The founder of CNN and Turner Broadcasting as well as the former owner of the Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta Hawks, Ted Turner is one of America’s wealthiest individuals. At age 75, he is worth over $2 billion and is one of the largest landowners in the country. But Turner believes his best investment came in 1998 when he pledged $1 billion to the United Nations Foundation (UNF).
A budget is a moral document. It reflects priorities, whether household choices or government. A budget is also a policy document, because those line items aren’t an abstract concept. They are guidance for what we do.
Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. argued that the isolation experienced by people of color living "on a lonely island of poverty" is unjust in a nation blessed with a "vast ocean of material prosperity." Fifty years later, the racial wealth gap is just as stark and immoral, with families of color possessing only a few pennies for every dollar of wealth owned by white families.
It’s been 12 years since November 19 was first deemed World Toilet Day. This year, though, there’s a lot more fanfare. That’s because the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution that, for the first time, makes November 19 an official day of international observance to recognize the 2.5 billion people in the world who live without a toilet.
Having lived through seemingly a full range of presidents and presidential performances over the preceding decades—from the similarly ineffective stints of an exceptionally intelligent nuclear physicist and an underachieving C-student, to the two iconic two-term performances of our time: one by a Hollywood actor and Eureka College cheerleader, the other a Rhodes Scholar—what my observations tell me is that a great communicator is most enabled to achieve a great presidency.
Late Wednesday night, Congress finally voted to end the 16-day government shutdown, pushing the debt ceiling to February 7, 2014. While both Democrats and Republicans had to make concessions to pass the continuing resolution, there is still much blaming coming from both sides, and neither views this is a legitimate long term solution to the debt problem. With the shutdown over and furloughed government employees back at work, read what some people are saying about the aftermath and where we are headed from here.
In this interview, Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, sits down with Diplomatic Courier Video Correspondent Monica Gray to discuss a range of policy issues including the global implications of the government shutdown, the administrations missteps in Syria and the big problem with world leaders today.
De'Von Brown, is a 23-year-old Baltimorean who at a young age was targeted as an up and coming negative youth statistic. De'Von had a troublesome childhood, he dealt with drug addicted parents, which led to constant instability. In 2002, while in the 6th grade, the hands of fate lead Brown into being accepted into an all boy's boarding school in Kenya called the Baraka school.
A new paper by Avidit Acharya, Matthew Blackwell, and Maya Sen has discovered that the proportion of enslaved residents in 1860 — 153 years ago — predicts race-related beliefs today.
The government shut down began last Tuesday, October 1, leading to a great deal of frustration amongst politicians and citizens alike. It is not clear how much longer the shut down will last, but thus far it has led to thousands of federal employees being furloughed and essential funding for programs such as Head start being cut. The longer the shut down lasts, the larger the consequences will be. The lack of progress in negotiations has caused a great deal of tension as the debt ceiling deadline quickly approaches on October 17th.
Congress designated September as National Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month to help focus attention on the need for research and treatment of sickle cell disease. Sickle Cell Disease is an inherited condition that affects an estimated 100,000 individuals in the United States and millions globally.
The glaring illogicality just ruining the great theater that is Republican opposition to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), to its apparent imposition of a communal healthcare system upon the storied, once truly free and independent American man (Sorry ladies, I do believe this is stated correctly.), is that this dreaded communal calamity is already the state of healthcare in the United States; it is a communal, universal system of the most ineffective and expensive sort. Whether or not the United States will adopt a universal healthcare system is a non-debate,that decision was made in the affirmative long ago when Congress passed the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act of 1986.
Last Monday, the United States was shocked and saddened by yet another mass shooting rampage, this time just miles from the White House at Washington, DC's Navy Yard. As with recent tragedies in Aurora, Colo. and Newtown, Conn., as well as the high-profile George Zimmerman case in Florida, the general public and elected officials have called for serious gun control reform.
At a family reunion that I recently attended, I was approached by one of my distant cousins with a revelation that immediately stopped me in my tracks: “I need to lose weight.” What was troubling about the statement is that these words were spoken by a self-doubting, weight-appropriate, eight-year-old child. While the health consequences of being obese – heart disease, stroke, diabetes – are dire, a recent journal article in Pediatrics suggests that overweight children who have lost a considerable amount of weight are at an increased risk of developing eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia later in life.
One in three teenage girls who have dropped out of high school give pregnancy or parenthood as the key reason. Once they leave, only half of them complete their high school education by age 22, compared with 90 percent of their non-parenting peers.
Food insecurity is a major concern for millions across the country and federal assistance remains a political divisive issue. Recently, House Republicans proposed to cut $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—formerly known as food stamps—thrusting the program back into the spotlight in Washington.
Gender job segregation is the practice of filling certain occupations with mostly male or mostly female workers. Today, 40 percent of women work in jobs that are three-fourths female or more and 45 percent of men work in jobs that are more than three-fourths male. Job segregation is the main cause of the wage gap between men and women because jobs that employ women pay somewhere between 5-19 percent less than ones that employ men.
Up to five million people who use food stamps are at risk of losing those benefits due to changes proposed by Congress to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), according to a new report from the Health Impact Project (HIP). Here are three reasons why you should be outraged about this.
Hathaway Ferebee has served as Executive Director of the Safe and Sound Campaign since its inception in 1996. The Campaign builds sustainable funding for opportunities for Baltimore’s children, youth and families. Through community organizing and public private financial contracts, the Campaign has enabled the reallocation of millions state dollars from programs that don’t work to those that do.
Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a small country in the south Pacific not too far from Australia’s northern-most tip. It’s fascinating and beautiful, made up of more than 600 islands and 800 languages. A full 86% of the population lives in rural areas, many nowhere near even a dirt road. In our world of rapid urbanization and homogenization, this is almost unheard of.
Daniela Lewy began her career 15 years ago as an experiential educator taking K-12 students on mountaineering expeditions in Alaska, cultural exchanges in Africa, and semesters abroad in the Himalayas. She recognized that these life-changing opportunities were unjustly limited to affluent students.
I am Trayvon Martin. If a kid minding his own business on the way home from the store can be confronted and killed with impunity just because he looked suspicious—based on the stereotypical beliefs of an overzealous volunteer neighborhood watchman—then no one is safe in this country and no one can be guaranteed justice. We are all Trayvon Martin.
Today a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder. It is widely argued that Florida’s stand your ground statute, which was considered by the defense, and which Zimmerman previously studied in a criminal litigation course, was at play. The statute allows people to use proportionate force in the face of an attack without first trying to retreat or escape. More than 20 other states have such laws.
With the recent ruling in the George Zimmerman case debates on race relations have filled the headlines, along with heated commentary about the future of gun control legislation. Florida resident, George Zimmerman, was found not guilty of the murder of 17 year old Trayvon Martin after pleading self defense. Zimmerman’s lawyers argued that under the Stand Your Ground laws of Florida Zimmerman was completely justified in shooting the unarmed teen. This incident has fueled a great deal of controversy over the legitimacy of Stand Your Ground and gun control laws in the United States as a whole. Nationally, the Zimmerman trial has managed to push gun control back to the forefront of public policy discussions.
Navasha Daya is a singer, songwriter, producer, and spiritual and cultural arts activist, who from childhood was inspired and encouraged to use her voice and talents for upliftment and change. Steadfast in her dedication to the upliftment of the community, she along with Fanon Hill and youth mentees Rashard Willliams and Cherdaya Allen, co-founded the Baltimore City Youth Resiliency Institute, now the Youth Resiliency Institute (YRI).
Last week the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that required states with a documenting history of discrimination to get federal approval before changing their voting laws. When the law was passed in 1965, one of its main targets were “literacy tests.”
The Supreme Court struck down a fundamental civil rights section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, this past Tuesday, June 25. Section 4 determines which states must gain federal permission before they alter any of their voting laws. It was specifically created to protect the voting right’s of African- Americans in the South. The passing of the Voting Rights Act was a monumental civil rights victory for African Americans, especially for civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., who worked tirelessly to ensure the laws passing.
Last Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, concerning the constitutionality of the University of Texas at Austin’s (UT) admissions policy. In a 7-1 majority opinion, the Court ruled to preserve the principle that universities may consider racial and ethnic diversity as one factor among many in a carefully crafted admissions policy.
Immigration reform is an often-debated issue at the local, state and federal level, and there are many differing opinions on how to best deal with undocumented immigrants. But it seems that immigration reform is finally making progress with the latest immigration bill passing its first procedural hurdle on the Senate floor Tuesday, June 11 in a 82-15 vote.
Why would Members of Congress commit to spend only $4.50 a day on food and live on the budget of the average SNAP recipient? The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly called Food Stamps), is an essential lifeline that helps put food on the table for 47 million hungry Americans, and it is under fire.
Most of us familiar with Down‘s Syndrome know that it brings characteristic facial features and delayed or impaired cognitive development. People with Down, however, are also more vulnerable than the general population to diabetes, leukemia, and infectious and autoimmune disease, and about 40% are born with heart defects.
The concept of a “path to citizenship” might be more than just a hopeful buzzword for Latino immigrants. It may be the path to reducing economic disparities for the growing population of Latinos in the United States.
When asked by a potential community partner what was the one thing that could be done to improve the health of its citizens, Dr. Adewale Troutman, the then newly appointed director for Louisville’s health department* answered, “to make sure that everyone graduates from high school”. Like many others, the community partner wondered - what does high school graduation have to do with health?
This week, we found out that millions of Americans’ telephone records are being collected by the Federal Government. An article in The Guardian exposed that the National Security Agency requires cell phone provider, Verizon Wireless, to give them information on all information in their systems. The court order suggests that these records are collected without any indication of wrongdoing by the telephone users.
Maya Rockeymoore Interviews Rep. Marcia Fudge on the Congressional Black Caucus's Priorities and New Budget PlanWritten by GlobalPolicy.tv
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, president and CEO of Global Policy Solutions, a social change strategy firm based in Washington, D.C., guests hosts The Agenda with Ari Rabin-Havt of "Media Matters" on SiriusXM and interviews Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) on the Congressional Black Caucus's budget plan to create jobs, strengthen education, and support communities of color.
Melissa L. Bradley has a strong track record of creative and innovative leadership and a background as a social entrepreneur. Melissa serves as Founder and Managing Director of New Capitalist™, an organization that leverages human, financial and social capital to create economically profitable and sustainable individuals, businesses, and communities.
On the morning of May 31st, Biannela Susana will find out how much more time she’ll spend in prison in connection with the death of her youngest son. Whether the judge sentences her to the maximum 30 years or not, it’s hard to imagine that any punishment will top the nightmare that her life has been so far. In 2011, Biannela and her then 12-year-old son Cristian were charged in the death of two-year-old David.