Here in the United States, our great “land of the free,” there are approximately 130,000 inmates housed in privately owned prisons. It‘s a foul stench within a justice system that leads the world in number of people incarcerated within a state, federal or private institution. The latest tally of 2 million inmates equates to 25 percent of the globe’s incarcerated population. This massive waste of human life is commonly known as the Prison Industrial Complex, an oppressive current led from the top down by the highly profitable Prison Privatization Movement.
Many readers probably received a recent email greeting from Congressman David Price. It opened by saying, "I am honored to return to Washington to represent North Carolina's Fourth District in the 114th Congress."
Let’s imagine a football game between, say, the Bulls and the Bears with some tweaked rules. When the Bulls have the ball they get to start their drives at midfield, but whenever the Bears take the offense they have to start back on their own 20 yard line. If the Bulls win the game 21 to 14, which is the better team?
As we were discussing today’s release of the North Carolina School Performance Grades, one of my colleagues told me a quote from comedian Steven Wright: “My mechanic told me, ‘I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.’”
I would offer the following seven comments on the Jan. 31 storyby reporter Ray Gronberg in The Herald-Sun headlined, “Coalition lawyer criticizes call for drug crackdown” and statements attributed to Ian Mance, a lawyer for the Southern Coalition for Justice.
This January marks the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision in which the Court established that the constitutional right to privacy encompasses the right to choose whether to end a pregnancy. Each year around this time, we reflect on how the decision dramatically bolstered women’s health and dignity. But too often we overlook the reality that the legal “right” to abortion care is meaningless if it’s been restricted to the point that it’s out of reach.
Wes Moore is a best-selling author, Rhodes Scholar, White House Fellow, decorated Army veteran, host of “Beyond Belief” on the Oprah Winfrey Network and social entrepreneur. Moore is committed to helping the parents, teachers, mentors and advocates who serve our nation’s youth, and he believes deeply that the solution lies in “interconnectedness.”
I am happy that the Durham community has taken on the challenge of career readiness and career pipelines for all of our young people--especially ones who have not traditionally been given a fighting chance for a quality career path because of obstacles and challenges in their lives.
As the state and Duke Energy begin to implement plans for cleaning up the coal ash ponds that have caused so much distress in North Carolina, constant monitoring and thorough review is required. This is a complex problem with many factors yet undetermined. Officials need be ready to respond to events on the ground - and put more safeguards in place when required.
The nation’s first Republican president explained what democracy ought to be: a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. But Abraham Lincoln’s vision will remain a distant mirage if a money-drenched elections system devalues individual American’s votes by auctioning off legislative seats, governors and judges to the highest bidder.
I am ajumble with reflections, two a direct result of a six-hour return trip from Washington, D.C., and one an indirect result of that trip.
One of the most interesting moments of the 2014 legislative session came in front of the Executive Mansion late last June, when Gov.Pat McCrory and House Speaker Thom Tillis appeared together with education advocates at a rally to tout a new teacher pay raise proposal that differed sharply from the plan the Senate was pushing.
With a clandestine assault, the intruders breached defenses at the Army's secure perimeter and infiltrated a secure area. We know this only because they used the military's own computer system to taunt us and broadcast classified information on the whereabouts of retired generals living near Fort Bragg.
As the North Carolina General Assembly convenes for another legislative session, cities and towns across the state face an uncertain future. In recent years, many of our larger cities and the towns in close proximity to them have seen some of the largest increases in population growth in the country. Dozens of other North Carolina towns have experienced population losses as traditional manufacturing jobs have moved away.
My wife recently bought a new car. Well, not exactly “new new,” but “newly used.” Some experts say this is the best way to purchase vehicles because you get an almost-new car without paying for the excessive depreciation that occurs when a brand-new car is driven off the lot.