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Thousands attend March on Washington for Gun Control

There's a bit of controversy about how many people participated in the March on Washington for Gun Control. While the The Washington Post reported "nearly 1000" people took part, other media outlets reported thousands.    Continue reading

Obama and Reagan in Dialogue

On Monday, January 21, 2013, President Obama articulated a clear version of the Story of America. Arguably, it is a brilliant articulation of the American social contract. It seems to me that much of the philosophical and historical parts could have been said by many of our past presidents. I was also surprised and delighted to hear him respond to a version of America once articulated by Ronald Reagan in his first inaugural speech.    Continue reading

Writing from Newtown, CT

Eric Byler, Bobby Wagnerman and I have been documenting in Newtown, CT all week. Bobby lives in Danbury which is next to Newtown. He's a bit surprised that the Story of America, along with the rest of the world it seems, has come to his hometown which until a month ago had a reputation for not being newsworthy at all.   Continue reading

New Video: 5 ideas misdirecting us on the economy

After the fiscal cliff debate, I think most people would agree that we need to hit reset on the national dialogue about our economy. With the hope for a more constructive dialogue, I stood on Wall Street in front of the New York Stock Exchange and stated what I thought were falsehoods hurting our economic recovery   Continue reading

The Gun Debate hosted by Annabel on Coffee Party Radio

I'd like to invite everyone to join me on Coffee Party Radio this Sunday. I will be hosting this 2-hour show debating gun control. The Gun Debate - Special 2-hr radio show hosted by Annabel Park on Sunday, 1/13, 3:30pm - 5:30pm ET   Continue reading

Living the American Dream

I think I'm living a version of the American dream. I grew up poor on a small farm in Florida. My parents divorced when I was 15. At 18, I became a teenage mother (and a single one soon after) who did not graduate from high school. 12 years later, I have earned an MA, taught English for 3 years at a small public college in Georgia, and am now in my first semester at William & Mary law school.   Continue reading

Changing demographics will decide the future

First of all, I have spent twenty-seven of the past thirty years living and working abroad -- Thailand, the Philippines, Japan and Oman.  I was back in the States from October 1998 to August 2001.  Consequently, I can't offer any real stories about the state of the nation today. Continue reading

San Francisco Liberal with a Gun in Chantilly, Virginia

This video documents a small portion of the protests on Dec 28 2012 at the National Gun Show held at the Chantilly, VA Expo Center. The main protest was hosted by CODEPINK, Veterans for Peace and MoveOn. The single participant in the simultaneous counter-protest was an armed person calling himself the "San Francisco Liberal with a Gun."    Continue reading

DISUNITED States of America

To me, America is home, the New World, from North (Canada) to South (Argentina/Chile/Galapagos) - we are all Americans. As the United States, well, it's my un/familiar homeland.   Continue reading

I achieved success but lost my health

When I was asked to write about my life in America, I got excited. I thought I had so much to say and talk about, surely, this was a piece of cake. Well, it wasn’t. Yet, here I am trying to share my story. Continue reading

Pointing Fingers: Talking Guns with the NRA

I grew up in Central Missouri in the 1960s and 1970s. People drove around our town with guns mounted in the back of their pickups — mostly twenty-gauge shotguns and .22s. I had friends who hunted regularly. Duck season was big in our neck of the woods. So was driving around with a couple weapons for show. The idea of guns was part of life for us back then. Those were the days of the Vietnam War, too. Weapons, the potential for violent threat at any moment, and self-protection were an odd cultural focus that ran under the grain of everything else.   Continue reading

Be civil but fearless

Cross-posted on Coffee Party USA. At one point in the conversation, anarchist ex-Marine Adam Kokesh implied to Annabel Park that he was carrying a gun. Her response: a laugh. Part 1 (9 min) Continue reading

Are we the Walking Dead?

Dear Friends, I have been reflecting a good deal on this past year and why my new project Story of America means so much to me.  It was a difficult year for many of us because, regardless of how you feel about the outcome of the 2012 election, the debates that we witnessed this year were a reminder that we are indeed very divided from each other.   Continue reading

Government is not out to get you

Quentisha Mason submitted this video to us sharing her thoughts on why she thinks America is so divided. It's a cognitive and cultural problem: over simplification. For example, the "government" is not out to get you. Share you views and story with us.

Is Sudafed more dangerous than guns?

A week after the Newtown massacre, NRA held a press conference at 10:45am December 21, 2012 inside the Willard Hotel. They had been silent about the massacre all week. Without taking questions, Wayne LaPierre called for armed guards at every school across the nation.   Continue reading

When zombies attack! My attempt at civil dialogue on gun control

Virginia resident and pro-gun advocate, Larry Ward, interrupted protesters who gathered on Friday, Dec 21, 2012 to deliver a petition with 200,000 signatures to the NRA during its first press conference since the Newtown massacre. During the press conference, the NRA called for armed guards at schools.    Continue reading

Across the street and across the divide

I used to have it all, and by “all” I mean a house, because that is what I don’t have now. I also have a law degree, a master’s, and an Ivy League undergraduate degree, fluency in several languages, a personality that makes it easy for me to get along with people (and thus get what I want), a supportive upper-middle class family, and a tall white body. I still have everything but the house.   Continue reading

Writing from home, 5 miles from Sandy Hook Elementary

Yes, actually, it is the guns. And yes, simultaneously it is mental illness. Yes, it is television. Continue reading

Journey across America searching for what divides and unites us

Last month, I began a new chapter in my life, directing an interactive documentary film called, Story of America: A Nation Divided. To raise start-up funds, we've launched a crowd-funding campaign to which I hope you can contribute. Our goal is to raise 60 thousand dollars in 60 days and I think we have a good chance of succeeding (check our progress here). Continue reading

We can’t stop the killings until we stop making killers famous

We have to make a decision as a culture and as a collection of human beings. With our fancy phones, the world media and Internet, we have developed a means of disseminating information with immediacy only imagined before. We have created a platform where very real monsters, warped people who would murder school children in the very places where we should have them feel the most appreciated and the most loved, can become immediately infamous. The innocent lives of 20 children sacrificed to gain instant fame in less than two hours. Continue reading