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Black Lives Matter...Too Much for Polite Town Hall Meetings

Angela James | Posted 10.30.2015 | Black Voices
Angela James

My message to Los Angeles clergy and 'leaders' in their condemnation of 'Black Lives Matter,' is that they are on the wrong side of history and are virtually proclaiming their own irrelevance to the cause of social justice. It is all of our duty to struggle for righteousness and against injustice.

Independence Day 2.0: More Democracy Every Day!

Lisa Schirch | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Lisa Schirch

On this July 4th, let's declare our independence from bad meetings. It's time to demand that we all be heard when we gather, not just on election day, but everyday.

What Happens In The Arctic Does Not Stay In The Arctic

Amb. Kåre Aas | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Amb. Kåre Aas

According to experts, approximately one-third of the world's remaining oil and natural gas reserves are to be found in the Arctic. There needs to be a balance between protecting the Arctic environment and the need for resource development and management. The joint pursuit of responsible Arctic stewardship is necessary.

The American Public's Attitudes Toward Protest Movements

Paul Herrnson | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Paul Herrnson

Groups across the political spectrum have used rallies, marches, and picket lines to bring their agendas to the attention of the media, government and fellow citizens. But public attitudes about this form of political engagement have historically been mixed at best.

Testimony at EPA Hearings Favors Action - But Will Politicians Get It?

Keith Gaby | Posted 10.05.2014 | Green
Keith Gaby

Four years later, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is holding hearings on another major climate initiative. And this time, people testifying in support of the pollution limits have significantly out-numbered detractors. Interestingly, it doesn't seem to be making as big of a splash in the media.

A Warning to Hip Hop

Zondra Hughes | Posted 12.30.2013 | Chicago
Zondra Hughes

For example, if you happen upon your trusted fiancé embracing another, for an instant you may rationalize that the other person must be a relative, a friend, i.e., a non-threat to your relationship. It's too uncomfortable to consider the obvious.

Health and Wellness Focused Town Halls Address the Needs of Local Communities

Alexis Glick | Posted 12.18.2013 | Impact
Alexis Glick

All it takes is one individual with passion and drive to spark change. Just imagine the potential impact of one great idea supported by the community and their ability to breathe life and energy into that idea. We can't wait to see what happens next.

Zach Carter

Tea Partiers Use Cardboard Stand-In For Absent Republican | Zach Carter | Posted 08.29.2013 | Politics

When Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) was unable to attend a town hall meeting earlier this month, Idaho's Gem State Tea Party opted to host a mock event h...

Back to the Struggle Against Ignorance

Paul Stoller | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
Paul Stoller

As a society we seem to no longer place high value in scientific knowledge, intellectual excellence or, for that matter, artistic creativity -- three elements that have heretofore contributed to the greatness of our society. Can we get back on track?

Republican Faced With Angry Constituents

The Huffington Post | Ryan Rainey | Posted 08.16.2013 | Politics

Rep. Dan Webster (R-Fla.) confronted some unruly crowd members who mocked his remarks on health care at a meeting Thursday. During a gathering of ...

GOP Town Hall Erupts With Call For Impeachment

The Huffington Post | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics

A Maryland town hall meeting grew heated Tuesday, when GOP Rep. Andy Harris faced disgruntled constituents angry over partisan politics fraying the co...

GOP Congressman Rails Against Conservative Groups: 'I'm Under Attack'

The Huffington Post | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) went after conservative groups in a town hall meeting on Monday, saying he was being assaulted by organizations like the He...

Congress Meets Public Less Frequently, Despite Hot Issues

AP | THOMAS BEAUMONT and CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 08.02.2013 | Politics

FORT DODGE, Iowa — From her front row seat at the Fort Dodge Public Library, pugnacious retiree Betty Nostrom wasted no time grilling the U.S. s...

A Recipe for Community

Linda Buzzell | Posted 06.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Buzzell

The bottom line? Any community gathering, organization or event that engages body, mind, soul and spirit has a far greater chance of surviving and thriving.

Congress Heads Home For First Town Halls Since Sequestration

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics

Congress is on recess for the next two week, and members are en route to their districts, where many will hold town halls for the first time since the...

Post Sandy, Chris Christie Revives Town Halls And Public Image

Asbury Park Press | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics

Before Sandy, there was the town hall. Gov. Chris Christie’s public image, until the destructive superstorm, had been defined more than anything ...

A Congressman's 2012 "Town Hall Meeting" Versus His 2011 Version

Jason Salzman | Posted 11.25.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Coffman's summer "town hall meetings" appear to be private gatherings for small groups of employees at large corporations (Home Depot, LabCorp and Tyco Fire & Security). Not very town hallish.

A Congressman Turns "Town Hall Meetings" Into Private, Corporate Affairs?

Jason Salzman | Posted 11.18.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

When I think of a "town hall meeting," what does not come to mind is a private gathering for employees at big corporation or even a small corporation. Apparently Mike Coffman is re-inventing the term.

GOP Rep Drives Away From Constituent's Minimum Wage Question

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics

As part of its mission to topple Tea Party Republicans across the country, the San Francisco-based CREDO SuperPac confronted Rep. Sean Duffy about the...

Criminalizing Free Speech: Is This What Democracy Looks Like?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Activities which were once considered a major component of democratic life in America are now being criminalized. Bubble zones and free speech zones, in essence, destroy the very purpose of the First Amendment.

Harold Hodge v. SCOTUS: Has the First Amendment Become an Exercise in Futility?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.04.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Clearly, the government has no interest in hearing what "we the people" have to say. Yet if Americans are not able to peacefully assemble outside of the halls of government for expressive activity, the First Amendment has lost all meaning.

Let's Talk: Democracy Depends on Civility

Jennifer Gennari | Posted 04.02.2012 | San Francisco
Jennifer Gennari

These days, self-government is under assault. Unfortunately, a minority faction is overtaking town halls around the nation and suppressing any discussion at all. In the Bay Area the problem is particularly acute.

Facing Opposition, Congressmen Skip Out On Town Halls

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 11.02.2011 | Politics

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP/The Huffington Post) -- Too much yelling, not enough listening. Facing organized, often raucous confrontations at political e...

Starbucks CEO To Host National Forum To Address America's 'Crisis Of Confidence'

AP | SARAH SKIDMORE | Posted 11.02.2011 | Politics

PORTLAND, Ore. — Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz changed how America drinks coffee. Now, he wants to change the political system. The leader of th...

Tyler Kingkade

Democrats Target Vulnerable House Republicans Over Town Hall Protests | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 10.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans have taken a lot of heat from constituents at home during the August recess after a bitter showdown with Democ...