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Thumbs Up — It's Your Government, Get Involved!

Attention all procrastinators: The deadline for voter registration is upon us! Columbus Day will buy you one extra day, but next Tuesday is the final day to embrace your civic responsibility or quit bitching about incompetent politicians and witless budgeting. Several indicators underscore our state's woeful laziness, even among a nation of couch potatoes. Indiana: We are not as entrenched in self-righteous, right-wing rhetoric as we'd have the rest of the nation believe. We are capable of intelligent discussion and meaningful compromise if we have the willing leaders in place. Please don't abdicate your part in the policy-making process. Get registered and make your voice heard!

Thumbs Up — Rainbow Children Rising

New census numbers confirm what we can see on the streets. The skin tone of Indiana is exhibiting greater diversity. From 2000 to 2010, the number of Hoosiers identifying themselves to the Census Bureau as being of more than one race increased by 92 percent, to 107,618 from 55,926. By comparison, the state's overall population grew about 7 percent during the same period. Among Indiana's single-race populations, Asians grew at the fastest rate, 74 percent, followed by Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders and American Indian/Alaskan Natives, who expanded by 47 and 48 percent respectively. Whites still represent 87 percent of Indiana's population of 6.5 million, but they represent the slowest-growing segment of Hoosierdom. Blacks, which represent 9 percent of the population, expanded their representation at a 17 percent rate. Across Indianapolis, race-relations conversation circles are getting underway "with a goal of creating understanding and commitment to address both individual and structural racism through dialogue and action." If you're ready to confront the insidious harm of racism in our community and build bridges to a more cooperative and connected society, contact the Indianapolis Neighbrohood Resource Center's Amy Tompkins at atompkins@inrc.org or (317) 920-0330 ext. 106 and get involved!

Thumbs Up — High Fivin' the Fever

Though the Atlanta Dream killed Indy's dreams of championship glory this year, the Fever deserve mad props for earning the No. 1 seed in Eastern Conference Finals despite losing their starting point guard early in the season. And we love kick-ass shooting guard Tamika Catchings, who won her first-ever WNBA MVP award. Good luck on nursing the ankle injury you sustained in the recent elimination game, Tamika. Thanks for a great season, Fever. Can't wait to see what you bring next year!

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