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Move Over TED, Here Comes Serial

Move Over TED, Here Comes Serial: A Podcast Blockbuster and Why it Matters

by Kriss Deiglmeier

If you were not one of the millions of listeners raptly following the “Serial” podcast series last fall, you need to know what it was all about.  If you were, like me, addicted to producer Sarah Koenig’s riveting investigation of a 1999 high school murder case in Baltimore and the conviction of victim Hae Min Lee’s ex-boyfriend Adnan Sayed, you’ll agree that the podcast series has powerful implications for how...

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The #TimeIsNow to Fix Our Broken Immigration System

The summer of 2013 was a critical turning point for the immigration rights movement, led by the nation’s largest immigration reform collaborative – Alliance for Citizenship (A4C), a project of The Advocacy Fund. Momentum continues to be on their side as they fight for legalization with a path to citizenship for our nation’s 11 million aspiring citizens. There were moments of elation in late June when the Senate passed historic immigration reform legislation by a 2 to 1 vote, followed by the intense ground war in key congressional districts across the country to tee up a vote in the House this fall. The Alliance for Citizenship and its partners are determined to pass immigration reform this year—and once and for all, put an end to a broken system that tears apart families through heartless deportations and establishes a roadmap for immigrants to come out from the shadows and gives them access to full citizenship.
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Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Oh well it's that time again in the calendar year to take a moment and think about the history of black people in the United States of America.  But this year...I want to pose some questions to you.
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Don’t Get Mad, Get Even: Challenge Prosecutors, not Scapegoats

Two tragic events last Friday have prompted heated debate about torture, secrecy, freedom of information, and prosecutors run amok. But are critics assigning blame where due, or merely where convenient? And is the convenient option too charitable, letting powerful systems of oppression off the hook in favor of scapegoating only the most visible perpetrators? First (only because it’s an anniversary and was therefore predictable) was the 11th year of military detention at Guantánamo Bay, where prisoners under US control have endured torture–and in some cases, been murdered in custody while their deaths have been presented in public as suicides.
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Ending Modern Slavery

After stepping off the podium at the United Nations, President Obama made a special commitment – to ending modern day slavery. Not just in remote corners of the developing world. But here in this country as well. Many of the slaves today are girls. Born in this country. Hidden in plain view.
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Tides project Define American on cover of Time Magazine

The cover of TIME Magazine features the culmination of a yearlong journey for Jose Antonio Vargas and Tides project Define American. It is a reflection on what he has experienced traveling across the United States, after “coming out” publicly as an undocumented immigrant a year ago this month.
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Announcing the Civic Participation Fund

Tides is thrilled to announce the opening of it’s newest grant-making vehicle, the Civic Participation Fund, which we launch today in response to shrinking resources and growing concerns about Americans’ rightful access to their ballots in 2012.
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Mi Fortuna: Extreme Philanthropy on the Streets of Ciudad Juarez

The following is a personal dispatch from a site visit tour by the
 Angelica Foundation and its program partners in the spring of 2011.
 Since then, the violence in Mexico has spread - exploding in some areas
 while leaving others untouched. Social movements throughout the country 
are gathering strength, but still face daunting adversaries.  This
 account is intended to mobilize and inform fellow progressive
 grant-makers.  The Angelica Foundation's Mexico Border Fund for Human 
Rights and Drug Policy Reform is now entering its second year.
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How to Celebrate Int'l Women's Day

Much has been made, and appropriately so, of Rush Limbaugh’s recent attack on a Georgetown student who was advocating that contraception be covered by health insurance plans. After calling her a “slut,” a “prostitute,” and suggesting that she post images of herself engaged in sexual acts online for others’ viewing pleasure (including his), calls for companies to pull their advertising from Limbaugh’s show have escalated. As well they should. But the truth is that this most recent birth control battle is just the most visible reminder of the ways in which women’s equality is still being contested and is far from complete.
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Sustaining Self in a Life of Institution - Banned Books Week Essay Contest Winner

Congratulations to Gemma Baumer, the winner of the Thoreau Center for Sustainability's Student Essay Contest, sponsored by the Whole Earth Library.  The contest is a commemoration of Banned Books Week and is held in conjunction with The Bay School of San Francisco.  This year's essay contest encouraged students to consider how intellectual freedom relates to the concerns of sustainability such as ecological protection, economic security, democracy, and social justice.

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