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Disability Awareness Activist Uyanga Erdenebold, Ulaanbaatar Mongolia

Nomin Dari | Posted 03.17.2014 | 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 03.11.2014 | 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."

One Woman's Guide to Changing the World

Deborah Swiss | Posted 05.07.2013 | Women
Deborah Swiss

Elizabeth Fry challenged her nation's moral compass. Understanding that poverty is neither a choice nor a crime, she tirelessly worked to educate women in low-paid jobs, in workhouses, in halfway houses and in prisons.

The New Era

Jay Mandle | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Jay Mandle

Money dictates the political agenda. An event like the tragedy in Connecticut can put a dent in that agenda. But the fact remains that the issues that progressives are concerned with typically are not even discussed in Congress.

Parents, Guns and Awareness

Susan Kaiser Greenland | Posted 02.21.2013 | Parents
Susan Kaiser Greenland

A fact-of-life in America today is that people keep guns in their homes. Maybe you don't have guns in your house, but other parents do. So, it makes sense for parents to ask about guns every time they drop their children off for a playdate, or sleepover, or birthday party.

Occupy the White House

Vince Carducci | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics
Vince Carducci

Whether the second Obama administration turns out to be another Thermidorian Reaction remains to be seen. Although I did hear a rumor that the other day someone on K Street saw Grover Norquist blink. One can only hope.

Awaking the Sleeping Giant: Curry Sparks a Resurgence in Social Activism

Marcus Bright | Posted 01.20.2013 | Miami
Marcus Bright

The efforts of Curry, Sharpton and others in Florida during the Operation Lemonade effort illustrate the power and potential of what a diverse and committed coalition can do in the face of significant man-made barriers.

Feasting on Optimism

Amy Schrier | Posted 12.09.2012 | Impact
Amy Schrier

The solutions to social problems of the future will be born in the minds of optimists.

K'naan: The Reluctant Advocate

Tom Murphy | Posted 11.25.2012 | Impact
Tom Murphy

Somali-born hip-hop artist K'naan fled with his family from Mogadishu when he was 13 years old. The country at the time was experiencing a civil war that has left the country in a state in instability. His music has a series of influences that range from Nina Simone to Bob Marley to Bob Dylan.