Dear Mr. Prez


Better Schools for Better Communities

By Deborah Meier

Only when children grow up in the company of respected and respectful adults who have the power to protect and educate them, will we realize what democracy makes possible.Read More


Build on Gay Marriage Victories

By Jay Michaelson

It’s looking like 2013 will be the year of same-sex marriage. But LGBT activists know there’s still a fight to end discrimination and bullying.Read More


Raise Minimum Wage and Protect Workers Rights

By Alan van Capelle

The president should take the case for a higher minimum wage directly to the American people, just as he successfully argued that the very rich should pay more in taxes.Read More


Make Food Aid Work for All

By Timi Gerson

Our one-size-fits-all food aid model wastes more than half of each aid dollar spent, subsidizing corporations instead of supporting local food production abroad.Read More


Pass Common Sense Gun Control Measures

By Sammie Moshenberg

President Obama has said he will push for common sense gun laws. It’s time to back up that proclamation with strong and decisive action.Read More


Stamp Out Slavery for Good

By Jill Jacobs

Priorities for wiping out slavery in the U.S. for good? Pass critical protections and services to victims of human trafficking.Read More


U.S. Must Be Climate Change Leader

By J.J. Goldberg

What should President Obama do about climate change? For starters, we need a Manhattan Project for alternative, non-carbon energy sources.Read More





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  • "I am a Jewish woman married to a non-Jewish man who was raised Catholic, but now considers himself a “common-law Jew.” We are raising our two young children as Jews. My husband's parents are still semi-practicing Catholics. When we go over to either of their homes, they bow their heads, often hold hands, and say grace before meals. This is an especially awkward time for me, as I'm uncomfortable participating in a non-Jewish religious ritual, but don't want his family to think I'm ungrateful. It's becoming especially vexing to me now that my oldest son is 7. What's the best way to handle this situation?" http://jd.fo/b4ucX What would you do?
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  • "One uncle of mine said, 'I came to America after World War II and I hitchhiked.' And Robin said, 'I waited until there was a 747 and a kosher meal.'" Watch Billy Crystal's moving tribute to Robin Williams at last night's #Emmys:
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