October 2013 Archives

This week marked the 50th anniversary of "Freedom Day," the vaguely remembered 1963 Chicago Public Schools boycott in which 250,000 black students stayed out of school to demand an equal, desegregated education. Today, Chicago and most major cities are still providing an unequal and very segregated public education to minority students. We will not solve this problem until educators and civic leaders begin an honest, solutions-oriented conversation about the root cause of the problem: institutionalized racism.

It's my birthday today, and I am grateful to be alive and to be carrying a life. At this time last year, my dad left a message on my cell phone in which he sang "Happy Birthday" and recited a little silly poem in my honor. I'm embarrassed to admit this, but I didn't call him back right away because I was mad at him for not returning home to Chicago as he had promised. He was living in Washington D.C. at the time, and was not taking care of himself properly. Just three months after leaving me that ...

Regardless of what your political bent is—Democratic, Republican, Independent—there is one thing I think we can all agree on: leaders make more careful choices when their decisions directly impact them. Let's take the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) and the current government shutdown. Our Senators and House Representatives are debating a national health care law that none of them, nor their families, will ever use. They, of course, have a different medical plan, a much more exclusive one. Even with the current government shutdown, none of our elected officials are forced to miss a paycheck....


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