Politicians' voting records are open to the public. So are records of campaign contributions. MAPLight.org merges the two, shedding light on how special interest groups influence the political process. Click here for a video tour.
"Want to know how to win a culture war? Don’t fight one." Simple idea, right? Maybe not. Jim Wallis writes for Sojourners' God Politics blog about looking for common ground when dealing with political issues, like health care and abortion. How important is it for us as a nation to put aside our differences and search for compromise as we work to make this a better place to live? What do you think?
The first library in the United States was founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia, PA. Over 250 years later, on October 2, 2009, the doors of all public libraries in Philadelphia will be closing due to a lack of budget. What are the potential injustice undertones connected to this decision to deny free resources to communities all over the city?
A public opinion survey conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has produced some important data regarding public support for faith-based organizations, as covered in this article, which appeared in the IRFAlliance newsletter on November 30th, 2009
Concurring with the philosophy that "those who do not know their opponent’s arguments do not completely understand their own," this book unites myriad essays and articles on the topic of censorship. Editor Terry O’Neil writes in the introduction, "The purpose of Opposing Viewpoints Series, and this book in particular, is to present a balanced, and often difficult to find opposing points of view on complex and sensitive issues" (p. 9).
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.