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By Larry James on August 31, 2008

And just when I was certain that I'd heard and seen just about everything related to poverty and homelessness in the U.S., along comes University of Michigan student Stephen Mills.

HUVs for our homeless (as in "homeless utility vehicles")? Hmmm. Maybe Mills is just facing some hard facts about how difficult it is for communities to find the will to put an end to homelessness.

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By Gerald Britt on August 31, 2008

The Eagle Stirreth Her Nest and 'Dry Bones in the Valley' are two dynamic messages of the Reverend C.L. Franklin which have endured for several decades and which are remembered with incredible affection in the black church. Reverend C.L. Franklin, the father of Aretha Franklin was considered one of the profound influences on black preaching.

He was the pastor of the New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, and one of the most popular preachers in the nation. Rev. Franklin was one of the first ministers to put his sermons on radio and record albums. A colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Franklin was the principal organizers of a march in Detroit in 1963. A march during which culminated in a speech in which Dr. King prefigured his 1963 March on Washington, 'I Have a Dream' message.

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By Shala Mills on August 31, 2008

We returned home from the convention on Friday evening to discover that our Obama yard sign was missing. In a reversal of family roles, it was my husband who uttered the optimistic “maybe someone took it because they wanted it for their own yard.” Okay, so the truth is he said it tongue in cheek. And, as we both suspected, such wishful thinking was just that…wishful. I found the sign. Mutilated. Laying in a twisted mess in another part of the yard. The wires had been bent. The tough fabric wasn’t easy to tear, but the perpetrator had done his or her best, stretching and twisting at it until portions were a thinned out stretch of perforated plastic.

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By Larry James on August 31, 2008

A movement is building momentum in the nation. It is...

Spiritual. Of the streets. Material. Real. Sacrificial. Young. Fearless. Significant. Eager.

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By Dawne Leiker on August 31, 2008

I got the chance to hear Dan Rather speak on Wednesday of the Democratic Convention. “Journalists should be skeptical, not cynical," said Rather.

Those words were ringing in my head most of Thursday evening at Invesco Field. I had retained a pretty good dose of skepticism, if not cynicism. The careful harmonization of speeches, music, cheering and flag waving of the previous three nights had left me wondering if any of this convention was real.

Sitting in the stands with a clan of media, the skepticism was palpable throughout the evening. Crowds would begin “the wave” .... and it would somehow flatten as it hit the media section, only to surge again once more as it hit the next section.

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By Gerald Britt on August 31, 2008


"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."

Dwight David Eisenhower
1890-1969
President
1953-1961

By Sarah Burris on August 31, 2008

Update: CNN Reports: "He said he would not go to Louisiana because he did not want to impede the work of emergency officials." Doesn't stop John McCain, however, who will be there tomorrow.

As much as I would like to continue the focus of the positive message during DNC08, strong forces are gaining speed and power not too far away. I'm not just talking about RNC08, but a new threat to the US that cannot be preempted by military force.

Hurricane Gustav is scheduled to make landfall a few hours prior to President George W. Bush's address to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul on Monday.

I read an update on twitter from a friend who said this was like a giant ad buy from God to remind voters of the disasters of Katrina. But I'm sure Republicans will find some way to say this is a reason to re-elect them and further evidence that we must outlaw abortion, and be drilling everywhere to find more oil to burn.

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By Janet Morrison on August 31, 2008

Being at the DNC over the last week has not just inspired me for the Democratic party, it has inspired me to pay more attention to the Republican National Convention as well. It is important to be educated and know "why" we make choices.

So, I woke up Friday morning, anxious to find out who McCain would choose as a running mate.

I can't completely say I didn't see it coming, but I was definitely surprised by his choice of a 44-year old, pretty much unknown, 1 1/2-year governor (since December 2006)...with no other experience than the local city council and the mayor of a small, suburban town...from the remote state of Alaska, Sarah Palin.

CNN explained that the Republicans wanted to, "Shake things up." The New York Times called her a "novelty."

Talk about Affirmative Action in the worst way!

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By Stuart Elliott on August 31, 2008

"1948" One veteran of the new left and new politics recently recounted that in 1968 he was mystified that African Americans were unreceptive to his petition to not support Hubert Humphrey in the fall election. Finally, he asked one gentleman why and the man simply replied "1948." In a Huffington Post column, Chris Weigant rightly identifies the 1948 convention as a pivotal event in American political history and as the year--and not 1964-- in which the Democrats lost the South. It is also the year which marked the re-alignment of American parties into more or less coherent ideological parties.

No figure was more critical in the 1948 events than Hubert Humphrey, the young reformist and pro-labor mayor of Minneapolis. Humphrey was running for the Senate and could have easily played it safe, but he chose instead, with the support of liberals like Illinois Senator Paul Douglass, and big city machines to push for a strong civil platform.

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By Janet Morrison on August 30, 2008

The energy at Invesco Thursday night was electric!

Let the commentators call it what they may..."Kum ba yah," "All about the celebrities," ...whatever. It was an ingenious way to organize supporters, engage people, and reinforce the message Barack has communicated all along, "...this election has never been about me; it's about you."

From the very beginning of the evening, I was intrigued. As we got settled in the stands, the jumbo tron flashed, “What is the name of Sen. Obama’s comprehensive early education plan?” and asked us to text our response of E1, E2, or E3. The correct answer? Zero to Five. (The E2 option was, "No Child Left Behind for Real"...which I thought was pretty funny.)

And then (you can click the picture to enlarge it and see the question better)...

The answer?

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By Sarah Burris on August 30, 2008

I'm still pretty exhausted, but I'm trying to upload things as quickly as possible and cut them for blogs.

One event I was able to attend while at the Democratic National Convention was the HRC Concert Rock to Win featuring many performers including Kansas's own Melissa Etheridge, Cindy Lauper, frequent Kansas visitor Rufus Wainwright, Thelma Houston, and Margaret Cho.

The concert began with a short press conference where all agreed that young voters were essential to the election in November. Cindy Lauper said it was important for all people to vote, and that was a key component for her concert with the HRC as well as her national True Colors tour.

"Hopelessness comes out of helplessness. We put the tour together to give information to the people, because information is power, and I strongly believe that this nation was built on the power of the people."

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By Beth Boisvert on August 30, 2008

Hurricane Gustav is heading for the Gulf of Mexico, having already hit Haiti and probably hitting Cuba on its way today. It's expected to gain strength over the warm waters, and make landfall in the US anywhere between Florida and Texas. That puts New Orleans most likely right in its path. Needless to say, residents there are worried.

I am too. Not only because I know that three years is not nearly enough time to erase memories and anxieties of the trauma of Katrina (having lived in NYC the last four years, I am quite aware of the reaction to a low-flying plane or unexplained smoky air), but also because having spent time in New Orleans this past January, and engaged many of its residents, I feel a deep connection to that wonderfully unique city.

Trailers and walls I also know from my time there that New Orleans has only begun to move from recovery to renewal, and the prospect of having much of that wiped away is just plain scary. This photo was taken from inside the home I was helping to construct for a family, of their street, lined with FEMA trailers. For many, FEMA trailers are the only homes people have now. They are certainly not designed to withstand a strong hurricane.

So on the anniversary of the day people woke up after Katrina hit and many mistakenly thought they'd be made it through the worst of it, the people of New Orleans are in my prayers. May you be comforted, may you be protected, and may you be safe.

By Beth Boisvert on August 29, 2008

For many different reasons, I have yet to see most of the DNC speeches from this past week. Last night, however, I did get to watch Obama's acceptance speech. Even listening with a critical ear, paying attention to rhetoric and to phrases and ideas created to evoke emotion... I was moved. I want this man as my next president. Yes, although it's becoming such an over-used word, I see hope in him. I see in him--while accepting it will not happen easily or overnight--a commitment to alter the way we do politics in this country. There's a reason that many people--particularly the young and marginalized--don't vote: they don't see it as important, because they feel like it won't matter because politics will always be politics (and although I vote, I've felt the same many times). When stories come out about politicians who lie, cheat, steal or do any other number of unethical things, it makes headlines for a day or two, but people aren't really shocked, because we've come to expect that from politicians. People get frustrated with how things are--that children are under-insured, that workers can't make a living wage, that a war no one can seem to justify is still going on and our servicepersons are still in harm's way, etc, etc--and don't take action because they don't see the political process as doing anything. I think this is really what Obama wants to change, and I'm excited about it!

And now, on the "what the...?" side: In an obvious ploy to attract bitter Hillary supporters (and I'm clearly not saying all Hillary supporters are bitter, but there are some), John McCain has selected a woman, Sarah Palin, as his running-mate. Well, great, right? At least we can get a woman in the White House one way or another! Wrong. Just wrong, wrong, wrong. Does he really think the women who previously supported Hillary are that gullible? Come on! Palin is ridiculously conservative, and even more ridiculously inexperienced!

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By Gerald Britt on August 29, 2008

When Barack Obama was one of a dozen or so announced candidates for the Democratic nomination for president, there were a number of African-Americans, including myself, considered it to be yet another symbolic effort.

Iowa changed that, and then the other states. The tight race with Hillary Clinton changed that. And last night made it certain that while symbolism was involved, substance was involved. And now, we have reached a watershed moment in our nations history.

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By Shala Mills on August 28, 2008

celebrate What more can I say?

By Larry James on August 28, 2008

I was just 13-years-old when he delivered arguably the most famous and significant speech in the nation's history.

Today marked the 45th anniversary of the poor people's march on Washington, the location of Dr. Martin Luther King's address.

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By Shala Mills on August 28, 2008

From the service project I headed to the convention center where I connected with my husband and then the two of us walked down to an outdoor café for lunch where we watched an odd assortment of folks passing by, including someone in an ostrich costume with a sign that read “McCain’s Economic Policy” and a belly dancer whose spangles and beads were accompanied by political buttons. I was enjoying my lunch and hoping to either blog or catch part of the Rural Caucus (which was badly timed) when my cell phone rang and I was summoned to the floor. Change of plans. Roll call would be much earlier than expected. Delegates from all across the country were receiving the same calls (what did they do before cell phones?) and began making their way to delegate shuttles.

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By Shala Mills on August 28, 2008

Trying to squeeze in a little more sleep, I didn’t make it down to Wednesday’s breakfast until just before the group photo with the delegation, most of us wearing our matching KDP polos. (A moment here to thank the KDP staff who have done a terrific job this week. It must be a bit like herding cats in the midst of a thunderstorm, but they manage to get us gathered and more or less organized despite last minute schedule changes from the DNC. And they reunited me with my cell phone on Wednesday morning, which was a great relief.) Our morning speakers were Gov. Sebelius and the Governors of North Carolina (who loved our powder blue shirts) and Arizona. After the delegation breakfast, I joined the delegation service project which proved to be a rewarding experience.

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By Shala Mills on August 28, 2008

Determined not to repeat Monday’s transportation fiasco, I took a delegate shuttle from the convention center to the Pepsi Center and was in my delegate seat by 4:00. It was fascinating to watch the building fill. Before the crowds got too thick, I took the opportunity to cruise the floor perimeter, walking just a few feet away from the FOX, MSNBC and NBC broadcast platforms (where I managed to irritate a security guard when my flash accidentally went off while snapping a photo of Katie Curic just after the guard had ordered “no flash”.) One of the VIPs I encountered was former Speaker Jim Wright from my home state of Texas and I was pleased to pose for a picture with him.

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By Dawne Leiker on August 28, 2008

Bill Clinton rocked the crowd at the Democratic convention last night. His presence on stage set the crowd wild.

I would never have thought that would be possible nine years ago when he was impeached, and became somewhat of an embarrassment to the Democratic party.

This is a testament to the disillusionment of the last eight years. Democrats are nostalgic for the prosperity of the 1990’s and are pinning their hopes on the fact that Bill and Hillary have undeniably lent their support to Barack Obama.

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Earlier posts in this month:

Taking it all in at the Democratic convention, August 28, 2008
Tuesday: An Amazing Convention Day, August 28, 2008
DNC: Wednesday after Bill Clinton, August 28, 2008
DNC: Bill Clinton on Wednesday, August 28, 2008
New Obama Hip Hop Vid, August 28, 2008
The Burden of Being First, August 28, 2008
Is McCain Truly Honoring Veterans?, August 27, 2008
Ray Nagin Prepared to Evacuate New Orleans, August 27, 2008
Downs and Ups, part two, August 27, 2008
Just Show Up, August 27, 2008
It Does Get Better!, August 27, 2008
A Delegate's Day of Downs and Ups, August 27, 2008
Hillary Clinton Provides Vision for Democratic Party, August 27, 2008
Hillary Supporters... Unite!, August 27, 2008
Worldview: Judgment vs Hope, August 27, 2008
Hillary Clinton Rouses Sleepy Convention, August 27, 2008
Anger and Politics, August 27, 2008
No Way, No How, NO McCAIN: Recap of Day 2, August 27, 2008
It can't possibly get better!, August 26, 2008
From print to blog, August 26, 2008
Women Hold The Power, August 26, 2008
This Election is a Referendum On America, August 26, 2008
Obama/Kansas Connection, August 26, 2008
DNC: Monday night, August 26, 2008
Obama Inspires New Generation of Leaders, August 26, 2008
My Brush with Greatness!, August 26, 2008
The View from Home - Recap Day 1, August 26, 2008
Young Voters Matter to Pols Maybe Not Hollywood, August 26, 2008
Who's the elitist?, August 25, 2008
A Day in the Life of 'Press' at the Dem Convention, August 25, 2008
Your DNC Moment of Zen, August 25, 2008
Ted Kennedy is in Denver, August 25, 2008
First Lessons, August 25, 2008
Three hundred bloggers in a big tent, August 25, 2008
In This Election, It's the Economy - and Race, August 25, 2008
The Elephant in the Room, August 25, 2008
Faith and Politics: A Sacred Responsibility, August 25, 2008
Governor Sebelius at DNCC & Recap of Sunday, August 25, 2008
DNC: Prologue, August 24, 2008
Tocqueville and the Conscience of a Delegate, August 24, 2008
DNC: Wild in the Streets!, August 24, 2008
DNCC Committee Talk about Young Voters, August 24, 2008
The New Deal, August 24, 2008
A Delegate's Schedule, August 24, 2008
The Swift Boating of America, August 24, 2008
The Swift Boating of America, August 24, 2008
A Delegate's Experience, August 23, 2008
Convention Excitement: We Have Previews!, August 23, 2008
How We're Contributing to a Growing Underclass, Part 2, August 22, 2008
Twas Days Before the Convention, August 22, 2008
Creating a Politico, August 22, 2008
This Determined Group of Bloggers Said, 'Yes, We Can!', August 22, 2008
How We're Contributing to a Growing Underclass, Part 1, August 21, 2008
Snooty Is Never Pretty, August 21, 2008
Luther: Rather be governed by a smart Turk than a dumb Christian, August 20, 2008
Bush's Political Allies Score Biodefense Research, August 20, 2008
Our Distracted Culture, August 20, 2008
Wisdom: Breaking the Cycle, August 20, 2008
Diplomacy with Pakistan, Can It Be Sustained?, August 19, 2008
Overcoming Unfair, Negative Stereotypes, August 19, 2008
Patriot Power, August 19, 2008
Presidential Politics, August 18, 2008
Well Done, Pastor Warren, August 18, 2008
No Taxes for Majority of American Corporations, August 18, 2008
Remembering 4,144 Americans Who Have Lost Their Lives, August 17, 2008
For Those Who Would Change the Wind, August 17, 2008
The Business Case for Ending Homelessness, August 16, 2008
What To Do When You Get Fired, Part 2: Evaluate Your Legal Rights, August 15, 2008
A Man and His Community: Do We Really Get It?, August 15, 2008
Former Gains Reversed: Poverty Is Growing, August 15, 2008
On Doing the 'Right' Thing, August 14, 2008
Get to Know Your Candidates: Music Choices, August 14, 2008
You can't be what you don't know, August 14, 2008
Olympic Fever in Post-Primary Days, August 14, 2008
How Does It Feel to Be Poor?, August 13, 2008
What to Do When You Get Fired, Part One: Don't Resign!, August 13, 2008
Faith Race Tightens, August 13, 2008
On Hope and Responsibility, August 13, 2008
Diabetes, Race and Health Disparity, August 13, 2008
Kansas City Youth Offered Free Grassroots Training, August 12, 2008
Affirmative Action... from the Voices of the Children, August 12, 2008
Do Something Award Honors Teen, August 12, 2008
Can Public Housing Contribute to City-Wide Economic Development?, August 12, 2008
The Key Is Freedom, August 12, 2008
KS-Sen: Slattery Asks for Transparency, August 11, 2008
Party Like a Rock Star, August 11, 2008
Obama's Young Evangelical Outreach, August 11, 2008
Chamber of Commerce Staff Gets Drunk, Blames Workers, August 11, 2008
Democratic Left Hero: A. Philip Randolph, August 11, 2008
Generational Race Issues Today, August 11, 2008
Fiddling While Rome Burns, August 10, 2008
From 'What If' to 'Here's How!', August 10, 2008
Phone Victims, August 10, 2008
For Those Who Would Change the Wind, August 9, 2008
Developing Our Future Leaders, August 9, 2008
The Olympics and Politics, August 8, 2008
John McCain, Left Behind?, August 8, 2008
Young Candidate in New York: Jon Powers, August 8, 2008
Disappearing into the Shadows, August 8, 2008
More on Immigration and the Economy, August 8, 2008
What Constitutes an EMERGENCY?, August 7, 2008
The Uglier Side of Political Discourse, August 6, 2008
Our Friends in the Heat, August 6, 2008
Kansas GOP Figures It Out, August 6, 2008
The People to Democrats: Remember it, Write it Down, Take a Picture - We Want Economic Relief, August 5, 2008
A Street by Any Other Name, August 5, 2008
Impact of Undocumented Workers on Business Activity, August 5, 2008
Are These Outcomes Okay with You?, August 5, 2008
Politicians Protest Summer Vacation, August 4, 2008
Voter Registration for Homeless and Low Income Voters, August 4, 2008
For Those Who Would Change the Wind, August 3, 2008
Current Energy Policy: The Subsidized Destruction of Food, August 3, 2008
Welcoming the Whole Earth, August 3, 2008
Is Segregation Natural?, August 3, 2008
Dorothy Day's Diary, August 2, 2008
The Global Poverty Act, August 2, 2008
The Price of Silence, August 2, 2008
Best in Show, August 1, 2008
When Signs Are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Signs, August 1, 2008
Hey Kansas! Remember to Vote on August 5th!, August 1, 2008
Robin Carnahan: Voter Protection & Young Voters, August 1, 2008
In Memorium: Caesar Clark, August 1, 2008
Facing the Facts: New York Points the Way, August 1, 2008

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