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Clear & Present Danger in Presidential Campaign

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By an anonymous guest blogger: This country needs to have a serious adult discussion about this campaign cycle for President of the United States. It is a discussion that will be hard to have but it is imperative we have it. For several months we have all been laughing and thinking this campaign was a joke and could not be for real. I am guilty of it as well. I have tried to convince myself ...

Why We Should All Be Learning African-American History Every Month


In 2002, the NJ Legislature passed Assembly Bill 1301, also known as The Amistad Bill; a directive for NJ schools to incorporate African-American history into their social studies curriculum. To be clear, this law wasn’t just for “those” kids or “that” community, and it was certainly not meant to be exclusive to the month of February. “In presenting the sweeping narrative of American h...

“Voting doesn’t matter” and Other Myths that Enable Political Corruption


Now I can only speak as an American, but one that has been immersed in the seedy underbelly of New Jersey politics. Add to that a stint as a political coordinator for a major NYC labor union (during the last mayoral primaries), and you can start to imagine the things I’ve seen and heard. My approach to any work environment always comes with an anthropological lens. I not only seek to understand ...

Voting Rights: Turning Back the Clock


"The Progressive South" For years North Carolina has styled itself as the face of the New South aka the Progressive South. In fact, until 2013 North Carolina had some of the best voting laws on the books that provided the greatest number of opportunities for citizens to vote- putting visions of water hoses and reading tests from the woebegone days of the not so distant past. The Progressive Sou...

Equal Pay – Laws of Two Nations

Laws of Two Nations - Equal Pay Bills

Republican Senators have introduced a watered down, toothless bill designed to address the problem of pay equity. S. 875, a six page bill, is deceptively entitled the "Workplace Advancement Act." This bill is but yet another Republican sponsored amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938; an act which stood for 60 years and offered workplace protections for all Americans until it was gutted...

Girls Don’t Cry Wolf


Click here to view Girls Don't Cry Wolf Video I was raised in a small, conservative town where sexism was present, but was not critiqued by peers or adults within the community. Slut shaming and biased dress code regulations were habitual and unquestioned by all during my years in junior high and first half of high school. I not only experienced these pressures in a classroom setting, but als...

Considering Freedom During Black History Month: Our Incomplete Project at Home and Abroad

Branding Slaves - From the Cones Collection

Guest Blog by Brenda E. Stevenson, Ph.D. “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” - The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, 1865 It is certainly fitting that during Black History Month 2015, we ...

Black History Month – Whose Story Is Missing?

African American History

Guest Blogger Davida Lindsay-Harewood: It is impossible to teach the true history of the US without including Africans and African Americans.  There were Africans on Columbus’ journey of exploration of the Americas.  Africans were present in the early settlements in Jamestown and other colonies.  Every war this county has fought included people of African descent from the War of Independen...

Religious Freedom Restoration Act – Freedom For Whom?

Separation of Church and State

  I have always been concerned with what I have considered my rights and privileges as both a woman and a United States citizen. In recent years however, I have increasingly seen efforts by both politicians and evangelicals to limit those rights and privileges for all women. When making efforts to place limits on those rights, politicians have increasingly turned to religious dogma to just...

UniteWomen.org Recognizes November as Native American Heritage Month


UniteWomen.org annually celebrates Native Peoples’ culture, traditions, and accomplishments, with a focus on several global concerns, such as: violence against Native Women, environment and climate, indigenous food production, and health care. Native Women have a disparate vulnerability to all forms of violence that exceeds that of any other racial or ethnic people in the United States and world...

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