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Odd Couple? U.S. Catholic Bishops and Community Organizers

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 11.21.2014 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, the U.S. Catholic bishops ask their parishioners to donate to the needy, but this annual special collection is not charity.

"Please Don't Feed the Homeless"

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 11.14.2014 | Impact
Tiziana Dearing

When a private citizen, church, nonprofit or citizens group offers public distribution of precious resources such as food, financial support or temporary shelter to people experiencing homelessness, those people congregate.

Investing in Legal Aid Is Good Business

Lonnie A. Powers | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
Lonnie A. Powers

In law as in medicine, an emergency room is neither the most cost effective nor beneficial way to deliver justice or provide health care. Seeing your doctor regularly makes it easier and less expensive for individuals and for the health care system overall to stay healthy.

Wannabe Demographers?

Diane Tobin | Posted 11.12.2014 | Religion
Diane Tobin

Shalva Weil's characterization of "wannbe" Jews is itself derogatory and dismissive. Those exploring their heritage or seeking to convert to Judaism should according to our tradition be treated with respect, even if they do not choose to complete their journey.

Voices of Hope in a Time of Crisis

Asoka Bandarage | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
Asoka Bandarage

How quickly can the shift to renewables and de-carbonization at the source be achieved through individual and grass roots efforts? Globalization is the reality and events like the 'Voices of Hope in a Time of Crisis' Conference are themselves the products of globalization.

Blogging Defiantly: Teaira Whitehead and The Brothers Karamazov

Sue Kerr | Posted 11.11.2014 | Crime
Sue Kerr

There's a passage in the acclaimed novel The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky that has resonated and haunted me for decades.

What Berlin Taught Us About Bringing Walls Down

Sarah Thebarge | Posted 11.11.2014 | Religion
Sarah Thebarge

In the current issues the U.S. is facing, walls of injustice and fear have been erected. Those who are free, and those who know they need to be free, stand at these walls that we are convinced must come down.

How the Criminal Justice System Fails the Deaf Community

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 11.10.2014 | Crime
Lydia L. Callis

Imagine a situation where you are accused of a crime -- perhaps a crime you did not commit, or maybe even a crime you were the victim of. The arresting officers use a different language; you're unable to communicate what happened before you get brought to jail.

Brittany Maynard: Where Does the Debate End?

Kait Sawyer | Posted 11.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Kait Sawyer

Brittany had a choice, and she chose. What gives the rest of us the authority to judge or praise?

Look Into Their Eyes, They'll Show You Their Hearts

S. L. Young | Posted 11.05.2014 | Education
S. L. Young

On the first night I was scheduled to teach at a jail, a conscience decision was made to ensure that I had a positive attitude; didn't prejudge the environment, and focused on my purpose instead of the location that I would teach. My first experiences at the jail were a little overwhelming; the sights and sounds were different but not surprising.

Waiting for the Bat Signal: The Passing of a Parenting Legend

Elizabeth Broadbent | Posted 10.31.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Broadbent

Not a week passes that a breastfeeding mother is asked to cover up, take it to the bathroom, or leave a store entirely. But La Leche League is still normalizing nursing, still supporting breastfeeding rights

WATCH: The State of Our World in a 1-Second Clip

Cameron Conaway | Posted 10.29.2014 | Green
Cameron Conaway

The term 'wealth inequality' is thrown around in a lot of abstract ways. Here's to making it concrete:Imagine the makers of one of humanity's highest-grossing entertainment films shooting footage for the sequel at one of the world's most brutal sites of human and environmental abuse.

Scared of Ebola, ISIS, Putin, or Climate Change? A New Global Panel Tackles the Social Plagues That Generate Our Problems

Marc Fleurbaey | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
Marc Fleurbaey

First, most of our problems are our own doing. Second, we know a lot about the causes and the solutions. This combination is new. Old civilizations have died because their lifestyle was not sustainable but, unlike us, they didn't understand the mechanisms.

California Energy Strategists Push For 100% Clean Energy, Without Fossil Fuels Or Nuclear Power

John J. Berger | Posted 10.27.2014 | Green
John J. Berger

If this game-changing goal is widely adopted by the environmental community and by a vanguard of public officials, it would put California climate policymakers and others under pressure to advance the state's already ambitious clean energy goals.

Celebrating Pro Bono Month

Lonnie A. Powers | Posted 10.24.2014 | Impact
Lonnie A. Powers

Voluntary service to people in need is a deep tradition of the legal profession. Here in Massachusetts, it is clear that equal access to justice has come to depend on the pro bono services of attorneys.

A Diwali Reflection: The Exchange of Lamps

Vineet Chander | Posted 10.23.2014 | Religion
Vineet Chander

The heart is the place where we keep that which we treasure the most. What might it mean to make our hearts a temple?

Principles for a Detroit Organizer Who is Not From Detroit

Laura De Palma | Posted 10.28.2014 | Detroit
Laura De Palma

Detroit's history and is rich and complex. Learn it. Understand it. Embed it in the way you conceptualize change in the city and how to join in the struggle.

Ferguson's Justice Quagmire

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 11.07.2014 | Crime
Burke E. Strunsky

This may be one of those cases, which we as prosecutors see all the time, in which we know in our gut that someone is guilty, but we can't prove it beyond all reasonable doubt.

Southern Clergy Voices Signal A Shift Throughout The Black Community

Rev. Cedric A. Harmon | Posted 10.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Cedric A. Harmon

For many, the very idea of an African American pastor or clergyperson publicly embracing LGBT equality is unimaginable. You know the story; the Black Church is conservative and homophobic. That story is shifting.

Fear and Fair Cannot Coexist...

Greg Asbed | Posted 10.16.2014 | World
Greg Asbed

Last month's horrific massacre of student human rights activists in Guerrero serves as an awful reminder of why there will be no "Fair Food Program" in the foreseeable future of Mexico's tomato industry...

On World Day of Food Sovereignty, Struggling for Land in Brazil

Beverly Bell | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
Beverly Bell

October 16 is World Food Day. To ensure that there is food for the world, and that it is not controlled by corporations, small farmers and allies across the globe have also named October 16 the Day of Action for Food Sovereignty and against Transnational Organizations.

Tech Justice: Social Justice Emerges From the High Tech Arena

Nadeem Mazen | Posted 10.13.2014 | Technology
Nadeem Mazen

Imagine a system with complete data security where program coordinators can proactively recruit promising students based on academic need, workforce development initiatives, or neighborhood demands.

Is it Really a New Year?

Jay Ruderman | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion
Jay Ruderman

In the High Holiday prayers we say, "May we all blend into one community to do Thy will with a whole heart." We can never be whole unless we are one community, with everyone having an equal seat around the table.

Pioneering the Possible

Scilla Elworthy | Posted 10.09.2014 | Impact
Scilla Elworthy

True pioneers are fuelled by their vision of how a new world could be, and dare to take on what has never been done before. Now, when so few people have any vision at all of the future, the pioneering spirit embodies the kind of leadership so deeply needed on the planet.

Faces from Ferguson: Johnetta Elzie

Maytha Alhassen | Posted 10.09.2014 | Black Voices
Maytha Alhassen

It was at one of these panel conversations that I met and connected with youth activists from St. Louis who profoundly stunned me with their pronounced brilliance, moving determination and extraordinarily inspiring resiliency.