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Matthew Shepard, On My Mind

Mattingly Messina | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Mattingly Messina

There's a lot to talk about when it comes to Mike Pence. We've already spent thirteen months talking about Donald Trump. What we're forgetting, however, is that there are stories to be told, and that our country is nothing without them. I won't let Matthew Shepard be forgotten.

Denial, More Than Anything, Is Hindering Progress For Victims Of Child Sexual Abuse

Nikki DuBose | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Nikki DuBose

If money is one hell of a drug, then denial is one of the biggest drug dealers in the world. And no group understands that truth better than survivors of child sexual abuse. While survivors, advocates and some lawmakers have fought hard to bring justice, there's been little progress made; if anything, we've been forced to take giant steps backwards

The "Fix" Is In: Tweaking House Bill 2 (And Workers, Too)

Harold Lloyd | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

The North Carolina legislature recently passed legislation partially restoring state-law employment discrimination claims eliminated by House Bill 2. ...

Orlando: Straight America's Stonewall

Tony Varona | Posted 07.06.2016 | Queer Voices
Tony Varona

The mass shooting at Orlando's gay nightclub Pulse jolted straight Americans in much the same way that 1969's Stonewall Rebellion accelerated the LGBT rights movement. Like Stonewall, Orlando catalyzed a collective self-reckoning and resolve for progress.

The 114th Congress: Playing Soft Ball, Hard Ball, Or Odd Ball?

Frank Islam | Posted 06.27.2016 | Politics
Frank Islam

These are trying times for concerned politicians and citizens alike. They are times in which the odd has become the ordinary. These are times in which the extreme has become the usual. These are times in which the virtual has become the real.

New Hampshire - A Drug Treatment Court and Rehab in Every County

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Elaine Pawlowski

In the mist of New Hampshire's opioid epidemic, Governor Hassan has made the decision to sign Senate Bill 464 into law, establishing a statewide drug court program in each and every New Hampshire county.

International Day of the African Child

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 06.24.2016 | Parents
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Last Thursday, on 16 June, we marked the International Day of the African Child, and the theme this year was 'Conflict and Crisis in Africa: Protectin...

TERROR IN ORLANDO What Congress Can Do to Prevent Further Carnage Inspired by ISIS

Terry Strada | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Terry Strada

Congress has the ability to enact JASTA and empower victims of terrorism to achieve the justice we deserve AND thwart future terrorist attacks against our fellow citizens. JASTA will bring us one step closer to achieving our ultimate goal - the eradication of ISIS, al Qaeda and countless other terrorist organizations.

Americans Want Bipartisan Action To Tackle Rising Rent

Terri Ludwig | Posted 06.22.2016 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

Despite an unemployment rate that has sunk below 5 percent, many Americans are justifiably concerned about their prospects - and those of their childr...

The Orifice Defense: Why Poorly Written Laws Lead to "Technicalities" for the Criminally Accused

Adam Banner | Posted 06.22.2016 | Crime
Adam Banner

Everyone has heard it before: some horrible human facing criminal allegations, who is most likely guilty and would probably face jail time if convicte...

Bill to Protect the Rights and Health of Models Dead for the Year: Education and More Support Necessary to Move Forward

Nikki DuBose | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Nikki DuBose

On Friday, May 27th, 2016, California Assembly Bill 2539 was held in the suspense file and killed for the rest of the year. The bill would have awarded models workplace protections and health standards, granting them employee status, similar to actors who are employees of the brands they represent.

It's Time for Mental Health Advocates to Take Back Assisted Outpatient Treatment From Misguided Politicians

Scott Bryant-Comstock | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Scott Bryant-Comstock

One of the more ironic aspects of the protracted debate about what defines mental health reform is the discussion of Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT). Over the past few years, in stump speeches and editorials too numerous to count, the term AOT has become synonymous with mental health reform.

How an Activist Can Become an Effective Lobbyist

Phil Sego | Posted 05.17.2016 | Politics
Phil Sego

"Don't confuse what goes on in this building with democracy..." About 15 years ago, what began as few hours a week volunteering at the Sierra Club's ...

A New and Ugly form of Racial Bias

Sebastian Ridley-Thomas | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics
Sebastian Ridley-Thomas

A new civil rights consciousness has gripped a great deal of the country. Maybe we can address some of the challenges that still occur on the basis of race by turning the tide against consumer racial profiling and letting it be a thing of the past.

People First: Dissidents Reject Disruption, a Lesson For Our Time?

David Sable | Posted 05.09.2016 | Business
David Sable

What do Uber, Airbnb, Lyft and a host of other "gig" economy companies have in common? Disruption, right? If that was your answer, I agree - but may...

There's More Than One Way to Starve a Child: The Oklahoma Public Education Budget Crisis

Kim A. Harris, Ph.D. | Posted 05.02.2016 | Education
Kim A. Harris, Ph.D.

Kim A. Harris/Photo Of all the institutions explored in the United States none impact lives more permanently and personally than education. Offering...

Will This Be The Most Do-Nothing Year Of A Staunchly Unproductive Congress?

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If you ask Republicans what's the most significant piece of legislation they've passed this year, you're unlikely to get a quick, defini...

How the Investing in Opportunity Act Could Help Distressed Communities

Andrew_Yang | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics

Last year I joined the Policy Council of the Economic Innovation Group, a bipartisan organization that advocates policies that will empower entreprene...

Everything You Think You Know About Child Sex Trafficking is Wrong ... Alexandra Lutnick Tells You Why

David Henry Sterry | Posted 04.26.2016 | Books
David Henry Sterry

I first met Alexandra Lutnick a couple of years ago in the strange little world of sex worker activist/academics. Trust me, it is a very strange littl...

If 30 Percent Growth Isn't Enough for Predatory-Lender, What Is?

Jason Salzman | Posted 04.22.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

A bill allowing lenders to make even more money on predatory loans passed a state senate committee this week, with supporters of the legislation telling reporters that increased profits are necessary to keep personal loan lenders in Colorado.

California Law Attacks Rehab Facilities

The Fix | Posted 04.21.2016 | Los Angeles
The Fix

By Zachary Siegel and Allison McCabe Photo via Shutterstock Earlier this year, a small handful of state legislators began what can only be described a...

Girls, If We Can't Help Each Other, #ThenWhoWill?

Melissa S. Grant | Posted 04.22.2016 | Women
Melissa S. Grant

Hate is winning in the US and women and the disadvantaged are often bearing the painful brunt of this movement.

Oklahoma Public Education Under Attack: The ALEC, CRPE, Legislative Connection

Kim A. Harris, Ph.D. | Posted 04.25.2016 | Education
Kim A. Harris, Ph.D.

Ellen Sweatt/Photo Today Oklahoma education is under attack. I am angry, and I think you will be angry too. Truthfully, I don't know if Oklahoma...

Trudeau and the Charter: How the Federal Government Has Fallen Short on Physician-Assisted Dying

Dennis Curry | Posted 04.22.2016 | Politics
Dennis Curry

Admittedly, the new liberal government has made strides that we would likely not have witnessed under a Conservative version of this law. But as to whether or not the legislation really holds true to the spirit of the Supreme Court's decision, there exists no compelling argument against the assertion that the Trudeau Liberals have fallen short.

Stop the Abuse of Models: Support AB 2539

Nikki DuBose | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics
Nikki DuBose

To those who think that models are "complaining" and have nothing better to do, let me ask you the following questions. Why is it ok for abuse to go on in the modeling industry and for there not to be any laws or protections in place, but it's not alright in other industries?