“The Price on Everything Is Love”: How a Detroit Community Overcomes a Lack of City Services

By Kevon Paynter ~ Yes! Magazine ~ A range of neighbor-to-neighbor efforts address basic needs, from healthcare to food access, that are going unmet by local government agencies. A multitude of voicemails and text messages from desperate neighbors flooded Jessica Ramirez’s cell phone on a brisk morning in October 2013. Winter was coming. Using social media to reach potential donors as well as those seeking help, Ramirez created a makeshift…

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Family Planning Is A Human Right

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage ~ IPS News Agency UNITED NATIONS, Jul 11 2018 (IPS) – It has been five decades since the international community affirmed the right to family planning but women still remain unable to enjoy this right, which is increasingly under attack around the world. For World Population Day, held annually on Jul. 11, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has focused its attention on “Family Planning is a…

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Here’s What’s Happening With Voter Registration Among Young People Since Parkland.

By Parker Molloy ~ Upworthy Historically, politicians have ignored youth voices because they don’t show up to the polls. But new data shows that might be changing. When it comes to voting, younger adults aren’t exactly known for their reliability, especially when compared with older populations. In 2016, the Census Bureau notes just 46.1% of Americans between ages 18 and 29 reported voting (58.7% of people 30 to 44, 66.6%…

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Immigration Story Missing Context of Hunger and Freedom

By Jane Regan ~ FAIR I teach journalism. So, of course, I follow journalism closely. On the immigration issue, many news outlets have been doing a great job covering the rallies and marches, the “baby jails” and rulings and (few) family reunifications. But they lack context. In the classroom, I emphasize that every news story—even a little one about a city sidewalk repair—must provide context. Why that sidewalk, why now?…

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The Privilege Of Being Arrested As A White Woman

By Mary Hutto ~ Huffpost Two weeks ago, I was one of more than 600 mostly white protesters arrested during the #WomenDisobey demonstration at the Hart Senate Office Building in downtown Washington, D.C. All of us were there for the same reason: to take a stand against the brutal immigration policies of President Donald Trump. I engaged in the demonstration knowing I would risk arrest, and with the expectation that I would…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | Social Justice Wavering on Tsarnaev Case

Social Justice Wavering on Tsarnaev Case

Sometimes we have to talk about tough things, and right now is one of those times. The recent bombings at the Boston Marathon have made such an impact on Americans, not only physically, but emotionally. We lost friends, some people lost limbs, our hope flickered, and our sense of safety was damaged. As always, America rose up to the challenge and found the suspects within 5 days. Social justice was…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | Syrian Opposition The Ultimate Test of Social Justice

Syrian Opposition; The Ultimate Test of Social Justice

The Syrian opposition and regime are both claiming to have received a chemical weapon attack from the other side, a claim that could possibly bring this already tragic war on social justice to a whole new level of terror. Up until now, there have not been any reports of chemical weapons being used, as the Syrian regime stated they would never use chemical weapons on their own people. A major…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | The World Day of Social Justice

The World Day of Social Justice

Today, February 20th, is the World Day of Social Justice! The General Assembly of The United Nations declared this day as World Day of Social Justice in 2007, giving Member States the opportunity to have one special day devoted to promoting activities of social justice. The term “social justice” has different meanings to different people. Generally, the concept refers to policies that ensure the fairness and equality to all people.…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | Nothing is Permanent

Nothing is Permanent

The world is constantly evolving. Bit of a cliché statement at this point, but true nonetheless. People have shifted, their priorities have changed, and their morals have altered. In the America we live in today, the most value is seemingly placed on things that are not, in fact, valuable at all. We are ruled by the media; reality TV shows, fashion, wealth. While those can all be fine interests, they…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | Obama's Address to the Syrian People; Aid and Justice

Obama’s Address to the Syrian People; Aid and Justice

A few days ago, President Obama addressed the people of Syria in a short video promising millions of dollars in aid from The United States. He spoke of hope for a new Syria, democracy, and justice for the people. The President also touched on the fall of Assad, and described the opposition taking over the government and providing Syrians a chance to make their own future. Controversy is high around…

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