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For those out there who don’t follow the excellent Glenn Greenwald, be sure to check out his column from earlier this week on the nation’s rapid progress on marriage equality. As Greenwald writes, it’s clearly grounds for a more general optimism regarding the prospects of societal progress in any number of areas:

“It really is a bit shocking how quickly gay marriage transformed from being a fringe, politically toxic position just a few years ago to a virtual piety that must be affirmed in decent company. Whenever I write or speak about any of the issues on which I focus, I always emphasize that a posture of defeatism – which is a form of learned impotence: a belief that meaningful change is impossible – is misguided. This demonstrates why that is true: even the most ossified biases and entrenched institutional injustices can be subverted – if the necessary passion and will are summoned and the right strategies found.”

But, as Greenwald also notes, one needs to be careful in assuming that progress for LGBT Americans automatically heralds progress for other oppressed groups: Read More

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Though it was uttered 76 years ago, it remains just as apt today. In fact, if one merely changes the date mentioned, the statement would work just as well for the 44th president as it did for the 32nd.

“You would think, to hear some people talk, that those good people who live at the top of our economic pyramid are being taxed into rags and tatters. What is the fact? The fact is that they are much farther away from the poorhouse than they were in 1932.” – FDR, address at Worcester, MA, October 21, 1936.”

 

 

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The good folks at Together NC will be holding a series of public forums over the coming days about state fiscal policy decisions and the impact they will have on local communities throughout the state. 

This is from the announcement:

Ever wonder how statewide budget decisions impact schools in Wake, Mecklenburg, Durham or Cumberland County? This is your chance to find out. Please join Together NC and our local partners for a public forum to learn about the impacts of funding decisions in these counties and across North Carolina.

WAKE COUNTY: Tuesday, October 9, 6:00 p.m., Crosspointe Church, 6911 Carpenter Fire Station Road, Cary, NC Read More

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Please join the staff of NC Policy Watch for a very special, Crucial Conversation luncheon:

Who Stole the American Dream? A conversation with legendary American journalist Hedrick Smith.

Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning former The New York Times reporter and editor and Emmy award-winning producer/correspondent, has established himself over the past 50 years as one of America’s most distinguished journalists.

His new book, Who Stole the American Dream, steps back from the partisan fever of the 2012 campaign to explain how we got to where we are today—how America moved from an era of middle class prosperity and power, effective bipartisanship and grass roots activism to today’s polarized gridlock, unequal democracy and an even more unequal economy that has unraveled the American Dream for millions of middle class families.

Don’t miss the chance to hear from this extraordinary American at this critical moment in our national political conversation. Read More