Majority Needs to Get Loud: Reduce U.S. Gun Violence Now

Majority Rules? We Could... "The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." Alice Walker It has been less than 6 months since I interviewed Main Street Women in 36 states. The Number 1 Immediate Change in the U.S.? Tolerance! Number 2:  Change Congress. Women shared how slicing and personalizing news sources fostered a lack of tolerance, from the family table to the local diner to the halls of power in Congress. Hence, the 8 Weeks to Optimum Tolerance Challenge where each week, I've accessed some … [Read more...]

Halfway Through the ‘New News’ Challenge, Tolerance Grows & Patience Wans

On February 4th I issued the 8 Weeks to Optimum Tolerance ‘New News’ challenge. Half way through, I confess that it is harder than I expected, listening to more diverse perspectives than I usually do. Thus far, I’ve watched Bill O’Reilly lament the “Epidemic of Disrespect” in America while calling people I care deeply about, our nation’s public school teachers, “Pinheads.” I tried to find something to love about O’Reilly. I paid close attention to the Republican’s response to the State of the Union address, ripping off my blinders instead … [Read more...]

Down on Main Street: U.S. Women Poorer And Getting Ready For More With Sequestration

If you're like me, you remember at least one time during childhood when you squabbled with some other kid. An adult stepped in and said, "Work it Out." As we head closer to the March 1 sequestration, that ominous term now part of American lexicon, DC squabbling and fingerpointing continues. I'm longing for Main Street to rise up and tell those governing us to work it out -- right now. Instead of using energy to find solutions, those governing us seem more focused on who's fault it is that we're in this situation. My vow of tolerance is … [Read more...]

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