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Helping Should Strengthen Relationships, Not Hurt Them: 3 Perspectives (3 of 3)

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 09.17.2014 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

This is the last in a series of three posts sharing the story of Myong, a refugee from Vietnam who was receiving counseling from Asian Neighborhood Design, the social service agency I ran in 1983.

Haitian Tourism Project Leads to Environmental Damage and Community Repression

Beverly Bell | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Other Worlds and the Solidarity and Resistance Collective for the Population of Île-à-Vache "Destination Île-à-Vache" is a government-driven t...

The Giving Tree

Carolyn Ossorio | Posted 09.12.2014 | Green
Carolyn Ossorio

Did you know that Seattle is one of the only major cities in the U.S. that has a vast network of urban fruit trees?

United We Stand Requires Actions, Not Just Words

Morgan Meneses-Sheets | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics
Morgan Meneses-Sheets

Flag waving is not patriotism. Questioning and demanding that we live up to our values -- that is patriotism. And that is what we must do.

I Stand With Barb Webb

Laura De Palma | Posted 09.08.2014 | Detroit
Laura De Palma

As an alumna of Marian High School and advocate of social justice, I stand with Barb Webb. Barbara, a former chemistry teacher at Marian High School, was fired before the beginning of the semester for her "nontraditional pregnancy."

Let's Deemphasize People's Motivations Behind Advocacy and Volunteering

Megan Foo | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
Megan Foo

As a high school student, I have often heard accusatory comments that so-and-so is only involved with social activism or a service project because "she wants to put it on her resume" or "he just wants to gain admission to college."

South Asian American Activism Isn't Necessarily Inclusive

Murali Balaji | Posted 09.17.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

It's critical for South Asian American organizations that truly embrace progressive values to be inclusive of a Hindu American voice, acknowledge that Hindu Americans suffer from various forms of discrimination and hate crimes, and include them on policy initiatives that impact South Asian Americans and other marginalized communities.

America, the Walls of Ferguson Must Come Down!

Bishop George Bloomer | Posted 09.03.2014 | Religion
Bishop George Bloomer

We must continue to strategize. We must continue to organize. We must vote. We must also cry out against the societal walls threatening to prevent a new generation of Michael Browns from receiving a quality education, jobs and justice they deserve.

How to Participate for Change and Peace in #Ferguson

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 09.03.2014 | 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.

Why I Taught My Class About Ferguson

Franchesca Warren | Posted 09.03.2014 | Education
Franchesca Warren

Each time I gathered materials to teach these 'controversial' units, there was always a fleeting voice in my head that questioned if these were topics my sophomores and juniors could handle, but within minutes I pushed those thoughts to the side and decided that for the benefit of my students.

For White People, Giving Up on Ferguson Is Not an Option

Ryan Chapin Mach | Posted 08.29.2014 | College
Ryan Chapin Mach

People of color can choose not to care about Michael Brown or Darren Wilson, but they cannot avoid the problems of prejudice in the U.S. legal system. Unlike me, black and brown people in America can't choose to be uninvolved in this discussion because at any point, these issues might come to claim their lives, their children's lives.

Ferguson, MO and Beyond Heroes, Holidays, Food and Festivals

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Can we as a society cut through this vail and begin to know and understand those different from ourselves, to have the ability to walk in the shoes of another, to break down these "us" versus "them" notions that separate? First, we must abolish the denial systems that prevent many of us grasping our social privileges.

When Faith and Facts Collide

Dave Pruett | Posted 08.24.2014 | Religion
Dave Pruett

Climate scientists have assumed that the overwhelming weight of evidence would carry the day. It hasn't. Indeed, studies show that, when individuals are challenged with facts contrary to their core beliefs, those beliefs temporarily harden.

Finding My Voice (and Using It) to End Sexual Violence

Erin McKelle | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Erin McKelle

As much as people may want to deny it, young people are driving the sexual assault prevention and feminist movements forward. They are the catalysts.

President Obama: What Will Your Legacy Be?

Nancy Kotting | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Nancy Kotting

Our brothers, our sons, our fathers are being slaughtered in the streets. The law has become lawless. Michael Brown's blood and the blood of countless others cannot be spilled in vain, not now, not with a man like you, finally, on the stage. Mr. President, I ask you, what will your legacy be?

Deaf Rights: What You Need to Know

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 08.21.2014 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Working in the deaf community, I've noticed a great deal of confusion surrounding the legal rights of the deaf. Both deaf and hearing individuals have difficulty understanding what accommodations deaf people are entitled to, and how exactly those needs get met.

Women-Led Resistance Against False Development

Beverly Bell | Posted 08.21.2014 | Impact
Beverly Bell

An Interview with Aura Lolita Chavez Ixcaquic, Maya K'iche from the Mayan Women's Movement, Guatemala By Deepa Panchang and Jessica Hsu As a member ...

World Bank's Environmental Injustice in South Africa

Nezir Sinani | Posted 08.25.2014 | Green
Nezir Sinani

Two weeks ago on the side-lines of the U.S-Africa Business Forum in Washington, D.C., World Bank President Kim used the metaphor of an "almost energy apartheid" to validate the move to fund more coal-fired energy infrastructure in Africa. The metaphor was mistaken; both figuratively and literally.

An Open Message to the Teachers of Ferguson

Alyssa Hadley Dunn | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
Alyssa Hadley Dunn

Is anyone writing to you, teachers of Ferguson? Is anyone thinking about how you are sleeping, what you are telling your own children, and how you are going to greet a new group of students in the morning? I hope so.

Our New Brave World: A Black Philanthropy Month 2014 Call to Action

Jackie Copeland-Carson | Posted 08.13.2014 | Black Voices
Jackie Copeland-Carson

I created Black Philanthropy Month (BPM) back in 2011 as a time to celebrate, review and renew our rich traditions of giving, self-help and social innovation. As has been true throughout our history, our collective giving and action are still keys to our success.

It's Not Only What You Say, But How You Say It: On Language and Class

Alyssa Lyons | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Alyssa Lyons

My friends' and families' languages helped shape my identity and understanding of the world and are just as valuable as my academic discourse. But one language no longer commands power over the others. They are all intrinsically a part of me.

'I Like Jesus -- It's His Followers I Can't Stand'

Derek Penwell | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

There's a growing dissatisfaction with the traditional view of the church among emerging generations. This dissatisfaction has any number of causes, which the disaffected would name as anti-institutionalism, hypocrisy, judgmentalism, etc. But there's one area of vexation that always seems to come up: the Jesus Gap.

The Global Disability Rights Movement: Winning Power, Participation, and Access

Beverly Bell | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Beverly Bell

An Interview with Diana Samarasan, Disability Rights Fund By Beverly Bell August 5, 2014   Diana Samarasan is founder and director of the Dis...

LGBT Athletes Still Facing Harassment and Discrimination

Ken Reed | Posted 08.04.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

Moving toward a SportsWorld of equality is unfortunately a slow, painful process. Not everyone wants to go along for the ride. They have to be pushed and pulled, kicking and screaming. Making people face what makes them uncomfortable is part of the process; part of the march to equality on our playing fields and in our locker rooms.

How Do I Know What Interpreting Agency to Work For?

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 07.23.2014 | Business
Lydia L. Callis

From the very start of our careers, interpreters should aware that these agencies are unethical, and that it is our professional responsibility to ensure access for the deaf is provided.