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The Power of Participatory Decision Making

September 28, 2015 | Andrea Batista Schlesinger

By involving citizens directly in decisions about how their communities are run, we can make government more responsive and inclusive.

“Artivism” Gets a 21st-Century Makeover

September 28, 2015 | Alan Jenkins

Artists are taking on police bias, criminal justice reform, and equal opportunity, as voices old and new tell fresh stories and organize for change.

What the Pope’s Visit Means for Social Justice

September 22, 2015 | Jennifer Butler

Pope Francis’s U.S. trip presents a tremendous opportunity to harness his popularity for progressive change.

How Can This Indefinite Incarceration Policy Be Constitutional?

September 18, 2015 | Donysha Smith

Soros Justice Fellow Galen Baughman was imprisoned for over two years past his release date. Now he’s working to make sure others don’t suffer the same fate.

Brooklyn Outdoor Exhibit Features Two Open Society Photographers

September 11, 2015 | Siobhan Riordan

A Brooklyn photography festival features immersive installations about U.S. Superfund sites and Nigerian romance novelists.

How Obama Can Shed Light on Dark Money in Politics

September 2, 2015 | Lisa Gilbert

An executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political giving would improve the lives of poor people and communities of color.

Pretrial Detention of Juveniles: As Common as It Is Wrong

September 1, 2015 | Marina Ilminska

The extended pretrial detention of juveniles should be a seldom-used measure of last resort, not the sadly common practice it is today.

In Katrina’s Wake, Criminal Justice Reform Takes Hold in New Orleans

August 27, 2015 | Norris Henderson

When Hurricane Katrina hit, the justice system in New Orleans had completely broken down. We looked at the court system, the police department, the jail—and started talking about how to fix things.

The Open Society Foundations Remember “Bo” Burt

August 19, 2015 | Kathleen Foley

As a board member for the Project on Death in America, Burt worked tirelessly to transform the culture of dying in the United States.

Accountability on Drones Continues to Fall Short

August 12, 2015 | Richard Weir

The United States must hold itself accountable for all civilians killed or injured in drone strikes, not just U.S. citizens or other Westerners.

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