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Connie Lawn

Hospice: My Journey Continues

Connie Lawn | February 9, 2016 | DC
"Make the Most of Every Moment." That is the slogan printed on a blue rubber wrist band given to me by my new friends at Capital Caring Hospice. I proudly wear the bracelet and am struggling to make the most out of my remaining time on earth. I also like...
David Rosner

Two, Three... Many Flints

David Rosner | February 9, 2016 | Politics
The price tag for replacing the lead pipes that contaminated its drinking water is now estimated at up to $1.5 billion. No one knows where that money will come from or when it will arrive. In the meantime, the cost to the children of Flint has been and will be incalculable.
Anna Wilding

TTP to Be Signed in New Zealand Today

Anna Wilding | February 3, 2016 | DC
According to the White House, on 4 February 2016 the much debated Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, TPP, is due to be signed in New Zealand, at a Trade Minister level. However, in the United States, the Agreement is yet to be passed by Congress.
Zainab Chaudry

Why President Obama's Mosque Visit Matters Now More Than Ever

Zainab Chaudry | February 2, 2016 | Politics
This long-awaited trip penciled on the president's itinerary comes during a critical time for members of the Islamic faith. The visit will not be a magic bullet to cure every problem or resolve every grievance. But it will go a long way to restore faith in American ideals.
Jean-Michel Giraud

DC Hotel Joins Fight Against Child Prostitution

Jean-Michel Giraud | February 4, 2016 | DC
On Friday, AccorHotels, the owner of Hotel Sofitel in Washington, DC, joined the global fight against child prostitution.
Kaitlyn Boecker

Voters in the Nation's Capital Fight Elected Officials for Their Right to Use Marijuana

Kaitlyn Boecker | February 1, 2016 | Politics
Voters overwhelmingly approved a measure to end the criminalization of marijuana in the District and reduce racial disparities in the local criminal justice system. More than a year later, District residents are still fighting to have their voices heard and rights respected by local and federal elected officials.
Dana Beyer

We Are Not Your Enemies -- Pinklying, Pinkwashing and the Decline of the LGBTQ Left

Dana Beyer | February 3, 2016 | Queer Voices
The pinklying crowd, as evident in their assault at Creating Change, conflates queer Jews with Israelis and the Israeli government. A Wider Bridge and its members and guests were all mindlessly held responsible for the actions of the Israeli government. None of the protestors, nor the Task Force, ever bothered to ask the organization for its positions on the issues of concern.
Thomas E. Perez

Better Data Equals Greater Pay Equality

Thomas E. Perez | January 29, 2016 | Politics
Federal law has banned pay discrimination since 1963. But more than 50 years later, many in the American workplace -- because of their sex, race or ethnicity -- don't get equal pay for equal work.
Dana Beyer

The Parlous 'State of the (LGBTQ) Movement'

Dana Beyer | January 25, 2016 | Queer Voices
Events over the past two weeks have brought the challenges facing the LGBT community post-marriage equality to the forefront. Unfortunately, those events played out as a week's worth of bullying culminating in an assault, exactly the methods abhorred by the community for decades.
Connie Lawn

Blizzard: The Day My Dentist Extracted Me From the Snow

Connie Lawn | January 25, 2016 | DC
Monday was a beautiful snow day for Washington, D.C. It was also beautiful for the suburbs, if you had the right attitude. We are blessed to live in Lake Barcroft, Virginia -- a seven mile lake and community about a 20 minute drive from the White House, when it is...
Danielle Higgins

Ted Cruz's Assault on D.C.'s Local Laws Reveals His Hypocrisy

Danielle Higgins | January 25, 2016 | Politics
If there is one thing that we can all agree on about Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), it is that he is a staunch advocate of state rights and local control. But his belief in local control over local affairs clearly does not extend to those who actually live in Washington, D.C.
Zephyr Teachout

6 Years of Citizens United

Zephyr Teachout | January 21, 2016 | Politics
Citizens United was bad history, bad logic, bad law. Nobody with any common sense thinks that huge corporate expenditures don't corrupt politics, but the Court left common sense behind that day.
Eduardo Diaz

Déjà Vu in Oregon. Not exactly.

Eduardo Diaz | January 20, 2016 | Latino Voices
Imagine, if you will, if a group of armed Latinos or Native Americans had occupied Malheur professing to violently resist eviction? I suspect that Harney County, state, and federal officials would have mobilized swiftly. I invite readers to imagine the scene and outcome.
Hillary Clinton

What President Obama's Legacy Means to Me

Hillary Clinton | January 20, 2016 | Politics
On January 20, 2017, America will begin our next chapter. A new president will stand on the steps of the Capitol, raise one hand, and take the oath of office. From that moment on, he or she will decide whether we defend and build on the progress we've made under President Obama -- or tear it all away.
Judith Sandalow

The Difference 20 Years Makes for Children

Judith Sandalow | January 19, 2016 | DC
I meet many 20-year-olds on the cusp of aging out of foster care. So many have beaten the odds and are on the path to successful adulthood. Others still struggle to find that path. All have faced trauma, often a lack of education and other hardships that have long-lasting effects.
Dana Beyer

The National LGBTQ Task Force Censors the Jews

Dana Beyer | February 2, 2016 | Queer Voices
The LGBT civil rights movement has evolved admirably over the past few years to become more inclusive, working against institutional bigotry of all kinds, and grappling with the intersectionalities that exist within all of us. Unfortunately, some of that progress has empowered the more radical amongst us to act in a brazen, autocratic manner.
Verelyn Gibbs Watson

Striving for a New Legacy on MLK Day

Verelyn Gibbs Watson | January 14, 2016 | Politics
This Martin Luther King Jr. Day we will remember this brave, peaceful man with stirring speeches and events. But, in the effort to respectfully commemorate him, I wonder if we aren't in some ways diminishing the horrific struggle he and other civil rights leaders had to face.
Jeremiah Lowery

Food Movements' Connection to Prison Privatization, Forced Labor and Recidivism

Jeremiah Lowery | January 13, 2016 | DC
When examining America's prisons, it's easy to see how the food system plays a major role in an institution that is ripe with dysfunction and systemic problems. We must continue to act to improve the lives of individuals most marginalized in the food system in order to create a more equitable food system for us all.
Alan Elsner

Opponents of Iran Nuclear Deal Just Won't Quit

Alan Elsner | January 12, 2016 | World
Days after reports that Iran has dismantled one of the most dangerous parts of its program by removing the core of its heavy-water reactor in Arak and filling it with cement, Republicans are mounting a new attempt to kill the agreement that has already made the world much safer.
Gail McGovern

The Volunteers of the American Red Cross: Everyday Heroes

Gail McGovern | January 12, 2016 | DC
Disasters, by their very nature, are unpredictable, and will always challenge our lives and communities. But through our heroes -- our volunteers -- the Red Cross will always be there to prepare, protect, respond, and rebuild. After all, that's what heroes do.
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