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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.

Tuning in to Teachers

Randi Weingarten | Posted 07.20.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Why would 3,500 people go to sun- and fun-filled Los Angeles and opt to spend the bulk of their time inside a cavernous convention hall? To be heard.

The Black Church and HIV: A Divine Prescription

Roslyn M. Brock | Posted 07.19.2014 | Black Voices
Roslyn M. Brock

On July 20, the NAACP will recognize the Day of Unity, to combat the disparate impact that HIV has on Black America. As an ordained minister, I know the power that faith communities can wield by providing life saving education and advocacy. This is not the time to be quiet. This is the time to speak.

The Odyssey Project: Incarcerated Youth Bring a Classic to the Stage at UCSB

Ming Holden | Posted 07.17.2014 | Impact
Ming Holden

The boys shuffle in from the bright Isla Vista heat outside, eight teenagers dressed in the navy blue polo shirt, slacks, and black-and-white converse sneakers that constitute the uniform of the juvenile detention center a few miles outside of town.

How to Make the Most of College as an Activist

Erin McKelle | Posted 07.17.2014 | College
Erin McKelle

When you're going into college (whether you're a freshman, senior, or somewhere in between) as someone who is, or aspires to be, an activist, the amount of preparation involved can seem overwhelming or even impossible to navigate. Believe me, I've been there.

'Green News Report' - July 15, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Huge Christian organization divests from fossil fuels; Germany pledges ...

The Future Demands We Teach About Diversity, Bias

Maureen Costello | Posted 07.15.2014 | Education
Maureen Costello

Eighth-graders in Christopher Avery's world cultures class often found that learning about the world meant confronting their own biases. When the class discussed the Middle East, talk turned to the power of stereotypes.

Determination Defined: The Carmen Rodriguez Story

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

The lesson to learn from the "Carmen Rodriguez Story" is that through hard work and dedication you can achieve your personal goals. Though life may hand you obstacles, you can turn them into opportunities.

Closing the 'Justice Gap'

Lonnie A. Powers | Posted 07.11.2014 | Impact
Lonnie A. Powers

Demand for civil legal aid continues to outstrip supply. Among attorneys and others in the field, this is known as the "justice gap." It's clear that we will never close this gap unless our federal and state funders dramatically increase their support. In the meantime, we must also find ways to expand access to information that can help those in need.

As Demand Rises, Civil Legal Aid Innovates to Expand Access to Resources

Lonnie A. Powers | Posted 07.11.2014 | Impact
Lonnie A. Powers

It's clear that we will never close this gap unless our federal and state funders dramatically increase their support. In the meantime, we must also find ways to expand access to information that can help those in need.

The Soul of Our Nation

Marqueece Harris-Dawson | Posted 07.10.2014 | Black Voices
Marqueece Harris-Dawson

Often times in the heated rhetoric of the immigration debate, African Americans and immigrants are pitted against one another. But once again, I see more commonality than difference.

Minorities, State Violence, and the Price of Self-Respect

Myisha Cherry | Posted 07.10.2014 | Black Voices
Myisha Cherry

Violence is not the most effective way to respond to injustice, but self-respecting individuals taking a stand together against injustice is. This is a price we all can afford. The question is do we respect each other enough to believe that others and ourselves are worth it?

I Did Not Come to Praise Richard Mellon-Scaife

Brian Ross | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Brian Ross

Richard "Dickie" Mellon-Scaife the reclusive billionaire publisher and heir of the 19th century Mellon Bank robber barons died at 82 on Friday, the final punctation of a dark biography of political manipulation and democracy demolition equal or greater to his more public friends the Koch brothers.

Her Own Room: Gloria Steinem, M.I.A., and Kimberle Crenshaw

Nimmi Gowrinathan | Posted 07.09.2014 | Women
Nimmi Gowrinathan

Small spaces for social justice can be suddenly erected, or purposefully constructed. After developing an iconic legal insight Kimberle Crenshaw, found that critical aspects of race theory were reflected most accurately in familiar faces, with familiar politics.

Toward a Fairer Admissions Process

William Lynch III | Posted 07.08.2014 | New York
William Lynch III

New York City's specialized high schools, all unionized public schools, are some of the leading academic institutions of their kind anywhere. However, the current admissions process is shortchanging people of color, among others.

Airport Lines and the Survival of the Finest

Misha Pinkhasov | Posted 07.08.2014 | Travel
Misha Pinkhasov

With the summer travel season in full swing, the anticipation of warm waters and far-away sights comes tinged with the less pleasant prospect of long lines at the airport.

Triumph Church's Shelter For Sex Offenders Shut Down By State Of Alabama

AP | JAY REEVES | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion

CLANTON, Ala. (AP) — Believing it was his calling to reach out to people Jesus called "the least of these," Pastor Ricky Martin built a little churc...

Foundations Must Be 'Freedom Funders' Once Again

Aaron Dorfman | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Aaron Dorfman

As we honor the movement's activists and organizers, we must not forget to also recognize the handful of bold foundations that provided important financial support for the movement in the decade preceding this major victory.

The Secret History of 'Maleficent'

Dale Elizabeth Meikle | Posted 06.27.2014 | Women
Dale Elizabeth Meikle

However narratively clumsy, adaptations like Maleficent are inherently constructive. They teach us to humanize others in a society stalled not by men themselves, but by a patriarchal legacy that's dismissed qualities of the ancient goddess.

Pope Francis: 'Jesus Was A Refugee'

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 06.23.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis made a poignant appeal on behalf of the world's refugees during his Wednesday general audience, reminding all listening that Jesus, too, ...

Making Yoga Affordable To All

Rob Schware | Posted 06.20.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Peggy Hong, who is part of a growing movement to incorporate themes of social justice into yoga classes, workshops, and programs.

Let's Not Forget These Hindu Voices in the World of Social Uplift

Murali Balaji | Posted 06.20.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

One of the great things about The Huffington Post is its willingness to provide a forum for open discourse about the role religion can play in social ...

Doing Social Justice: 10 Reasons to Give Up Ableist Language

Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact
Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg

Disability metaphors abound in our culture, and they exist almost entirely as pejoratives. You see something wrong? Compare it to a disabled body or mind. These words seem so "natural" to people that they go uncorrected a great deal of the time.

White Evangelicals Are The Religious Group Most Opposed To Immigration Reform

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 06.10.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Majorities of every religious group except for white evangelical Protestants support a path toward citizenship for undocumented immig...

Landscaping for Heaven or Hell on Earth

Lisa Novick | Posted 06.08.2014 | Green
Lisa Novick

It is time to recognize the wrongdoing at the heart of ornamental non-native landscaping and to make amends. It is time for people to extend the love and respect they show for one another to the land that surrounds their homes and places of worship.