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Bayview Community Forum: Voices That Seek a Hopeful Future

Stevon Cook | Posted 05.23.2016 | San Francisco
Stevon Cook

As a part of my campaign for the San Francisco Board of Education, I have been engaging students, families, educators, and voters to identify the most pressing issue areas that will affect the future of San Francisco public schools.

You Have the Power to Stop Donald Trump

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

Running for office will have to wait a year, so the first thing you need to do is to work for the Democratic nominee for President of the United States of America. No, it is not okay to say,"I won't vote" or "I'll vote for Trump because there is no real difference."

Sunday Night Reflections: Hope, Service and San Francisco's Black families

Stevon Cook | Posted 03.16.2016 | San Francisco
Stevon Cook

I spent the day visiting my closest friend Leo, his wife Patrice and their son Lathan. To Lathan I'm Uncle Stevon and I'm really proud to call him my ...

Schools, parks, libraries, public housing? How would you like to spend 2,9M EUR?

Pawel Adamowicz | Posted 03.09.2016 | World
Pawel Adamowicz

For four years now the city of Gdansk has been engaging in a very ambitious local democracy project: a participatory budgeting; a process in which cit...

Sunday Night Reflections: How to organically break the cycle

Stevon Cook | Posted 03.03.2016 | San Francisco
Stevon Cook

I'm not a spiritual leader, nor a millionaire, nor a person with several fancy degrees from world-renowned schools. I run a small nonprofit and I'm a local politician focused on education issues. And despite my failures and my station in life, I love the man I've become.

Cops Resign After Their Town Elects First Black Female Mayor

The Huffington Post | Kelly Chen | Posted 04.19.2015 | Black Voices

Most of the police force and several officials resigned after the small town of Parma, Missouri elected its first African American woman as mayor, rep...

Sick of Money Corrupting Politics? Take the Fight Local

Charlotte Hill | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
Charlotte Hill

Until now, perhaps the single greatest stumbling block for the reform movement has been that many Americans are convinced victory is impossible, especially in a post-Citizens United world. This notion is unequivocally false.

Roma and Local Politics

John Feffer | Posted 01.25.2015 | World
John Feffer

There are somewhere between one and two million Roma in Romania. Ratys estimates that there are around 300 Roma in elected office at a local level. But it's difficult to calculate how underrepresented Roma are at the local level.

Making It in Lowicz

John Feffer | Posted 01.14.2015 | World
John Feffer

When we first met 23 years ago, Wojciech Waligorski worked for a newspaper devoted to sobriety. He updated me on the state of alcoholism in Poland. We also talked about the impact of former Communist officials, the role of religion in Łowicz, and what people expect from a local newspaper.

Why Every College Student Should Work on a Political Campaign

Bobby Caruso | Posted 01.11.2015 | College
Bobby Caruso

Recently, I had the opportunity to intern with a local state senate campaign. As a communications major pursuing a career in entertainment media, I didn't imagine how much I would learn about politics, my community, leadership, and myself.

Longtime Public Official Finds Himself In Ferocious Face-Off With A Fluffy Opponent

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 08.07.2014 | Good News

Though the realm of politics is often described as a dog-eat-dog world, rarely is a pooch involved. Well, one race for prosecutor is shaping up to be ...

You Count -- Literally

Sharon Kay Edwards | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics
Sharon Kay Edwards

​Local government is small government, yes -- but it has a big impact on my household. Truth be told, it has a big impact on your household too, and we all need to be voting.

Bloomberg: 'People Care About Services, Not Ideologies'

The European | Max Tholl | Posted 06.25.2014 | World

As a former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg knows what challenges cities have to face today and how to respond to them. He told Max Tholl wh...

Eliot Nelson

A Strange, Confusing Evening With Marion Barry | Eliot Nelson | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON - On Friday evening, Marion Barry sat with a group of journalists and delivered a stirring defense of yogurt. "Yogurt is more healthy t...

The Death of Local Politics

William E. White | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
William E. White

If you look closely, there is evidence that local politics can still be critically important. The real advances made, for example, in a host of issues.

Republicans Not Showing True Colors

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

We are living in a polarized country right now. Red and blue are the Republican and Democratic colors, respectively. There are local elections right...

Freedom Of Information Not So Free -- Many States Charge Insane Fees

Civil Beat | Nick Grube | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

HONOLULU - When the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel received a $4,500 bill from the city’s police department for access to public crime data, the Pulitze...

All Politics Is Local: Building Grassroots Democracy from the Bottom Up

Dr. John Coonrod | Posted 11.26.2013 | Impact
Dr. John Coonrod

Nations can allocate budgets and launch national programs, but actually getting basic public services to work requires good local government.

Opponents Tear Councilmember Apart Over Million-Dollar Sidewalk Scheme

Los Angeles Daily News | Rick Orlov | Posted 04.09.2013 | Los Angeles

With the city election a month away, Councilman Dennis Zine announced a $1 million program on Monday to repair the 50 worst sidewalks in his west San ...

Life After You Lose: Congressional Candidate Faced Tough Question From 7-Year-Old Son

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.07.2012 | Parents

Brianna Hinojosa-Flores sought to make a difference in her district this year by running for Congress. “I wanted to be a voice for the people at ...

Passionately Not Showing Up To The Polls

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Photo Credit: CHAZ HUBBARD/Youth Radio Ben Hooper. 26, works as a chef in Florida. He will not be voting in today's election. By Chaz Hubbard Today i...

Why the Elections Matter (No Matter Where You Are)

Bryant Yang | Posted 11.18.2012 | Teen
Bryant Yang

Don't let November 6 be the first time you see the ballot. Visit your secretary of state's website to see all the state-wide ballot issues and your district's state representative candidates.

Code For America

Ariel Charney | Posted 09.03.2012 | Technology
Ariel Charney

On a day set aside to reflect on what our country means to us, we're calling on all Americans to think about what they can freely do to make our cities better. Let's ask not what our cities can do for us, but what we can do for our cities.

Paul Blumenthal

'Grassroots' Movie Seeks To Inspire With Campaign Story | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.29.2012 | Politics

In 2001, two Seattle alt-weekly writers teamed up to run a city council race that sought to challenge the local political structure and empower ordina...

Guide to Fighting Fast Food in Your Own Backyard

Michele Simon | Posted 07.22.2012 | Home
Michele Simon

There has never been a better time to get active and take a stand against the infiltration of fast food in your neighborhood. We certainly cannot wait for policymakers in Washington to protect the people.