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Nov 30th


A Chance for Arabs and Americans to Reunite

The US finds itself with an exciting opportunity. True democracies are emerging across the Middle East. These revolutionary events are an inspiring reminder to The United States of America of our own struggles in attaining equality.

At times, our individual roles in these exciting Arabic uprisings can seem so miniscule. Yet we have a chance to reconnect with Arabic countries that is respectful and based on mutual, human development. We can break down the historic barriers between us, and act on future possibilities in commerce and technology.

“Maids” deserve protection against sexual assault

On Saturday, May 16, 2011, the western world was shocked to learn that a world banker, Dominique Strauss Kahn, had been arrested for allegedly attempting to rape a woman and sexually assaulting her in an upscale hotel room in Manhattan, New York.  However, the reporting of the story rang all-too familiar for working-class and immigrant people in the United States and around the world.

Introducing new voices in small business development

Ensuring that every American has the chance to improve their economic circumstances through hard work, saving, entrepreneurship, and other productive activities is essential to build a healthy country and society.  With small business owners and entrepreneurs in traditionally underserved communities continuing to face challenges accessing capital, much attention is being focused on the U.S. Small Business Administration initiatives aimed at increasing SBA-backed loans to small businesses in these markets.

IMF rape case: Victim-bashing run amok

Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn loudly declared that he did not rape a maid in his hotel room during his stay in New York. Strauss-Kahn is certainly entitled to proclaim his innocence, and under the law he is just that: Innocent until proven guilty. But the same can’t be said for his alleged victim, who has been tried, convicted, sentenced, and pilloried relentlessly in the press and on the web since the moment her accusations went public.

Last call for Tea Party?

Across the nation, rumblings are being heard of the party coming to an end -- and for many people, it's none too soon. The party, in this case, is the Tea Party.

A recent CNN poll shows that far more Americans now have an unfavorable view of the Tea Party than a year ago. Even more ominous for the party leadership is the fact that low-income, white Americans -- a demographic that has been their bedrock of support - represent the largest number of those disaffected with the movement.

Gun bill is reckless policy making

Gun bill is reckless policy makingThe GOP-led State House of Representatives passed a controversial bill on May 14 that will make significant changes to current gun-related laws in Minnesota. HF 1467, the Omnibus Gun Bill, would greatly expand on a current Minnesota law known as the Castle Doctrine, which allows individuals to execute deadly force in order to prevent danger within their home. Provisions in the bill would not make individuals or communities safer, says State Representative Rena Moran.

“Simply put, passage of this bill is unnecessary policy making with reckless results,” said Rep. Moran. “The implications of this bill will do nothing to keep our neighborhoods safe.”

Are Freedom Rider seeds bearing fruit?

Fifty years ago this month, the Freedom Rides began.   While the Supreme Court ruled that segregation in interstate commerce, including bus terminals, was illegal, the laws were not being enforced.  Because the law failed to act, people of conscience, courage, and determination acted instead.

Resistance to desegregation was such that those who got on buses risked their lives.  The Freedom Riders, who were both African American and white, were arrested and attacked on the bus route.  Anniston, Alabama was an especially violent site of attack, where the local Klan and other residents, some still dressed in their church-going finest, were allowed to beat Freedom Fighters without police interference.  The plan seemed to be that there would be an initial attack in Anniston, and a second attack in Birmingham.  Someone attempted to burn or bomb the bus that transported Freedom Riders.
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