The Justice Department instructed the Bureau of Prisons (last week) to start phasing out the use of private detention facilities, a watershed step that should be the beginning of the end of an industry that has had an insidious effect on the U.S. justice system.
As women in the U.S. continue to contend with the presumption that they are not equal to men, it’s easy to forget that less than 100 years ago, women were not allowed to vote. Furthermore, many women of color did not win full voting rights until the 1965 Voting Rights Act, just over 51 years ago.
Suddenly, the burkini has become France’s Confederate battle flag. Like the flag, the burkini means different things to different people, yet it has become such a powerful symbol of the cultural clash between overzealous French patriots and Muslim immigrants that it has become a prompt to man the barricades.
In the wake of the national political party conventions, campaigns, and daily news, it may seem like we are a nation divided against itself. Issues of economic inequality, the struggles of the middle class, racial tension, identity politics and the inability to agree on a common agenda separate us like opposing armies on a vast battlefield. But there is one issue that has brought and continues to bring us together in an enthusiastic consensus: our national parks.
Deciding that an illness or injury can be cured through religious practice or prayer – faith-healing – rather than science-based medicine, is not a reasonable decision to make for a son or daughter who has no say in the matter.
Apparently we’ve reached the part where Donald Trump, not satisfied with having demolished the Republican Party, tries to bring down the rest of the political system as well. No one should be surprised.
As a parent, my goal has always been to raise my two daughters to be confident, assertive young women who could take care of themselves. My eldest daughter, Elena, now a junior in college, has shown me that this is not enough. I am pleased to share her perspective, in her words, today.
After a hack of the Democratic National Committee, some 20,000 emails were released suggesting the party favored Clinton from the start over Bernie Sanders. The New York Times said, “American intelligence agencies have told the White House they now have ‘high confidence' that the Russian government was behind the theft of emails and documents from the DNC.”
The Paddle to Nisqually 2016 Canoe Journey - an inter-tribal celebration and annual gathering of Northwest Indigenous Nations. Canoes have paddled from their home territories for weeks and canoe families are now gathering on the Nisqually Reservation ceremonial grounds.