Category: Social Justice

Why the U.S. Needs Criminal Justice Reform

Why the U.S. Needs Criminal Justice Reform

Washington D.C: When Kanye West met with Donald Trump, it was under the pretense of talking about criminal justice reform. Throughout the surreal sprawling encounter, it wasn’t among the topics discussed, as one would expect. It’s no coincidence that Trump sought this pseudo-advice from Kanye, a black man, simply for the optics of it. Meanwhile,...

Australia Has The Wealth To Ensure A Sustainable Future, But Too Many People Are Being Left Behind

Australia Has The Wealth To Ensure A Sustainable Future, But Too Many People Are Being Left Behind

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.  Author: Sue Richardson, Adjunct professor, University of Adelaide. The purpose of our social, economic and political systems is to enable all Australians to lead good lives. Australia is doing well on some fronts. It ranks third out of 188 countries on the UN Human Development Index,...

Compassionate Gold: Sustainable Gold Mining to Empower People and Protect the Environment

Compassionate Gold: Sustainable Gold Mining to Empower People and Protect the Environment

Manila, Philippines: I have just very recently read The Ethics of Mining Gold: The Social and Environmental Impacts of Gold, written by my colleague Mary Imgrund. Let me say, as a person who has visited small-scale gold mining communities in the Philippines and worked for the NGO BAN Toxics which has presence in said communities,...

How American Identity Politics Went From Inclusion to Exclusion, and Fractured the Nation

How American Identity Politics Went From Inclusion to Exclusion, and Fractured the Nation

London, United Kingdom: “Us” versus “Them.” This is turning out to be a common theme in politics nowadays, from the United Kingdom’s Brexit to the rise of strongmen leaders in Asia, and the election of Donald Trump in the United States. The current buzzword used to explain this phenomenon? Identity politics. But what is ‘Identity...

Technically Correct: False Narratives of the Far Right

Technically Correct: False Narratives of the Far Right

Washington DC, United States: In politically divisive times, some might be drawn to the idea that the truth is always “in the middle.” That is wholly untrue. While it might be uncomfortable, one side’s arguments are sometimes factually true while another’s are only ideologically true. Global warming isn’t a half-threat; racism isn’t only somewhat of...

How We Can Tackle Child Labor and Modern-Day Slavery in the Fashion Industry

How We Can Tackle Child Labor and Modern-Day Slavery in the Fashion Industry

Toronto, Canada: We live in a world with immense complexities. New innovations, advancements in technology and sustainability are being explored every day to solve global problems. But still, there is the mentality that some problems don’t need ‘solving’. Some will argue that climate change is a hoax and others too will argue that sweatshops offer...

10 Innovative Apps By African Entrepreneurs Helping To Improve the Lives of People in Africa

10 Innovative Apps By African Entrepreneurs Helping To Improve the Lives of People in Africa

It is no longer news that Africa has grown to become a strong competitor in the tech world. Young, educated Africans are at the forefront of this growth and are developing various applications and solutions for the African and sometimes, global market. These startups are not all building mobile applications, so much as they are...

Making Poverty History

Making Poverty History

Abuja, Nigeria: Poverty is a familiar term. According to the World Bank, 60 percent of Nigerians are poor. So, when my editor asked my views on wealth distribution, poverty and how to end it; I thought of these statistics, the research that has been done and solutions that have been put forward by organizations such...