Ferguson, MO and a young man’s death

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Courtesy of Scott Olsen,Getty Images A Rip Van Winkle who fell asleep in 1968, awakening now, would see TV news footage that was achingly familiar: An [...] Continue Reading…

Ladies, don’t get drunk: Women, alcohol and rape

No, this is not written in defense of Washington Post/Fox News pundit George Will, whose recent column on rape has drawn outrage and resulted in his ouster from the [...] Continue Reading…

What do poor people look like?

Can we have an honest conversation about the nation’s poor and near-poor? Can we discuss the subject as if we want to find solutions and not just pass judgment [...] Continue Reading…

Rejecting Adegbile, Senate mocks the US Constitution

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Last week, the floor of the U.S. Senate was the scene of a bi-partisan travesty, an affront to the principals of the Constitution, an assault on the notion of [...] Continue Reading…

Bar the poor from emergency rooms?

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During a Republican primary debate in the last presidential election cycle, there was a dispiriting moment in which tea party audience members cheered at the idea that a comatose [...] Continue Reading…

Stand your ground laws give bigotry free rein

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It’s been a harsh February, and I’m not talking about the weather. As the annual celebration of the accomplishments of black Americans, replete with references to President Obama, was [...] Continue Reading…

USA needs those young immigrants

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If you think the only reasons to welcome undocumented workers are generosity and compassion toward the “other” — to be welcoming to the stranger — you’re wrong. There [...] Continue Reading…