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Offense Can Also Be Defense

Paul Clolery | Posted 07.20.2014 | Impact
Paul Clolery

Congress should shine a spotlight on the elected officials who vote to cut funding for programs that then must be picked up by a nonprofit sector that was pushed off balance and had its legs swept from under it.

Parents Just Want Their Kids Back

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 08.25.2013 | Religion
Rev. Romal J. Tune

At the core of the concern of people in communities across the country is the desire for their children to come home, for their families to heal and for forgiveness to take place.

Is Gay Marriage Really a Conservative Cause?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

It's true that conservatives ought to embrace same-sex marriage, and their recent support has been hugely helpful. But it's one thing to say same-sex marriage is consistent with conservative values, and quite another to claim it as a conservative cause.

Romney, Obama, and Personal History

Jesse Larner | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics
Jesse Larner

The Republicans seem to think that Mitt Romney's personal history better prepares him for the office. Because he made hundreds of millions of dollars in business. But what did Romney do, really?

Who Is Saul Alinsky and Why is Newt Demonizing Him?

Sandy Goodman | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Sandy Goodman

Newt Gingrich, the Constitution, the Federalist Papers. Yay! Saul Alinsky, radicalism, secularism, Europe, socialism, and bureaucracy. Boo!

'Soul Of A Citizen': Arun Gandhi, Martin Luther King, And Looking Beyond The Impossibly Perfect Standard

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Paul Loeb

From reining in Wall Street to preventing the next oil spill and tackling global climate change, we often hold back from taking important public stands because we're caught in a trap I call "the perfect standard."

Community Organizers Revive Immigration Reform Again

Deepak Bhargava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Bhargava

Even while the elite political establishment has been engrossed with the elections, the grassroots has never taken its focus off alleviating the pain felt by people whose lives are affected by our dysfunctional immigration system.

The ACORN Vote: House Democrats Just Stuck a Knife in Their President and Party

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

In comparison to all the good ACORN does, the House's action Thursday, specifically the role played by the Democratic majority, is shameful. It's truly incredible that Democrats aided in this travesty.

30% Unemployment, Pre-Recession: Immigrant Communities Need Real Recovery

Seth Freed Wessler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Seth Freed Wessler

For communities of color, 'recovery' can be a vapid term. People of color consistently face rates of unemployment higher than what whites experience in the worst recessions.

Glenn Beck: Van Jones Is a Radical Commie Intent On, Um, Creating Private Sector Jobs

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

The shadowy Apollo Alliance want the government to provide incentives to businesses to invest in green technologies. This kind of Stalinistic, top-down central planning leads only to disasters like the internet, the polio vaccine, and velcro.

Food Forward Shares Low Hanging Fruit...and then Some

Rick Nahmias | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rick Nahmias

Myself and a growing corps of Angelinos venture out weekly to glean people's excess fruit and donate 100% of it to local food pantries.

Want to Be Smarter?

Gerald Sindell | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gerald Sindell

If we use a system of thinking that works for us time and again, eventually we will internalize it. We will be the same person, but we will be different. We will truly be able to think brilliantly.

The Obama Revolution

Alan Kennedy-Shaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alan Kennedy-Shaffer

The Obama Revolution is more than a revolution of policy proposals, campaign decisions, and lofty rhetoric. It is a revolution in the way we think about ourselves and act on our convictions.

Betting His Legacy on Public Participation

Shunit Harpaz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Shunit Harpaz

There is a great potential for a positive change in our society, a change where people take charge of serving the public, living a life that is meaningful and satisfying.

Manufacturing a Dream and a Recovery

Scott Paul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Paul

If the destruction of capitalism and the arc of history were responsible for American manufacturing's steep decline, there would be a legitimate debate about whether it's worth saving.

Hillary's Best Incarnation Yet (Hail to the Community Organizer-in-Chief!)

Beth Arnold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Beth Arnold

All the critics who made fun of Obama's community organizing experience (Sarah Palin, are you listening?) were toothless wonders.

Can We?

Wendy Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendy Block

I'm not ready to return to the same non-adrenaline-rush grassroots work that propelled Obama and the Dems to such a decisive victory.

Election Reflection: Good News and Bad News for Women and Families

Judy Patrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judy Patrick

Sadly, many voters did not see past their fears to understand how denying LGBT people rights is cut from the same cloth of discrimination that made Obama's election such a poignant event.

"Support I Have Yet to Earn": Obama's Victory Speech

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Barack Obama was in the No-Gloat Zone. For his very first speech as president-elect... Obama crafted a message with much of the scope and power of an inaugural address.

Community Organizer of the World

Joan Garry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan Garry

Obama stands today as the president-elect of the United States because of his credential as a community organizer. What a delicious irony.

Let's Spread Some of Obama's Community Organizing Magic on Climate Change

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

Sarah Palin should not have mocked Barack Obama for being a community organizer. If anything, tonight's results proved her wrong. Our new President ha...

State of Confusion: Tuesday's Two Wild Cards

Bryant Welch | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bryant Welch

Samuel Johnson said, "Nothing so focuses a man's mind as the knowledge he is to hang at dawn." For the last six weeks the American voter's mind has been focused by and on the economy.

Prairie Voles and Politics

Marcia Meier | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marcia Meier

There's reason to be alarmed about a culture where extreme emotions require pharmaceutical treatment.

Making Sense of ACORN

Josh Brusin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Brusin

It seems that ACORN is the GOP scapegoat this year. They tipped their hands when they labeled Obama a dastardly "community organizer" repeatedly at their convention.

Landslide Needed

Norman MacAfee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman MacAfee

We need a landslide. If 80 percent of the population think the country is on the wrong track, why can't we have an election where 80 percent vote for Barack and 20 for McCain?