Why We Still Celebrate Pride Month Fifty-One Years After the Stonewall Riots

Note: This piece was first published on June 28, 2020 on the Channel 27 News & Entertainment, Grant County’s website. June 28, 2020 by Chaylee N. Brock I am bisexual and genderqueer, but to keep it simple, I use the all-encompassing word “queer” to identify myself. Getting to the point where I could “come out” … Continue reading Why We Still Celebrate Pride Month Fifty-One Years After the Stonewall Riots

The History of Juneteenth and Why It Should Be Celebrated Today

Note: This piece was first published on June 7, 2020 on the Channel 27 News & Entertainment, Grant County’s website. June 7, 2020 by Chaylee N. Brock Most people are familiar with the Emancipation Proclamation, signed into law by President Lincoln in 1863, which was meant to set American slaves free. However, the executive order … Continue reading The History of Juneteenth and Why It Should Be Celebrated Today

Rep. Tim Ryan takes a stand for struggling and poor Americans on the Congress floor

It's been a while since I've seen a stand on the Congress floor that moved me as much as Rep. Tim Ryan's stand this week for the American people, many of whom are now struggling financially, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ryan's speech came during debate over Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion relief bill, which passed the Senate last week and came back to the House for a final vote before heading to President Biden's desk.

Trump Is Gone, But Will We Ever Get Our Loved Ones Back from the Alternate Reality He Created?

I just want my mom back. I know there are millions of other people in this country who feel the same way right now -- whether it's their parent, grandparent, sibling, or best friend, I think we all just want our loved ones back.

Congress Working on Bill to Bring Financial Relief During Coronavirus Pandemic

Early Saturday morning, the House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which now heads to the Senate on Monday to face deliberation and votes. The bill “provides paid leave, establishes free testing, protects public health workers, and provides important benefits to children and families,” all of which is now needed, given that businesses and schools are shuttering their doors in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Are School Choice Laws Causing Racial Segregation In Our Local Schools?

We were recently made aware of and directed toward Department of Education data regarding the number of children enrolled in Marion Community Schools, and, more specifically, the number of students who live within the MCS district but choose to enroll in other, outside schools. The DOE data for Marion Schools is fascinating to consider. It seems to show that enrollment numbers and demographics within the student population have been changing and becoming more diverse over the last ten years, but what’s behind these changes?