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Faith Leader Says Poverty Fight Overshadowed By Politics

Earlier this fall, the Census reported that more than 14 percent of Americans are living in poverty, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that more than a million children went hungry in 2008. With the high rate of poverty and hunger in the U.S., there are some who say that the midterm elections need to focus on helping the poor. Host Michel Martin talks with Reverend David Beckmann, a Lutheran minister and recipient of this year's World Food Prize, about the political priority — or lack thereof — that has been placed on poverty...
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NPR

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=131000842


Expo Opens Doors to Gay Consumers


A small business that officiates weddings for same-sex couples is gearing up to host its second marriage equality wedding expo. Marry Me In DC is inviting businesses that sell wedding-related products or services to market themselves to same-sex couples at an event in the nation’s capital on March 19.
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Marry Me in DC

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You Won't Find These Mother's Day Cards at the Supermarket

Most greeting card aisle offerings are geared towards the nuclear family norm. Check out the "Mama's Day Our Way" eCard series, which highlights queer moms, immigrant moms, and other moms that aren't so Hallmark-friendly...
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Forward Together

Strong Families Initiative


Has Mother’s Day Outlived its Purpose?

American families look different. Mother's Day often brings a picket-fence nostalgia in mind, and that must change

As my four-year-old is busy arguing with me about why she should be able to color on her breakfast cereal and I’m busy trying not to kill her, it can be hard to remember that Mother’s Day began as a call for world peace...
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Strong Families Initiative


Beautiful Mother’s Day Cards For LGBT Families

Finding Mother’s Day cards that reflect the diversity of LGBT families can be tricky, but the Strong Families Initiative has come up with a gorgeous solution!

For the third year in a row, the Strong Families Initiative has created a series of e-cards “highlighting mamas who are missing from greeting card aisles — queer moms, low-income moms, young moms, immigrant moms, single moms, incarcerated moms” among others. This year’s cards were created by seventeen different artists...

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Strong Families Initiative


National Urban League Centennial Empowerment Exhibit

On July 27, 2010, the National Urban League Centennial Empowerment Exhibit was unveiled, commemorating and celebrating 100 years of empowering communities and changing lives. Inspired by the Urban League’s “I Am Empowered” initiative, this interactive experience was designed to promote a message of hope and individual empowerment, while reflecting on the organization. In addition to commissioned music and illustration, custom photography and sophisticated design, the exhibit also features several touch-screen interactives, archival footage from the Civil Rights era, a vintage television set, a vibrant graffiti wall with a purpose, and a sixteen-screen state-of-the-art video wall.
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Obama, What Would Jesus Cut?

(7.22.2011) On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of faith leaders called the Circle of Protection met with President Obama. They urged him to defend programs serving the poor and hungry. Host Michel Martin speaks with Rev. David Beckmann about his meeting with Obama and why he feels protecting such programs should be a moral imperative...
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NPR

http://www.npr.org/2011/07/22/138603443/obama-what-would-jesus-cut


Marriage Convenience:Wedding event marks a year of marriage equality in D.C.
(3.16.2011) Mayor Gray may have taken time out March 3 at the Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ to mark the one-year anniversary of marriage equality in the District, but the party's not over yet. Partners – in both the business and romantic senses – Deborah Cummings-Thomas and Sheila Alexander-Reid – have timed their wedding expo to continue the celebration...
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Marry Me in DC

http://marrymeindc.com/yes/


Anniversary for Marriage
(3.10.2011) As the battle over marriage equality in Maryland reaches its endgame, the sparks it throws are reflected in the lives of real people, including a married couple wed just next door in Washington on the first day the D.C. same-sex marriage law went into effect in March of 2010...
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Marry Me in DC

http://marrymeindc.com/yes/



Counseling women to chase their career dreams

Joan Russell was skeptical about "success coaching," but she promised her girlfriend she would join her to check it out at a conference held by District-based Vision Quest Retreats in College Park last April. Given Russell's stressful relationship with her boss at the time, the Silver Spring resident also figured some career counseling couldn't hurt...
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The Washington Post - Capital Business

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/07/AR2011010705724.html


Let's Talk Live


Education Cuts; Report on Hunger; Shawn Amos

The Michigan Department of Education has approved a plan to dramatically shrink the Detroit Public School System, which is facing a $327 million dollar deficit. Now residents face the looming question of how officials will handle the arduous task of shrinking the school system. Chastity Pratt Dawsey, staff writer for the Detroit Free Press, has been following this education story, and talks with us about the future of Detroit schools....
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Michael Eric Dyson Show

http://dysonshow.org/?p=4096


Downturn’s the Right Time for Expansion
Four reasons small business owners should hire now

Dana Smith-Rogers, owner of Spiritual Essence Yoga, a wellness studio in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, has seen the effects of the recession on her clientele. “More people are seeking ways to manage stress,” the 34-year-old says. Sensing an opportunity, Smith-Rogers plans to hire three contractors to teach classes and one part-time administrative assistant so “I can explore the business’ creative side,” she says....
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Black Enterprise - Wealth for Life

http://www.blackenterprise.com/2010/03/15/downturn%E2%80%99s-the-right-time-for-expansion/



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