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

Mandela’s Legacy

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With the passing of Nelson Mandela today South Africa and the world have lost one of the greatest leaders of our time. Mandela stood for integrity, determination and most importantly peace. Below are some my favorite quotes of his. Please share in the comments below a favorite Mandela quote of your own.

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” “No one is born hating another person because of the color …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

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

How can you help?

As we head into day 9 of the government shut down, the impact continues to be felt across the nation. For example, WIC Associations have been forced to stop accepting new applicants. When a can of formula can cost $15 and only lasts 3 days, families will be faced with harsh choices.

Where the government is failing, individuals and non-profits are stepping in and up. Due to the funding lapse, military families are not receiving death benefits for their lost loved ones. These benefits are used to fly family members to Dover Airbase to pick up their deceased loved one …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

Putting Conflict Out of Style

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This week, we commemorate the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. As a nation, we have come to a place where we have made 9/11 a Day of Service and Remembrance to honor the memory of all those who were lost on that day.

However, immediately after the attacks, many Americans wanted revenge. Our nation’s response was to engage in two wars in Afghanistan (beginning in October 2001) and Iraq (beginning in March 2003). The war in Iraq went on for more than seven years, with the last US troops leaving Iraq …read more