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A Tisha B'Av Appeal to the Jewish 'Bottom Line'

Shai Franklin | Posted 09.10.2013 | Religion
Shai Franklin

If Jewish-owned and Jewish-supported businesses worked with governments and local producers, we could set a new standard that honors and even raises the prevailing wage in countries. We could be proud of the clothes we wear, and not just because it's the "in" look.

A Precedent Is a Precedent... Until It's Not

Derek Penwell | Posted 09.10.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

As we approach some sort of resolution to the argument about the affirmation of LGBT people in our culture, the question we must answer isn't about how traditions based on the Bible could be subject to change, but how could anyone have ever thought they weren't?

When a Rapper's Actions Speak Louder Than His Words -- A Tribute to Yasiin Bey's Bravery

Kanene Holder | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Kanene Holder

While most rappers shoot videos with beautiful women, fancy cars and jewels, Bey was strapped up, held down and gagging as a feeding tube was inserted up his nose.

LA Planning Commission Must Heed South Central LA Community Concerns, Part 1

Tezozomoc | Posted 07.10.2013 | Los Angeles
Tezozomoc

Source: www.google.com/maps On June 26, 2013 the public comment came to a close on the future of the South Central Farmers' farm at 41st St. an...

What We Heard: Initial Thoughts From the Listening Tour

Elisa Villanueva Beard | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact
Elisa Villanueva Beard

A big tent that holds a truth that unites us all: a belief that all kids -- no matter what their race, background, or socio-economic status -- can achieve at the highest levels.

John XXIII: A Saint for Social Justice

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

John's commitment to social justice might become a main interpretive key for understanding Pope Francis' pontificate. With the selection of Francis as his papal name, this Pope has dedicated himself in a special way to the cause of social justice.

Voting Rights and the Religious Left

T. Thorn Coyle | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
T. Thorn Coyle

The religious right has banded together becoming a force of political clout in the U.S. They want to maintain their privilege, but the cost to our society is high. The religious left would do well to make common cause with one another and with activists working for justice.

Making Change in a Snap: Social Action Digitized

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 09.07.2013 | Impact
Noah Fitzgerel

While many websites have enabled charities and foundations to accrue vast amounts of money, Changesnap is predicated on the notion that time is often just as important as dollars to social change.

'Damage By Seeing' -- Jewish Insights for the Privacy Debate

Ari Hart | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
Ari Hart

How do we, as individuals and as a society make the difficult choices balancing privacy and security, sharing and oversharing, convenience and confidentiality?

Empowering Immigrant and refugee Women to Pursue Dreams of Entrepreneurship

Rich Polt | Posted 09.02.2013 | Impact
Rich Polt

In 2001, Marga had a life-changing experience when she had to leave behind her native Romania to bring her seriously ill newborn baby to the United States for treatment.

Calling Out Celebrity Christianity & Counterfeit Justice

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 09.02.2013 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

It's the age-old prosperity gospel bait and switch. And really, it's "We wanna be the 1 percent!" Christianity, with the cheering crowd ironically widening the economic gap between themselves and their leaders even as they strive to obtain their celebrity status.

From Rags to Resilience in Rural Bangladesh

BRAC | Posted 09.01.2013 | Impact
BRAC

With the concern that women are significantly more affected by natural disasters than men, BRAC's disaster, environment and climate change (DECC) program recently launched a new initiative aimed at reducing the vulnerability of women affected by climate change through viable livelihood options.

Jesus the Liberal

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Michael Shammas

A long time ago there was a remarkable man, a man who said that might does not make right, that the weak have a strength the strong do not have, and that what we call "justice" is often really injustice. He was a man who was condemned by traditional conservative society.

What About Unmarried Equality?

Bella DePaulo | Posted 08.30.2013 | Impact
Bella DePaulo

When I saw the Prop 8 plaintiffs huddled around the cell phone, hearing the President of the United States personally congratulating them on their rol...

Let's Not Make Things Worse for Young Adults

Terri Ludwig | Posted 06.28.2013 | College
Terri Ludwig

America's young adults face a treacherous road ahead, and it's clear that student loans are exacerbating the problem. Lawmakers in Washington should be careful not to make matters worse.

The Heart Honors the Sacred Feminine

Susanna Bair | Posted 08.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Susanna Bair

Recently there has been a surge of reported incidents of gang rape of girls and young women across the globe. I question what the staggering levels of...

Diversity Lives to See Another Day

Deborah N. Archer | Posted 08.26.2013 | Black Voices
Deborah N. Archer

With the Supreme Court's opinion in Fisher, talented and bright students from all backgrounds, including different racial and ethnic backgrounds, will get a fair opportunity. That is good news for every American.

No 'Joanie Phonie' Here: Joan Baez Radiates in Newark Concert

Jared Feldschreiber | Posted 08.25.2013 | Arts
Jared Feldschreiber

In October 1967, Joan Baez blocked the doorways of the building at the Armed Forces Induction Center in hopes of convincing young potential inductees to not serve in the Vietnam War. As a result, Baez and others, were arrested.

I'm An Immigrant, Come Harass Me Too

Palmer Chinchen | Posted 08.25.2013 | Religion
Palmer Chinchen

We harass people because of their skin color. My blood boils as I write those words. What is wrong with us? What is wrong with this country that calls itself "Christian"? What in us has created a disdain for the immigrant? We are a nation of immigrants.

Jesus, Shabbat Violators, and an Ethic of Tolerance

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 08.19.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

We can only bring each other closer with love, wisdom, and compassion. There is no room to alienate others based upon their theological understandings, communal commitments, or ritual practices. In the new paradigm, we evolve beyond mere tolerance into deeper respect, learning, and collaboration.

Which Would You Choose? Money Or Love?

Joanna Perry-Folino | Posted 08.18.2013 | Fifty
Joanna Perry-Folino

Does it make any sense at all then for a man of 60 to hook up with a woman of 30? Or vice versa? Logic would dictate against it; yet it happens all the time and many such relationships last for years.

Can Atheism Save Humanity?

Andrew Schwartz, M Div. | Posted 08.13.2013 | Religion
Andrew Schwartz, M Div.

Atheism cannot simply be about setting individuals free. It needs to address the deep suffering of society and take aim at dismantling the socio-economic structures that privilege the few while oppressing the many.

Torah vs. Libertarians: Round 1

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 08.12.2013 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

The libertarian view of economic justice is approximately this: If people freely agree to exchanges, then they are fair by definition. Restricting people's freedom in order to bring about or maintain a certain pattern of wealth distribution is unjust. The Torah disagrees.

If This, Then That: Logical Conclusions of a Broken Criminal Justice System

Delphia Simmons | Posted 08.10.2013 | Detroit
Delphia Simmons

An ex-offender's rehabilitation, growth, and development are both relevant and vital to the health of the thousands of families, neighborhoods, and communities to which they will return. It is in our best interest to support it.

Two Men at Midnight

Robert Egger | Posted 08.06.2013 | Impact
Robert Egger

Tonight at midnight, as June 6th gives way to June 7th, there is the powerful nexus between two symbolic dates in world history. Dates which have played a pivotal role in my life and career, as well as milestones on our world's journey towards justice.