What happened in Baton Rouge on July 5th, Falcon Heights on July 6th, and Dallas on July 7th will soon be part of our repressed collective memory. It's what we do. The terror bursts on to our screens, the knot returns to our stomachs, and then, as the ashes fall, we cope.
We dig out privately and slowly at first, but then with a practiced deliberateness, we begin to cope alongside the other survivors. Some days, coping is all we've got in the tank.
America is at a crossroads in 2016. Who we elect in the fall is far less important than who we think we are as a people right now. If the bullets are ever going to stop, it will be the people that stop them. There's no law on the books or law in the works that can fix what's happening on our streets. Only we can stop the bullets. The choice is ours. Cope or change?
I heard someone say the other day this is going to be the summer of Clinton. It made me stop and think that maybe it really should be. After all, it's been 20 years since President Bill Clinton "ended welfare as we know it." Seems to me it may be time to take a hard look at how that bipartisan moment with Speaker Gingrich worked out in the poor households of America. From our perch in Maryland and Florida, I can tell you that reports of poverty's demise have been greatly exaggerated.
Open Door Baltimore, a nonprofit that fights poverty by working with businesses to provide living-wage jobs, is expanding beyond the beltway. To better reflect the organization’s larger mission, the board of directors recently approved a new identity and logo.Read More