Darren Wilson is ready to resign from the Ferguson police force following the decision not to indict him on any charges for the death of Michael Brown in August. The grand jury decision not to indict the officer sparked renewed protests in Ferguson as well as major cities across the country.
Neil Bruntrager, Wilson's lawyer, spoke to CNN Wednesday about Wilson's plans to leave the police force after six years as a cop.
"It's not a question of if, it's a question of when. He's on paid leave, and there are discussions that are going on right now to separate from the department in an amicable fashion," the attorney told CNN. "Realistically, he can't go back to being a police officer...There's no illusion about any of this. But it's the way in which he leaves ... that's important to him on different levels." more >>
Chris Brown is identifying with slain teenager Michael Brown, who was fatally shot in an altercation with Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in August.
After a grand jury ruled that they would not indict Wilson on any charges for the fatal shooting of the 18-year-old this week, the United States has been filled with protests in multiple cities and states. While many celebrities have spoken out on the issue, the 25-year-old singer indicated that he related to the events that have taken place.
In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Wilson said Michael Brown became violent towards him. more >>
A historic number of America's youth – 2.5 million children – are homeless according to a report recently released by the National Center on Family Homelessness. These children, the report shows, are victims of a number of variables that contribute to homelessness including single motherhood, racial disparities and low household incomes.
The report, based on data compiled from the U.S. Department of Education and the Census Bureau, reveals that many of the nation's homeless children are on the verge of losing their housing, don't have a fixed residence, are living in places not designated for human beings, or are living in some kind of temporary housing. Many homeless children's circumstances are tied to problems plaguing their families.
According to the report, "Poverty rates are highest for families headed by single women, particularly if they are Black or Hispanic." more >>
Depression affects nearly 14.8 million people in the United States. Karl Benzio, founder of the addiction and mental health counseling helpline the Lighthouse Network, said depression and loneliness can be heightened during the holiday season.
"It's a lot easier for us to remember and connect those past traumas to significant events like holidays or a birthday or anniversary," said the Christian psychiatrist. Those traumatic connections are especially common during the winter season, Benzio said, because "since there are a bunch of holidays that occur in a row, it's very easy to attach those traumatic experience to holiday experiences, giving us a heightened alert system or defense system as those holiday come around the corner."
Benzio believes those prone to loneliness, isolation, depression or anger during this time of year can benefit from a range of therapies from talk therapy to medication. His non-profit Lighthouse Network links individuals struggling with addictions or psychological and emotional problems to counseling, rehabilitation centers, and psychiatric care facilities. However he also believes in the power of God's word and the impact Christian principles such as forgiveness can have on the hurting. more >>
For some Native Americans, Thanksgiving is a time of mourning, for the meeting between the pilgrims and the Wampanoag began a series of events that led to many tribes being wiped out. But for one Native American pastor, the observance is not a source of historical mourning or regret, rather he celebrated the occasion since a youth growing up on a Virginia reservation.
Ernest Custalow, pastor at Grace Church of Fredericksburg, told The Christian Post that he recalled celebrating Thanksgiving as a child on the Mattiponi reservation. Part of this tradition involved providing a deer and a turkey to officially give to the governor of Virginia to pay their state taxes, a custom that remains to the modern day.
"The way we paid taxes was to kill a deer and turkey to give to the governor of Virginia. We still do that," said Custalow, adding that, "I grew up hunting for the governor." more >>
It is Thanksgiving, one of the major holidays in the United States. Below are four points of interest regarding the development of the observance, on the last Thursday in November, and the practices therein.
Thanksgiving Used to Happen Any Time
The modern concept of Thanksgiving dates back centuries, deriving from religious traditions in Europe. more >>