Knowing that the injustices in Ferguson are also playing out in mid-Missouri where low income and African-American children are far less likely to be proficient or advanced in reading and math than their middle income and white peers that keeps me from just being able to donate to a food pantry and then look the other way.
Domestic violence remains a grave social concern in Malaysia, affecting and disrupting the lives of entire families. The Domestic Violence Act (DVA) was passed in 1994 after almost a decade of advocacy efforts, but still, according to the Royal Malaysia Police and Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, 3173 cases were reported in 2010.
The House Budget Committee's latest draconian budget proposes even deeper cuts in the safety net while refusing to ask the rich and powerful to contribute their fair share. Indeed, it would give them more tax breaks at the expense of poor struggling families desperately trying to get back on their feet.