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Top 10 Social Activism Hashtags of 2014

Tasha Mitchell | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact
Tasha Mitchell

Comparing how quickly activists came together to form the Civil Rights and Anti-War movements in the '60s, to current sprouting social movements fueled by hashtags like #ICantBreathe, one can observe the exponential amplification value that social media serves in activism today.

Slut Shaming is Still a Thing: How Women Are Shifting the Conversation Through the Arts

Monique Svazlian, CPCC | Posted 12.10.2014 | Arts
Monique Svazlian, CPCC

n response to this growing epidemic, Katie Cappiello and Meg McInerney, founders of The Arts Effect All-Girl Theater Company, decided to take on this complex and multi-layered issue facing women and girls today, namely slut culture, slut shaming and the culture of sexual violence.

Slacktivist and Proud Of It!

Tim McDonald | Posted 11.22.2014 | Impact
Tim McDonald

You can say I've moved beyond slacktivism and more into activism, but without getting involved originally as a slacktivist, I never would've take the first step to becoming more of an activist.

Social Media as a Formidable Force for Change

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
Ritu_Sharma

The power of social media is hard to dismiss. What once seemed like a trivial way to keep in touch with friends, sharing photos and jokes, has become a force for societal change, shining light on subjects previously unknown.

When Social Kills

David Sable | Posted 12.06.2014 | Business
David Sable

My fear is that we are beginning to look at our personal technology as a totem. The kind of totem that people once thought (and some still do) protected them from bullets or arrows or bears -- bottom line: an unnatural death.

How to Participate for Change and Peace in #Ferguson

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact
Ritu_Sharma

Whether you're in the business of helping people or not, it's hard to sit back and watch a situation like Ferguson unfold. With information coming at us via social channels, muddied like a game of telephone, it can be difficult to discern which side is right or wrong (as if it's ever that simple anyway), much less take any sort of action.

An Open Letter to the Fans of the Washington Nationals and New York Mets Baseball Teams

Andrew Dudley | Posted 08.10.2014 | Green
Andrew Dudley

As you may know, on May 16 I made an appearance at the Washington Nationals and New York Mets baseball game. In the ninth inning, I walked onto the fi...

Disability Awareness Activist Uyanga Erdenebold, Ulaanbaatar Mongolia

Nomin Dari | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Nomin Dari

Most of us know the difficulty of learning a foreign language. Now, imagine the triumph of learning a foreign language, blind. Uyanga Erdenebold, has not only done that, but is also the recipient of the first Fulbright Scholarship awarded to a blind Mongolian student.

I Won't Pretend That Disability Simulation Works

Emily Ladau | Posted 05.11.2014 | Impact
Emily Ladau

To me, it feels like the opposite of acceptance to have my entire identity as a person with a physical disability reduced to an isolated simulation experience. We must move away from equating empathy with acceptance

5 Of The Coolest, Craziest Ways To Stand Up For What You Believe In

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 02.06.2014 | Impact

From craftivism to hacktivism, passionate people around the globe have been coming up with increasingly creative ways to stand up for what they believ...

FACE IT: Pete Seeger on My Mind

Michele Willens | Posted 03.30.2014 | Fifty
Michele Willens

Today, everyone will be writing their obits and playing "Turn Turn Turn," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "If I Had a Hammer" in memory of the great and now late Pete Seeger.

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here -- What Will Be Your First Step?

Jane Carlin and Barb Macke | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Jane Carlin and Barb Macke

As a poet and a bookseller, Beau recognized that Al-Mutanabbi Street would have been his home, and sought to raise awareness and to promote the role of the artist in social activism and the commonality between Al-Mutanabbi Street and any street that holds a bookstore, library, university, or arts organization.

5 Pointz Wins Another Extension and Calls Out to Banksy for Help

Anthony Papa | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Anthony Papa

The artists involved in this case are calling out to the famous English artist Banksy to join their cause to stop the demolition of 5Pointz, known as the graffiti Mecca of the world.

Lead With Impact and Purpose: Create Positive Energy in the Workplace and Your Community

Marion Chamberlain | Posted 12.16.2013 | Business
Marion Chamberlain

When you've joined the ranks of the "rich and famous," remember that your commitment to being a good corporate citizen is what has set you far apart from those who remain unfulfilled through just accumulating.

A Rising Tide Floats One Boat: Noah's Response to Climate Change

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

As climate change comes crashing down upon us, we will face many hard choices between saving species and saving individual animals. Should we follow Noah's lead?

Rise With Us to Choose Meaningful Media

Srivi Ramasubramanian | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Srivi Ramasubramanian

Just like we should care about the air we breathe and the food we eat, we should care about what media we consume. It is important that we select, create, and consume media with meaning, purpose and wisdom.

Do-Gooders From Film School Do Good in Nigeria

Karin Kloosterman | Posted 11.03.2013 | Arts
Karin Kloosterman

The one-month film school program which happens regularly takes place in Nigeria. It is designed to inspire young Nigerians and Africans with film tools from America, and give the Africans the proper skills to make serious films after one short month of training.

Be You, Be Different, Improve the World

Kimberly Dark | Posted 11.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Kimberly Dark

Many of us are "different" in one way or another, yet we often tell the stories and put forth the selves that will receive social privilege. I wish we did less of that. Be brave. Be bold. Be yourself. That's how we each come to remember that human diversity is really pretty wonderful.

Activism's Double-Duty

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

People often think that activism is one-sided. That one must focus on a single issue and charge ahead. But true activism involves being able to tackle all the issues of the day -- both inside and outside of our own communities.

Empowering Young Women Economically Through Fashion

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.17.2013 | Impact
G(irls)20

Fashion goes beyond glossy magazine pages; if used well, it introduces girls to policy issues, entrepreneurship, and science - some key skills for the modern female pioneer.

Move Over, Polar Bears: Palm Oil Orangutans Want Their $5 of Fame

Bill Frezza | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
Bill Frezza

What do polar bears, orangutans, the Walt Disney Company, Cheetos, recycled fundraising schemes and corporate shakedowns have in common? It's just another day on the social activism front.

The Kind Of Faces I Want To See On TV

Carmin Chappell | Posted 06.30.2013 | Teen
Carmin Chappell

As a teenager, my generation is largely aware of the need for equal rights for all and represents a large portion of many campaigns. My peers and I need to dig deeper within the issues we care about and not rely on mainstream media to properly educate us on current events.

World Malaria Day and 3 Things You Can Do to Help

Joseph Peterson | Posted 06.24.2013 | Impact
Joseph Peterson

According to the World Health Organization, 650,000 people still die every year from this preventable disease, and most of those people are children under five years of age. Stop here and let that sink in: 650,000.

Social Justice in the Classroom: Not Always the Easiest Lesson

Holly Spinelli | Posted 06.04.2013 | Impact
Holly Spinelli

"Tears are tears," Gloria Steinem said. The profound message in that small phrase pertained to each of us, because all of us, no matter our differences, experience struggle. This is a powerful lesson we can teach all of our students.

When an Activist Fears He's Become a Conformist: Ask Noah

Noah Kass | Posted 04.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Noah Kass

"My partner and I have lobbied for the right to marry for six of the last nine years we've been together. Now it's completely legal in New York and we're over the moon about it. We decided to get married. Except now I'm feeling scared."