Terry O’Neill (NOW) on the shrinking middle class

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The president of the National Organization for Women speaks about how money in politics disproportionally affects women and children at Common Cause’s Reclaiming Democracy event on May 12, 2011.

Jared Bernstein “The Job Dilemma: Moving From Talk To Action”

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Jared Bernstein, former chief economist and economic policy advisor to Vice President Joe Biden, and senior fellow at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, presented a public talk at the Wilson School on November 7, 2011 titled, “The Jobs Dilemma: Moving from Talk to Action,” The event was part of the Woodrow Wilson School’s “Economic Recovery: Perils, Politics and Possibilities” thematic lecture series. Bernstein joined the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in May 2011 as a senior fellow. From 2009 to 2011, Bernstein was the chief economist and economic adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, executive director of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class, and a member of President Obama’s economic team. Bernstein’s areas of expertise include federal and state economic and fiscal policies, income inequality and mobility, trends in employment and earnings, international comparisons, and the analysis of financial and housing markets. He is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post at his blog: On the Economy: Facts, Thoughts and Commentary

Women@Google: Leymah Gbowee in conversation with Megan Smith

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Leymah Gbowee was only 17 when the Second Liberian Civil War erupted. Years of fighting destroyed her country—and her hopes and dreams. As a young mother trapped in a nightmare of domestic abuse, she found the courage to turn her bitterness into action, realizing that it is women who suffer most during conflicts—and that the power of women working together can create an unstoppable force. Working as a social worker and trauma counselor during the war, she organized the Women of Liberian Mass Action for Peace, a multicultural and multi-religious group who prayed for peace, held nonviolent protests including a sex strike, and brought forth a promise from President Charles Taylor to attend peace talks in Ghana. This group was crucial in bringing an end to the civil war in 2003 followed by the election of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in Liberia, the first African nation with a female president.

Leymah is a co-founder and the Executive Director of Women Peace and Security Network Africa, an organization dedicated to training women and advocating peace and security in African governance.

Authors@Google: Alice Walker

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In October, 2010, Alice Walker joined Googlers in Mountain View for a day of conversation and readings from her latest book of poetry, Hard Times Require Furious Dancing.

“[This] collection of new poems is written especially for the times we’re living through. Alice Walker is known throughout the world as not only a great writer but an activist and a woman who shares the inner turmoil and outer struggles of her life. Readers admire her ability to bare her heart and soul, but to also speak out about the world as she sees it, often becoming a catalyst for change.

As the title [Hard Times Require Furious Dancing] suggests, these poems were written during struggles and sadness and deal with the loss of siblings, the loss of a beloved dog, the estrangement in families, violence and struggles on the world stage, and the simple joy of life itself. The words dance, they sing, they heal our hearts and touch our souls.”

Tool Time: Chris Dodd Champions Censorship

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Former Senator Chris Dodd has taken on the new role as head of the MPAA, and on Tuesday he lobbied in favor of SOPA. His claim that the fight is not against technology is simply not true, of course it’s against technology! You want to block websites that have any type of ties to pirated material, how is your efforts at censorship not against technology? According to TechDirt, he also stated: “The entire film industry of Spain, Egypt and Sweden are gone.”