No one who cares about the death of Michael Brown, or the scourge of police brutality, can ever choose not to vote, again. Period. Not only did people die so that you could vote, people die because you do not vote.
When the press ignores the discussion at hand: issues as vital to the health and security of the working class as middle class wages, the utility workers, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans employment rates, and government employee pensions, one shouldn't be surprised that the public transit system is begging for school supplies.
At first glance, the connection between the city in open revolt where the National Guard has been summoned and the site of Illinois' flagship state university seems tenuous at best. But a deeper look reveals that the two cities share some important and distressing similarities.
College Sexual Assault,
Sexual Assault In College,
Stanford Sexual Assault,
Rape is not like stealing a bike. Women -- or men, for that matter -- do not have a responsibility to "lock themselves up" to avoid rape.
Ferguson Untold Story,
Ferguson Acts Of Kindness,
Ferguson Good News,
Ferguson Media Coverage,
Ferguson Missouri Acts Of Kindness,
Ferguson Missouri Good News,
Ferguson Missouri Media Coverage,
Ferguson Missouri Protests,
Ferguson Missouri Random Acts Of Kindness,
Ferguson Random Acts Of Kindness,
Think you have a pretty good idea of what's going on in Ferguson, Missouri? You may not, even if you've been watching a lot of cable news. Especially if you've been watching a lot of cable news. If the media's job is to give viewers and readers an accurate and full idea of what's really going on, we have to acknowledge that there is a long way to go. Of course, Ferguson is not an isolated case. But it is a chance for those of us in the media to expand our understanding of our role in covering the news. At HuffPost we are certainly covering the violence and the underlying racial tensions, but we are also committed to telling the "untold story" (as our splash put it on Tuesday) -- of compassion, ingenuity, kindness, trust, collaboration and community.
Illinoisans are a generous bunch when it comes to charitable causes, but not all have millions of dollars to donate. Those who do often give to organizations or institutions that made a significant impact during the course of their lives.
I have no doubt that the standoff in Ferguson -- the demand for change -- goes this deep. I also have no doubt that tear gas won't pacify the protesters and replace their anger with fear of authority. Neither will all the military hardware the Defense Department can supply.
Wednesday's ruling from the First District Court of Appeals about legislative term limits in Illinois upholds a June decision by Cook County Circuit Judge Mary Mikva that found the proposed amendment unconstitutional and ineligible for inclusion on the ballot.
Hands Up Don't Shoot,
Improving policing in departments with entrenched cultures has proven a challenging endeavor. Departmental culture plays a defining role in how police officers conduct their work, and it flows from the top, or, as they say, rots from the head.
Ann Brenoff's On The Fly,
Doctors And Insurance,
Doctors Beating The Health Care System,
On The Fly,
Some doctors seem to have embraced the airlines' model for doing business -- you know, the one where they now charge fees for things they used to just do for free.
Rahm Emanuel Replacement,
Chicago Mayoral Race,
The study of relevant history can shed insight into present-day events, even if the specific details may differ. With that in mind, it may be worthwhile to look at four historical Chicago mayoral campaigns as Karen Lewis sets her sights on Rahm Emanuel.
Recently Forbes came out with its 2014 top 100 colleges list, which includes four Illinois schools in its Top 75. From Forbes' rankings, which covered more than 600 schools, we pulled out the top 15 Illinois colleges.
This guy. Next you're going to tell me it's not rad to leave no trace in your own apartment. Okay, whatever. Like clothes on the floor are so badass. You don't even know man. Quinoa salad is delicious.
lllinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law into effect Monday that would allow local government agencies to vote themselves out of existence and reduce the number of taxing bodies in Illinois.
The idea that America had reached some level of post-racism with the election of Barack Obama was always delusionary. But it was true that great strides had been made in the half-century or so that followed the civil rights movement. Now, because of the persistence of racism and a relaxation of the fight against it, we are moving backwards.
Conde Nast Traveler,
Las Vegas Travel,
If you're lucky enough to call one of these places home, then we suggest you stick around this weekend. These staycation ideas will help you do just that.
This idea that cops get to say when and where constitutional rights apply is so very, deeply misguided that I am shocked anyone could type it out without coming to their senses mid-sentence.
Health And Wellness,
Paid Time Off,
Paid Vacation Days,
Paid Vacation Leave,
Paid Vacation Time,
Unplug And Recharge,
An important new study released this morning by Travel Effect found that 40 percent of American workers will leave paid vacation days unused. The four reasons cited the most are the dread of returning from a vacation to piles of work (40 percent), the belief that no one will be able to step in and do their job for them while they're gone (35 percent), not being able to afford it (33 percent) and the fear of being seen as replaceable (22 percent). "Americans suffer from a work martyr complex," said Roger Dow, President and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. "In part, it's because 'busyness' is something we wear as a badge of honor." Clearly, we need to work harder about working smarter -- by not working all the time. The "work martyr" complex needs to go the way of the Dictaphone, typewriter and green eyeshades as relics of the workplace of the past (okay, I like typewriters, but you get the idea).
Lettuce Entertain You,
Taste Of The Nation,
Something we often discuss on The Dinner Party is what makes a successful restaurant. Owning a restaurant is tricky business, with restaurants opening and closing like automated doors
Gov. Pat Quinn has signed into law a bill that gives local government bodies the power to vote themselves out of existence. House Bill 5785 gives local boards -- like water, township and mosquito abatement districts as well as municipal governments -- the ability to either consolidate,...