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Why D.C. Should Take Youth Court Program Off Life Support

Why D.C. Should Take Youth Court Program Off Life Support

May 14, 2014 at 11:31 am

WASHINGTON POST 05/14/14 By Michael Shank The Youth Court of the District of Columbia, one of the only organizations dealing with juvenile delinquency in Washington, is currently on life support, writes Michael Shank, associate director of legislative affairs for the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Here’s his post about why […]

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In Afghanistan, End the Fighting and Stop the Meddling

In Afghanistan, End the Fighting and Stop the Meddling

October 21, 2013 at 9:09 am

WASHINGTON POST 10/18/13 By Michael Shank Regarding the Oct. 15 editorial “Afghanistan’s future”: Afghan President Hamid Karzai will ultimately favor a deal allowing a U.S. force to remain in Afghanistan after 2014 because he knows that the Kabul administration would otherwise fall within months of the United States pulling out. […]

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Does the U.S. Have a Moral Imperative in Syria?

Does the U.S. Have a Moral Imperative in Syria?

September 5, 2013 at 12:26 pm

WASHINGTON POST 09/05/13 By Michael Shank There are three fallacies floating around Washington regarding a war with Syria, rhetoric that has the potential to dangerously dictate how Congress will determine authorization.  A failure to address these fallacies, furthermore, puts us squarely on the cusp of another intractable war, one that […]

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Our Moral Obligations in Somalia

Our Moral Obligations in Somalia

August 19, 2013 at 8:58 am

WASHINGTON POST 08/19/13 By Michael Shank When pundits and politicos in Washington think of Somalia, the first thing they likely think of is al-Shabaab, the violent rebel group that sprung from the military wing of the Islamic Courts Union that once ran the country.  That’s especially true in light of […]

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Advertising Against Muslims? Not With My Tax Dollars

Advertising Against Muslims? Not With My Tax Dollars

August 2, 2013 at 9:02 am

WASHINGTON POST 08/02/13 By Michael Shank That the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or any other entity for that matter, thinks we can defeat terrorism through an advertising campaign has no clue about how to undermine extremism, let alone prevent, manage, or transform violence. Yet, the FBI took out bus ads […]

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Doing Away With Food Deserts in the District

Doing Away With Food Deserts in the District

May 17, 2013 at 11:42 pm

WASHINGTON POST 05/17/13 By Michael Shank It’s hard to believe that so many in America — over 50 million people — live in food insecurity.  This is the unfortunate reality all too common in Somalia or Pakistan, but America? What’s worse is that this food insecurity is most apparent in […]

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D.C.’s Separate and (Un)equal Driver’s License Plan

D.C.’s Separate and (Un)equal Driver’s License Plan

May 8, 2013 at 12:24 pm

WASHINGTON POST 05/08/13 By Michael Shank and Lindsay Schubiner Mayor Vincent C. Gray(D) proposed a bill last week that would permit undocumented District residents to acquire driver’s licenses and identification cards.  D.C. is the latest in a string of states that have taken similar steps in response to immigrant rights […]

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DC Public Schools: How to Keep Kids Out of Class, Not In

DC Public Schools: How to Keep Kids Out of Class, Not In

April 29, 2013 at 11:07 am

WASHINGTON POST 04/29/13 By Michael Shank and Allyson Mitchell A new report, released last week, suggests that DC Public Schools’ much lauded reform efforts are still failing to produce positive results for DC’s students.  Despite changes first championed by former Chancellor Michelle Rhee and now by Chancellor Kaya Henderson, the […]

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Immigration Debate: How DC Can Move the Conversation Forward

Immigration Debate: How DC Can Move the Conversation Forward

April 11, 2013 at 2:48 pm

WASHINGTON POST 04/10/13 By Michael Shank and Lindsay Schubiner On Wednesday, thousands of immigrants, documented and undocumented, will gather in Washington, D.C. to rally for comprehensive immigration reform, hoping to tip the scales of Congressional bipartisan support. The city’s Mayor Vince C. Gray (D), if he chooses, will have an […]

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Addressing DC’s Truancy Epidemic

Addressing DC’s Truancy Epidemic

March 27, 2013 at 2:27 pm

WASHINGTON POST 03/27/13 By Michael Shank and Allyson Mitchell With DC Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s call this month for educational equity across the District’s divide, there is a great opportunity to address one driver of this inequity: the high school truancy and chronic absenteeism, especially for students who attend schools east […]

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