When Black men, women, and children feel lucky to walk away from police harassment alive, shouldn’t we all be outraged?
I Know Why Poor Whites Chant Trump, Trump, Trump
From the era of slavery to the rise of Donald Trump, wealthy elites have relied on the loyalty of poor whites.
Displaced And Pushed Out Of Sight
The movement toward criminalizing homelessness isn’t just bad politics. It’s bad public health policy for communities.
Eulogy: For Reverend DePayne Middleton Doctor
Reverend DePayne Middleton Doctor, a minister, admissions coordinator, and mother.
Eulogy: For Reverend Daniel Simmons, Sr.
Reverend Daniel Simmons, Sr., a 74-year-old Vietnam vet, longtime pastor, father, and grandfather.
Eulogy: For Myra Thompson
Myra Thompson, a retired teacher, guidance counselor, wife, mother, grandmother, and newly certified preacher.
Eulogy: For Ethel Lee Lance
Ethel Lee Lance, a 70-year-old church sexton with five children, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Eulogy: For Susie Jackson
Susie Jackson, an 87-year-old mother of two, family matriarch, devout Christian, church trustee, and eldest victim.
Eulogy: For TyWanza Sanders
TyWanza Sanders, a 26-year-old graduate of Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina, who died trying to save his grandmother.
Eulogy: For Reverend Sharonda Coleman-Singleton
Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, a reverend, track coach, speech therapist, and mother.
Eulogy: For Cynthia Hurd
Cynthia Hurd, head librarian with Charleston County Library’s John L. Dart Branch and manager of the St. Andrews Regional Library.
Eulogy: For Reverend Clementa Pinckney
Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney, a South Carolina Senator and senior pastor of Emanuel A.M.E. Church.
The Art Of Teaching
“Stereotypes, they’re sensual, cultural weapons. … At an artistic level, stereotypes are terrible writing.” -Junot Díaz
The Life You Cannot Save
A Bangladeshi girl falls ill after surviving a factory fire. Did labor activists misrepresent the facts about her illness?
Living In A World Of Rape
From a tiny village in Ghana to a university in West Virginia, the legacy of violence against women is inescapable.
#BlackPoetsSpeakOut, But Is America Listening?
“I am a black poet who will not remain silent while this nation murders black people.”
The Art Of Conflict
When death threats closed Pittsburgh’s Conflict Kitchen, public outcry helped the restaurant reopen and continue its mission.
It May Be Time To Repurpose The Pit Bull
Rather than consigning unwanted pit bulls to life — or death — in shelters, why not put their skills to use?
2014: The Year We Put “Just” In Front Of Malaria
How privilege, fear, and nationalism hinder the eradication of infectious diseases.
How Political Comedy Culture Breeds Social Apathy
Political satirists provide comic relief, but do they undermine the fight to address serious issues?
The Unseen Jury: The Ideology And Psychology Of Covert Racism
Examining institutionalized racism’s psychological and philosophical roots and how to combat it.
Can Queer Radicals And Gay Progressives Meet In The Middle?
Is marriage equality relevant to radical queer politics, or are such norms regressive and anti-queer?
Living And Working With The Missionaries Of Charity
A vivid and honest portrayal of one of the world’s most controversial organizations.
Why The Left Should Stop Listening To Ralph Nader
Ralph Nader, the far left, and how both might affect the outcome of the 2016 Presidential race.
We All Benefit From Modern Slavery And That Should Piss Us Off
Many are opposed to slavery in principle, but it won’t end until we leverage our collective powers.
My STIR: The Billionaire Diet©™®$
It’s like the Paleo, Atkins, Military, or South Beach diets, only much, much richer! Lose big and look like a billion bucks!
O’ Say! Can You See The Oligarchy?
A former U.S. congressman deconstructs a dangerous threat to our democracy, freedom, and independence.
What If Addicts Received Effective Treatment Instead Of Prison Time?
Poor treatment programs and the stigma of addiction have caused an epidemic of suffering.
On Memorial Day, What We Choose To Remember And What We Forget
Forgetting the stark realities of war does a disservice to veterans and the lives lost in U.S. military campaigns.
We Should All Care When Prisons Don’t Try To Rehabilitate Inmates
How helping prison inmates establish positive identities is critical to preventing recidivism.
A Simple Reality In The U.S. Tax Code That Affects Us All
How the U.S. tax code rewards the super wealthy and punishes the working classes.
The New Conversation: Everyone Is Talking But Is Anyone Listening?
Two of STIR’s creators want to make you feel uncomfortable for a while.
Fighting Congressional Corruption By Getting Money Out Of Politics
Mansur Gidfar talks about political corruption and how voters can fight to take back their government.
Shannon Watts: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
How starting a Facebook page made Shannon Watts one of the most vilified women in America.