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You Can Stop the Atrocity at America’s Borders
This is how we create terrorists.
Since early this year, our government has been separating young children from their parents at the border, even when the parents attempt to enter the U.S. legally. The Department of Homeland Security says it has seized at least 2,000 children. The children are held in cages, tents, military bases, and prisons. Their parents don’t know where they are and have no way to contact them.
Most Americans are outraged.
You can help.
Political Ignorance Breeds Political Impotence.
Social Policy & Programs Consulting
Training and Services for agencies working toward social and economic justice
Patricia A. O'Malley
Social Policy & Programs Consulting ~ Community Matters
P.O. Box 97803 ~ Pittsburgh, PA 15227 ~ 412-310-4886 ~ email@example.com
Copyright Patricia A. O'Malley ~ All rights reserved
I've been writing Community Matters since 2008.
Here are my most recent articles.
These essays do what our schools fail to do.
They teach civics properly.
It's not your boring high school civics class.
Pat uses current events and the U.S. Constitution to explain what's happening, and why.
With these tools, you can better understand current events,
be an informed voter, and influence your government officials.
You can help make the world be what you want it to be.
America will work for you
when you know how to make it work.
American politics are in turmoil because most Americans don't understand how their government works.
Those who understand how government
works know how to influence it.
Through Community Matters, I use the U.S. Constitution and current events to teach American government – civics.
I don't report the news. I explain it.
Term Limits, Gerrymandering, and Campaign Finance Reform
Advocates use the wrong
Congressional term limits, gerrymandering, and campaign finance reform dominate and polarize political conversation. We can resolve all three. And it’s not as difficult as you may think.
The same old issues keep re-appearing on our political landscape.
This is an update on a recurring issue.
Defective Teaching Methods Produce American Political Ignorance
What’s wrong with our civics education and how to fix it.
Civics courses are supposed to teach how our government works in real life. Americans' anger at government has been growing for 30 years. We've seen griping, grumbling, ranting, and raving about government's size and its role in our lives. False information causes much of the noise. Civil, healthy debate is valuable, but it's impossible when the participants are uneducated.
Contact Your Legislators
Our schools are supposed to teach this stuff, but they don't want you to know it.
How many of those irritating “Make Congress do what we want. Sign our petition today” messages did you get in your email today? How many have you e-signed? They’re popular, but they’re the least effective way to get your representatives’ attention. What’s the best way?