How a Trip to the Nail Salon Showed Me That People Are Still Good

I had a busy night planned on Saturday, including a birthday dinner for my best friend followed by yet another holiday party (my fourth this month!).  Before heading out, I stopped in my neighborhood nail salon for a quick manicure so I didn’t have to show my face in public with disgustingly gross/chipped red nails.  The salon had a few people in it, but wasn’t packed.  One of the Asian women who works there smiled at me and directed me to her seat, and she immediately got to work....more

If You're American and #cantbreathe, You May Be the Problem

This post can also be seen on Huffington Post. If you have yet to hear about Eric Garner, take a few minutes to google him, and hopefully to watch the video of how he died.  I think it's important for all of us, as human beings, to see what went down.  I'm not going to write about my opinion on the ruling in this post, rather, I'm going to write about how YOU, citizens of the United States, are actually part of this problem....more

Muslim Students Call NYPD Monitoring “Violation” of Rights

The American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union say they are considering possible litigation against the New York Police Department over their surveillance and monitoring of Muslim student groups across the Northeast. The groups are calling on New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to investigate religious and racial profiling by the NYPD, and Muslim students attending CUNY, one of 13 schools targeted, say they applaud the group’s efforts....more

Memories of That Morning

by Patricia Yarberry Allen September 11, 2001 ...more

Police Officer Salaries: Are Law Enforcement Officials Underpaid?

In some cities, police officer salaries may be less than what a bum can rake in on a yearly basis. But are police officer salaries really that shabby? Last month, New York City police officer salaries received a big boost when the Public Employee Relations Board awarded them a 9.7 percent pay raise over two years. The NYC police officer starting salary is now $36,000, up from $25,000--though in exchange, new hires will see fewer vacation days. [] ...more