The recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute was a terrible setback to people with disabilities and our efforts to make sure that the disability community’s right to vote is protected. The Supreme Court’s support for the state of Ohio’s method of purging voters from … Continue reading Nothing About Us, Without Us–Even If We’re the Victim Of A Purge
“The organizer’s job is not to create conflict, but to expose the conflict that already exists. Conflict exists any time a landlord fails to maintain his property but collects rent, any place where children pass a drug house on the way to school and on and on. When this conflict is exposed it creates a … Continue reading On Conflict
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, popularly referred to as the ADA. The ADA is a companion to the landmark Civil Rights Acts passed in the 1960’s that outlawed discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex and national origin. The ADA prevents discrimination against people … Continue reading Celebrating The 25th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act
While attending a meeting of a coalition of groups that have been working together for about two years to improve the health and safety of the neighborhoods in the city of Syracuse, I was confronted with the quote you see above, the meeting facilitator had printed it out on a big sheet of newsprint hanging … Continue reading Why Can’t We Be Friends?
Twenty years ago today, I took a job that changed my life. I took a job that has become my career. I took a job that has become shorthand for how I explain myself to the world. I took a job that profoundly changed the way I look at government and politics. I took a … Continue reading Twenty Years Ago . . .
I spoke with a group of Jesuit Volunteeer Corps members last night, a focused conversation on organizing, power, race and class in Syracuse. The group of 8 young people are working for a year with various social service agencies around town. The official description of the JVC is this: The Jesuit Volunteer Corps offers women … Continue reading Idealism, up close and personal.
OK, we're all probably being a little too dramatic about the possibilities of Occupy Wall Street, but damn if it isn't inspiring. THE media story of the moment is now about economic inequality, not budget cuts and austerity. That alone is a victory. Anti-bank activists have been fighting some of these same battles since post-World … Continue reading Prosaic Politics During Revolutionary Times
The national motto of France, coined during the French Revolution, is "liberté, égalité, fraternité" (liberty, equality and brotherhood.) My post's title is a suggestion for the state of modern American politics: liberty, partisanship, bewilderment. The conventional wisdom of current American politics is that the increasingly partisan parties on both sides have left a sizable number … Continue reading Liberté, Partialité, Perplexité (The Accelerated Culture)
The day after Howie Hawkins lost his bid to become the 4th District representative on the city's Common Council, his 15th unsuccessful run for political office, he got arrested at a direct action protest in favor of a single-payer health insurance system. All I can say is, "Welcome home to direct action protest, brother!" During … Continue reading Voting, The Least You Can Do To Change The World. The Very Least.
This is a true statement, not a joke. I don't usually read the right-wing cartoon Mallard Fillmore, but the community organizer reference caught my eye. The humor intended by the cartoonist is what he sees as a distinction made by liberals that is an equivalence in the minds of conservatives. To my mind, there is … Continue reading This Is A True Statement, Not A Joke.