The wealthy are nostalgic for the power they enjoyed when most states limited voting to landed gentry. Republicans are helping them return America to those plutocratic days by passing voter identification laws constraining suffrage by the 99 percent. Country club conservatives are converting voting from a universal right of citizenship to a privilege exclusive to select society members. more
Slacktivists are the hipsters of the digital world: everybody recognises them but no one claims to be one. The term likely predates the internet campaigns with which it is now associated - whereas once bumper stickers and buttons sufficed to show conviction, there are now groups to join, videos to share, causes to like, and other static virtual entities whose worth is calculated in clicks.
Right to the City Alliance, a national alliance of racial, economic, and environmental justice organizations is celebrating a major victory for affordable housing with Fannie May this week.
Tanya Fields, an urban farmer in South Bronx was invited to TedX Manhattan, a conference focused on the food movement last year, only to find out a few months later that she had been disinvited. The organizer, Diane Hatz of the Glynwood Institute claimed that Fields was “not ready” for the event.
Three months after launching the inaugural class of Eat4Health (Everybody at the Table for Health), the fellows returned to DC this week for the first quarter retreat. The Praxs Project staff helped faciliate trainings for the fellows on building relationships with their congressional representatives, framing and messaging for effective communications, and unpacking upcoming federal policy battles on the 2013 legislative calendar.