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

Strength & Hope

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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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Sanders Fights the TPP

Originally posted on Aware & Fair:

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Senator Bernie Sanders is fighting to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.

  • Sanders wrote a forceful letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman demanding the release of the TPP trade agreement text.
  • Sanders published an article that helps people understand the dangers of the TTP.
  • Sanders created a petition to stop the TPP.

‘Incomprehensible’ Secrecy: Sanders Demands Release of Trade Agreement Text

‘It is incomprehensible to me that the leaders of major corporate interests who stand to gain enormous financial benefits from this agreement are actively involved in the writing of the TPP while, at the same time, the elected officials of this country, representing the American people, have little or no knowledge as to what is in it,’ Sanders said in a letter (pdf) sent Monday to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman. ‘Members of Congress must have the opportunity to read what is in the…

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Race Relations with Police worsening in U.S., AP votes it Top Story of 2014

Originally posted on The Secular Jurist:

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Relations between minority communities and local law enforcement are rapidly deteriorating across the U.S. in the wake of two grand jury decisions not to indict police officers for the killing of unarmed black men (Michael Brown, Eric Garner), and the subsequent murder of two NYPD cops.  The most prominent flashpoints have occurred in Ferguson, Missouri and now New York City, but worsening race relations are a national problem which has shaken America to its moral foundations.

At the heart of the matter is the dangerous increase in economic inequality that has plagued the U.S. and other western countries since the Great Recession.  As societies become more stratified and segregated along class and ethnic lines, civil unrest intensifies as a natural result.  This pits a stubborn – and predominantly white – administrative establishment against an angrily disaffected – and racially diverse – population with law enforcement…

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