Is outrage the new addiction?

It used to be I caught up on my friends’ and relatives’ headlines thru Facebook but lately I find myself absorbing the toxicity of the latest, subtle addiction to grab hold of our nation: perpetual outrage. Sometime in the last Read more…

The Left must disavow Anarchists

The Left must disavow Anarchists. Not because of a false equivalency with white supremacists, but because their tactics are completely counterproductive. What’s the purpose of a rally? Showing politicians a broad base of support for policies? Persuading voters watching from Read more…

Attacking middle-class white men for not being good (environmentalist/feminist/sensitive/etc) enough is not a winning electoral strategy.

Reeling from a Trump Presidency, some liberals are further alienating the very voters needed to swing the country left.  A couple of weeks ago, Josh Barro wrote a kick-ass piece for Business Insider, “Liberals can win again if they stop Read more…

Advocacy in the Time of Trump: Moving Beyond Tactics

Political activism is trending in the U.S. and there’s no shortage of tips and tactics out there. The problem with diving straight into tactics – without understanding the rules of the political engagement – is that new activists can sabotage Read more…

Five Strategies the #resist Trump movement should adopt

A fellow political operative wisely opined on Facebook recently that opponents of President Trump are talking (and fighting) a lot of tactics and not a lot about overall strategy and achievable, consensus goals. What, he mused, are our goals? First, Read more…

Be an Activist, not a Wacktavist!

Politicians live in a world of competing interests from thousands of different constituents. Effective activists – from the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Gay Marriage advocates – know that to rise to the top and be taken seriously, Read more…

Non-profit property taxes?

Updated: While the Senate declined to adopt the property tax proposal, the six member conference committee of House and Senate Members need to hammer out the differences and you still have an opportunity to weigh in. Locally, our own Senator Read more…

Civic Engagement: it’s sexier than you think

Last Thursday, Cape Cod Young Professionals (CCYP) hosted its first annual YP Summit, where I was a speaker on Civic Engagement 101: How to Get Involved With Your Community. We demystified how to get involved when you don’t know where Read more…

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