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Bustos is vying to keep her seat in Illinois’ 17th District, facing Republican Bobby Schilling – a former congressman who she beat in 2012. Bustos – the first woman elected in the District – has supported raising the minimum wage earlier this year and has campaigned to get health care and good-paying jobs for veterans. Bustos is an original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Do what you say you’re going to do. Follow through. Exceed expectations. 
Reputations matter, in politics and in every field. You want to be known as someone who can be trusted to get things done and stick to your word.

          -  Cheri Bustos

Bustos is vying to keep her seat in Illinois’ 17th District, facing Republican Bobby Schilling – a former congressman who she beat in 2012. Bustos – the first woman elected in the District – has supported raising the minimum wage earlier this year and has campaigned to get health care and good-paying jobs for veterans. Bustos is an original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Do what you say you’re going to do. Follow through. Exceed expectations. 

Reputations matter, in politics and in every field. You want to be known as someone who can be trusted to get things done and stick to your word.

          -  Cheri Bustos

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Several artists and festival-goers expressed solidarity with Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and other alleged victims of police brutality at the 10th annual Afropunk Fest at Berry Commodore Park on Aug. 23 and Aug. 24. 

Born out of Michael Spooner and Matthew Morgan’s 2003 documentary, Afropunk (which chronicled the black misfits who loved punk but felt like outsiders within a predominately white crowd), the festival has become a symbol of unconventional and multicultural identities in New York.

Now what we’re seeing is ‘hands up don’t shoot,’ the whole hoodies up marches, and social media campaigns after Trayvon Martin’s unfortunate death, is that young people are interested in creating change.

           - Professor Robin Hayes, Progressive Pupil 

Mary Burke made history when she became the first woman nominated by a major party for governor in Wisconsin. The latest poll out of Marquette Law School shows her in a dead heat against her Republican opponent, incumbent Scott Walker, at 47% to 46%. Burke previously served as Wisconsin secretary of commerce, and before that, worked for her family’s business, Trek Bicycle, now an international company. 

We need women in politics. I believe diversity and representation of many different points of view is critically important. Women’s voices need to be heard on every issue, but most especially on those that are directly related to our personal healthcare decisions and our equality.

Mary Burke 

Mary Burke made history when she became the first woman nominated by a major party for governor in Wisconsin. The latest poll out of Marquette Law School shows her in a dead heat against her Republican opponent, incumbent Scott Walker, at 47% to 46%. Burke previously served as Wisconsin secretary of commerce, and before that, worked for her family’s business, Trek Bicycle, now an international company. 

We need women in politics. I believe diversity and representation of many different points of view is critically important. Women’s voices need to be heard on every issue, but most especially on those that are directly related to our personal healthcare decisions and our equality.

Mary Burke 

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Family, friends at funeral remember Michael Brown

Ron Davis, the father of Jordan Davis, a black teen who was unarmed when he was fatally shot in Florida two years ago, arrived with Cephus Johnson, the uncle of Oscar Grant, who was killed by a police officer in Oakland, California, on New Year’s Day in 2009. Film director Spike Lee, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Missouri lawmakers Claire McCaskill and Maria Chappelle-Nadal were among those in attendance.

Lucy Flores was born into an impoverished family of 13 children, abandoned by her mother in grade school, fell into a gang, was sentenced to youth prison and dropped out of high school. Now, she’s a lawyer and legislator, and currently running for lieutenant governor of Nevada. 

"As you know, I don’t have the typical background of most politicians. I think it’s important to keep in mind that no matter your past, it is possible to change your future. I realized that education was the key to my future and I had incredible mentors in my life who encouraged me along the way. I encourage young women to seek out their dreams and find people to support them in their pursuits."

- Lucy Flores #Women2014

Lucy Flores was born into an impoverished family of 13 children, abandoned by her mother in grade school, fell into a gang, was sentenced to youth prison and dropped out of high school. Now, she’s a lawyer and legislator, and currently running for lieutenant governor of Nevada. 

"As you know, I don’t have the typical background of most politicians. I think it’s important to keep in mind that no matter your past, it is possible to change your future. I realized that education was the key to my future and I had incredible mentors in my life who encouraged me along the way. I encourage young women to seek out their dreams and find people to support them in their pursuits."

- Lucy Flores #Women2014

Who could Mike Brown have become?

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FERGUSON, Missouri Michael Brown never made it to his first day of college. He never wore his student ID badge through the doors of the tech school here, never saw the syllabus outlining his first class. He had dreams of mastering a trade, becoming an electrician to heat and cool spaces. Maybe one day he’d even open up his own business.

Brown was just two days away from his first class at Vatterott College when he was shot dead by a police officer in the middle of the street. As the community roils over Brown’s death and his family mourns, students at the tech school Brown was supposed to attend are left wondering: Who could Mike Brown have been?

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