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Bridging Divides

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“You Have My Permission to Wear a Hoodie Every Day” “You Have My Permission to Wear a Hoodie Every Day”
by Rasha Hamid
In the wake of Trayvon Martin’s death, what advice should a mother give to her young, brown son? Rasha Hamid pondered that question, and wrote this poem to her son Jibreel.
May Day and the Revolution of Everyday Life May Day and the Revolution of Everyday Life
by Marina Sitrin
Marina Sitrin offers her take on the May Day actions in New York.
Occupy, the 99% Spring, and the New Age of Direct Action Occupy, the 99% Spring, and the New Age of Direct Action
by Mark Engler
Collaboration or cooptation? Expansion or dilution? Mark Engler on what to make of the 99% Spring.
Practical Compassion: An Interview with Karen Armstrong Practical Compassion: An Interview with Karen Armstrong
by Heidi Bruce
The historian has helped world religions unite behind a single principle. But can a worldwide charter for compassion become more than just a nice idea?
Israelis and Iranians Feel the Love Israelis and Iranians Feel the Love
As their leaders talk violence, some residents of Israel and Iran are reaching out to each other directly with a promise of peace.
Can Restorative Justice Stop the Schoolhouse-to-Jailhouse Pipeline? Can Restorative Justice Stop the Schoolhouse-to-Jailhouse Pipeline?
by Jeremy Adam Smith
What San Francisco schools are learning from their experiments with alternatives to punitive punishments.
Occupy 2.0: The Great Turning Occupy 2.0: The Great Turning
by Michael Nagler
Michael Nagler on building a movement to build a new reality.
Eyes on the Prize: MLK’s Lessons for Occupy Eyes on the Prize: MLK’s Lessons for Occupy
by Valerie Schloredt
At the time of his death, Martin Luther King Jr. was planning a campaign around economic injustice—including a mass encampment of poor people in Washington, D.C.
Stand Your Ground to Stop the Violence Stand Your Ground to Stop the Violence
by Sarah van Gelder
What can be done to stop needless violence like the killing of Trayvon Martin?
Bring On the Next American Revolution Bring On the Next American Revolution
by Larry Gabriel
Book Review: At 96, Grace Boggs gives us a new handbook for transformation—from victims to empowered citizens.
Thousands Give Up Carbon for Lent Thousands Give Up Carbon for Lent
by Catherine Woodiwiss
In the season of reflection, Christians around the world are focusing on being better stewards of creation.
Now, Let’s Occupy the Ballot Now, Let’s Occupy the Ballot
by Van Jones
During election season, all eyes turn to politics. How do we ensure that the interests of the 99 percent are represented in the halls of power?
Pancho Ramos Stierle: Nonviolence Is Radical Pancho Ramos Stierle: Nonviolence Is Radical
by Sarah van Gelder
An interview with the activist who made headlines when he was arrested while meditating at Occupy Oakland.
Let It Not Happen Again Let It Not Happen Again
by Clarence Moriwaki
Reflections on the 70th anniversary of Japanese American incarcerations.
Towards a Prophetic Politics Towards a Prophetic Politics
by Robert Jensen
We’ve all seen what happens when religion and politics mix poorly—but does that mean there’s no place for spirit in our political lives?
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