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A Night to Remember

Our annual Khalil Gibran "Spirit of Humanity" Awards Dinner serves as a reminder of why we do the work we do. It speaks to us of the goals we've set for ourselves, the progress we've made, and the challenges we continue to face. Thirty...Show More Summary

Understanding the Baltimore Protests Over the Death of Freddie Gray

In 1961, Frantz Fanon published a very insightful book that has gone on to become one of the most important books ever published about anti-colonialism, and one of my personal favorites, The Wretched of the Earth. In this book, Fanon...Show More Summary

Friday Talking Points -- Run, Bernie, Run!

We've got everything from hippies to Satanists to cover this week, so let's just dive right in, shall we? The Supreme Court heard a monumental case on marriage equality, which could indeed be their last case ever on the subject (if Justice Kennedy votes the way many expect him to, resulting in gay marriage in all 50 states). Show More Summary

Baltimore is burning -- not just in flames, but with a righteous anger

This article was originally published by Waging Nonviolence. Baltimore is my home town -- the birth place of Jonah House, a Christian nonviolent resistance community founded by my parents, Phil Berrigan and Elizabeth McAlister. Those places that the whole world is seeing "going crazy" on the news? They are my geography, my history, who I am. Show More Summary

In Four Supreme Court Clashes Over 15 Years, a Consensus for Equality Emerges

Photo by Joshua Glick The giddy atmosphere outside the Supreme Court Tuesday afternoon was only slightly more festive than the mood in the courtroom itself. As expected, civil rights legend Mary Bonauto knocked it out of the park for marriage equality. Show More Summary

The Sanders Challenge

Tweeting that "America needs a political revolution," Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders threw his hat into the race for the Democratic nomination for president this week. Sanders is in many ways the mirror image of Hillary Clinton, the prohibitive favorite in the race. Show More Summary

All in the Family

“My mother was doing drugs, specifically cocaine, crack cocaine... I almost died. They said that I was either going to be deaf or retarded or I wasn’t going to survive past childhood or infancy because there were so many chemicals in my system.” The odds were stacked against Britiny Lee before she was born. Show More Summary

Warren Weinstein and the Truth About the Drone Wars

It was one of the more solemn news conferences that President Barack Obama delivered throughout his presidency. An innocent American citizen, a 73-year old USAID worker named Warren Weinstein who was held by al-Qaeda in Pakistan forShow More Summary

Hey America, It's Time to Wake Up

The recent events occurring in Baltimore have made me think about my own experiences speaking out against the blatant racial injustices happening in this country. On January 14, 2015 a tragedy occurred in my family. My cousin, Marcus Golden, was fatally shot by the St. Show More Summary

In a Case Very Few Are Discussing the Supreme Court Could Hugely Increase the Racial Wealth Gap

When discussing race, the conservative argument is best expressed by the famous words of Chief Justice John Roberts: "The best way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race." Translation:...Show More Summary

Voter Supression Isn't Over

In the wake of the recent gutting of the Voting Rights Act, partisans were quick to jump on the opportunity to restrict unfavorable voters. Across the country, conservatives in particular have debated fiercely whether to pursue voter suppression to remain competitive in an increasingly diverse electorate. Show More Summary

Third U.S. Supreme Court Case on Same-Sex Marriage

At the end of April, the United States Supreme Court heard the third case on same-sex marriage in a period of two years. The Court previously avoided deciding whether same-sex marriage is protected by the U.S. Constitution, instead deciding...Show More Summary

The Parable of Baltimore

Baltimore is a parable, a story that can teach us important lessons like Ferguson, and one in which we should see that we are, for the most part, still missing the most important lessons. The Baltimore story began with yet another incident between a young black man and the police. Show More Summary

Reflections on lethal drugs, sleeping and waking up.

I have always loved the Supreme Court. As a law student, I made pilgrimages to the Court to listen to arguments. It fortified me and inspired me for the hard work and sacrifice ahead. I proudly became a member of the Supreme Court bar and had the privilege of participating in briefs before the Court. Show More Summary

The Greek Tragedy at the Heart of the Indonesian Executions

As the bodies of the eight executed men return to the their families, we in Australia and elsewhere, are left reeling by the life and death drama of the last few days. There were the two neighbouring powers, the calls for mercy, theShow More Summary

What I Gained by Running for U.S. Congress (and Losing)

A few years ago, a crazy idea crept into my head over a few glasses of wine with a close friend and mentor. I was logging some tough hours at a New York corporate law firm but wanted to get more involved politically in my home state of New Jersey. Show More Summary

China, the Economic Pipsqueak

How many times a day do we hear that China is the world's second largest economy? Or even that China has already knocked the United States from the top perch? Just because something is said a lot doesn't make it true. The first problem...Show More Summary

Ben Carson and the Politics of Rudeness

On February 7, 2013, Baltimore neurosurgeon Ben Carson criticized President Barack Obama's policies on healthcare, taxation, and the national debt in a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. President Obama was sitting...Show More Summary

Veterans Medical Marijuana Amendment in U.S. House Loses by Just Three Votes

There are reasons to be optimistic about a vote in Congress that didn't go our way. Last night the U.S. House voted down a bipartisan amendment by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) that would have allowed Veterans Administration (VA) doctors to recommend marijuana to their patients. The House rejected a similar amendment last year. Show More Summary

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