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A Network Dedicated to Ending Gun Violence in Our Communities

Jumaane D. Williams | Posted 07.24.2014 | New York
Jumaane D. Williams

It is time we work together to solve this pervasive national problem, and develop ways every city in our country can effectively combat gun violence.

Council Districts Rallying to Form Community Advisory Councils by July Deadline

Delphia Simmons | Posted 07.02.2014 | Detroit
Delphia Simmons

Despite having a shorter-than-anticipated window of time, every one of the seven newly formed City Council Districts is working to meet the requirements to form a Community Advisory Council (CAC) for their district.

Los Angeles: Where Your Boss Is Most Likely to Steal Your Pay

Jordan Melograna | Posted 06.30.2014 | Crime
Jordan Melograna

Wage theft is a crime, but we don't treat it like one. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the total amount stolen from workers far eclipses the total amount from all bank, gas station and convenience store robberies in 2008.

City Council Must Not Undermine Minority Opportunities

Bertha Lewis | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Bertha Lewis

A new City Council proposal meant to solidify organized labor's role in local development projects will effectively bar minority- and women-owned businesses from competing for contracts and create new barriers to employment for many residents.

Diversity in Action: Minneapolis Elects Its First Hmong, Somali and Hispanic City Council Members

William O. Beeman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William O. Beeman

It is hard not to feel good about these elections. Though they are local, they demonstrate how important the American democratic process is to communities recently arrived in the United States.

Plan To Add Skyscrapers In East Midtown Gets Demolished

DNAinfo | Posted 11.13.2013 | New York

MIDTOWN — The Bloomberg Administration's plan to add skyscrapers to East Midtown crumbled Tuesday when the City Council rejected it. Council Spea...

Where Are Filpino American Women in Politics?

Noel Alumit | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Noel Alumit

It is a rarity, it seems, to see Filipino women participate. In Artesia, a small Southern California city of roughly 17,000 residents, a Filipina is trying to make a name for herself.

Why Candidates for Detroit City Council and Mayor Need an Education Policy

Dan Varner | Posted 10.16.2013 | Detroit
Dan Varner

If we demand that they help us improve the quality of the education being offered our children, they will have no choice but to listen.

Heroes and Hope In Hotel Hell: The New Diaspora of Hurricane Sandy

Sandi Bachom | Posted 05.19.2013 | New York
Sandi Bachom

If there is a gift in all this, it's that these kids have a glimpse of a possibility of life past the projects.

Robert Jackson, Transit Forward, a Million Hoodies and Moms Demand Action on Yetta Kurland LIVE!

Yetta Kurland | Posted 05.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Yetta Kurland

This week I spoke to City Council Member Robert Jackson on education funding in NY and the recent lawsuit to restore $250 million to the city school b...

We Must Reduce the Number of Crime Victims in Detroit

Gary A. Brown | Posted 03.30.2013 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

I am concerned that there are not sufficient strategies in place to reduce the number of crime victims in Detroit and change the perception that Detroit is not a safe city. In my view, there are 10 strategies to achieve the goal.

Eleazar David Melendez

City Weighs Dramatic Foreclosure Crisis Solution

HuffingtonPost.com | Eleazar David Melendez | Posted 01.15.2013 | Business

In a move that’s pitting grassroots housing activists against Wall Street interests, the City Council of Brockton, Mass., decided this week to commi...

As Kwame Brown Sentence Shows, Not All Scandals Are Scandals

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 01.19.2013 | DC
Michael Fauntroy

As we come to the end of a difficult and embarrassing year for District politics, let us resist the urge to paint all corruption with the same broad strokes.

Detroit Is Moving Forward -- It's City Government That Is Broken

Gary A. Brown | Posted 01.15.2013 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

Detroit is not a broken-down city. We are not going to fall into the river. Let's be clear on this fact. It's city government that is broken.

Getting the Lights Is a Priority

Gary A. Brown | Posted 11.09.2012 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

There are 88,000 street lights operated by the city. More than half of these are out on any given day. I believe most Detroiters want their lights on, regardless of who repairs them.

Rev. Phil Snider Talks Viral Gay Rights Speech and Reading the Bible With Love

Shira Lazar | Posted 12.29.2012 | Gay Voices
Shira Lazar

In this exclusive What's Trending interview, Springfield, Mo., preacher Phil Snider speaks out about the story behind his City Council gay rights speech that went viral for its shocking twist ending.

Should NYC Have An Animal Abuser Registry?

Posted 09.19.2012 | New York

City Council member Peter Vallone Jr. has introduced a bill to create an animal abuse registry that would prevent previous offenders from being able t...

The Sacrifices Continue Following September 11 Tragedy

Gary A. Brown | Posted 11.11.2012 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

Eleven years ago, our freedom was violated in a fatal, destructive manner. But we did not elevate to that level of hatred. Instead, we stood together with our fellow men, women and children to protect our nation and to recover.

Why I'm Leaving The Religious Lifestyle

Emily Timbol | Posted 11.04.2012 | Religion
Emily Timbol

Fighting back the hot, angry tears threatening to spill from my own eyes, I looked into the eyes of the people who were celebrating my pain. There was no sympathy, no concern, no remorse in the face of the sorrow they were witnessing.

How to Fix Detroit for the Olympics

Chris Zadorozny | Posted 10.29.2012 | Detroit
Chris Zadorozny

Could Detroit host the Olympics in 2024? Before we get to the future, let's talk about how we are going to fix the problems here in the city in order to get to the future.

Janell Ross

WATCH: Police Shootings, Riots Expose Town's Fault Lines

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 09.12.2012 | Latino Voices

Manuel Diaz lay in the grass outside an Anaheim, Calif., apartment building last weekend, face-down and twitching with a police bullet in the back of ...

Saki Knafo

How Bloomberg's 'Dance Macabre' With City Council Saved New York Children's Services

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 06.26.2012 | Education

In their apartment in a rough neighborhood of Brooklyn on Tuesday afternoon, Carmen Torres and her 10-year-old daughter, Jaylee Nieves, rattled off so...

Detroit Police Restructuring Necessary to Curb Crime

Gary A. Brown | Posted 07.22.2012 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

Detroit continues to face a fiscal crisis. However, the issue to address crime in the neighborhoods is not about resources; it's about managing the resources. The crime affecting our neighborhoods is fixable.

Coin Toss Decides City Council Election

AP | BETSY BLANEY | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics

WOLFFORTH, Texas -- City Council candidate Bruce MacNair watched the coin rise into the air Friday. His opponent, Bryan Studer, kept his gaze on the c...

Saki Knafo

The After-School Crisis: What Mayor Bloomberg's Massive Cuts Could Mean For One Of The Most Highly Regarded After-School Programs In The Country

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 05.21.2012 | Education

Some of the poems were about love and some were about clouds, but what really mattered about the P.S. 63 poetry reading on Wednesday night was the tim...