There are moments in all of our lives where we are faced with the choice of doing something to correct a wrong — or doing nothing. We all have them, and I’d like to think that, in my life anyway, I’ve tried to choose the more difficult yet more rewarding path of fighting for something better, more often than not.
But there are still a whole lot more forks in the road to meet this challenge in the days ahead.
When we had Lou Dubose on to discuss his and Molly Ivins’ last book together, the book salon’s focus was the discussion of all of the information the two of them had been able to dig out and expose through the years. But the most amazing thing by far was Molly’s commitment to give a speech a month on the First Amendment, for years and years of her life, often in little out-of-the-way places so hostile, the meetings had to take place in the middle of the night in someone’s basement. That takes some serious guts — and a lot of heart.
Bonnie Raitt is a legendary musician, feminist, and activist. Dolores Huerta is a legendary organizer, feminist, and activist. Both women have achieved great successes in their fields. While one was marching on the streets for migrant laborers, the other was headlining concerts bringing attention to the risks of nuclear energy and global warming. They’re two distinctly different women who came from radically different backgrounds, but both chose to spend their lives trying to make the world a better place. In this conversation, Raitt and Huerta talk about their passions, regrets, fears, and most of all their dreams for future generations.
Each of us has issues about which we are passionate. Imagine, for a moment, what we could do if we all worked together to solve the problems we face, to heal the divisions we feel, to lift up those of us who need a hand so that they, in turn, could lift up the folks behind them…just imagine it. And then, go out and find a way to do it.
Choose to act.
And if you need some inspiration on things you can act on today, here are a few ideas:
– Get involved with the One campaign. Or any number of other groups helping combat global hunger, AIDS, and any number of other issues.
– Volunteer for a local political campaign. Just show up at a campaign office and offer to make calls, canvass, whatever is needed. Local candidates make decisions which impact your daily life immediately — having better folks on your school board, on your city council and elsewhere can make a huge difference for your community. And it also is a great training ground for better candidates for national office.
– Find a local program that needs volunteers and be one: literacy programs, Habitat for Humanity building, battered women’s shelters or missions or food banks or…whatever your pet issue might be, there is likely a group in your community who could desperately use a little bit of your time to make it better.
Remember that this was a 5-4 decision, that Justice Stevens will not live forever, and that John McCain would likely nominate as his replacement someone in the mold of Chief Justice Roberts or Justice Alito, both of whom dissented from the notion that indefinite detention should be subject to judicial review. The presidential election will have enormous consequences to our nation's commitment to the rule of law and to the constitutional values of freedom and fairness that have served us so well for so long.
In the week ending June 7, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 384,000, an increase of 25,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 359,000. The 4-week moving average was 371,500, an increase of 2,500 from the previous week’s revised average of 369,000.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent for the week ending May 31, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week’s unrevised rate of 2.3 percent.
The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending May 31 was 3,139,000, an increase of 58,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 3,081,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,099,250, an increase of 16,500 from the preceding week’s revised average of 3,082,750.
Why Obama Should Have Picked Me Like many progressives I was disappointed to hear the line-up for Obama’s economic team going into the general election. The lead figure will be Jason Furman, who was the director of the Hamilton Project at Brookings. This project is the…
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