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IGNITE: Technology Is a Women's Rights Issue

Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro | Posted 11.20.2014 | Impact
Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro

From the Internet to mobile phones, technology enables us to connect with each other and the world around us in new and innovative ways. Yet there is a serious gender gap when it comes to technological access, literacy, and influence.

The 'Stop Bill Maher' UC Berkeley Petition Is How Islamists, Not Liberals, Promote Free Speech

H. A. Goodman | Posted 11.03.2014 | Media
H. A. Goodman

The day liberals confuse real talk and passionate debate with bigotry is the day Bill O'Reilly and Fox news shape the narrative of our nation.

Día de los Muertos Is Not Halloween

Daniel Cubias | Posted 11.03.2014 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

We all are familiar with Día de los Muertos -- the white face paint, the illustrations of grinning skulls, the panoramas of skeleton musicians and dancers. However, there is still great confusion in America about what this holiday actually signifies. Although it takes place at the same time of year as Halloween and shares the theme of ghostly visitors, there are fundamental differences.

UGA Football Overshadows Yom Kippur

Madeline Hill | Posted 10.04.2014 | College
Madeline Hill

On Sept. 30, myself, along with four other students at the University of Georgia came together to write a letter on behalf of the UGA Jewish community in response to the University scheduling Homecoming on Yom Kippur.

10 Internet Petitions That Helped The Little Guy Beat The System

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact

Shopping for presents, finding a great restaurant, binge-watching TV shows -- in many ways, the Internet has made life simpler with just a few clicks....

The Fight Against America's Terrible Vacation Policies Is Heating Up

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 08.07.2014 | Travel

The average American worker barely takes advantage of half of their allotted vacation time, according to a Glassdoor survey released earlier this year...

Feds Must Lead on Lead

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 08.10.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Each year, an estimated 10 to 20 million birds and other animals -- from more than 130 species -- die from lead poisoning, either by ingesting lead shot or fragments directly or by feeding on prey contaminated with fragments of lead ammunition.

President Obama Could Help Save Dying Children, But Apparently He Prefers Budweiser

Tracy Seckler | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Tracy Seckler

On March 27, the very day we reached 100,000 signatures, another petition on the White House's We the People website also hit the mark. Sponsored by Budweiser and promoted through a professional ad campaign, "Declare Major League Baseball Opening Day a National Holiday" has already been graced with an official White House reply.

Mr. Xi Jinping, Please Respect Tank Man's Memory!

Christophe Deloire | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Christophe Deloire

Do you remember the man who stopped a column of 17 tanks on Beijing's Avenue of Eternal Peace in June 1989, the day after the bloody crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests?

The Problem With Petitions: Muslim Edition

Wardah Khalid | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Wardah Khalid

Let's be real. We have a ways to go as a community before things like a national holiday can be requested -- and subsequently fulfilled. It isn't because we are a young community -- not at all. Rather, we as Muslim Americans are simply not involved enough.

Chicken From China? Why You Should Be Worried

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Bettina Elias Siegel

Here's why we're so concerned.  China has an unusually troubling record when it comes to food safety, as reported on by numerous media outlets.

Family Guy, Brian Griffin and the Childhood Cancer Equation

Jonathan Agin | Posted 02.01.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

I admit it. I am a huge fan of the animated show Family Guy. The Griffin family has provided me with much distraction at some of the most stressful points of my daughter Alexis' cancer journey and beyond.

20K Sign A Petition To End Course That University Says Doesn't Exist

Des Moines Register | Posted 11.17.2013 | College

Nearly 20,000 people have signed an online petition in less than a month asking Iowa State University and a professor of veterinary medicine to end wh...

A Prayer for Pastor Saeed Abedini From Everyone

Angela Jamene | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Angela Jamene

There is nothing easy about reading the story of Pastor Saeed Abedini, and it's been getting worse.

An Online Pledge That Might Actually Change the World

Search for Common Ground | Posted 11.07.2013 | Impact
Search for Common Ground

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgIt's about changing your response to conflict. It's about having the skills to create constructive dialogue in heated situations, with uncomfortable topics.

Friday Talking Points [278] -- ...And the Law Won

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This week will be seen as a turning point in the future. Ted Cruz and his band of merry Tea Partiers fought the Obamacare law, with every ounce of energy they could muster. And the law won.

Oil Drillers Get Unfair Shutdown Access To National Parks, Petition Says

The Huffington Post | Jared Gilmour | Posted 10.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A progressive activist group's online petition seeks to stop oil and gas drilling in national parks while the areas are closed to the pu...

Syria in 3D: Street Art in Front of UN Calls for Peace Talks

Louis Belanger | Posted 11.27.2013 | World
Louis Belanger

While leaders were at the negotiating table inside the UN building, Oxfam campaigners took to the streets outside to remind them that real people, both in Syria and around the world, are waiting and watching for their leadership on Syria.

Bangladesh Power Plant Struggle Calls for International Solidarity

Chaitanya Kumar | Posted 11.24.2013 | World
Chaitanya Kumar

The Rampal power plant in Bangladesh invokes the classic battle of development versus environment which is a mainstream thought in the developing world. But with rapid advances in clean energy, that debate is being made more and more redundant.

Miranda Is Not a One-Off; it Happened to Me

Leah McGrath Goodman | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Leah McGrath Goodman

Before David Miranda was detained for nine hours at London's Heathrow Airport, there was me.

Is It Time For A Black Emoji?

Posted 08.23.2013 | Black Voices

First, black twitter gets a wiki page, now there's a group petitioning Apple to add more diversity to emoji symbols. The petition prompt reads: "Of...

Fourth Trimester Abortion: Are You Serious?

Dr. Robert M. Myers | Posted 09.28.2013 | College
Dr. Robert M. Myers

Today I want to talk with you about fourth trimester abortions. I hope you are already asking yourself what this means. The term itself makes no sen...

Justice Denied

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The outrage over the killing of an unarmed Black teenager who was doing nothing wrong must continue until some semblance of justice is achieved. Let us refuse to be silent until the killing of Black mothers' sons is as important as the killing of White mothers' sons.

5K People Sign Petition To Remove Rush Limbaugh Bust From State Capitol

The Huffington Post | Ashley Balcerzak | Posted 07.11.2013 | Politics

Missouri leaders are facing pressure to remove a bust of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh from the state capitol building. A petition asking ...

Obama Retreats on Snowden: Even the World's Most Powerful Media and Intelligence Apparatus Can't Always Control Public Opinion

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

President Obama beat a hasty retreat from his global public relations and diplomatic and political campaign against Snowden. It was quite an amazing, if implicit, admission of defeat.