Back to School

As the new school year begins, I wonder why the United States continues to struggle to provide an extraordinary education for all of our children. The Pearson’s Global Education Index Ranks U.S. 14th in Learning and Skill Attainment and reported – “Pacific Asian countries have continued to outrank their peers because of an effective education system and “culture of accountability,” according to the report. The research showed that teachers, students, and parents took equal responsibility for their roles in education. These countries also valued teachers and schools significantly higher than other nations. The report attributes this to a commitment to …read more

Homeless Children – Across the Nation and Here in Baltimore

homeless (Photo credit: Bagunçêiro)

Across the nation, The National Alliance to End Homelessness reports that approximately 550,000 unaccompanied, single young adults (up to age 24) experience a homelessness episode longer than one week – and while it’s difficult to track homeless youth, it is estimated that 380,000 are under 18 years old. Here at home, the number of Baltimore City Public School students identified as homeless doubled between 2008 – 2013; with 2,716 homeless students identified in the 2012-13 school year.

Children are considered homeless when they lack a fixed, regular and adequate night-time place of residence including:

Sharing …read more

Thresholds that can’t be crossed, enhancing mobility in the age of technology

Dexphone is a holder that frees your hands for conversations on the go

About a month ago I got into a bike accident and sprained my wrist. For several weeks I kept it bandaged and couldn’t do everyday activities in the manner I was used to. Opening doors, lifting objects, making meals, even typing were all made difficult or impossible.

My hurdles were offset by the fact that my sprained wrist:

Reassuring my mom that my wrist will be just fine

Was only temporary Didn’t affect my mobility

Millions in this country do not have the luxury of recovery and unaffected mobility. They were born with spinal issues, met with grievous accidents …read more

Anger, Violence and Mental Health

Is there a relationship between the way we treat each other and the continued violence in our schools and communities? I am shocked by the shooting at Ft Hood and the recent stabbing at a school in Pennsylvania. We hear that the soldier at Ft Hood was receiving mental health treatment, but no one anticipated his dramatic actions.

Photo by Reuiters

Spc. Ivan Lopez is pictured in the Sinai Peninsula during his service with the 295th Infantry of the Puerto Rico National Guard. Lopez is suspected of fatally shooting three people before killing himself at the Fort …read more

Violence around Us – We Can Make a Difference

As my new hometown, Baltimore, searches for a solution to the continued murders that have plagued our community in 2014, I am overwhelmed with the violence in other parts of our world and our country. A young man in Florida was killed because he was playing loud music in front of a convenience store and a United Nations report is released about the systematic torture of the citizens of North Korea by their government.

At Campaign Consultation, Inc. we have been blogging about opportunities to take action in Baltimore to address the issues that can stop many of the social …read more

Is Ceasefire Baltimore’s Answer?

Baltimore has seen 33 murders this year. We are 44 days into 2014. After a more hopeful 2012 where Baltimore had its 2nd lowest murder rate* since the late 1980’s this is particularly striking. Communities are reeling and wanting answers. I was at a community meeting last night that had over 500 participants. Mayor Rawlings Blake has recently announced new crime fighting strategies in her State of the City address like implementing Operation Ceasefire and opening 24 hour Youth Connection Centers.

Operation Ceasefire had three components. Recognized gang members would be brought in under probation or parole …read more

Dr. King’s Message is Still Relevant for All

Martin Luther King leaning on a lectern. Deutsch: 1964: Martin Luther King Português: Martin Luther King (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since 1999, I have had the privilege of being involved with the organizing and planning for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Over the years, I have often received questions from MLK Day organizers about engaging more people of different racial or ethnic groups—whites, African Americans, and Latinos. The question varies:

How do we engage groups that don’t feel the day has relevance for them? How do we engage groups who fear that participating in MLK …read more

It Takes More than an Extra Can of Pumpkin

As we all prepare to feast with family and friends, I am always drawn to thoughts of hunger in America. Over the years I have helped collect food for many projects at churches and other organizations to provide Thanksgiving meals to families that wouldn’t have any feast without help. Of course, we all know that the food banks and charities that help with the hunger epidemic all year round really need more help in the summer when all of the children are out of school. So I am always challenged with remembering to organize a food drive in the hot …read more

Turn the Tide on Typhoon Devastation

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After most natural disasters it is inspiring to see the world come together to assist those in need. Having served as a Red Cross volunteer after Hurricane Ike in Galveston, Texas I saw firsthand how natural disasters often do bring out the best in people.

In this spirit, the New York Times has rounded up some of the organizations that are helping the thousands of people affected by the typhoon in the Philippines. Take a look at their round up and head on over to Resources Now to see a list of additional organizations not only …read more

Shopping with a Heart Part II

As the holidays are approaching, I am once again looking at how to find gifts that go above and beyond the standard tchotchke. I have started receiving the standard barrage of email advertisements from various retail companies. There are two companies that have stood out among the rest, however, as they have added a charitable component to their standard models.

Gifts (Photo credit: Guudmorning!)

First up is Toms. I’ve been a long-time fan of Toms, which is a company that started out making shoes. Their model always included that for every pair of shoes sold, a pair would be …read more