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INFOGRAPHIC: The Voter Suppression Guide
Originally Posted: 10/16/2014 - 10:54am | Type: Magazine Article

Lani Prunés An infographic on voter suppression.  According to the Brennan Center for Justice, 22 states hav ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 4:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Paternal Insights edited by Anderson Campbell / Sing Freedom by Robert F. Darden / In Between by finelinefilms.org / More th ...

How to Suppress the Vote
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Bob Smietana Why powerful people are working to curtail voting rights in America (for certain people, that is).  ...

The Need for Ferguson to Continue
Originally Posted: 08/22/2014 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

On Sunday I preached to my church on race, current affairs and how to process — in a biblically loving way — what has been happening to brothers and sisters in Ferguson. This wee ...

ON Scripture: Preaching Reflections on Michael Brown and Ferguson
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: In light of this week’s events in Ferguson, Missouri, several writers at ON Scripture took a few moments to reflect upon what they would/will be preaching on this Sunday. To continue the co ...

Civil Rights Groups to Feds: Purge Your Anti-Muslim Training Materials
Originally Posted: 08/15/2014 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

Civil rights and religious groups say efforts to rid federal agencies of anti-Muslim bias have faltered and prejudice against Muslims persists, particularly in the training of anti-terrorism officers. On Thur ...

Do You Know How to Two Step?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2014 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

The danger of the two-step is it moves society one place forward while propelling citizens one move backward. America knows how to two-step. 50 years later, poverty is s ...

Remembering 'Uncle Vincent'
Originally Posted: 07/10/2014 - 10:06am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Vincent's warmth lifted the temperatures of those around him. I SAT MY two boys down the nigh ...

Deep In My Heart
Originally Posted: 06/24/2014 - 11:12am | Type: Blog

Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of the senseless slaughter and lynching of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner during Freedom Summer in Mississippi. They gave their li ...

Vincent Harding Dies At 82; Historian Wrote Controversial King Speech
Originally Posted: 06/09/2014 - 1:34pm | Type: Press

May 23, 2014 Sojo in the News Steve Chawkins ...

Vincent Harding: In Our Cloud of Witnesses
Originally Posted: 05/23/2014 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

One of my most important and dearest mentors is gone; there are countless other people across America — indeed, around the world — who are feeling the same as me. But he really hasn’t gone; his memory and pres ...

In Remembrance of Dr. Vincent G. Harding
Originally Posted: 08/07/2014 - 2:14pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Vincent Harding, a steadfast activist and ally in the struggle for freedom. It is with deep sad ...

Moses Rising
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

Most people consider the story of Moses a fable, myth, or maybe even ancient history — but not the kind of history capable of repeating itself. Except that it has been repeated. History is rampant with faith-f ...

Immigration, Resurrection, And The Battle For The American Soul
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 10:18am | Type: Press

April 11, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

'Don't Be Left Behind Now'
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 9:23am | Type: Magazine Article

Sara J. Wolcott I got on a bus to help someone else's justice movement—and discovered it was my own. O ...

VIDEO: A Tribute to Pete Seeger
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors In remembrance of Pete Seeger In " Singing in Pete Seeger's Choir " ( Sojou ...

A New Way of Being 'Pro-Choice'
Originally Posted: 02/10/2014 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

Beyond commonplace decisions are those personal, communal, and national selections that will have an impact on our lives years from now. “I knew from the beginning that as a wom ...

Birmingham Before the Dream
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

The Rev. José Humphreys Birmingham Revolution: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Epic Challenge to the Church. IVP Books. ...

Beyond the Dreamer
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Gar Alperovitz As the country marks Martin Luther King Jr.'s 85th birthday, a veteran activist explains why it would be a mistake to ...

Traveling While Sikh? There's an Updated App for Airport Profiling Complaints
Originally Posted: 11/26/2013 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

The Sikh Coalition is updating a mobile app that allows travelers to report complaints about the Transportation Security Administration from the airport. The Sikh Coalition is upd ...

Religious, Civil Rights Groups Demand Investigation of NYPD Spying
Originally Posted: 10/25/2013 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

A coalition of 125 religious, civil rights, and community-based organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice Thursday urging a civil rights investigation into a New York City Police Department ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Breaking the Line by Simon & Schuster / Moved by the Spirit by USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture / The Adventist ...

Change is Still Going to Come
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 2:07pm | Type: Blog

Looking back over five decades, the evidence is clear that everything has changed. We elected black mayors in the South and fought to end apartheid in South Africa. Nelson Mandela walked out of prison after 27 ...

Celebrations of ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech Obscure Its Critique
Originally Posted: 08/26/2013 - 1:22pm | Type: Blog

It may be the most famous speech of the 20th century. Millions of American schoolchildren who never experienced Jim Crow or whites-only water fountains know the phrase “I have a dream.” But scholars say it wou ...

Sojo Stories: Marching Alongside a Civil Rights Hero
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

It may have taken a little bit of prodding — a little ‘you-want-me-to-do-what?’ and a lot of faith — but in the end, Congressman John Lewis agreed to go along with staffer Andrew Aydin’s out-of-the-box idea. T ...

Becoming Extremists for Love
Originally Posted: 06/14/2013 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

If there was ever a fear that the church is splintered, apathetic or dull, the passion and unity on display at the “Why We Can’t Wait” May Revival on Pentecost Sunday earlier this month proved a direct contrad ...

Feisty Civil Rights Activist Will Campbell Dies at 88
Originally Posted: 06/06/2013 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

The Rev. Will D. Campbell, a Baptist minister and early white civil rights activist, as well as best-selling writer and folksy raconteur, died Monday in Nashville, Tenn. He was 88. ...

Remembering Will Campbell
Originally Posted: 06/06/2013 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

[Will Campbell] confused his critics – first the Right and then the Left – by insisting that his soul did not belong to any team – racial, political, religious, cultural. It belonged to the Kingdom of God. The ...

A Passing of the Baton
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper If Bernice King had been born on time, her daddy's letter might never have been written. ...

Paved with Good Intentions
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The beginning of wisdom proposed in the best documentaries is simply this: telling the truth, to ourselves and others, as ...

50 Years Later, Recalling the Young ‘Foot Soldiers’ of the Civil Rights Struggle
Originally Posted: 05/02/2013 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

In May 1963, thousands of Birmingham school children faced police dogs, fire hoses, and possible arrest to demonstrate against segregation. Now, 50 years later, those who were part of what became known as the ...

An Image Beloved, A Prophet Rejected
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

Forty-five years ago yesterday, Dr. King arrived in Memphis, Tenn., to support a sanitation workers’ strike seeking to unionize. He was assassinated the next day — the anniversary we today remember — and in a ...

To Redeem the Soul of America
Originally Posted: 05/20/2014 - 9:21am | Type: Magazine Article

Vincent Harding King's "living letter" from Birmingham jail still speaks to us all. AT TIMES I ...

Why We Can't Wait
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

It’s been 50 years since several significant events of the civil rights movement of the 1960s occurred, yet our society is still plagued with systemic racism. It’s been almost 150 years since we abolished slav ...

Alabama Civil Rights Site Declared National Historic Landmark
Originally Posted: 03/11/2013 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

Today, the Edmund Pettus Bridge, made famous on Bloody Sunday, was declared at National Historic Landmark, along with 12 other sites, by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. ...

The Forgotten
Originally Posted: 03/07/2013 - 6:03pm | Type: Blog

Immigration is not my problem — deportation, not my concern. My family will never be personally harmed by the injustices of a broken system. But I care about immigration reform because injustice is here. I car ...

Hearing Stories of the Past
Originally Posted: 03/07/2013 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

I especially remember grandpa’s stories about his childhood on the family dairy farm in Greenville, S.C. in the 1920s. I liked to hear stories about the black folks who came and worked with him and his family ...

Congressman John Lewis Tells the Story of the March from Selma to Montgomery (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 7:21pm | Type: Blog

Congressman John Lewis boarded my bus from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham, and this living testament to nonviolent activism told us his story. This past weekend, The Faith and Politi ...

Joe Biden, John Lewis, and the Long Road to Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 7:24pm | Type: Blog

Vice President Joe Biden at Civil Rights landmark: "... it took me 48 years to get here." This year marks a long list of anniversaries in our nation's long march fo ...

Rosa Parks Statue Unveiled at Capitol, Celebrated by AME Church
Originally Posted: 02/28/2013 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

A bronze statue of civil rights heroine Rosa Parks was unveiled at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, a day for members of her African Methodist Episcopal Church to celebrate one of their own. ...

On Scripture: We'll Walk Hand in Hand?
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

Some 12 million women, men, and children across these United States await with bated breath to see what political deals will be made to construct either a pathway to citizenship or pave a road to deportation h ...

Solidarity and Sustaining the Beloved Community
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 6:04pm | Type: Blog

The beloved community is a beautiful and fragile thing, but with God all things are possible. Editor's Note : This post is part of our monthly newsletter Faith in Action ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 11:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Landing on a Hundred by Cody ChesnuTT / After Kony: Staging Hope by First Run Feature / Kind of Kin by Rilla Askew / The Las ...

Rep. John Lewis’ wife, Lillian, dies
Originally Posted: 01/03/2013 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

Rep. John Lewis’ wife, Lillian, dies. Amidst the jubilation of the new year and a long awaited solution to the fiscal cliff crisis lies sad news: Lillian Miles Lewis, the wife o ...

Awful Leads to Wonderful
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 9:04am | Type: Blog

How was your last year? Wherever it fell in the 7-year farming cycle, please remember that your work is a seed in fallow ground that is bringing life to all people, regardless of color, nationality, socio-econ ...

Learning From Rep. John Lewis
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 1:12pm | Type: Blog

The Huffington Post's Senior Religion Editor, Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, interviews civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis. The Huffington Post 's Senior Religion Ed ...

BREAKING NEWS: Zimmerman to be Charged in Trayvon Martin Case
Originally Posted: 04/11/2012 - 3:21pm | Type: Blog

The Washington Post is reporting: Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey plans to announce as early as Wednesday afternoon that she is charging neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin , a ...

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Ultimate Sacrifice
Originally Posted: 04/04/2012 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

Forty-five years ago today, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his now-famous speech at Riverside Church in New York City, declaring his opposition to the war in Vietnam. One year later -- 44 years ago ...

In St. Patrick's Footsteps: Humor and Humanity
Originally Posted: 03/15/2012 - 11:15pm | Type: Blog

We know very little for sure about Ireland’s patron saint, the embodiment of the spirit of the place where I was born and raised, and the reason many of us will be partying this weekend to remember a land wher ...

NYPD’s Muslim Surveillance Extended Well Beyond New York
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 8:15am | Type: Blog

NEWARK, N.J. — The report was stamped top secret. Inside was a confidential dossier compiled by the New York Police Department documenting "locations of concern" in Newark -- the city's 44 mosqu ...