#296; Progressive MA conf 2013 (#2)

Newton, MA — Education and the “Whole Child”. Walking into the education panel, I stopped to asked moderator and candidate for Boston City Council Suzanne Lee a quick question. “Hey hon, are you all gonna touch on mental health in the classroom in the panel just now?” I was told the panelists – MTA PresidentContinue reading “#296; Progressive MA conf 2013 (#2)”

#295; in others’ words – social justice

John Lennon said — “If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.” I’m spending the day with RootscampMA; talking progressive organizing statewide. I’ve been thinking a lot more about what it is to be progressive, why I’m progressive, and what social justice actually means. I’m came across this quote thisContinue reading “#295; in others’ words – social justice”

#294; Progressive MA conf 2013

Newton MA — Today I’m attending the 1st Annual Conference of Progressives MA. As we’re finishing up the first morning panels, I’m struck by how incredible moments like this are in the life of an activist. I’ve spent the morning talking up my concerns about the mental health system here in Massachusetts, after my experienceContinue reading “#294; Progressive MA conf 2013”

#280; The MA Inaugural Ball

On January 21st, Washington DC rolled out the red carpet for the entire world; celebrating our democratic processes and inaugurating President Barack Obama for a second time. This is the first Inauguration of my adult life that I didn’t plan to be sitting in the bleachers, standing in the freezing cold, watching in person inContinue reading “#280; The MA Inaugural Ball”

#277; to believe in ourselves

Last night in a great discussion about sustainability, youth politics, and compassion, Ian Somerhalder, of The Vampire Diaries and Lost fame (also the founder of the animal rights-centric Ian Somerhalder Foundation, ISF and someone who has discussed green policy with President Obama himself) said that his best advice for our generation is to believe in ourselves.Continue reading “#277; to believe in ourselves”

#276; Women’s Equality Day

There cannot be true democracy unless women’s voices are heard. There cannot be true democracy unless women are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their own lives. There cannot be true democracy unless all citizens are able to participate fully in the lives of their country. ~ Sec. of State Hillary Clinton Happy Women’sContinue reading “#276; Women’s Equality Day”