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Slavery, the Darkest Side of Corruption

Monique Villa | Posted 03.30.2014 | Impact
Monique Villa

Last month I met a man whose life had been entirely shattered by corruption. He had lost everything he had: his family, his friends, his freedom. He h...

Shining a Super Bowl Spotlight on Human Trafficking

Christine Pelosi | Posted 03.29.2014 | Sports
Christine Pelosi

Though human trafficking is endemic 365 days a year, it is especially rampant on Super Bowl Sunday. This week is the time for us to urge everyone -- in the shadows of the Super Bowl or the streets of your hometown -- to do your part in helping stop the scourge of human trafficking.

Phillip Margolin Heads West For His Latest Legal Thriller

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 03.27.2014 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Phillip Margolin has been writing legal thrillers for quite a few years now. His latest novel, Worthy Brown's Daughter, is a little bit of a change of pace for him.

How Can You Fight Human Trafficking? Here's One Simple Way.

Cameron Conaway | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Cameron Conaway

Behind every number is a human being with a story worth telling and a life of freedom worth living.

'The Issue With Slavery Is That It Is Everywhere'

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.24.2014 | Business

Andrew Forrest, chairman and founder of Fortescue Metals Group, sat down with HuffPost Live at the Davos Annual Meeting on Wednesday to discuss the Wa...

Ocean Traffic

Peter Neill | Posted 03.23.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Only within the past few years have maritime museums around the world addressed human trafficking as part of the larger maritime story.

'The Invention of Wings' Is a Passionately Written Book

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 03.19.2014 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Some books make you feel the author was having a great time writing them. Other books are ponderous and make you feel the author labored mightily to p...

America Cannot Shake Off Its Legacy of Racial Violence

David A. Love | Posted 03.18.2014 | Black Voices
David A. Love

Martin Luther King Day is as good a time as any to remind ourselves of certain inconvenient problems in America that are unfortunately not subjects for polite discussion. One of them is racial violence.

Kansas Governor Compares Anti-Abortion Protests To The Abolitionist Movement

AP | JOHN HANNA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback compared past "Summer of Mercy" anti-abortion protests in Wichita to the abolitionist movement that he...

What Blocks Our Sexual Freedom?

Monique Ruffin | Posted 03.12.2014 | Black Voices
Monique Ruffin

I am one lucky woman, because I have the opportunity to speak openly and honestly with women about my favorite subject all day long--female sexuality....

Is Animal Rights the Next Human Rights?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 03.11.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Will the passion of the animal rights movement soon become part of an international debate at the United Nations and related institutions as "Digital Diplomacy" takes another advance from the virtual?

'12 Years A Slave' And The Roots Of America's Shameful Past

The Guardian | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

Directed by the British artist and film-maker Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave has gained almost universal critical praise. In his review for the New Y...

Video Of The Real-Life Descendants Of '12 Years A Slave' Subject Will Take Your Breath Away

The Huffington Post | Rhonesha Byng | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

On this day in 1853, Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery, regained his freedom. His phenomenal story of stre...

Shopping Free or Slave? Nelson Mandela and Freedom as a Choice

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 02.25.2014 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

This holiday season, I am wondering if it is possible to feel good about the workers in our "free trade" world. I was picked up and driven to the trai...

Why A&E and Millions Feverishly Embrace Duck Dynasty Bigotry

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 03.01.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The brutal truth is that Robertson speaks for the millions who have embraced him as their man on the proverbial white horse battling for free speech, against political correctness, and most importantly for an acceptable, no matter how crude, brand of bigotry, especially racial bigotry.

Worst President in History, Pundits Agree

Daryl Rowland | Posted 02.28.2014 | Comedy
Daryl Rowland

Severe glitches in the roll-out of the new program created many inconvenience and unanticipated problems that needed to be solved... But the beleaguered president defended his plan, known officially as the 13th Amendment, which outlaws slavery in every state of the union.

The Republicans and the Radical Minority

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

It is worth bearing in mind that extreme minority factions can do serious damage to the nation as a whole when they pursue a strategy of burning down the political house in hopes of building a new one.

The Duck Dynasty Controversy and Loving Our Neighbors

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

Yes, you read this right. Robertson and those who share his views are still our brothers. As such, do WE have the capacity, 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, to say to those who hold his views on race today, we still love you?

Why Self-Correction Is Important

Susan Smalley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.20.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Susan Smalley, Ph.D.

I saw Twelve Years a Slave yesterday, noting how painful it is to see our inhumanity so evident and widespread. I say "our" because it is in each of u...

The Most Important Day In American History?

Posted 12.18.2013 | Black Voices

On Dec. 18, 1865, slavery ended in the United States. Secretary of State William Seward issued a statement verifying the ratification of the 13th A...

Earliest Known Prison Memoir Details Black Man's 20 Year Prison Experience

AP | By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN | Posted 02.11.2014 | Black Voices

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Yale University announced Thursday that research has determined an 1858 manuscript it acquired is the earliest known prison ...

Adoption and Slavery: Watching 12 Years a Slave Together

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 02.09.2014 | Parents
Frank Ligtvoet

White parents with black kids in America are not only parents with kids; they make something visible we don't like to talk about: profound racial inequality.

What's Your Slavery Footprint? There's an App for That

Mehroz Baig | Posted 02.10.2014 | San Francisco
Mehroz Baig

Supply chains for products are hard to keep track of, and if companies aren't investing time, money, and energy in ensuring a clean supply chain, our consumerism continues to support labor exploitation.

The (IN)Sanity of Climate Change

David_Goldstein | Posted 02.05.2014 | Green
David_Goldstein

If you have taken the time to learn about climate change and feel afraid, angry or sad, if you feel an urge to take action, then you are not insane.

12 Years a Slave -- In a Bangladesh Garment Factory?

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Mary Anne Mercer

I recently saw the new Steve McQueen film 12 Years a Slave. Gruesome and yet compelling, it tells the true story of a free black man in the mid-1800s...