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Social Justice

Reality Check: Our Progress Has Come at an Unsustainable Price

John Friedman | Posted 05.10.2014 | Business
John Friedman

When a system continues to produce the same results, one must conclude that the system, whether it was intended to produce those outcomes or not, is designed to produce those outcomes.

A Letter to Publix Owners and Management

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 05.10.2014 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

I've been so surprised to see Publix (along with Wendy's) refusing (so far) to join the Fair Food Program. And that's why I've been outspoken in my desire to see Publix live up to the ideals of its founder, George Jenkins, who said, "Don't let making a profit stand in the way of doing the right thing."

Will the Meeting Between Pope Francis and President Obama Foster a 'Social Justice Spring'?

Ana Garcia-Ashley | Posted 05.05.2014 | Latino Voices
Ana Garcia-Ashley

Ever since I read that President Obama and Pope Francis will meet at the Vatican later this month, my hopes for the year have been rising.

When Will the Oppression Stop?

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Communication is especially important in situations which are already traumatic, isolating and stressful. Times of personal crisis are not when we want to be advocating for our basic human rights.

Foundation Leaders and President Obama Get It Right With 'My Brother's Keeper'

Aaron Dorfman | Posted 05.03.2014 | Impact
Aaron Dorfman

Consequently, the improvements for this targeted population will benefit all of us by creating a more inclusive and just society. We will all fare better if nobody is left behind.

If You're Going to Bring Them to Jesus, Then Bring Them to Jesus

Bryan Berghoef | Posted 05.03.2014 | Religion
Bryan Berghoef

In the Great Commission, he called for the making of disciples -- people who followed a teacher in order to bring about his or her vision of the world. So I say, if you're going to bring them to Jesus, then actually bring them to Jesus!

Why I Founded Zidisha

Julia Kurnia | Posted 05.02.2014 | Impact
Julia Kurnia

An idealistic 24-year-old, I'd been hired out of graduate school to manage overseas grants on behalf of the US government. This was my second year on the job and I already had a reputation as a maverick.

Honoring Septima Clark

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Throughout much of her long life Mrs. Clark was often at odds with South Carolina leaders and made other enemies as she traveled throughout the Deep South pioneering literacy and citizenship education for black Americans.

Marginalization of Military Women, Minorities, and War Stress Casualties -- Part I

Mark C. Russell, Ph.D., ABPP | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Mark C. Russell, Ph.D., ABPP

Unmistakable progress has been made over the decades to correct social injustice perpetrated on marginalized Americans, including our gay and lesbian citizens. However, the plight of the mentally ill, stigma, and disparity have flourished in the 21st century.

Venezuelan Crisis: Resentment, Struggle and a Way Forward

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 04.29.2014 | World
Stephanie Rudat

It is evident that the problems of inflation, scarcity, crime and violence are issues that affect all Venezuelans equally, regardless of their political affiliation or ideologies. Why, then, is the population still divided?

Fine Young Philanthropists

Varda Epstein | Posted 04.27.2014 | Impact
Varda Epstein

Kids are being taught at home and in their schools about the meaning of giving. Apparently, doing nice things for others makes kids smarter, happier and more successful, too.

An Open Call for Conspirators

Dirk Hughes | Posted 04.27.2014 | Impact
Dirk Hughes

I am actively recruiting conspirators to take part in a plan to save the world. There are no clandestine meetings, no high-risk behaviors, and no financial investments required. No special equipment is needed.

I Found Social Justice in Puerto Rican Village

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 04.22.2014 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

This community in the middle of Puerto Rico is living proof that social justice underpins peace and prosperity.

A Biblical Case for Raising the Minimum Wage

Rabbi Michael Knopf | Posted 04.20.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Knopf

For those of us whose religious traditions form the core of our ethical strivings, we might rightly ask whether the Bible offers any guidance in helping us find our place within this debate. Does the Bible advocate a minimum wage, and if so, would it compel us to raise it?

It's Time We Loved All of Our Children

Katie Mgongolwa | Posted 04.20.2014 | Parents
Katie Mgongolwa

It's time we loved all our children. Of course, it would be better if we loved all our citizens, but loving our children is a good start. It's time to ask ourselves honestly if our cities value their children equally.

Respecting the Future in the Life and Cinematic Work of Jean Rouch

Paul Stoller | Posted 04.18.2014 | Arts
Paul Stoller

Known in Europe and Africa for his highly creative work in documentary film, Rouch's work helped to spark The New Wave of French filmmaking, inspiring filmmakers like Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard.

Boiling It Down: The Five Little Pigs

Harold Nonken | Posted 04.15.2014 | Comedy
Harold Nonken

In the current economic atmosphere, there is a blame game being carried on. With our national credit rating having been downgraded, the future is dice...

Bill de Blasio Lifts the Left

Brent Budowsky | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Bill de Blasio has lifted the left and is a man to watch in 2014. I have a hunch that the next Democratic nominee for president will be watching him closely, too.

A New Generation Of Evangelical Women Hold A Conference Unlike Any Other

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 02.13.2014 | Religion

AUSTIN, Texas (RNS) If past conferences such as Women of Faith drew thousands of evangelical women to indoor stadiums for devotional Bible study, a n...

Still We Rise: Recovering the Grassroots Impetus of the NAACP Post-1965

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 04.13.2014 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

As we commemorate our 105th anniversary on February 12, I am hopeful that we as an organization can rise and soar to new possibilities. With the help of the Lord, still we rise.

Will Feminists Innovate Out of the Ashes?

Aspen Baker | Posted 04.12.2014 | Impact
Aspen Baker

While the pain and hurt that many feminists have experienced as a result of our online interactions with each other is quite real, I hope it is not the end of our story.

A Force to Be Reckoned With

K. Sujata | Posted 04.08.2014 | Chicago
K. Sujata

In 2012, nearly half of the elderly population (adults 65+) in the United States were considered to be "economically vulnerable."

An Unforgettable Glimpse Into Pete Seeger's Genius

Henry Miller | Posted 04.06.2014 | Arts
Henry Miller

When Pete Seeger died at the age of 94 last week, he left three extraordinary legacies: all of them world-class. One was of music -- building audiences for folk music and making his own remarkable contributions to it.

The Opportunity Ladder and Social Justice

Michael Brenner | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The opportunity project proved to be a far cry from the promised war on inequality. Tepid and tentative best describe it. Mr. Obama's calling off the war before the first shot was fired carries a blunt lesson. America today is a plutocracy.

Pete Seeger: His Public Face Was His Private Face

Michael Wenger | Posted 04.02.2014 | Celebrity
Michael Wenger

I actually only encountered him personally one time. That one time cemented my admiration for him for all time. Let me tell you what happened, how the Pete Seeger we saw in public demonstrated that he was the same man in private.