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Social Justice

Quick Fixes in Life and Politics

Paul Stoller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Paul Stoller

In the face of serious social and economic problems, life is patience, and President Obama has the intelligence and foresight to meet the challenges of the future. A vote for him on November 6 moves us away from the past and propels us toward the future.

Simple Luxuries: Lessons From Hurricane Sandy

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 01.03.2013 | Business
Jessica R. Dreistadt

About two weeks ago, I was in Denver, Colo., for my first International Leadership Association conference, which I attended both as a presenter and as...

Religious Principles And The Election

Frank G. Kirkpatrick | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Frank G. Kirkpatrick

We should not go into the voting booth informed only by warm sentiments but instead by an informed understanding of the real social consequences of what the candidates' policies would be.

Woo What Women?

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 12.30.2012 | Politics
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

With the election looming, we decided to write this one together. Call it our endorsement.

How Much Do You Know About Where Your Halloween Candy Comes From?

Kristen Howerton | Posted 12.29.2012 | Parents
Kristen Howerton

My family is breaking up with commercial chocolate, or buying fair trade. I hope you will, too.

PHOTO: Mother Teresa Carving Added To Human Right's Porch At Washington National Cathedral

Posted 10.25.2012 | Religion

Washington, D.C.—On Thursday, October 25, 2012, Washington National Cathedral will hold a special service of Choral Evensong to dedicate a carving o...

Changing the World, One Step at a Time

Arianna Huffington | Posted 12.23.2012 | Impact
Arianna Huffington

Pushing back against the failures of our leaders and institutions is a growing movement of people and organizations taking the initiative to engage, connect, solve problems, share, and change their communities and the world. We see this in the people whose stories are featured in a new book, Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing the World One Nonprofit at a Time.

War on Women Becomes Law of the Land if Romney Chooses the Supreme Court

Brent Budowsky | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Heaven help justice in America if Mitt Romney is given the power to turn the Supreme Court of the United States into his great gift to the far right of the Republican party.

Serj Tankian on Harakiri Social Change, and System of a Down

Andrew Fish | Posted 12.15.2012 | Entertainment
Andrew Fish

The quiet, thoughtful rocker kicks back on the couch to chat about Harakiri, social change, and the blast he's had back on the road with System.

The Importance of Beating Earnest: Lessons From the Vice Presidential Debate

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Should we have a greater integration between church and state? Which is more important in terms of public policy -- abortion control or ensuring social justice?

Death of the Good Black Man Towards A "Shiny Suit Theory"

Javon Johnson | Posted 12.09.2012 | Black Voices
Javon Johnson

By most accounts I am a good Black man. Hell, I even tip a little extra to help offset the stereotypes of the penny pinching Black diner. While I both worked hard for and enjoy my success, I, for so many reasons, must denounce the title of "good Black man."

Mira Sorvino, In Pursuit Of Justice

Guideposts | Posted 12.09.2012 | Religion

When you look into the eyes of someone who's had all their basic human rights stolen, their dignity stripped away, treated like an object, not a human being, how can you turn your back? How can you not speak out and act?

A 'Victim's' Account

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

More and more in the public square are actions and language indicative of scapegoating, gulling, and victimization.

An Open Letter to Occupy Wall Street

Jumaane D. Williams | Posted 10.03.2012 | New York
Jumaane D. Williams

Dear Occupy Wall Street: I congratulate you on what you have achieved and I hope you take time to decide how the movement will move forward in a constructive manner. Occupy a new space? Get involved electorally? Actively work to reform policy?

What I Learned About Social Justice From The Higgs Boson

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater | Posted 11.27.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

I don't often get to say that I feel like Moses, but I did at one point in the past year. There was a discovery made this summer of epic proportions, one that is going to change, we are told, the face of physics and perhaps our entire understanding of the universe.

Joy, Passion and Parties for the Environment

Patrick Groneman | Posted 11.25.2012 | Green
Patrick Groneman

Let's ditch the the 99% slogan. In these dire circumstances we must be the 100% -- not because it sounds better, but because all 100% of us are deeply intertwined. We have no choice about this, and to start from any other place will leave us missing the fundamental pieces of transformation.

Why Blisters Can Be Good

Rev. Jerry Campbell | Posted 11.25.2012 | Religion
Rev. Jerry Campbell

For someone who sits most of the day, walking 12 miles in temperatures that surpassed the 100-degree mark made for a long journey! But I met some wonderful, dedicated individuals who have been suffering conditions worse than I imagined.

The Scandal Of Publix and The Coalition of Immokalee Workers: A Christian Critique

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 11.24.2012 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

Like Rev. Thomas, I'm part of a growing movement of people who realize that there is a moral dimension to capitalism

Romney's Truth And 'Those People': The Dependent Victims Of Government Assistance

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 11.21.2012 | Religion
Andre E. Johnson

Since poverty and "those people" are associated with this problem of dependency, it allows people who do not want to be associated with "those people" to disregard Romney's critique -- one that he aimed squarely at them.

When the N-word Strikes in Chocolate City

Head-Roc | Posted 11.19.2012 | DC

This past weekend, I learned a lot about myself and where I am when it comes to responding to, and handling, the nuances of racism that black and brown people have to endure on a daily basis in our society.

Poliça -- Bon Iver's Favorite Band Talks Music and Causes

Brandon Deroche | Posted 11.18.2012 | Impact
Brandon Deroche

Poliça, is an autotuned-female-fronted, dark, hazy, guitar-less four-piece that put out one of those rare albums that can be enjoyed from start to finish (remember those?). I met up with one of their two drummers, Drew Christopherson.

Honoring Champions of Social Justice

Deepak Bhargava | Posted 11.13.2012 | Impact
Deepak Bhargava

Where most people see a troubled kid, actress Sonja Sohn, best known for playing Detective Kima Greggs on The Wire, sees someone whose potential has n...

Who Is A Jew? Standing Before God Before The Days Of Awe

Rabbi Miriyam Glazer | Posted 11.14.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Miriyam Glazer

In the Jewish world, this time of year feels like kibbutz galuyot -- an ingathering of the exiles. As the Days of Awe beckon, so many of us become restless and uneasy about our Jewish selves.

9/11 Is Not An Excuse to Continue War

Elischia Fludd | Posted 11.12.2012 | World
Elischia Fludd

We need to be connected to each other and our brothers and sisters around the world. We must begin to understand that our peaceful experiences thrive because of solidarity and humane treatment.

A Tale of Two Conventions

David Coates | Posted 09.08.2012 | Politics
David Coates

The Obama Administration did not create the crisis. They inherited it. Because they did, and because Republicans cannot afford to admit that they did, systematic lying had to become central to the presentation of the Republican case in Tampa.