Good food and politics were in ample supply at the annual New York Better World awards.
Obama's announcement was "a major step forward toward ending the 55-year cold war with Cuba."
Ending the longstanding reality of unpunished police violence against black and brown men was the topic Dec. 17 at a town hall meeting.
"DoD spending on service contracts is closing in on $200 billion annually; already, it is more than double the cost of the Department's entire civilian workforce."
Americans and Cubans woke up on Dec. 17 to the jaw-dropping news that the U.S. is making a monumental shift in its relations with Cuba.
"This issue as I see it - police killings as a symptom of the systematic and historical devaluing of black lives - seemed too big to ignore."
Obama and Raul Castro announced a breathtakingly radical agreement to change the relationship between the two countries.
The remaining three of the Cuba 5 are being freed in a new deal between President Obama and Cuban president Raul Castro.
A dragon by the name of Chevron, breathing a fire fueled by Citizens United and $3.1 million in cash, succumbed to the people of the tiny city of Richmond, California.
They've built a new social and economic justice movement on the foundation left by those who struggled before them.