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Kunin at DNC, Day Two: Hillary Clinton, Lily Ledbetter, and Rednecks for Obama

Former Governor of Vermont and author Madeleine Kunin (Pearls, Politics, and Power) continues her coverage of the DNC. Today Madeleine describes Hillary Clinton’s stirring call for unity in the Democratic Party, recounts the story of Lily Ledbetter of Alabama—who sued (unsuccessfully) Goodyear Tire Company, alleging twenty years of pay discrimination—and talks about her encounter with the “Rednecks for Obama” (“They were the genuine article.”). From the Huffington Post article:
“Keep going, keep on going,” Hillary told the cheering crowd in the Pepsi Center, quoting Harriet Tubman’s words, when she made her way north on the Underground Railroad. Her message could be taken on several levels. The obvious one was meant for the Democratic Party–we cannot stop now. We have work to do to turn this country around. On another level, she told her supporters to “keep going,” and not be discouraged because she was not the nominee. “Keep going, keep on going,” was also a message Hillary was giving to herself. The loss of the Democratic nomination was painful, but she would continue on her journey to fight for the people she had met along the way. She was not going to give up her quest. The point of Hillary’s speech had been made clear by the signs -the same size as those given out the night before for Michele Obama. These signs were two-sided: “Hillary” on one side, “Unity” on the other. There had been no speculation whether she would ask the crowd to support Obama, but there was much speculation whether or not she would do so convincingly. Her first words settled the matter.” I’m proud to be the Senator from New York. I’m proud to be an American, and I am proud to support Barack Obama.”
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Economic Development is Broken. Here’s How to Fix It

Economic development today is completely broken. That’s the argument of author Michael Shuman in his new book, The Local Economy Solution. The singular focus on attracting global corporations is not just ineffective but counterproductive, Shuman argues, especially given the huge opportunity costs. Indeed, it’s not far-fetched to suggest that the best way most communities can […] Read More..

5 Shareable Strategies for Creating Climate Action

Frustrated about climate change? You’re not alone. Most people in our society find themselves somewhere on the spectrum of depressed about our climate situation to flat-out denying that it exists. In fact, the more information about global warming that piles up, the less we seem to do to combat it. What is the reason for this […] Read More..

A Mini-Festo for Earth Day – Rebuild the Foodshed

For the past month, author Philip Ackerman-Leist has been on a Twitter MiniFesto campaign – each day sending out a new tweet designed to spark conversation and pass along some lessons he learned whilst working on his last book, Rebuilding the Foodshed. You might also know Philip as the author of his memoir Up Tunket […] Read More..

Books in the News: ‘The Tao of Vegetable Gardening’ & More!

What does Taoism have to do with gardening? That question is being answered in The Washington Post this week with a lengthy profile of Chelsea Green author Carol Deppe—gardener, plant breeder, seed expert, and geneticist based in Oregon—and her new book The Tao of Vegetable Gardening. “Once I read The Tao of Vegetable Gardening, with its […] Read More..

Depressed about Climate Change? Good. Here’s How to Take Action

The facts about climate change are settled. Mostly. In fact, the news seems to get worse, and more urgent, every day. Yet, the more the facts stack up, the less resolve many people seem to have about getting behind solutions that will stem, or turn, the tide. What gives? In What We Think About When […] Read More..