She’s White. I’m Black. And We Marched in Ferguson Together

Editor's note: Danyelle Little and Janice Person are St. Louis neighbors and friends who traveled to Ferguson, Missouri together earlier this week. In this post, Danyelle tells her story first, and then Janice follows with her story. DANYELLE LITTLE: YOU'LL FIND ME THERE ...more

I Don't Know What It Feels Like to Be Black in America, But I'm Listening

As I watch the coverage of the events in Ferguson, Missouri, my heart hurts.I don’t know how to process the flurry of emotions coursing through my body right now.How is this acceptable? How is this the right thing? How does this happen?...more
Too many young men without work and without all of the "things" they think they deserve. Same ...more

The Killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson and How to Join #NMOS14 Today

The days since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed in the St. Louis, MO, suburb of Ferguson have been surrounded by questions. Brown's death, which police say happened after an altercation involving a gun, is now at the center of much grief, outrage, protest and a renewed call to examine racial tensions and police procedure—along with a a National Moment of Silence (#NMOS14) to be observed today, Thursday, August 14, at 4PM PT/7PM ET. ...more
Tanikwish What would really be great is if everyone would stop assuming, period.  No one has the ...more

She’s White. I’m Black. And We Marched in Ferguson Together

Editor's note: Danyelle Little and Janice Person are St. Louis neighbors and friends who traveled to Ferguson, Missouri together earlier this week. In this post, Danyelle tells her story first, and then Janice follows with her story. DANYELLE LITTLE: YOU'LL FIND ME THERE ...more

I Don't Know What It Feels Like to Be Black in America, But I'm Listening

As I watch the coverage of the events in Ferguson, Missouri, my heart hurts.I don’t know how to process the flurry of emotions coursing through my body right now.How is this acceptable? How is this the right thing? How does this happen?...more
Too many young men without work and without all of the "things" they think they deserve. Same ...more

The Killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson and How to Join #NMOS14 Today

The days since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed in the St. Louis, MO, suburb of Ferguson have been surrounded by questions. Brown's death, which police say happened after an altercation involving a gun, is now at the center of much grief, outrage, protest and a renewed call to examine racial tensions and police procedure—along with a a National Moment of Silence (#NMOS14) to be observed today, Thursday, August 14, at 4PM PT/7PM ET. ...more
Tanikwish What would really be great is if everyone would stop assuming, period.  No one has the ...more

Is There an American Right To Education?

Why does the United States mandate education up to the 12th grade, but not beyond?...more
And why does our public responsibility to children not start until age 5? Better to put ...more

The Ferguson Riots

Being a resident of St. Louis, Missouri, the Ferguson riots hit close to home - literally.My comments on this matter are short but I hope they resonate: the media is fueling this tiny flame into a full-blown bomb. ...more

Is FMLA Enough? Or Do Fathers Need Paid Leave?

We know that FMLA provides unpaid leave to parents within the first year of the child’s birth. But what about the families in which the father’s income is essential to the household’s economic stability? ...more
My husband got 8 weeks of paid paternity leave when our son was born. It was fantastic.more

Six Ways for President Obama to Counter Congress’ Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Child Fervor

Let’s face it: it's not just the lack of compassion towards children at the border seeking asylum; the House of Representatives neglected its duty to provide leadership on immigration reform long ago....more

The Abysmal American Prison System

I’ve been wanting to write about this subject for a long while now, but it’s a heavy, hard one and so has been repeatedly relegated to my “I’ll get to that soon” list....more

Pro-Choice: A Current Necessity

I know abortion is a hot political topic, and usually I avoid commenting on big issues like this because I see elements of truth and necessity from most arguments. Therefore, it rarely feels appropriate for me to cling to a specific 'side'....more

When Will the Senate Get Serious About Paid Family Leave?

Before fleeing town for their five week vacation, a handful of Senators paid a little attention to the startling fact that most U.S. women cannot count on single day of paid leave when they have a baby. Practically all other countries allow women several months to recover from childbirth before returning to work and provide some income replacement during this time as well. Many countries also afford new fathers paid leave too. Image Credit: Cliff1066 via Flickr...more
It's high time we caught up to the rest of the world in acknowledging family structures have ...more