We must respect our constitutional rights to firearms in the same way we respect our constitutional right to freedom of speech. We guard our freedoms in this country, and often that means balancing competing freedoms.
Presently, 25,000 undocumented immigrants in D.C. cannot obtain a driver's license from the DMV. To continue denying D.C. resident's access to ID and driving privileges entrenches discrimination by fettering freedom of movement, and creates a permanent subset of second-class residents.
Once you dig into the numbers, the picture becomes even uglier. People tend to have an image/stereotype of what homelessness looks like, and as is the often the case with stereotypes, they are dead wrong.
One of the most fascinating and disturbing issues that comes up again and again around fracking is the multitude of exemptions and entitlements that have been handed to the industry at the expense of citizens.
The debate over how to stop the bloodshed in Chicago headed south this week as Illinois lawmakers are taking up a bill that would put more people with guns behind bars -- for longer.
By Dave Levinthal...
Five years from now, Illinois' campaign for marriage equality is going to make for a great docudrama on HBO -- or a soap opera.
Now is the time for Illinois to take this step. It is demanded by our nation's commitment to fairness, justice and equality. Now is the time for us all to leave behind a long and sorrowful history of hateful discrimination, fear, hostility and ignorance.
Illinois State Superintendent of Education Chris Koch wants to repeal class size limits for special education students. This policy change runs counter to the prevailing research that shows class size truly does matter.
Dawn Clark Netsch was the first woman I really admired. I was five years old and in awe of her--her voice, her clothes, her ideas. When she spoke, she knew what she was talking about. I wanted my hair cut just like hers. I wanted to grow up and be like her.
Illinois is the next state on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)'s target list for putting the oil industry's interests ahead of the public interest.
Normally a Democratic Congressional primary would attract little national attention. But the contest Tuesday in Illinois' Second Congressional District pitted two political giants against each other: the National Rifle Association and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
While the instinct to lock up dangerous, gun-toting criminals is a good one, the proposal unveiled in Chicago on Monday is a cop-out.
This week on Yetta Kurland LIVE! I spoke with David Badash of The New Civil Rights Movement about marriage equality in the UK and Illinois, gays in the Boy Scouts, Ed Koch and more. Then we talked to Rachel Eve Stein of Women's Information Network NYC about women's empowerment in New York.
Men who buy sex (often called johns) have remained largely silent in the public discourse about sex trafficking and prostitution. But it turns out that many of them do want to share their stories, at least with other johns.
As technology progresses, what communications are considered public increases and correspondingly the private decreases.