We celebrate the alliance of the Internet with the awareness that for too many years people elected to publicly-funded positions have promoted policies that do not serve the public interest. We challenge those who believe they can continue to violate the public trust to stop and listen to the buzz of millions of people visiting websites, emailing each other, blogging and chatting online about what is going on behind closed doors. We promise to hold you responsible for your actions.
We call this process "e-accountability".
Current Events | Posted 6/27/2014 at 11:21 PM
He admits it was against the restaurants rules, but says he thinks it was the right thing to do.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 6/27/2014 at 7:53 PM
On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision in National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning, a case that piqued the interest of many constitutional scholars by questioning whether the president can legally appoint government officials without Senate approval during congressional recesses—even when the Senate is meeting in “pro forma” sessions where a few senators gavel in for only a few minutes. The answer to the question, according to all nine justices, is “no.” Although the decision’s impact on executive appointments will be significant, it will also have practical impacts on the National Labor Relations Board—and by extension the labor and employment laws affecting U.S. employers—because the appointments in question were for three NLRB members who issued decisions for 18 months.
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 6/22/2014 at 11:11 AM
No child should EVER be called ugly, no matter what they look like!! says proud mom Megan Davies Mennes, who writes on her blog "Define Crazy" what its like to be a mom to a child who has Down Syndrome.
Stories and Grievances: Special Education | Posted 6/21/2014 at 2:45 PM
Mayor Bill de Blasio has promised to make it easier for some parents of special-needs children to get New York City to pay for private school tuition, holding off an effort by state legislators to make him do so by law. Parents who believe that public schools cannot meet their children’s special needs have long complained that the process of applying for tuition reimbursement is onerous and costly, entailing months of appeals and legal fees, followed by an annual re-evaluation that starts the fight all over again.
Success Stories: Positive Outcomes | Posted 6/20/2014 at 12:02 PM
About 20 years ago, journalist Ron Suskind and his family moved to Washington. He’d accepted a new job with the Wall Street Journal, where his reporting would soon earn him a Pulitzer Prize for stories about an aspiring inner city youth who’d been left behind but managed to climb out of his predicament. Meanwhile, at home, Suskind’s 3-year-old son Owen was diagnosed with regressive autism. The once-bubbly toddler suddenly became inconsolable and had fallen silent. So began the Suskind family’s journey to connect with Owen so he too would not be left behind. “What begins at this point is a 20-year battle—embrace, struggle, dodge-and-fake—with affinity,” said Suskind at a recent NIMH lecture, “Autism’s Powerful Affinities: Prison or Pathway?” The talk was in observance of National Autism Awareness Month. It’s a personal narrative he tells in his new book, Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism, and it’s a story that has recently piqued the interest of some scientists.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 5/31/2014 at 5:06 PM
A judge levied $6,000 in sanctions against Los Angeles Unified on Friday, because school officials failed to turn over more than 300 pictures of victims who were sexually abused by former Miramonte Elementary school teacher Mark Berndt. Additionally, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John Wiley is leaning toward fining LAUSD an additional $8,387 after its efforts to keep former risk manager turned general counsel, Dave Holmquist, from testifying.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 5/27/2014 at 9:12 PM
Judicial Corruption | Posted 5/25/2014 at 2:45 PM
U.S. Rep. John Conyers' on-again, off-again roller coaster ride for the Aug. 5 ballot took a new twist Friday when U.S. District Judge Matthew Leitman put him back on the ballot, His decision, released late Friday, contradicts the Secretary of State's review of Conyers petition, which found earlier in the day that Conyers had less than half the required signatures of valid registered voters on the petitions he turned in to qualify for the Aug. 5 primary ballot.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 5/18/2014 at 6:29 PM
Fort, Collins, CO—Colorado is poised to become the first state in the nation to allow terminally ill patients to access safe experimental medications that could save their lives, even when those medicines are years away from hitting the market. Governor John Hickenlooper (D) is expected to sign the nation’s first Right to Try Act Saturday in a ceremony with patients and advocates at a Fort Collins-area hospital.
Government Lies, Corruption and Mismanagement | Posted 5/18/2014 at 5:40 PM
On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the landmark civil rights case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas that segregation of public schools is unconstitutional. Yet 60 years later, despite the nation re-electing its first black president, housing discrimination on LI—a national leader in racially segregated suburbs—perpetuates vastly unequal educational opportunities for minority students in poor neighborhoods versus those in affluent, white ones. The Island’s schools were reminiscent of the Jim Crow-era South, experts said in a recently released Columbia University study titled Divided We Fall: The Story of Separate and Unequal Schools 60 Years after Brown v. Board of Education.