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How Women Became Citizens (Hint: It Didn't Happen Overnight!)

Ellen Chesler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ellen Chesler

We women must either speak up more passionately and reclaim our own historical agency by overturning recent injustices, or we condemn our daughters to refight the very battles we once had every reason to think we had won.

You Can't Kill an Idea

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Koehler

Our whole approach to security is built around the assumption that you can kill an idea. Guns, brutality, coercion: This is the common wisdom.

What We Can Lean From the Census About Redistricting

Ray Suarez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ray Suarez

Luis Gutierrez is proud Puerto Rican congressman. But does he need a district with an overwhelming majority of Latino voters created so he can win? Here's where it gets complicated.

When a Jerk Blames the Internet for Being a Jerk

Crystal Syben Haidl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Crystal Syben Haidl

This is a story of two Jerks -- and It unfolds the necessarily complex navigation between privacy, first amendment rights, and accountable practices on the Internet.

Martin, Mandela and the Mahatma in Tahrir Square

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Benjamin R. Barber

Non-violence is by no means an obvious tactic in the Middle East. The courageous women and men who faced down Mubarak with the cry "peaceful! peaceful!" proved there is an alternative.

Does Immigration Reform Have a Marketing Problem?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cubias

Instead of pointing out how unfair our policies are -- which is true but a loser's lament -- immigration-reform advocates need to make it clear that a massive-deportation philosophy will cost money.

Truths and Untruths About the Constitutional Origins of Birthright Citizenship

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

As Americans and our elected leaders engage in debate over immigration and the constitutional guarantee of citizenship at birth, we should all agree that misleading statements history do not help.

Is Immigration Reform the New Civil Rights Movement?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cubias

many social movements of the last few decades have attempted to appropriate this term as their own. Among the latest to claim the power of the civil rights movement are those who advocate for immigration reform.

Does A Physically Active Lifestyle Make Better Citizens?

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Is it possible that political engagement is just another form of movement and energy and physical activity? Could something as simple as an active lifestyle explain good and bad citizenship?

Cyber-Intelligence -- Restore the Republic of "Of, By, and For"

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Steele

This week's book post, Infinite Wealth for All, set the stage for this week's Politics post, which focuses on The New Craft of Cyber-Intelligence -- a...

Frog 6 Guidance for 2010-2020

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Steele

From Virtual Secretary of Defense Purpose The purpose of this memorandum is to establish priorities for my strategic objectives through 2012 and p...

Diversity of Voices & Values

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Robert David Steele

Here is a list of books to demonstrate that America does not lack for authentic, coherent, integral voices and values -- right now it lacks for honest leadership.

100 Reasons for a Christmas Miracle

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Advent is a season of hope. The DREAM Act has been before Congress for the past 10 years. The time for waiting is over. It is time for the Senate to give hope and a future to hundreds of thousands of other DREAMers across the US.

DREAMing of Citizenship: An Interview with Gaby Pacheco

Daniel Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Altschuler

With the House passing the DREAM (Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act last Wednesday and the Senate set to vote on it as soon as th...

A Citizen's Reflections on Race, Violence and Power

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Boaz

Originally published on December 16, 2007 at In recognition of International Human Rights Day, upcoming on December 10th. Three ye...

Immigrant Students Give Blood To Show Citizenship

AP | RUSSELL CONTRERAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

BOSTON — Immigrant advocates have staged sit-ins, held rallies and gone on hunger strikes in recent days in an 11th hour bid to get Congress to ...

The Midterm Elections And True Leadership

Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski

A true leader sees the responsibility of leadership as asking hard questions and forcing people out of their comfort zone. We need to see clearly as citizens that going through significant discomfort will be the only path to the change we deserve.

Elections Got You Down?

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

In a season of political discontent -- trivialities and distractions, renewed culture wars and the rebirth of regressive impulses -- these books remind us what is really at stake in political participation and democratic tension.

Crashing the Tea Party Joyride

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

The Tea Party has pointed out how absent we've been in building a common narrative about modern American citizenship. But the American people long for a novel, not a sitcom. It's time for the rest of us to step up.

How Immigration Reform Got Caught in the Deportation Dragnet

Seth Freed Wessler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Seth Freed Wessler

This is the sort of human story that lies behind the deportation numbers the Obama administration bragged about this week. The indiscriminate deportation machine is undercutting the promise of reform.

New 2010 Voting-Eligible Population Estimates Available

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

Perhaps the most interesting trend in these statistics is that the non-citizen population of the United States is growing smaller.

Our Fourth Instinct

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
John Bridgeland

It is no surprise then that service has been the golden thread of American democracy. Like democracy itself, service has to continually reinvent itself to meet the needs of the modern age.

A Civic Health Checkup

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
John Bridgeland

In these tough economic times, those with the least means are doing the most -- rolling up their sleeves, gathering with neighbors and family, and helping to solve problems in their communities.

What Is 'Back of the Line' Citizenship for Unauthorized Immigrants in the U.S.?

Pablo Manriquez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pablo Manriquez

"Back of the line" carries denigrating racial undertones rooted in America's past. The term assures a frustrated non-Latino electorate that unauthorized immigrants will be punished and remain second-class residents.

Extremism, the Makeover, and Election 2010

Hans Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hans Johnson

Not long ago, a passing familiarity with Bible verses, a flair for rhetoric, and hunger for a following could be enough to land someone in a small-tow...