Author Archive: ajennings

Executive Director

Mr. President, We Don’t Appreciate the Irony

Mr. President, in the Shakespearean tragedy that is politics in this century, you have introduced irony.  You have abandoned the network of anti-poverty programs that were the vehicle for the implementation of the War on Poverty, spawned by the same…
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community action, legislation, local government, politics, poverty

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Far Left, Eh?

Blogger extraordinaire Bernie O’Hare recently put your friendly executive director on the “far left.”  Others have done that, too.  Of course, the check-points on the political spectrum are relative.  Folks who were once moderate to conservative are now liberals in…
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community action, homelessness, hunger, politics, poverty, small business, unemployment, youth

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The End of the Fairness Doctrine and the Rise of Meanness

When I started doing this work in December, 1980, the Federal Communication Commission had a very powerful tool for regulating comment on the airwaves called the Fairness Doctrine.  The rationale was that nobody can own the airwaves and, therefore, those…
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community action, legislation, media coverage, politics

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