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This Is What Activism Can Accomplish: Look at the Drop in NYC Stop-And-Frisks

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 09.23.2014 | New York
Ian Reifowitz

Stop-and-frisk numbers are down 90 percent in New York City from the peak in early 2012. Ninety percent.

PHOTOS: 'Flood Wall Street' Protesters Assemble In New York

The Huffington Post | Katherine Boehrer | Posted 09.22.2014 | Green

A day after the People's Climate March filled the streets of New York, a smaller group of protesters are engaging in non-violent, direct action agains...

Maybe It's Time We Gave You an Apology

Lester & Charlie | Posted 09.20.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Sensitivity be damned. Offending people may not work for everyone, but Urban Outfitters obviously feels it works for them -- surely they'll find more ways to offend. It's going to be hard to top a bloody Kent State sweatshirt, however.

An Unbearable and Choking Hell: The Loss of Our Freedoms in the Wake of 9/11

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Ironically, just a short week after the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we find ourselves commemorating the 227th anniversary of the ratification of our Constitution. Yet while there is much to mourn about the loss of our freedoms in the years since 9/11, there has been little to celebrate.

Occupy to Main Stream Media: 'We Are Replacing You'

Jerry Ashton | Posted 09.12.2014 | New York
Jerry Ashton

At least, social and alternative media folks clearly have that intention in mind, if you are to believe the message that they are delivering at Zuccotti Park on Occupy's Birthday #3 this coming Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Taking It to the Streets: Why I Am Marching for the Climate on September 21

Kelly Rigg | Posted 09.12.2014 | Green
Kelly Rigg

For me, however, and I suspect for many others, marching shoulder to shoulder with kindred spirits goes beyond the need to make a point. It is an expression of shared hope, reflecting deeply held convictions about the need to protect our children, our grandchildren and the generations to come.

Workers Fight for Fair Wages and Will Win

Michael Stewart | Posted 09.11.2014 | New York
Michael Stewart

On a cold November morning in 2012, some 200 fast food workers at places like McDonald's and Burger King started an improbable journey with a one-day strike at a handful of restaurants to demand a minimum wage of $15 an hour.

Procession or Riot

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 09.02.2014 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

A riot, I wondered? It was more like a procession. When the church organizes itself in a line and parades around, we believe we are bearing witness to the action of God in the community. We are illustrating a just world.

Islamabad Revolutionaries Misunderstand the Right to Protest in the United States

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Liaquat Ali Khan

To protect the constitutional democratic order, Pakistan needs to pass a law to regulate the right to protest that forbids inciting a crowd to imminent violence, issuing threats to the life of lawmakers, or entering government buildings.

Matt Sheehan

Hong Kong Activists Threaten Massive Protests Over Beijing's Election Restrictions | Matt Sheehan | Posted 09.04.2014 | World

BEIJING -- On Sunday, China's National People's Congress announced that Beijing intends to pre-screen candidates in the election of Hong Kong's next c...

How the Ferguson Protests Convinced Me We Don't Need Cell Phone Kill Switches

Mike Montgomery | Posted 08.27.2014 | Technology
Mike Montgomery

The government's quick willingness to shut down communications is what got me (and others) thinking about the kill switch. It makes it very easy for police to simply shut down all cell phones using the technology to stifle coverage and communication.

Ferguson and America's Hatred of Democracy

Heather Gautney | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Heather Gautney

Ferguson was not just an event in which police overreacted to heated demonstrations; it's a symptom of a generalized hatred of democracy in this country -- the hatred of the truly bold idea that politics should be the work of everyday people and that power should not be concentrated in the hands of a few.

Ferguson as Christological Challenge: Rethinking Jesus in an Unjust Society

Andrew Wilkes | Posted 08.22.2014 | Religion
Andrew Wilkes

Let us bury the New York Times-bestselling, life coach Jesus, along with the ecclesiology of egoism it implies.

17 Moments From A Calm Night In Ferguson

Huffington Post | Emily Kassie | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics

Last night the streets of Ferguson were calm. A peaceful protest marched on until midnight, with officers standing by. ...

Ferguson Can Teach Us About Protest and Activism

Heath Brown | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Heath Brown

The police force and public officials, more generally, showed a deep misunderstanding of protest and public activism, consistently unable to distinguish between the large number of protesters and small number of looters. Unfortunately, they are not alone.

An Open Letter to the Critics of Imran Khan

Ammarah Aftab | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Ammarah Aftab

While many are an advocate of Imran Khan in assembling this peaceful protest, unfortunately there are also some of you who are opposing the call. I write this with the hope of diffusing some of this bigoted commentary on Imran Khan's political maneuver.

For Now, Young Black Males Matter... Until the Cameras Go Off

Romal Tune | Posted 08.20.2014 | Black Voices
Romal Tune

It's almost as if they are saying please don't go away, please stay, because the moment you leave or turn the channel, no one will care anymore. They will go back to struggling in silence and irrelevance.

Ferguson Families Look for Their Voice Amid Protest Frenzy

Dave Gershgorn | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Dave Gershgorn

As the roar of protests echoes down W. Florissant Ave., one group struggles to make its voice heard from churches and outside police lines -- families of Ferguson.

Respect for Authority

Jonathan Richards | Posted 08.14.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Richards


My War Score: Israel 0, Hamas -1

Jonathan Russo | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Russo

As I write this, the first 72-hour truce has just ended. So for the weary combatants and affected civilians, the death and destruction have resumed. Here is my scorecard to date.

The Value of Freedom

Yael Eckstein | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics
Yael Eckstein

The value of freedom cannot be overstated. It's the foundation that gives all of us who live in western democracies -- people of faith and no faith al...

ISIS, ISIS, You Can't Hide, We Charge You With Genocide!

Paul Benjamin | Posted 08.07.2014 | World
Paul Benjamin

From Sweden and Australia to Los Angeles and San Francisco, protesters have been growing by the thousands due to the current crimes against humanity the Assyrian and Yazidi minorities are facing in Iraq and Syria.

8 Ways to Help the People of Gaza

Anna Hosain | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
Anna Hosain

Supporting Palestine is not exclusive to one religion, ethnicity or race. Supporting Palestine is about standing up against oppression, against colonization, against discrimination, and against inequality.

Sam Levine

Why Some Immigration Activists Want To Stop Meeting With Obama | Sam Levine | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A coalition of immigration activists formed a picket line outside of the White House Monday to call for advocacy groups to stop meeting ...

There's a New World Superpower -- And 4 Other Things I Learned at Netroots Nation

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 07.26.2014 | Politics
Ruairí McKiernan

I had barely touched down in California when it was time to take off again. This time, to Detroit, to attend Netroots Nation, billed as the United States' biggest annual gathering of progressive activists, organizers and online social justice innovators.