Of Steel and Snowflakes: Sharpening a Movement

The strongest steel is subjected to the highest heat. Richard Nixon said that, long ago, and he wasn't wrong. Did you know that before it's given a "heat treatment," steel has a crystalline structure? Frankly, it looks a lot like a snowflake. But being dipped in fire changes the steel. Heat solidifies the molecular bonds … Continue reading Of Steel and Snowflakes: Sharpening a Movement

Standing Taller by Standing Together

It is not in numbers, but in unity, that our great strength lies; yet our present numbers are sufficient to repel the force of all the world. ~Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776) *Note: The pep talk below was first published in April, before many of our new friends joined us. (Welcome!) While our numbers have … Continue reading Standing Taller by Standing Together

Let’s Light It Up

Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman. ~U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis  Maybe you have to know darkness before you can appreciate the light. ~Madeline L'Engle I laughed when I saw Donald Trump beginning … Continue reading Let’s Light It Up

Going Big on Health Care With the Little Lobbyists

Letters From the Trenches are letters written by activists for activists, highlighting some of the work that’s making a difference in our world. Our latest installment is written by ElenaHung, mother and co-founder of Little Lobbyists.  On June 11, after kissing my kids goodnight, I went to my friend Erin’s house and we sat around her kitchen … Continue reading Going Big on Health Care With the Little Lobbyists