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Areva Martin

The Orlando Shooting Must Not Divide Us

Areva Martin | Posted 06.20.2016 | Queer Voices
Areva Martin

As the shock of what happened last week in Orlando begins to subside, we are left with many serious questions about what happened, and what the future...

Black Lives Matter Could Play Disruptive, Crucial Role in 2016 Election

Areva Martin | Posted 06.02.2016 | Black Voices
Areva Martin

Black Lives Matter is at a watershed moment. Like other activist movements, it must decide how to leverage its wins into systemic changes while remaining true to its brand. It must resist the temptation to view electoral politics as antithetical to its core.

Trump's Dilemma: Tough Talk and Reality Show Antics Could Lead to Reagan-Like Electoral Landslide for Clinton

Areva Martin | Posted 05.12.2016 | Politics
Areva Martin

With six months before the general election, Clinton of course can't take anything for granted, but if trends among women, minorities and moderates continue in this direction, these voters could feasibly launch her to the White House with an electoral landslide not seen since Reagan in 1980.

March on Ballot Boxes Speech Relevant 50 Years Later

Areva Martin | Posted 05.12.2016 | Black Voices
Areva Martin

If Dr. King's "March on Ballot Boxes" speech has taught us anything, it is that we cannot afford to be complacent. We must do everything within our power to push for progress in our community. We must ensure that our voices are heard -- and that our voices will drown out those who strive to reverse the social advancements we have fought so hard to achieve.

10 Years Strong

Areva Martin | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact
Areva Martin

As Special Needs Network celebrates our 10-year anniversary and the decade that we have spent serving South LA's special needs families, I'm reminded of the power of patience.

Kim Davis: Not a Rosa, But a Dilemma

Areva Martin | Posted 09.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Areva Martin

Firstly, Davis, the Kentucky clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, is fighting for exclusion rather than inclusion.

Smarter, More Sophisticated Policing a Must

Areva Martin | Posted 06.04.2016 | Crime
Areva Martin

My cop friends tell me that in addition to institutional biases that can't be minimized, training is often antiquated and premised on the days of being "tough on crime," once the only approach to policing. Assuming my officer friends are correct, we can expect more incidents like Charlena Cooks', and that things will get worse before they get better.

No Work, No Justice

Areva Martin | Posted 02.07.2015 | Black Voices
Areva Martin

While everyone has their eyes on the U.S. Department of Justice with hopes it will launch federal civil rights actions against Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo, the two police officers involved in the Brown and Garner matters, it's actually equally important for us to focus on local politics. It's there that the power for change lies.

Kids First! Be a #KidVoter

Areva Martin | Posted 01.03.2015 | Education
Areva Martin

We know that early education creates a foundation. We know exposure to words, language and literacy provides a ladder to boost children with extra challenges to the starting line in kindergarten.

NFL Has Opportunity to Enforce #NoHitting Policy

Areva Martin | Posted 11.16.2014 | Parents
Areva Martin

We can't expect adults to refrain from violence if, as children, they learn it's acceptable when cloaked in terms of "discipline." We cannot interact in ways that rely on or revert to any form of physical and emotional battering, even if we label it "discipline" or "tough love."

Domestic Violence in NFL Bigger than Ray Rice

Areva Martin | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
Areva Martin

Millions of women, including myself, across the country are shocked and enraged that it took an elevator surveillance video and the resulting media response to draw attention to domestic violence.

Asperger's Is Accused but Still Not Guilty

Areva Martin | Posted 08.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Areva Martin

When we declare Asperger's "guilty," with inaccurate media reports linking autism and violence, we perpetuate the stereotypes that individuals with autism are incapable of being mainstreamed and fully integrated into their communities at best, and at worst, we label autistic individuals as social deviants.

Tools for Peace: The Power and Know-How to Address Bullying and School Violence

Areva Martin | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Areva Martin

Students also need help! Both those who are bullied and those subjected to bullying need guidance and assistance in order to address root causes and redirect negative behaviors.

New Survey Can Help Us Demand Change

Areva Martin | Posted 06.08.2014 | Education
Areva Martin

You, too, can use a personal situation to change an entire system.

More Autism: Run Faster, Do More

Areva Martin | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Areva Martin

In trying to find the best in health care and education for Marty, I have met hundreds of African-American boys and girls like him -- kids who are misunderstood, marginalized and written off as unproductive and incapable of learning. These disparities are nothing new.

Lean In to Your Unique Dreams

Areva Martin | Posted 05.20.2014 | Women
Areva Martin

I leaned in to my ambitions despite my fear. I decided I had no choice but to forge ahead using what has always gotten me through the toughest periods of my life: faith and hard work.

The Women Who Keep the Good Going

Areva Martin | Posted 05.13.2014 | Women
Areva Martin

I love that March marks Women's History Month, and that each year at about the same time, spring awakens me to what's new. I am also reminded of the blessings of old and of what I've received thanks to the many women who've come before me.

Thanking the Women in Our Lives

Areva Martin | Posted 05.10.2014 | Impact
Areva Martin

The load of responsibility placed on the shoulders of women in our society is heavy. It's stressful. It's hard work. It's not easy.

Opening Our Hearts to Special Needs Children

Areva Martin | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Areva Martin

The Avonte tragedy has started a conversation that will hopefully continue, hopefully keep things moving to bring about more action and awareness. Every parent should have the confidence of knowing their child is safe when away from home and family.

Patiently Standing Together for Change

Areva Martin | Posted 03.16.2014 | Black Voices
Areva Martin

As we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and continue to mourn for Nelson Mandela this month, I'm reminded of the power of patience.

Is Obamacare What the Doctor Ordered for Kids with Autism?

Areva Martin | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics
Areva Martin

Given the research and recommendations by the nation's leading pediatricians, the majority of states are not following the doctors' orders. Children with autism need more, deserve more and are counting on all of us to ensure they get more.

Mother's Day Tribute: Areva Martin, Founder of Special Needs Network

Chantal Sicile-Kira | Posted 07.09.2012 | Impact
Chantal Sicile-Kira

Mothers such as Areva Martin are necessary for our society to evolve. The disparity that exists between equal rights and equal opportunities is obvious, and not just to neurotypicals.

Areva Martin's Happy Family

Rebecca Walker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rebecca Walker

I can personally attest to the fact that it's very possible to love, nurture and care for a child with autism while running a gratifying career.