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Understand Human Nature, Protect Human Rights

Luna Atamian | Posted 11.07.2014 | Impact
Luna Atamian

"Compassionate empathy" is what the advocates for any cause want to ignite in their supporters. That's also the biggest challenge in advocacy: taking supporters from just caring about a cause to actually doing something about it.

2014 Election Lesson: Politics Is About Delivering for Your Constituents

Dave Johnson | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
Dave Johnson

The economy is not going to get better for most Americans until some fundamental changes are made. It's a structural problem. The system is rigged for the benefit of a very few and their giant corporations. This is what has to be fixed before a better life can be delivered to most people.

How An Election Night Loss Can Be Your First Victory

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

Knowing what to say and how to act in your campaign's lowest moment can be the spark that helps you kick-start your next successful run for office. It's an audition for the role you didn't know you were up for. In short, people are watching. Make it good.

Campaign Time

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 11.03.2014 | Education
Dr. Dustin Swanger

We need to have open discussions on campus, not about each and every issue (there isn't time), but about the need to think critically regarding voting. Teaching students to look at the issues and the candidates is important, it is also difficult.

Girls in Tech Ask Tech Companies to Close the Gender Pay Gap Through Their "Raise Awareness" Campaign #RAISETECH

Anne Ravanona | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
Anne Ravanona

There has been much backlash in the press towards Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella who told women at a tech conference last week, that they should not ask ...

The Illinois Gubernatorial Candidates Spent $35 Million in the Third Quarter

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.16.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

All together, the 10 candidates for statewide office spent more than $42 million from July 1 to Oct. 1. The candidates for governor, Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner, spent more than $35 million.

HeForShe Is Creating a New Millennium Outlook

Millennium Campus Network | Posted 10.13.2014 | World
Millennium Campus Network

With the buzz regarding the HeForShe campaign that has spread awareness all over the world, delegates were pleased that one of the eight United Nations' Millennium Development Goals that will be discussed this weekend is gender equality.

Don't Settle For A Sad 8%

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

In what other part of our society would we accept 8% approval without demanding change - change that we control?

Axe's Appeal: Make Love, Not War

Anush Kostanyan | Posted 10.06.2014 | Good News
Anush Kostanyan

The world would become so much better place if there was more love and compassion. But unfortunately, we see a lot of evil each and every day.

Berkeley's Freedom Flame Kept Alive by New Generation of Digital Activists

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 10.02.2014 | College
Ruairí McKiernan

While Berkeley is more progressive than many places in the U.S, it is clear that the culture of large-scale student activism has changed. Many claim the youth of today are apathetic. Others say they just engage in different ways. It may also be that exorbitant college fees play a large part in taking the radical edge out of the student population.

Which Educator Inspired You the Most?

Carol J. Carter | Posted 11.08.2014 | Education
Carol J. Carter

While educators spend their days doing the important work of finding our songs, their jobs have intensified and resources decreased.

You Know The Ice Bucket Challenge, But You Probably Don't Know ALS

Katrina Sands | Posted 10.25.2014 | Impact
Katrina Sands

Uncle Mike was diagnosed in 2011 with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's disease. I don't remember who told me, or when, but I vividly remember many conversations in the days to follow.

There's a New World Superpower -- And 4 Other Things I Learned at Netroots Nation

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics
Ruairí McKiernan

I had barely touched down in California when it was time to take off again. This time, to Detroit, to attend Netroots Nation, billed as the United States' biggest annual gathering of progressive activists, organizers and online social justice innovators.

Here's How Democrats Can Win This November 2014

Yaa-Lengi Ngemi | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Yaa-Lengi Ngemi

How many Democratic candidates are determined and have the guts and "the mind to work" full-time for the win this November? Or are they all giving up, already listening to and believing the tea-leaves-readers?

Poor Hillary?

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Poor Hillary? I don't think so. I think she's perhaps a little surprised at which particular aspect of her life is now being attacked (if she had a cartoon thought bubble over her head right now, it might read: "This is all you got? Really?!?"), but I don't think she's surprised the attacks have started.

Buckle Up -- Things Are Getting Real With #TheStitch!

Matt Pipkin | Posted 09.01.2014 | Impact
Matt Pipkin

You know those seasons in life that you look back on and think, "Whew, those were some amazing times!"? Well, that's how we're going to look back on what's happening right now.

Why #MentalHealthMatters

Mahroo Moshari | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Mahroo Moshari

I am so excited and pleased to hear that the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) has announced the theme for this year's International Day of Youth on August 12 is mental health.

Hillary Clinton Resurrects!

Susie Sampson | Posted 08.23.2014 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

She's baaack! Hillary Rodham Clinton is on the campaign trail whether she will admit it or not! And whether conservatives like it or not, they currently have no one to run against her. Just don't tell them that.

I Served in Iraq, We Shouldn't Go Back

Ruben Gallego | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Ruben Gallego

So many young men and women served and sacrificed in Iraq, but that's not a reason to double down on a failed strategy. I'm glad we're out of Iraq, we should stay out.

A Symbolic Victory For People Power In Ireland

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 08.13.2014 | World
Ruairí McKiernan

After 19 nights of sleeping on the floor of the Paris Bakery in Dublin, a group of mostly young migrant workers succeeded in forcing political action that will help them recoup unpaid wages and make history in the process.

20 Percent of a Country Enslaved: A Cry for Mauritania

Mary David | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
Mary David

Although he was born free, Biram Dah Abeid and his family know well the pain of slavery. Dah Abeid and his family are from the West African country of Mauritania.

How the Democrats Can Make the Pundits Eat Crow

Curtis Gans | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Curtis Gans

Despite the dire predictions of the punditry, the Democratic Party has a strong case to make for this fall's midterm elections, and it is -- so far, at least -- failing to make it. But it can.

Attention Politicians: Campaigning On Financial Transparency Wins Elections

David K. Rehr | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
David K. Rehr

Campaigning on financial transparency will win elections. America, is in fact, hungry for it. The highly respected George Washington University Batt...

The Light Hiding Under McCutcheon's Bushel: Transparency

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

McCutcheon, like its kissing cousin Citizens United, has a silver lining: once again the Supreme Court has very positive things to say about disclosure of the sources of political spending.

Hill Staffers: Your Reality Is Not Made for TV

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

There are reports that a reality show starring "D.C. up-and-comers" is in the works. If you wanted to attach an anchor to your career in politics, my advice to you would be to sign up.