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Small States with Big Power

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Is it fair that the key gang of six negotiating health care in the Senate Finance Committee represent less than 3% of the nation's population?

Is Obama's Health Care Maelstrom the Birth of Millennial Politics?

Maegan Carberry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Maegan Carberry

Obama introduced us to a new kind of politics. Veterans of the old guard aren't sure how to handle it while the emerging young leaders who built it haven't established enough clout to reinforce it.

The Next Obama? Help Send Community Organizers to City Hall

Dan Cantor | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dan Cantor

America finally has a community organizer in the White House. What if we put a whole slate of community organizers in City Hall in New York?

Community Organizing for Peace

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

Having spent the past decade advocating in different congressional districts for peace in the Middle East, I have found a similar response: elected officials act when they hear from their constituents.

First Lady Visits Community Health Clinic

AP | NATASHA T. METZLER | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama visited a community health center Monday to announce the release of $850 million in stimulus grants to he...

All for Good: A New "Craigslist for Service"

Arianna Huffington | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Arianna Huffington

A group of individuals, inspired by President Obama's vow to make service a "a central cause" of his presidency, have banded together to create a new website that aims to become a craigslist for service. It's called All For Good.

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.

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!

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.