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The American Dream

Police Brutality Against Black Men, Plausible Outcome of Structural Racism

Alev Dudek | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Alev Dudek

The protests for "Ferguson" and Staten Island have not been about single incidents of one black man getting killed by one (white) police officer. They are about institutional racism in the United States, and about excessive use of police force that ends only in its most visible and extreme form.

The Great Gatsby in Six Words

Peter Vaughn | Posted 05.26.2015 | Books
Peter Vaughn

I will always tell them that Fitzgerald's novel is a poem disguised as a novel. Much of the novel should be treated more as poetry with its own sets of rules and less like a novel.

Get Rich Quick and Bootstrap Stories Are American Fairy Tales

J.J. Colagrande | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
J.J. Colagrande

Once upon a time a truly great country existed -- this nation was by far the greatest land in the whole wide world -- its laws promised liberty, freedom and justice for all.

How Millennials Are Redefining the American Dream

Mark W. Guay | Posted 06.18.2015 | Impact
Mark W. Guay

With the housing crash and crippling student debt, millennials around the world are redefining The American Dream. One where a person finds their calling in life to create the most epic legacy -- one that creates a better tomorrow and has an incredible impact in the world.

Marco Rubio Is Not Presidential

J.J. Colagrande | Posted 06.15.2015 | Miami
J.J. Colagrande

Outside in the breezy air a huge flat screen broadcast Senator Marco Rubio's presidential announcement to the public who couldn't get inside the Freedom Tower.

The Economics of Morality

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

The question ultimately is why America's moral standards seem to have fallen so far. Drug and alcohol abuse remains widespread. The two-parent nuclear family seems to be quickly disappearing.

The Power of One

Jack Nadel | Posted 03.23.2015 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

No matter your situation in life, you can change your circumstances. You have all the capability within yourself to make good things happen. And while pursuing your goals, you can enjoy every minute of it.

How to Make a Dream Come True

Isa Adney | Posted 03.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Isa Adney

Making a dream come true is a long, laborious process. It requires incredible patience and resilience. Choose a dream for which the work is something you can see yourself getting up for every morning, because to make a dream come true you'll have to be willing to work harder and more strategically and with more focus, discipline, and dedication than anyone else.

Learning to Love What You Have

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In a season focused on gratitude, 17-year-old Monica Chica has an attitude about choosing to be grateful that's wise far beyond her years: "The most important lesson I learned is that being happy is not about having with you what you loved in the past, but learning to love what you have in the present."

Capitalism: Republicans and Regulations

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

Despite their claims to the contrary, regulations and restrictions are a staple of the Republican agenda, and they always will be as long as the Republicans and their friends are the ones who benefit in the end. Just follow the very clear money trail.

This Is 57: I Am Still Searching

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 09.01.2014 | Fifty
Sheila Blanchette

At 57, you finally understand that old saying, you can't please all of the people all of the time. And you realize if you are pleasing everyone, you are doing something seriously wrong.

Unions 2.0? AFL-CIO's Trumka on Austerity, Labor's Progressive Roots and Elizabeth Warren

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The labor movement will need to transform itself to meet the changing circumstances the twenty-first century. Its future will depend on the imagination and accessibility of its current leaders, as well as its ability to develop the leaders of the future.

Welcome to America -- Enter at Your Own Risk

Andrew Lam | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Andrew Lam

For many students from Asia, America represents opportunities of the highest order. In America they hope to become filmmakers, businesswomen, high-tech firm owner, engineers. They are rarely ever prepared for the violence, for the milk and honey to go sour.

Field Trip to the American Dream

Andrew Cotto | Posted 06.08.2014 | Latino Voices
Andrew Cotto

In the end, I believe, we learn that the American Dream is far more complicated than most people imagine and that, often, it is defined by the courage of individuals who are not officially American.

The Secret To Really Achieving The 'American Dream'

Blake Kernen | Posted 04.27.2014 | Teen
Blake Kernen

In case you're in need of a little more evidence that The American Dream is alive and well, here's this.

Why I Still Believe In Santa Claus

Blake Kernen | Posted 02.22.2014 | Teen
Blake Kernen

My younger brother found out that those presents under the tree don't come from Santa's workshop; they come from the mall. Shock, disbelief and disappointment quickly set in.

'My Parents Gave Up Everything For Me'

| Posted 10.09.2013 | Teen

This is a teen-written article from our friends at Youth Communication, a nonprofit organization that helps marginalized youth develop their full pote...

10 Striking Photos Will Make You Reconsider The Reality Of The American Dream

Posted 10.09.2013 | Arts

In theory, all Americans have the opportunity for happiness and prosperity no matter who they are or where they come from. According to the age old Am...

4 Days in America

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 11.19.2013 | Fifty
Sheila Blanchette

Like Joe Friday, I'm just stating the facts. The things I've seen and heard in America. It's little wonder the middle class feels it can't get ahead.

It's Not About the Money

Blake Kernen | Posted 09.08.2013 | Teen
Blake Kernen

Entrepreneurialism is alive and well where I live. July in New Jersey isn't known for its comfortable summer days -- instead we've got heat, humidity and triple digit temperatures with no end in sight. This is welcome weather for the hundreds of entrepreneurs.

American Dream Consistent Across Ethnic Groups, Survey Reveals

Posted 06.06.2013 | Black Voices

Despite America's myriad beliefs and customs, one, the proverbial American Dream, seems to maintain its significance across cultural lines, Better Hom...

Empathy, Gatsby, and the Great American Tragedy

John Paul Rollert | Posted 07.16.2013 | Books
John Paul Rollert

Hollywood adaptations of great novels tend to unnerve devoted readers. The effort seems hubristic and slightly profane, akin to painting a second Sistine Chapel or adding a chorus to King Lear. Perfection, by definition, can't be improved upon, and it seems suspect even to try.

The Sunshine State

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 02.05.2015 | Fifty
Sheila Blanchette

We're all immigrants in the sunshine state, coming from somewhere else to find a better dream. One that just may come true.

Policy Priorities: Where Is the American Dream?

Gary Flowers | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Gary Flowers

Too few Americans have profited too much, at the expense of too many in the last 60 years. Tax policy has permitted "American" corporations to virtually pay no taxes while exporting jobs to low-paying countries around the world.

The Education of a Vietnamese American Writer

Andrew Lam | Posted 03.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrew Lam

Finding and following my passion and path in life is a bit like that. Scary. Delightful. A struggle, to be sure. But once I dove into that pool, I took to the water. And I kept on swimming.