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By Simone Davis on April 30, 2007

Those of us that care deeply about each other and our country have had a rough ride.

In the early Bush years, I was like a robot, going through the motions - while my heart was breaking. I was stiffened. Stopped in my tracks from my own disbelief. For many months, if not years.

From the beginning, the endless headlines of Bush's reign stretched out before me like a dry, barren road.

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By J.P. Michaud on April 28, 2007

If you live in Ellis County, Kansas, you are invited to attend an important citizen meeting on May 2nd, 2007!

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By Mike Maggio on April 28, 2007

Once, I dreamed of sunshine. There was a big, bright ball of yellow swelling in the sky, and there was I, illuminated in the light, like a saint crowned in halo, ready to perform the most testing of miracles. That's the way I viewed my life when I was a budding youth: nothing was too big or too difficult to be accomplished. I knew that, one day, I would use my skills and talents to help change the world, make it a better place for all.

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By Ally Klimkoski on April 27, 2007

When we talk about the youth movement in America and ways to get us to engage and participate in the process we often find a huge amount of ambiguity - little hard data/evidence (except the Harvard Institute of Politics or the CIRCLE research) and even fewer willing to conduct experiments into microtargeting the 18-30 demographic.

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By Larry James on April 25, 2007

At times our conversations and debates concerning public policy leave us "stuck" in abstractions and theoretical concerns.

After all, most of us here have the luxury of conversation about what are, for millions of other people, matters of life and death, literally.

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By Jo Ella Barrie on April 24, 2007

April 24 is Equal Pay Day. Equal pay is certainly about the respect and dignity of women. It's also about the equal opportunity this country claims to cherish. But even beyond that, it's about poor working families and the larger costs of pay inequity which affect the poorest among us most of all. Consider these facts from a joint study undertaken by the AFL-CIO and the Institute for Women's Policy Research:

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By Larry James on April 22, 2007

The more I read Shane Claiborne, the more he inspires, troubles, challenges and motivates me to rethink just about everything!

His remarkable The Irresistible Revolution speaks to the importance of how we "see" other people.

Really important stuff, especially in the city...

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By Lucy Belnora on April 22, 2007

Walter Ulbricht proclaimed in 1961, "Niemand hat die Absicht, eine Mauer zu errichten!" Translated to English, the statement means, "Nobody has any intention to erect a wall." Walter Ulwork was the head of state, party leader and most powerful German in East Germany in 1961. Only two months after Ulwork emphatically denied that there were any such plans to build the Berlin Wall, on August 13, 1961, Ulwork began building the Berlin Wall.

On April 18, 2007, Major General William Caldwell IV, US Army, said, "We have no intent to build gated communities in Baghdad."

That same day, the U.S. military began sealing off Baghdad neighborhoods with concrete walls in a controversial new strategy, but residents fear the barriers could deepen divisions between Sunni and Shiite Muslims.

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By Steve Creason on April 22, 2007

Hey, it's Sunday. Yesterday I was browsing through a little crooksandliars.com on a commercial break during a playoff game (and if you must know, God's team won...). In the comments section under an article someone posted a link to a BBC documentary about a church in these great United States of America where the primary tenet was that our nation is on God's s@#$-list because we are too nice to gay people. This is a "christian" church, or so they insist. And I'm not posting a link to the video or citing the name of the group...just as I would have never aired the ravings of the shooter down in Virginia or an angry message from a father stuck in a child custody dispute...

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By Jacinta Faber on April 22, 2007

Oh, for the days of "the Big Boss" from Kansas City, MO. Ted Pendergast with help from his brother Michael had become one of the great political machines of the twentieth century. From stuffing ballots to road construction, they took care of their own. The Pendergast machine can be credited for Harry Truman's ascendancy to the White House. Truman with gratitude once stated that he loved Michael, "As I did my own daddy."

Some of us in Ellis County are in the throes of a wind fight, and we sorely need a daddy, but all we are getting is ...

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By Larry James on April 21, 2007

They're at it again in Austin, Texas.

Defending God and "His values" can be tough work in such a secular place as Texas and in such a "godless environment" as the halls of our state house, right?

Serious business protecting the "In God We Trust" and "under God" heritage of the Lone Star state.

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By Larry James on April 20, 2007

Not long ago I spoke to a church located in a well-to-do part of Dallas. Great folks who are eager to do good things, serve people and make a difference in our city. The minister had invited me to speak to the group about faith, biblical theology and "the poor," which I was happy to do.

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By Ally Klimkoski on April 20, 2007

This week was a big one for da yoots. (can you tell My Cousin Vinny is on?) Skyline Public Works released a statement and launch of their new youth funding program the Go Grants The Program commits to giving $250,000 contributions to an organization in each state over the next ten years that specifically targets youth participation and engagement in sustaining organizations that continue work for elections and after.

It prompted me to take a deeper look into funding for youth programs, who gives, what they give, how they give, and what the partisan break down of funding to these groups is.

What I found with a simple OpenSecrets is a significant divide between Young Democrats and Young Republicans in funding. If you look under the 527 section you see that the YD's received about $1.6million for the 2006 election cycle and made about $1.5million in expenditures.

What do you suppose the Young Republicans did?

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By Bob Hooper on April 19, 2007

"The rank and file are usually much more primitive than we imagine. Propaganda must therefore always be essentially simple and repetitive. In the long run basic results in influencing public opinion will be achieved only by the man who is able to reduce problems to the simplest terms and who has the courage to keep forever repeating them in this simplified form, despite the objections of the intellectuals." ~ Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Minister of Propaganda, The Goebbels Diaries, London, 1948

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By Zola Jones on April 19, 2007

"If we are to reach real peace in this world... we shall have to begin with the children." Mohandas K. Gandhi

Despite loud rhetoric to the contrary, the Bush administration has left millions of children behind with respect to education by failing to fully fund the programs in the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Bush never gave our schools, students or teachers the resources they need. In fact, Bush never gave the minimum of funds that were required to simply implement the bare bones version of his NCLB.

The result - unfunded mandates that frustrate our schools, harm them, and don't help them. And our children? They are the victims of empty promises.

Call it whatever you want - shell game, bait and switch, unfunded mandate. It doesn't matter what you call it. It boils down to this - our government is not betting on the successful future of our public schools.

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By Ally Klimkoski on April 19, 2007

In 2004 we saw a dramatic increase in the 18-30 voting block voting. Maybe it was Iraq, maybe it was about specific issues, maybe it was Howard Dean who engaged them and kept them involved through the election - who knows - but 12% more young people voted in 2004 than did in 2000.

There have been many people, several in fact, even me, who have said that there needs to be a change. A very specific youth based movement that communicates on a youth based level is needed if we mean to make any real progress at continuing the kind of growth in my generation that we saw in 2004.

That's why I'd like to applaud the efforts of these folks.

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By Larry James on April 16, 2007

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By Pamela Jean on April 15, 2007

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By Larry James on April 15, 2007

Whenever American donors are asked, we report back the belief that most of our donations go to assist those less fortunate than ourselves - right?

However, the facts of our giving tell a very different story.

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By Ally Klimkoski on April 15, 2007

It should surprise none that as a devout person of faith and a strong democrat that I support Senator John Edwards' campaign for President. I talk about him everywhere I go, in the grocery store, at work, at home, everywhere. And what I find interesting is that someone actually said to me they they liked him but "He really has to get over that poverty thing."

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Earlier posts in this month:

Exploiting Young Inexperienced Cheap Political Labor, April 13, 2007
Frankly, I Find That Refreshing, April 12, 2007
Talk-Radio Jock Shocks Himself, April 11, 2007
Demanding Inspiration, Not Torture, April 11, 2007
A Cup of Coffee, April 10, 2007
Looking Back, April 10, 2007
Windfarm Madness - It's Nationwide, April 10, 2007
Darkness Cannot Have the Last Word, April 8, 2007
Efficient Killing Machine: Face the Gentle Carpenter, April 8, 2007
What Would Jesus Bomb?, April 7, 2007
If I Were Preaching on Easter..., April 7, 2007
A Big Tent with No One In It, April 6, 2007
Evil Doers: With Us or Against Us, April 6, 2007
Waking Up Wal-Mart at Any Cost?, April 5, 2007
Random Outbursts, April 4, 2007
Sanitation Workers, MLK, Memory & Mission, April 4, 2007
Evangelical Environmentalism, April 4, 2007
Noise Complaints On Rise with Newest Industrial Wind Power Projects, April 4, 2007
Stop Complaining... Start Writing!, April 2, 2007
A People's History of the United States, by Howard Zinn, April 1, 2007
Dog whistles, Elfin Sounds, and Standing in the Way of Progress, April 1, 2007
Crashing the Gate, by Armstrong & Moulitsas, April 1, 2007
Gone With the Wind?, April 1, 2007
Hard Work, by Fantasia and Voss, April 1, 2007
Stir It Up, by Rinku Sen, April 1, 2007
A Country That Works, by Andrew Stern, April 1, 2007
Hard Ball On Holy Ground, by Steven Swecker, April 1, 2007
Breach of Faith, by Jed Horne, April 1, 2007
American Theocracy, by Kevin Phillips, April 1, 2007
Transforming the City, by Marion Orr, April 1, 2007
Naming the System, by Michael Yates, April 1, 2007
Progressive Christians Speak, by John Cobb, April 1, 2007
The Great Risk Shift, by Jacob Hacker, April 1, 2007
Sick: The Untold Story, by Jonathan Cohn, April 1, 2007
Before the Next Attack, by Bruce Ackerman, April 1, 2007
Empowered Participation, by Archon Fung, April 1, 2007
Activism, Inc., by Dana Fisher, April 1, 2007
The Impossible Will Take a Little While, by Paul Rogat Loeb, April 1, 2007

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