Everyone knows that children are our future, and the city of Boston put their money where their mouth is. Boston recently held the “Youth Lead the Change” project, with help from the Participatory Budgeting Project. This was the first youth-led participatory budgeting process in a U.S. city which empowered young people, ages 12 to 25, to decide where 1 million dollars of public capital should go to best improve their communities. 
Participating youth were able to vote in four categories for projects that would better their communityvia text and voting stations. Projects had to be for brick and mortar …read more
In Texas, as a woman you can’t make choices for your body whether you’re living or deceased. We’ve spoken about the battle for women’s rights in Texas like the abortion regulations that are being passed that violate federal laws in order to severely limit women’s access to abortions. The courts have now escalated to keeping a dead woman on life support to incubate the fetus inside her.
Malise Munoz was 14 weeks pregnant when she was found unresponsive and later declared brain dead. As her family prepared to say goodbye to her, they were told that due to a Texas …read more
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On one recent evening, as I was flipping channels to get to my favorite news program, I came across a television game show called Let’s Ask America. It’s sort of the Family Feud meets Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Okay, so I like game shows and the news. The concept of the show is that using Skype, four contestants play from their homes responding to questions with two to four possible answers. The answers are based on surveying Americans from various walks of life – moms, business people, high school students, etc. On this …read more
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In Wisconsin, Minnesota, Oklahoma and South Dakota, there are laws in place that allow authorities to detain pregnant women for substance abuse. The Wisconsin fetal protection law, which was passed in 1998, allows child-welfare authorities to forcibly confine a pregnant woman who uses illegal drugs or alcohol – and who refuses to accept treatment – “to a severe degree.” Proponents of the law say that it is intended to protect mothers and babies. The first federal challenge of this law was filed this month. What could be wrong with this well-meaning law?
The law disproportionately affects …read more