The Portland, Oregon gamer community PDXLAN donated 37,500 lbs of food to a local charity to feed the homeless. The gamers hold parties three times a year where people from all over the country gather to game in real life. The meet-ups involve a charitable aspect, raising funds for groups American Red Cross, Smile Train and Child’s Play. For the most recent meet-up held the weekend before Thanksgiving, PDXLAN and their friends, who have done food drives over the past seven years, scored over 17 tons of food collected in 48 hours.
|By: Lisa Derrick Saturday November 30, 2013 11:50 am|
|By: dakine01 Monday November 11, 2013 6:30 pm|
Today is November 11, 2013. Veteran’s Day. Ninety-four years ago was the first observance known initially as “Armistice Day”:
|By: Dr. Matthew R. Anderson Saturday August 10, 2013 1:59 pm|
The creation of “free clinics” to provide services to those without access to health care has a long and rich history, some of which has made it into the popular imagination.
|By: Lisa Derrick Tuesday March 12, 2013 8:00 pm|
This video created by North Korean propagandists is pretty extreme.
The short film is an exercise in propaganda designed to show the worst of America, by highlighting one northeastern city’s homeless during the winter and claiming this is representative of the entire country. The images are truly heart-wrenching. It is a great shameful thing, a hideous reality that our country has so many homeless–it shouldn’t be happening.
|By: Daveparts Friday November 23, 2012 7:00 pm|
Thanksgiving, a time to celebrate and to be thankful for all that we have been given; but it is not a memory wipe.
We are a good people, badly led and badly misled. We live in a beautiful and bounteous land in which millions upon millions of our own citizens can no longer earn enough to survive in it and yet, that is not considered a national crisis.
|By: Michelle Chen Thursday November 8, 2012 6:00 pm|
They called it “The Bullpen.” Farm workers were roped in from the street by recruiters and herded into the enclosed camp, where they worked during the day and slept in dirty, overcrowded bunks rife with bugs. Some, according to the workers’ legal complaint, wrestled with grinding drug addictions and were sated periodically by dealers who would come by to sink them deeper into debt and dependency.
Though reminiscent of any chain gang from the old South, this labor camp was in modern-day Florida, and these human chattel were harvesting vegetables that might have nourished your family.
|By: Jeremi Suri Sunday September 2, 2012 1:59 pm|
Modern democratic society requires basic equality. Our Founding Fathers understood this point when they drafted the Declaration of Independence with the radical statement, in its time: “All men are created equal.” Citizens must feel that they have a say in political decisions, that they are represented in some way. Citizens must also feel that they have an opportunity to “win” sometime in the future, even if their causes and candidates “lose” today. The opportunity to change government and policy based on citizen interests is central to democracy, and it requires a foundation in interpersonal equality.
Danny Dorling’s provocative book expands upon these insights. He argues that “human beings are happier and healthier the more equal they are.
|By: SouthernDragon Tuesday March 13, 2012 4:45 am|
A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches on current topics that may be of interest.
|By: Jason Leopold Saturday February 18, 2012 1:59 pm|
The Iraq war isn’t over. For tens of thousands of soldiers returning from the battlefield, it never will be. Some of these men and women will turn to alcohol and drugs to ease their mental injuries; some will end up homeless, unemployed and divorced. Some will commit suicide. Most will be forgotten.
That will be one of the lasting legacies of the nearly nine-year-long conflict.
Fortunately, there are investigative journalists like Joshua Phillips who have taken great pains to preserve the memories of veterans whose lives have been ravaged—and cut short—by the wars.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday January 26, 2012 11:50 am|
Occupy Buffalo like all occupations has been concerned with, as John Washington says, “enabling them” to continue to be a drug addict by offering a place where they can “continue that behavior in a more comfortable way.” They have have tried to deal with people and empower them so they can stay here at the site and help build the movement in Buffalo.