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Vision San Diego

Vision San Diego: We are working to see San Diego county recognized as Americas most loving region. A place where everyone is important, and no one is left behind. (Credit: Vision San Diego via Twitter)Confident dreamers often ask hypothetical questions that begin with "what if". Refusing to accept the status quo, these dreamers unknowingly beg the listener to ponder the future while being buoyed in the present by the tides of hope. According to Walter Brueggemann, hope is the "refusal to accept the reading of reality which is the majority opinion… Hope is subversive, for it limits the grandiose pretension of the present, daring to announce that the present to which we have all made commitments is now called into question."

The team at Vision San Diego are those confident dreamers and question askers. What if every student in San Diego County graduated from high school? What if every child without parents could have a safe and secure family? What if businesses, schools, faith communities and government all worked together to solve problems?  What if all of San Diego's elderly received world-class care and respect? It is their contention that these questions lead to actions that manifest what it looks like to love your neighbor.

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Hillary and 'Black Lives Matter': The nature of change

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding at the Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, Iowa, August 14, 2015 (Credit: AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)A video was released Monday night showing an, at times, tense dialogue between Hillary Clinton and five activists in the Black Lives Matter movement. The activists had planned on disrupting Clinton's event on August 11th in New Hampshire, as members of the movement had done on previous occasions with presidential candidates like Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders, but arrived after the room had reached capacity and were not allowed in. However Clinton agreed to meet with them afterwards.

Their conversation began with Julius Jones, the founder of the Black Lives Matter chapter in Worcester, Mass., recounting America's history of violence towards black people. His narrative ended with Bill Clinton's 1994 Violent Crime and Law Enforcement Act, a bill that has since been blamed for increasing the number of minorities in prison. Jones acknowledged that the mass incarcerations that resulted could have been an unintended consequence, a conclusion that Hillary affirmed, before asking how that knowledge of unintended consequences has changed her beliefs about the bill.

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Should schools be closed for Christian holidays?

Residents pack the Montgomery County, MD Public Schools Board of Education hearing as the board gets set to vote on adding Eid al-Adha to the 2015 school calendar, November 11, 2014 (Credit: Washington Report/D Hanley)In Albert-László Barabaási's book entitled Linked, he contends that reductionism was the driving force behind much of the twentieth century's scientific research. The assumption was that to comprehend nature, we must decipher its components. Once we understand the parts, we will get the whole.

In the great experiment known as the United States, the seeds of liberty have produced a harvest of diversity. The parts are distinct, the sum whole is uniquely beautiful, from sea to shining sea. Now our leaders function as farmers, trying to respectfully and properly tend to this intricate harvest. 

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