RECAP: Small Acts of Courage Book Launch with Ali Velshi

The MSNBC anchor and chief correspondent debuted his memoir, a series of stories about what it means to be a citizen of a democracy

By Lauren McCutcheon

Art for Change: Visual Art as a Bullhorn

Chela Ixcopal became an artist by following his heart. That’s how he came to represent immigrants’ rights groups and kids pursuing art for the first time

By Logan Cryer

Art for Change: A Grand and Gorgeous Abstraction

Odili Donald Odita draws on a unique combination of traditional African art, minimalism, and pop culture influences in his abstract paintings that respond to contemporary social issues. The latest in a series with Forman Arts Initiative

By RJ Rushmore

Guest Commentary: Immigrants Are the Solution, Not the Problem

Michael Smerconish published a report last week on swing state voters’ fear about immigrants. But, the Welcoming Center’s President/CEO points out, the facts tell a different story

By Anuj Gupta

Citizen of the Week: Jill Goldstone and Rydal Refugee Resettlement Committee

An Abington community “connector” has drawn her neighbors into “the greatest opportunity in the world:” the effort to support refugee families emigrating to the United States

By Rachel Wisniewski

Character Lab: How to Look Beyond Race

In this installment of our partnership with Character Lab, co-founded by Grit author and MacArthur "Genius" Angela Duckworth, a psychology scholar implores us to treat everyone we meet with respect for the complex richness of their heritage.

By Adaurennaya C. Onyewuenyi

Listen: Ali Velshi Banned Book Club with George Takei

The MSNBC host speaks with the actor, activist and author about They Called Us Enemy, a graphic memoir about Japanese American internment

By Ali Velshi

Listen: Ali Velshi on Judge Shopping

MSNBC anchor and Citizen Board member explains the prevalence and dangers of allowing plaintiffs to choose their own federal judge

By Lauren McCutcheon