John McCarthy is a Democratic Strategist, Civic Entrepreneur, and Philanthropic Advisor. In 2012, he served as a National co-chair of Catholics for Obama and presently serves as the national vice-president of Irish American Democrats PAC. He has worked as the Executive Director of Future Civic Leaders, a non-partisan organization that works to bridge the civic education gap in low-income communities, and now serves as the organization’s board chair. A leader on civic-engagement he was a founding ACE advisor to the ACT Foundation, the official foundation of the nation’s leading college and career readiness assessment. With a broad range of political experience, he been involved with campaigns at the federal, state, and local level, as well as serving in a policy role on Capitol Hill. Active in philanthropy he serves on the boards of the Clinton International Summer School in Northern Ireland, Young Americans for Diplomatic Leadership, the Irish Network of DC, the Millennial Action Project’s Action Council and the American Ireland Fund’s Young Leaders Chapter in DC. In 2015 he was recognized as a “40 under 40” by the Irish Echo Newspaper. He is a frequent voice for People of Faith within the Democratic Party, and regularly serves as a media resource on the topic. He is a graduate of the Catholic University of America where he studied politics and theology.
Like so many Americans, I was deeply moved and inspired yesterday--both by the President’s words and by his actions.
I’ve always found Christmas to be deeply moving in a very personal way, and have never been able to put my finger on why until recently. No liturgical season forces me to reflect quite as much as Christmas does. This year I finally wanted to put my thoughts into words: Christmas is a Call to Activism.
Washington State's Governor Jay Inslee needs to be applauded. I recently wrote that Governors need to lead on the Syrian Refugee Crisis and he is doing exactly that.
"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free" is false advertisement--or at least that's what some Governors want you to think. Our nation has long held a tradition of welcoming the stranger--especially when that stranger was fleeing persecution or seeking refuge.