Republicans need to break with racism- this is not my party

Republicans need to break with racism- this is not my party

What happened in Charlottesville, VA was not Republican. The violent march was not conservative, and the assembly of outlandish bigots cannot even be fairly described as right-wing. What the participants of the “Unite the Right” rally can be fairly described as is racist—ignorant, poisonous racists. And it’s extremely important that members of the GOP call them out for what they are, because the Republican party needs to rid itself of the deadly toxin that is white supremacy...

Adopting a child in Alabama

Adopting a child in Alabama

In Alabama, there are several adoption agencies that have hundreds of kids in need of a home. Adoption is always an option for all individuals, but it is most common in older couples and couples struggling with infertility. Kids that are adopted typically live happy, well-adjusted lives. However, children over the age of nine have a significantly lower chance of being adopted. According to the North American Council on Adoptable Children, 398 kids aged out of the system without a legal family in 2012. This means almost 400 kids were sent out into the world on their own without anyone to help them; without anyone to guide them through life’s challenges...

Opioid deaths in Alabama on the rise

Opioid deaths in Alabama on the rise

As of 2016, there has been more than 200 heroin or fentanyl related deaths in Jefferson County alone, and the amount of people that have died from fentanyl has more than doubled in the last two years. The “Gray Death” has plagued states such as Alabama, Georgia, and Ohio, killing hundreds of people a week. Gray Death is a mix of heroin, fentanyl, elephant tranquilizer, and a synthetic opioid that can kill a person with a single dose.

Mental Healthcare in Alabama

Mental Healthcare in Alabama

With healthcare being debated in Washington, it’s important to remember those that truly rely on others’ support. There are currently zero public mental health facilities in Alabama yet the state legislature was willing to borrow $845 million dollars for four substandard prisons. According to mentalhealthamerica.net, Alabama ranks 46th out of all 50 states and the District of Columbia meaning they have a higher prevalence of mental illness and lower access to proper and affordable care.