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No Middle Ground

D. R. Tucker | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
D. R. Tucker

The images of extreme violence in South Boston and Charlestown in the fall of 1974 are still so lurid and so disturbing that one can't help wondering what exactly drives human beings to such behavior.

Alinsky, Foreclosures and Holding Banks Accountable

Sanford D. Horwitt | Posted 04.01.2012 | Politics
Sanford D. Horwitt

Memo to the Obama Administration: if you want to see the makings of a national model to hold big banks accountable for fixing foreclosure-devastated neighborhoods, go to Milwaukee and talk to citizen leaders who are practicing what Saul Alinsky preached.

Counting On Every Acre

Leah Mayor | Posted 03.23.2012 | Green
Leah Mayor

Even with a surge of interest in "local food" and its central relationship to individual, community and global health, somehow it remains difficult for many of us to make the connection between the food we eat and the land that is required to grow it.

The Spiritual Side Of Facebook

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 03.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Dennis Merritt Jones

The Internet is the way of the future for marketing one's products and services; however, I believe it goes far beyond that. I believe Facebook is such a popular phenomena because people are hungry for connection.

Reflections on the Tea Party

Terry Newell | Posted 08.13.2011 | Politics
Terry Newell

The Tea Party may just be the canary in the coal mine, the harbinger of a looming explosion. We may ignore its current words and we may even ignore the group itself. We should not ignore the concern that brings both forth.

Permanent Homes for 100,000 Homeless Americans

Rosanne Haggerty | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Rosanne Haggerty

Perhaps the most surprising thing that the Campaign is demonstrating is that it often costs communities far less to do something about homelessness than to do nothing.

75 Communities Campaign to House 100,000 Homeless

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

San Diego counts itself among the many communities around the country involved in a campaign to provide 100,000 chronically homeless people with a pla...

Common Ground on Abortion: A Study in Contrasts

Lanae Erickson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanae Erickson

In the coming weeks, our divided government will have to work together to find a compromise on Title X cuts. For the sake of the country let's up it's reached through reason and not myopia.

10 Things This Liberal, Social Justice Christian, Progressive Democrat Has In Common With Conservative, Evangelical Christian, Tea Party Republicans

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

It is with this yearning that I offer this list of five and affirmations and five confessions that I believe I hold in common with many of the folks who sit on the other side of the proverbial aisle.

WATCH: How Different Are Israel and Palestine Really?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

According to conventional wisdom (and most talk show hosts) there's no reconciling the bitter differences between Israelis and Palestinians. But in t...

After Tucson, the State of the Union

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The speech Barack Obama gave in Tucson was a memorial to the victims of a horrible tragedy, but the spirit of his speech could also shape Tuesday's State of the Union address by calling us to be worthy of each victim's sacrifice.

The Top 10 Advocates for the Homeless of 2010

Joel John Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

Has anyone or anything this year influenced the way this country addresses homelessness? I'm no David Letterman, but here is my Top Ten list of trendsetters of homelessness in 2010.

Homeless Families In America Increase By 9 Percent

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Released Tuesday, the U.S. Conference of Mayors 2010 Status Report on Hunger & Homelessness in American Cities -- in their annual assessment of 26 Ame...

Same Words, Different Meaning: The Bipartisanship Gap Between the GOP and Obama

Michael Maslansky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Maslansky

Republicans concede common ground, but make difference a main point. Obama concedes difference, but makes common ground his main point.

The Abortion Debate: Open Hearts, Open Minds And Tragedy As A Fair-Minded Word

Christine A. Scheller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Christine A. Scheller

Abortion is a tragedy in and of itself, regardless of whether or not we, as individuals or as a society, feel that it is so.

Common's Mission To Help American Kids 'Get Schooled' (Exclusive)

The Huffington Post | Erica Liepmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

"How many of us really want to achieve in life and do something great?" hip-hop artist Common shouted into a packed high school auditorium. Lincoln H...

Seven Steps to Civility This Election Season

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

This week, a group of more than 130 former legislators, both Republicans and Democrats, released a letter urging for civility and encouraging candidates, once elected, to focus on cooperation to face our country's greatest challenges.

An Open Letter to Glenn Beck

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Before, I thought you were just another cable news talk show host. Now, you are using the language of a spiritual and even a religious leader. But to invoke the name of God and the vocation of a spiritual leader has consequences.

Talking Post-Katrina Homelessness With Louisiana State Representative Neil Abramson

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mark Horvath

I'm honored that Neil Abramson, Louisiana State Representative, District 98 in New Orleans, would take the time to talk to me about homelessness in post-Katrina New Orleans.

100,000 Homes for 100,000 Vulnerable Homeless Americans by July 2013

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mark Horvath

The plan: 100,000 homes for 100,000 of the most vulnerable homeless Americans by July 2013. I believe it's going to happen and that Common Ground can do it!

From Beijing to LA: Digital Media for a Healthy Planet

Max Eternity | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Max Eternity

Now four years in the making, the 2010 International Touring Exhibition of Common Ground has made its way to LA.

Help Change Lives on Hollywood Boulevard

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Mark Horvath

For most of the last 26 years, I have lived near Hollywood Blvd., and in 1995 I literally lived on it -- homeless and hopeless. I am proof that even the worst street person can change for the better.

Over Half Of Detroit Homeless Population At Risk Of Dying On City Streets

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

The homeless in Detroit face a dire situation. The Detroit Free Press reports, that living on the streets puts more than half of them at risk for dyin...

When a Bank Is too Big to Hide

Sanford D. Horwitt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sanford D. Horwitt

It may be needlessly costly for a big bank to hide from determined, aggrieved adversaries who hold the moral high ground.

NAE's Gospel of Sexuality: Good News for Some

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

I couldn't agree more with the National Association of Evangelicals' understanding that the Bible teaches that sex is good, and that "God established multiple purposes for sex."