Author Archives: Joanne Boyer

Hope: A Duty, Not A Nicety

We asked last month: “Where do you see hope?” We received some great responses and found other everyday life examples to share. Keeping hope alive in 2015 and beyond is our duty. Read and please add your comments at the end to encourage all of us. Continue reading

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Working To Curb Hatred: The Day After The 2014 Elections

Of the many reasons one can offer up for what happened in the 2014 mid-term elections, have you asked yourself what part hatred and fear played among the electorate? A nagging feeling we had that “something was different” about these 2014 results was shared by the co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s co-founder Morris Dees. This incredible man who has spent nearly all of his adult life fighting against hatred and fear shared his insights the day after the election. Continue reading

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It Didn’t Used To Be Like This: A look back to when a U.S. Senator campaigned on $200 total

It really wasn’t that long ago when campaigns were run without the truly obscene influence of money brought on by the disastrous U.S. Supreme Court Citizens United ruling. We take a look back at the great U.S. Senator Bill Proxmire, who as recently as 1982 (that’s not that long ago) ran his re-election campaign on $200. We don’t have to run our “democracy” as we do today. There are better ways. Continue reading

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Tearing Apart The Fabric of Democracy — Again

I can’t believe we’re still advocating to stop voter suppression laws in 2014. But here we go again. The attempt to keep eligible voters from casting ballots tears at the very foundation of our democracy. We should be outraged at the breadth and depth of voter suppression that still rages within our so-called democracy here in the United States. Continue reading

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Rev. Al Sharpton: ‘I Believe We Can Keep Moving Forward’

Rev. Al Sharpton spoke to students at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota urging them to continue the struggle to bring racial equality to the United States. “My generation didn’t finish the task. I believe your generation can bring us there.” Continue reading

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Paul Robeson: Committed To Fundamental Social Change

What must it have been like 100 years ago to be the only African-America male entering the class of 1919 at Rutgers University? As the summer of 2014 winds down — after the tragedy of Ferguson, Missouri — and our next college generation heads back to campuses, we paused to reflect on the greatness of Paul Robeson and to remember that our racial history does not disappear simply because we want it to do so. Continue reading

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Many Hands Make Light Work

Our friends at Health Care For All Minnesota need our help. This fabulous group has been working tirelessly to bring single payer to the Land of 10,000 Lakes and as we approach the 2015 legislative session in Minnesota, we are … Continue reading

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An Invitation To Change Everything

Hanging on to hope in recent weeks and months has been difficult for many of us. The streets of Ferguson, Missouri, are our first-hand look at the racism, economic injustice, the remnants of a military-dominated budget and the fear of … Continue reading

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Blue Jeans In High Places: Building A Home For The Politically Homeless

Mike McCabe’s new book, Blue Jeans In High Places: The Coming Makeover Of American Politics, offers ways to break out of the political entrapment of our current two-party system. “I came to the conclusion that this is a moment that cries out for some political game changers.” As he describes, we have one party that’s scary and another that is scared. Read more about the “One Party Movement” as detailed in his new book. Continue reading

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The Grass Roots Fight For A Living Wage

Jennifer Epps-Addison, Executive Director of Wisconsin Jobs Now offers hope for a future that includes a “living wage” for U.S. workers. “The challenge is to help everyday people have their voices heard because unfettered, unlimited money in politics has really corrupted the idea of one person/one vote and every voice counting.” We dare you to find just one “favorite quote” from this remarkable activist working to make the world a better place. Continue reading

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