Listening to America in New Orleans

The Huffington Post’s “Listen to America” Bus Tour arrived in New Orleans, its final stop on the 25-city tour across the United States to listen to the stories of Americans and to hear about their hopes and dreams for themselves, the nation, and the future. 

The drive through Louisiana was filled with green scenery and delicious food. We stopped in Lafayette at a restaurant with local cuisine as a halfway point in between Houston and New Orleans. Eventually, we arrived in NOLA and prepared for our final activations the following two days.

Listening to America in Houston

The Huffington Post’s “Listen to America” Bus Tour made its way through Texas from Odessa to Houston, marking the 24th stop on the 25-city bus tour across the United States to listen to the stories of Americans and to hear about their hopes and dreams for themselves, the nation, and the future.

Listening to America in Odessa, TX

The Huffington Post’s “Listen to America” Bus Tour made its way from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Western Texas for the 23rd stop on the 25-city bus tour across the United States to listen to the stories of Americans and hear about their hopes and dreams for the nation. The long drive was made enjoyable by a stop in Roswell, New Mexico, where we went to the infamous UFO museum which tells the story of a supposed UFO crash that happened in a field of a nearby town during the 1940’s.

Listening to America in Albuquerque

The Huffington Post’s “Listen to America” Bus Tour made its way from Tucson, Arizona to Albuquerque, New Mexico for the twenty-second of twenty-five stops on its cross-country road trip to listen to Americans share their personal stories and dreams for the country. Albuquerque is the most populous city in the state of New Mexico and the 32nd-largest city in the United States. Located near the Rio Grande river and surrounded by vast mountain ranges, including the Sandia Mountains towards the east, Albuquerque provides stunning scenery of its beautiful natural surroundings.

Practice Civility Every Day

One enduring image from last week’s news coverage of the devastation Hurricane Harvey loosed on Texas is the line of people forming a human chain to reach those stuck in a car in deep water. No one cared about their political affiliation, where they worshipped or their country of origin. These people acted immediately to save the lives of perfect strangers — no questions asked.

Words: Our Most Powerful Weapon

Last week’s clash between neo-Nazis and the antifa brought into the public square a debate over whether protecting our right to free speech overrules the moral responsibility of stopping hate speech. And while many Americans counter-argue with the famous quote, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,” one does have to take pause as to whether or not some things should ever, indeed, be said to begin with.

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