Three Strategies Today’s Activist Women Share with Their Foremothers

Members of the Grand Rapids League of Women Voters organized a city get-out-the-vote parade in 1924. Grand Rapids Herald, Sept. 9, 1924. Image courtesy of the Grand Rapids Public Library By Dr. Liette Gidlow / 01.26.2018 Associate Professor of U.S. Political and Women’s/Gender History Wayne State University The first year of Donald Trump’s presidency has inspired[…]

Why There are Costs to Moral Outrage

What exactly is outrage? Philip Pilosian/Shutterstock    By Dr. Justin Tosi and Dr. Brandon Warmke / 06.19.2017 Tosi: Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer, University of Michigan Warmke: Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Bowling Green State University Many Americans are morally outraged that U.S. President Donald Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey, who had been investigating possible links between[…]

Free Speech Not Present at Some Universities

Universites Not Out of the Safe Space Yet / By Dr. Walter M. Brasch / 08.06.2016 Professor Emeritus of Mass Communications/Journalism Bloomsburg University Like most Jews, Benjamin Aaron Shapiro, a respected journalist, is an advocate for social justice, following the Jewish concept of Tikun Olam, literally translated as “repair of the world.” Unlike most[…]

ACLU Sues Cleveland Over ‘Draconian Reach’ of RNC Protest Rules

Police in riot gear stand behind a group of protesters at the 2008 RNC in St. Paul, Minnesota.  (Photo:  Brendan Scherer/flickr/cc) ‘The restrictions on speech put in place by the city of Cleveland are arbitrary, unnecessary, and unjustifiable.’ By Andrea Germanos / 06.15.2016 The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio on Tuesday filed a lawsuit[…]

When Acts of Humanity Break the Law, We Are Truly in Dark Times

Woman and child, Lesbos, 2015. Santi Palacios/AP/Press Association Images. A new book documents Europe’s loss of humanity as refugees struggle to seek a haven away from wars and degradation. By Hsiao-Hung Pai / 06.01.2016 Escaping wars, destruction and poverty is simply human. The unequal world in which we live has always created conditions for desiring[…]

How Campus Policies Limit Free Speech

Why do campuses have “free speech zones”? John By David L. Hudson, Jr. / 05.31.2016 First Amendment Expert, Adjunct Professor of Law Vanderbilt University Colleges and universities are supposed to be places where freedom of expression flourishes. Sadly, that is not the case. At a recent debate on the Yale University campus, 66 percent of[…]

Official RNC Protest Rules Designed to Stifle Demonstrators

An anti-Trump protest in April. (Photo: A. Jones/flickr/cc) Cleveland’s “extreme limitations” on protests, laid out on Wednesday, decried as “vague and unacceptable.” By Deirdre Fulton / 05.26.2016 The city of Cleveland’s rules for the Republican National Convention (RNC), released Wednesday, are “unacceptable and far too restrictive,” according to advocacy groups and protest organizers. The convention,[…]

China’s Independent Journalists Face High Risks — And Are in High Demand

Some independent journalists in China call themselves grassroots historians and publish their writing on social media platforms. They also participate in historical gatherings such as the Shenzhen History Carnival in 2014, seen here. Photo from Jiang Xue’s Weibo. This article was written by Ip Iam Chong and originally published in Chinese on citizen media platform[…]

What Makes Nonviolent Movements Explode?

Occupy Wall Street on September 30, 2011. (Wikimedia Commons/David Shankbone) By Mark Engler and Paul Engler Why are some protests ignored and forgotten while others explode, dominating the news cycle for weeks and becoming touchstones in political life? For all of those seeking to promote change, this is a critical question. And it was a[…]

The Life and Death of Daniel Berrigan

Rev. Daniel Berrigan in 1995. (Getty/Chris Felver) By Rev. John Dear / 05.02.2016 Rev. Daniel Berrigan, the renowned anti-war activist, award-winning poet, author and Jesuit priest, who inspired religious opposition to the Vietnam War and later the U.S. nuclear weapons industry, died at age 94, just a week shy of his 95th birthday. He died[…]

Is Understanding the History of Nonviolence Essential to Harnessing Its Power?

Photo by Annette Bernhardt, Flickr Creative Commons. By Tristan Husby / 04.18.2016 A friend of mine who is an organizer and nonviolent trainer has a favorite exercise called “10-10,” which she uses when introducing nonviolence to new activists. She divides the students into groups and tells them to write down, as quickly as possible, 10[…]