The Case for “Mental Cases”: Slashing Stigmas and Redefining Discourse  

Sometimes, it is not until you experience something for yourself that you truly realize all of its challenges. For those living with a mental illness, one of the many challenges is dealing with the stigma of being labeled as such. Whether it is an anxiety disorder, a mood disorder, or an eating disorder, an association […]

Home of the Free and Land of Workplace Discrimination

Americans take pride in our country’s ideals of justice and equality, and in that fact that each citizen is made to be equal under the law. Here’s the truth though: Every citizen is not equal under the law, and justice/equality are terribly lacking in many areas, specifically in regards to LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, […]

Mississippi’s Anti-Gay Bill is Our Worst History Repeating Itself

On Thursday Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a bill many argue could facilitate discrimination against the LGBT community. “I am proud to sign the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act today, which will protect the individual religious freedom of Mississippians of all faiths from government interference,” is the quote Gov. Phil […]

Save the Pearls – Unintentional, but still Racist

“Save the Pearls: Revealing Eden”, Victoria Foyt’s Young Adult dystopian book, is title that does not imply the black-dominated post apocalyptic world she attempts to write. After what appears to be a disaster caused by global warming and radiation, darker skin offers protection, and the caste system reverses. Apart from many instances that show a lack […]

Minneapolis turns its back on special needs students

Last week, the one-year-old charter school Minnesota School of Science informed the families of 40 North Minneapolis students with special needs, such as Autism and Down’s Syndrome, that they would be breaking their promise of allowing these students to return to class in September. The school took over the district’s Cityview Elementary School in August […]

Dealing With Rejection

Taking risks are a part of progression. Auditioning for the lead part of a play, applying for a scholarship, or asking your crush on date all have the potential consequence of rejection.  Finding the courage to pursue your goals takes a certain amount of confidence and faith. However the possibility of rejection can often paralyze […]

New Generation, Similar Struggles

Today marked the first day of my summer internship with the Georgia House Democratic Caucus; it was made particularly interesting by a tour of the Georgia Capitol building provided by my senior staff member. As Georgia’s most recent legislative session ended around March, the Capitol was unusually quiet. This gave me and the members of […]