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Stripping Away the Stigma: Christian Ministries Help Women Escape Sex Industry
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

The smoke, the loud music, and the smell of perfumes trigger uncomfortable memories for Polly Wright. The smoke, the loud music, and the smell of perfumes trigger uncomfortable me ...

Traffic Cameras, Domestic Drones, and Mandatory Sentencing
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

But then, there may be another problem with increased surveillance and flooding our nation’s skies with drones. Let’s take traffic cameras as an example. At first I had no problem ...

Female Slavery in Our Own Back Yards
Originally Posted: 12/06/2011 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

Human trafficking is the manipulation of people, mostly poor women and children, through abuse, torture, rape, and violence, to be used as profit for others. In other words, it's slavery. It is here in th ...

ICE Follies: 'Silent' Raids are Worse Than Useless
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

There are no whirring helicopters, law enforcement vehicles, or hundreds of federal agents swooping down on businesses as in days of old. There are no whirring helicopters, law ...

Missing Servant Leaders on Corporate Tax Responsibility
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

We're sorely missing the servant leadership of America's CEOs on matters of corporate taxation. We're sorely missing the servant leadership of America's CEOs o ...

Let Us Be Clear: The Debt Ceiling Crisis is Purely Artificial
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

We have come to an impasse in the negotiations to raise the debt ceiling because of several conceptual errors in our public discourse. We have come to an impasse in the negotiatio ...

A Revelation on Community During Jury Duty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Last winter, in the flurry of Christmas parties and potlucks, I was called in for jury duty. Last winter, in the flurry of Christmas parties and potlucks, I was called in for jury ...

Rep. King is Saying 'No' in the Face of Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">At the climax of <em>The King's Speech</em>, I held my breath with the rest of the packed audience and hoped to God that history was kind to King G ...

Why Your State Should Follow Utah's Example
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Reading the recent headlines of immigration news has hardly been uplifting, with multiple state legislatures attempting to pass <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/01/29/arizona-style-imm ...

How Child Sex Trafficking is Being Overcome in the Philippines
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

One of the things that make the work of fighting global slavery so difficult is that people feel defeated by the sheer size and scope of the problem. One of the things that make t ...

Budget Cuts and Bad Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

House Republicans announced a plan yesterday to cut <a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/feb/3/republicans-find-places-to-cut-43-billion/" target="_blank">$43 billion in ...

Violent Stories That Change Us for the Worse
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

A public figure is shot. School children are shot. A building explodes. A package explodes. And immediately we look for someone or something to blame: Republicans? A public figu ...

Deportation is Not a Family Value
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

President Obama has often been praised for his consistent support of families. President Obama has often been praised for his consistent support of families. He has been touted as ...

Tell Congress: We Support More Resources for Sex Trafficking Survivors
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On Wednesday, November 17, the <a href="http://www.change.org/national_coalition_to_end_domestic_minor_sex_trafficking" target="_blank">National Coalition to End Domestic Minor Sex Tr ...

Prison and Profits: The Politics of AZ's SB1070 Bill Revealed
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

What's behind <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/arizona/" target="_blank">Arizona's SB1070 law</a> besides politics? Money, of course.</p> ...

Just a Few Days Left to Save Thousands of Children's Lives
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

With just a few days effectively left in this session of Congress, as a grassroots organizer I feel like I'm in the middle of a political thriller, the movie preview for which would include that d ...

Craigslist Attorneys Threaten Georgia Anti-Trafficking Activists
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em><strong>Editor's Note: </strong></em><em>What is behind Craigslist's recent enigmatic, and dramatic, choice to replace (at least for now) its entire "adult serv ...

Non-Cooperation with Evil in the Streets of Arizona
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The clock nudged toward midnight on a cool Arizona summer evening. The clock nudged toward midnight on a cool Arizona summer evening. With monsoon moisture in the air and faint st ...

The Immigration Fight Isn't Over
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, U.S. Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton preliminarily struck down key provisions in Arizona's infamous SB 1070 law and ruled that states cannot pr ...

Then and Now: Students Caught in the Middle are Leading the Movement
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100524_100501-0007-immigration-rally.jpg"></a>On May 17, the anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision, four college students ...

'What the Arizona?': Silence is not an Option in the Immigration Debate
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Immigration-Reform-March-for/11589736_fEmWi#830413851_fem9v"></a>I know that there are many of you that are engagin ...

Pedagogy of the Oppressor: Arizona's Ethnic Studies Ban
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Arizona's lawmakers just keep finding ways to transform their xenophobia into law. First, they questioned whether Martin Luther King Jr. Day was a legitimate holiday. Arizona ...

Arizona's Questionable Track Record on Race: MLK Day, Banning Ethnic Studies, and Regulating Accents
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It wasn't that long ago that the state of Arizona did not recognize, in fact went out of its way to criticize, the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It wasn't t ...

Glimmers of Hope in a National Nightmare
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Someone please pinch me. This must be a nightmare. After all, is it possible that, in this land of freedom, one of its states -- which back in 1993 refused to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. ...

Glenn Beck, Immigration, and Social Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

After Glenn Beck said "social justice is a perversion of the gospel" and a "code" for Marxism, communism, and Nazism, I invited him to a public dialogue to discuss the true meaning of socia ...

We are Exiles Who Follow an Alien, Undocumented, Migrant Messiah
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://ryanrodrickbeiler.smugmug.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally-2010/12041094_aXpkQ#855070806_wCQFN"></a>There's a scene in the film <a href= ...

Echoes of Arizona: Illinois Congressional Candidate Stopped and Searched for Driving-While-Looking-Latino
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Early Saturday evening, three friends and I headed out to Chicago for dinner at a favorite restaurant in our old neighborhood (Pilsen). Early Saturday evening, three friends and I ...

An Open Letter to Governor Brewer of Arizona
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Esteemed Governor Brewer:</p> Esteemed Governor Brewer: My wife and I are both Evangelical pastors who have unrelenting commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our pa ...

A Word from Phoenix: 'I don't want my city to be the Birmingham or Selma in this drama'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

On Tuesday, a group of local faith and community leaders, along with <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/21/arizonas-immigration-bill-is-a-social-and-racial-sin/">Jim Wallis</a> and Noe ...

Arizona's Immigration Bill is a Social and Racial Sin
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530258814_kGpKA"></a>I got up at 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning to fly to Pho ...

The Oklahoma City Bombing Anniversary and Home-Grown Terrorism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Today, April 19, is the 15<sup>th</sup> anniversary of one of the most heinous acts of domestic terrorism -- the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building -- which killed 168 people, many of th ...

Singing in Exile: An Arizona Church Responds to Immigration Enforcement Action
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Let me first say that neither I, nor Neighborhood Ministries, no ...

Immigration Enforcement Goes From Bad to Worse in Arizona
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>The following blog is a response to the passage of controversial immigration legislation in Arizona. The following blog is a response to the passage of controversial i ...

Video of Civilian Deaths in Iraq and America's Culture of Violence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>"C'mon, just let us shoot "C'mon, just let us shoot I wonder what President I wonder what President Eisenhower would have said... ...

Calling All Drug Dealers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Does this sound familiar? A poor, minority community experiences high levels of violence and drug dealing. A predominantly white police force sweeps in and arrests many offenders. ...

New Momentum for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530318112_8RY3u"></a>Last week, Janet Napolitano delivered <a href=" ...

Notorious Arizona Sheriff has Federal Immigration Enforcement Role Revoked
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Living in Maricopa County, Arizona, we are used to seeing our <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/03/12/action-alert-victory-department-of-justice-to-investigate-arizona-sheriffs-racial-profiling/" ...

Stopping Anti-Immigrant Violence at its Ideological Roots
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

November 8, 2009 will mark the one-year anniversary of Ecuadorian immigrant Marcello Lucero's brutal murder at the hands of seven high school teens in the infamously anti-immigrant Suffolk County, ...

More Than Beer-Bottle Diplomacy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It has now been a couple of weeks since President Obama convened what was infamously dubbed the "Beer Summit." You know <a href="../2009/07/28/gates-arrest-analysis-cliff-notes/">the ...

When Local Police Do Immigration Enforcement, the Community Suffers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Two contrasting images recently brought into focus a growing chasm: a forty-something man in jeans and T-shirt squeezing the microphone at a community forum on immigration, face tight with anger a ...

The Professor and the Police Officer Got Trapped in the 'Script'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I have been away for the last couple of weeks, first for a family wedding and reunion on a lake in northern Michigan, and then at the Chautauqua conference center in rural New York state. ...

Gates Arrest Analysis Cliff Notes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090727/ap_on_re_us/us_harvard_scholar_caller">Audio of the 911 call</a> that brought Sgt. James Crowley to the home of Henry Louis Gates Jr. ...

Stuck on Stupid
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Here we go again.</p> Here we go again. The hyper-media -- the 24/7 cable television added to the blogosphere added to the mainstream media, with time to fill during the ...

Professor Gates, Sgt. Crowley, and the Balance of Power
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

There are only a handful of widely, cross-culturally known black intellectuals in this country-Maya Angelou, Cornel West, Michael Eric Dyson, Julianne Malveaux, and maybe a few others. ...

Mr. Obama, Our Immigration Enforcement Policy Perpetuates Racial Profiling
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

While watching Barack Obama's health care press conference last night, I wasn't surprised when he took a question regarding the arrest and subsequent media uproar surrounding his good friend, Henry ...

False Witness Redeemed: Forgiveness After 11 Years of Wrongful Conviction
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>A white woman is raped by a black man in North Carolina. During the assault, she studies his face, determined to bring him to justice. She later identifies a suspect both in photos and in-person line- ...

Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Support Wearing Thin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In a stunning turnabout, some of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's firmest allies distanced themselves from his hard-line tactics when the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted to postpone accepting $1.6 m ...

Stop Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Racial Profiling
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>It was very humiliating to be handcuffed in front of my family's business, in front of customers and neighbors. It was very humiliating to be han ...

Immigration Reform's Post-Election Potential
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Just a few months ago, Christian advocates of immigration reform believed that the political environment in the country would make it very difficult to make the legislative changes necessary to pro ...

Rand: Solution to Terrorism Is Not Military
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Some compelling quotes from a recent <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/29/AR2008072902041.html">Rand Corp. Some compelling quot ...