FBI to release animal cruelty data

December 12, 2017 Daisy Brumby 0

The FBI is about to release more than a year of animal cruelty data that law enforcement officers have entered into the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). Police and animal control officers in some areas have recorded animal cruelty incidents since 2015 when they were reclassified from a misdemeanor to a felony, making it a serious criminal offense to harm an animal. Former FBI Director James Comey agreed to make animal cruelty a separate, reportable category of crime in 2014, a win for both law enforcement and animal advocates.

Demand for mental health services outpace supply

November 7, 2017 Daisy Brumby 0

One in five adults in America report that they cannot get the help they need for their mental illness, largely, because there just aren’t enough providers for the number of people seeking help, according to Mental Health America, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting mental health care access across the nation and addressing the needs of people living with mental illness. One of the top reasons for the gap, according to the nonprofit, is that there are not enough professionals offering treatment. Other reasons 20 percent of Americans cannot get mental health care services include lack of money, lack of insurance and an unavailability of treatment types.

Lawmakers react to Las Vegas shooting

October 22, 2017 Daisy Brumby 0

Senators reacted on Twitter were grief, shock, and – in some cases – calls for gun control after a lone gunman shot into a crowd of concertgoers at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip on Oct. 1. 1/6 President Trump's decision to weaken the Iran nuclear agreement is reckless and irresponsible. pic.twitter.com/XJLINSnc3E — Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) October 13, 2017

American University professor promotes racial equality through policy change

October 7, 2017 Daisy Brumby 0

Not a seat was left in the room when historian Ibram X. Kendi took his place at the podium and told the people in the audience they were either, “racist or anti-racist,” and nothing in between. “I’m sure you heard somebody say ‘I am not a racist,’” Kendi said, calling the phrase the most popular mantra of non-racism. “If you believe in racial hierarchy, you believe in racist ideas. If you believe in racial equality, you believe in anti-racist ideas,” Kendi said. But Kendi said there is no such thing as non-racism because either a person has racist ideas and supports racist policies, or a person has anti-racist ideas and supports anti-racist policies. Simply put, Kendi’s ground-breaking idea is that either people believe in racial equality or they believe in racial hierarchy. “If you believe in racial hierarchy, you believe in racist ideas. If you believe in racial equality, you […]

American University rallies for DACA students

September 26, 2017 Daisy Brumby 0

American University president Sylvia Burwell reiterated her support of undocumented students on the day U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that President Trump planned to rescind the Obama administration’s executive order that established the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program five years ago.