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Virginia Just Became The First State To End Chronic Veteran Homelessness

Last week, Virginia became the first state in the country to end chronic veteran homelessness, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced in a press release. The milestone declaration means that every veteran in the state has housing, except for those were offered shelter but declined, according to the federal government’s definition. By streamlining resources and having the … Continue reading

The Gun Violence Threat That No One Is Talking About — And Why Women Should Be Concerned

Women’s health issues are in the news a lot lately, and for good reason: across the nation, conservative lawmakers are targeting women’s reproductive rights and access to basic health care services like contraceptive counseling and family planning. Attacks on women’s health and rights have been particularly aggressive in recent months, with Congressional Republicans nearly shutting … Continue reading

A Breakdown Of The UN’s 17 New Goals To Improve The World

This weekend, more than 150 world leaders gathered at UN headquarters to formally adopt the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of benchmarks for the next 15 years that focus on the ambitious targets of ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality, and tackling climate change. The 17 newly-adopted SDGs will replace the list of eight … Continue reading

45 Eye-Opening Facts About Extreme Poverty

More than 1 billion people across the globe are forced to live on a daily budget of less than $1.25. This must cover all of their basic needs including food, medicine and shelter — not to mention their children’s needs. The World Bank defines this stark reality as the “extreme poverty” rate, and every day people around … Continue reading

Suicide Rates Have Risen Dramatically Among Young Black Children In The U.S.

Suicide rates among young black children in the U.S. have risen dramatically over the past two decades, while rates among young white children fell over the same time period, according to a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics. Historically, suicide rates in the U.S. have been lower for blacks than whites across all age groups. … Continue reading

On International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, President Obama Promises To Keep Fighting For LGBT Rights

In honor of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, President Obama this weekend vowed to “keep fighting, for however long it takes, until we are all able to live free and equal in dignity and rights.” The president, who just last month called for an end to “conversion” therapy for gay youth, proclaimed in … Continue reading

Leading Physicians’ Group: Give LGBT People Full Rights

The nation’s second-largest physicians’ group has come out strongly in support of LGBT equality, criticizing discriminatory laws and calling for inclusive policies that will improve the health of the LGBT population. In a position paper published earlier this week, the American College of Physicians decried the entrenched disparities faced by LGBT individuals and recommended specific … Continue reading

Making The Public Health Case For Marriage Equality

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in Obergefell v. Hodges, the same-sex marriage cases that will determine whether individuals of all sexual orientations have the constitutional right to be married in their own states and to have those marriages recognized by other states. As of now, same-sex marriage is legal in 36 states. … Continue reading

STUDY: Teachers More Likely To Label Black Students As ‘Troublemakers’

Teachers interpret their students’ misbehavior differently depending on the student’s race, according to new research published in the journal Psychological Science, which found that black children are more likely to be labeled as “troublemakers” and given fewer second chances than their white peers. Racial disparities in school discipline are well documented throughout the country. A … Continue reading

Republican States Are Far More Dependent On Government, New Analysis Shows

Republican-leaning states are far more dependent on the federal government than Democratic-leaning ones. That’s according to a recent analysis from the personal finance site WalletHub, which crunched federal tax and spending data and ranked states based on how much they rely on the federal government to support their state finances. The results showed that states … Continue reading

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