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Elizabeth Evans
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Elizabeth Evans has spent her 25 year career as an advocate for a better, fairer and more productive America. She's worked as a courtroom lawyer, campaign organizer, issue advocate and policy wonk. Elizabeth founded New Voice Strategies to bring the silent majority back into the public square and help end the cycle of spin that's infected our world. New Voice Strategies is a one of a kind nonprofit that combines the best of old fashion community organizing with the newest innovations in market research. Elizabeth is a mother of 2 teenagers and a partisan Chicago White Sox fan.

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Luck Not Merit: Inequality and Opportunity in America Today

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 11:17 AM

I am a grumpy Pollyanna. And, this summer, the world is giving me lots of reasons to be grumpy. Gridlock and political posturing have consumed Washington. The Middle East is erupting on 12 fronts. Europe is caught in another round of East/West machination. Our moral compass is wildly turning as...

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Why I Am Illiterate in Math & How Public Education Can Fix It

(3) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 11:42 AM

I read the New York Times Magazine cover story about Americans' struggle with math, with special appreciation: I stink at math. I always thought my problems were a result of my unfortunate timing as a pre Title IX child. At a superficial read, I guess it's good to know the...

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Common Sense Missing in Debate on American Public Education

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 11:48 AM

A recent New York Times article on Common Core uniform standards to help raise the bar on what we want our students to achieve had me mesmerized and agitated. Experiencing the Common Core roll out through the eyes of nine-year-old Chrispin, his mother, and a teacher is the...

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Post Bureaucratic Stress Disorder: An Epidemic Not Cured with Departure of Secretary Shinseki

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 7:59 PM

Jon Stewart riffed on Post Bureaucratic Stress Disorder in a rant about the Department of Veterans Affairs' failure to give veterans the timely access to health care they need and we've committed to provide. Soon after, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki followed the long honored Cabinet official fall guy...

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Numbers Don't Lie, People Lie with the Numbers

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 5:11 PM

About five years ago, I asked the head of my children's school how well standardized tests work. He responded with this question: How will you use the results? That will tell you how well the test works. Pretty informative answer.

In April, the American Statistical Association released...

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Elections Don't Matter

(1) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 4:00 PM

In our nano-second news cycle, message-tested-to-death public square, we place too much importance on the meaning of election outcomes. On the May 18 NBC Meet the Press, the pundits were talking mid-term elections. Chuck Todd observed that malaise and apathy were sweeping the electorate. He opined that "the...

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Reducing Gun Violence Isn't a Lost Cause

(149) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 4:26 AM

I've seen real people have reasonable conversations about guns in America. I've even seen people who support gun ownership agree with those who don't, on some basic changes to how we provide access to guns in our country.

Not long after the Sandy Hook tragedy, I had the opportunity to...

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Theda Good, Lesbian Mennonite Minister, Licensed In Denver, A First Step Towards Gay Ordination

(45) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 9:55 AM

(RNS) On Sunday (Feb. 2), a Denver congregation of Mennonites licensed the first lesbian in a committed same-sex relationship, the first step toward ordination.

Theda Good’s licensure was celebrated by some Mennonite Church USA clergy and greeted with dismay by others.

Good was licensed for ministry as pastor of nurture...

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Humankind Water: T. J. Foltz, Entrepreneur, Sees Hope For Clean Water On Wal-Mart Shelves

(134) Comments | Posted June 17, 2012 | 8:42 AM

PHILADELPHIA (RNS) T.J. Foltz has a recipe to help the world's poor: Take one part entrepreneurship, one part social media savvy and one part faith-based motivation. Fold in the world's largest retailer.

Then add water.

If every American spent $10 per year on his Humankind Water -- less than they...

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