May We #ReclaimMLK With Mindfulness

mlk

An overlooked variable of Martin Luther King Jr.’s success was his unique ability to mindfully use his strong emotions rather than be used by them.

They Loved Their Son So Much, They Killed Their Daughter: a Requiem for Leelah

15568079424_6d481d5bda_k

The death of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn has stunned America and leaves many questions. Writer Rob Watson compares the reaction to that of the slain Matthew Shepard, and pays tribute to a young life, gone too soon.

The Best of Social Justice 2014

drop

Justice and rights have been unavoidable topics in 2014. Here is a sample of unique opinions that GMP Social Justice is known for.

The CIA Tortures Abroad

torture

Who tortures US citizens at home?

You’ve Got Hate Mail

mail box red flag

How Islamophobia takes root online

The Hunger Games as Metaphor for Youth Oppression & Resistance

youth oppression

I believe one of the litmus tests by which a society can be judged is the ways it treats its young people, for this opens a window projecting how that society operates generally.

Photo Essay: Speaking Out Brings Queer Youth Experience Into Focus

speaking cover (1)

“Straight? No. Gay? No. Those words don’t feel right. They aren’t Me. B:? Closer, but still not me. Queer . . . . . . . YES! I’m Queer! That’s Me!”

 Malala Yousafzai & Classroom Attendance

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and her influence on the love of learning.

While U.S. Expands Marriage Equality, Russia Hunts LGBT

Marriage Equality

Equal rights are human rights. We all suffer if some of us are discriminated against and denied equality, and we all win if all have it.

Clean Potable Water a Human Right, Even in Detroit

detroit David Coates:AP

When water becomes a human right in a nation divided.

Why Didn’t I Try to Make the World a Better Place?

saudi kids:ANPhoto

Recent milestones in Saudi Arabia for disabled youth, and how those milestones have the potential to make the world a better place.

Brazilian Students Skirt Around Discriminatory Dress Code

boys in skirts

Looking for human rights advocates? Brazilian students are there!

Philadelphia’s Decriminalization of Marijuana is the Model to Follow.

War on Drugs

It is high time for a drug policy grounded in science, compassion, economics and health and human rights

Defending Women Doesn’t Make You Less of a Man

Defending a Woman Doesn't by J Miller

James Michael Sama reminds us we’ve evolved and says it’s about time we started acting human.

UN Human Rights Council Keeps up its Bad Form on LGBT Rights

gay_movement_flag_ap_img_0

A seemingly fleeting spat over the language of “family” betrays a disturbing trend towards the erosion of rights.

People On The Move: What To Do About All The Homeless People?

Kosovo Refugees

A travel experience caused Dr. Jed Diamond to reflect on the staggering amount of refugees and displaced persons in our world today.