Democracy was founded on the principle that every voice should have a vote. As the end of this year draws near, those voices calling for a vote on immigration reform have never been louder. The calls are heard across cultures, across communities, across the country.
"What is it that I want?"
Jane Van Galen asked herself this question after reading a gushing profile of an "island cabin" in The Seattle Times. It begins: "Lots of folks have lots of reasons for wanting their own piece of land out of town" and quotes one of the new cabin's owners who, when pregnant, came to realize: "I can't raise a child just in the city ... I wanted woods, salamanders and pileated woodpeckers."
President Obama recently signed The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, which will make it harder for private businesses to win federal contracts if they violate worker's rights.
Trina Shanks from The University of Michgan and Tiffany Miller from the Center for American Progress discussed how the achievement gap leads to a wealth gap.
Brows furrowed, eyes focused, I was busy concentrating on my latest artistic masterpiece. As my hands carefully guided the acrylic paint across the canvas with the stroke of a brush, I became aware of a classmate standing nearby silently contemplating my subject. I paused and gave him a quizzical look. After all, my ninth grade art class was in full swing and we were supposed to be focused on our own work. Was there something that I could help him with? As if reading my mind, he said, "Why do you always paint black people?"
Citigroup, one of the nation's biggest banks, has agreed to pay $7 billion to settle claims brought on by the Justice Department because of its participation in the housing crisis. After a federal investigation lead by Attorney General Eric Holder, the bank admitted to deceiving consumers and engaging in risky subprime mortgages.