The Heroes Behind Obama’s Historic Announcement in Laos

The Heroes Behind Obama’s Historic Announcement in Laos

 Fifty-two years ago, the United States began the secret bombing of Laos, a tiny country whose only crime was geographical. It bordered Vietnam, and the US military wanted to stop the movement of Vietnamese soldiers and supplies through Laos. Out of the sight of...
Obama’s Take On Inequality

Obama’s Take On Inequality

In his farewell State of the Union address to Congress, President Obama put the struggle to reduce inequality in the United States front and center. The President presented a clear choice to the American people. They need to decide “what role the government should...

U.S. NGO letter to President Obama on Climate Negotiations in Paris

Dear President Obama, On behalf of our environmental, social justice, faith, consumer and partner organizations who collectively represent millions of Americans, we thank you for taking important steps to keep fossil fuels in the ground by rejecting the Keystone XL...
Who Can Follow This Climate Leader?

Who Can Follow This Climate Leader?

Remember that scene in the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy hits a fork in the Yellow Brick Road? As she stands there stumped, a friendly character who will accompany her to the Emerald Palace pipes up. “Pardon me, that way is a very nice way,” the Scarecrow advises as he...
Will the U.S. Appease Netanyahu and Increase Military Aid to Israel?

Will the U.S. Appease Netanyahu and Increase Military Aid to Israel?

U.S. President Barack Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House Monday. It’s the first time the two leaders have met in more than a year. For more on the significance of this meeting and whether it would help smooth over strained...
Obama’s Immigration Action Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Obama’s Immigration Action Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Inocencio Vernal has picked broccoli, sweet potatoes, corn, and celery in U.S. farms for more than 25 years. This holiday season, you might end up feasting on the fruits of his labor. Yet Vernal, like 53 percent of farmworkers, is undocumented. This means that he...
Reading Obama’s Iran Speech

Reading Obama’s Iran Speech

This article originally appeared in The Nation’s blog. All of a sudden we’re talking to Iran. Now granted that shouldn’t be such an astonishing bombshell. But given the reality of the last several decades, it pretty much is. And that’s all good. It’s been too...
New Policy Statement: A New Direction for U.S. Policy on Africa

New Policy Statement: A New Direction for U.S. Policy on Africa

A new statement spotlights three points of concern from members of the Africa Advocacy Network (ADNA): 1. Militarization of US policy toward Africa; 2. Food, Agricultural Investment, Land Grabs; 3. Financial Integrity and Economic Development. VIEW THE STATEMENT (PDF)...
A Quick Look at the Ecological State of the Union

A Quick Look at the Ecological State of the Union

In the last year, climate change has come home to the United States in a visceral way. During his State of the Union address, Obama should lay out bold plans for the transition to an ecologically sane economy that reduces inequality. Images of waves crashing into the...