A more “serious-minded” spring break in Ferguson, Missouri will focus on students helping the community get back on their feet.
In the wake of last week’s attack on a Copenhagen synagogue, a group of young Muslims in Norway have organized a Shabbat “Ring of Peace” around an Oslo synagogue to, in the words of its 17-year-old organizer, “extinguish the prejudices people have against Jews and against Muslims.”
Everything is an opportunity for awakening. So says one of my spiritual teachers. Leonard Jacobson. And he did mean everything. In the past two weeks the media in western countries (and many others) has been focussed upon the massacre at Charlie Hebdo magazine. Many of the readers who come to the Conscious Life News website […]
The way Utah is addressing the homeless issue caught the attention of “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart. It’s helping shed light on an important issue while also making people laugh. It all started with the many housing units set up to help get homeless off the street. It’s a program called Housing First, and it’s working so well, the state says it has decreased homelessness by 72 percent since 2005. Now, even more people are hearing about its success, thanks to the popular show.
Shouldn’t it be a trade violation to threaten to move someone’s job to another country? Shouldn’t we negotiate trade agreements that increase people’s wages on both sides of a trade border? These are the kinds of agreements we would make if We the People were negotiating trade agreements with representatives of the working people in other countries. Unfortunately that is not the kind of trade agreements that our current trade negotiation process produces.
Solutions are what are most needed right now, as another solar cycle comes to an end on Winter Solstice 2014. There are many people doing great work exposing the global conspiracy, shining the light on the “Matrix” and digging up the dirt on the New World Order. This is very important work, for without an accurate idea of what’s really going on in the world, we are blind. We would have little or no idea of what to change. Not only that, but we would little or no motivation to change. Often, it is anger at the sheer injustice of what is happening that spurs people to stand up for truth and freedom, and to make a difference. Sometimes, we need to realize just how bad things are before we decide that we are going to dedicate our lives to doing something about it, to conceiving and implementing solutions.
An estimated 3,000 people on Saturday flooded the rotunda and partially shut down the Mall of America, located in Bloomington, Minnesota, demanding an “end to police brutality and racial inequities affecting Black and brown Minnesotans,” according to astatement from the Minneapolis chapter of Black Lives Matter.
In an era rife with pop-culture trivialities juxtaposed with escalating calamities, we find ourselves at a remarkable moment that poses profound existential questions for the soul of the nation. Systems that have claimed the mantle of “justice” (while practicing little of it) are being exposed to an unprecedented level of scrutiny, demonstrating in stark terms that tragic episodes from Ferguson to New York are not exceptional but instead constitute the baseline norm of official behavior. The message is not that this system is broken, but rather that it is working exactly the way it was designed. The primary difference now is that people are paying attention.
Demonstrations take place in dozens of US communities following grand jury decision
What the governor did, in the tense uncertainty preceding the decision, was pre-declare a state of emergency and activate the Missouri National Guard to help contain the possibility of violent, anti-police protests. He also appointed 16 people, including several of the protesters, to a newly created “Ferguson Commission” to recommend solutions to the racial problems plaguing that community, which the killing of Michael Brown last August made unavoidably apparent.