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The ‘Punishment Economy’ Must End

The ‘Punishment Economy’ Must End

During the past several weeks, protesters in Ferguson, New York City and across the country have shut down public transit, freeways, malls and many other institutions in response to the state-sanctioned violence that resulted in the deaths of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and countless others. Much of the anger has been directed at [...]
Thank a Worker This Holiday SeasonThe end of the year is here once again, and in what has become tradition throughout the United States, family and friends will gather this month to enjoy pleasant moments, food, smiles and conversations. Many people will engage in reflection, some deeper than others, on why they are thankful and what warrants their family’s gratitude. [...]
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Ferguson Spotlights What it Means to Be a PersonOn Wednesday mornings, Greater Birmingham Ministries staff members meet to share our work, review our progress (or lack of it) and plan our activities for the days ahead.  Each meeting begins with a staff reflection. Staff members take turns sharing a scriptural text, a poem, a reading from a favorite author or even a song. [...]
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Violence against women is a worldwide human rights violation. Being safe and living free from violence and discrimination are human rights. Yet, many women and girls across the globe are not safe. A 2013 study by the World Health Organization found that 35 percent of women worldwide have been sexually or physically assaulted; some countries [...]
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Texas Residents Paint a Mural – to Welcome EveryoneEarly on an evening at the end of July, dozens of community members from Brownsville, Texas came together to begin to design a mural for the community clinic’s wall. The clinic’s pediatrician laid out the evening’s task. “We want to create a mural that says ‘welcome’ to everyone. What things should we think about painting?” [...]
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How to Improve Ala.? Try Supporting Public TransitMaybe you’ve been trying to make plans with some friends when one of them suggests, “I could just take the bus,” leading to eye-rolling and sighs all around. “Must not be from around here,” everyone thinks at once. Or maybe you have wondered, while stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, why there isn’t a fast train to [...]
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Texas Stories: Citizens Denied Right to Vote in 2014Editor’s note: These dispatches are from the voting rights team affiliated with the Brennan Center for Justice, which is based at New York University School of Law. Team members sent these reports from Texas. The Brennan Center’s report follows:  Voting took place across the country on Nov. 4, including in Texas, which has one of [...]
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Shifting From Prisons to Schools: Redemption in CaliforniaIn 1999, about this time of the year, I was hanging billboard-size banners off freeway overpasses with a bunch of people I just met that morning. The spray-painted bedsheets read “No on Prop 21!” and “Stop Criminalizing Youth of Color.” We were part of California’s burgeoning youth movement – mainly twentysomethings who were coming of [...]
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Why I Went to FergusonAll this month, people around the country are taking part in actions and events as part of Ferguson October. A few weeks ago, Coleman members participated in a series of dialogue sessions about Ferguson. Our members – all low-income Black, Latino and Pacific Islander youth and parents – shared their feelings of anger and sadness [...]
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Why the People’s Climate Movement Must GrowIt’s been one month since the largest climate march in history, and recent “Climate Action” pledges from global leaders like the Department of Defense, President Obama and the United Nations do not add up to what communities need. The People’s Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21, was a historic event. It was historic because of the unprecedented numbers
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