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My articles appear chronologically, most recent first, but you can go
directly to a good overview of The Impossible,
of Soul, or on
Teaching for Engagement. or on Engaging Students in Elections.
My newspaper articles tend to be aimed at more of a general audience,
while the online ones are aimed more at people already engaged in social
justice movements. Both are more topical, issue oriented and sometimes more partisan than my general talks and my books, which focus more on civic engagement: If you'd like to see all my articles and the discussions that have followed them, the best place is the
Huffington Post archive of my work.
Youth Vote at Record Low--Here's How to Reverse the Trend
"My Vote Doesn't Matter": Helping Students Surmount Political Cynicism. From www.InsideHigherEd.com
Burying Your Victories: What if Obama Taxed the Rich But Never Told Anyone? Why Americans don't know about the $20 billion-a-year tax on the wealthiest 2% that's core to Obama's health care law.
From Occupy Wall Street to Occupy the Neighborhoods. Community outreach as the next step for the Occupy movement.
Glued to the Weather Channel As the World Burns How the recent extreme weather should teach us the urgency of acting on climate change.
Three Cups of a Flawed Hero: The Limits of Greg Mortenson’s Model of Change Reflecting on the engagement model of Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson
Ten Suggestions for More Effective Activism: A summary of key themes from Soul of a Citizen with links to some of the relevant excerpts.
Engaging Students in the Election—45 Ways To Still Make a Difference Last minute suggestions to get your campuses more engaged
Stop the Anonymous Hit Men--Make Shadowy Campaign Money the Issue From the Baltimore Sun..The politics of money in the 2010 elections
The Election Needs You, Broken Heart and All The stakes of individual engagement or withdrawal in the 2010 elections.
Jesus and Climate Change: The Journey of Rich Cizik How National Association of Evangelicals Vice President Rich Cizik became a key voice on climate change. Adapted from Soul's new edition.
From Drunken Party Girl to Climate Change Activist. The journey of Virginia Tech student AngieDeSoto from total disengagement to becoming a powerful climate change leader. Adapted from Soul's new edition.
How MoveOn and The Christian Coalition Helped Save the Internet. How the unlikely coaliiton of MoveOn and the Christian Coalition helped save the Internet as we know it. Adapted from Soul's new edition.
Unforeseen Fruits. How actions of courage can create unforseen ripples. Adapted from Soul's new edition.
Reclaiming the Youth Vote What the Democrats can do to reclaim young voters.
What Cynicism Costs Us Adapted from Soul's new edition, the traps of cynicism
Looking at the November 2009 Democratic gubernatorial defeats in New Jersey and Virginia, and their lessons going forward.
Eight Reasons the Democrats Lost Virginia & New Jersey—And How to Recover
Gutting the Health Care Plan: The Scorpion and the Congress How the Obama administration may be falling into a trap similar to that of the Clinton health care efforts by trusting the insurance companies
Stiffed: Did the Bail-Out Help Pfizer Buy Wyeth? How the initial bail-out is being used for corporate consolidation.
Saving America, One Furnace at a Time Lessons from my new high-efficiency furnace about how to mix sustainability and economic renewal. (San Jose Mercury & Seattle Times)
Engaging Students as Volunteers and Voters Co-written for
Inside Higher Ed on how campuses can egage their students in the election. This builds on the campus election engagement project I coordinating with the national higher ed service learning network Campus Compact. I co-wrote the piece with their executive director Maureen Curley and University of Colorado Colorado Springs graduate communications director Sherry Morreale. If your'e on a campus, please circulate it for next round.
Wild Weather Creates Chances for Political Progress. How the recent surge of extreme weather events may create new political openings to act on global climate change.
Responsible Investment: Gates Foundation and the California Model Why the Gates Foundation and other major foundtions and pension programs should follow the socially responsible lead of California's massive public retirement system, CalPERS. From the Seattle Times.
Target Gobal Warming, Target Exxon How Exxon funded key global warming deniers and why an active boycott makes sense. Foreign Policy in Focus
Fraudulent Firings The audacity of Bush claiming that the Justice Department was concerned with election fraud when they fired the U.S. Attorneys. From the Baltimore Sun
A Storm of Denial The cost of media not linking catastrophic local weather events with global climate change. Example of a Seattle storm of the century that left over a million people without power and heat. From Earth Island Journal
Gerald Ford's Failures of Nerve How Ford's burying his reservations about Iraq parallels the Nixon Pardon. Seattle Times
Think Globally, Protect the Vote Locally How local voter protection efforts can help ensure fair elections. TheNation.com
The Seductions of Clicking
How we get seduced into believing that just clicking on petitions or forwarding email equals politics.
Grassroots Matching Grants: My Five Mnutes as a Donor
Thoughts on the Democratic National Commitee's innovative challenge to have ordinary citizens match the grants of others..
War at Home: The Seattle Shooting. Reflections on the shootings at my local Seattle Jewish Federation, and on Lebanon and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. From Seattle Times, Portland Oregonian, Riverside Press Enterprise, Detroit Jewish News, and others
The Fugitive Girl Act
Parallels between the Fugitive Slave Act and the recent bill barring minors from out-of-state abortions
Global Warming, Local Hope Hope from local cities taking the lead on global warming. Common Dreams, Working For Change etc
Joe Lieberman's Loyalties Why Joe's first value, alas, is to look out for Joe. Huffington Post, Common Dreams, South Florida Sun Sentinel, etc
An Inconvenient Video Game Idea to make a video game out of Gore's powerful movie. Huffington Post, Grist, Wired News
Enron's Good Fight The ethic of Enron. Huffington Post, Yahoo news etc
Dying for Nixon, Dying for Bush Growing parallels between Nixon and Bush, Iraq and Vietnam. TomPaine.com, Common Dreams, Huffington Post, etc
Out of the Shadows Seattle's immigrant rights march and the politics of immigration. From CommonDreams, Huffington Post, etc
Alito and Extraordinary Circumstances Why
changing political circumstances would have given an Alito filibuster a chance of
succeeding. From TomPaine.com,
HuffingtonPost, Tikkun, CommonDreams, DemocraticUnderground, etc
The Real Rosa Parks Originally in the Los Angeles Times My most reprinted op-ed--on the myth that Parks came into involvement out of nowhere
Precarious Lives On why
individual solutions to hard times don't work. Fort Worth Star Telegram,
Huffington Post and others
Drowning the Hard
Questions: Questions missing from NOVA's documentary on New Orleans.
Huffington Post & others
Hard Conversations About
the Big Easy. Why community conversations about New Orleans matter
even more now that the disaster is receding from the headlines.
911 & Katrina Why the New
Orleans disaster is even more consequential than the 9/11 attacks, and the
lessons we need to heed. Earth Island Journal
Paul Allen's Other Yacht The Estate
Tax, massive wealth and New Orleans. From the Detroit Free Press
Speaking Truth to Roberts. Why
challenging Judge Roberts matters even if the odds seem stacked in his
favor. From the Huffington Post and other sites.
The Enemy of our Enemy May be the Enemy of
Democracy Why an Alberto Gonzales Supreme Court nomination should be
opposed even if the religious right is also against him. From the
Huffington Post and other sites.
They Died for Their Country
Reflections on dying for your country, for noble and ignoble causes. From www.tomdispatch.com, CommonDreams.org, Workingforchange.com, etc
Than Downing St What it means that we were effectively fighting
a war on Iraq even before the Congressional vote. From the Boston Globe
Rancid Justice Why the confirmation of justices Owens, Pryor and Brown
suggests the "nuclear option" compromise is a moral failure.
From CommonDreams.org, Workingforchange.com, etc
The parallel between those willing to wage winnable nuclear wars and those
willing to destroy 200 years of Senate procedures to ram through right win
Schaivo--The Stories We Tell
A longer version of a USA Today article of mine on why support for
death with dignity has increased while support for abortion choice has
plateaued or declined.
The Impossible Will Take a Little While Post-election overview of hope in a time of fear, adapted from the book's
introduction. Parts appeared earlier in The Nation
Shut Up and Color: The
Politics of Bullying, TomPaine.com How the Bush
administration is threatening democracy with the politics of bullying.
Time to Act From Experience Life magazine, reprinted in Hope Magazine. How increased time pressures make it hard to act as a citizen.
How Bush is turning the US into a Lootocracy, where the rule of plunder is
all that matters.
Volunteer--how the actions of ordinary citizens can make the key
electoral difference. Workingforchange.com & CommonDreams.org
Organica Magazine. Why some crises and tragedies seem real, but not others.
A Thousand Points of Hype, Christian Science
The hypocrisy in Bush's embrace of Americans volunteering
Breaking the Cycle of Vengeance, from the
book America's Tragedy, a Spiritual Response
My reflections on the World Trade Center attack
A Final Plea to Nader
Supporters The Unforeseen Fruits of
Hope, TomPaine.com and www.commondreams.org. On how citizen movements produce
unexpected fruits of hope.
The Lone Ranger of Righteousness From www.alternet.org Why Ralph Nader
running is a terrible idea.
Hope: The Peace Movement After the War
How to overcome the demoralization that many of us felt in the wake of the
Stopping the Next War.
www.workingforchange.com How the peace movement
should act now that Bush has gone to war
with Iraq. And how we can keep on acting no matter what happens.
Reclaiming our Courage
social justice activists can reclaim courage and hope in this difficult
Deaths do we Mourn? Seattle Times Why we mourn the lives
of dead astronauts more than all the other needless deaths we allow to
happen. [Some overlap with Invisible Casualties]
Confederate Charge Atlanta Journal-Constitution Why Maine's Senators should learn from the
courage of the Maine troops who turned the Gettysburg tide--and stop
our current neo-Confederates.
Volunteer and Vote
we need to overcome our disappointments and do more than just vote.
Making our Voices Heard
How to keep acting against war in Iraq, even after Bush's Congressional
www.workingforchange.com Different views of what it means to be a patriot..
Teaching for Engagement, Academe Adapted from conference talks and workshops I've been giving nationwide for faculty
and staff--how to teach in a way that helps nurture future citizens
The Money Defense Shield, Christian
The money politics of the missile defense program
The Perils of Civility, Christian
Impact of the Democrats caving and confirming John Ashcroft. How they can challenge George
Bush without recreating Newt Gingrich's scorched-earth politics
No Second Chances,
How a president who built his career on unearned breaks is creating a regime of no second
Public Squalor Betrays Our Nation's Soul, Los
How Bush cut earthquake preparedness funding the morning of the Seattle earthquake. what
this and his proposed tax cuts say about our national priorities.
New possibilities of hope from the WTO protests
A Big Con for the Democrats, Christian
How the vote supporting permanent favorable trade status for China was guaranteed to
fracture the Democratic coalition.
Uncivil Justice, Atlanta
Article on the politics of civility, taking off from a speech by Clarence Thomas
Soul of a
Citizen, Updated version of Soul of a Citize:cover excerpt from Utne Reader
the best single overview
of the book.
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