On Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, tragedy struck France: there was a series of six coordinated terror attacks in and around the capital, killing 128 people. Since then, a growing number of governors, representatives, senators and Presidential candidates have demanded that America close its borders to Syrian refugees fleeing the unspeakable horrors of ISIS. Once again… Read More Fear Testing America’s Character
In Aurora, Colorado, July 20, 2012, James Eagan Holmes dressed in tactical clothing and attended the midnight screening of the movie “Dark Knight Rises.” There, he set off tear gas grenades and shot into the audience. He killed 12 people and injured 70 others. On Dec. 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown,… Read More Gun Violence: An American Obsession
In 2010, 49-year-old Bernard Noble, a father of seven, was caught with the equivalent of two joints worth of marijuana. He is now serving more than 13 years behind bars in Jackson Parish Correctional Center in Jonesboro, Louisiana. Mr. Noble has no chance of parole. The State Board of Pardon and Parole rejected his petition… Read More America’s Addiction
On Jan. 1, 1863, during the American Civil War, President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared, “All persons held as slaves within the rebellious states henceforth shall be free.” While this caused a shift in the crusade against slavery, blacks were not considered citizens. They had no legal rights. Sunday, March 7, 1965 marks… Read More Turning a Blind Eye to Bias
We are living in the era of social media, where many are using it as a platform to speak out or bring awareness to issues that affect them, their peers and their community. This platform is becoming more prominent among the younger generation and is currently playing an enormous role in highlighting issues that are… Read More Social Media and the Voice of Young People
Why are there armored vehicles in a Midwestern suburb? Why would cops wear camouflage gear against a terrain patterned by convenience stores and beauty parlors? Why are the authorities in Ferguson, Missouri using quasi-martial crowd control methods (such as bans on walking on the street) and firing tear gas at people in their own yards? Why would someone… Read More Demilitarize Local Police
By Wiha Powell “We didn’t raise the Statue of Liberty with her back to the world; we did it with her light shining as a beacon to the world. And whether we were Irish or Italians or Germans crossing the Atlantic, or Japanese or Chinese crossing the Pacific; whether we crossed the Rio Grande or… Read More A Call For Commonsense Immigration Reform
By Wiha Powell The right to vote is not a privilege; it is one of the most important and fundamental rights protected by the U.S. constitution. With the upcoming 2016 presidential election, states are coming out of the woodwork with stricter voter ID laws. To date, a total of 34 states have passed laws that… Read More The Right to Vote
By Wiha Powell Freedom of Speech or Free Speech: (noun) the right to express any opinions without censorship or restraint. In the United States, people have the right to exercise freedom of speech. Sometimes this freedom is exercised in the form of press. In light of recent worldwide events, it seems that the right to… Read More Is There Free Speech?
By Wiha Powell “Forty percent of our college students choose community college,”… “Some are young and starting out. Some are older and looking for a better job. Some are veterans and single parents trying to transition back into the job market. Whoever you are, this plan is your chance to graduate ready for the new… Read More Free Community Colleges?