Healing from the Dark Legacy Of Ripping Children From Their Families

Originally published in Huffington Post, by Sarah van Gelder The separation of children from parents now taking place at the southern border is not new in American history. Slave families were routinely torn apart by owners. And Native American children were removed from their homes, often forcibly, and sent to boarding schools, foster care or… Read More Healing from the Dark Legacy Of Ripping Children From Their Families

9 Ways to Use the Midterm Elections to Build Sustainable Local Power

Note: Building long-term power in our communities is what PeoplesHub.org is about. New online trainings and workshops launch April 2, designed to get local groups working strategically and inclusively, building power that is independent of any political party. It’s no secret that many voters are ticked off with the Democratic Party. By more than two… Read More 9 Ways to Use the Midterm Elections to Build Sustainable Local Power

Forgiving Medical Debt: How Occupy, John Oliver, Nurses, and High School Students Made It Happen

It has become an all-too-familiar sight—websites, posters, collection jars with photos of children, mothers, young people who need medical care they can’t afford. Some will not receive life-saving treatment without this help. All too often, the bills will saddle the family with a debt burden that will follow them for years—sometimes for life. Getting sick,… Read More Forgiving Medical Debt: How Occupy, John Oliver, Nurses, and High School Students Made It Happen

What I Got Wrong About the Rural–Urban Divide

Wisconsin dairy farmers reminded me not to allow Fox News and the NRA to define groups of people. I thought I knew something about Wisconsin politics. I assumed the state was neatly divided between blue cities, like Madison and Milwaukee, and solidly red rural areas that twice elected Governor Scott Walker, one of the nation’s… Read More What I Got Wrong About the Rural–Urban Divide