Since when is mediation "pork"?
Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich has cut almost $500 million of "'pork' and non-essential spending" from the state's Fiscal Year 2008 budget.
Unfortunately these cuts included funding for a gang mediation program aimed at reducing conflicts and violence in the city's neighborhoods.
Some day, some day, political leaders will view conflict resolution as an essential service. Hey, a mediator can dream...
(Photo by Clarissa Rossarola.)