Forty years ago the hand-held calculator was the big thing; now the
digital revolution and social media are transforming the world.
Forty years ago the Hispanic
population of the United States was 4.7% now it is 16%. American
society and culture are changing in ways big and small, but at the base
is a tradition of faith, family and freedom. Debate arises over
the details. In particular, cultural or "family values" issues
abortion, same sex marriage and the role
of faith in the
public square can prompt heated discussion.
"the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States."
"first-ever daily assessment of U.S. residents' health
By interviewing at least 1,000 U.S. adults every day, the Well-Being
Index provides real-time measurement and insight..."
"seeks to change what we measure from wealth to
Digital Universe (EMC)
"...to keep the commercial culture within its proper sphere, and to prevent it from exploiting children and subverting the higher values of family, community, environmental integrity and democracy."
Developed by William Bennett in 1993 and modeled on
the Index of
Leading Economic Indicators, the Index attempted "to bring a similar
kind of data-based analysis to cultural issues."
"launched in 2001, seeks to promote a
deeper understanding of issues at the intersection of religion and
"engages in litigation, provides legal services, renders advice, counsels clients, provides education, and supports attorneys who are involved in defending the religious and civil liberties of Americans."
of many faiths and political viewpoints to defend church-state
"equally committed to protecting the integrity of both
democracy in America. We champion religious freedom by respecting
individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and
democracy and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism and build
Family Research Council
"Since 1983, Family Research Council (FRC) has
advanced faith, family and freedom in public policy and public
"committed to educating, equipping, and mobilizing people of faith and like-minded individuals to be effective citizens. Together we will influence public policy and enact legislation that strengthens families, promotes time-honored values, protects the dignity of life and marriage, lowers the tax burden on small business and families, and requires government to tighten its belt and live within its means."
"to enable conservative and pro-family men and women to participate in the process of self-government and public policy making so that America will continue to be a land of individual liberty, respect for family integrity, public and private virtue, and private enterprise."
"offers people of faith the vehicle to be actively
the issues they care about - from the county courthouse to the halls of
"To improve the well-being of children by increasing
the proportion of
children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers."
liberty and justice for all
American Civil Liberties Union
"our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country."
consumer information and consumer advocacy on privacy
"...to ensure the
educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and
to eliminate race-based discrimination."
"founded in 1913 'to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.' Now the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all."
"the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization."
"...working for gay,
bisexual and transgender equal rights."
“The Alliance Defense Fund is a legal alliance
defending the right to
hear and speak the Truth through strategy, training, funding, and
"works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights
of all Americans,
particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The
Division enforces federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the
basis of race, color, sex, disability, religion, familial status and
National Rifle Association
"America's foremost defender of Second Amendment rights."
"dedicated to protecting your firearms rights. Our role is to educate grass root activists, the public, legislators and the media. Our programs are designed to help all Americans understand the importance of the Second Amendment and its role in keeping Americans free."
"The Brady Campaign works to pass and enforce
sensible federal and state
gun laws, regulations, and public policies through grassroots activism,
electing public officials who support common sense gun laws, and
public awareness of gun violence."
"protecting the rights of Americans to own
guns, while fighting to keep criminals from possessing guns illegally."
ARTS AND HUMANITIES
Urban Institute: Cultural Vitality Indicators
"...a world where all individuals and families achieve
potential through education,
and healthy lives."
"helps people get involved in solving some of
greatest challenges. ...by inspiring, equipping, and mobilizing
people to make that change happen."
"helping business leverage its social, economic and
assets to ensure both its success and a more just and sustainable
"your online resource for not only finding volunteer
your community, but also creating your own."
Corporation for National and Community Service brings "the full range of domestic community service programs under the umbrella of one central organization."