Things That Made Us Go Hmmmmmm…

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In keeping with Campaign Consultation’s theme of “things that made us go hmmmmm in 2013” we have compiled a short list of some of the items that made the Eyes Wide Open team go hmmmm this year. Please add in the comments below any other events that were particularly hmmmm-worthy in 2013.

US Government Shut Down

There were numerous cringe worthy moments in the US government this year, many which continue to linger, but arguably the one that stands out the most was the 2 week shutdown of the federal government. Not only was …read more

A year goes by, not much has changed.

In the year since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School:

1,500 gun bills were considered 109 passed 2/3 of those were to loosen restrictions and ease access

The NY Times recently wrote a piece that did an in-depth analysis of state gun laws that have passed in the year following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. I wasn’t surprised to see that the gun lobbyists were successful in the fear mongering that more guns will protect us from people that shouldn’t have been able to get guns in the first place.

I’ve written about gun control before, specifically regarding …read more

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can Choose

The war against women’s rights is being waged in many states, but none quite as publicized as Texas. We’ve written about Wendy Davis’s astonishing filibuster and the social media campaign it spurred into action. Now the next generation of #standwithWendy has arrived. A pop up telethon took place on Monday night to raise money for women who were suffering under Texas’ dangerous abortion laws.

The telethon took place for three hours and was accessible via the internet site www.ladypartsjustice.com. If you missed it you can go back and watch it now. You also have the …read more

Poverty Brain Drain

In American society, we have certain negative associations linked with our poorest citizens. A few sentiments that I’ve heard people say out loud:

“If they try harder, they can pull themselves up by their bootstraps” “No one deserves to live off of welfare” “If I could get out of my bad situation, they can too.”

Sendhil Mullainathan of Harvard University explains that there is a blame-the-victim mentality, where many Americans believe that poor people continue to be poor because they are lazy, unmotivated or just not that sharp.

In reality, just the opposite is true – poverty saps brainpower. …read more

The Arc of History Bends towards Access for Everyone

For 35 years, “care” has been at the center of Baltimore-based healthcare provider, Chase Brexton’s mission. At their Cathedral Street location, they have served thousands of community members in the areas of medical care, behavioral health, dental care, pharmacy services and specialty services, to name a few.

Chase Brexton Health Services groundbreaking (Photo credit: MDGovpics)

For months, we have watched as the beautiful old Monumental Life Building on Charles Street was transformed into Chase Brexton Health Services’ new home. The 178,000 square foot building allows the service provider to throw open its doors even wider, and to better honor …read more

FORCE’s Consent Campaign Goes Viral

The folks at FORCE are at it again – creating a spoof of the Playboy Top Party School List that raises awareness about consensual sex. The anti-rape activist group posted a mock website, partywithplayboy.com, with the “Top Ten Party Commandments” for a consensual good time. The commandments included “Thou shalt ask first,” and “Thou shalt make evident thy gentleman virtues,” praising male on-campus efforts such as the No Shave November at the University of Michigan, which raises awareness about consent.

FORCE knocked it out of the park – their mock website went viral, and the humorous but meaningful commandments resonated …read more

What if George Zimmerman had known Trayvon’s Dad?

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What if George Zimmerman had known Trayvon’s Dad? I’ve been pondering that question for the past 24 hours and for me it’s progress and one step toward healing. For the past few weeks, my questions have been a lot more contentious.

In a statement released by Robert Cohen, President of the Southern Poverty Law Center, after the Zimmerman verdict, he asks many of the questions that have been on my mind and the answers were making me equally angry and sad. I’m saddened by the verdict, though it was not unexpected—many legal …read more

Don’t Mess with Texas’ Women’s Rights

We wrote about Wendy Davis on our sister blog, all things e last week and the importance of her 11 hour filibuster to prevent a vote on strict new abortion laws during a special session of the Texas Senate. “Over 120,000 tuned in to the livestream and comments abounded on Facebook and Twitter in support. When the vote seemed eminent spectators caused such frenzy that the gallery had to be cleared in order for a vote to occur. The clock struck 12:02 in the process and the special session was over. That act took many voices but the result was …read more

Georgians on my Mind

As American proponents of same-sex marriage continue to celebrate last week’s victory in the Supreme Court and a recent poll found that 55% of Americans approve the ruling, it’s important to remember that around the globe progress around same-sex couple human rights are moving at varying paces. On May 17th in the country of Georgia a peaceful rally to commemorate the International Day against Homophobia quickly turned violent when a mob broke through a police barrier and attacked participants of the rally. The rally participants were chased through the streets, while the mob threw stones screaming such things as “Don’t …read more

Can We Achieve One America?

This week, I’m attending the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in Washington, DC. The conference is a gathering of nearly 5000 people, mainly from the U.S. with some international attendees, who serve or work to build the infrastructure that allows others to serve their communities, the nation and the world every day.

The theme of this year’s conference is Service Unites and is focused on sharing ideas and best practices for solving critical community problems and showcasing the ways that service brings people together across the divides of race, class, religion, geography, and political ideology.

I was inspired by …read more