Shell Shocked

[Photos] ‘Shell Shocked’ Documents Violence in New Orleans

It’s easier to get a gun than a textbook in New Orleans, America’s murder capital. ‘Shell-Shocked’ — a movie filled with violence, death and schoolroom chaos — stunned the young Bronx audience in New York. A New Orleans teen pleads “I really do not, do not want to die young! I do no want to stay here because I don’t want to die.”

Only 15 States Have Drug Amnesty Laws to Protect Overdosers, Friends

Tanya and Taylor Smith

Georgia is the 15th U.S. state to pass a law ensuring those who call 911 in case of an overdose will not face criminal charges. These so-called Good Sam laws, the first of which was passed in New Mexico in 2001, aim to save lives by getting medical help, not criminal charges, for someone who has overdosed. The laws also protect the friend who calls 911 and stays with the person. Continue Reading →

Bronx Teens ‘Shell-Shocked’ by New Orleans Violence

Local resident

NEW YORK — The two dozen teenagers who have met on the creaking second floor of Renaissance Center to watch a movie together one night in March are no strangers to their share of street violence. The Renaissance Center features a recording studio, replete with a drum set, a collection of electric and acoustic guitars, a row of microphones, and golden curtains for a backdrop. The teens come to perform songs they have written and composed about their life on the forlorn streets of the South Bronx, one of the poorest congressional districts in the country. Continue Reading →

Federal Spending on Kids to Increase Only 2 Percent Over Next Decade

Kids' Share 2013 — Urban Institute

It's a dramatic change that puts at risk "not only the well-being of our children but the well-being of the nation as a whole," according to a recently released report. Although total federal spending is projected to increase an extraordinary 41 percent over the next 10 years, federal spending on children's programs will increase just 2 percent over the same decade. That's a sharp decline from the 10 percent increase in spending on kids between 2003 and 2013. So where is all that money going? Continue Reading →