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#WhyIStayed: I Wanted to Be a Hero to My Child?

Ama Yawson | Posted 09.19.2014 | Women
Ama Yawson

I was shocked to read, was the following excerpt of Dr. Boyce Watkins's open letter to Janay Rice in which he calls women who stay with their abusers in order to keep their families intact "heroes."

The Rise of Robocop

Jason Ritchie | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Jason Ritchie

The civilian police force and the military have fundamentally different missions. The military exists to subdue foreign enemies, while the police force's mission is to serve and protect their neighbors. However, the lines between the two are becoming blurred.

A Spiritual Solution to Religious and Racial Violence

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa | Posted 09.16.2014 | Religion
Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

On a deep and genuine level, people of the various faiths have to accept that God has given multiple ways in which people can serve, worship, and reunite with him. We have to start to honestly feel this way and not just recite it.

Effective Ways to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls

Hannah Laufer-Rottman | Posted 09.17.2014 | Impact
Hannah Laufer-Rottman

Honor killings might not be preventable among the current generation of adult men, but certainly we can bring the new generation of young boys closer to understanding themselves and the other half of the universe made up of women and girls.

Safety Planning for Leaving an Abusive Relationship

Avital Zeisler | Posted 09.15.2014 | Women
Avital Zeisler

I want to you to be safe and away from the pain and anguish of an abusive partner. Please take these safety tips into consideration as you get yourself ready to leave. You are entitled to be free from abuse, no matter how unworthy you have been told you are or made to feel.

9/11: On Terror, Grief and Forgetting

Jay Dodd | Posted 09.11.2014 | Black Voices
Jay Dodd

What 9/11 did to us as a nation is solidify tensions of Brown/Black bodies carrying terror. From the security line to workplace to college campuses, brown bodies are policed and monitored. But this is how we are. This is the America we foster and develop.

Stop Fearing Young People

Scott M. Weber | Posted 09.11.2014 | Impact
Scott M. Weber

We need to stop seeing young people as a threat and make them part of the solution. That starts with engagement. We need to listen to their hopes and fears and make their voices audible in the debate on the present and the future.

Big History: Why We Fail to See Life as Life Sees Itself

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 09.11.2014 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

My assumptions about history began to change 13 years ago. I was teaching a class called Media, Stereotyping and Violence when the tragic events of 9/11 overtook our lives. In the days that followed, my students and I confronted a question: Is all this violence inevitable?

One Hour on the Sidewalk

Abby Klinkenberg | Posted 09.11.2014 | Women
Abby Klinkenberg

As a woman, I exist solely to be commented upon -- unsolicited opinions, either positive or negative (their stupidly contrasting judgments only further show the caprice of the male gaze), are mandatory conditions to which I tacitly agree upon entering the public sphere.

Don't Label Teens Dying in Our Streets -- We Mourn Them All

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 09.10.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

A headline is not a eulogy. A headline's purpose should be to help us to determine what's important in a news event. And while I realize the constant assault of our newsfeeds leads to higher-stake headlines, what's important is that a teenager -- not an "honor student" -- has been killed.

From Funeral Procession to Desecrating the Dead

Neda Najibi | Posted 09.10.2014 | Religion
Neda Najibi

What if that cemetery was the one place on earth where you could visit the final resting place of your loved ones?  What if it was your family?  What if those were your tears?  No one should have to tolerate such abuse. It violates that sense of humanity we all share.

Men and Their Anger: Facing the Fire

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 09.10.2014 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

Moses had an anger problem. Actually, his anger got him into trouble on more than one occasion. No, not for hitting a woman; we have no record of him ever doing so, but for allowing his anger to turn into murder on one occasion and disobedience to God on another.

He Hit Her But...

Michael Frazier | Posted 09.09.2014 | Black Voices
Michael Frazier

I am deeply concerned with how there is a deep-rooted pattern of violence in our culture that dismisses specific groups of people. In this case, I am speaking directly to the "othering" and dismissal of women, and or girls.

Emotional Rescue

Alan Ross | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Alan Ross

It would be prudent as well as a wonderful legacy to those who have lost their lives to suicide to turn our focus out of the darkness and into the light, from focusing on the details of death and disaster to our potential to provide support to those who are out there right now and need our help.

Education for the World We Want (part 2)

Suna Senman | Posted 09.08.2014 | Education
Suna Senman

The lack of motivation to learn often results in low performance, poor self-esteem and disruptive behavior. As self-image decreases, the desire to constructively contribute to society declines creating a downward spiral.

Ending Gender-Based Violence Around the World

Nazanin Boniadi | Posted 09.06.2014 | Impact
Nazanin Boniadi

Women and girls, men and boys all share the right to live free of violence, which is, unfortunately, experienced by both men and women. Women and girls, however, disproportionately experience violence due to a deeply rooted global culture of gender discrimination.

Interrupt the Cradle to Prison Pipeline with Empowerment and Support

Matthew Albracht | Posted 09.04.2014 | Impact
Matthew Albracht

The Youth PROMISE Act is bipartisan legislation that uses community decision-making and proven programs to prevent youth violence. This is the kind of bill we could get behind, and it would empower our communities to tackle these issues.

Are Muslims Violent?

Gary M. Burge | Posted 09.04.2014 | Religion
Gary M. Burge

It strikes me that if you peel back many religions (including the three Abrahamic faiths), there are both episodes of violence and expressions of tolerance. The problem is not one's religious affiliation. The problem is spiritual: There is something bent inside each of us that inspires us to distort the higher values of the faith we profess.

Cause Shaming Runs Rampant on Social Media

Evan F. Moore | Posted 09.03.2014 | Technology
Evan F. Moore

I'd love to know why someone would get so worked up about someone they don't even know choice to dump a bucket of ice water on their head?

How It's Easier to Become a St. Louis Police Officer Than a Barber

Nikolas Katsimpras | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics
Nikolas Katsimpras

Barbers and hairdressers, like Dionne Flowers of St. Louis, are an integral part of the society. The inconceivable, unknown detail in this story is that Dionne had more training for her license as a hairdresser, than the officers who pulled the trigger on Kajieme Powel had for their licenses.

Lost in the Chaos - LGBTI People in Emergencies

Kyle Knight | Posted 08.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Kyle Knight

While the experiences of sexual and gender minorities during disasters are drawing increased attention from some responders, structural barriers remain and experts are urging a rethink of policies and protocols that could fuel exclusion.

LGBTI People Face Harsh Laws in Both Free and Unfree Countries

Freedom House | Posted 08.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Freedom House

Supporters of LGBTI rights should not overlook the democracies that continue to exclude some of their citizens from the equal protection of the law.

We Have a Parenting Crisis Going On

Angela Keck | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Angela Keck

We need to teach them how to handle their emotions, how to cope with being well and truly angry or upset and how to communicate and express themselves in a healthy way

The Unnatural Cycle of Prejudice and Violence

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 08.26.2014 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

This ignorance-based prejudice doesn't arise from nothing, but is taught by the previous generation and frequently accepted (just like faith) without evidence by those that follow.

The Ordinary Saves

Cindy Brandt | Posted 08.26.2014 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

Is it just me, or does everyone else's newsfeeds read like the world is going to hell? I mean, seriously, the torrent of bad news is so unrelenting th...