Author Archives: Andrea Morisette Grazzini

“We’ve Got Each Others Back”

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  Excerpted from President Barack Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Speech. (N)o matter what party they belong to, I bet most Americans are thinking the same thing right now:  Nothing will get done this year, or next year, or maybe even the year after that, because […]

Beating the drum for Emmanuel

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Related essay by Harry Boyte at DemocracyU. Andrea Morisette Grazzini One might well wonder if modern-day meanings of things writ wrong in public can ever be undone.  Particularly when Washington meaning-mongers from both sides seem as immovable as the great monuments lining its Mall. It […]

Un-Hoarding Hope

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  Also published in MinnPost. January 1,  2012 Mary Buelow is a budding writer whose ability to see through superficialities and shed light on hidden truths will take her far. More important is where her stories take others, by transporting subjects who don’t or can’t […]

Follow the (student) Leaders for (fun) Democracy

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  Also published at DemocracyU What can students do about democracy? While debate echoes in Congress and conference rooms about democracy, kids are achieving it via basketball in cul-de-sacs and YMCAs. Lest I’m thumped over the head by sophisticated thinkers for over-simplifying, I’ll add:  Coordinating […]

Thanksgiving Debate: First Nation Immigration Policy

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Updated November 23, 2016 This being the United States details are always debatable depending on where one comes from. If ever were there a year that reminded us of that fact, no doubt 2016 has been it. Perhaps if for nothing else, we should be […]

If Hawks & Doves Married Moral Codes

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  Portions of this essay were highlighted as “comments that best represent a range of views” in The New York Times. Also published in Australia’s political and social e-journal, OnLine Opinion. Andrea Morisette Grazzini, September 2011 When you juxtapose soldiers and peace activists you notice […]

Bill Moyers — We The People are our Civilization

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Also published in The Patch. Andrea Morisette Grazzini, August 2011 Earlier this summer Bill Moyers illuminated for me a critical relationship between civic leaders and citizens. He was speaking at the home of Minneapolis attorney Clayton D. Halunen at a discussion on Ranked Choice Voting. Amid divergent interpretations […]

Peace Activists Find Bipartisan Support at Straw Poll

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  Excerpted from Coleen Rowley’s reflections about peace-leaders’ engagement at campaign events. Coleen Rowley, August 2011 Thousands of attendees at Iowa’s recent Republican straw poll responded positively to the “Come Home America” message a group of citizens and I brought there. The Des Moines news […]

Obama and Boehner as running mates? Maybe not, but…

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Also published in MinnPost. And as comments to “Make Way for the Radical Center” in The New York Times. Andrea Morisette Grazzini, July 2011 When Tom Friedman foresaw a flat-world fueled by globalization, one wonders if he could have envisioned how scorched-earth political posturing would […]

Gov’t Shutdown? How about Common Citizen Sense.

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Billionaire business man Warren Buffet echoed the themes in this essay with his August 14, 2011 commentary Stop Coddling the Super-Rich. The essay below  also published in The Patch. Andrea Morisette Grazzini July, 2011 Like most middle class people, I live in a bipartisan neighborhood.   My Burnsville Minnesota […]

Civilized Compassion: Not Detached, Engaged.

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Also published in Twin Cities Daily Planet. Andrea Morisette Grazzini June 15, 2011. Spiritual leaders are rarely invited to do stadium-sized talks at public universities.  Mostly because they don’t deliver butts-in-seats sales like, say, basketball. Plus there are risks of violating boundaries separating government-funded academics […]