It began with five homeless men spending the night, and tonight over 800 men, women and children will be served a nutritious meal and safe shelter.
Via: The Tennessean
America’s Electorate Is More Sympathetic To Progressive Economic Policy Today Than At Anytime Since 1961
With a growing number of conservative commentators and Republican politicians making populist noises on economic policy, it wouldn’t be surprising to see GOP voters’ views start trending more liberal too. And many Democrats as well have also shifted left in their economic messaging.
Via: New York Magazine
Researchers are discovering the vital role played by bodily movement not only in the evolution of the human species, but in the present-day social and psychological development of healthy individuals. Dancing provides humans with the opportunity to learn how their movements matter. They can become aware of how the movements they make are training them – or not – to cultivate the sensory awareness required to empathize across species and with the Earth itself.
D-Day 75: Nations Honor Veterans, Memory Of Fallen Troops And The Assault That Turned The Tide Of World War II
With the silence of remembrance and respect, nations honored the memory of the fallen and the singular bravery of all Allied troops who sloshed through bloodied water to the landing beaches of Normandy, a tribute of thanks 75 years after the massive D-Day assault that doomed the Nazi occupation of France and portended the fall of Hitler’s Third Reich.
“We live in an age in which military power is always viewed as the ultimate form or the highest form of power that can allow people to exert their will, as collectives, as nations, as peoples. But intellectual power, moral power, spiritual power, those are the “weak” and “feeble” kinds of power, which in the end could be the most powerful.” – Cornel West
Via: New York Times
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak on Wednesday signed a sweeping criminal justice reform bill that will restore the voting rights of convicted felons, a measure he says will enfranchise 77,000 people. The bill will go into effect July 1 and will automatically restore a person’s voting rights once they are released from prison and complete their parole.
Chicago Public Schools and the Aspen Institute are working together to highlight Chicago students’ perspectives of what every American should know to be powerful civic actors in our democracy, and to demonstrate how students are translating their knowledge into action in their communities.
Via: The Aspen Institute
On the Outlaw Country Cruise, music taps into a deeper sense of shared humanity rendered all the more precious in this time of particularly intense division. Yes, the idea of “outlaw” means drinking and partying and carrying on and playing tunes without fear of reprisal, but for a few days, it can also mean a deeper well of forgiveness, a release of vindictiveness, and a realization that maybe music actually can be our Great Equalizer.
Via: Bitter Southerner
Apprehend the small wonders that strew the everyday: the yellow leaf blown to the ground, the smiling face of a neighbor, the spider laboring at her web, the red feather in a passerby’s hat, the snail triumphant atop the fence, the pale, luminous moon against the nocturne.
Via: Brain Pickings
“It was the first song I genuinely formulated,” Lil Nas says. “I was like, ‘I gotta make it short, I gotta make it catchy, I gotta have quotable lines that people want to use as captions.’ Especially with the ‘horses in the back’ line, I was like, ‘This is something people are gonna say every day.’ ” Already, he was thinking about the memes.
Via: Rolling Stone
Uncompromising resistance to voter suppression has to go hand-in-hand with proactive efforts to extend the franchise. If we are only engaged in the fight against suppression, “we are only doing half of what’s possible.” Lowering the voting age to 16, different kinds of civics education, the availability of modern voting systems that provide paper back-up and the positive results of automatic and same-day voter registration are all increasing turnout.