Reintroducing America to Itself
Posted by Alice Chasan on August 25, 2008
Tonight, the first evening of the Democratic convention, America was reintroduced to its grass roots. Some memorable moments:
- Jimmy Carter addressed the hall via video from New Orleans. As he walked through the still-devastated neighborhoods, he talked with residents about their struggles — ordinary people abandoned by their government but helped by volunteers and community organizations. And he reminded America about the obligation to help the Gulf Coast survivors and other vulnerable people ignored by the Bush administration.
- Teddy Kennedy, despite his malignant brain cancer, traveling to Denver to exhort the crowd to continue the fight for the downtrodden and excluded among us.
- Michelle Obama’s lovely and personal declaration of the shared values that drew her and her husband to work on behalf of South Side Chicago communities in their daily challenges.
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Alice Chasan served as editor and associate publisher of Shelterforce magazine, nhi.org, and shelterforce.org through 2008. During 29 years as a journalist, Chasan has won awards for her investigative and political reporting and public-policy analysis. Her magazine posts have included the chief editorship of World Press Review magazine, executive editorships at Tikkun and The American Prospect, and the chief editorship of New Jersey Reporter, a monthly magazine of politics and public policy. She also served as program and editorial director at the Committee to Protect Journalists, the New York City-based international press freedom advocacy organization.