In a rational world, the real needs of the mentally ill would be identified and addressed in an efficient and cost effective way. Those who need care would receive it. Unfortunately, policy in the United States is based mostly on profit, political power, and ideology -- thus producing terrible outcomes that are anything but rational.
When my grandfather came to this country, he barely spoke English, but he was able to get a good enough education that allowed him to compete in the economy at the time and land a good enough job to support and build his family.
As more people speak up, more will take note of the prevalence of these issues. This is why NCLR is launching "And Justice for All," a blog series profiling Latino relations with local police. By lifting Latino experiences to the national level, otherwise untold stories can contribute to these long-overdue conversations.
In a collection of six short stories he compiled and called "after the quake," Haruki Murakami describes the lives of six random people in the immediate aftermath of the 1995 earthquake that killed 6,434, injured 43,792, and displaced 310,000 citizens of the city of Kobe, Japan.
"Oh... no, I actually didn't read that." These were the staggered words of a company recruiter during a phone interview with me a week ago. They called after a brief e-mail exchange about my résumé posted on Craigslist.
I was young and so very green, but I knew this was an enormous opportunity. However, it came with something a lot weightier -- history. Holst, himself a former Ringmaster, informed me that if I were to accept the position I would be the first black American in what was then the 129-year history of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey to preside as Ringmaster.
Whatever you may think about how we pay for health care, everyone can agree that staying out of the emergency room is a good thing. Maintaining good health through access to primary care and healthy policies is better not only for individuals, but also for health care's bottom line.
I write a lot about culture and employee engagement. Much of it points to what organizations can do to engage and retain their employees. This article will focus more on how all employees can work to leave a positive legacy for others to follow, despite the environment.
The complete lack of accountability on Susan G. Komen's part for who they accept money from. Pink fracking drills anyone?
In addition to the chronic health risks from cooking over smoky fires, collecting fuel for cooking is often a danger in and of itself. This is unfortunately especially true for women living in zones of conflict or displaced from their homes who are vulnerable to sexual assault and physical attack as they leave their communities in search of fuel.
I can cite facts and figures all day long depicting the disparity in which different communities are policed, who gets stopped, who gets frisked, who gets arrested, who can afford an attorney and what actual crime rates are broken down by various categories including race and ethnicity. Bottom line is, our criminal justice system is unbalanced, broken and in need of immediate repair.
Every child deserves the opportunity to reach their highest potential. It may seem like the fat cats sitting on top of the world's wealth are not affected, but look at the state of our world. Violence is reaching into everyone's backyard.
By helping to match refugee's skills with employment and apprentice opportunities as well as offering training to those refugees who lack such skills, companies can make an important contribution, especially in a continent where the population is aging and where birth rates are low.
In the midst of earthquake reconstruction and political violence in the country's south, Nepal's new constitution provides a reason for many citizens to celebrate -- particularly its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community.
After attending the Oddball Comedy Festival this past September, I was struck by how much of the comedy revolved around social justice issues--gay rights, gender and racial equality, poverty. And it wasn't just that poking fun at intolerance can earn a few laughs. The actual rhythm of the comedy routines seemed designed to change people's perspectives on these issues.