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By Janet Morrison on September 30, 2008

We're busy scrambling to bail out people who have tragically failed our system. What about bailing out the people who haven't even had the chance or opportunity to make a bad decision yet? Listen to Karim's take on it...

By Pamela Jean on September 30, 2008

There was a time in our nation's history when many barriers limited citizen access to the voting booth. Today, after the hard work and sacrifice of so many Americans, all citizens are guaranteed the right to have their voices heard at the polls.

"Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country." - President Franklin D. Roosevelt
No right is more precious than our constitutional right to select the people we want to represent us in our city, county, state and national governments! Even so, millions of eligible citizens in the United States are not even registered to vote, yet. Some have never registered. Some registered a long time ago and never voted. Some citizens who think they are registered, may not actually still be registered - especially if they have changed their addresses or last names since the last time they voted.

You can help reinstate their rights and re-engage them in our democracy. Citizen action (not Wall Street) is the lifeblood of democracy! It's easier than you may think. You can run a voter registration drive! Don't let anybody tell you that you can't. You can. Here's how...

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By Gerald Britt on September 30, 2008

It's something I've seen time after time: national disaster strikes, poor people are threatened or suffer - think Katrina, think the public education crisis, think this current economic crisis.

The crisis is going to cost money. Lots of it. It doesn't take long before someone figures out that public policy aimed at helping low income families and the poor is to blame. Or we should blame the poor people themselves!

Is this economic collapse the fault of people making $25,000-$30,000 trying to get $500,000-$800,000 homes? Is that the reason we're where we are? Is it really because there was legislation that forced banks to stop 'redlining' poor neighborhoods so that businesses could get loans, car loans could be more accessible?

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By Angelo Lopez on September 30, 2008

The Presidential and Vice Presidential debates have always been the most entertaining part of the election season for me. From the past debates that I’m seen, they’ve usually been less about the issues and more about creating an impression to the American people about the personality and character of the particular candidates. My first Presidential debate that I remember is the Reagan/Carter debate in 1980, and I just remember Reagan saying “there you go again” whenever Carter criticized Reagan. Though a lot of the debates seem canned, they do offer a chance to see the candidates perform alone without the handlers and p.r. people, and it gives us a chance to see how the candidates think on their feet. I found on the internet a site that Jim Lehrer hosted for PBS called Debating Our Destiny that looked back on the televised Presidential and Vice debates and interviewed the candidates to see their thoughts on the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates. As we listen to the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates in these next few weeks, I’ve found this site to be illuminating and it gives me some perspective on the goals and approaches that John McCain, Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, and Joe Biden may take.

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By Nora Thomason on September 30, 2008

Has John McCain lied again? John McCain is trying to sell himself to us as a "maverick" and a "straight talker" who will "tell the truth" no matter the consequences. I'm starting to see through it. Lucy wrote a blog last week about how McCain lied to unemployed workers about only "buying American." She showed us that the "straight talker" can't get his stories straight. I agree with Lucy that lying to unemployed workers is irksome and insulting.

But, now, in my opinion, he's upping his game. In so many ways, I'm finding that he twists and obfuscates the truth. I've discovered that John McCain is also lying about money - our money - our hard earned taxpayer money. It scares me during these unpredictable economic times that John McCain - or any elected official, for that matter - would lie to us about our money.

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By John Atlas on September 30, 2008

Peter Dreier’s most recent Rooflines post cited a story titled “Community Organizing Changed Fishery,” in which John Corrigan, the fishing writer for the Concord (N.H.) Monitor, explained that “anybody who has caught a fish at Sewalls Falls over the last two decades has witnessed the value of community organizing.” Among other things to promote fishing and clean water, the organizers helped remove a major obstacle to the restoration of sea-run Atlantic salmon in the watershed.

Which of course reminded me of the old saying: ‘’If you give a hungry person a fish, he will eat that night, but if you teach him how to fish, he eats every night.’’

To that I will add a community-organizing element: What if the water where you fish is polluted? Then what?

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By Larry James on September 30, 2008

According to the 2006 census, there are almost 400,000 individuals living below the federal poverty line in Dallas County!

Of these, over 160,000 are children. Further, Texas is "Number 1" in the nation for the percentage of families who deal with hunger or "food insecurity" over the course of a year. In response to the reality that surrounds us every day, Central Dallas Ministries will host and promote Community Hunger Day on Monday, October 27.

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By John T. Bird on September 29, 2008

If we had any real Democratic leaders in Congress we would put together our “real” economic recovery package, which would include all the things we have claimed to be for over the past 20 years, such as universal health insurance, sensible tax rates for the hyper-wealthy, bankruptcy reform, withdrawal of support of our foreign co-conspirators, return of the troops from Iraq, nationalization of energy, mandated production of energy efficient vehicles, regularization of immigration laws with worker visas, and we would march to the White House with the legislation signed by enough Democrats in both houses to pass it, tell Bush to sign it or be impeached, along with his V.P., in which case we will then let President Pelosi sign it.

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By Melissa Tuckey on September 29, 2008

Recently, while preparing for an interview with the American poet Naomi Shihab Nye, I had the good fortune to come across her father’s memoir Does the Land Remember me? published in 2006, just before his death. Naomi Shihab Nye was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to a Palestinian father and an American mother. During her high school years, she lived in Ramallah, in Jordan, the Old City in Jerusalem, and San Antonio, Texas. She recently lost her father, who was a huge influence on her life and her writing. Her two beautiful poems about her father led me to her father’s memoir.

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By John T. Bird on September 29, 2008

What follows is an excerpt from the weekly newsletter from Jerry Moran (R), First District Congressman from Kansas. He is a "very nice" person. He ran against and defeated Joe Norvell and has steadily advanced up the political ladder, now aiming for the U.S. Senate seat which will be open here in 2010, if Sen. Sam Brownback does as expected, and runs for Governor in Kansas.

Notice that Jerry voted against the bailout.

I know that the vote against the bailout is not really a vote against reckless government spending, but it seems like even the most intelligent and reasonable people we send to Washington don’t get it. At the very least, it seems like there should be a better effort to explain to the great unwashed that the rule of holes doesn’t mean what it says, or does not apply here.

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By Larry James on September 29, 2008

Random thoughts on an afternoon that could become "historic" in a very bad way. . .

What does it mean to be in "leadership" in our media driven, poll-sensitive, "ear-to-the-ground" political version of democracy? Constituency concerns and opinions should always be received, acknowledged and followed whenever the elected leader feels that such advice is sound in view of the nation's overall well-being and health.

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By Gerald Britt on September 29, 2008

Let me begin with this disclaimer: I love the church. By that I mean, not just the African-American church, but the church at large. I believe across the broad spectrum of faith and religious tradition, there is so much to learn from one another, and too often we allow our petty dogmas to get in the way.

That being said, I can't agree with every position of every church. I just believe we can have profound disagreements, regarding the interpretation of scripture, tradition and how we are to fulfill our mandate and still be brothers and sisters.

There are churches that are pushing this to the edge, however. They are churches that are deciding to take on the IRS on the issue of candidate endorsements.

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By Larry James on September 29, 2008

Word has it that Alan Fishman, the Washington Mutual CEO who took the top job 18 days ago before presiding over the largest bank failure in the nation's history, will walk away from his job with $13.65 million. Not bad for less than three weeks on the job, wouldn't you say?

Let's see, that's $758,333.33 a day.

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By Angelo Lopez on September 29, 2008

This year has been one most interesting election years in my years of voting. The primaries with divervse views represented by Dennis Kucinich, Joe Biden, John Edwards, Mike Huckabee, and Ron Paul. The contest for the nomination between Hillary and Obama. The resurrection of McCain in the Republican race. The emergence of Sarah Palin. This election season has gone through so many twists and turns. I’m excited by these elections because the Obama, Clinton, and even Palin candidacies are breaking down barriers of racism and sexism. These candidates have faced their share of racism and sexism to break down these barriers and these reactions show how far America has to go to be rid of these vices.

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By Janet Morrison on September 28, 2008


What happens the third weekend in the small rural town of Gainesville, Missouri (population 595) every year? Hootin' and Hollarin'!

What, you may ask, is Hootin' and Hollarin'?

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By Simone Davis on September 28, 2008

This week, we've watched, helplessly, as our elected representatives decided among themselves to take 700 billion of our hard-earned dollars to bail Wall Street out of its gambling debts. Watching this mismanagement is no less of a helpless feeling than the one so many of us felt as we watched the planes dive into the World Trade Towers in 2001.

If we could just stop them! Stop! We know what they are doing is wrong! If we could have kept those jets from ever touching the towers, we would have.

If we could reach out and grab our elected representatives by the scruff of their necks, shake them by the shoulders and tell them to stop giving money to the rich, we would. We definitely would. Helpless to keep our lawmakers, both Democratic and Republican, from ruining our futures; we don't have the pause button we should have. Where is our Franklin Roosevelt?

“This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today...

“In such a spirit on my part and on yours we face our common difficulties. They concern, thank God, only material things. Values have shrunk to fantastic levels; taxes have risen; our ability to pay has fallen; government of all kinds is faced by serious curtailment of income....

"More important, a host of unemployed citizens face the grim problem of existence and an equally great number toil with little return. Only a foolish optimist can deny the dark realities of the moment."

- Franklin Delano Roosevelt, January 1933, at his inauguration

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By Gerald Britt on September 28, 2008

Lauded as one of the greatest politicians of our time, lamented because of the unfulfilled potential of his presidency and lambasted because of his personal weaknesses and failures, Bill Clinton's post presidential years may be recorded as the most significant on record.

The recently concluded Clinton Global Initiative has an impressive record of bringing together corporations, philanthropic institutions, individuals and governments to address the issues that threaten quality of life worldwide.

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By Gerald Britt on September 28, 2008

"Cool Hand Luke", "The Sting", "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", "The Hustler", "The Color of Money", "The Verdict" - do I need to go on? Paul Newman was one of our country's greatest actors. He exhibited a style and a grace that was always pleasing to watch, even in his later years - I even liked him in "The Road to Perdition".

But Newman wasn't just a great actor.

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By Larry James on September 28, 2008

My daughter, Jennifer, and my son-in-law, Brandon, were discussing the current race for President as they watched the evening news one night this past week. As they talked, Wyatt, their four-year-old, interrupted with a question.

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By Janet Morrison on September 27, 2008

I just heard about this CD and had to buy it: barackobama.com/music.

I can't quite describe the feeling I have as I listen to it. It takes me back to Denver. I had planned to look up each of the songs we heard at Invesco and purchase them. This makes it so much easier... and provides a more extensive selection.

What other campaign have you ever known of that has this much unsolicited participation? This campaign and what they have inspired in such a variety of races, ethnicities, socioeconomic levels, and geographic areas helps me remember that the United States of America belongs to ALL of us.

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Earlier posts in this month:

Death Before Dishonor: Anatomy of a Debate, September 27, 2008
LIVE from Debate08, Its Young Voters, September 27, 2008
For Those Who Would Change the Wind, September 27, 2008
Celebrating Progress: More History Made in Presidential Race, September 26, 2008
Festival the Debate, September 26, 2008
Community Organizing: More than 15 Minutes of Fame, September 26, 2008
Tax Proposals from the Candidates, September 26, 2008
The Clinton Global Initiative, September 26, 2008
Who Suffers Most? Not Those with the Bonuses, September 26, 2008
Huge Day for Voters from Congress, September 25, 2008
Grandpa Ronnie Got It Wrong, September 25, 2008
Financial Implosion: 2nd Chance for Progressive Banking Reform?, September 25, 2008
The Other America: Putting Things in Perspective, September 25, 2008
When It Matters Most, Sen. Pat Roberts Missing in Action, September 25, 2008
Federal Funding Available for Tutoring, September 25, 2008
Explanation for the Reality of Suffering?, September 25, 2008
$700,000,000,000.00, September 25, 2008
WTF? Commercializing the Big Red One, September 24, 2008
Drunk and Drunker, thoughts on the world economy, September 24, 2008
What do these two men have in common?, September 24, 2008
The Reagan Revolution - Mission Accomplished, September 24, 2008
Learning What's at Stake, September 24, 2008
Racism and the 2008 Election, September 24, 2008
Happy Birthday Trane, September 24, 2008
Time to celebrate, September 24, 2008
Random Thoughts on the Financial Crisis, September 23, 2008
Who's Gaming the System?, September 23, 2008
Those at the Bottom Suffer Disproportionately, September 23, 2008
Interview with Youngest in Congress, September 23, 2008
Conversations in Kauai, September 23, 2008
Tim Wise's Response to His Original White Privilege Article, September 22, 2008
For Those Who Would Change the Wind, September 22, 2008
So Much for Free Markets, and the Love of Money, September 22, 2008
Kansas Senate Race: Jim Slattery on Pat Roberts' Smears, September 22, 2008
Interview with Education Chairman, September 22, 2008
Sunday Evening Musings, September 21, 2008
Candidate Insults Auto Workers - Again, September 21, 2008
Milk from China Purposely Laced with Deadly Chemicals, September 21, 2008
A Story for Our Time, September 21, 2008
Distancing by Labeling, September 20, 2008
Financial Crisis? Socialism to the Rescue!, September 20, 2008
Bonds Package in Local Election, September 20, 2008
Honoring Jana's Memory, September 19, 2008
Securing the Bottom Line, September 18, 2008
Obama Takes Off the Gloves, September 18, 2008
McCain - Journey From Maverick to Liar, September 18, 2008
With Whom Do You Identify?, September 18, 2008
Questions My Friends Ask Me, September 18, 2008
What’s really the matter with Kansas?, September 18, 2008
McCain's Economic Woes, September 17, 2008
Redevelopment: Innovation vs. Insufficient Solutions, September 17, 2008
Blind Beggar, Crowded Subway, and a Prayer, September 17, 2008
Palin's Karma, September 17, 2008
Morals, September 17, 2008
Z Magazine, September 16, 2008
Bridging the Market and the Ministry, September 16, 2008
September 16, 1810: El Grito De Dolores, September 16, 2008
Inaugural, September 15, 2008
What Work Is, September 15, 2008
How to Beat Sarah Palin, September 14, 2008
White Privilege and National Privilege, September 14, 2008
Opening Our Eyes to White Privilege, September 14, 2008
Will We Survive?, September 14, 2008
Republicans Choose Pro-Abortion Candidate, September 14, 2008
This Poll Counts, September 14, 2008
A Different View of Education, September 13, 2008
The Border, Then and Now: Xenophobia Rears Ugly Head, September 13, 2008
We Have a Green Party - Not a Revolution, September 13, 2008
Palin = Cheney, September 12, 2008
ANGER MANAGEMENT: Advice from a *&%$#@ community organizer, September 12, 2008
Talk Is Cheap: Use Words Only When Necessary, September 12, 2008
Charity Supplied McCain with Personal Stash of Narcotics, September 12, 2008
9/11 tm, September 12, 2008
Thursday's Service Presidential Forum, September 11, 2008
Impeachment of the United States Citizens, September 11, 2008
Solving Immigration and Job Outsourcing: What a Plan!, September 11, 2008
Palin? Have you seen the Klondike commercials?, September 11, 2008
Economy Tough on Back to School, September 11, 2008
It Must Be True, September 11, 2008
Pregnant, On the Street, and Don Miller's Prayer, September 11, 2008
9/11 Memories and Lessons, September 11, 2008
The Silly Season, September 11, 2008
Random Thoughts On the Conventions, September 11, 2008
Barr-Paul 2008?, September 10, 2008
It's Evil to Remain Ignorant, September 10, 2008
Support of Unwed Mothers, September 10, 2008
Donate, September 10, 2008
McCain Campaign Wants What Obama Has, September 10, 2008
The Battle of the Street Name Change, September 9, 2008
Are you tired of broken promises? If so, I need your help., September 9, 2008
Again and again and again, September 9, 2008
Ready on Day One, September 9, 2008
I'm waiting, Sarah Palin, September 9, 2008
Inheritance of The Dream, September 8, 2008
Promise Rings, MTV, and the Right Reasons, September 8, 2008
Abstinence Only Education Not Working, September 8, 2008
The CDM Online Magazine, September 8, 2008
Drilling debate not over yet, September 8, 2008
Palin Says Yes to ABC, September 8, 2008
Bono: With the poor and vulnerable, September 8, 2008
Who Is Qualified To Be President?, September 8, 2008
A Community Organizer's Responsibilities, September 7, 2008
Distortion of Humanity's Purpose, September 7, 2008
Jim Slattery: A New Voice for Kansans, September 7, 2008
To be fair..., September 7, 2008
In Memoriam: Jason and John, September 7, 2008
For Those Who Would Change the Wind, September 6, 2008
Out of 2,300 - Just 36?, September 6, 2008
Problem Solved: Just Don't Count the Uninsured, September 6, 2008
We Are News: How the Mainstream Press Covered Us, September 5, 2008
The Power of Unmarried Women, September 5, 2008
Gov. Palin: Off Limits to Media, September 5, 2008
Demonstrations at the RNC seen through a teen's eyes, September 5, 2008
Know your voter rights! Know where to access resources!, September 5, 2008
Rendering the Poor Invisible, September 4, 2008
Barack Obama's Experience, September 4, 2008
Young Republicans Tackle Age and Race, September 4, 2008
The Barracuda Attacks, September 4, 2008
The First Global Union, September 4, 2008
RNC or Bust - BUSTED, September 4, 2008
Property Rights vs Human Rights, September 4, 2008
Do you believe in our children?, September 4, 2008
Bloggers Assume Their Rightful Roles in Political Processes, September 4, 2008
The kind of fellow that would bring compassion…, September 3, 2008
Sister Dorothy Stang and the People of the Amazon, September 3, 2008
Jailing Journalists, September 3, 2008
Broken GOP Stands for Ron Paul, September 3, 2008
Do We Hate the Poor?, September 2, 2008
Let's get out the vote!, September 2, 2008
Massive Protests First Day of RNC, September 2, 2008
Barack Obama has integrity, September 2, 2008
People don't get it, September 2, 2008
Happy Labor Day?, September 1, 2008
Palin Plays Fast and Loose: Painfully Pathetic Lies Pile Up, September 1, 2008
Nominating a Black presidential candidate doesn't change everything, September 1, 2008
Work is sacred in my book, September 1, 2008

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