Address to the City Club of Cleveland January 10, 2014
It’s an honor to be invited to speak at the City Club. This is a prestigious platform for anyone to speak from, but for a kid from Cleveland Heights, this is a special honor, and I’m humbled to stand here. And, if the prestige of the podium wasn’t daunting enough, my father, who is here today, told me that he has heard two people speak at the City Club in his lifetime – Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. No pressure, Dad.
The outpouring of grief and tribute over the past two weeks showed that Nelson Mandela inspired and influenced multiple generations of people across the world. Personally, I was moved to learn how many people I know and respect trace their political roots to the struggle of Nelson Mandela and the South African people for freedom, justice, and equality.
‘Tis the season to be jolly. Or maybe not so much.
Despite the fact that the unemployment rate has dropped to 7%, there are still millions facing financial hardships during this holiday season. From picking up food items at the local food bank to relying on Toys for Tots to provide that single gift to their child, American families are still hurting. Not to mention the 11 million undocumented Americans living each day in an emotional limbo due to their pending statuses, and the 18 million Americans hoping for a hike in the federal minimum wage to provide them with more purchasing power and security.
The best part of my Thanksgiving weekend was sitting around the table with family debating the upcoming NCAA national championship game. I have to admit, I love talking with my brother -- a lifelong Buckeye – who is always optimistic that Ohio State can go all the way. Then there’s my father – a lifelong Alabama fan – that regularly reminds everyone that “It’s unlikely for the Bucks to beat ‘Bama if they play each other.” However, in sports (as well as politics) you can never be certain of the results until after the game. That’s why they play the game.
Hopefully, you are reading this while sprawled on a comfy couch after enjoying a delicious Thanksgiving feast and just before turning on the TV to catch the Dallas Cowboys football game. To pass the time, let’s play word association. I say Texas, you think ____? If you said, “the state that is exceeded only by California and Florida in the number of votes cast for Barack Obama in 2012 (3.3 million),” then you understand the Lone Star state better than most.
Has Hillary Clinton already clinched the Democratic nomination for President in 2016? Can Senator Elizabeth Warren – or anyone else – snatch the prize away? Will Hillary be America’s first female President? Probably, unlikely, and more likely than not. Here’s our take.
I was recently robbed at gunpoint. That experience has raised many personal and political questions. Progressives believe that every person deserves to be safe and protected in his or her community. But as the violent crime and robbery rates skyrocket across the country, can we craft an inspired policy agenda driven by politicians with the heart and will to stop the cycle of violence?
Pundits across the country are in full speculation mode that Chris Christie’s re-election may illuminate the path for Republicans to recapture the White House in 2016. Having been deeply involved in New Jersey elections for the past year, we talked to our colleagues on the ground to get their take on just what the Christie win really means.
Carefully studying the 2012 voter turnout numbers has made me feel so empowered. I had a chance to analyze the results from the Census Bureau’s November Voting and Registration Supplement, and here are the numbers that stood out to me.
Voter Turnout in 2012
Comparison of Turnout
PowerPAC+ hosted a event yesterday to discuss the policies and leadership needed to address community violence. Special guests included Gloria Totten of Progressive Majority, Steve Phillips, PowerPAC+ founder, and Aimee Allison, PowerPAC+ Board Member. Below are some of our photos from the event. More in the blog about the event and issue.Continue >>