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Missing: Leadership and Core Values

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Is this the best we have to pass on to our children and grandchildren and the next generation of leaders the nation and world need today and tomorrow? Do corporate profits from dangerous products or harmful practices trump children's security and safety in our nation?

Revolutionary Idea: Real Lawyers for Real People

Lisa Bloom | Posted 05.15.2013 | Crime
Lisa Bloom

With little fanfare, more than five million people every month are now getting online advice from real lawyers in their practice area and state. Have a child custody question in California? No problem. Bankruptcy in Baltimore? Deportation in Dallas? Covered.

'Funeral for Our Future' Results in More Arrests as Keystone XL Protests Escalate

Adam Greenberg | Posted 05.14.2013 | Green
Adam Greenberg

This past Monday, a funeral procession over 100 strong trudged solemnly towards TransCanada's offices in Westborough, MA. Dressed in black and carrying paper flowers, the mourners sang a chilling dirge.

Why We Should Stop Celebrating The 'I Have A Dream' Speech

Catherine Meeks, Ph.D. | Posted 05.13.2013 | Religion
Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.

We need to resurrect the message in MLK's Letter From a Birmingham Jail -- the message that continues to call us to seek justice and to understand that "a threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Justice for Veterans Sexually Assaulted in the Military

Cynthia Dill | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Cynthia Dill

We must develop a strategy to redress the wrongs that have been done to these soldiers, sailors and marines. Our nation -- and these male and female survivors of sexual violence -- cannot afford piecemeal, expensive, time-consuming litigation.

ICC Indictee Set to Travel to Ethiopia

Mariana Rodriguez Pareja | Posted 05.11.2013 | World
Mariana Rodriguez Pareja

The UN needs to take tougher action on member states that deliberately disrespect their obligations. This will hopefully deter other suspects from Darfur, Sudan from visiting other member states of the UN.

Radley Balko

ACLU Launches Nationwide Investigation of Police Militarization | Radley Balko | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has launched a nationwide campaign to assess police militarization in the United States. Starting Wednesday,...

The Answer Is to Fix the Justice System

Rebecca Love Kourlis | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Rebecca Love Kourlis

While mediation and arbitration certainly have their place, we cannot and should not abandon the system itself. What we need is a justice system that is more accessible, efficient, and accountable.

The Miraculous Acquittal of Lt. Josey

Jonathan Valania | Posted 05.04.2013 | Crime
Jonathan Valania

Wearing a badge and carrying a gun grants you awesome power in this, or any society. And with great power comes great responsibility. When that covenant is breached there is a terrible price to be paid.

Fighting the Other NRA -- Resources to Support Food Workers

Michele Simon | Posted 05.04.2013 | Business
Michele Simon

I want to offer practical resources for how to help improve the lives of the 20 million food workers who help us put food on our own tables every day.

Mrs. Rosa Parks -- Before and After the Bus

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Today, too many would-be movement leaders simply want to be Dr. King or Mrs. Rosa Parks: they want the glory and privilege of leadership without the burdens or sacrifice and sustained hard work. Movements are not built from the top down by powerful leaders but percolate from the bottom up from people who share common grievances.

Nine Reasons to Hope

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 04.29.2013 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

It is easy to become discouraged in the face of what the media reports all around us. Hope or despair is a choice we make as we interpret what we notice in the world. Here are nine reasons to choose hope.

In Our Courts 'Justice' Is Bought

Lance Soskin | Posted 04.28.2013 | Business
Lance Soskin

Due to the nature of our adversarial justice system, it's more often than not going to be the party with the high-priced attorney who wins in court rather than the party with the more meritorious case.

As BP Trial Begins, Gulf Businesses and Communities Call for Ecosystem Restoration and Economic Opportunity

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 04.28.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Buchanan

Monday marked the beginning of arguably the biggest trial of this century, as the U.S. Department of Justice went to court with global oil giant, BP. With money most likely on the way to states, and needs still so acute, the question is, how to invest it most effectively.

Raise the Minimum Wage

William H. Lamar IV | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
William H. Lamar IV

People who work deserve a living wage. We must reverse the growing chasm of inequality that exists between the rich and the poor in our state and our country.

One Billion Rising

Catherine Okafor | Posted 04.22.2013 | College
Catherine Okafor

Valentine's Day is a day where most spend it with their loved ones and exchange chocolates, flowers and other gifts. This year was a little different for me and my friends. We spent this special day dancing for a good cause.

Social Justice In The Millennial Generation

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 04.19.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

We are a generation overwhelmingly dedicated to social justice. This impulse can be religiously motivated, much as it has been for me. Yet for many, it is rooted in a fundamental belief in the goodness of people.

Senior Gitmo Commander Didn't Know of Secret Surveillance Capabilities Under His Command

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 04.15.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Questions about monitoring of privileged attorney-client communications continued to swirl around the pre-trial hearings taking place at Guantanamo Bay on Wednesday.

Lawyers Say Gitmo Audio Feed Can Capture Confidential Attorney-Client Communications

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 04.13.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his alleged co-conspirators still isn't anywhere near getting off the ground as the lawyers and judge are repeatedly stymied by the novelties of a high-security courtroom built on the remote U.S. military base in Cuba especially for this case.

I Really Hope My Son Gets to Be a Boy Scout

John Kinnear | Posted 04.11.2013 | Parents
John Kinnear

For two weeks we would get to backpack through the wilderness in New Mexico learning outdoor, teambuilding and leadership skills. And for two weeks his mom would hike silently among us while we used words like gay, queer and faggot.

China Plans to Execute a Victim of Domestic Violence

Chai Ling | Posted 02.08.2013 | Impact
Chai Ling

The Chinese system ignores women like Ms. Li when they plead for help, then imprisons or kills them if they act violently in desperation.

9/11 Military Commission: More Tragedy Than Farce

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 04.03.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

It would almost be funny if it weren't so sad. Four days of military commission hearings at Guantanamo Bay this past week yielded little more than confusion about the law and heightened suspicion of the U.S. government.

Just Forgiving

Ron Nikkel | Posted 04.03.2013 | Religion
Ron Nikkel

Even as I've been trying to live justly I was cynically dismissing (judging) Lance Armstrong as a manipulative scoundrel. I even voiced my harsh negative opinion to others but not once had forgiveness even entered into the equation of my conversation.

The MacArthur Foundation Stole My Idea for a More Just, Verdant and Peaceful World

James Napoli | Posted 04.03.2013 | Comedy
James Napoli

You can imagine how I feel every time I hear a Public Broadcasting underwriting announcement in which those big shots at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation claim my vision as their own.

Guantanamo Bay Lifts Spiral Notebook Ban

Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics
Ryan J. Reilly

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- It's a new era of transparency at Guantanamo Bay's court facility: reporters can now bring spiral-bound notebooks --...