John Sutter finishes his 400-mile journey down the San Joaquin, the "most endangered" U.S. river, with a bittersweet moment under the Golden Gate Bridge.
John Sutter: Despite same-sex marriage victories, the United States skips over other rights perhaps more essential for LGBT people.
John Sutter begins his journey along the California river that feeds farms growing 40% of U.S. fruits, nuts and other table foods
It's a love song to a creepy, scale-covered mammal that kind of looks like the cross between a dinosaur and a pine cone.
The mother of a child killed in the Moore, Oklahoma, tornado a year ago is pushing for storm shelters in schools, with little luck, writes CNN's John D. Sutter.
John Sutter: The kidnapping of schoolgirls by Boko Haram in Nigeria is a harrowing reminder that slavery remains pervasive.
I almost thought the question was a joke.
John Sutter says he hopes Oklahoma's botched execution on Tuesday will help people see that the death penalty is inhumane and needs to go
Is it possible to eat meat in modern-day America, consider yourself an environmentalist and sleep soundly without being a hypocrite?
John Sutter and hundreds of iReporters set out to run marathons after the bombings -- and learned a lot about the culture of running
Bad news, guys: The pangolin we adopted is missing.
An environmental group in Vietnam says it will use $17,000 donated by CNN readers to create a public service announcement for the pangolin
Kit Skogsbergh filed a petition on Change.org asking Disney to make an animated character of a pangolin, a little-known mammal being trafficked to extinction.
People in Alaska are planning to hold public "Choose Respect" rallies in honor of survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence.
One backward notion that has been used to differentiate the 1960s Civil Rights movement from today's struggle for LGBT equality in the United States is the idea that gay people are somehow "invisible" and can hide who they are.
We need more Woody Guthrie today, writes CNN's John D. Sutter.
John Sutter: Noncontaminated tap water is coming back for some West Virginians, but our collective indifference to the disaster is troubling
John Sutter says executive pay has skyrocketed over decades while worker pay has stagnated in the U.S.
America's rich generally have better schools, tidier parks and more trees. But are their neighborhoods also more likely to be mapped by Google?
Seven months of marathon training have made my 30-year-old knees feel like those of a person decades older. At times, I've hobbled down stairs and winced unexpectedly. If I owned a cane, I'd shake it at the trim women who run past me while pushing strollers full of infants -- and the gazelle-ish teens who spring by at two to three times my running pace.
John Sutter says senators must make the moral decision and ban anti-LGBT discrimination in the workplace.
Income inequality isn't inevitable. As economists have argued, it is the result of bad policies that favor the rich and leave everyone else struggling.
John Sutter says that, for evidence of climate change, the U.S. needs to look no further than Alaska, where towns already are melting.
John Sutter says both President Obama and CNN readers point up that economic equality is the social justice issue of our time
Meet 10 heroes from Lake Providence, Louisiana, which is the American capital of income inequality. The town is woefully divided, but not hopeless.
You might assume New York is the U.S. capital of income inequality -- but the title goes to a parish in northeastern Louisiana.
John Sutter says it's time to view car crashes and motorcycle accidents as symptoms of a disease, and killer roads as a public health crisis.
When Americans hand out Halloween candy next week, they may inadvertently be contributing to the destruction of orangutan habitat thousands of miles away.
Columnist John Sutter offers his hand in friendship to Justice Antonin Scalia, who said in a recent interview that he doesn't have any openly gay friends.
John Sutter: When will homophobia in the United States start seeming so ridiculous it's laughable?
John Sutter says we've turned the rich into caricatures. Two years after Occupy Wall Street, it's time to rethink their role as American villains.
John Sutter asked readers of his column to submit ideas for a list of "99 must-reads on income inequality." They weren't shy
John Sutter says converting the White House internships to paid jobs would be a step toward the president's goal of reducing inequality in America.
John Sutter is looking for insights on a major issue facing America
John Sutter embarks on a journey to confront the question: Is America's income distribution fair?
John Sutter talks to philosophers about the morality of extreme income inequality.
John Sutter says the sad story of the woman who died on a Texas roller coaster highlights the need for regulations.
Experts are putting forward all sorts of reasons Mexico recently became more obese than the United States
"Abolition" isn't a word you hear much in 2013. It should be, though. And a group of modern-day freedom fighters in Illinois is resurrecting the term -- with its echoes of 1800s America -- to combat ongoing slavery in a faraway West African country.
American pop star Jennifer Lopez is catching all sorts of heat following her Saturday performance of "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" to a dictator.
John Sutter praises the Supreme Court's ruling on DOMA but says full equality for LGBT people in all states remains the goal.
Remember that scene at the end of that Facebook Movie ("The Social Network") when Mark Zuckerberg's character sits alone at a computer screen hitting the refresh button over and over again -- stuck in a loop of anxiety and longing?
It's time mass worker casualties stopped seeming so commonplace.
CNN is doing something terrifying and awesome this week: The network is asking you to be my boss. You have the power to vote on the stories I'll do.
John Sutter asked CNN's readers and viewers to pick the five social-justice topics he'll cover for the rest of the year; there's still time to vote.
Columnist John Sutter invites you to vote on the next five topics he will cover as part of CNN's Change the List, a new project on social justice.
John Sutter says the Scouts' plan to welcome gay Scouts but not gay adult Scout leaders doesn't make sense.
Ali Ferzat, the Syrian cartoonist whose hands were injured by pro-Assad forces after he drew a cartoon critical of the regime, remains undaunted in exile
John Sutter accompanied marathon runner Sara Hunt to Oklahoma City for a run she hoped would help her past the trauma of Boston offer lessons in endurance
CNN iReport is asking for people to sign up to run as a show of solidarity with victims of the Boston bombing.
It's a surreal and horrifying scene. Father and daughter are in a truck that's parked in a relatively distant field, behind a fence. They're watching a building burn.
John Sutter says people are showing their solidarity with the victims of the Boston bombing by running
John Sutter says all of us are geared to help, and the responses to the Boston bombings show that.
Google's Eric Schmidt isn't naive, but his estimate that everyone will be online by 2020 is probably too optimistic, says John Sutter
John Sutter says it's wrong that America has become the world capital for this cruel practice
If you don't spend much time online, and if you're older than most college students, you may have missed the thousands of teens and 20-somethings who were running around the country this week with red "X" marks on their hands.
John Sutter says the pipeline break in Alabama is another warning sign of the risks from reliance on fossil fuels
If Rush Limbaugh says same-sex marriage is inevitable, it's inevitable. Here's what the conservative radio host had to say about the topic on a recent show:
John Sutter and Will Cain look at the culture shift on gay rights -- and how Supreme Court rulings could affect it
CNN columnist John Sutter visits Franklin County, Mississippi, to find out if an all-straight county really exists.
CNN columnist John Sutter says the lack of legal protection pushes people back into the closet.
For LGBT people, the United States has turned into a complicated mess of 50 Americas -- most of which discriminate against them, says CNN's John Sutter.
"Men don't play netball."
John Sutter: Studies show kids who had preschool fare better on many fronts than kids who didn't. Congress should back Obama's push for preschool for all kids.
Air pollution in China has gotten so bad lately that one environmentalist's wacky idea for a solution doesn't seem all that far-fetched: putting clean air in a can.
In a live video chat, John Sutter and Andrew Derocher fielded questions from readers about how to save the polar bears.
John Sutter says a proposal to airdrop food for polar bears is a sign of just how critical climate change has become.
John Sutter says commenters made good points about the plight of the longterm unemployed