FERGUSON COMMENTARY: If We Bend Not Our Energies

LISTEN TO SHARON DAVIES COMMENTARY ON WOSU’S ALL SIDES “. . . the hands of none of us are clean if we bend not our energies to righting these great wrongs.”  –W.E.B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk   The nation’s focus on the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in  Ferguson, Missouri confers yet another opportunity … Continue reading »

FERGUSON COMMENTARY: If We Bend Not Our Energies

A More Perfect Union—Responding to the President’s Call to Action on Stand Your Ground

The President has called today for thoughtful collective action in the wake of the tragic death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of the man who took his life. The Kirwan Institute looks forward to working with our partners across the nation to examine the impacts of “Stand Your Ground” laws, and to build … Continue reading »

A More Perfect Union—Responding to the President’s Call to Action on Stand Your Ground

Food Stamps are Vital to Lifting People Out of Poverty

By Sharon Davies, Executive Director, published in the Columbus Dispatch, It is almost impossible to fathom what constituents were being represented when the House voted to unhitch the nation’s food stamp program (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) from the farm bill, undoing the compromise that has long ensured the passage of both pieces of legislation. … Continue reading »

Food Stamps are Vital to Lifting People Out of Poverty

Fisher and the Hidden Crisis of Black Male Collegians

By Sharon Davies, Executive Director, The Court’s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas defied the expectations of many commentators and pundits who had broadly predicted in the weeks before the decision that the Court would abandon the standards established in Grutter.  It did not.  If anything, the Court reinforced that precedent by returning the … Continue reading »

Fisher and the Hidden Crisis of Black Male Collegians

QUICK BLOG: U.S. Supreme Court to Take Up Michigan’s Proposal 2

By Sharon Davies, The Supreme Court’s decision to review the Sixth Circuit’s decision in the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action case is a bit surprising. On the one hand, it is not unusual for the Court to agree to review a decision that has created a split of opinion between 2 federal circuit courts on the same legal … Continue reading »

QUICK BLOG: U.S. Supreme Court to Take Up Michigan’s Proposal 2