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Karen Showalter

What’s at Stake with the Super Committee? Everything, says Bread for the World

Bread for the World does a great job outlining the role and implications of the Super Committee, which will propose over $1 trillion in budget cuts by the end of the year, many of which could directly affect funding to fight global poverty. Just as a household budget can become …

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Occupying Wall Street: vocalizing the frustrations of our generation

The “Occupy Wall Street” movement jolts us into important debate around our financial system, the fate of our generation, and how young people should be using our voice to demand change. Whether or not you agree with the goals of the group, the very act of standing up and speaking …

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Tell Congress that students care about the fight against global hunger!

Today activists from across the country will join forces to send a loud and clear message to members of Congress: Protect funding for global hunger and global poverty-focused programs! We need you to add your voice to this call, making it clear that we, as young people, care about these …

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Do something, but do it wisely

I believe in my own power, and the power of young people, to build a better world. And there are many ways we can take action. We can protest or take direct action, for example protesting the Keystone Pipeline outside the White House. We can speak out to decision-makers, or …

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How are you marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11?

Ten years after 9/11, our country and our planet face incredible challenges. We can do better, and our generation can make it happen. Americans for Informed Democracy (AIDemocracy) was founded after 9/11 to help young people discuss the US role in the world. Ten years later, this conversation is more …

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Network in context

In recent weeks I’ve written about the value of networks – loose communities united around a common purpose – and how new media facilitates their work. AIDemocracy is shifting to a more nimble network structure this summer, and I think it’s important to share why we’ve made this decision. Today …

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How new media helps us be a network

New media has dramatically changed the landscape in which we work. As a national organization with lots of work to do, but a very small budget, this plays to our advantage. Last week I wrote about the expanded network model we’re rolling out this summer. The availability and power of …

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