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Trump Administration Must Accept New DACA Applications, Federal Judge Rules

by the Web Editors 04-25-2018

Activists and DACA recipients march up Broadway during the start of their 'Walk to Stay Home,' a five-day 250-mile walk from New York to Washington D.C., to demand that Congress pass a Clean Dream Act, in Manhattan, New York, U.S., February 15, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

“DACA’s rescission was arbitrary and capricious because the Department failed adequately to explain its conclusion that the program was unlawful,” Bates wrote in his opinion statement released Tuesday. “Neither the meager legal reasoning nor the assessment of litigation risk provided by DHS to support its rescission decision is sufficient to sustain termination of the DACA program.”

Neo-Nazi Counterprotesters Face ‘Aggressive Over-Policing’ in Georgia

by the Web Editors 04-24-2018

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Described by Christopher Mathias of the Huffington Post as "the most aggressive over-policing [he has] ever seen," images circulating on Twitter showed heavily armed police officers pointing weapons at seemingly unarmed counterprotesters. 

Dr. James H. Cone Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

by the Web Editors 04-20-2018

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This year Dr. Cone received the 2018 Grawemeyer Award for Religion from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary for the The Cross and the Lynching Tree which “passionately conjoins the provocative images of the first century cross and the twentieth-century lynching tree.” As he writes, “Both are symbols of the death of the innocent, mob hysteria, humiliation, and terror. They both also reveal a thirst for life that refuses to let the worst determine our final meaning and demonstrate that God can transform ugliness into beauty, into God’s liberating presence.” His theological memoir, Said I Wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody, will be published this October by Orbis.

These Churches Will No Longer Call the Police, for Any Reason

by the Web Editors 04-20-2018

"You’re talking about state violence against communities. You have to speak up and take a stand about that. There’s not a nice way to just play in the middle."

Weekly Wrap 4.20.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 04-20-2018

1. ‘We Are Heavily Armed. —the Pastors’: The Root of the Christian Right’s Embrace of Guns

“I’m reminded that at the root of much of the Christian Right’s antipathy to gun control is a sense of fear — a sense that they are the final guardians of God’s will for America, that they are being overrun by something they see as from the devil.”

2. A Short Timeline of Starbucks’ Fraught History with Race

The unwarranted arrest of two black men — who were prepping for a meeting — inside a Philadelphia Starbucks is just the latest incident in the chain’s history.

North and South Korea Reportedly Set to Officially End War

by the Web Editors 04-17-2018

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Lawmakers from North and South Korea are reported to be negotiating the details of a joint statement that could outline an end to the 1950-1953 Korean conflict that ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. 

Trump Signs Executive Order Pushing Work for Welfare Recipients

by the Web Editors 04-16-2018

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up the executive order on withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership after signing it in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington January 23, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

"Work requirements do not create jobs; they instead create barriers to assistance for those who need them, oftentimes when their situation is most dire," House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (M.D.) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-C.A.) said in a joint statement. "This executive order perpetuates false and racist stereotypes about certain groups supposedly taking advantage of government assistance."

Weekly Wrap 4.13.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 04-13-2018

1. The Rules of the Asian Body in America

“The story of the Asian body in America is a story about rules, money, race, and imperialism.”

2. One Year Later, Fewer Deportations in Cities That Adopted 'Welcoming' Policies

When local governments collaborate with ICE, deportations increase—in some places, more than 75 percent. But New Mexico shows a different way.

Intersectional Climate Justice

by the Web Editors 04-12-2018
Latino and African-American Communities Most Affected, Most Active in Combating Climate Change

Image via Joe Brusky / Flickr

The survey illustrates the intersectionality of race and environmental justice, referencing research by the NAACP that found that race is the principle indicator of the level of susceptibility to environmentally-caused negative health outcomes, as well as  economic and pyschological impacts. 

Willow Creek Founder Bill Hybels Announces Resignation Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

by the Web Editors 04-11-2018

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"I believe the women who have come forward because our stories are so similar," Vonda Dyer, a former leader of the church’s vocal ministry, wrote in a statement recounting Hybels' unwanted sexual advances 20 years ago. "For the sake of the other women and for the sake of the church, I cannot stay silent.”

Dozens Killed in Chemical Attack in Syria

by the Web Editors 04-09-2018

A man is washed following alleged chemical weapons attack, in what is said to be Douma, Syria in this still image from video obtained by Reuters on April 8, 2018. White Helmets/Reuters TV via REUTERS. 

More than 500 people, including many children, were bought to medical centers showing signs of chemical attacks. Footage shows images of dead bodies with foam visible on their noses and mouths — a clear sign of a chemical attack.

Weekly Wrap 4.6.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 04-06-2018

1. Reigniting King’s Forgotten Campaign

Fifty years later, a new moral movement picks up where Martin Luther King Jr.'s final campaign left off. But will it succeed?

Liberty University Threatens Shane Claiborne with Arrest Before #LynchburgRevival

by the Web Editors 04-06-2018

After an invitation to pray with leaders at Liberty University, Shane Claiborne tweeted the university's response: A police letter threating arrest if he walks onto campus.

Outpouring of Support for ‘Love a Muslim Day’ in Response to ‘Punish a Muslim Day’

by the Web Editors 04-03-2018

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The letters declared April 3 to be "Punish a Muslim" Day, advocating for acts of violence against Muslims, including throwing acid in the face of a Muslim and bombing a mosque. 

Weekly Wrap 3.29.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 03-30-2018

1. We Asked One Question at March For Our Lives. Here’s How Kids Answered
Watch this inspiring video, featuring some of the incredible young people at last weekend’s March.

2. How Evangelical Support of Trump Helped Bring Pornography into the Mainstream
“If the court evangelicals are troubled by the fact that the porn industry is getting free publicity every night on the news, they must realize that they are partly to blame.”

Every Woman in Senate Calls Out Leadership Failure to Address Sexual Harassment in Congress

by the Web Editors 03-29-2018

Image via REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Every woman in the Senate is calling out Senate leadership on their failure to act on enforcing legislation that would address sexual harassment and discrimination in a letter released March 28, according to CNN. 

No Charges Filed Against Officers in Alton Sterling's Death

by the Web Editors 03-27-2018

A boy sits next to a makeshift memorial outside the Triple S Food Mart where Alton Sterling was fatally shot by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman/File Photo

Sterling was shot in Baton Rouge, La., as he was selling CDs outside a convenient store. Police arrived after a resident reported being threatened outside of the store. Police found Sterling inside the store and claimed he was trying to pull a loaded gun from his pocket when one of the officers opened fire. The encounter lasted about 90 seconds.

States, Civil Rights Groups Vow to Fight U.S. Census Citizenship Question

by the Web Editors 03-27-2018

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announces the filing of a multistate lawsuit to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients at a press conference at John Jay College in New York City, U.S., September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Opponents fear the decision could result in a severe undercount that can lead to increased marginalization of immigrants by potentially reducing their representation in Congress and federal funding for local jurisdictions, which is determined by population.

Rick Santorum Tells Students to Learn CPR Instead of Pushing for ‘Phony Gun Laws’

by the Web Editors 03-26-2018

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"But I think everyone should be responsible and deal with the problems that we have to confront in our lives. And ignoring those problems and saying they're not going to come to me and saying some phony gun law is gonna solve it. Phony gun laws don't solve these problems."

Weekly Wrap 3.23.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 03-23-2018

1. What Is the Church’s Responsibility in a Constitutional Crisis?
Historically, the church has stepped in to offer a word on what the tenets of Christian faith look like in troubled times.

2. What Would a World Designed By Women Look Like?
For thousands of years the profession of architecture has been male-dominated — and a close look at our structures makes that clear. But now more than 40 percent of architecture school graduates are women. What does that mean for the future of design?