US Labor Secretary Tom Perez speaks as President Barack Obama listens during a town hall meeting at the Summit on Worker Voice at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 7, 2015.     AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

My Out-of-Bounds Email to Tom Perez

By Jonathan Miller  His response when I cracked wise shows why he’s the right pick at the right time for the left. The story of the email scandal that never was might be the best illustration of the character and &hellip...
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My Love Letter to Immigrant Working-Class New York

By Mark Naison I may live in Artisanal Park Slope, but I feel most at home in immigrant working-class New York. A child of the 1950s, I grew up in  in Lower Crown Heights, sometimes known as “Pigtown,” inhabi...
Washington, D.C., June 23, 2009 -- President Barack Obama meets with actress and JDRF International Chairman Mary Tyler Moore, Alan J. Lewis, PhD, President and CEO of JDRF, boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, and more than 150 children and teenagers with type 1 diabetes from across the U.S. as part of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Children's Congress.  JDRF's Children's Congress, the largest grassroots advocacy event held in support of research for type 1 diabetes, includes delegates from 4 to 16 years old visiting with the President at the White House, a Town Hall panel of athletes and celebrities impacted by diabetes, and a hearing on Wednesday before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.  The Senate hearing will include testimony from Ms. Moore, Mr. Leonard, Nick Jonas of the Grammy nominated multi platinum group The Jonas Brothers, Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and four children with type 1 diabetes.

Mary Tyler Moore: An American Treasure

By Courtney Peters “You know what? You’ve got spunk.” Lou tells Mary. Mary sheepishly shrugs her shoulders, smiles and says, “Well…” thinking Lou has just complimented her. “I HATE SPUNK!” Lou growls. In that moment, Mar...

Women’s March NYC Reflection

By Nichole Acosta As I watched my wife, an immigrant, march alongside me chanting, “Show me what democracy looks like!” Strangers echoed back, “This is what democracy looks like!”  I fell in love ...

Why I Marched

By Laura Hernandez  For most of my life, I watched in awe of my Mom, Barbie Hernandez who was always organizing something. Whether she was organizing a Christmas party for needy kids or working to get women – speci...

Deliberate Stepping

By Teresa Barrington Chase I’ve always been a marcher. There’s something so powerful to me about connecting feet to earth—creating a physical commitment with purpose. Deliberate stepping. My early marches were an initiat...

Why I Marched

By Libby Rego I had a bad feeling about this. I remember early in 2016 talking to my mother, a woman who marched for civil rights in the 60s, when he got the Republican nomination. “Oh Libby, don’t worry, he’s … <...