What We're Reading - Spring Edition

March 30, 2012
By Linsey Pecikonis | 0 comments

This weeks What Were Reading asked staff to find articles that they felt were off the beaten path - whether it was a new approach to an old issue, a different angle not yet articulated in the media or even a recipe. Springtime is known for new beginnings and a fresh start and thats exactly what DFA staff found for this weeks What Were Reading - Spring Edition. Mia Moore, Chief of Staff Pick of the Week: I read this great analysis on how the Republican party has gotten itself into trouble for using private industry - something they tout can do a better job than the government. The Outsourced Party By Kevin Baker Republicans have fallen prey to one of the favorite tactics of just the sort of heedless, improvident, twenty-first century capitalism they revere. Their party has been outsourced. Connor Stewart, Development Associate Pick of the Week: This article was written by a former executive director at Goldman Sachs. He describes the current climate at Goldman as "as toxic as ever." What does this say, if someone who for 12 years was tasked with turning "illiquid" commodities into profit for Goldman, has seen enough? This wasn't a change of conscience or shift in ideology - instead, his already for-profit mindset was simply pushed too far." Why I am Leaving Goldman Sachs By Greg Smith The culture was the secret sauce that made this place great and allowed us to earn our clients trust for 143 years. It wasnt just about making money; this alone will not sustain a firm for so long. It had something to do with pride and belief in the organization. I am sad to say that I look around today and see virtually no trace of the culture that made me love working for this firm for many years. I no longer have the pride, or the belief. Linsey Pecikonis, Communications Director Pick of the Week: This article takes a closer look at what Attorney General Steve Bullock is doing in Montana to dismantle Citizens United. While we have an ongoing petition to get your Attorney General to support this effort, knowing the background and history on why Montana is ripe for this battle is really fantastic. Citizens United & The Montana Corrupt Practices Amicus Brief By Martin Longman on DailyKos So, at a minimum, Justices Ginsburg and Breyer want to have a new scrap about Citizens United, and they want to use the Montana case to do it. What I want to do is encourage all 20 Democratic Attorneys General to join that fight and provide some ammunition. So, in the next few days I am going to provide you with some information you can use to lend your hand to this effort. Jay Henderson, National Field Organizer Pick of the Week: "From finding an apartment to returning lost pets to their owners, Ive found Craigslist to be incredibly helpful. Now their founder has made it easier to explain the scary campaign to suppress the 2012 vote, meaning I can spend more time outside enjoying the coming warm weather. Craigslist Founder Jumps Into Voting Rights Fight By Ryan J. Reilly What I learned in high school civics class is that an attack on voting rights is virtually the same as an attack on the country, Newmark said in a statement. So I asked people smarter than me to help me do what George Washington would have wanted me to do, collect and release the information youre getting from us today. Ruby Reid, Online Training Organizer Pick of the Week: A friend of mine wrote this and it is up on the Huffington Post starting today. Its about what my partner, Kenya Wheeler, is currently going through, because last fall he was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer. He cannot focus on getting better because he is constantly battling with his insurance company because he has almost exhausted his entire lifetime cap for treatment under his current insurance plan. Your Money or Your Life: Cancer Patient Races Against Health Insurance Cap By Pamela Mays McDonald But plans for his own tomorrow changed when he was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive brain cancer last fall, at the beginning of the 2011 academic year. Suddenly he was thrust into the middle of a political debate that has been the source of intense ideological divisions and is now the reason for the current Supreme Court deliberations on whether to overturn a two-year-old, existing law. Once active as a political organizer, suddenly Kenya was actively organizing his life around the politics of the healthcare system--just to stay alive. Julielyn Gibbons, Training Director Pick of the Week: "Many of us find ourselves occasionally wondering if signing a petition can really make a difference, especially when its done over email. If this fascinating infographic in this story is to be believed, it certainly can!" Trayvon Martin Petition is Fastest-Growing in Change.org History By Zoe Fox "The petition called Prosecute the killer of our son, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, has gained over 2.1 million signatures since its launch on March 8. During its most viral stages, more than 1,000 people were signing the petition each minute....Change.org released this infographic Wednesday, detailing social medias role in driving national attention toward the Trayvon Martin case. Becoming the sites most viral cause was no small feat. There are over 100,000 petitions on the website to date." Kristina Powell, Development Director Pick of the Week: I am reading about Carrot Cake Pancakes this morning and dreaming that they will magically make themselves for me. Carrot Cake Pancakes By Deb If I could have a breakfast rallying cry, a breakfast mantra, if you will, it would be - Its not cake! Its breakfast! It would be rather dull, naturally. I know that the line between Cake for Breakfast and our various formats of Breakfast Cakes (muffins, coffee cakes and pancakes) is thin, I know the distinctions on either side of it are, at best, tiny but they are what allows me to pretend Im eating cake for breakfast when Im really not, so I cling to them.

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