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'Who's Looking for Me?': God's and America's Invisible Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I hope every Black leader, parent, grandparent and preacher will mount a united and irresistible voice to end the structural exclusion of millions of children from the education and other opportunities required to keep them from dead-end lives.

Ferguson and America's Hatred of Democracy

Heather Gautney | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Heather Gautney

Ferguson was not just an event in which police overreacted to heated demonstrations; it's a symptom of a generalized hatred of democracy in this country -- the hatred of the truly bold idea that politics should be the work of everyday people and that power should not be concentrated in the hands of a few.

UN World Food Programme in Ecuador: Helping Colombian Refugees Transition Amid Poverty and Risks

Nick Sexton | Posted 08.22.2014 | Impact
Nick Sexton

"There is a huge difference between having the food vouchers and not having them. For us it has been a great help because we arrived here in Ecuador empty-handed. We didn't know where we were going nor what we were going to do."

The Changing, Militarized Face of Policing Shatters Public Trust and Confidence

Gary Pieters | Posted 08.21.2014 | Black Voices
Gary Pieters

I am still trying to deconstruct why the Ferguson community's outpouring of grief, loss and anger was met with such an impersonal, aggressive and unrelenting show of militarized police use of force uncharacteristic of peacetime policing.

Ferguson Riots: We Need Statesmen, Not Politicians

Choon James | Posted 08.21.2014 | Hawaii
Choon James

The Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a policeman is undeniably an ugly event for all involved. The subsequent events following the ...

Six Bullets

Daniel N. Nelson | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Daniel N. Nelson

We have very little time before the cumulative effect of socioeconomic inequality and racial bias take an irrevocable toll on the United States. Please, Mr. Obama, end your vacation not for Iraq but for America.

Where Do We Come From?

Denise M. Wilbanks | Posted 08.20.2014 | Weird News
Denise M. Wilbanks

My dear readers, Denial is not a river in Egypt. What will it take to wake up? Or have we allowed ourselves to be so disempowered that we have thrown in the towel? If so, is self destruction imminent? I would hope not.

Education for the World We Want (Part 1)

Suna Senman | Posted 08.15.2014 | Education
Suna Senman

How does a society that teaches preschoolers to play well, share toys and not hit raise highly educated leaders to justify revenge, invade countries and develop weapons to kill?

Luck Not Merit: Inequality and Opportunity in America Today

Elizabeth Evans | Posted 08.15.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Evans

Three years ago, we launched New Voice Strategies, a nonprofit designed to close the empathy gap by giving individuals a more direct say in our public institutions.

Our Policy in Preventing Suicide Should Be "If In Doubt, Check It Out"

Alan Ross | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
Alan Ross

Altruistic or not, it is of great benefit to our friends, family and community to gain insight into what the person in crisis is thinking and feeling -- whether we understand them or not -- in order to intervene in a potential life-threatening situation.

Who Aches With Me?

Lori Day | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Lori Day

War allows men (and sometimes women) who would otherwise live within the rules of civilized society to become animals. But for the most part, animals do not display the calculated and indiscriminate savagery of humans, who are not killing to obtain food.

Why It's Nearly Impossible to Nail Cops for Deadly Force

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.12.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The negative perceptions of blacks, especially black males, by much of the public are not the only problem in effecting effective legal measures against police violence. There is no ironclad standard of what is or isn't an acceptable use of force in police misconduct cases.

End the Open Season: On Black Folks, Violence and Remembrance

Jay Dodd | Posted 08.15.2014 | Black Voices
Jay Dodd

From cultural appropriation and media condemnation to the physical brutality and slaughter, Blackness in America, though mirrored globally, is unjustly marked by violence.

Time Release

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 08.08.2014 | Arts
Helen Eisenbach

After opens like a horror story. An ominous undertow pervades its early frames, giving us the feeling we are watching a scary movie that will tighten its screws and escalate our dread until something too terrifying to endure occurs.

'Most Dangerous' for Children and Human Rights

Freedom House | Posted 08.08.2014 | Impact
Freedom House

Children reaching the United States should be considered refugees and be granted temporary protected status until they can be guaranteed a safe return to their homes.

Border Problem, Beltway Crisis

Mark Hetfield | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics
Mark Hetfield

The children at the border are only a symptom of a crisis of extreme violence in Central America and a crisis inside the Beltway caused by a dysfunctional Congress that misses opportunity after opportunity to fix our broken immigration laws. This is a life and death issue.

James Brown Biopic: Should Life Stories Really Include Fabricated Incidents?

Charles Thomson | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Charles Thomson

It is surely irresponsible to insert significant, fictitious incidents into movies marketed as true stories. Besides which, James Brown's life story was about as dramatic as they come. If you can't turn that into a compelling movie without inventing non-existent shotgun fire, nobody's life story is safe.

The End of the Road

Elizabeth Daube | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Daube

Despite global praise for Burma's democratic reforms, the country hasn't resolved its decades-long legacy of ethnic persecution. Burma's refugees fear what will happen to them next.

What Your Teens Want You To Know About Bullying

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 08.05.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

This is what your kids want you to know about the bullying experience, but might never tell you. You see, they don't want to upset you, disappoint you, worry you and are even concerned that you might not be interested.

One Way to Stem Violence in Chicago Is by Fighting Hunger

Jeannie Boutelle | Posted 08.05.2014 | Chicago
Jeannie Boutelle

It is one thing to complain about violence in Chicago and it is another to do something about it. Feeding children who don't have access to good food, providing them with a full stomach gives them a sense of security, and reinforces a connectedness to their community.

Terrifying Car Ride Urges Women To Never Take A Backseat When It Comes To Domestic Abuse

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.01.2014 | Impact

Many people have experienced uncomfortable cab rides, but few backseat journeys get quite this intense. In the video above, women featured in a soc...

What Women Think They Know About Gun Laws (And How They're Wrong)

Margie Omero | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics
Margie Omero

In the last decade, more women were killed by an intimate partner using a gun than troops killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. Come November, women across party lines may reward candidates working to solve problems, rather than leaning on partisan perceptions.

Gaza Memo to Congress: Talk to Hamas

Michael Shank | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

This week, former United States Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) reached out to me regarding a Dear Colleague letter that he wanted to circulate to ...

Congo's Resilient Women

Diana Buckhantz | Posted 08.02.2014 | Impact
Diana Buckhantz

In the U.S., we use the word resilience to describe someone who has made something of their life after enduring a difficult situation. These scenarios can be painful, but in Congo, the word resilience means something else entirely.

Crisis at the Border: A Tragedy of Incentives

Cristina Lopez G. | Posted 07.30.2014 | Latino Voices
Cristina Lopez G.

Understanding or explaining the immigration "phenomenon" that drives Central Americans to the United States doesn't require major academic research or political philosophy theories, because it's a matter of incentives, a concept so characteristic to the human condition and so basic to the framework of economic theory.