Political Racism in the Age of Obama

by Public Works on November 29, 2012 in November 2012 eNewsletter

Obama at podiumMuch has been and will be written about the role of race in the recent election cycle. We found this piece from the New York Times to be one of the more thoughtful reflections on the subject. Here’s an excerpt:

Mr. Obama and the Democrats have an opportunity to bridge the racial and cultural divides that have been widening and to begin to reconfigure the country’s political landscape. Although this has always been a difficult task and one fraught with peril, history—from Reconstruction to Populism to the New Deal to the struggle for civil rights—teaches us that it can happen: when different groups meet one another on more level planes, slowly get to know and trust one another, and define objectives that are mutually beneficial and achievable, they learn to think of themselves as part of something larger—and they actually become something larger.

Hard work on the ground—in neighborhoods, schools, religious institutions and workplaces—is foundational. But Mr. Obama, the biracial community organizer, might consider starting his second term by articulating a vision of a multicultural, multiracial and more equitable America with the same insight and power that he once brought to an address on the singular problem of race. If he does that, with words and then with deeds, he can strike a telling blow against the political racism that haunts our country.

Public praise for MinnesotaCare

by Public Works on November 29, 2012 in Changemakers

Take Action Minnesota is spearheading this campaign to build public support and awareness of MinnesotaCare, the state’s publicly subsidized program for residents who do not have access to affordable health care coverage. The campaign has launched an online forum, Thanks … Continue reading

Some post-election advice for people of faith

by Public Works on November 29, 2012 in November 2012 eNewsletter

Countless commentators and pundits have penned articles giving advice in the category of “where do we go from here” after the national elections. Very few have mentioned the importance of coming together around the idea of the common good. That’s … Continue reading

Dissatisfaction with government a hurdle for Obama

by Public Works on November 29, 2012 in November 2012 eNewsletter

In this Gallup Poll, 9% of Americans believe that “dissatisfaction with government” is the biggest challenge facing the President in his second term. Gallup’s explanation for this result is worth reading: Congressional job approval is now at 21%, low on … Continue reading

Hope for a Better Conversation on Taxes

by Elaine Mejia on November 29, 2012 in Feature

By Elaine Mejia, Senior Program Associate In 1978 Californians ushered in the modern anti-tax era with the passage of Proposition 13, the landmark measure that capped property taxes. California’s fiscal house has been in a state of disorder ever since. … Continue reading

Public Works in the Field

by Public Works on November 29, 2012 in In the Works

The Public Works team has been back on the road in full force this fall. Patrick returned to Oregon over Halloween for the second session of the 3rd Advocates College. Then he was on to AARP headquarters in Washington, DC … Continue reading

Connecting elections to public structures in Michigan

by Public Works on November 29, 2012 in Changemakers

In its monthly newsletter to members, which came out on Election Day, the Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP) included a letter from its president, Gilda Jacobs, that linked Hurricane Sandy to the role of public structures and the tax … Continue reading