Lobby Hobby — Take THAT, Separation of Church and State!

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The Hobby Lobby controversy is still relevant. A production company dropped this funny video recently skewering the arts and crafts chain.

“Has the election of President Obama rattled white people everywhere?”

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This comment by Paul on the post Why Racial Blowback is The New Racism

Why Racial Blowback is The New Racism

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The author shares his disturbing observations on race relations in 2014.

Writing in the First World

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In response to the execution of Iranian poet and activist Hashem Shaabani, Poetry Editor Charlie Bondhus reflects on privilege, writing, and poetry’s function as a tool of social change.

50-Year Anniversary of LBJ’s “War On Poverty” State of the Union Address (video)

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Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty” speech highlights the long road ahead.

Ten Travesties of Justice in 2013

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Every year, stories emerge that serve as a reminder that the American system of justice means injustice for too many, with some receiving little or no punishment for egregious offenses, while others receive harsh or faulty punishment for much less. Here are some of the worst injustices of 2013:

The International Criminal Court: Racism or Realism?

Somalia Suffers from Severe Drought

James Plunkett Weighs in on the African Union’s potential secession from the ICC.

Uncovering Ethics: When Death of the Disabled Leads to a Stalemate in the Search for Justice

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Erin Kelly believes the simple act of listening would have saved Robert Ethan Saylor’s life.

NAACP, KKK Hold Historic Meeting

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“Peaceful.” The word used to describe last week’s meeting between the NAACP and the KKK.

If My Story is More Important Than Yours…We’re Both Screwed

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We have become a world of skeptics, dismissing the stories of our fellow human beings with dogmatic precision. We can do better.

Locked Down for Having Dreadlocks

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Injustices, large and small, abound in prison. California prison inmate Spoon Jackson, a teacher and poet, is wrongly identified as a gang member and placed on lockdown.

“They Want”: A 17 Year Old Boy on His Future

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This Venice High School senior provokes with his response to the question, what do you want from your life?

Months of Lockdown

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While in lockdown, poet and prisoner Spoon Jackson flies in his mind’s eye, witness to freedom and injustice.

Born to Be Abused [Trigger warning]

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A lifetime of abuse makes one man call himself ‘disposable.’

Unconquered

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Jeff Swain defines ‘unconquered,’ with some help from his friends: William Ernest ‘Captain of My Soul’ Henley and Tom Petty.

The Boiling Point of Aaron Swartz’s Suicide

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Has Aaron Swartz’s death exposed state corruption?