Over the past 8 years, President Bush has exercised executive power to an unprecedented degree. Last week, NPR's "This American Life" discussed the implications of this shift in the role of the President, as well as other examples of the U.S. government overstepping its bounds.
I look at the pictures of the American political scene from the past 18 months and I can't help but think back on my rural childhood, spent by and large in books, encyclopedias, and old magazines.
My politics were shaped by those black and white images. Jackie O holding little John, snuggling him close like a mother should. Malcolm chatting casually with Martin. And of course, the throngs following Martin's struggle for change, giving their lives, sacrificing their hopes and dreams for his American dream. Read more
Now more than ever, people are taking interest in how the goverment uses tax money to serve the public. Death and Taxes 2010 is here to make that easier for you. From the mind of creative genius Jess Bachman of Wallstats.com, Death and Taxes is a graphical analysis of the president's 2010 budget request that will be debated, amended, and approved by Congress to begin the fiscal year.Read more
Fifteen years ago, on September 13, 1994, President Bill Clinton signed the Violence Against Women Act, which strengthened the fight against domestic violence. This week, President Obama released a proclamation "call[ing] upon men and women of all ages, communities, organizations, and all levels of government, to work in collaboration to end violence against women." What can you and your church do you serve victims of domestic violence and prevent violence against women in your community?
Catholic social activism in the United States is the practical application of the notions of Catholic social teaching into American public life. Its roots can be traced to the 19th century encyclical Rerum Novarum of Pope Leo XIII.
218 years ago, the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the US Constitution, were ratified. Since then, this document has outlined what equality is in the United States. As a part of Human Rights Week, take the time to read the Bill of Rights and reflect where we as Americans stand in terms of holding up its doctrine. For more resources and curriculum on the Bill of Rights, visit the Bill of Rights Institute!
This presentation examines funding biases of nonprofits across race, class, gender and faith. Research shows that while 52.4% of those in poverty in the USA are people of color, only 16.5% of nonprofits are led by people of color, and only 3% of foundation funding goes toward organizations that are led by people of color. Feel free to share this on your Blog or Website using the embed code link at the bottom right of the presentation. Post any comments or questions below after logging in.
Do you really understand the economic crisis in America? This webcast by Andrew Sears, TechMission's Executive Director, provides a beginner's guide to understanding poverty in America and what can be done about it. Please forward this to friends who might want to learn about poverty and social justice.
Lately, it's been crowded in the Massachusetts State House. Children, afraid of losing their parents to a broken system they're too young to understand, gather in the offices of legislators. Fifty to sixty immigrant families, faith leaders, and human rights activists hold hands and bow heads in prayer in the lobby. Outside, poetry slams take place and press conferences are held.
Julie Bass of Oak Park, Michigan -- a mother of 6, law-abiding citizen, and gardener -- is facing 93 days in jail after being charged with a misdemeanor. Her crime? Planting a vegetable garden in the front yard. Bass says that she planted the garden after her front yard was torn up for some sewer repairs. Rather than wasting the opportunity to start with a clean slate by planting a lawn, she decided to really put the area to use, and plant a vegetable garden.
Today, Senator Durbin convened the first-ever hearing for the DREAM Act, which was live-tweeted and included big shots like Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Dr. Clifford Stanley, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Margaret Stock, former professor at West Point, and Albanian DREAMer Ola Kaso, who faced deportation earlier this month.
The US Social Forum is a movement building process providing a space to come up with "the peoples' solutions to the economic and ecological crisis". The forum is June 22-26 in Detroit, MI and seeks to help build a powerful multi-racial, inter-generational, inclusive, internationalist movement that transforms the U.S and the world at large.