple legal grounds should have moved to trial, because the US justice system knows no justice when it comes to African-Americans.

The Identity and Empathy Gap

Arthur Camins | Posted 12.11.2014 | Education
Arthur Camins

As a nation, the United States is infected with racial and socio-economic myopia. Sadly, the malignant biases that support the empowered also undermine the ability of the disempowered to identify and empathize with one another.

Reflections on Race, Power, and Science

T.A. Ridout | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
T.A. Ridout

With the current news cycle highlighting police brutality against African Americans, it is hard not to contemplate the continuing role of race in American life. Despite our progress as a nation and more broadly as a human race, we still struggle with seemingly antiquated modes of thinking that lead to unnecessary frictions between people.

Can You Pass This Grand Jury Screening Test?

Lester & Charlie | Posted 12.08.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Who is serving on these grand juries? Can it be just a bizarre coincidence that every grand jury decides that no police officer ever did anything wrong? Or is something more insidious going on here?

Justice Beyond Anger

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 12.08.2014 | Religion
Jeremy Affeldt

Is there ever a place for righteous anger in the pursuit of social justice? I think you have to discern your answer. I think you have to use wisdom.

The Unquenchable and Endless Thirst for War -- Thomas Paine Warns the NeoCons Are Coming... Again!

Ian Ruskin | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Ian Ruskin

Enter Thomas Paine, the one truly radical Founding Father, who was fighting for that soul of America. He was also the man who inspired a long and bloody war through his words in Common Sense and American Crisis, words often quoted by Neocons.

Why the Sierra Club Can't Be Silent

Michael Brune | Posted 12.07.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

The Sierra Club believes that all people deserve a healthy planet with clean air and water and a stable climate. All people also deserve equal protection under the law and the right to live their lives free of discrimination and hatred. These issues are not separate.

Needed: A True Diversity Map for America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Sometimes childhood experiences motivate a lifetime of extraordinary work. That is certainly true for Georgetown University Law School professor and bioethicist Patricia King, a brilliant scholar and one of the most effective leaders you may not know.

Ode to Eric Garner From the City of Shiva

Caleb Brooks | Posted 12.05.2014 | World
Caleb Brooks

I've been sitting here trying to process it all and I don't claim to have any answers. I don't always know where I fit into the narrative of humanity that only becomes grander the more I walk down its many passages.

Lend Me a Breath

Satpal Singh | Posted 12.05.2014 | Religion
Satpal Singh

The issue is still larger than Mr. Eric Garner and Mr. Michael Brown. What we saw in New York City and Ferguson are just symptoms of a cancer that has metastasized all over humanity.