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Remembering Newtown

This Saturday, Dec. 14 is the one-year anniversary of the massacre in Newtown, CT.

A Witness Against Fear: Remembering Jordan Davis and Renisha McBride

Over the past months, I have been haunted by thoughts of Jordan Davis and Renisha McBride.

Their names come to me, disturbing sleep and dinner. Their faces stop me cold in the middle of my thoughts.

Syrian Refugees Today at Zaatari Camp

Winter has come for Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.

2 Million Voices to remember 2 Million Afghan Victims of War, including Hashim and Zukoom

On November 16, 2013, eight-year-old Hashim s/o Abdul Hamid and nine-year-old Zukoom s/o Abdul Majid were on the streets of Kabul polishing boots, when a suicide bombing (in opposition to the U.S./Afghanistan Bilateral Security Agreement) killed them.

Remembering Mandela: Freedom from Tougaloo to Soweto

Years ago, when I was a college student, I was arrested with fellow civil rights activists for attempting to bring integration to Atlanta, Georgia. I remember sitting in a gray jail cell thinking, “So this is what it’s like to have your freedom taken away.”

Stop the Fiscal Grinches: Restore Critical Social Programs

Later this week, Congressional budget leaders are set to make a deal that may preserve the Pentagon’s massive and wasteful warmaking budget. Or they can decide to restore food stamps for hungry families and many other social programs.

Redeeming the Past - A Tribute to Madiba

I am a product of the people of South Africa.”

Nelson Mandela, presente!

Nelson Mandela, a personal hero whose smiling face watches over my desk and one of our world’s foremost champions of human rights and dignity, died today.

"We Shall Not Be Moved" ~ Two Civil Rights Heroes to Receive Peace Award

FOR’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Award was established in 1979 to recognize persons or groups working in the United States in the tradition of Dr. King. This year FOR is honored to present the award to two of Reverend Dr.

Open Our Eyes

By Dr. Hakim from Afghanistan and Sherif Samir from Egypt

While catching up with one another over the challenges facing ordinary Afghans and Egyptians, Sherif Sameer and I talked about how “opening our eyes” could go a long way to building a better world. We decided to co-write this piece, from Ismailia, Egypt and Kabul, Afghanistan.