Can the prison system be transformed? Shaka Senghor and #Cut50

MOLLY ROWAN LEACH

A new campaign to be launched on March 26 aims to cut the U.S. prison population in half by 2025.

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Zen and the art of social movement maintenance

JAMES K ROWE
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“In a racially unjust world,” revolutionary activist Angela Davis asked mindfulness popularizer Jon Kabat-Zinn, “what good is mindfulness?”

Can religious groups help to prevent violent conflict?

LAURA PAYNE
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When peace and violence are examined through a faith-based lens, a different set of factors come to the foreground.

Can the prison system be transformed? Shaka Senghor and #Cut50

MOLLY ROWAN LEACH

A new campaign to be launched on March 26 aims to cut the U.S. prison population in half by 2025.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Zen and the art of social movement maintenance

JAMES K ROWE
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

“In a racially unjust world,” revolutionary activist Angela Davis asked mindfulness popularizer Jon Kabat-Zinn, “what good is mindfulness?”

Can religious groups help to prevent violent conflict?

LAURA PAYNE
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

When peace and violence are examined through a faith-based lens, a different set of factors come to the foreground.



Is secularism bad for women?

Gender equality should not be pitted against religious freedom, so what kind of political arrangements could guarantee religious women’s rights and full social inclusion? 

Zen and the art of social movement maintenance

“In a racially unjust world,” revolutionary activist Angela Davis asked mindfulness popularizer Jon Kabat-Zinn, “what good is mindfulness?”

Can the prison system be transformed? Shaka Senghor and #Cut50

A new campaign to be launched on March 26 aims to cut the U.S. prison population in half by 2025.

Can religious groups help to prevent violent conflict?

When peace and violence are examined through a faith-based lens, a different set of factors come to the foreground.

Is Bill Cosby's legacy more important than the truth?

When America’s dream, black dad is accused of sadistic, multiple rape, it’s an American dilemma. What’s more, it is a black dilemma.

A new collective injects performance art into Black Lives Matter in New York

While activists continue to engage in orthodox forms of protest, guerilla theatre groups are using new ways to get their message across.

These 6 incredible art projects are transforming lives in the UK

Unity is about recognising our differences, it's about using our resources to support each other's struggles. It is about becoming accomplices in each other’s fights for survival.

Deep in the Amazon, one tribe is beating big oil

The people of Sarayaku are a leading force in 21st century indigenous resistance, engaging the western world politically, legally and philosophically. 

Broke: all about life in debt

The slippery slope into debt doesn’t happen by chance. It is premeditated by a billion pound industry that works hard to target young people, like my 18 year old self.

Building people power before the Paris climate summit

As we approach yet another climate summit this November, the question is: how can we reverse the continuing climate catastrophe over the next quarter-century?

How the Home Office keeps getting it wrong on LGBTQ asylum seekers

The Home Office says that asylum seeker Aderonke Apata can't be a lesbian as she has had children with a man. The new Solidarity with Aderonke Tumblr project tells a different story.

How music can shift the conversation on climate change

Artists from Egypt to Rwanda are working together to protect the Nile River Basin.

Religion from the inside out

True religion is living a life of compassion in the midst of the material world.

Women lead the struggle against mining and machismo in Guatemala

For over two years, the small community of San José del Golfo have maintained a 24-hour barricade against the mine that threatens to destroy their land and water.

Is liberal Islam the answer?

If Islam needs to be seen through the eyes of the West in order to make sense of itself, how can it find the space for transformation on its own terms? 

Hard times: the human face of neo-liberalism

Successive governments have promoted policies which entrench a punitive and controlling way of managing public institutions.

Forget venture capitalists: how a scrappy composting co-op found another way to get support

How can a just and sustainable society be financed in a capitalist economy? 

Great work gets done by good people

The founders of the Antigonish movement told people to "set the heather on fire" and create a new cooperative economy. What lay behind their success?

Rape culture: would prison abolition help women?

What would transformative justice for survivors look like? Part of Transformation's prison abolition series.

The best kept secret of the Catholic Church—its social teachings

On paper, Catholicism is one of the most progressive faiths in the world: shame about the practice.

To create positive change, trust your instincts

At a time when fear and terror seems pervasive, individual and group instincts can triumph.

Put away the scriptures and follow justice

In contexts where faith plays a major role in public and private life, critical engagement with religion is the only option.

Violence as a theological problem

Deeply ingrained in the religious consciousness of the United States is the belief that retribution is God’s will.

14 reasons for celebrating 200 years of Pride and Prejudice (1813)

Here are fourteen reasons for the celebration of this work of genius, beginning with seven celebrating what Pride and Prejudice might be said to have gained from its own historical moment, before moving to the 'feel good factor' of our times. A Valentine's card, originally published on February 14, 2014.

Why is it so hard to believe in climate change?

Those who come after us will wonder at how we were so blinkered, at why we took so long to change.

I am a fat dancer, but I am not your inspiration porn

We are challenging to watch, unapologetic, incautious, visceral and about a million miles away from cosy or jolly stereotypes.

First, do no harm: expanding our moral circle beyond religion

Secular values and commitments are all that’s needed to anchor the deep transformation of society.

Christianity was liberation for you—for me it was slavery: a tale of two kingdoms

Can religious conservatives be enlightened out of their convictions? If not, what are the implications? The launch of a new Transformation series on religion.

As a veteran, I see 'American Sniper' as dangerous, but not for the reasons you'd think

Except for the military’s interpreters, every Iraqi in the movie is either evil, a butchering insurgent or a collaborator. They’re all "savages".

You can’t love a whole planet

Do global problems require global solutions? All transformation is ultimately local.

The art of #BlackLivesMatter

A myriad of creative responses to police violence show that art is at the forefront of instigating social change.

Transforming philanthropy: it’s time to get serious

Could the big foundations ever be the change they want to see? 

A new economy for a regenerative society

Most of the products of our growth-addicted economy are useless, obsolete and unnecessary junk that do not contribute to our human purpose; on the contrary they impoverish, deplete and contaminate our eco-livelihood.

From sharing economy to gift ecology

The highest potential of sharing comes from the transformative spirit of generosity.

How should we remember Auschwitz?

On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, whose stories are told and whose are marginalized? 

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