Monday, 25 July 2016 / TRUTH-OUT.ORG
  • When Play Is Criminalized: Racial Disparities in Childhood

    By Eisa Nefertari Ulen, Truthout | Report

    2016.7.25.Playground.mainRacial disparities in the way children are allowed to play denies many Black kids an important childhood right. (Photo: Stefano Brivio / Flickr)

    Institutionalized racism in schools and implicit bias in public parks and playgrounds deny Black and Brown children the fundamental right to engage in free play, which can lead to lifelong inequities in health and human development, the literature shows.

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  • Florida Town Proposes a Ban on Super PACs -- What Could Happen?

    Florida Town Proposes a Ban on Super PACs -- What Could Happen?

    By Carolina Cruz, YES! Magazine | Report

    It could have seemed like a singular act of defiance to abolish super PACs in one Florida town. Members of the City Council in St. Petersburg approved 6-1 a motion to consider an ordinance that would limit the amount donors can give to groups that support or oppose candidates in local elections. The ordinance, if passed later this year, would directly affect only elections in St. Petersburg.

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  • Coercive Mental Health Legislation Threatens Rights of People With Disabilities

    Coercive Mental Health Legislation Threatens Rights of People With Disabilities

    By Sadie Ryanne Baker, Truthout | Op-Ed

    The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act uses people with mental illnesses as scapegoats for gun violence while threatening civil liberties, failing to address the real needs of people with psychiatric disabilities and ignoring the epidemic of police violence against people in emotional crisis.

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