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 >>
Reflecting on the growing racial tensions in Ferguson, Missouri, Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin took to Twitter to call on men to mentor troubled youth.
Franklin tweeted that he has struggled to respond to the news that St. Louis County prosecutors would not be trying Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. But he finally broke his silence on the matter Tuesday evening.
In a series of tweets, the gospel recording artist urged men in Ferguson and nationwide to take a troubled child under their wings. "Imagine," he wrote "In Ferguson and across the country if every successful male embraced a young man from a less fortunate community (two times) a month (and) showed him what success looks like, smells like, checked on his grades, went to his game." more >>
Women's rights groups have slammed a recent speech by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who said at a women's conference that women and men are not equal "because their nature is different."
"Equality is turning the victim into an oppressor by force or vice versa. What women need is to be able to be equivalent, rather than equal, so it is justice. That is what we need," Erdogan said on Monday at an event in Istanbul organized by the Women and Democracy Association.
"You cannot bring women and men into equal positions; that is against nature because their nature is different." more >>
Fans of TLC's reality TV show "19 Kids and Counting" have created a petition to support the Christian family amid a push by LGBT activists to get the show canceled because Michelle Duggar campaigned against a pro-LGBT ordinance in her community.
In August, Michelle actively campaigned against an ordinance in Fayetteville, Arkansas, that would've prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. According to critics, the ordinance had several negative consequences, including allowing transgendered men, or men who identify as female, to use women's restrooms.
"In the past few days, liberal extremists have launched a full-scale attack on the Duggars, demanding that The Learning Channel cancel the Duggars' popular reality TV show," reads the pro-Duggar petition. more >>
Tens of thousands of pro-life supporters marched in Madrid on Saturday, threatening to throw the Spanish government out of office in the elections next year unless it moves forward with legislation restricting the controversial practice.
The demonstrators waved white flags with the slogan "Every life counts" as they marched through the capital, and started chants such as "Killers! Abortionists!" and "Yes to life, no to abortion," AFP reported.
The protests are aimed at the government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who had promised to tighten Spain's abortion laws when he was elected in 2011, but has so far failed to implement such a policy. A proposed plan to ban elective abrtions was shot down in September following opposition and dissent within Rajoy's Popular Party. more >>
Sixteen North Carolina judges have either resigned or retired after gay marriage became legal in the state last month when a judge ruled that an amendment to the state's constitution banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.
In October, U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn of Asheville struck down the ban and ruled the amendment unconstitutional in response to a Charlotte-based lawsuit.
Reports from the administrative office of the courts note that "between the ruling on Oct. 10 and the end of the month, 16 magistrates left their jobs, but the state wouldn't release why they left," Time Warner Cable News-Charlotte reports. more >>