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Alan Khazei

Entries by Alan Khazei

This Memorial Day Is a Call Upon Our Next President and Congress, Too

(2) Comments | Posted May 30, 2016 | 12:26 AM

Each year on Memorial Day, we honor the brave soldiers who gave their lives to protect our nation and its core values.

Today is a chance for us to remember that these men and women passed away defending America's values of liberty, equality, democracy and service. This year, let...

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MLK Jr. Day of Service 2016: A Call to Service for the Presidential Election

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 9:00 AM

Each year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day serves as a reminder of the great Dr. King's legacy of service. On this "day on, not a day off," Americans across the country come together in civic solidarity to serve our communities as part of something greater than ourselves.

In two...

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Service Can Unite Us to Fulfill Dr. King's Vision of a Beloved Community

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 7:48 AM

Today, we pay tribute to the legacy and memory of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by coming together to make a difference in our communities through service. This "day on, not a day off" is a chance to honor King's selfless dedication to our nation's long battle for...

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National Service Now

(5) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 9:51 AM

This week, we remember both the tragedy of 9/11 and the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps. In the aftermath of 9/11, millions of Americans stepped forward to serve their country -- some in the military, others in the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps or the new Citizen Corps for disaster response, and many...

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The Power of a Service Year

(1) Comments | Posted June 7, 2014 | 3:30 PM

This week, on the heels of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, 400 leaders from every sector of American life gathered there to rededicate themselves and the country to what Lincoln called "our unfinished work." America could use a civic shot in the arm.

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An America That Asks: 'Where Will You Do Your Service Year?'

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 8:16 AM

Imagine if one day soon in our country, when a young person turns 18 the most common question they are asked is: "Where will you do your service year?" And they enthusiastically respond: "The Army. AmeriCorps. The Navy. The Peace Corps. The Marines. Fema Corps. The Air Force. Teach For...

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The Time to Succeed Is Now

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2012 | 3:32 PM

Almost 25 years ago, I co-founded City Year because I believed that we needed fundamentally new approaches to solving problems in our cities and schools. The entrepreneurial spirit that propels new businesses forward can also drive change in our civic life -- we have seen it happen time and time...

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Honoring Sargent Shriver

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2011 | 7:41 AM

On behalf of Be the Change, Service Nation and OpportunityNation, I would like to express our deep condolences on the passing of R. Sargent Shriver, as well as our great appreciation for the invaluable contributions and extraordinary leadership he provided to both the service and anti-poverty movements; the pillars of...

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Helping People Be 'Big Citizens'

(1) Comments | Posted November 8, 2010 | 1:00 PM

When Harry Truman was leaving the White House, he said he wasn't leaving the highest office of the land, he was assuming the highest office -- that of citizen. We need to look at what's driving change in America and around the world today: the energy, idealism and innovation of...

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Bolstering the Economy by Serving the Common Good

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2010 | 4:41 PM

By John Bridgeland and Alan Khazei

Congress and the Administration are casting about for answers to address our flagging job market, yet an answer came to them nearly one year ago. The bipartisan Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, signed into law on April 21, 2009, has put more Americans...

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A New Approach for Afghanistan

(15) Comments | Posted November 17, 2009 | 9:21 AM

As a candidate for Senate in Massachusetts, I've argued that we need a new politics, a new agenda and a fundamentally new approach for how we solve our problems.

I've said that we need Big Citizenship, instead of the tired debate between Big Government vs. Big Business.

Throughout the campaign,...

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A New Patriotism

(110) Comments | Posted April 21, 2009 | 8:54 AM

Today, President Obama, who inspired us all with his pledge to "make service a cause of my Presidency" will sign the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. This legislation, which Obama boldly called for in his February Address to Congress, is a milestone for the service movement, and the largest...

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The Service Solution

(10) Comments | Posted September 28, 2008 | 10:08 PM

By Alan Khazei and John Bridgeland

Friday night, Senators McCain and Obama began the first of three debates to highlight their approaches to many of our society's most chronic problems: the economic crisis, Iraq, widening health care and income gaps; a high school dropout epidemic; energy and environmental...

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Enough with the "Money Primary" Let's Move on to the Big Ideas Primary

(24) Comments | Posted April 7, 2007 | 4:53 PM

This past week, the political establishment has been obsessing over who "won" and who "lost" stage one of the so-called "money primary." But the first incumbent-free presidential election in 55 years should first and foremost be about ideas and leadership. Money buys organization, but voters want a candidate prepared to...

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