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LGBT Suicide: A Risk Reduction Strategy

Stephanie Mott | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
Stephanie Mott

I was highly honored to have the opportunity to participate in the Midwest Regional Suicide Prevention Conference last week in Kansas City. There were many intimate discussions about what can be done to lessen the likelihood that people will choose to attempt to bring an end to their own lives.

Republican Illegal Immigration Policy Will Increase Crime

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

If we hope to prevent violent crime in the US, we cannot constantly blame our problems on newcomers to our nation.

10 Illinois Counties With the Fewest Rapes Per Capita

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.30.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

(Editor's note: This article is the latest installment of our occasional series on criminal activity in Illinois. You can find previous articles here...

Are We All Potentially Evil?: A New Dramatic Film Based on the Stanford Prison Experiment Reveals Why Good People Turn Bad

Michael Shermer | Posted 07.27.2015 | Science
Michael Shermer

Unlike most filmic reenactments of real-life events in which considerable poetic license is taken to punch up the drama, none is needed for this film because the subjects themselves produced enough gravitas to keep the narrative arc moving toward its shattering conclusion.

My Sandra Bland Story

Torri Stuckey | Posted 07.24.2015 | Black Voices
Torri Stuckey

Something seemed wrong about this situation. The officer said, "Give me your keys!" I said, "Why" but she ignored me. I still wasn't sure what was going on, I said, No. "Wrong answer" she replied. She snatched open my car door yelling, "Get the f**k out of the car" as she yanked me from my seat.

#SayHerName: Centering the Lives and Deaths of Black Women and Girls

Legal Momentum | Posted 07.23.2015 | Women
Legal Momentum

Black women have often been relegated to the status of supporter or mourner, or otherwise not sufficiently centered in a debate that should rightfully include the violence and the homicides to which we ourselves have been subjected.

Franklin Graham and Christian Bigotry

Kelly James Clark | Posted 07.20.2015 | Religion
Kelly James Clark

Our prejudices and bigotry require very little attention. Only radical Muslims make the news and peace-loving Muslims do not. Few of us have Muslim friends. But lack of information is bigotry's best friend -- bigotry feeds on precious little (biased) information.

Brazil's Gun Violence Problem Is 'Made in Brazil'

Robert Muggah | Posted 07.20.2015 | World
Robert Muggah

According to military and civil police records, 3,989 firearms were collected in the first five months of 2015. Of these, roughly 80 percent were handguns.

How to Stop the Bloodiest Century in Human History

Jonathan Jackson | Posted 07.16.2015 | Green
Jonathan Jackson

We're living in the bloodiest century in human history, and our own, daily habits are to blame. That's good news. It means we can do something about it.

Police Battle Spike In City Violence After Years Of Decline

Associated Press | Andrew Hart | Posted 07.11.2015 | Crime

CHICAGO (AP) — Police departments across the country that have spent years boasting about plummeting crime numbers are now scrambling to confro...

Mental Illness and Criminal Insanity: Is There a Link?

Liv Raimonde | Posted 07.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Liv Raimonde

Stereotypes continue to linger around mental illness. However it is time we as a society dig deeper and learn more about what it means to be mentally ill. People who suffer from mental illness are not the criminals. It seems to be the exact opposite. They are in fact more likely to be the victims.

Madness, Music and Modernity: Studying Structural Oppression Through Musicology

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 07.07.2015 | Arts
J Nelson Aviance

The title of this post is distinctly ideological and, I believe, holds implications for a discussion of the medicalization of madness and mental illness.

Independence & Relationship Abuse Survivors: Health Outcomes & the Obstacles on the Road to Freedom

Tania Bradkin | Posted 07.07.2015 | Women
Tania Bradkin

On July 4th, Americans across the world celebrated Independence Day. While the word, "independence" is universally associated with sentiments of growth and relief, for the women and men that survive relationship violence, the positive effects of leaving their abuser are not at all as instant.

Dignity Declared, Yet Still Denied

Janson Wu | Posted 07.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Janson Wu

The reality is that while dignity may now be declared by the highest court in our land, it is still denied for too many.

El Salvador Sees Highest Monthly Murder Rate Since Civil War

AP | Posted 07.03.2015 | World

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The month of June saw 677 murders in El Salvador, more than in any other single month since the end of the country'...

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Mayor Mitch Landrieu Talk Violence in America

Aspen Institute | Posted 07.03.2015 | Crime
Aspen Institute

Is violence a function of our culture? During a recent 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival session, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) and Senior Editor and National Correspondent for The Atlantic Ta-Nehisi Coates explored this complex and provocative question.

They Shot the Wrong Girl Says Malala's Favorite Author, Khaled Hosseini

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 07.02.2015 | World
Alison van Diggelen

On Friday, she joined her favorite author, Khaled Hosseini (of Kite Runner fame) at San Jose State University in Silicon Valley, for a hard hitting conversation about Islam, violence and her dream of one day becoming Prime Minister of Pakistan.

We Need to Pay Attention to the Burning of Black Churches

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

Whites often fail to recognize the significance of the black church, tending to believe there is nothing racial about the fires today. The attack on black churches is an attack on the heart of the black community, its political, social, educational and spiritual center.

Journalism Is Red in Tooth and Claw

Nigel Barber | Posted 07.01.2015 | Media
Nigel Barber

If it bleeds, it leads is a truism of news coverage. We all sympathize with the victims of senseless violence, and their families, because we know that it could have been us, and our families. Yet, our world has never been less violent - except in news media and entertainment.

Standing at the Crossroads of Violence and Human Rights

Jonathan Horowitz | Posted 07.01.2015 | Books
Jonathan Horowitz

Violence All Around invites readers to see through John Sifton's eyes as he wanders through conflict zones investigating human rights abuses asking age old questions: why do we inflict violence on each other, and how can it be stopped, or at least reduced?

Is Charleston A Turning Point For America On Race?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 06.30.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Expect more of that from Democrats, and more talk from some in the GOP of racial matters as presidential campaign 2016 heats up. The Charleston memorial services may have marked the turning point for that.

5 Fallacies Poisoning U.S. Politics

Hal Donahue | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Hal Donahue

The last thirty years have seen private sector dominance of government. The results are disastrous and clearly seen. Tax codes and laws were established to benefit specific corporations and industries, while creating barriers to entry for new technologies and small companies.

What You Should Know About the Most Dangerous Week

Ariel Zwang | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Ariel Zwang

It can be hard to understand how seeking safety can first lead to danger. When victims choose to leave a domestic violence situation, they have made one of the most courageous choices imaginable. Few people realize just how dangerous the week victims choose to leave truly is.

The Old Normal: A Tradition of Violence Toward Black Women

Howard Henderson, Ph.D. | Posted 06.26.2015 | Black Voices
Howard Henderson, Ph.D.

As part of my Fall 2015 PhD Research Colloquium course, I extended the opportunity for my Administration of Justice Doctoral Students to begin writing for the masses. Below you will find the first acceptance of this olive branch by Whitney Threadcraft-Walker.

Sparing The Rod Will Not Spoil The Child

Rachel Jewkes | Posted 06.26.2015 | Impact
Rachel Jewkes

I have been working in the field of gender-based violence for over 20 years and know that fathers have the potential for lifelong and positive impact on their children. Fathers who are caring, engaging, loving and respectful towards their children can equip them with a resilience essential for navigating life's challenges.