How to confront friends who wear offensive Halloween costumes

(Originally published on Mashable, for more resources, click here)

Written by Katie Dupere

In the days leading up to Halloween, revelers are putting the finishing touches on their costumes. For some, that means perfecting their sugar skull makeup, hot-gluing feathers onto their homemade headdresses and dusting off their sombreros.

Yes — among all the tricks and treats, cultural appropriation is an undeniable problem this time of year.

This Is What It Sounds Like When Israeli Security Shoots Palestinian Kids

Israel has killed 1,952 Palestinian kids since 2000. Start there to understand current events.

In West Jerusalem, a Palestinian man deliberately rammed his car into Israelis standing at a bus stop and emerged from the vehicle with a meat cleaver to hack at his victims.

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Bombing Hospitals All in a Day's Work

The destruction of the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, with 22 dead so far, including doctors, other staff and patients, capped a week that also saw the bombing of​ another hospital in Afghanistan, plus the U.S.-backed Saudi Arabian bombing of a wedding party in Yemen set up in tents far out in the desert, away from anything remotely military. (What IS it about wedding parties that U.S. and allied bombers keep hitting them?).

Beyond the Non Profit Industrial Complex

(Originally published on, for more resources, click here)

"I’m very much afraid of this 'Foundation Complex.' We're getting praise from places that worry me." - Ella Baker, June 1963

"I want us all to be real creative about our tactics and strategies to dismantle the empire." - Joo-Hyun Kang, The Revolution Will Not Be Funded Conference, 2004

Why I'm Walking 100 Miles for Migrant Rights

As a mother of two little girls, aged 4 and 6, the photograph of 3-year-old Alan Kurdi, the waves lapping the face of his lifeless body, shook me.

But the tears came much later — not as I saw more and more images of migrant and refugee suffering in the news, but when I saw families in Europe with signs welcoming refugees, standing by the roadside with food and water. What’s moved me most are the images and stories of everyday people not waiting for government policy, but choosing love and taking action.

Maps: 10 Years After Katrina, NOLA's Poor Neighborhoods Are Still Largely Abandoned

Photo caption: Robert Green, a Hurricane Katrina survivor, sits in June on the steps that once led into his mother's home in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans. Li Muzi/Zuma

The Lower Ninth Ward only has a fraction of its pre-storm population.
By Samantha Michaels
Originally Published in

This Is the Conduct We Expect: If A Man Comes to Kill You, Kill Him First. If A Boy Throws A Rock At You and Runs Away, Kill Him Too, Because We Can.

Written by Abby Zimet, staff writer

Originally published on

Photo of Muhammad's funeral by Majdi Mohammed/AP. Front photo of his family grieving by Oren Ziv/Active Stills

We Were Never Meant to Survive: A Response to the Attack in Charleston

By Alicia Garza

Originally  published on



Wednesday night in Charleston, South Carolina, an act of terrorism was committed against a group of Black people who gathered in prayer. The church, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, was a site of slave rebellions as far back as 1822 and one of the oldest Black churches in the country.

Families of Police Violence Victims Face Trauma Without Support

Written by Adam Hudson, Truthout

Originally published on

Photo caption: Erica Garner, daughter of Eric Garner, speaking, with Angela Naggie, mother of O'Shaine Evans, to the side, at an event in Oakland, California on April 9 about the struggles families of police brutality go through. (Photo: Adam Hudson)

Hey, White People! If You Really Want to Help End Racism, You Need to Invest in Other White People (Yeah, We Know It Sounds Counterintuitive)

Written by Jamie Utt.

Originally published on

As I sit here writing this after learning of the brutal murder of Natasha McKenna while in police custody, a death local authorities ruled an “accident,” a familiar feeling rises inside of me. I recognize this anger and this sadness.


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