Politics & Society

Nonviolent Activism

Nonviolence Writ Large

Nonviolence could be the way of nations—and that might just save us.
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Politics & Society

The Spiritual Dimension of Social Justice: Transforming the Legal Arena

We need a new legal paradigm that affirms the spiritual dimension of our common existence. Join our efforts to place empathy at the center of the law.

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Politics & Society

Acknowledging the Other’s Suffering: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Trauma in Israel/Palestine

Even in situations of extreme trauma and asymmetrical power, it’s possible to move beyond an us/them mentality. Here’s how.
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Culture

What Can Replace Prison?

Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison by Nell Bernstein The New Press, 2014 Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better by Maya Schenwar Berrett-Koehler, 2014 If you have the capacity …
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War & Peace

Making Nonviolent Statecraft into a Self-Evident Truth

The precedents and models exist to make the case for nonviolent statecraft in the United States, but we need to make this case so self-evident that the war options become plainly absurd.
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War & Peace

American Jews and Our non-Jewish Allies Should Rally in Support of the Nuclear Deal With Iran (Don’t let past traumas contribute to our inability to see the looming possibility of a more peaceful world)

We in the liberal and progressive wing of the Jewish world must loudly and publicly congratulate the negotiators who achieved a deal that will prevent Iran from developing the capacity to build nuclear weapons in the coming years, an agreement …
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Media

The Community Radio Revolution

With stations like KNSJ realizing the potential of grassroots radio and hundreds more stations set to go on the air very soon, many advocates see the 21st century as a new era for participatory media.
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Health

The Other Art

We, the young, pretty ones, could easily find or fake the generosity to jolly those luckless oldsters along. We could cheerfully shake their hands (only a little appalled by their soft grips, papery skin, delicate bones, faintly mildewed smell). We could chat with them, ask how they were getting on., and we found ways to look interested in their answers. We listened, even if the answers bored us. Silently, however, we relegated the oldsters’ thinking and experience to the Irrelevant pile.
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Books

Patty Hearst and the Twinkie Murders

In 1975, I covered the trial of heiress Patty Hearst for the Berkeley Barb. She had been kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) and was forced at gunpoint by her abductors to participate in their robbing a bank.
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Activism

Boiling Point: Why Do We Let Big Oil Send Workers to Their Deaths?

In exposing unsafe working conditions to the public, the refinery workers are raising not just contract demands, but a deeper challenge about the immorality of a profit-driven production system that simply monetizes the loss of human life on corporate spreadsheets.
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Debt

Reforming Money and Banking: Keys to Debt and Jubilee

In the face of economic instability, we need to consider creative solutions—like jubilee, public banking policies, and currency reform—that take into account the complexity of the environment, the nature of money itself, and the possibility for social innovation.
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Judaism

Selma‘s Missing Rabbi

Including Heschel would not diminish the film’s emphasis on the centrality of African Americans in the civil rights struggle, but it would have lent the film more historical accuracy, not simply about one man but as a representative of the role Jews played in the freedom struggle and as a reflection of the Civil Rights movement’s inclusiveness.
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Economy/Poverty/Wealth

The Jubilee and the Global Economy: Lessons from Leviticus

Undoubtedly, the present economic order is marred by social and economic injustice among and within nations and by the overexploitation and destruction of natural resources. Scripture is not concerned with designing an economic system, but rather with prescribing how to implement justice and compassion within any given system.
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Debt

Fulfilling Our Debt to Humanity: A Hindu Perspective on Jubilee

Once we expand the definition of debt beyond material considerations, the idea of Jubilee becomes more than just debt cancellation—it becomes a broader push to institutionalize the fulfillment of our debts to humanity and Mother Earth.
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Education

The Student Debt Crisis

Why is the Education Department not treating the exponentially increasing student loan debt and astonishingly high default rates as a national crisis?
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