The effects of poverty shape long-term health and development in profound ways. When children are exposed to adverse experiences -- physical, emotional, or substance abuse, mental illness, violence-- their systems are stressed to the max.
The Progressive Republican Party of Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln is long dead and buried. For the past 40 years, their crude replacements have conducted an unrelenting assault on our nation's democracy, values, humanity and rights.
Could a lawyer have saved Alecia Wheeler's life? As the D.C. Council considers how to spend the $89 million surplus discovered recently, her tragic death reminds us that pennies spent on public-interest lawyers can provide pounds of cure.