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Why Is Violence Against Women of Color Ignored?
30 Jun 2015

Why Is Violence Against Women of Color Ignored?

2 million injuries and 1,300 deaths are caused each year as a result of domestic violence. No cultural, religious, socioeconomic or ethnic backgrounds is immune, but a topic that continues to get even less attention is the shocking level of violence, domestic or otherwise, against women of color.  To date, over 12 million people have seen the video of bikini-clad 15 year old Dajerria Becton...

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Will Charleston Unity Demonstrations Make a Difference?
25 Jun 2015

Will Charleston Unity Demonstrations Make a Difference?

More than twenty thousand people from around the country gathered on Charleston’s Arthur Ravenel Bridge as a sign of unity and support for the Charleston shooting victims and their families. Hundreds of thousands more took to social media to express their grief, outrage and solidarity. But will these demonstrations make a difference going forward or do they just serve to make us feel better in...

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Republican Candidates Punt on Charleston Shooting
24 Jun 2015

Republican Candidates Punt on Charleston Shooting

The massacre of nine African American parishioners by a white male at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston last week cried out for leadership on gun violence, racism and the Confederate flag, which still flies on capitol grounds in South Carolina. Republicans once again found themselves in the awkward position of fearing to irritate their own party powerful by speaking truth to power. Jeb Bush “didn’t...

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Will Veteran Homelessness Soon Be a Crisis of the Past?
18 Jun 2015

Will Veteran Homelessness Soon Be a Crisis of the Past?

Homelessness has long seemed an insurmountable problem and veteran homelessness is a particular tragedy. Making positive progress on such an overwhelming issue has often felt fruitless, with solutions that are not much more than band-aids. But in Houston, which once had one of the highest populations of Veteran homelessness in the country, over 35 agencies partnered to tackle this situation with stunning results. In the...

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Women Scientists Turn the Tables on a Sexist Nobel Prize Winner
17 Jun 2015

Women Scientists Turn the Tables on a Sexist Nobel Prize Winner

When Nobel winning scientist Sir Tim Hunt showed up at a conference in Seoul and made the now infamous remarks that “when you have women in the lab, three things happen: you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you and when you criticize them, they cry,” he didn’t imagine his life would be turned upside down as a result. 16 women...

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Jeb Bush Still Wants to Publicly Shame Single Moms
16 Jun 2015

Jeb Bush Still Wants to Publicly Shame Single Moms

Presidential candidate Jeb Bush believes that “restoring the art of public humiliation” could help prevent pregnancies “out of wedlock.” In a recent interview, Jeb Bush doubled down on opinions expressed in his 1995 book. His chapter, “The Restoration of Shame,” makes the case that ‘public shaming would be an effective way to regulate the “irresponsible behavior” of unwed mothers, misbehaving teenagers and welfare recipients.’ Per...

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12 Jun 2015

Caitlyn Jenner Accepted Because She’s Pretty Enough

Caitlyn Jenner has triggered a long overdue debate among Americans about what it means to be a transgender person today. But when Caitlyn appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair, the media, not unpredictably, could only obsess over her looks.  The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart in a fabulous rant welcomed her to the media’s world of women, where accomplishment takes a backseat to babe-aliciousness. This...

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Working Too Hard May Be Hurting the Economy
11 Jun 2015

Working Too Hard May Be Hurting the Economy

Americans are working longer hours with fewer vacations and greater stress, but employees are not the only ones who may suffer from those habits. A study examined in the New York Times shows that companies are also hurting themselves – and their economic growth – by being too demanding. Big companies are hoarding cash and still aren’t putting the money back into their employees, which...

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Hillary Talks Issues While Republicans and Media Talk Smack
10 Jun 2015

Hillary Talks Issues While Republicans and Media Talk Smack

Despite bizarre memes on Hillary Clinton’s alleged “narrow electoral strategy” emanating, predictably, from The New York Times, it is not a stretch to claim that she is alone at the moment in her willingness to engage on bread and butter issues, taking bold positions on immigration, education, expanded voting rights and criminal justice reform. As a counterpoint, political strategist Shawna Vercher says she struggles to tout the...

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Hillary Clinton Dares Republicans on Voting Rights
09 Jun 2015

Hillary Clinton Dares Republicans on Voting Rights

Hillary Clinton’s call for expanded voting rights has Republicans on the attack. Per CNN, Ohio Gov. Kasich accused her of trying to “divide” Americans. NJ Gov. Christie suggested she just “wanted opportunities to commit voter fraud.” Yet they present no hard evidence that validate their ongoing efforts to make voting more difficult. Author and commentator Anita Finlay says “Clinton is smartly backing Republicans in a...

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