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Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement

Despite uncertainties, failures, and threats, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and those in the civil rights movement kept up the fight for justice and equality.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, September 18, 2013

What We’ve Learned Since 9/11

In order to make our world safer, we need to focus on factual evidence and real threats rather than target entire communities because of their ethnicity or religion.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, September 11, 2013

57,000 Reasons to Restore Early Learning

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan57,000 children won’t be attending Head Start this month because of sequester cuts.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Supporting a Faith-Based Right to Reproductive Justice: An Interview with Dr. Willie Parker

Sally Steenland interviews Dr. Willie J. Parker, a reproductive justice advocate and associate medical director of Family Planning Associates in Chicago, about the danger of proposed 20-week abortion bans.

By Sally Steenland | Thursday, August 15, 2013

Where’s the Debate on Immigration Reform?

Prayer demonstrationAn overwhelming number of business, labor, faith, and civic groups, as well as a strong majority of the American public, a supermajority in the Senate, and a bipartisan majority in the House, all support immigration reform.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Scarlet Letters: Getting the History of Abortion and Contraception Right

Sarah ColeDespite anti-abortion activists’ rhetoric, abortion and contraception have been legally practiced in America since the Pilgrim’s arrival.

By Ranana Dine | Thursday, August 8, 2013

Religious Liberty + Marriage Equality = Harmony, Not Dissension

Despite opposition activists’ rhetoric, support for nondiscrimination laws and religious liberty are positively connected.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Faith Groups Are Central to the Fight for Economic Justice in the Fast-Food Industry

McDonald's strikeThe intersection of social justice and economic teachings within religion are exemplified by fast-food workers’ plight for fair treatment from their employers.

By Sarah P. Miller | Friday, August 2, 2013

Of Strawberries and Stereotypes

While the work of charities is key to helping the poor, government programs can be key in supporting human dignity.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Merging the Blues with the Gospel: Rev. Otis Moss III on Trayvon Martin and Building a More United America

Sally Steenland interviews Rev. Otis Moss III, senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago and a leading progressive Christian activist and cultural critic.

By Sally Steenland | Friday, July 19, 2013

Ensuring Health Coverage for All

article icon Issue Brief Faith groups call on their states to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

By Eleni Towns | Thursday, July 18, 2013

What’s Race Got to Do With It?

Trayvon MartinAfter the Zimmerman verdict, it is more obvious than ever that we can no longer ignore the persistence of racial injustice in the United States.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Partners for LGBT Equality

The recent Supreme Court decisions supporting marriage equality underscores the successful alliance that has been forged between the religious community and LGBT advocates.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Building on History: An Interview on Social Justice and Religious Liberty with Nancy Kaufman

Sally Steenland talks with Nancy Kaufman, CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women.

By Sally Steenland | Friday, June 28, 2013

5 Reasons People of Faith Should Care About Student-Loan Debt

As Congress debates whether or not to double student-loan interest rates, people of faith can help make the moral case for a fair student-loan system.

By Jack Jenkins | Thursday, June 27, 2013