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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  • More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the current ground operation in #Gaza.
  • "My wife and I are both half-Jewish. Both of us very much felt and feel American first and Jewish second. We are currently debating whether we should send our daughter to a Jewish pre-K and kindergarten program or to a public one. Pros? Give her a Jewish community and identity that she could build on throughout her life. Cons? Costs a lot of money; She will enter school with the idea that being Jewish makes her different somehow instead of something that you do after or in addition to regular school. Maybe a Shabbat sing-along would be enough?"
  • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
  • "'What’s this, mommy?' she asked, while pulling at the purple sleeve to unwrap this mysterious little gift mom keeps hidden in the inside pocket of her bag. Oh boy, how do I answer?"
  • "I fear that we are witnessing the end of politics in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I see no possibility for resolution right now. I look into the future and see only a void." What do you think?
  • Not a gazillionaire? Take the "poor door."
  • "We will do what we must to protect our people. We have that right. We are not less deserving of life and quiet than anyone else. No more apologies."
  • "Woody Allen should have quit while he was ahead." Ezra Glinter's review of "Magic in the Moonlight": http://jd.fo/f4Q1Q
  • Jon Stewart responds to his critics: “Look, obviously there are many strong opinions on this. But just merely mentioning Israel or questioning in any way the effectiveness or humanity of Israel’s policies is not the same thing as being pro-Hamas.”
  • "My bat mitzvah party took place in our living room. There were only a few Jewish kids there, and only one from my Sunday school class. She sat in the corner, wearing the right clothes, asking her mom when they could go." The latest in our Promised Lands series — what state should we visit next?
  • Former Israeli National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror: “A cease-fire will mean that anytime Hamas wants to fight it can. Occupation of Gaza will bring longer-term quiet, but the price will be very high.” What do you think?
  • Should couples sign a pre-pregnancy contract, outlining how caring for the infant will be equally divided between the two parties involved? Just think of it as a ketubah for expectant parents:
  • Many #Israelis can't make it to bomb shelters in time. One of them is Amos Oz.
  • According to Israeli professor Mordechai Kedar, “the only thing that can deter terrorists, like those who kidnapped the children and killed them, is the knowledge that their sister or their mother will be raped."
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