Men, Mother's Day should be about more than your Mom

I don’t know who you are, but I’m sure your mom is great, a no doubt annual winner of the somewhat subjective “Mom of the Year” contest. Your grandma, your favorite aunt, they all get some recognition too–some symbolic gift which serves to say “you’re like a mother to me”. And that’s wonderful, but Mother’s Day... Read more »

An open letter to my nephew who "came out" on New Year's Day

Thursday morning, New Year’s morning, a day inherently of new beginnings, my teenage nephew “came out”  to his father. This was undoubtedly after years of internal struggle and anxiety, culminating in a recent inpatient hospitalization for depression. He told me his coming out was partly motivated by the story of Leelah Alcorn , the teenager... Read more »

Please don't shoot my African American students

That title may seem a bit shamelessly provocative, but make no mistake, I’m asking seriously, begging in fact. Please don’t shoot my African-American students. Now understand, that’s not directed towards law enforcement only, but also towards “neighborhood watchmen”, gun fanatics itching for an opportunity to try out their new toy, those who feel baggy clothing... Read more »
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OFA, Springfield Residents, push Rep.Schock on Immigration Reform (Video/Pictures)

(PICTURES Following Story) On Tuesday, Organizing for Action Springfield, along with many local residents, held an event outside the offices of Rep. Aaron Schock, urging him to support Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Last week of course, the Senate overwhelmingly passed a historic Immigration Reform bill, with both Illinois Senators-including Republican Mark Kirk-voting in favor of the... Read more »

OFA, 3rd District Residents, push Rep. Lipinski on Immigration Reform

#DREAMer Marnee Ostoa tells her #AmericanStory
(PICTURES following text) From the OFA official press release : On Monday, July 1, 2013 after the winning vote for comprehensive immigration reform in the Senate, Organizing for Action – Illinois, Chicago 1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno and local community members held an event calling on Rep. Lipinski to continue support for CIR.  Sixty-eight Senators banded together in voting for a... Read more »

Come see "The Dream is Now" and show your support for Immigration Reform

Come see "The Dream is Now" and show your support for Immigration Reform
This Thursday, June 20th, Organizing for Action (OFA)  will be hosting a viewing party of the documentary “The Dream is Now”, at the Holiday Club Uptown (4000 N Sheridan, Chicago, IL 60613)  from 7-8:30 PM. From the Documentary’s website: The Dream is Now is a new 30-minute documentary that’s being made in real time, as this debate is... Read more »
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Honor soldiers who have died, by remembering and serving those who are alive

“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him” Abraham Lincoln We say that a Veteran’s place, their Country, is proud of them. In symbolic ways, in speeches, in ribbons, in lesiure filled Holidays, we acknowledge their... Read more »

How about a "Gay Marriage Show Loophole"?

In the United States of America, in the year 2013, it is easier to obtain a gun than a marriage license. That is, if you’re gay. To be more specific, it is easier for a violent sociopath to obtain a gun, than a gay couple to obtain a marriage license. Again, and to be clear,... Read more »

A Gun or a 92-Year-Old African American Woman: Which is more dangerous?

You’re not going to believe this, but a recent CNN hidden camera investigation, seemed to confirm what this recent Toronto Star investigation, this Rossen  investigation, this ABC investigation, this mass shooting, this mass shooting, this mass shooting…and this mass shooting –and thousands upon thousands of other shootings– appeared to unmistakably  indicate: It’s easy to purchase a... Read more »
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An Open letter from Rape to the Town of Steubenville (Big Red Nation): Thanks for the support

An Open letter from Rape to the Town of Steubenville (Big Red Nation): Thanks for the support
Big Red Nation, Hey—look at that—a picture of me about to happen! Anyway, in case you’re unfamiliar with who I am-I’m Rape, as in sexual assault, as in I’m what happens when a person is forced-generally physically, to engage in sexual activity, and by sexual activity I pretty much mean penetration. Ringing a bell? Yep,... Read more »
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