International Institute for Sustainable Development

Digging up the Dirt on Conflict Minerals Worldwide

Published November 30, 2017 with the International Institute for Sustainable Development | By Clare Church It’s starting to become a familiar image: a young, Congolese miner working in dire and sometimes violent conditions, searching for the valuable minerals needed to power our smartphones, tablets and other electronic gadgets. Although documentaries like When Elephants Fight, Al Jazeera news specials, and… Continue reading Digging up the Dirt on Conflict Minerals Worldwide

Tablet Magazine

Confronting Memories of Nazi-Occupied France

Published July 14, 2017 on Tablet Magazine | By Clare Church     Early last year, France opened its WWII police archives for the first time. More than 200,000 documents, formerly available only to select scholars and officials, became open to the public after 76 years of secrecy. Reports soon surfaced of people leaving the archives in tears, distraught with… Continue reading Confronting Memories of Nazi-Occupied France

Civic Ideas

Native American Women: “Original Resisters and Ultimate Survivors”

Published February 26, 2017 on Civic Ideas | By Clare Church NEW YORK – In the sea of pink pussy hats, waves of cornflower blue folded through the Women’s March on Washington, the day after Donald J. Trump was sworn in as president. Although not included in the first phase of organizing the protest, Native… Continue reading Native American Women: “Original Resisters and Ultimate Survivors”

Philanthropy New York

Watch this New Series Showing the Ordinary and Extraordinary Lives of Muslim New Yorkers

Published February 23, 2017 on Philanthropy New York | By Clare Church Imam Khalid Latif urged his wife not to get off the plane with him on the way to their honeymoon in St. Lucia. “You don’t want to go through this,” he pleaded. Latif, on previous occasions, had been stopped for random checks; escorted… Continue reading Watch this New Series Showing the Ordinary and Extraordinary Lives of Muslim New Yorkers

Philanthropy New York

Introducing our Muslim Neighbors, One Story at a Time

Published August 18, 2016 on Philanthropy New York | By Clare Church This summer’s headlines, tweets and cable TV shouting matches have been unrelenting against Muslims. Not surprisingly, a study recently found that more than 80 percent of media coverage of Muslims is negative, and media coverage of Muslims is more negative now than it… Continue reading Introducing our Muslim Neighbors, One Story at a Time

Civic Ideas

Most Rapes of Native American Women Go Unpunished; Communities and Police Debate Solutions

Published June 20, 2016 on Civic Ideas | By Clare Church NEW YORK – When a Native American woman is raped, her case can easily disappear into a jurisdictional black hole. “Over and over again, we see that nothing happens,” said Kristen Ruppel, associate professor of Native American Studies at Montana State University. “Some women… Continue reading Most Rapes of Native American Women Go Unpunished; Communities and Police Debate Solutions