I’m not Catholic; at this point in my life I can best describe myself as agnostic when it comes to my faith, spiritual in my beliefs. But I do find that the teachings of people of all faiths to be instructive at times. Such is the case with Pope Francis.
Yesterday Huffington Post published an article profiling the newly elected AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre. Due to his organizing success in the heart of Republican dominated Orange County, Gebre became the first immigrant elected to the position of AFL-CIO Executive Vice President in September 2013.
Today, the 25th anniversary of National Coming Out Day is celebrated in a very different environment than what existed in 1987. Many states provide protections for members of the LGBT community, while others still openly permit discrimination in employment, housing, and a host of other arenas that contribute to misunderstanding, and open acts of hate.
For the Republican Party in Orange County, California and nationally, “compromise” is still a dirty word. In the view of our friends on the right, “compromise” increasingly means “do things our way.” No give and take, just take. As Congress debates the debt ceiling and the defunding of Obamacare, a new poll suggests that 4…