The Obama administration, which has created several “dot gov” Web sites to coincide with its policy initiatives, has created Serve.gov. The latest dot gov is a site that helps volunteers find service work in their community, as well as register volunteer organizations and share volunteer stories.
The President and First Lady are also calling on Americans to volunteer this summer in a new nationwide initiative called “United We Serve.” Here’s the message from the First Lady.
But all of this preparation for the big Mideast speech seems to have put the White House in “America <3 Muslims” mode. In the run-up to the speech, the White House thought it would “share with you a few stories of Muslim Americans who are proudly serving the nation in the federal government.”
Check out the video and also tell us what you thought of Obama’s speech about America’s relationship with the Muslim world.
Now, if you’re concerned that a “cyber-security czar” sounds a lot like “Big Brother,” Obama offered this reassurance in his speech: “Our pursuit of cyber security will not include — I repeat will not include monitoring private-sector networks or Internet traffic. We will preserve and protect the personal privacy and civil liberties that we cherish as Americans.”
In a report out this week, the Economic Policy Institute says that more than half of African American children will likely be living in poverty next year. The numbers are staggering. The overall childhood poverty rate will climb to 27% and the poverty rate for African American children will reach 52.3% in 2010.
Do you get your information from newspapers, on television, on the radio or online? Do you think everyone in your community has access to the networks they need (online or in-person) to find important information? How would you improve the quality of information available to the general public?
Fascinating questions, huh? Even more fascinating when you consider the fact that we’re living in a democracy and we (the people) need to be well informed.