Tuesday, January 19, 2010
On this recent Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday celebration weekend, Operation Understanding DC's Class 16 began their year-long process of learning about the history and interrelationships of African Americans and Jews. The program fosters building bridges between individuals and communities, and works to effect an to end bigotry in all its forms.
I have been volunteering for Operation Understanding DC for many years. I have been deeply impressed by the transformations they empower in the young people - and their families - who participate.
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Friday, January 15, 2010
These images were made at a healthcare reform lobbying effort in the Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC.
I find these pictures interesting for a range of reasons.
The SEIU (Services Employees International Union) teamed with PICO (a faith-based community organizing group) and other groups working to urge Congress to pass healthcare reform. Many grassroots speakers related their personal stories, and a large number of Representatives spoke in support of these efforts.