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

What Does the NFL Care About?

English: Baltimore Ravens Training Camp August 20, 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Controversy surrounds the National Football League – specifically Ray Rice’s 2-game suspension for assaulting his now wife, Janay Palmer Rice.

Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Rice has been issued a 2-game suspension for domestic abuse, or violation of the NFL’s “personal conduct policy.” Given the controversy around this very public, very ugly assault, fans and critics alike are outraged by the seemingly light sentence, especially in light of the inconsistency in other personal conduct charges:

4 Game Suspension for Plaxico Burress, who shot himself in the leg with a concealed …read more

Wendy Davis Filibuster a Year Later

It has been a year since Wendy Davis filibustered a regressive bill that would close women’s health clinics in some of the most desperate areas of the country, so what’s happened since?

As Candice Russell writes in the Huffington Post Politics Blog –

“It’s been almost a year since that night in the Capitol. A year that has seen clinic closures and revoked admitting privileges and multiple lawsuits aimed at undoing the damage caused by the passing of terrible legislation. Texans are still working tirelessly to defend ourselves from the attacks made to our health and reproductive rights. Our state …read more

74 School Shootings Since Sandy Hook, When Does It Stop?

There have been 74 school shootings since Sandy Hook. That equals an average of 1.37 school shootings for each school week.[1]

Courtesy of the Washington Post. This map is of the cities where the 74 shootings place. Note: Blue markers represent incidents in 2014; red markers are for incidents from 2013.

Those numbers are unbearable to write. How is it possible that we’ve watch this unfold weekly and nothing has changed. Perhaps you’ve seen on Facebook the bullet proof backpack or blanket you can buy your child. That’s right, to be a good parent you might have to buy …read more

Cheers to Pennsylvania!

Congratulations to Pennsylvania! The federal government struck down the Pennsylvania’s ban on marriage equality on May 20th, declaring:

“We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history.”

Following this decision, Gov. Tom Corbett stated that the state would not appeal the ruling.

Image from the Human Rights Campaign

What does this mean? It means as of today:

29 states have either enacted marriage equality through legislation or the ballot, or had their state marriage bans struck down as unconstitutional. Same-sex couples can legally marry …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

The Best Super Bowl Ad You Haven’t Seen

Every year the Super Bowl draws attention not only for the game but for the commercials that run between the plays. This year there were stand out commercials that warmed our hearts, but there was one commercial that didn’t make the airways that is worth taking a look at.

The ad was developed by the National Congress of American Indians and really drives home the Native perspective of what it means to be a Native American, and what it definitely does not mean, in America today.

In 2004 Dr. Stephanie Fryberg, of Stanford University, conducted a study on the …read more

The State of the Union and the State of Inequality in the United States

As I listened to President Obama’s state of the union speech, I was struck by the continued themes related to income inequality.

Will the increase in minimum wage help people in poverty?

In a Forbes articles Robert Lenzner talked about the “Inequality Boom” and the continued decline of the middle class. He quotes social scientist Sheldon Danziger and his review of census data –

“From 1960 until 1975 the median earnings for a full time male worker rose from $36,420 to $51,670, but then slowly declined to $49,398 in 2012, when adjusted for inflation, according …read more