Pope Francis is displaying an extraordinary style and passion that demands our attention. He addresses the needs of the poor, embraces the outcasts, and loves…
by Brian Smedley WASHINGTON-The implementation of the Affordable Care Act is an achievement Americans can be proud of. Making sure that all our brothers and sisters, children and grandchildren, have proper health insurance makes us a stronger, more prosperous nation. Amid this important change, however, we cannot ignore the work that remains to be done, especially in communities of color. Insurance cards are not enough.
by Donna Brazile (CNN) — After the vote in the House of Representatives to slash the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, I wrote a column…
Ron Shaich, founder and CEO of Panera Bread and president of the Panera Bread Foundation. (CNN Photo/Courtesy Panera Bread) by Ron Shaich (CNN) — I thought I knew a thing or two about hunger. I’ve met thousands of people who struggle to feed themselves and their families, visited dozens of soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters and food banks, and worked closely with nonprofit organizations like Feeding America in developing five “Panera Cares” community cafes with no set prices. I really thought I understood the scope of the problem. But let me tell you something — I had no clue. My SNAP Challenge last week taught me that merely observing someone else’s plight does not hold a candle to consciously altering your habits to better understand what it might be like to live someone else’s life.
Dennis Tynan, right, talks to 9th grader Chyda Iokua during a 9th grade social studies class at Nakakuli High and Intermediate School in Waianae, Hawaii on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. Hawaii, the only state with a single, statewide district, has long had to turn to the mainland because local teacher education programs can’t produce enough graduates to fill classrooms across the islands, especially in remote schools. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher) by Jennifer Sinco KelleherAssociated Press Writer WAIANAE, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii’s Department of Education is offering bonuses, cultural classes and mentoring in an effort to keep new teachers.
GEORGE E. CURRY (NNPA)—Several of us were sharing our views on radio Sunday night with Gary Byrd when my friend and colleague Cash Michaels urged us to remember that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated while organizing poor people. This is a good time to remember that as President Obama seeks ways to strengthen the middle class and civil rights leaders focus on celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Aug. 28, 1963 March on Washington.
President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo., Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Obama hit the road to deliver remarks in Illinois and Missouri kicking off a series of speeches that lay out his vision for rebuilding the economy. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (CNN) — It’s getting harder to shock people with stats about income inequality. Americans know they live in a two-tier country — one where the uber-super-ultra-rich are leaving the rest of us behind; where, as Michael Moore famously put it, 400 of the richest people control the same amount of wealth as 150 million others; where, as President Obama said in a speech on Wednesday, the “average CEO has gotten a raise of nearly 40% since 2009, but the average American earns less than he or she did in 1999.” “Even though our businesses are creating new jobs and have broken record profits,” the president said in his prepared remarks, “nearly all the income gains of the past ten years have continued to flow to the top 1%.”