In another year when the direction of this country seems so fragile, we are hoping that we can contribute with design in some measure. We all have the ability to speak up, to stand up, to impact the course of this country.
When you get to thinking about it, holding an election in the middle of the work week doesn’t make any sense. How can our democracy thrive when voting, perhaps our most broad-reaching civic duty, must be squeezed into what odd hours we can find for it?…
So, in the spirit of a more engaged citizenship, we figured we’d do something about it: We want to make Voting Day a holiday. And here’s our plan:
Infographic: What’s the Cost of Getting Into Congress?
GOOD is partnering with Lawrence Lessig and Rootstrikers to shine a light on the corrupt relationship between political fundraising and lobbyist power in this country. Through a series of infographics and articles titled Capital in the Capitol, we’ll be evaluating the campaign finance system, PACs, and how money influences certain political results in this country—which, in turn, affects all of us.
Take a look at our first infographic, which shares some surprising facts about how much it costs to run for office and where political representatives get that money.
The Obama Effect: Why More Black Voters Are Turning Gay-Friendly
Since President Obama came out in favor of gay marriage a couple of weeks ago, there’s been a noticeable shift in black Americans’ opinion on gay marriage. A new Washington Post-ABC survey found that 59 percent of black people now say they support same-sex marriage—an 18 point jump since Obama’s announcement.
Attention Santorum: 99 Percent of Republicans Expect Their Kids to Go to College
A new survey reveals that Rick Santorum’s anti-college statements are out of touch with most Americans. No matter what political beliefs they hold, nearly all parents—99 percent of Republicans, 96 percent of Democrats, and 93 percent of independents—expect their children to go to college, the survey found. That resounding endorsement makes clear that Santorum is all but alone in his opinion that only snobs encourage all kids to go to college.
A new proposed bill in California mandates that food trucks be barredfrom parking within 1,500 feet of public schools. Food trucks have been battling city and state governments across the country, from Boston to the Twin Cities to New York City. But these food trucks are softening the blow of our economic reality, in which food prices have risen, our time for lunch has shrunk, and the opportunities of entrepreneurs have been dampened by skittish banks and unpredictable outcomes.
As the ethical fashion world has grown to tackle more problems and reach more markets—and socially conscious fashion becomes imperceptible from other clothing on the rack—the movement’s political underpinnings have decentralized. Discussion of ethical fashion has exploded in recent years, but without the clarity of a “Save the Whales” tee, we’re not totally sure what we’re aware of anymore. Fashion needs a rebirth of the political spirit—a serious consumer-focused movement to help us navigate the trends.
Amid Anti-Islam Fearmongering, Muslims Should Actually Fear Other Americans
We’re now more than three years into Barack Obama’s tenure as an openly Christian president, and the “Muslim” rumors won’t go away. With anti-Muslim Obama attacks on the rise, a reminder: Muslims in America have a lot more to worry about than Christians.
Ronverts: Breaking Up with Obama, Rebounding with Ron Paul
When Obama failed to sidestep politics as usual, many disillusioned young voters found a refreshing alternative in Ron Paul. Ronverts aren’t necessarily the stereotype of those college kids searching for a libertarian demagogue; in a way, they’re rejecting that model altogether.
La Cage aux Jim Crow: The New Bill That Would Shut Gays Out of Society
This shocking new New Hampshire bill that would allow business to refuse service to gays is basically neo-Jim Crow.
The House judiciary committee of the New Hampshire state legislature convened to discuss a bill that would allow businesses to refuse accommodations, goods, or services to gays getting married. New Hampshire legalized same-sex marriage in 2010, though with the caveat that churches and other religious groups could refuse to participate in same-sex ceremonies. The new bill would take that rule a step further, allowing a bakery to refuse to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple, for instance.