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Michael Skolnik: The Smart Read


Political Director to Russell Simmons and co-President of, Michael Skolnik, shares the three smartest things he read this week.

Young Immigrants Say It’s Obama’s Time To Act by Julia Preston, New York Times
We can only hope that the President makes immigration reform a priority in his second term’s first months. The Dreamers have been heroes of mine, as they fight for the rights of not just themselves but all Americans to live with dignity and humanity.

Study suggests Meditation may help prevent PTSD by Bryan Bender, Boston Globe
One of the greatest challenges that my generation faces is how we re-acclimate the 1.25 million millennials who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2002.  I am firm believer in the power of meditation and have been able to witness its potential by experiencing the work of the David Lynch Foundation.  We must continue to seek creative solutions to some of our toughest problems.

What If Jordan Davis’ Killer Were Black? by Nsenga K. Burton,
Jordan Davis was killed because the car he was in was playing music too loud. We don’t want fear that some have of young black men to be a disease our country cannot cure. The fear seems to be rampant throughout all communities across this country.

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And if you are just catching up on this week’s Campaign for the American Conversation content, check out our great conversations with Reuters Digital Editor Chrystia Freeland on the super rich and their “self tax” and on the 2012 election and the clash between plutocracy and democracy.  Also watch actor Alan Cumming on why the fight for gay rights drew him to the new film Any Day Now.


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