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The Valley of Lament
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper Many of us are more comfortable on the plateau of rage or the plain of apathy.  WE HAVE AM ...

Give Us New Eyes
Originally Posted: 08/27/2014 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

I am convinced that recent events in Ferguson have become a mirror to the nation. This may very well be a critical moment in history, if we take a time to stop and listen to each other. ...

#BlackLivesMatter: Gathering for Solidarity in Washington, D.C.
Originally Posted: 08/22/2014 - 1:26pm | Type: Blog

Last night, D.C. residents young and old gathered in Columbia Heights to protest the shooting of Michael Brown. Last night, Washington, D.C., residents young and old gathered in t ...

A National Shame
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 2:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ruby Sales Susan Smith Police killing of black people is not a black problem. It is an ...

Round Up the Usual Suspects
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Derrick Boykin "Stop and frisk" is unconstitutional race-based harassment—and it must end. DOMINIC ...

Christian and Muslim Dalits Beaten in New Delhi Protest
Originally Posted: 12/11/2013 - 4:51pm | Type: Blog

Police in India’s capital used water cannons and canes on peaceful Christian and Muslim leaders Wednesday while they were demanding equal constitutional protections. NEW DELHI — P ...

Creflo Dollar: Police Release Daughter's 911 Tapes Reporting Assault by Father
Originally Posted: 06/13/2012 - 8:01am | Type: Blog

According to CNN: ATLANTA, Ga. – With a calm voice and collected manner about her, a 15-year-old girl called Fayette County 911 to report that her father assaulted her. The call led police to the suburban Atlanta home of megachurch pastor C ...

VIDEO: Images from NATO Protests in Chicago
Originally Posted: 05/21/2012 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

From the Chicago Sun-Times: Several thousand protesters spent five hours peacefully chanting, singing and marching against war. At the end, nearly 40 young veterans dramatically took their military medals and ...

Shane Claiborne: Occupy Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 02/16/2012 - 8:24pm | Type: Blog

Amidst the recent police violence in Oakland and the sure temptation of some protestors to resort to violence, I wrote this little reflection inviting all Occupiers to a renewed commitment to nonviolence. ...

Muslims Petition Attorney General for NYPD Probe
Originally Posted: 02/04/2012 - 12:23pm | Type: Blog

More than 30 Muslim and legal advocacy groups are urging New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman to investigate the New York City Police Department after the second scandal in as many weeks involving Mu ...

Thanksgiving at Occupy Wall Street
Originally Posted: 11/29/2011 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

A nice reclamation of the Thanksgiving meal—less like the oppressive tale of pilgrims and native people we learned about in school; more like Jesus feeding the thousands, the beloved community, etc. ...

Faith On Foot at UC Davis: Blessed Are The Peacemakers
Originally Posted: 11/21/2011 - 1:40pm | Type: Blog

Thank you, Rev. Stoneking, for being a peacemaker and a comforter. Thank you for standing up for justice and mercy. Thank you for walking with grace. The video of police shooting ...

Colbert on OWS Evictions: "Linking Arms is a Dangerous Act of Aggression."
Originally Posted: 11/16/2011 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

"The founders never intended indefinite free speech. They assumed after two weeks any protest would be wiped out by small pox.” — Stephen Colbert The Colbert Report ...

Seattle's 'Disastrous' Response to the '99 WTO Protests Is A Cautionary Tale for NYPD
Originally Posted: 11/16/2011 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

Writing in The Nation, Norm Stamper, who served as Seattle's police chief during the 1999 World Trade Organization protests, says his "disastrous response" a dozen years ago should have been a c ...

The Latest News on Occupy Wall Street Under Siege: Judge Allows Occupiers Back In, 5K+ books destroyed, Journalists Arrested, Protesters Occupy Church Lot
Originally Posted: 11/15/2011 - 2:12pm | Type: Blog

The Latest News on Occupy Wall Street Under Siege: Judge Allows Occupiers Back In, 5K+ Books from OWS Library Destroyed by Police, Journalists Arrested, Protesters Occupy Church Lot ...

Update: Second Police Raid on Occupy Oakland Encampment, Multiple Arrests Made
Originally Posted: 11/14/2011 - 3:10pm | Type: Blog

Update: Police Raid Occupy Oakland Encampment, Multiple Arrests Made UDATE via SanFrancisoGate.com : 10:36 PST OAKLAND -- The second raid of the sprawling Occupy Oakland c ...

Say It Ain't So, David
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 11:58am | Type: Blog

Abuse of physical strength and power hasn’t been limited to the locker rooms at Penn State. Nor is it limited to middle-aged men. It's in every culture, every city and state, and in every generation. And, ...

"Courageous": A Sermon Wrapped in a Movie
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

A blockbuster-style feature-length movie made by a church? I have to admit, as a Brit, this concept baffled me, but it also piqued my interest. A blockbuster-style feature- ...

Farewell to Fred Shuttlesworth, Civil Rights Hero
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, a pioneer and giant of the civil rights movement, died Wednesday at 89. The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, a pioneer and giant of the civil rights m ...

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 ...

BREAKING NEWS: Georgia Parole Board Denies Davis' Plea for Clemency
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The Associated Press is reporting that the Georgia state parole and pardons board has denied death row inmate Troy Davis' last-ditch plea for clemency. Davis' execution is scheduled for tomorrow. ...

Could the Riots in England Have Been Averted?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The rioting and rampages that spread across English cities last week have caused severe property destruction and raised public alarm. The rioting and rampages that spread across E ...

A Tribute to Mark O. Hatfield
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Mark O. Hatfield's political witness shaped a whole generation of students, teachers, pastors, and social activists in the evangelical community and beyond. Mark O. Hat ...

From Selma to Syria: The Power of Song in Nonviolent Resistance
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

How should music rank among the ever-growing list of time-tested nonviolent methods such as boycotts, marches, strikes, sit-ins, and vigils? http://www.flickr.com/commons/usage/ ...

The Top 3 Signs This War Will End
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

One of the amazing things about scripture is that, even after thousands of years, it continues to inspire. Many scholars believe that the prophet Isaiah lived in the 8th century B.C.E. ...

Bin Laden's Gone -- Now Let's End the War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The killing of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/osama-bin-laden/" target="_blank">Osama bin Laden</a> brings partial closure to the long war against al Qaeda. ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Taliban. Kill Team. Photos.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our reader ...

Seeking Peace and Dignity in Jordan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/16/seeking-peace-and-dignity-in-jordan/"></a>When I announced my plans to go to Jordan several weeks ago for a press trip, my son replied, & ...

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 ...

An Open Letter to Speaker Boehner
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Dear Mr. Speaker,</p> Dear Mr. Speaker, This past Sunday, you gave a speech to the National Religious Broadcasters annual conference and said that cutting spending is th ...

I Was Attacked During Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton's Speech Yesterday
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/17/i-was-attacked-during-secretary-hilary-clintons-speech-yesterday/" target="_self"></a><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/201 ...

Should Egyptians Trust Their Military?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Throughout the coverage of the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/egypt/" target="_blank">uprising in Egypt</a>, we've been repeatedly told that Egyptians trust their milita ...

The Big Thug Must Go
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I am watching the television as Mubarak's thugs attack peaceful demonstrators in the streets of Cairo. Tahrir Square is now a scene of terrible violence. I am watching the te ...

Record Levels of Violence in Afghanistan Do Not Equal Progress
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Greetings from <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/afghanistan/" target="_blank">Afghanistan</a>. Greetings from Afghanistan . I arrived here now ...

The Man Who Shot Jimmie Lee Jackson, In His Own Words
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/11/16/the-man-who-shot-jimmie-lee-jackson-in-his-own-words/" target="_blank"></a>[Editors' Note: Former state trooper <a href ...

Social Justice is Not Totalitarianism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1009&amp;article=why-does-glenn-beck-hate-community-organizers" tar ...

How Christian is Tea Party Libertarianism?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenomenon, not a religious one. The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenom ...

The Song of Rosanna's Survivor Story
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> I came to be friends with Rosanna through my wife's work. B ...

Drugs, Guns, and Immigration: An Unholy Trinity of Failed Policy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126890838">reports out of Juarez, Mexico,</a> are depressing, doubly so for me. The repor ...

Immigration Activism: 'Take Our Small Actions and Multiply Them'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100524-immigration-civil-disobedience-lisa-sharon-harper.jpg"></a>Last Monday I got <a href="http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local-bea ...

'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 ...

Pro Baseball Players Join Protest of Arizona Immigration Law
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Professional sports and political issues have traditionally remained separate. But the new immigration law in Arizona is closing that divide. Professional sports and political is ...

Images from White House Immigration Rally and Civil Disobedience
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and 34 other immigration rights advocates were arrested during a demonstration at the White House on Saturday. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and 34 other i ...

'Reasonable Suspicion' in Arizona
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

My college girlfriends and I had considered Arizona as a spot for a 40th b-day bash, but I'm not sure we'd pass muster. We've all been questioned before. My colle ...

Lamentations and Turning the Next Page in Arizona's Immigration Struggle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us so long? Why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us so long? Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may ...

The Global Emergence Won't Be Televised
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/emergent-and-race/">Read more of this blog conversation</a> in response to the <em>Sojourners </ ...

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 ...

Friendship Sealed with Accountability
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Do you remember the moment your friend became your friend? Not j ...

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 ...

Beyond Anti-War: Nonviolence in Our Neighborhoods
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This semester at Princeton Seminary, I am taking a course on War and Christian Conscience. This semester at Princeton Seminary, I am taking a course on War and Christian Conscienc ...