What issues change society's social order? Here we discuss social progress and the issues that impede that progress such as poverty, negative impacts upon the environment, and disparities among peoples.

Western Washington University: The School That Wants to Become “Less White”

Diversity

A controversial questionnaire has recently appeared in the media as Western Washington University contemplates ways to diversify its student body. Specifically, the school-wide survey posed a question prompting respondents to brainstorm ways to make their student body “less white.” This controversial question carries the message University President Bruce Shepard has been supporting in recent speeches and blogs.… [Read more]

Women’s Rights Around the World

Women's Rights Worldwide

Women’s rights, as understood by American women, are often limited to what impacts us immediately. At times, we have a narrowed point of view that unintentionally excludes the experiences of women in other parts of the world. In truth, women’s rights are a global  fight, impacting women of various ethnic groups, religions and economic standings.

As a woman traveling around the world, it may only then become clear how different the status of women is from region to region.… [Read more]

How to Work Out Immigration Removal of Conditions

Immigration

Despite some economic and political setbacks, the U.S. remains a land of opportunities.  For that reason, it attracts immigrants from across the world. Your immigration lawyer will tell you in detail how the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have provisions to help various categories of immigrant aspirants to gain citizenship in the U.S. In case, a citizen or a permanent resident of U.S.… [Read more]

Can Corporate Social Responsibility Drive Entrepreneurial Profits?

Corporate Social Responsibility

Although the term “corporate social responsibility” (CSR) is an idea that’s been part of the corporate lexicon for more than four decades, it’s still a relatively unknown concept in many business circles. In many ways, it’s an esoteric umbrella term that encompasses many things, ranging from environmental policies and hiring practices to corporate philanthropy.

Ultimately, CSR is a top-down philosophic approach evocative of Google’s old mantra, “don’t be evil.” Although it’s arguable whether Google has actually been following this core value, especially since it has recently started producing robots for the military, the underlying sentiment is clear: Corporations should behave in a socially responsible manner.… [Read more]

Will Legalizing Marijuana Lead To More Accidents In the US?

Marijuana

Ah marijuana…or weed, or ganja whatever you wish to call it. It has divided opinions all over the world, and especially in our country. Some cultures extol its virtues, others deride it, still others are indifferent or on the fence. It is a hot topic though, wherever you go. In pop culture too, from rappers to film stars, and even The Simpsons and South Park, everyone has an opinion on that little green plant and aren’t afraid to share it.… [Read more]

Do U BYOD?

technology and education

When our students and teachers returned to school, they may have been thinking about the changes ahead for the spring term of the school year. One of the big changes on the minds of many in education, and one that is likely to weigh on public school teachers’ is the concept of BYOD, or bring your own device.… [Read more]

What All White People Need to Know About Reverse Racism

Reverse Racism…Um..No.

I’m not one to admit when I’m wrong about a thing, however, in the face of undisputed and overwhelming evidence, I have no alternative but to acknowledge I’ve been wrong all of these years.  There really is such a thing as reverse racism. And here’s the proof.

It’s true, Blacks, Asians, Hispanics and other people of color can no longer claim a monopoly on persecution.… [Read more]

Amandla…Rest in Peace, Mr. Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Amandla is a Xhosa and Zulu word that means ‘power’. Many of us who live outside of African nations first heard the word used as a rallying cry during the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. It was also during that time, many of us who were coming of age became aware of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela — who, at age 95, after spending much of his life being the greatest embodiment of peace and non-violent resistance.… [Read more]

It’s Much Deeper Than Blackface

blackface…*sigh*

In the recent week there have been a number of articles touching on the wearing of blackface for Halloween and its appropriateness, or rather inappropriateness. And in reading the comments posted by many it dawned on me not how many Caucasian Americans are still covert racists (I don’t need to read an article to know that) but, rather, how many not only have no knowledge of American history but understanding of Sociology 101.… [Read more]

In the Shadow of China’s Growing Cities: Farmers Resort to Self-Immolation

An image from a time when China stated the countryside was the ideal. What will the new propaganda posters look like?

Throughout rural China, controversial land acquisitions have been taking place since 2009, often without consent of or compensation to the local residents. In an effort to continually expand China’s growing cities, the Party has been forcibly acquiring land in the surrounding rural areas. Here we would call this eminent domain, and most of the victims of this process are pretty angry, but China has allowed things to go to a whole new level.… [Read more]

Government In the Examining Room: The Conservative Paradox

Medical exam room

It’s almost October 1st, and you know what that means: Obamacare is almost officially in action. The conservatives are very upset about the legislation actually making it out into the real world, despite their many, many efforts to stop it in its tracks. What is it that they’re so scared of? Is it the free preventative care, no lifetime limits on insurance coverage, or the removal of the last vestiges of the pre-exisiting conditions clause?… [Read more]

Show of hands: Anyone surprised it was charter school that expelled Tiana Parker?

empty desks

Charter schools have been in the news recently. This is due in large part to Tiana Parker, an adorable 7-year-old in Tulsa who was unceremoniously sent home the second week of school for violating her school’s dress code policy, which labeled dreadlocks and afros – hairstyles natural to black children – as “faddish.”

After a public outcry, the board of Deborah Brown Community School, Tulsa’s first charter, rescinded the policy. … [Read more]

Southern Leg of Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Flunks Climate Test Too

kxl11

I had a chance to read FAIL: How the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Flunks the Climate Test, a recent report issued by the Sierra Club and Oil Change International and endorsed by a dozen other environmental organizations. The 17-page report makes a rock solid case that “constructing Keystone XL will lead to tar sands industry expansion, and tar sands industry expansion will significantly exacerbate climate pollution.… [Read more]

Holy Smokes! – Marijuana Use Now Widely Accepted Among Christians

Legalizing Marijuana

A recent poll found that the majority of Christians think smoking pot is morally acceptable, and a group of pastors recently had a conference focusing on the decriminalization of drugs.

Not only is marijuana becoming more acceptable legally, it’s becoming more acceptable dogmatically, as well. A recent poll by the Public Religion Research Institute found that only 23% of Christians think that smoking pot is a sin, a dramatic change in thinking from just a few years ago.… [Read more]

One Step Forward For Mental Health, We Hope

Side effects may include depression, substance abuse, social withdrawal, decreased self-esteem and suicidal thoughts. Take as instructed by your lobbyist.

Almost as soon as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed in to law a ban on gay to straight conversion therapy for children under the age of 18 in his state, the conservative lobbyists flew in to action. Spearheading the movement behind their unfounded complaints is a group known as Liberty Counsel. This organization has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Camden, N.J.… [Read more]

Peace Activist Frank Romano Invites All to the Interfaith Freedom March, September 16th

Frank Romano

You are welcome to participate in The Interfaith Freedom March on Monday, September 16th 2013. The group will set out at 1:30 pm at the Main Square, Abu Baker Street, Jenin, West Bank, Middle East.… [Read more]

Crises In Comparison: Deepwater Horizon and Fukushima Daiichi

NOAA satellite image of radioactive cesium leaking into the ocean from Fukushima Daiichi

Tokyo Electric Power Company, the parent company of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, admitted this week that they have been unable to halt the damage done to the plant by the disaster in 2011 and are currently unable to control the leakage of contaminated waste water into the ocean. The announcement comes after more than two years of denial and inept handling of the disaster and the necessary recovery and repair that should have followed.… [Read more]

People Power: Jewel Kats at World’s Biggest Bookstore in Toronto

jewel Kats 8

Last year, there was news of possible closure of World’s Biggest Bookstore in Toronto, Canada, in 2013 due to a lease expiration in December. Whether the lease is renewed or not, the bookstore continues to be the venue of major book events with the August 31st event a big day on the store’s events calendar.… [Read more]

Wrangling the Crazy: The “Clowns” Within Our Political System

Obama_rodeo_clown

Last Saturday at the Missouri State Fair—a state funded, family-oriented, purportedly non-political event—an unexpected guest was invited into the rodeo rink. Once the grounds had been cleared, the announcer, then-Cowboy Association President Mark Ficken, introduced “President Obama:” a rodeo clown wearing a mask of his likeness, parading around like a living parody.

Mr. Ficken went on to taunt the city slicker “President” with these words:

“We’re gonna stomp Obama now…as soon as their bull comes out, Obama don’t you move.… [Read more]

“Barefoot Gen” Stomps His Way Into the Present Day

Barefoot Gen

Just in time for the 68th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Choubunsha Publishing Company has released a new and updated version of “Barefoot Gen”, a bilingual edition of the graphic novel that will now be told in both Japanese and English. This highly acclaimed manga was written and illustrated by A-bomb survivor Keiji Nakazawa.… [Read more]