Abandoned Mine Lands Threaten the Safety of American Communities

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By: Beverly Kwakye Oct. 25, 2015

Abandoned mine lands are hurting the safety of Americans’ water and land supplies, a group of experts told a House panel today as they pleaded for sufficient regulations to be set in place in order to expedite mine cleanup initiatives.

“Runoff from the mines, containing harmful radioactive waste, is harmful for years to come,” said Policy Director, Lauren Pagel. Continue reading

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Adults back to Kindergarten

Opinion Piece By: Beverly Kwakye

Nov. 12, 2012

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At the tender age of five, young kindergarten students are taught the basic principles of manners and respect. Children learn to share, listen to their elders, keep their hands to themselves, say please and thank you, etc. The goal is to shape young boys and girls so they’ll grow into good-natured adults in the future. Despite children learning these principles of discipline, they seem only to be carried out through grade school. Continue reading

Low-income D.C. Families Demand Education Reform (brief)

 

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By: Beverly Kwakye Nov. 4, 2015

At a Senate committee hearing on reauthorizing the District of Columbia private voucher program, hosted by a Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, a series of panelists consisting mostly of senators, demanded that D.C. students who come from low-income families should have equal opportunities to obtain a quality education outside of public schools. Continue reading

Trayvon Martin’s Parents Open Up in Emotional Interview with Anderson Cooper

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After the verdict of George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watchman accused of killing unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, many of Martin’s family and friends have been left devastated, claiming no justice had been served in the shooting death of Trayvon. Trayvon Martin‘s parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin sat down with CNN‘s Anderson Cooper to discuss the trial and the loss of their son.  Continue reading