WASHINGTON, DC - For three centuries lynching was a standard practice in the cruel treatment of Black men, women, and children in America. Even after slavery, Blacks from 1882 – 1959 were lynched on average every six days, totaling at least 4,733 brutal deaths, according to researchers at the Tuskegee Institute. Now, after more than a century of advocacy, legislation declaring lynching a federal crime was recently signed into law. Despite decades of senseless delays, this new law pushes America to finally acknowledge that racism often correlates to a level of violence and terror woven into the very fabric of this country.
Oral health is vitally important to overall health and well-being. Research has shown children who have poor oral health often miss more school and receive lower grades than children who don’t. Later in life, there is a link between poor oral healthcare and diabetes, heart and lung disease, stroke, respiratory illnesses and conditions of pregnant women including the delivery of pre-term and low birth weight infants.
We are tempted every day of life, some by food, material things, or other pleasures. Even as far back as Biblical times, mankind was given a set of rules with stipulations decreeing that we were not to fall prey to the evils of temptation. Does, “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, his ox, his ass, or his wife,” But why are we tempted, why can’t we be satisfied with what we have? Why do we want more, more, more, and especially what does not belong to us?
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Belize’s barrier reef is a marvel of biodiversity. Stretching 170 miles through the warm waters of the Caribbean and around atolls, cays, and coastal lagoons, the Western Hemisphere’s longest reef is home to some 1,400 species, from endangered hawksbill turtles and manatees to several threatened types of sharks.
The last two years have underlined what we already knew: the digital divide in America is real and has consequences for millions of Americans. An affordable, reliable connection is imperative in participating in the 21st century economy, and those families relying on mobile-only access are falling behind. Often, they cannot attend class online or seek a career opportunity that offers the possibility of working remotely. And as more services, job applications, and infrastructure moves online, the gap is only widening.
For many children, school is their safe haven — the place they can get a hot meal, access computers for homework, and find social-emotional support. School Social Workers (SSWs) play a vital role by providing that support in schools and other educational settings to offer students services that enhance their emotional well-being, improve their academic performance, and help support families, staff and the school community.
Anti-democratic authoritarianism is on the rise–both around the world and here at home. Sometimes it is easier to recognize overseas. That’s especially true at moments like this when Vladimir Putin’s military is killing civilians in Ukraine to feed his ambitions for greater power and is crushing any effort at dissent or truth-telling in his native Russia.