Why the Violence Against Women Act Matters

This week marks the twentieth anniversary of the passage of the Violence Against Women Act. This historic law dramatically changed the way domestic violence, sexual assault, and crimes against women are handled and prosecuted across our country....more

13 Years of Lessons Since 9/11

In 2001, I lived in New Jersey. I was married with two children who were not yet on their own, one in middle school and one at Rutgers University. My only sibling, a brother seven years younger than I, lived not too far from me in Staten Island. He worked in New York as a loss prevention manager at Macy's. Every work morning, he took the subway that traveled under the Twin Towers. Our parents remained in New Orleans, where we grew up. ...more
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It Matters That I Run. It Matters That You Do Too.

 I’ve always been a fighter for the public interest, making a difference through my work as an attorney and legislative advocate, but I never planned to run for office. To impact women’s underrepresentation in elected office, I joined groups like Emerge California and EMILY’s List, which are designed to train and support the next generation of women elected officials. I’ve campaigned for Representatives Julia Brownley and Lois Capps in California and strong women like Senator Elizabeth Warren on the national stage....more

Forget #WhyIStayed Make It #WhyILeft

 The recent story about the victimization of #JanayPalmer by her lowlife fiance, now husband, #RayRice made my blood boil!This sorry tale is so wrong on so many counts from the video to the late response from the NFL to the blaming of the media by Janay to the come to Jesus claims from Ray – everything about this picture is distorted!...more

Why the Violence Against Women Act Matters

This week marks the twentieth anniversary of the passage of the Violence Against Women Act. This historic law dramatically changed the way domestic violence, sexual assault, and crimes against women are handled and prosecuted across our country....more

"Mommy, A Plane Just Flew Into a Building!"

Fisher-Price Rescue heroes always save th...more

Why I Stayed for 11 Years

tiptoefairy  I don't judge anyone for staying. Unless you have been a victim of spousal abuse, ...more

Letter to Heaven

Dear Ms. Steenkamp, I wonder if you are watching down from Heaven.  I hope with all of my heart that you are beyond the pain and grief of what happened to you, and where ever you are, you feel only that you are loved....more
I too hope that one day there is an end to Domestic Violence.more

9/11: Impossible to Forget and We Shouldn't Try

We all think of two things when we hear the term "9-11";  our minds immediately think of emergencies or that fateful day 13 years ago.  Perhaps many think of both.  Most adults and many children remember everything about that day.  It was one of those events of disbelief where one can immediately conjure up exactly where they were, who they were with, and how they felt when they first realized something terrible was happening.  I was at a client's office and had no idea what was in store for that sunny, warm day....more

Thoughts on 9/11

I was going to write about something else today, but I had a hard time sleeping last night and decided that what I really wanted to do was write about the anniversary of 9-11.  I appreciate the fact that, as a nation, we pause and reflect together.  For so many families, everything changed that day.Where I was:...more

13 Years of Lessons Since 9/11

In 2001, I lived in New Jersey. I was married with two children who were not yet on their own, one in middle school and one at Rutgers University. My only sibling, a brother seven years younger than I, lived not too far from me in Staten Island. He worked in New York as a loss prevention manager at Macy's. Every work morning, he took the subway that traveled under the Twin Towers. Our parents remained in New Orleans, where we grew up. ...more
nordette_verite BlogHer Truth!more

It Matters That I Run. It Matters That You Do Too.

 I’ve always been a fighter for the public interest, making a difference through my work as an attorney and legislative advocate, but I never planned to run for office. To impact women’s underrepresentation in elected office, I joined groups like Emerge California and EMILY’s List, which are designed to train and support the next generation of women elected officials. I’ve campaigned for Representatives Julia Brownley and Lois Capps in California and strong women like Senator Elizabeth Warren on the national stage....more