The absent black father myth—debunked by CDC

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Tanya’s comment: I admit that I also bought into the black father myth. Unfortunately, many black women have bought into it, too, and often blame black men when family problems arise. I have even heard black women say they hate dating black men for these reasons. I’m pleasantly surprised that the CDC took interest in this issue.

Originally posted on League of Bloggers For a Better World:

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We’ve been told, quite frequently and repeatedly that the problems in the black community that we’ve seen in Ferguson and Baltimore recently are not the fault of biased, paramilitary, paranoid and violent policing (even if the Bureau of Justice Statistics indicates that black people are three times more likely to be subject to law enforcement uses of force). They are not the fault of racist red-lining that created these impoverished neighborhoods in the first place. They are not the fault of bigoted lending and hiring practices that create roadblocks for those attempting to escape those neighborhoods. And the fact that black students are disciplined, suspended and expelled far more easily and quickly for the same or lesser offenses, isn’t the problem.

None of that is the problem. Nope.  All of that is just too bad. Life is tough all over. Lots of people have…

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The Big Picture: Help Families Work with Robert Reich

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Tanya’s comment: These are all really good ideas. In fact, it’s crazy that there aren’t already laws for these labor rights.

Originally posted on Aware & Fair:

This is the second (even though it says ‘#3′) of ‘The Big Picture: 10 Ideas To Save The Economy’ by former Labor Secretary Robert Reich and MoveOn.Org.

Today, most parents are also wage earners, whether in a two-parent or single-parent household. Politicians talk a lot about the importance of family, but they need to do a better job delivering. The reality for workers has changed, but society hasn’t caught up.

Here is what we need to do: Make sure women get equal pay for equal work. Require employers to offer predictable hours, so parents can plan. Provide high-quality, universal pre-school and after-school care. Guarantee all employees paid family leave.

— MoveOn.Org

Help Workers Be Good Parents

If you want to help workers be good parents, please share this video from MoveOn.Org. You’ll also find two related petitions that you may sign.

Out of all ’10 Ideas to Save the Economy,’…

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Remember! Celebrate! Act! (Martin Luther King Day)

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NBCNews.com just published an editorial by Bernice A. King about her thoughts this year on Martin Luther King Day, the day we honor her father’s work. She reminds us that we mustn’t just honor him passively, however. She says:

“The national theme for the 2015 MLK holiday, “Remember! Celebrate! Act!: King’s Legacy of Courage for Our World” calls on people everywhere to do something courageous — make a commitment to nonviolence as a way of life which we, at The King Center, refer to as Nonviolence 365.

This means making a conscious choice to use Martin Luther King, Jr.’s principles and methods of nonviolence to defuse violence, peacefully resolve disputes and reconcile adversities in our homes, communities, the nation, and even the world.”

Who better than King’s daughter to guide us through these chaotic times?

Click here for the full editorial.

Ocean life faces mass extinction, broad study says

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Climate Change Could Starve the World’s Giant Pandas

Know Where Politicians Stand on the Issues (inc. Candidates)

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At OnTheIssues.org, you can find out where every U.S. representative and senator stands on every issue, including their voting records (how they have voted on legislation). As voters, it’s incredibly important that we keep an eye on what our politicians are doing and make informed decisions about who to support.

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How Republicans Will Govern – ‘‘No Gays Allowed’ Law Set To Pass In Virginia’

Originally posted on The Last Of The Millenniums:

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‘The state of Virginia is set to pass a law which would allow anti-LGBT business owners to bar gay people, purely on the basis of their sexuality’.

  • ‘The Virginia Bill states that anyone seeking or holding a business license from the state of Virginia in the state can refuse service or entry to gay people, on the grounds it “would violate the religious or moral convictions of such person with respect to same-sex “marriage” or homosexual behavior.”

‘This would make it lawful for LGBT people to be barred from hotels, restaurants, schools, hospitals, and any other premise where a good or service is exchanged by someone who dislikes their sexual orientation':

“Want to buy a bed? Prove you’re not sharing it with a member of the same sex”.

“Want to buy diapers but show up with your same-sex partner? No diapers for you, and don’t darken the door of this…

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Citizens United Must Be Overturned

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Many of us are still fuming about the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United case.

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Fox News Says We Have TOO MUCH Regulation on Businesses

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This just in from FoxNews.com:

The Obama administration pushed through $181.5 billion in regulations last year, according to a new report from a conservative think tank that claimed the rules will lead to higher energy bills, more expensive consumer goods and fewer jobs.

The new rules mostly focus on clean energy and vehicle regulations, said the American Action Forum, which issued the report Monday. The state that was hit the hardest by new regulations was California, which was slapped with $7.9 billion in new rules, followed by Texas ($6.5 billion) and Ohio ($3.4 billion).

“What do these huge sums mean for individuals? Higher energy prices, pricier household goods, a more expensive mortgage, and the promise of yet another year of unrelenting regulatory growth,” concludes the report, which was authored by Sam Batkins, the group’s director of regulatory policy. “No one can accuse the president of abandoning his promises on regulation in 2014.”

Putting regulations on business is awful, isn’t it? Sure sounds that way. But wait, let’s take a closer look at this news report.

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