Brian Biery: While private schools are not a new phenomenon in the area, the surge in charters and home-schooling is more recent and an outgrowth of overall societal dissatisfaction with public education and parallel national trends.
Brian Biery: Approximately $1.4 billion was sent from Haitians in the U.S. back home in 2016, which accounts for an astounding 29.4% of Haiti’s 2016 Gross Domestic Product!
Brian Biery: Getting to Congress to provide input on a line item in the HUD budget is a bit of a chore, but making it to your local city council to ask for more funding for after-school programs for children is much more practical and doable.
Brian Biery: Nothing will change unless folks carve out a couple hours a week from their busy modern lives to work on making the country a better place to live.
Brian Biery: In the 1960’s the U.S. made 95% of the clothing sold here; today that stat hovers around 3%. Why the dramatic shift? Profit.
Brian Biery: Many people who live in blighted neighborhoods would love to be able to start up a new coffee shop or hair salon or shoe store, if they only had the capital to do so.
Brian Biery: With recidivism rates hovering around 60% in California, the strategy of locking people up has not eliminated the problem – it has just made it invisible.
Brian Biery: For many years as a community organizer I have observed the corrupting and damaging effects of money in politics, so I have decided to do something about it by running a campaign on very little funding.