Tears for Fears

"Democracy can buckle when we give in to fear. So, just as we, as citizens, must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are." - President Barack Obama, from his farewell speech, January 10, 2017 There was sobbing, actual wailing, in homes all… Continue reading Tears for Fears

Trust broken, empowerment renewed – the new Obama legacy

Expectations always lead to attachment, and attachment, the Buddha tells us, leads to suffering. So it is with the faith we put in the man who we expected to be a new kind of president, one who was deliberative and thoughtful, who we thought was compassionate and fair. Indeed, he often exhibits those qualities, personally.… Continue reading Trust broken, empowerment renewed – the new Obama legacy

Detroit and you – where progressive change happens

"We will fight, and we will win!" - Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), July 18, 2014     Fighting the tyranny of an oligarchy that withholds the existential needs of its people in an effort to subjugate them is the act of a rebel. Fighting for the change that leaves the members of a society empowered… Continue reading Detroit and you – where progressive change happens

AROMA – creating sustainable activism across Atlanta movements

"I'd love to change the world, but I don't know what to do." - I'd Love to Change the World, Ten Years After, 1971, by Alvin Lee Affecting change is hard. Screaming for social justice can be frustrating. As anyone who has ever been involved in social and political activism can tell you, making sure… Continue reading AROMA – creating sustainable activism across Atlanta movements

Evolution: seeing without the lens of war

"[T]he United States is and remains the one indispensable nation. That has been true for the century passed and it will be true for the century to come." -President Barack Obama, addressing the United States Military Academy commencement ceremony, May 28,2014 Just because we start seeing the world without looking at it through a lens… Continue reading Evolution: seeing without the lens of war

The problem with Clinton nostalgia

Let's start with, on the whole, I'm a big fan of Hillary Clinton. She commits. She works hard. She gets thing done.Her impressive performance as secretary of state made sure that the good ship Hillary never bottomed out, buoyed by a tide of political good will, domestically and abroad. The energy of, let's call it… Continue reading The problem with Clinton nostalgia

The morality cause: Moral Mondays sweep a region

"There is a longing in America for the recovery of our deepest moral and Constitutional values in public policies, policies people know that hurt the poor, children, women, the sick, and voting rights... "We know our politics can be moral. Our politics can be merciful. Our politics can be kind, caring, loving and just and… Continue reading The morality cause: Moral Mondays sweep a region

To be in the conversation, be part of the conversation

That could really be the mantra of the transition from Obama's very public, bully pulpit tactic of campaign style events, highlighting the issues he wants the American people to help him see through, to his new, private "charm offensive," a series of dinner and lunch meetings with Republican Senators and Representatives aimed at getting past… Continue reading To be in the conversation, be part of the conversation

It’s not the debates – it’s de base

Forget about a campaign "reset" from the Obama camp, Thursday evening, or anytime during the next twenty-odd days until the election results are final. Forget about the hand wringing and the forget about being nostalgic for September, when Romney was on the ropes. Now is the time for all good activists to come to the… Continue reading It’s not the debates – it’s de base

Boycott 2012? A political system on the razor’s edge

"We deal in illusion, man! None of it's true! But you people sit there -- all of you -- day after day, night after night, all ages, colors, creeds -- we're all you know. You're beginning to believe this illusion we're spinning here. You're beginning to think the tube is reality and your own lives… Continue reading Boycott 2012? A political system on the razor’s edge