Success Stories

Brewer keeps vow to help his high school

This is not a political story, but an activism story well worth sharing: Sometimes, all you have to do is ask. This is the lesson Ally Jeffers learned last May as a freshman at Watkins Memorial High School in Pataskala, Ohio, according to a report by Eric Lyttle in The Columbus Dispatch. Fearing that a school levy would fail and cut funding for the band, she searched for ways to help. Learning...

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From dolphin activist to Congressman: Dan Lipinski (D-Illinois)

From dolphin activist to Congressman: Dan Lipinski (D-Illinois)

Environment & Energy Publishing, which reports on issues in those areas, tells the story of Daniel Lipinski, known in Chicago as the “Transit Clout King.” Daniel started to make a difference in fifth grade with a petition to the Japanese government to stop hunting the endangered dolphins. He had some help from his father William “Bill” Lipinski, most famous locally for getting the federal...

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Actor’s grandson gets A Bit Political

Can you make an impact on your community when you’re almost fresh out of college? James Duke Mason is 23 years old, the grandson of actor James Mason. Mickey Boardman at Papermag recently interviewed him. His parents were on both sides of the political spectrum: His father Morgan worked in the Reagan White House, while his mother, singer Belinda Carlisle, is more progressive in her...

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Ballot issues can bring change

Some time ago, I wrote about civic activist Barry Klein, who helps fellow Texans set up ballot issues on community issues. Today, I received an e-mail from him reporting three victories from elections held May 9. In San Antonio voters approved a charter amendment that will require voter approval on any future urban rail proposal. In Arlington voters amended their city charter to ban red light...

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GOP: How about some constructive ideas?

Like him or hate him, there is one think you have to admit about Sen. Ted Cruz. You know exactly where he stands. Columnist Cal Thomas (no relation) aptly described it this way: What the establishment and the left really dislike about Cruz is that he paints in bold colors. You know where he stands, whether or not you agree with his positions. There is little chance Cruz will say one thing on...

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Nadine Gordimer, author against apartheid

Some of the most powerful political activists have been authors. Using their gift of words, they persuaded their readers to take a more careful look at the problems that beset society. In Victorian England, Charles Dickens called attention to the plight of the poor. Rachel Carson started the modern environmental movement with her 1962 book Silent Spring. The Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa...

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