Hope Is a Powerful Thing

April 10, 2018

CBNR contributor Kathy Carlin writes that when you have a daughter incarcerated, your life changes drastically, your faith in humanity diminishes, and your hope for a brighter future dims. Every day, you have to rise above what wants to drag you down—for your daughter’s sake, for your sake and for the sake of your family.

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In Search of Untold Stories—and Transformative Change

April 2, 2018

Stories don’t just capture the public’s imagination. They inspire people to act. They force institutions to change. As journalists and lawyers, we see far too often how the policies that impact people’s lives often rest on the stories that decision makers know and prioritize. Knowing these truths, we have launched a platform for underrepresented communities. Our Community Based News Room (CBNR) amplifies the stories of those whose voices often are tuned out and gives ordinary people the advocacy and storytelling tools they need to be in full control of the narratives that shape their lives.

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Threats and Resistance: Tactics to Digital Freedom

April 2, 2018

Law@theMargins Associate Editor Shahana Hanif attended the annual Internet Freedom Festival: Joining Forces to Fight Censorship and Surveillance in Valencia, Spain where she spent a week in panel discussions and workshops with digital rights defenders, technologists, community organizers, and others from over 130 countries working to combat online threats to human rights and freedom of expression and create an inclusive, safe, and feminist internet experience. The Internet Freedom community is…

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Domestic Violence and the Battle to Control a Woman’s Economic Power

March 16, 2018

Domestic violence is a serious problem that affects millions of Americans each year and involves physical violence, psychological abuse, sexual violence and verbal abuse, among other forms of abuse. At its core, domestic violence is a battle for power and control. Specifically, it is a pattern of behaviors used by one person to maintain power and control over another person in an intimate partner relationship. While domestic violence knows no…

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Ninety-Nine

April 6, 2017

By Shukry Cattan Each day I take the morning train to Los Angeles, thumbing through small prayer beads made of acorn. Reciting the ninety-nine names of God, I am reminded of the complex nature of the Supreme Being that governs our reality. Ar Rahman (The All Merciful), Ar Rahim (The Most Merciful) and Al Ghaffaar (The Ever Forgiving) are just a few attributes that influence my work and daily interactions…

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Generaciones en Accion: Working together intergenerationally

March 22, 2017

By Amanda Macal, Patricia Veliz Macal, & Carla Osorio Veliz We are three generations of immigrant women from Guatemala. We also have a family bond, as we are grandmother, mother, and daughter working together with the same mission and vision. About five years ago over drinking coffee, we joked around about writing a book about the unconditional labor of love immigrant working-class mothers give towards their children. We felt telling…

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VIDEO: Community Care During Times of Political Crisis

March 11, 2017

Law@theMargins, as part of its #FaithJustice series, hosted a much needed and innovative crowdcast discussion on the importance of integrating self-care and community care in our work for justice during these challenging times as we fight back against the attacks on our communities by Trump and the right wing forces. We must embrace and uplift one another to create the spaces where we can integrate self-care as part of our…

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#FaithJustice: Deep Solidarity: Beyond Charity and Advocacy

February 9, 2017

By Joerg Rieger, Distinguished Professor of Theology and Cal Turner Chancellor’s Chair in Wesleyan Studies, Vanderbilt University In our recent book, Unified We Are A Force: How Faith and Labor Can Overcome America’s Inequalities), Rosemarie Henkel-Rieger and I are proposing that the time is right to move beyond charity and advocacy.  Our work on labor and religion is the basis for the argument. While charitable giving is widely appreciated, it is neither…

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#FaithJustice: Sacred Right to Rest

February 2, 2017

By Grecia Lopez-Reyes, Organizer with Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice For the past year and half I have worked as a Faith-Rooted Organize for Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE). I educate, organize, and mobilize the community of faith to walk in intimate solidarity with workers and their families fighting for a living wage, respect, and better working conditions in industries such as the Ports of…

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