Poverty and Social Justice Archive

  • In the June 29 episode of This American Life, Journatic founder Brian Timpone posits that his sweatshop media company, which farms out “local reporting” to the Philippines and Eastern Europe, is […]

    Brian Timpone is Killing Journalism

    In the June 29 episode of This American Life, Journatic founder Brian Timpone posits that his sweatshop media company, which farms out “local reporting” to the Philippines and Eastern Europe, is […]

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  • I suppose there’s never a good time to be wrongfully imprisoned, but now is as close to good as it gets. Today, Michael Anthony Green is scheduled to be a free man for the first time in 27 years. Green is now the longest-serving inmate to be exonerated in Texas. He was wrongfully convicted of rape in 1983.

    Doing Time for Committing No Crime

    I suppose there’s never a good time to be wrongfully imprisoned, but now is as close to good as it gets. Today, Michael Anthony Green is scheduled to be a free man for the first time in 27 years. Green is now the longest-serving inmate to be exonerated in Texas. He was wrongfully convicted of rape in 1983.

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  • Yesterday, a friend of mine with a pretty popular blog asked me to write a guest column. Naturally, I was thrilled. Jenny Simmons, lead singer of Addison Road and fellow Baylor grad, had written a post about the largest illegal immigration raid in history when a robust debate broke out. When she asked me to write a post addressing the question, “What should we as Christians do?” there were 9 comments. Just 24 hours later there were 18. Enter my column, reposted here.

    And who is my neighbor?

    Yesterday, a friend of mine with a pretty popular blog asked me to write a guest column. Naturally, I was thrilled. Jenny Simmons, lead singer of Addison Road and fellow Baylor grad, had written a post about the largest illegal immigration raid in history when a robust debate broke out. When she asked me to write a post addressing the question, “What should we as Christians do?” there were 9 comments. Just 24 hours later there were 18. Enter my column, reposted here.

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  • Breaking news: The tiny children parading around in tights and flying through the air with the ease of babes are underage. What a shocker.

    Mini-medalists face inquiry

    Breaking news: The tiny children parading around in tights and flying through the air with the ease of babes are underage. What a shocker.

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  • OK. So technically it was the day after my birthday, but that doesn’t have the same ring to it.

    I spent my 23rd birthday in jail

    OK. So technically it was the day after my birthday, but that doesn’t have the same ring to it.

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  • This wasn’t the ending I was hoping for.  After nearly two years of weekly mentoring an at-risk teen, I had hoped for a more climactic closure.

    So much for happily ever after

    This wasn’t the ending I was hoping for. After nearly two years of weekly mentoring an at-risk teen, I had hoped for a more climactic closure.

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  • With the election looming and voter turnout up across the board, the youth vote has attracted its fair share of attention. Harvard University’s Institute of Politics reports that for the first time since Richard Nixon was in office, young people are turning out to vote in high numbers. Perhaps more interesting than sheer volume is how we youngsters are voting and why.

    Hug a tree for Jesus

    With the election looming and voter turnout up across the board, the youth vote has attracted its fair share of attention. Harvard University’s Institute of Politics reports that for the first time since Richard Nixon was in office, young people are turning out to vote in high numbers. Perhaps more interesting than sheer volume is how we youngsters are voting and why.

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  • Pop Quiz: What do Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea, Cuba and the United States have in common?

    The false hope of the death penalty

    Pop Quiz: What do Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea, Cuba and the United States have in common?

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