Mass incarceration is a term many young Americans are either unfamiliar with or recognize simply as a component of the culture of poverty in the United States.
April is Autism Awareness Month, and all over the world various advocacy groups, parents' resource agencies and activists are "lighting it up blue" to build awareness of autism and related disabilities. This annual event was held on April 2, World Autism Awareness Day, and was marked by landmarks all over the world bathed in blue light to draw attention to the cause of finding treatments for autism.
Teens and young adults all over the United States are popping tabs to become rock stars, monsters or even red bulls with wings, hoping to perform at full throttle. This transformation comes in a can filled with a mysterious concoction, and you may be surprised by the ugly secrets poured out by researchers during the Mayo Clinic Proceedings last year.
There's a scene in "Mean Girls"where the gym teacher is facilitating a lecture on "sex ed," and as he chomps loudly on a piece of gum, he yells, "Don't have sex, because you will get pregnant and DIE!" He then holds up a plastic bin of condoms and, ironically, adds, "OK, now everyone take some rubbers."
It's tough to just sit here and know that a program I dedicated 5 years of my life to has vanished overnight.