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If Voting Didn't Matter

"Voting doesn't matter," said a friend of mine. "The game is rigged. The parties are the same, two heads on the same corporately-owned beast. Your choices at the voting booth don't matter." This mindset is pervasive, especially amongst those most politically disaffected. Show More Summary

Democrats Are 'Disgusted' With Politics? Boo Hoo

Look, fellow Democrats, I'm as disgusted as you are with the general wrongness of things at the moment: the congressional gridlock and partisan polarization going on for years now; the growing capacity of money to get the politics it...Show More Summary

It's Ebola, Stupid

They say before you have cancer, you have lots of problems; and after you have cancer, you have just one. This year's election is just like that. Before Ebola, we had minimum wage, immigration, student loans, social security, and equal pay. Show More Summary

Muslim American or American Muslim. Does it Matter?

Labels are used every day to describe people whether we are labeling ourselves or others. We have a love / hate relationship with labels. On one hand, we don't want to be defined by our labels. Take actress, Raven-Symone who recently told Oprah Winfrey in reference to her sexual orientation: "I don't want to be labeled gay. Show More Summary

Media Often Depicts Black Youth as Criminals, and Rarely as Heroes

A colleague of mine recently shared a story about observing an elementary school teacher talking with some Black boys in her class about a book they were reading. The topic of the conversation was "is it better to be loved or feared?" These young boys not only could relate to this question, but they engaged in a vigorous debate about it. Show More Summary

Use Science and Reason to Keep Roads Safe in Oregon

As Oregonians consider their vote on tax and regulation of marijuana, it is important for them to have access to sound information grounded in science. I am a neuropsychopharmacologist who has spent 16 years studying the neurophysiological, psychological and behavioral effects of marijuana. Show More Summary

Let's Commit to Ending Domestic Violence

Throughout the month of October, advocates, survivors, and elected officials across the country have been recognizing National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Through rallies and walks, Facebook and Twitter town halls, and conversations...Show More Summary

Is Forced Quarantine for Ebola Legal?

New York and New Jersey this week instituted mandatory confinement for certain Ebola workers. Connecticut already has such a policy in place, and Illinois appears on the verge of implementing its own version. Is it legal for a state (or the federal) government to detain and quarantine you against your will for health reasons? Yes. Show More Summary


The Mayday PAC is a political action committee that "aims to elect a Congress committed to fundamental reform in the way political campaigns are funded by 2016." 1. The founders of the PAC, Lawrence Lessig and Mark McKinnon, view their efforts in the 2014 election as a pilot project to determine whether their strategy can succeed. Show More Summary

"You ARE Home" -- How a Small Canadian Town Shamed Bigots Everywhere

Amid all the frenzy over ebola, terrorism and immigrants, it can start to seem as if fear and loathing are the new normal. They're not -- or not yet, anyway. If you want to regain your faith in human nature (after losing a little more...Show More Summary

Gay Man's Guide to the 2014 Elections

Attention gay men: You need to vote on November 4. Here are a few campaign highlights as a Gay Man's Guide to the 2014 Elections, because pundits don't know how to explain how important this election is in "gay man's terms." Meet your...Show More Summary

Vote for Paid Sick Days as a Basic Right

Some years ago, my ten-year-old Becky and I were eating breakfast when she suddenly started complaining of a headache. I took her temperature and it had soared to over 101. I was the executive director of a legal aid office and had scheduled an important staff meeting at work. Show More Summary

Delusional Victory Holds the Promise of Change

Although the expected resumption of indirect negotiations between Israel and Hamas in Cairo was postponed, it will likely take place in the next few weeks as the two sides appear to seek a new and more sustainable ceasefire. Should Israel...Show More Summary

Obama's Missed Opportunity

President Obama is experiencing the lowest approval ratings of his presidency. Most Democratic House and Senate candidates in this year's midterm elections see the president as a drag on their campaigns; they avoid him at all costs (but...Show More Summary

My Vote Doesn't Define Me -- Or You

The midterm elections are nearing and it's time to talk politics, but more so, positive positions. I am and have been a President Obama supporter since '08. I've never made a secret of that. But if you think for one second that I think he or any one individual being is the savior of this world, you are sorely mistaken. Show More Summary

National School Choice Week Is Right-Wing Propaganda

Here we go again. As happened last year, in the past two days I received emails from Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. This organization has incredible reach by virtue of its corporate partners and political funders, as described below. Show More Summary

Bullets Leave Holes

In 1998, the organization I founded, Stop Handgun Violence, hung a 252' X 20' billboard over the Mass Turnpike in Boston with the phrase "Bullets Leave Holes" on it. It included a picture of four young boys at their first communion, with a fifth boy's, Brian Crowell, silhouette cut out of the board. Show More Summary

List of the World's Richest Countries; America's Special Role in It

The world's richest countries are the ones where the median wealth per person is the highest. This system ranks nations truly according to the most-representative person in each given nation -- the person who is in the exact middle of that nation's population in terms of per-person wealth. Show More Summary

Why "Citizens United" Kept Me From Contributing to Candidates in Campaign 2014

Post by Wolf PAC. Although I've contributed hundreds of dollars at a pop to political candidates in the past, I'm not directly contributing any money to Congressional candidates this year. The reason: The onslaught of hundreds of millions...Show More Summary

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