Making US food aid more Methodist?

When we collected an Offering o f Letters (OL) at Woodridge United Methodist Church on April 28th, I shared that writing to support food aid reform put us on the cutting edge; that we were helping Bread for the World try out a new focus for OLs.  Food aid reforms in President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2014 …

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Why my children will never play football

This opinion piece by Ken Reed from a recent Chicago Tribune is brilliant, scary as all get out, and right on every point. To wit: There aren’t enough safety measures we can implement to overcome the fact that the brain isn’t built to withstand the repetitive brain trauma inherent in a game built around violent …

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Celebrating Freedom

Happy Independence Day to all my USAmerican readers! It's been a while since my last post on human trafficking, so what better day to rectify that than today, the national holiday celebrating freedom? Ok, sure, most of us just use today as an excuse to blow stuff up. Doesn't mean we can't try to redeem …

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Good Tribune article on human trafficking

Yesterday's Chicago Tribune had one of the better articles I've read on local efforts to fight human trafficking. Our friends at CAASE (Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation) even get a shout out! Annie Sweeny: New task force targets traffickers who force children into sex trade Inside the Harrison Police District station, the officers sat in …

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Money wins, natch

Over two weeks ago (which I'm pretty sure makes it about 100 in blog years), Tim Swanson wrote an interesting retrospective on "Boyz N the Hood" which appeared in the Chicago Tribune. (Weirdly, it doesn't seem to exist on the Tribune website.) What I found most interesting was this paragraph, which was the third-to-last one …

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