Laura Finley

Laura Finley as Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. She is syndicated by PeaceVoice. Laura is a member of Amnesty International USA's Board of Directors.

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Monday, December 2, 2013 - 6:50am
The Importance of the Safe Schools Improvement Act
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) youth are among the most vulnerable to bullying and harassment, both in and out of schools. The Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) conducts a biennial National School Climate Survey in which they measure how frequently bullying of LGBT students occurs in schools and the responses to it. The 2011 survey includes responses from 8,584 students between the ages of 13 and 20. Students were from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and from 3,224 unique school districts.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 8:09am
Disagreement without the Hate
Disagreement is an essential component of a healthy relationship, a healthy workplace, and a healthy democracy. Much research documents the dangers of surrounding ourselves with so-called “yes men” who always concur. Workplace echo chambers stifle innovation and reify bad policy decisions. Disagreement stimulates creative thinking and prompts innovation.
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Monday, October 21, 2013 - 7:00am
In Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples
Last I heard, contracts negotiated between two consenting and capable parties are supposed to be binding, with repercussions if one party violates what has been agreed upon and codified into a legal document. That is, of course, unless it is the state entering into such agreements with indigenous peoples.
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Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 9:59am
Oh, Florida, You Really Are the “Worst State”
In case you’ve been in a cave or on Mars, here’s the update: In response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin, The Daily Show host John Oliver dubbed Florida “the worst state,” citing the state’s broken laws. As a Floridian for eight years, I say Oliver couldn’t be more right. Much attention has been paid to the state’s asinine Stand Your Ground law, which Oliver described as cut and pasted from 1880s Tombstone. That is just the start of it, however.
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Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 1:31pm
Imagine if We Were Number One
No, not number one in military spending (which we are). Not number one in incarceration rates (which we are as well). What if, instead of these things, the U.S. became hyper-focused on becoming the most peaceful nation on earth?
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Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 2:04pm
Letting Murderers Go Free
Breaking News: In Florida, a murderer has made public his plans to kill three individuals in the next six weeks. If all goes according to his plan, Elmer Carroll will die on May 29th, William Van Poyk will die on June 12th, and Marshal Gore will die on June 24th.
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 12:27pm
International Workers Day: A Reminder of US Progress on Workers' Rights
May 1 is International Workers Day. It is a day to be reminded that “just and favorable” work conditions, “equal pay for equal work,” workplaces “free of discrimination,” and “protection against unemployment” are fundamental human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Unfortunately, May 1st is a day to recognize the many ways the U.S fails to enact the human right to work.
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Sunday, December 23, 2012 - 10:44am
Building a Peaceful Future for Our Children
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Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 10:46am
Human Rights are Everyone’s Law
Imagine your livelihood is farming. You grow a variety of products that have sustained you and your family for generations. Then imagine that the army decides to erect a long fence that blocks you from accessing your farm. They say you will be able to get a permit to enter your own land, but when you apply you are denied. The only person they will give the permit to is your elderly father, who cannot possible tend the land as needed and support the family. Already poor, your future is grim.
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