Is the 1% Beginning to Worry?

After President Obama’s State of the Union speech this year, I blogged about the emphasis on wage equality and the continued decline of the middle class. Since that time, unions and other organizations have continued to fight to move the minimum wage up and there have been some successes, including Seattle’s increase in the minimum wage to $15.

Nick Hanauer, Seattle entrepreneur (Photo Credit – Politico)

A recent article in Politico, The Pitchforks Are Coming…For Us Plutocrats, by Nick Hanauer, a Seattle entrepreneur, may be an indication that those who are benefiting by a successful middle class …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

What Happens After the Protests

In the last few years there have been several monumental efforts to change society in many places across the globe, including the United States, China, Kiev and Cairo. All of the protests have energized the “people” to improve their status in their country. An article in USA Today reminded us that over two years ago the “Occupy Wall Street” movement in the United States emerged to empower “The 99%”. One of the participants in the anniversary march is quoted – “The CEOs are still making outrageous sums of money. And now it’s time that they have to pay,” she said. …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

Racism is a Public Health Issue

Cross-posted from Racism is a Public Health Issue – Well Power. Read original post here.

Los Angeles Clippers logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By now, unless you have been living under a rock, you are aware that the NBA Commissioner announced that in addition to a lifetime ban from any business with the Los Angeles Clippers and $2.5 million fine, he is pushing to force current owner, Donald Sterling, to sell the team over his racist remarks.

 

When the news broke a few weeks ago, besides thinking that it was incredulous that Donald Sterling actually believes that his …read more

After Soldiers Protect Us, Who Protects Them?

I recently read a disturbing article in the Baltimore Sun that quoted a Veterans Administration report that there is an average of 22 suicides a day by veterans. 22 a day. Where are we as a nation if we cannot help and support those who risk their lives to protect us?

The website, Veterans and PTSD shares these statistics from a major study done by the RAND Corporation (full pdf of study), the Congressional Research Service, the Veterans Administration, and the US Surgeon General.[i]

at least 20% of the over 2.3 million American veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan have PTSD …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 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

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