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Her Sexual Assault Went Viral -- Now She's Speaking Out

Leslie Goldman | Posted 12.19.2014 | Women
Leslie Goldman

Her name is Elisa Lopez. She is not a nameless subway passenger in a skirt. She is not a YouTube video. She is not a blurred face. She is you, she is me, she is your sister and your best friend.

Ferguson: Riot or Rebellion?

Jack Schneider | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Jack Schneider

Race plays a significant role in how violence is framed for the public. And though such framing may begin informally in conversation or in popular media, it persists in what our children are taught in school and affects the way we understand each other.

Reflecting on the Loss of Life in Pakistan

Frank Fredericks | Posted 12.18.2014 | Religion
Frank Fredericks

While we can't grasp the motivations of all these murderous mad men, we can deduce from their actions. These heinous criminals fear the pen more than the sword. Education, from basic literacy to professional training, gives young people a real chance to live a better life than their parents.

Cop Story (Too)

Andrew Cotto | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
Andrew Cotto

Police brutality is real and wrong. But what we as the American public should consider are the profound pressures applied to law enforcement officers in high-crime areas and how said pressures often inform the distance between the officers and the communities they are obliged to protect.

Injustice, Violence, and Oppression: On Loving the Lions

Scott MacDougall | Posted 12.15.2014 | Religion
Scott MacDougall

As passages such as Matthew 25 make abundantly clear, to love God is to find and serve Jesus in the form of the most vulnerable among us: the poor, outcast, needy, and marginal.

Dark Journeys: The Best of Noir Fiction

Dennis Miller | Posted 12.11.2014 | Books
Dennis Miller

Noir fiction is returning. The uniquely American art form reached its paranoid zenith in the 1940s and '50s, taking its bleak existentialist cue from such masters as Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, among others.

Grand Theft Auto V and the Culture of Violence Against Women

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
Malika Saada Saar

We must call out the very practices that bind our daughters to a culture of violence. Even when those practices include a popular, profit-busting video game that our kids, or other family members, want for the holidays.

Violence as a Public Health Problem: A Most Violent Year

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Cure Violence appreciates that kids killing kids is the product of biological and group processes. This type of violence is a learned behavior: proximity and ongoing exposure to violence in a community triggers youth to imitate what they see.

Ferguson: Where Do We Go From Here?

Andrea L. Zopp | Posted 11.29.2014 | Chicago
Andrea L. Zopp

What has happened in Ferguson can either move us forward or push us back. Most of its residents are reasonable, peaceful people who want change. But right now, the fact is whatever happens in Ferguson affects black people everywhere as it relates to this singular issue of deadly police force.

The Radical Choice of Militant Kindness

Kindness Blog | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Kindness Blog

Kindness. It seems like such an easy choice. But a crazy thing happens when you drop your guard and step from behind that icy stand-offish barrier: people become comfortable around you.

A Time for Prayer, Thanksgiving, Discernment and Strategic Nonviolent Action

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.27.2014 | Religion
Marian Wright Edelman

Through daily moral consciousness we must all counter the proliferating voices of racial and ethnic and religious division that are regaining too much respectability over the land.

Why I Weep

Micaela Connery | Posted 11.26.2014 | Impact
Micaela Connery

I'm generally optimistic, fiercely patriotic, and idealistically hopeful. But today, today there is a heaviness. There's a feeling that our country is at a worrisome crossroads.

'Tis the Season for Trampling: How to Stay Safe in Holiday Shopping Crowds

Davian Hoffman | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Davian Hoffman

The 2014 holiday shopping season is upon us! Hooray? With media and advertisers bombarding us with "Black Friday" and "Small Business Saturday" and re...

African Youth Launch New Alliance Against Gender Violence

Randal Mason | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Randal Mason

There were eight of them from Botswana, the DRC, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Uganda. Changu had worked in a women's shelter. Brian used sports to teach alternatives to violence.

'Peace Not Pieces'

Mariam Khan | Posted 11.25.2014 | Religion
Mariam Khan

The Constitution of 1973 clearly states equal and fair rights to all citizens of the Islamic republic of Pakistan. Why have we backtracked on the indubitable basis our country was founded upon? Where did tolerance go?

How Journalists Contribute to Moral Panics

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 11.25.2014 | Media
Christopher J. Ferguson

There has been a lot of attention in recent years to how both scholars and politicians contribute to moral panics, both on a wide array of issues and on the issue of video game violence specifically. The story of Adam Lanza is no different.

The Words We Need to Ban to Help End Violence Against Women

Natalie Pace | Posted 11.24.2014 | Women
Natalie Pace

It's time to break the cycle of violence, which is often codified in church doctrines, even here, even now. And part of breaking that cycle of violence, particularly this week, is to accept the challenge to eliminate violence against women from our speech.

Mockingjay and the Price of Violence in Popular Fiction

Michael Darer | Posted 11.24.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Darer

Villainy is more complicated and victory less assured. It seems almost dishonest to refuse to acknowledge that things that Mockingjay seems dedicated to exploring. It seems unfair and unrealistic to believe that violence is a mess that can be cleaned up.

Learning to Love What You Have

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In a season focused on gratitude, 17-year-old Monica Chica has an attitude about choosing to be grateful that's wise far beyond her years: "The most important lesson I learned is that being happy is not about having with you what you loved in the past, but learning to love what you have in the present."

St. Louis Teen Revisits Father's Advice While Anticipating Verdict

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 11.20.2014 | Black Voices
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By Ryan Henderson Last summer, every day after baseball practice, I'd buy a slush from the same Quik Trip convenience store in downtown Ferguson w...

How Do Illinoisans Feel About Stricter Gun Violation Penalties?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.20.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Most politicians have made their stances on gun control laws widely known. Republican Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has said he supports the rights of Illinoisans to own guns while some Democrats have expressed support for stricter gun control laws as a way to stymie violence in the state.

We All Deserve Justice

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 11.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Marianne Mollmann

The U.N. General Assembly's main committee dealing with human rights adopted an updated version of a biannual resolution to demand justice for all killings based on discriminatory grounds, including murders motivated by a person's real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

Violence in Post-Verdict Ferguson: What We Should Really Be Worried About

Heather Ann Thompson | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics
Heather Ann Thompson

Although another round of violence in Ferguson may well be inevitable, how we understand what happens there is not. It is our responsibility to ask, particularly when things get violent, who it is that has the guns, the tanks, the tear gas, and the batons. Let us not get our history of protest in America wrong one more time.

Unrelenting Gore

Peter Himmelman | Posted 11.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Peter Himmelman

In the end I suppose, the greatest single reason to stop sharing the brutal images on Facebook is because they become less moving over time. When we've seen enough of them, our humanity will leech away -- just as it appears to have done in the minds and hearts of our enemies.

Infographic Illustrates The Devastating Impact Of Domestic Violence Beyond The Headlines

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 11.20.2014 | Women

Over the course of the last year, stories of domestic violence have flooded the news. And while the instances receiving the most attention involve pro...