Articles about Social Issues
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Addiction, Climate Change, and the Psychology of Recovery
How does addiction relate to our relationship to the living world?
Deep, Systemic Change Is Essential, But Is That The Only Type of Change We Should Care About?
Perhaps we could look at acts of direct human-level compassion as complements to, not substitutes for, action on a social or political level.
“Heritage Not Hate”: A Lie With Any Flag
Images circulated, in the aftermath of Dylann Roof’s racially motivated mass shooting at the historically black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, included not only numerous...
The West Has Normalised Racist Wars - But You Can't Solve Complex Problems with 1,000lb Bombs
‘Radicalisation’ is our new dirty word in the US and UK, yet radical change is needed. Here’s an idea: stop trying to fix the world with high explosives
Intifada Street Brings You Revolutionary Resistance Art
For the last few years Bradford born and based artist Mohammed Hamza has been putting out some of the best revolutionary art around under the Intifada Street banner. As the...
How a White Supremacist Became a Civil Rights Activist
The story of a KKK leader’s transformation shows us that we need not live forever with the kind of violence we saw in Charleston this month.
5 Guiding Principles for Social Justice
From the 23rd to the 26th of February of 1998, grassroots movements of all continents met in Geneva to launch a worldwide coordination network of resistance to the global...
How White People Got Made
'There’s a perception that whiteness is working for white people. It’s not. Whiteness is one of the biggest and most long-running scams ever perpetrated.'
Why I Let My Son Wear a Dress
My son Seamus wears a dress. Actually he has two: a dark pink long-sleeved ballerina number with a leotard top and a short sleeved princess dress with pearls and ribbons. They...
Daughter of a Mexican Migrant Has Something Beautiful to Say to Donald Trump
Donald Trump has made an entire career out of being an odious bile merchant. So it came as no surprise that during his presidential campaign announcement this little turd came...
Letter to White Supremacy
Dear White Supremacy, First of all you are not really that supreme. While throughout history White Supremacy it must be admitted you have achieved some very dominant...
No, You Need a History Lesson: The Confederate Flag Is a Symbol of Hate.
I was a very poor 16-year-old so, as you can imagine, having a car was out of the question. Wherever I needed to go, I walked -- which was not always pleasant on a Florida...
11 of the Fiercest Conscious Hip Hop Videos
Every age has its protest music, from blues to rock and roll, folk to punk. Today hip hop is leading the charge, challenging the staus quo and shining a light on the injustices...
Eternal Fascism and the Southern Ideology
Umberto Eco's 1995 essay "Ur-Fascism" informally outlines the most striking qualities of fascistic theory and practice. It remains one of the most popular tool-kits for...
Worshippers of the Almighty Invisible Hand
The fantasies of a faith-based neoliberal economics laid bare
5 Of The Best Subvertising Campaigns
Subvertising: noun, the practice of making parodies of corporate and political advertisements in order to make an alternative statement.
Racism Is Not A Mental Illness
An act of terrorism unfolded on American soil Wednesday night when Dylann Roof allegedly killed nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a historic black...
Charleston and Ending White Supremacy
Dear friends, We don't need more conversations about race, we need conversations about white supremacy and how to end it.
Top 10 Feel Good Stories From Positive News
For 22 years Positive News has pioneered solutions-based journalism. As they get ready to hand ownership to their readers and journalists with the launch of their community...
The Electoral Farce
I intend to devote no more time to the upcoming presidential elections than walking to my local polling station on Election Day, voting for a third-party candidate, most...
London: It's Time for a Rent Strike
There are two types of vehicles that strike a particular fear into the heart of London's neighbourhoods: police vans and Foxtons Minis. Synonymous with gentrification, the...
6 Destructive Ideas Perpetuated in Western Culture
Since the day you emerged into this bizarre, sparkling universe, you’ve been conditioned to think in certain ways.
After the Uprising: Lessons from Rojava for Baltimore
The Baltimore uprising showed that direct action can force concessions from the state. What is still lacking is a coherent strategy for radical change.
A Non-religious Man Virtually Eliminates Local Crime with Nothing More than a Buddha Statue
It is common knowledge that a person’s surroundings play a vital role in sculpting the mind, ideologies, and thought process of an individual. A stunning example of this is...
An Open Letter to the Everyday Sexist
Dear Everyday Sexist, Sometimes I manage to delude myself into believing that sexism is something that is reserved for the older generation; that only men born in the 1940s...
Voluntourist Trap: Volunteer Travel Programs Silence Critics while Luring in Record Numbers of Would-be Volunteers
On April 2, 2015, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) aired the documentary “Volunteers Unleashed” after a controversial reworking of the film in response to threats of...
The Social Status of Jesus
Why wasn't Jesus a woman? Or Trans? Or disabled? - An article written from a Christian perspective.
Five Reasons Why You Never Want to Be rich
If you’re suffering from ‘affluenza’ it’s time to recognize that you’re sick.
I'm a Black Ex-cop, and This Is the Real Truth about Race and Policing
On any given day, in any police department in the nation, 15 percent of officers will do the right thing no matter what is happening. Fifteen percent of officers will abuse...
Masculinity Is Killing Men: The Roots of Men and Trauma
We begin the damaging process of turning boys into men long before boyhood ends.
These 25 Examples of Male Privilege from a Trans Guy's Perspective Really Prove the Point
Quite a bit changed for me over the first couple of years I started testosterone. My health and mental wellbeing improved, my happy button grew over an inch in length, my...
37 Photos of Recent Migrant Journeys To Inspire Solidarity and Empathy
In record numbers, people are escaping regions plagued by warfare, instability, disasters, poverty, or systemic persecution. The United Nations announced last year that forced...
Welcome to Marinaleda: The Spanish Anti-Capitalist Town With Equal Wage Full Employment and $19 Housing
With virtually no police, crime or unemployment, meet the Spanish town described as a democratic, socialist utopia. Unemployment is non-existent in Marinaleda, an Andalusian...
40 Reasons Our Jails and Prisons Are Full of Black and Poor People
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) reports 2.2 million people are in our nation’s jails and prisons and another 4.5 million people are on probation or parole in the US...
Images of International Borders Speak Volumes
History shows us just how easily national borders can change, but we still like to think that they are permanent fixtures. These photos of different national borders around the...
The Rohingya and the Port of Last Resort
We know our place in the world. We are the port of last resort, and have little to offer the Rohingya beyond a separate peace. Yet I write this with pride, in the hope that...
One Comic Perfectly Sums Up Class Differences in Society
We all know that class differences exist in society, but just how bad can it be? Auckland-based artist Toby Morris recently created an illustration breaking down the upbringing...
10 Prominent Advocates of Socialism
“Socialism” is considered a dirty word in the United States. Being a hard-working, “free market” capitalist is a part of our national mythology. But it wasn’t always this way...
'I'd Rather Die at Sea than Stay There' - Migrants on Crossing the Med
After a terrifying journey across the Mediterranean, thousands of migrants arrive in Sicily every week. These are their stories. Emmanuel, 24, Ivory Coast
From Graduation to Garbage Job (literally): One Twentysomething's struggle
 
Don't Give In: an Angry Population Is Hard to Govern; a Depressed Population Is easy
Hours after the Conservatives were re-elected, the government looked at cutting access to work schemes for the disabled. You'd think they'd at least have the decency to bring...
A Practical Guide to Campaign Planning
Projects and campaigns usually start because we feel inspired about an idea or passionate about a particular issue. Our first impulse is to throw ourselves into action...
Seven Sins of Our System of Forced Education
Sometimes I find, no matter how uncomfortable it makes me and others feel, I have to speak the truth. We can use all the euphemisms we want, but the literal truth is that...
Top 10 Grassroots Movements That Are Taking on the World
Waiting for political change to come about once every few years at election time is not only frustrating, but is an almost sure-fire way of ensuring that the changes you...
Recognizing Legacy of Police Torture, Chicago Passes Landmark Reparations
Advocates say that resolution in Chicago must be placed in the 'broader context of ongoing and endemic police violence.' Recognizing the horrific legacy of the Chicago Police...
Tractors, Ritual Baths, and Dismantling Racism: Welcome to Black and Latino Farmers Immersion
"Land is the only real wealth in this country and if we don't own any we'll be out of the picture." — Ralph Paige, Federation of Southern Cooperatives We have been uprooted...
Why We Don't Make Demands
From Occupy to Ferguson, whenever a new grassroots movement arises, pundits charge that it lacks clear demands. Why won’t protesters summarize their goals as a coherent...
The Asshole Factory
My good friend Mara has not one but two graduate degrees. From fine, storied universities. Surprise, surprise: the only “job” she was able to find was at a retail...
Dear White America: Toya Graham Is Not Your Hero
When I told my grandma that I was among a crowd of protesters pepper-sprayed while covering the demonstration-turned-riot at Baltimore’s Mondawmin Mall on Monday, her response...
What's Happening In Baltimore Didn't Just Start With Freddie Gray
This week's chaos on the streets of Baltimore has been decades in the making. Violence erupted in the city on Monday after days of largely peaceful protests over the death of...