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A Blueprint for Local Police Reform to Improve Legitimacy

Tara Lai Quinlan | Posted 12.24.2014 | Crime
Tara Lai Quinlan

While we certainly don't have all the answers, it's time to start talking about and funding constructive ways to reform policing to quell anger by improving legitimacy and community relations.

Lessons From Ferguson, Applied in Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.09.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Four years after Illinois' fiasco with former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's impeachment and trial, Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association says the state has learned from the ordeal. Reforms have been implemented to limit conflicts of interest, stop contract abuses and combat a general culture of corruption.

America's Prisons: A Road to Nowhere

OpedSpace | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
OpedSpace

Inmate education seems like a controversial issue. Cast in economic rather than moral terms, however, there is plenty of common ground. The question is not whether inmates "deserve" to learn like the rest of us, but whether we all benefit if they do. According to every available measure, the answer is yes.

Why Christians Should Support the President's Executive Action

Brandan Robertson | Posted 11.21.2014 | Religion
Brandan Robertson

The President's announcement of executive action on immigration Thursday is not only necessary but also praiseworthy. We have been fighting this battle for far too long. As a Christian, I feel compelled by the Gospel of Christ to work for protection for immigrants as directly as possible.

The Wool Over Our Eyes

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

No one likes having the wool pulled over their eyes. Now imagine wealthy CEOs hiring millions of knitters to blanket your entire city with a massive wool sweater, soaked in gasoline. That's what dark money is.

The Real Orange Is The New Black: Six Experts Speak Out About Women in Prison

Ravishly | Posted 12.22.2014 | Women
Ravishly

Six experts entrenched in the system -- from the executive director of a prison reform organization, to a forensic psychologist, to a prison arts teacher -- were asked this question: What can we do to affect systemic change for women in prison? Here's what they had to say...

An Honest Open Letter to Moderate Muslims

Qasim Rashid | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

You've likely heard the old saying, "You can't wake up someone pretending to be asleep." This thoughtful proverb crossed my mind as I read new atheist Ali Rizvi's letter, which I can only assume is addressed you and I.

Why You Shouldn't Be 'Optimistic' About Corporate 'Tax Reform'

Dave Johnson | Posted 12.03.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

"Reform" is lobbyist-speak for opening up the floodgates, hanging the flags out, lighting the savings accounts on fire, letting dozens of blackbirds fly out of the pie, letting the horses out of the barn and generally fleecing the citizenry.

Decriminalizing School Discipline

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It is critically important that public schools entrusted with educating and preparing children for college, work and life stop feeding them into the juvenile and criminal justice systems with zero tolerance policies. Denying a child an education is hardly in the child or society's best interest.

To Counter ISIS Propaganda, Let's Stop Treating the Quran as Infallible

Fathima Imra Nazeer | Posted 11.25.2014 | Religion
Fathima Imra Nazeer

Well-meaning Muslims claim that these Islamists have simply 'misinterpreted' the Quran. But have they?

A Very Strange Summer

Jacques Attali | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
Jacques Attali

Our country is likely to regret for a long time to come its sleep in the summer of 2014. Indeed, it is in the midst of a tragic world, and it will increasingly be so, the last moment, at least during the term of office of the current president, that finally courageous decisions will have to be made that general cowardice, blindness and procrastination have for more than 20 years now prevented.

Kids On Hook For Limitless Sums After Crimes

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 09.15.2014 | Teen
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

This story is part of Double Charged, a special report on the U.S. juvenile justice system produced by Youth Radio. Ricky Brum standing near the sco...

The Real Zombies: Outworn Institutions That Parasitize Change

Craig Chalquist, Ph.D. | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Craig Chalquist, Ph.D.

What might be underneath the recent public fascination with a zombie apocalypse? To some extent, the recurring rise of the zombie reflects our fear of the shadow side of unreflective technological progress.

Education Reform Has Failed; Here Are Four Lessons From Abroad to Make It Succeed

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 07.22.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

No Child Left Behind, "school choice," "recovery school districts," and Common Core are what the United States has done to solve the education "crisis." Mind you, the "crisis" is that the United States is not number one in education.

Groundhog Day Meets California Schools

Melanie Lundquist | Posted 07.05.2014 | Education
Melanie Lundquist

For 20 years, we've been electing the same sort of Sacramento politicians to lead our public schools and, not surprisingly, it's gotten us nowhere.

Elizabeth Warren's Moment

Brent Budowsky | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Warren knows from experience and writes with warmth that every day in America there are boys and girls asking moms and dads why the family car is gone, why the family home was taken away, why Mom or Dad has lost a job, and why so Americans live from paycheck to paycheck, desperately struggling to make ends meet.

No More Alma Maters?

Rev. Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 06.14.2014 | College
Rev. Dr. Cindi Love

We must work together to fix the problems of accountability, accessibility and affordability of higher education for all people living in the United States.

A Multiple Independent Discovery

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Jacqueline Salit

We are building a broad and diverse coalition of organizations and voters who believe that no American should have to join an organization or party in order to exercise full voting rights.

It's Time for Congress to Stop the War on Inventors

Pat Choate | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Pat Choate

Whatever course it chooses to take, Congress should stop those that want to undercut American innovation, particularly in the midst of a fragile economic recovery.

From Career-Changer to 'Reform'-Fighter

John Owens | Posted 04.01.2014 | Education
John Owens

What does it take to transform a middle-aged publishing executive from the suburbs into a fire-breathing fighter for public schools and an outspoken o...

Jon Ward

Why Remaking The Modern Republican Party Is So Damn Hard

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Al From, the engineer of the Democratic Party's rebirth after Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis, at first seems an unlike...

Making Inclusive Space: Bringing the 'Peoples' into the UN

Bonian Golmohammadi | Posted 03.26.2014 | World
Bonian Golmohammadi

Over the years, the relationship between the UN and "the people," or civil society, has eroded, and hasn't kept up with the changing dynamics of global governance.

Maybe It's Time to Find a New Word for "Reform"

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Today, as Orwell predicted, we need a new political language. "Reform" is being used in our political discourse by the wealthy and corporate mouthpieces as code for privatizing and deregulating every public service they can get their greedy hands on.

Reforming Education -- Where to Start?

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 01.28.2014 | HuffPost Home
Andreas Schleicher

When faced with challenging issues, we all know that a good way to compile a selection of possible solutions is to look around and see how others have...

Morocco, the King and Reforms

Claude Salhani | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Claude Salhani

It is largely thanks to the reforms instituted by the king that Morocco has been so successful in avoiding the political upheaval facing other countries in the region.