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Why Michelle Obama Makes Me a Better Mother

Francesca Biller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Francesca Biller

It's seems stylish and even respectable again in political and social circles to admit that you may consider motherhood as important as any career, thanks to First Lady Michelle Obama.

Think Global, Act Local- Bedstuy Meadow Project

Robyn Hillman-Harrigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robyn Hillman-Harrigan

An interview with Deborah Fisher who planned the Bedstuy Meadow Project: "The goal is to sow wildflower seeds on every single patch of abandoned soil in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bed Stuy."

Community Organizing Career Becomes An Enviable Option

New York Times | SARA RIMER | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

QUINN RALLINS, 23, graduated magna cum laude last year from Morehouse College with a dual major in international studies and Spanish. This spring, Mr....

Take Note: News Corp Quietly Owns NYC Neighborhood Newspapers

BlackAndBrownNews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

With News Corp's purchase of neighborhood publications like the Brooklyn Paper, all that annoying journalism that challenges pesky things like protecting citizens from eminent domain is all but lost.

Relax Hour -- Rush Hour with a New Twist

Laura Trice | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Laura Trice

Let's relax. Traffic is traffic and we can't change it. If we relaxed, traffic might even flow better.

The Obama Revolution

Alan Kennedy-Shaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alan Kennedy-Shaffer

The Obama Revolution is more than a revolution of policy proposals, campaign decisions, and lofty rhetoric. It is a revolution in the way we think about ourselves and act on our convictions.

Five Reasons Americans Can Be Happy

Lynda Resnick | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lynda Resnick

Nowadays, everything is reduced to sound bites of doom and gloom. I've decided to exercise my Constitutional right to the pursuit of happiness. Here's what is making me smile these days.

We Are the Stimulus

Scott Heiferman and Jeremy Heimans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Heiferman and Jeremy Heimans

This is not the Larry Summers plan. But it could help to address the psychological underpinnings of the crisis and make the stimulus stick.

Change, Coming from the Heartland

Steve Ralls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Ralls

We may be able to build the foundations today that will spell victory for our families tomorrow, when we once again face ballot box battles like Prop 8 in California.

What Should Obama Ask of Us, the American People?

Valerie Tarico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Valerie Tarico

Obama said from the beginning that the end goal of this campaign was to create a movement for change. That means the campaign isn't over.

A Memo to the Community-Organizer-in-Chief

Nancy L. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy L. Cohen

Thousands of ordinary Americans learned how to be community organizers by working on Obama's presidential campaign. Mr. President, set the Obamaniacs free.

RED the Book: How to Turn Teenage All-About-Me-ism into Altruism

Amy Goldwasser | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Amy Goldwasser

Obama's call to service for Martin Luther King, Jr., Day was two weeks ago today. But to my generation, I'm afraid it may as well have been issued by Abe Lincoln. It's already history.

Alinsky's Legacy, Obama and Labor's Challenge

Jonah Lalas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonah Lalas

Until Obama, I had always viewed the White House as synonymous with "the boss" or the "management" of a facility who instills fear into workers when they try to organize.

Saul Alinsky's Centennial and His Advice to Obama: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Sanford D. Horwitt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sanford D. Horwitt

2009, Saul Alinsky's centennial, is off to a terrific start. Just ten days before his's 100th birthday, his community organizing disciple was sworn in as president.

Betting His Legacy on Public Participation

Shunit Harpaz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Shunit Harpaz

There is a great potential for a positive change in our society, a change where people take charge of serving the public, living a life that is meaningful and satisfying.

The Obama Effect: Co-Creating History One Tweet at a Time

Juliette Powell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Juliette Powell

After the inauguration -- impervious to cold, color and creed -- the crowd remained joyous with street vendors hocking Obamawear at every slow moving step.

Manufacturing a Dream and a Recovery

Scott Paul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Paul

If the destruction of capitalism and the arc of history were responsible for American manufacturing's steep decline, there would be a legitimate debate about whether it's worth saving.

Moving from 'Yes, We Can' to Yes We Are!

Michelle Cote | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michelle Cote

After this week's celebrations end, we will have to follow Dr. King's example and reinvest our energy and optimism into efforts whose benefits many not be fully seen for many years to come.

The Giving Garden

Bridget Mason and Kayomi Wada | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bridget Mason and Kayomi Wada

Judging by the almost 80 volunteers who came out to build a garden in Downtown Tacoma, I would have to say there are a lot of Americans out there just waiting for an opportunity to give back!

This Is a Call

Daniel Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Kohn

This is a call to you, Generation Obama. We must show the equal enthusiasm to our communities as we did in getting out the vote.

From a National Day of Service to the Promise of Citizen Power

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Frances Moore Lappe

My problem with the service frame is simple: If I serve, someone else is being served. If I serve, I act, but the other -- the beneficiary -- does not. "Service" seems to create two classes: the givers and the receivers.

Obamerica's Digital Congregation

Aimee Liu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aimee Liu

Thanks to digital organizing, Obama now has a secular congregation as big as America. That congregation elected him. Now that same congregation is going to practice the values that he has preached.

A Letter to Russell Simmons: Stop Selling Your Rushcard!

Ryan Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ryan Mack

Making money from ignorance is not the answer -- education is the answer and we must provide it. All of our actions must be done for the good of the people and not the good of the pocket.

The Revolution in the Hello

Reverend Billy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reverend Billy

The dream of being a Consumer was supposed to be a one-way trip. It was the new America and there was no way out -- only the deeper dream.

The People's Agenda in Washington: Live Webcast Thurs, Dec 4 3pm EST

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

Today, I sat in a room while a dozen or so everyday Americans prepared to share the stage with top leaders from the Obama transition team and the new Congress.