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Careers in communications / social justice

I'm going back to school for communications in the fall. I'd like to start gathering career ideas now so I know what to look for when I graduate and also so that I pick the right courses for my career path. When I went in to my undergrad in 2007, I had no idea of what I would do upon graduation. So, I'd like to gather some ideas now and tailor my course selection towards potential career options. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Jul 22, 2014 - 2 answers

What do you say when you're returning something 12 years after the fact?

I borrowed a classmate's folder full of Thermodynamics notes in 2002, and I just found them in my closet. I also just tracked down his address, so I can return them to him. Should I include a note? What should it say? I haven't spoken to him in 12 years, and I didn't know him that well to begin with. [more inside]
posted by jeffxl on Jun 19, 2014 - 34 answers

Thief claims my property is their previously stolen property

I need help when the person that took my property accuses me of stealing it in the first place. [more inside]
posted by undercoverhuwaaah on May 31, 2014 - 11 answers

Should my parents pursue this matter of mistreatment by police?

Should my parents pursue this matter of civil rights, social justice, and mistreatment by police? [more inside]
posted by 1270AEH on Mar 30, 2014 - 25 answers

DCComicsfilter - Old DC UK annual, what happened next?

When I was a kid in the mid-80s, I had a DC annual that was printed in the UK. Because of the unique way these things were cobbled together (they'd reprint whatever they could get with little regard to continuity), I have no idea how the story ended. For some reason, this is currently doing my head in, so can anyone point me in the right direction? Barely remembered details inside... [more inside]
posted by peteyjlawson on Jan 18, 2014 - 6 answers

Where can I find some like-minded people in RL and on the internet?

Lately I've been feeling pretty isolated because none of my friends really share my views on civil rights or social justice. The people I know who are more progressive are really militant and extreme and they're not very helpful to be around either due to their rather harsh approach to their various causes. Where on the internet and in real life can I as a white girl go to be part of a community that is proactive and progressive towards intersectionality, feminism, LGBTQ rights, and similar topics? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Oct 28, 2013 - 13 answers

What to do about a friend who is becoming a hater?

Someone close to me (a man) is developing an increasingly conservative, even bigoted, viewpoint on a number of topics. Please help me figure out what the hell is going on and what I can do about it. [more inside]
posted by switcheroo on Oct 13, 2013 - 38 answers

Restorative Justice in NYC

I help run an arts organization in NYC, and recently, it was brought to our attention that a person's behavior has made some of our other community members feel unsafe. The person has agreed to stay away from our organization and its events until invited back, and seems genuinely repentant. I'm looking for information about restorative justice - either resources on how it works, what standard practices are, and also (ideally) any organizations in the NYC area that could help us understand and navigate this situation. Please understand I can't provide any more details than this, for obvious reasons of confidentiality.
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2013 - 2 answers

So this is research?

How can I stay focused when starting a new job and not get too despairing/frustrated? Research assistant edition. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2013 - 3 answers

teenage vigilantes

I'm revising a young adult novel that includes legal & police (sub)plotlines and have some questions. [more inside]
posted by changeling on May 22, 2013 - 18 answers

Explain the French legal system to me!

So SO and I are watching the first season of Spiral (Engrenages) and there's something about the procedural process that confuses me - suspects are brought in, and then soon after meet with a 'Judge' who decides a sentence - but unlike UK or US shows, this is done in a private office, not a courtroom. Can someone explain this to us? (No spoilers, if you know about French justice but not the programme!) [more inside]
posted by mippy on May 10, 2013 - 10 answers

What does society get out of keeping Bernie Madoff in prison?

What are some resources (academic or official) that help explain why incarceration is still the primary means by which the US punishes crime (felony/serious misdemeanor)? [more inside]
posted by SMPA on Mar 30, 2013 - 8 answers

First hand accounts of revenge?

I'm looking for first hand accounts of revenge and vigilante justice. [more inside]
posted by kellybird on Oct 21, 2012 - 23 answers

The Helpless Help

I'm hoping MeFi can help me with the why and how of an unusual business situation. I own a small marketing agency. An elderly woman wants to retain me to make a Facebook page and write about how she was wronged/is still being wronged by a pair of judges who will not drop a case that should be dropped. In addition to calling out the judges she will make a larger point that judicial character reform is necessary. [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Aug 6, 2012 - 17 answers

Youth Care - what to learn

You're a young person, in your 20s or so, and you've noticed that quite a few of your similarly-aged peers & friends are in desperate need of care due to major mental and emotional health challenges - which are taking a toll on everything else. However, support services for this group are lacking. What could you learn or train in to be able to be a better source of support and care for your peer community? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Oct 20, 2011 - 11 answers

Social Justice

Righting social injustice, and racism, in investment banking [more inside]
posted by earthwalker7 on Oct 1, 2011 - 15 answers

How do I make contact with recent parolees for a radio piece?

I'm looking to interview recent parolees for an independent radio piece. I'm looking for smart, responsible ways to make contact with them or to invite anyone interested in participating to contact me. [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Jan 30, 2011 - 5 answers

Help invigorate a bunch of tired biochemists!

The music that everyone at my lab bench most enjoys working to is stuff like Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers, Justice, etc etc etc. Particularly good are seamlessly mixed live sets. Can anyone recommend any easily obtainable sets from these artists, or similar artists that mightn't be on our radar? We've already exhausted Alive 2007, amazing as it is. The only caveat is no naughty words; everyone was pretty abashed when a senior academic walked by just as SUCK MY DICK / AIN'T THAT SOME SHIT was blasting.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Jan 24, 2011 - 23 answers

[Life Path/Career Advice Filter]: How can someone a person with diagnosed depression work in the field of social justice?

[Life Path/Career Advice Filter]: How can someone a person with diagnosed depression work in the field of human rights and social justice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me add 18th-century philosophy and fiction to my video game!

I'm making a mod for Amnesia: The Dark Descent, set in Prussia around the turn of the nineteenth century (late 1700s or early 1800s), and I'm looking to add short written excerpts on the theme of abstract justice versus the collateral human cost of achieving it as notes for the player to pick up. [more inside]
posted by Tubalcain on Jan 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Posting a video to track down attackers—good idea or no?

Question about posting a video of an attack on a bus driver in the hope that viewers might be able to identify the attackers. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 4, 2010 - 4 answers

Looking for books about dirty cops

Looking for books about dirty cops. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Oct 27, 2010 - 18 answers

Justice With Style

Where can we find awesome posters & prints that are dedicated to public health and social justice themes? [more inside]
posted by thewrongparty on Oct 21, 2010 - 13 answers

Law & Policy Law & Society book recommendations

Your best recommendations for well-researched, well-argued books addressing issues of poverty, sentencing, crime and drug policy in the U.S. in the last ten years? Mass market or academic press are fine. [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick on Oct 18, 2010 - 11 answers

Release of victim's private records to the defense in Texas

In the state of Texas, who has the authority to release the victim of a crime's records to the defense? [more inside]
posted by xopaigexo on Sep 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Is your spider sense tingling?

Criminal Justice & Spider-man filter: According to the New York Times, the judge responsible for the invention of home-arrest monitoring bracelets was inspired by a Spider-man comic. Help me find that comic! [more inside]
posted by activitystory on Sep 13, 2010 - 5 answers

We hold these truths to be ... self-evident?

Philosophy+PoliticalScienceFilter: What are the philosophical foundations of egalitarianism? [more inside]
posted by edguardo on Jul 19, 2010 - 32 answers

How do you draw the line about which racists to call out versus which ones to let slide?

When people my age say something against gays or against blacks I try to call them out. When my 81 grandpa says something I just let it slide figuring he was raised that way. What rules do you personally use to reconcile this kind of conflict? [more inside]
posted by golakers on Apr 14, 2010 - 18 answers

Why is helping people being soft on crime?

Crime and Punishment...or Counseling? Based on this, I would like to know about research,books, etc on that. Why are so many people ready to throw someone in jail, repeatedly, rather than get them counseling to help that person get into a better life? [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Jan 28, 2010 - 30 answers

Hell is thinking about other people.

Since childhood I've been a rather sensitive and justice-obsessed person, but also pretty interested in / attentive to the well-being and inner lives of other people. But I feel increasingly drained. In my field of work there is a lot of getting-ahead through nepotism/ingratiation rather than ability/ passion/effort, and it bothers me. In my life I have people whom I generally like and have opened up to, but who, at critical junctures, exhibit such self-absorption that I'm left feeling not only outraged but injured. I want to change the intensity and duration of my reaction to these things, as it's a huge waste of time, and sometimes upsets my own self-esteem. Please help me stop thinking about other people without becoming alienated and alienating.
posted by taramosalata on Nov 18, 2009 - 9 answers

Constitutionality of US federal death penalty

How would a more qualified person refute my dumb legal theory regarding the death penalty? [more inside]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Aug 27, 2009 - 18 answers

name this song?

What is the song dropped at 1:20?
posted by fac21 on Aug 15, 2009 - 2 answers

Short readings on integrity for a wedding?

Can anyone suggest some passages on the theme of integrity and/or justice, to be read aloud at a friend's wedding? They should be no longer than 2 minutes. [more inside]
posted by expialidocious on Jun 30, 2009 - 5 answers

How can I justify having luxuries while others lack necessities?

How can I morally justify spending money on luxuries while others lack necessities? Many reputable charities offer ways to save or vastly improve the lives of people in extreme poverty for small donations. What type of person am I if I spend $10 on a movie ticket, for example, that could be spent on mosquito netting to protect a poor child from malaria or to vaccinate dozens of children against measles? I don't see how giving a fixed percentage of my income, such as tithing, absolves me of further moral responsibility.
posted by espertus on Feb 22, 2009 - 66 answers

Ah, social justice, where are you now?

I am a graphic designer in Quebec and I have a long term client (8 years!) who abruptly fired me last week. They are a government-grant and foundation-funded non profit working in the (*snort*) social justice sector. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2009 - 21 answers

Juvenile probation/parol officers...what can you tell me about your profession?

Juvenile probation/parol officers...what can you tell me about your profession? [more inside]
posted by pdx87 on Dec 21, 2008 - 2 answers

Do I *really* have to wear a powdered wig, your honor?

(Law)BookListFilter: I would like recommendations for books accessible to a relatively well-informed (but not legally educated) American reader interested in learning about how legal systems function around the globe. Note that I am not interested in reading about "international law," but rather about different types of legal traditions & procedures, and how law is integrated into and affects its particular society. [more inside]
posted by Keter on Oct 22, 2008 - 9 answers

Top social justice issues and organizations

What are the most important social justice issues in the world today (such as AIDS, poverty, clean water, human trafficking, slavery, etc.) and what is one organization that is working in that field to make a difference? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast on Sep 10, 2008 - 15 answers

How to get justice for victim of assault in UK?

What can I do to help a friend, victim of a vicious assault at the hands of her husband, get some justice from the UK legal system? [more inside]
posted by nihotaniwha on Jul 6, 2008 - 9 answers

what song does justice play here?

can anyone tell me what song / sample justice plays at the very beginning of this clip? thanks. http://youtube.com/watch?v=krZREGJuDlk
posted by fac21 on Jul 3, 2008 - 2 answers

Help me fill my RSS reader

I've found myself with a little more time on my hands. I'd like to add a few useful, relevant blogs and podcasts to the ranks of my RSS reader. Any suggestions for me? [more inside]
posted by charmston on May 30, 2008 - 15 answers

Identify this sample?

Calling all electro fans: can anyone identify the track sampled at 1:39 in this Justice concert clip?
posted by aqhong on Apr 19, 2008 - 5 answers

correct pronunciation of "Pogge"

How do I pronounce POGGE? [more inside]
posted by verisimilitude on Apr 16, 2008 - 9 answers

How much time does being a CASA involve?

How much time does being a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate for children) really involve? This relates to Seattle/King County. [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Jan 24, 2008 - 5 answers

Why the drop in incarceration for public order crimes?

According to these pages on the U.S. Bureau of Justice site, imprisonment for public order offenses suddenly fell by a third in 2002. Why?
posted by painquale on Jan 12, 2008 - 11 answers

Balancing trust with protecting yourself?

If you believe that people are inherently good, and you approach the world with trust — if you might accurately be described as dewy-eyed and idealistic — if you believe that justice occurs and evil is punished — how do you preserve these elements of your personality (trust, innocence, belief in justice) in light of the urge to protect yourself from hurt and attack (emotional shielding)? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Dec 8, 2007 - 29 answers

Seeing the industrial and political landscape of the southwest

I'm taking a road trip through the southwest, and I'd like to see places with an interesting backstory or that show you "behind the scenes." I'm interested in places with political, economic, environmental, or industrial significance. Can you recommend some? [more inside]
posted by salvia on Sep 30, 2007 - 9 answers

Daytime Courtroom Television: What Gives?

"Real" court case TV shows: what's in it for the parties involved, and the legal system in general? [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Sep 10, 2007 - 14 answers

Help Me Avoid the Long Arm of Texas Justice!

I've ignored Texas justice for 23 years. Is it about to catch up with me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2007 - 12 answers

What can be done now for Julie Amero?

Julie Amero. Are there ANY concrete actions a non-expert stranger could take to decrease the chance she'll do jail time? [more inside]
posted by lorimer on Jun 1, 2007 - 13 answers

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