Helping prevent suicide, this month and every month

Of all the special days in September—including Labor Day, Grandparents Day and even Cheese Pizza Day—there is one that is especially important to me. September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day, an annual day of awareness events around the world. This day (and month, as September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month) hits close to home for the families of the 38,000 Americans who die of suicide each year, and for the many more people who have attempted suicide. Three years ago, my family became one of those grieving families.

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Working-class white voters manipulated by Trump

In 1945, members of the “Greatest Generation” helped establish Roosevelt University as a place of equality and opportunity. Many of them were white and working class, a demographic that, 70 years later, is being exploited to great effect by Donald Trump, a candidate few would align with Roosevelt’s enduring mission of social justice. How did this happen?

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A small-town student learns a new way in Chicago

When I came to Roosevelt, I had never heard the term “social justice” in my life, and I was not used to living in the city. I grew up on 40 acres in a tiny town in Michigan called Laingsburg, population 1,200. In Laingsburg, it’s not unusual to see a cow or turkey crossing the street. It’s about as far from Chicago as you can get, even if it’s only a few hours’ drive away.

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