Category Archives: Family. And stuff.

What would it mean to put children first?

50ba295e6bba00271e460cf62b1afbc5Bruce Lesley, of @First_Focus and @Campaign4Kids, explores that here. The proposed repeal of Obamacare (to be replaced, so far, by….uh…do you hear crickets? How did crickets get on this blog?) could have devastating effects on children and young people, according to this Georgetown University study.

Couple that with information from this Economic Policy Institute study which looks at the continuing and corrosive effect of segregated schools on all children, and we’re looking at rolling the clocks back for everyone under the age of 18.

But yeah. Make America Great Again. By all means.



I want to tell you about my Uncle Jerry

fullsizerenderI wrote this for Mother Courant.

Whither the healing?

I’m with Bernie Sanders:


Funny thing is, the night after the election, a Trump-supporting brother called. He acknowledged that his candidate was flawed, but that he voted for him because business (he’s a businessman in New Mexico).

Do you go ahead and argue this one? The election is over, after all, though some people are taking it upon themselves to protest. In my family, we know where loyalties lie. We know each other’s politics and religion and we mostly disagree on both. So I got off a few nasty comments about Trump, we hung up laughing and then continued the conversation with vulgar texts back and forth — though they weren’t any more vulgar than our regular texts. I love my brother. I do not love his candidate. Can I still be friends with people who voted for Trump? Of course, provided they understand that I’m spending considerable calories organizing against his success in the next election.

Your grandparents don’t want you to vote for Trump

This? Is heartbreaking.

160822-aleppo-0302_f99cf07c0972e0b6131bd2989932a1b0-nbcnews-ux-2880-1000The New York Times had a story this morning about the children of Aleppo, Syria.

To say it’s hard to read is an understatement, but if felt important to share here.

Is this any way to treat a kid?

downloadEvery state has what amounts to debtors’ prisons for children, according to a report from the Juvenile Law Center.

From Youth First Initiative:

One of the most harmful, ineffective and expensive forms of incarceration is the youth prison, the signature feature of nearly every state juvenile justice system. States devote the largest share of their juvenile justice resources to youth prisons at an estimated annual cost of over $5 billion per year. While youth incarceration has dramatically decreased over the past decade, almost all states still rely on these costly institutions and the harmful approach they embody. If youth prisons were closed, tens of millions of dollars could be freed up for community-based, non-residential alternatives to youth incarceration, and other youth-serving programs.

Here are Connecticut’s statutes in regard to juveniles in the legal system.

And thanks, Leftover, for the links.

This? Is shameful.

downloadFrom Truthout:

Military service members on active duty spent $24 million in food stamps at military commissary shops from September 2014 to August 2015, and 45 percent of students in schools run by the military are eligible for free or reduced-price meal programs.