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COVID Masks Child Abuse

Since the introduction of “shelter in place” measures here and around the country, child welfare systems have reported a significant decline in child abuse reports. A recent article in the Los Angeles Times noted the trend here in Los Angeles…

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The violence cannot be ignored

School shootings have become commonplace. They have averaged a little more than one a week since the beginning of 2018, 21 in total. Often the suggested remedy to such unspeakable violence is more funding for mental health services, greater security,…

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Why this event is a time for action

By Joseph M. Costa, Hillsides President and CEO Students at Hillsides Education Center (HEC) commemorated the one-month anniversary of the Parkland, Florida shooting in solidarity with students from across the country with a memorial that recalled those who perished that…

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How Do We Respond to Violence Broken by the Cries of a Child?

The summer and fall have been one of considerable unrest and violence throughout many parts of the country. Most recently, a police shooting here in Pasadena generated a mostly peaceful public demonstration, highlighting the tensions that exist in our community….

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A call to end the violence

Like many, the recent tragedy in Orlando, Florida left me shocked, saddened, and immobilized to some extent. But as my first emotions have yielded to grief and commemoration, the reality of the seemingly endless gun-related violence is sinking in. The…

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