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Voices of Real Baltimore Youth

April 30, 2015 COMMENTARY BY: Clio Chang TOPICS: Additional Focus

There's a side of Baltimore's youth that many don't get a chance to see. TCF fellow Stefanie DeLuca gives them a voice in her studies on the Baltimore Housing Mobility Program.

Tags: youth, urban neighborhoods, stefanie deluca, baltimore

Baltimore Mother Toya Graham Is No Hero

April 30, 2015 BY: Michael Cohen TOPICS: Additional Focus

After footage of Baltimore mother Toya Graham surfaced showing Graham physically disciplining her 16-year-old son who was preparing to join a riot, many dubbed Graham "Mom of the Year" for her actions. TCF fellow Michael Cohen takes a critical look at this behavior, however, and explains why physical violence against children is ineffectual and often actually does more harm than good.

I don’t doubt that Graham loves her son and she was trying to protect him. That’s true of most parents who strike their kids. But fear isn’t love; physical pain isn’t appropriate as punishment or protection, and hitting a 16-year-old in the head is not something to be celebrated.

Read Cohen's thoughts on the incident at the Boston Globe.

Tags: violence, protests, baltimore

The Speech That Put Chuck Robb ahead of History on Gay Marriage

April 28, 2015 BY: Michael Cohen TOPICS: Additional Focus

Former Virginia Sen. Chuck Robb has been a long-time—if unlikely—trailblazer for gay equality. As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments today which will likely set the stage for a formal consitutional recognition of same-sex marriage, TCF fellow Michael Cohen discusses Robb's unwavering support for a civil rights issue that helped cost him his job roughly a decade and a half ago.

Just three years ago, only six U.S. states legally sanctioned such unions. Today the number is 37. Polls show that a solid majority of Americans support same-sex marriage, and Hillary Clinton is even notably pandering to gay voters.

It’s a far cry from two decades ago, when few politicians were willing to offer public support on the issue. One notable exception was an unlikely — and unsung — trailblazer for gay equality: former Virginia Sen. Chuck Robb.

Read Cohen's full article on Yahoo! Politics.

Tags: supreme court, marriage equality, civil rights

Clinton, Cruz, Paul Videos Sum Up the 2016 Race

April 18, 2015 BY: Michael Cohen TOPICS: Additional Focus

Hillary Clinton, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz have all released videos accompanying announcements of their presidential bids in 2016. TCF fellow Michael Cohen explains why these videos go a long way toward explaining the fundamental divide between Republicans and Democrats today and shed light on the contours of the election campaign to come.

We already saw these battle lines in 2012, but if the first few weeks of campaign 2016 are any indication, this election is going to be all about antigovernment populism versus old-fashioned economic populism.

Read Cohen's discussion of the three candidates' videos at the Boston Globe.

Tags: ted cruz, rand paul, presidential race, hillary clinton, boston globe

Hillary Clinton Must Be Careful Not to Alienate the Left: Expert

April 12, 2015 BY: Michael Cohen TOPICS: Additional Focus

Hillary Clinton enters the 2016 presidential race in a strong position for a nonincumbent. TCF fellow Michael Cohen reflects on Clinton's current standing and why she should avoid political stances that could distance her from constituencies on the left.

With strong turnout from key Democratic constituencies representing Hillary’s best hope for winning the White House, she should avoid taking stances that risk alienating liberals. The good thing for her is that it won’t be that hard to do.

Cohen's commentary can be found in the New York Daily News.

Tags: presidential race, hillary clinton, democrats

Out Loud: Northern Ireland’s Tenuous Peace

Earlier this month, TCF fellow Patrick Radden Keefe published a long-form feature story in the New Yorker on the I.R.A. and the period of turmoil in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles. Radden Keefe discussed his recent piece and his time spent in Belfast while researching the story.

There’s a common misconception in the United States, Keefe says, that the Irish conflict was largely resolved by the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. “I was really shocked,” he says, “when I spent time in Belfast for this story, to find a society that’s still really profoundly divided, and in which some of the terrible things that have happened in the past stubbornly refuse to stay in the past.”

Listen to Radden Keefe on the New Yorker's podcast, Out Loud.

Tags: patrick radden keefe, new yorker, ireland, ira


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