Dec 6, 2013

Addressing Mortality of the World's Mothers

Issues: Health Care

A core component of women's rights is ensuring that all women -- regardless of religion, nationality, or income level -- have access to quality healthcare. And at the center of women's health is ensuring that they can access quality family planning options.

Aug 19, 2013

U.S. News and World Report: Towards a More Perfect Africa Policy

Issues: U.S.-Africa Policy

In the eight-member Sub-Committee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights, there may be only one true advocate for U.S.-Africa relations, Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif.

Aug 2, 2013

U.S. News & World Report: Doing More to End Sex Trafficking

Issues: Foster Care & Adoption

When a judge sentenced Ariel Castro to life in prison – plus 1,000 years – for kidnapping, raping and enslaving three young girls for more than a decade, it closed a chapter in one of the most harrowing tales the country has ever seen. This will hopefully bring closure to these young women, but for many more the nightmare will continue. Thousands of young victims will go on hiding in plain sight, unsure of whether or not they will ever have their freedom again.

Jul 25, 2013

The Hill: Senate student loan bill lets students down

Issues: Education

When it comes to standing up for our youth, we have a moral obligation to not only make the process of governing work, but also to ensure that it works to the benefit of those most in need.

Jul 24, 2013

Huffington Post: Republican Hypocrisy on Kids Act

Issues: Local Issues

With all the heated rhetoric surrounding immigration reform, it's fair to ask if some in Washington fully understand the many contributions undocumented immigrants make to our country.

Jul 8, 2013

Roll Call: Americans Must Change Our Africa Tunnel Vision

Issues: Foreign Policy

In a recent Capitol Hill policy discussion on U.S.-Africa trade, an African ambassador passionately proclaimed that the best thing the United States can do for Africa is to remove the negative stereotype that if one nation has a problem then the continent as a whole is damned.

Jun 27, 2013

Los Angeles Wave: A supreme falling out

Issues: Civil Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court used to be our friend, as it was the nine justices who comprised that august body that looked beyond the local prejudices and territorial tricks that kept minorities out of the mainstream of American life and meted out justice to all. But two actions taken by the court this week signal a great falling out between them and us.

Jun 23, 2013

New York Times: Needed: A New Safety Valve

Issues: Criminal Justice

Congress’s new bipartisan task force on overcriminalization in the justice system held its first hearing earlier this month. It was a timely meeting: national crime rates are at historic lows, yet the federal prison system is operating at close to 40 percent over capacity.

Jun 5, 2013

U.S. News and World Report: Putting Politics Aside to Put Students First

Issues: Education

Today is Student Debt Day and young borrowers from around the nation will be on Capitol Hill urging Congress to act before interest rates increase on federal Stafford Loans. Neither the economy nor students can afford to see student loan rates go up.