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It’s not news that in 2019, just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, income inequality had reached the widest gap in more than half a century, according to the United States Census Bureau.

Sept. 11, 2001 started out just like any other morning. It was a Tuesday. I got up, gave thanks for another sunrise, got myself and my son (18 months old at the time) ready for the day and dropped him off at daycare — this was my routine since becoming a mother.

When I first moved to the Springs as a teenager in 1999, Powers Boulevard bordered rural land — there was the airport east of Drennan Road and a McDonald’s on Constitution Avenue; Dublin Boulevard marked the outskirts of town. This was well before the city was represented on any Top 10 lists…

A few months ago, I was accepted as a fellow with the Transformative Leadership for Change 2021 cohort, a statewide coalition specifically designed for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) leaders across the state.

This month, District 49 is set to push forward a resolution banning the teaching of Critical Race Theory in Falcon’s schools. If no public input comes by Aug. 4, given a 3-2 majority school board vote in July, expect the resolution to be adopted as is — perpetuating a complete rewrite of his…

Juneteenth was different this year. Indeed, there was an extra cause for celebration for those who have fought long and hard to gain national attention for the day. That finally happened June 17 as President Joe Biden signed a bill establishing a federal holiday recognizing the end of slaver…

Colorado Springs has been getting hotter. Climate change and subsequent extreme weather like drought and scorching-hot temperatures create prime conditions for both residential conflagrations and wildfires.

Last week marked the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder by officer Derek Chauvin of the Minneapolis Police Department. We’ve relived the horror of that day, watching minute by minute as Floyd’s life was choked out of him, on camera, in broad daylight.

Last month, my son lost one of his best friends to what was, according to acquaintances, an accidental fentanyl overdose. This has been devastating. It has also shown us that fentanyl is not a drug impacting “others” living “somewhere else.” It is as accessible to our kids as illicit substan…

A statewide survey conducted in December 2020 by Hunger Free Colorado, an organization seeking to end hunger through social and policy changes, found that 38 percent of Coloradans are food-insecure — double the percentage during the Great Recession. Colorado families with children have been …

The last 14 months of grief we have all experienced has at times felt insurmountable. People have lost loved ones, incomes, housing. And they’ve lost connection. Along with the pandemic, racial injustice and political tensions have escalated. Every day we expect to hear of another mass shoot…

In the space of a week, our country endured two mass shootings — one in Boulder and the other in Atlanta, Georgia. Although these shootings dominated headlines, CNN reported at least 20 mass shootings across the country in the two weeks following the spa shootings in Atlanta. They’re the stu…

This Valentine’s Day, as many of us were snuggled up indoors, an Arctic blast swept down through the nation. In Texas, millions went for days without power because of energy shortages, all while one of the state’s senators, Ted Cruz, was headed to enjoy a well-deserved vacation in sunny Canc…

This time last month, most of us were anticipating the move from 2020 to 2021. For obvious reasons (COVID-19 and its economic consequences, the expression of white supremacy, the murder of George Floyd, just to name a few) we hoped the new year would bring with it a magical restart.

In case you are still confused about the dangerous consequences of white nationalism and white supremacy running unchecked, refer to the violence at the United States Capitol that took place on Jan. 6, 2021. 

A few years ago, a friend and I were having a conversation about selling his farmland. It had been a dream come true when he acquired the little over 5 acres he owns, a place where he raises goats and chickens, and grows vegetables. As for selling, I remember saying, “Please don’t; you can’t…

Despite historic voter turnout and Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 presidential election, white supremacy — on its deathbed — is still hanging on. President Donald Trump and his enablers have used age-old suppression tactics to try to disenfranchise thousands of voters through frivolous lawsuits…

By the time this column is published, what is being largely referred to as the most important Election Day in U.S. history will have come and gone. Whether the results of this election will be clear is still a mystery as of this writing. But here’s what’s important: A week prior to the elect…

Back in 2018, I showed up to a Colorado Springs City Council meeting in support of the Indigenous community, which was petitioning Council to make Indigenous People’s Day a permanent resolution, thereby abolishing Columbus Day. Protests against Columbus Day have been occurring for decades, a…

Back in March, when it was clear COVID-19 was a thing and would be with us for quite some time, forward-thinkers began examining the processes needed to ensure voters (in the midst of a pandemic) would have the ability and the access to vote in the general election. Democrats have pushed for…

Recently, my kids and I took a trip to Utah to visit some family we haven’t seen in a few years. While there — and after a few games of basketball with siblings in desert heat and dense wildfire smoke — my son had what appeared to be an asthma attack. He was about to pass out, seeing spots, …

Late last month, as the moratorium on evictions through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act expired, so did a temporary protection for one-third of the nation’s renters. Millions of Americans are now facing houselessness. According to a recent Aspen Institut…

In just a few short weeks the 2020-2021 school year will begin. As parents pore over their districts’ recently released “return to learn” plans (many of which have been in the works since spring), there is still an incredible uncertainty as COVID-19 infections skyrocket toward 5 million case…

There’s an episode of Chappelle’s Show that captures the problem with some folks right now. On the classic sketch comedy show, comedian Dave Chappelle played a juror in celebrity cases where he vehemently denied the celebrities’ involvement in crimes they committed.

In response to the police brutality captured on video May 25 in Minneapolis, a fire of righteous indignation has exploded into a global justice movement for Black lives. In efforts to quell the anger, federal, state and city governments have moved quickly to adopt legislation requiring more …

There is a shift happening globally, and it is time to address it. A recent poll conducted by Monmouth University revealed that 76 percent of Americans believe that “racial and ethnic discrimination is a big problem for the United States.” This message is to white folx: We need you, but in t…

The Jetsons, a 1960s cartoon, followed a high-tech family, who lived high enough above the clouds to dwell with aliens, but not necessarily their neighbors. A trip next door would require them to teleport or travel by flying car. Everything they needed was ordered through numerous devices de…

May is national Mental Health Month, and seasonally it’s one of the best times of the year to address depression: The sun is shining, flowers and crops are poking through the soil, birds are chirping. But this year, spring is overshadowed as we strive to be resilient in the midst of a pandem…

Recently I struck up a conversation with a group of women who work at an extended-stay hotel here in Colorado Springs. Curious about employment during this pandemic — when people aren’t traveling as much, and more than 26 million Americans are unemployed — I asked if their work has slowed do…