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Trust and Respect

From “Black and White: Disrupting Racism One Friendship At A Time” by Teesha Hadra and John Hambrick Fast-forward several years to my second job. I was (and am) on staff at Buckhead Church, the urban campus of North Point Ministries. Fairly early in my tenure here, two black men, who have since become my friends, …

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Kauai became a clean energy leader. Its secret? A publicly owned grid

“Hawaii constitutes an unusually crisp comparison between for-profit and nonprofit utilities: all the islands besides Kauai get power from investor-owned, for-profit Hawaiian Electric and its subsidiaries. Hawaiian Electric serves 95% of Hawaii’s population to KIUC’s 5%, but they operate in similar climates, across similar terrain and within the same state policy regime. Average retail electricity …

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Persistent Pizza

By Patricia Raybon Ibrahim Songne, at age 12, immigrated to Italy from West Africa, not knowing Italian, fighting a stutter, and facing anti-immigrant putdowns. Determined to overcome, he later opened a pizza shop, winning over naysayers with a pizza cafe that, in 2022, was listed among the Top 50 pizzerias in the world! https://odb.org/2023/11/06/persistent-pizza

Democratic decline in the United States: Strategic manipulation of elections

Distinct from “voter fraud,” which is almost non-existent in the United States, election manipulation includes election procedures that make it harder to vote or that reduce the opposing party’s representation. These maneuvers have become more common and extreme in recent years—but only in some states. Vanessa Williamson outlines which states have experienced democratic erosion and …

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