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The remaining members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams in Baghdad say their work will go on regardless of what happens to their four colleagues still held hostage. CPT workers were among the first to expose abuses at Abu Ghraib prison and continue to document the excesses of the US occupation.

Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker movement, died 25 years ago this month. Today Catholic Workers are in Cuba, keeping vigil outside the US Naval Prison at Guantanamo Bay and keep a vigil for detainees. This Colman McCarthy meditation on Day's funeral sheds light on Catholic Workers as a political and social force.

Twenty-five members of the Catholic Worker movement are walking across Cuba to the US Naval prison at Guantánamo Bay in hopes of meeting with more than 500 detainees, the first time peace activists have brought their protests to the tropical gulag. If they are turned away, the pilgrims plan on conducting a vigil outside.

The New York Mets' squelching of first baseman Carlos
Delgado's longstanding protest of the war in Iraq during the
seventh-inning stretch speaks volumes about how the rules of the game
have changed on political dissent.

With 457 blunt-spoken words, John Murtha broke the spell that had held
the country captive to the misguided adventure in Iraq. It suddenly
became respectable to talk of a pullout. It was his finest moment: For
the first time, there is hope this war may end.

Tsunami. Hurricane. Earthquake. War. Poverty. Injustice. It's been a
tough year, but here's a list of extraordinary groups who deserve a
place on your holiday gift list.

Power-friendly reporters like Judith Miller are easily manipulated
by selective leaks. But what we need now is more civil disobedience by
whistle-blowers exposing renditions, acts of torture and the flagrant
abuse of power.

As demonstrators gather at Fort Benning, Georgia, this weekend for an
annual protest against the School of the Americas, the spotlight will
be on increasing dismay in Congress and among the American public
over the Bush Administration's policies on torture.

If Samuel Alito is confirmed to the US Supreme Court, his impact on
limiting reproductive rights would be certain and swift, due to his
record and to two key abortion rights cases making their way to the
Supreme Court.

It's easy to slap a magnet on your SUV and feel like you're supporting
American soldiers fighting a brutal, far-off war. But the way to really
support them is to work to extricate us from the conflict.

Blogs

From Newark to New Orleans, youth rise for justice.

March 5, 2015

The right to vote is under the greatest threat since the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

March 5, 2015

Today, a coalition of activists beat the well-funded cable lobby as the FCC voted to use Title II reclassification to preserve net neutrality. 

February 26, 2015

The FCC has guaranteed net neutrality, for now. But special interests will try to elect a president to undo it.

February 26, 2015

The tragic death of Trayvon Martin inspired a new generation of activists who fight to make black lives matter.

February 26, 2015

Activists and organizers gathered at the Schomburg Center to interrogate the current conditions of American policing.

February 25, 2015

The new documentary The Hunting Ground is a reminder that the campus rape crisis is real.

February 25, 2015

In the wake of nationwide cop-on-civilian violence, there is hope for criminal-justice reform.

February 24, 2015

Fifteen former students of the for-profit Corinthian college chain are launching a debt strike to allow other debtors to do just that. 

February 23, 2015

As the crucial vote on net neutrality approaches, our friends at OpenMedia are beaming your messages directly to the FCC. 

February 20, 2015