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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.

Sun Dancing on Snow: Shining a Bright Light on Social Justice

Peter Samuelson | Posted 04.02.2014 | Entertainment
Peter Samuelson

Young filmmakers and their audiences are leading the march to a better world. An unstoppable wave of social justice is coming, long-overdue but now spread through the robust digital anthill of the millennial Web. Its films engender empathy that moves hearts and opens minds.

FACE IT: Pete Seeger on My Mind

Michele Willens | Posted 03.30.2014 | Fifty
Michele Willens

Today, everyone will be writing their obits and playing "Turn Turn Turn," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "If I Had a Hammer" in memory of the great and now late Pete Seeger.

Justice Department's Anti-Smoking Efforts Exclude Black Media

Daisy M. Jenkins, Esq. | Posted 03.29.2014 | Black Voices
Daisy M. Jenkins, Esq.

My cousin won't get the chance to tell his story but the U.S. Department of Justice, Kids Free Action Fund and the four major tobacco companies have the opportunity to make sure his message is heard.

"I Want to Follow Your Footsteps," -- Schools and Social Capital

Andrew Frishman | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Andrew Frishman

I open my mailbox and find an envelope addressed to my wife, handwritten in an almost illegible scrawl: Dear Dr. Leigh Needleman, I am very intere...

Intersections: Progressive and LGBT Advocacy

Dana Beyer | Posted 03.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

I want my children to live in a progressive America. When I was my sons' age, my hope for a progressive nation was dashed when the Reagan "revolution" set in. I want them to have the future of which I dreamed, and I can sense that we are on the verge of a new progressive era.

Honoring Dr. King the Man, Not the Icon

Paul Schmitz | Posted 03.22.2014 | Impact
Paul Schmitz

When we remember Dr. King only by his greatest victories and quotations, we do a disservice to him and ourselves. The iconic King teaches us incomplete lessons about leadership and the struggle for social change that can only be completed by understanding the true, three-dimensional man.

M.L.K.'s Housing Legacy

Terri Ludwig | Posted 03.19.2014 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

On a sunny July day in 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. took the stage at Chicago's Soldier Field before a crowd of 35,000 supporters. Building off m...

It's Time for Progressive Christians to Take a Stand for Marriage Equality

Derek Penwell | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

We liberal religious folks have too often ceded the cultural playing field to fundamentalist activists, who've organized themselves for the purposes of advocacy. It's time for progressive Christians to stand up and let their voices be heard.

Punching Holes in the Darkness

Rabbi Will Berkovitz | Posted 03.15.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Will Berkovitz

We all have torches we carry -- some to help us see and others to help us be seen. Despite the fact that our cities produce so much light that the heavens are obscured nightly, far too many of us suffer alone in darkness.

Bringing Urban Infrastructure to Communities On the Margins

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Informal settlements are especially underserved when it comes to infrastructure, and they often lack recognition from the government as well as the means to access necessities like clean water or healthcare.

What Motivates People of Faith to Serve Thy Neighbor? Studies Find Prayer, Beliefs, Social Ties All Matter

David Briggs | Posted 03.11.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Increased belief and attendance were both associated with greater service to others in a new study examining religion and volunteering throughout adulthood based on four waves of the Americans' Changing Lives study.

Do You Earn a Living Wage?

Abhi Nangia | Posted 03.09.2014 | Impact
Abhi Nangia

A toast is in order. A toast to everyone fortunate enough to earn a living wage. Here's a toast to complacency. Yes, complacency. Why am I writin...

Judy Wicks Threatens to Give Business a Good Name

John Locke Goss | Posted 03.08.2014 | Business
John Locke Goss

I was recently invited into the cozy Philadelphia row home of one of the great entrepreneurial minds and hearts of my generation. By almost any measur...

A Do-Gooder's Dilemma

Diana Mao | Posted 03.02.2014 | Religion
Diana Mao

As we enter the New Year, it is important to take a step back and ask the question of why as opposed to what. So many times we get asked what do you do, who do you work for?

Journey to Rising

V-Day | Posted 03.02.2014 | World
V-Day

I saw, like a picture, every step of our 13-year journey in their fierceness, in their courage, in their generosity and love of our women and our country -- as well as in their joy and insistence on hope.

Where Do You Stand? Where Do We Fall?

Joanna Perry-Folino | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Joanna Perry-Folino

Mike McCarthy, political commentator and a friend of mine on Facebook, wrote this a few days ago: By mid century the society of this country will b...

New Year Reflections: The Character of the Task Before Us

David Coates | Posted 03.01.2014 | Politics
David Coates

The task before us in 2014 is nothing less than to find a route back to generalized prosperity amid the wreckage left in place by the collapse of the Reagan growth model and the rise of the globalized economy. The debate now underway about the relationship between full employment and income inequality is vital because progressives have to find -- and find quickly -- a set of economic policies that can credibly refute the sustained attempt by the GOP to take us back to the future. From conservative circles, we now face a coordinated campaign to intensify income inequality, to erode the welfare safety net, to undermine public services and to weaken still further already weak labor unions. For moral as well as for economic reasons, progressives have to challenge this conservative renaissance by developing a political program that explicitly and proudly combines job creation and inequality reduction, one that insists on greater income equality as the route to full employment.

From Charity to Justice to Love: My Professional Odyssey

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 02.28.2014 | Impact
Jessica R. Dreistadt

True connection, dialogue, and understanding are missing from both the charity and justice prototypes. Both models are based on judgment, prescription, and dominance. Both assume that there is one right answer -- an illusory perfection that none of us can truly claim to exemplify.

The Social Impact of Food Allergies

Priyanka Chugh | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Priyanka Chugh

The feeling of being bullied and stigmatized does not end as children age into adults: bullying and a sense of loneliness are ubiquitous in many of the lives of those with food restrictions.

The Ghost of Christmas Present: Who Will Care for Our Children This Christmas?

Clark Power | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Clark Power

In Scrooge's comfortable moral world, parents are responsible for their "own" children. The Ghost of Christmas Present reveals that these wretched children belong to him and to us all. "They are Man's." These are our children, and we are all responsible for their future, which is ours.

The Pope and Economic Development

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

Now that the new pope has just been named TIME Magazine's person of the year, it is time, I think, that we take at least a quick look at what he is saying, especially regarding the world's economic order, especially in his latest document issued toward the end of November.

GM CEO Appointment Sobering Reminder of How Far We Still Have to Go

Shoham Geva | Posted 02.12.2014 | Women
Shoham Geva

On the surface, it's a fantastic thing. It's always a fantastic thing when one more positive first for any target identity is achieved. But as an 18-year-old female going to college today and expecting to head into the job market myself in the near future, it's also disappointing.

Why a Climate Activist Fasted Nine Days for Immigrant Families

Tom Weis | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Tom Weis

As someone who believes all social justice issues are interrelated, here was a chance to take a stand in defense of families being torn apart by an immigration system that flies in the face of our nation's immigrant history, and the bedrock American value of justice for all.

Mandela's Legacy

Nicole Lee | Posted 02.11.2014 | Black Voices
Nicole Lee

Reflecting on Mandela's legacy need not be a one-time affair. We are called to continue his fight against injustice.