Social Justice

6 Speeches and Works That Honor The Full Legacy of MLK
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Matthew Ahmann in a crowd of demonstrators at the March on Washington.

6 Speeches and Works That Honor The Full Legacy of MLK

The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has been whitewashed and gentrified. To honor him, we must remember him in his entirety and not just what’s been deemed “appropriate.”

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Our 2022 Resolutions for Social Change
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Our 2022 Resolutions for Social Change

We asked ARD team members and contributors to share their New Year’s resolutions related to creating social change in 2022.

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Year in Review: How Can We Make ‘Justice for All’ A Reality?
Protesters stand in rows with their hands up in front of police holding batons.

Year in Review: How Can We Make ‘Justice for All’ A Reality?

It’s been over a year since one of the largest movements in U.S. history, yet the American justice system is far from being reformed.

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Why Nonprofit Activism Alone Won’t Save Us
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Why Nonprofit Activism Alone Won’t Save Us

Nonprofits have limitations that are not always known to the general public. Often these shortcomings can harm the communities they serve.

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Equity, Not Equality, Is Needed In The Fight For Social Change
A two-panel illustration breaks down the difference between equity and equality with imagery of three people of varying heights behind a fence at a baseball game. On the left, equality is shown as everyone standing on a crate, but the shortest person cannot see the game, and the middle-height person can just see over the fence. On the right, equity is shown as the shortest individual standing on two boxes, the middle-height person on one, and the tallest without. Everyone can see at the same level.

Equity, Not Equality, Is Needed In The Fight For Social Change

“Equity v. Equality” illustration breaks down the difference between the two terms and how the distinction impacts the necessary work for social change.

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The Problem with Gatekeeping “White Hobbies”
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The Problem with Gatekeeping “White Hobbies”

Mostly white hobbies like birding and knitting have experienced a reckoning after discussions on racism shed light on racial gatekeeping.

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Fighting for Black Trans Lives
A person holds a sign that says, "Black Trans Life is Sacred" in a crowd.

Fighting for Black Trans Lives

Anti-trans legislation adds to the violence and discrimination that affect the trans community, particularly people of color and Black trans lives.

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Fatphobia: America’s Acceptable Bias
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Fatphobia: America’s Acceptable Bias

Anti-fatness bias comprises the systemic and interpersonal oppression that fat people experience in the workplace, the healthcare system, the criminal justice system, and other aspects of everyday life.

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Stop Shia persecution.

In America, Muslims are often seen as a monolith. As a whole, we have experienced discrimination and persecution from non-Muslims. What people may not know is that Islam actually consists of many sects, including Sunnism, Shi’ism, Ismailism, and Ahmadiyya, much like how Christianity includes Protestantism and Catholicism. The minority sects, specifically Shi’ism, are currently being persecuted in multiple Muslim-majority countries (Human Rights Watch), including the genocide of Shias in Pakistan (Al Jazeera).  

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Seeking Justice for Breonna Taylor Beyond Social Media
A person holds a sign that reads, " Justice for Breonna Taylor."

Seeking Justice for Breonna Taylor Beyond Social Media

The memeification of Breonna Taylor aims to keep Taylor’s name in the media but is often perpetuating the same systems that harm Black women.

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