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Goals Worth Fighting For

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 01.27.2017 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

At a time when many of us are wondering what the future holds for the arts, it brings me great pleasure to stop and recognize elected leaders who alre...

A Politics of (Dis)Respectability

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | Posted 01.26.2017 | Black Voices
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

#BlackLivesMatter leaders are advocates. In light of the incessant number of shootings of black women, men, girls and boys, they are acting out. These...

Howard Leibowitz -- Advisor to Two Boston Mayors, Social Activist, Mensch -- Dies at 63

Peter Dreier | Posted 12.28.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Howard was the most selfless person in politics I've known. He dedicated his life to public service. Howard never forgot where he came from. Howard was proud of his accomplishments in politics but he never flaunted his influence.

Clinton Speaks From Her Heart and Connects With People

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

The time has come for the far-left of the Democratic Party to come to grips with reality; Hillary Rodham Clinton can win the Presidency and Bernie Sanders can't.

Anaheim Mayor: Amtrak Crash 'Certainly Makes Us Think About' Transportation Bill

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

Mayors across the political spectrum are gathering in Washington, D.C. today to lobby for federal funding towards their cities' roads, bridges and tra...

Kate Sheppard

The White House Wants To Upgrade 1.5 Million Light Poles | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House is planning to announce Friday an initiative to help convert 1.5 million light posts in the United States to more effici...

An Alarming Number Of Food Pantries Are Slashing Portions To Meet Rising Demand

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 12.19.2014 | Impact

Hunger is on the rise in the U.S. and relief organizations don’t have the resources to meet the growing demand, a recent report concluded. Accor...

Progress for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

On December 10th President Obama hosted a White House Summit on Early Education, bringing together a broad coalition of philanthropic, business, education, child advocacy and elected leaders and other key stakeholders.

Calling for Action: Mayors and Human Rights Agencies Seek Federal Support for Human Rights

JoAnn Kamuf Ward | Posted 09.22.2014 | Impact
JoAnn Kamuf Ward

Economic inequality, racial disparities in sentencing and lack of federal paid-parental-leave (which places working families in a precarious position), are in the headlines on a weekly, if not daily, basis.

Cities 3.0: How Cities Are Driving The Revitalization Of Our Nation

Kevin Johnson | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Kevin Johnson

Cities 3.0 mayors are not sitting on our hands, waiting for the feds or someone else to solve our problems. We're embracing good ideas no matter where they come from, innovating to provide better services and building strong economies for the global marketplace.

Mayors Take Stand Against Their States' Anti-Gay Policies

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics

City leaders from several states with gay marriage bans took a stand for marriage equality Monday at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Dallas, when the...

Mayors Call On Congress To Tackle Illegal Immigration

Reuters | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics

By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS, June 22 (Reuters) - U.S. mayors on Sunday called for Congress to draw up bipartisan legislation to address...

Kate Sheppard

Meet One Republican Who's Happy About Obama's New Climate Rules | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Last November, President Barack Obama formed a task force of state and local elected officials to advise his administration how local ...

Global Trade Grows Main Street

Michael Froman | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Michael Froman

Communities across the country are eager for their hometown entrepreneurs to have the chance to succeed and grow. They're eager to again feel the wind at the back of the middle class. We need Congress to do its part to establish a process to pass new, higher-standard, job-supporting agreements.

Cities Can Solve Our Nation's Transportation Problem

Kasim Reed | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Kasim Reed

I believe the future of solving much of our nation's transportation problems lies within the vision and leadership we find in our cities. Providing the resources and decision-making authority increasingly to cities and their regions will yield enormous benefits not only to the nation's mobility but to the returning health of our nation's economy.

Still Preparing for Nuclear War: The U.S. Government Continues the Policies of the Past

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 09.08.2013 | Home
Lawrence Wittner

The Pentagon, on behalf of President Barack Obama, released a report to Congress outlining what it called the U.S. government's "Nuclear Employment Strategy." Although the report indicated some minor alterations in U.S. policy, it exhibited far more continuity than change.

Mayors Pass Marijuana Resolution Telling Feds To Butt Out

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics

The United States Conference of Mayors passed a resolution on Monday urging the federal government to let states decide for themselves how to handle m...

Feds Hurting Economy With Move Against Municipal Bonds

Tom Cochran | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Tom Cochran

Buried in the pages of President Obama's most recent budget proposal is a provision that stands to severely undermine the economic health of local communities across the country.

Public Support of the Arts at the State and Local Level

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 04.13.2013 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

As we enter into budget season, let us applaud the great elected officials who invest in the power of the arts, and hope that our elected officials realize that they are not "giving" money to the arts, or even just "appropriating."

Dem Mayors Take Aim On Guns

Politico | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics

If certain gun manufacturers refuse to address public safety concerns about firearms and ammunition, dozens of Democratic mayors intend to take their ...

The Grand Bargain Needs to Be a Whole Lot Grander

Karen Hinton | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics
Karen Hinton

The negotiations to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff have been described as a "grand bargain," but from where I sit it seems more like a big bust and a lot of lost opportunities.

Farm to Fork Across America: Perhaps in the Desert Oasis Palm Springs

Julie Ann Fineman | Posted 01.13.2013 | Home
Julie Ann Fineman

2012-11-13-palmsprings.jpgThe 5th Annual City of Palm Springs Sustainability Celebration is another progressive, local event just completed.

Local Governments and National Security Policy

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 12.23.2012 | Home
Lawrence Wittner

This squeeze upon localities has led to a gathering revolt. Dozens of local jurisdictions have passed resolutions that call for ending the U.S. military role in Iraq and Afghanistan, reducing the Pentagon budget, and funding domestic programs.

2012 COUNTDOWN: Mayors Urge Obama, Romney To Get Real

Howard Fineman | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Howard Fineman

If you want hope and change in politics, mayors offer tons of it. The key to success in their jobs, they say, is to avoid -- as indeed they do -- partisan bickering and focus on What Works.

US Conference of Mayors Calls for Action From Congress on Jobs Bills: A Citizen's Perspective

Anne Stevenson | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics
Anne Stevenson

Job growth exists, but Congress has stalled on reforms and cut funding to programs that ensure our job skills training programs effectively prepare workers to meet the rapidly evolving demands of the workforce.