Sanders Fights the TPP

“Social Security and Marriage Equality Act (S.A.M.E. Act)” Proposed

 

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Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

 

I received this info in my email last night from CredoMobilize.com. Click on the link to find out more about the organization and ways to support their progressive activist work.

Here’s what’s being proposed:

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Thoughts on India’s New Leader

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Photo from globalhopeindia.org

 

I’ve been reading the latest news on the election being held in India. As of now, Narendra Modi, the Hindu nationalist leader running for prime minister, is sure to win. This presents some interesting issues for India.

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Economic Consequences of Fast Food Industry’s CEO-to-Worker Pay Disparity

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If you thought that the low wages fast food workers are paid only affect workers, this article and the accompanying study shows that the issue of fair wages is one we must all take notice of.

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ANNOUNCEMENT For “League of Bloggers for a Better World”

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Hey everyone! I’ve got an update for our blog group. I consulted with WordPress’s Help section and it sounds like it would be best if we use an outside website for our blog home. We will still have our individual blogs, but we’ll also be connected to the group blog site. I’m working out the details now. If you have any suggestions let me know. We’re almost there! We’ve got some great members so far.

So for now, we’ll discontinue the current group WordPress blog. We’ll still keep the group title and the logo.

For anyone else interested in joining our blog group, please see this post. 

Here a brief description of the group:

An online group/league of bloggers who blog about societal issues, be it racism, injustice, global warming, animal rights, politics and the like, and are interested in progress to create a better world.

Some bloggers already write about this stuff. But since we are currently not organized or connected in a formal way, it feels as if each blogger is on his or her own. I think that if we formed some kind of group, we may feel more united in our efforts, and can therefore be more effective in creating the change we want to see happen.

Thanks and take care! 🙂

California Prison Chief Meets With Inmate Advocates

Photo courtesy of doslives.com

Photo courtesy of doslives.com

 

From NewsOne.com:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Advocates for inmates on a hunger strike to protest California’s solitary confinement program met with the state prisons chief on Friday as they pushed for an end to practices they say are inhumane.

Mediators who support the protesting inmates issued a statement after the hour-long meeting with Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard, saying they offered ideas for ending the hunger strike and improving prison conditions that include indeterminate sentences in isolation units.

“He received us well and listened to our concerns and those of the prisoners and their families,” the statement said.

Ron Ahnen, president of California Prison Focus, who was among those who met with Beard, declined to elaborate on the secretary’s response to their suggestions.

More than 300 inmates have refused all meals since the strike began on July 8. About 30,000 inmates initially participated.

For the full story, go to NewsOne.com.

Bloggers For Societal Change: Group Proposal

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Photo courtesy of hd-wallpaper.us

After reading a post from the blog Deconstructing Myths, as well as a post by Oneness Of Humanity, I’ve come up with an idea to create an online group/league of bloggers who write about societal issues, be it racism, injustice, global warming, animal rights, and the like, and are interested in progress to create a better world.

I was also inspired by this Gandhi quote I posted a little while ago that I found on  EMILY LOUISE BIEHL‘s blog:

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It made me think of what I, and many other bloggers, see as the purpose of our blogs. But since we are currently not organized or connected in a formal way, it feels as if each blogger is on his or her own. I think that if we formed some kind of group, we may feel more united in our efforts, and can therefore be more effective in creating the change we want to see happen.

So here are my ideas:

1) There are many bloggers who already write about societal issues, so there will be no particular requirements. Each blogger will just keep doing what they already do.

2) The thing that would connect us would be a logo with the title of our group (I’m thinking something like “The Determined Spirits Blog Group”). You can also give any suggestions you have for a title. The logo will link to a page that provides a list of all the bloggers in our group, so that visitors can look at our blogs and see what we’re about. and hopefully be inspired in the process.

3) There won’t be a formal application process for entering into this group- anyone can join.

4) The only blogs that wouldn’t be appropriate for this group would be those that are primarily about the blogger’s own personal life, such as your shopping habits, who you hang out with, your significant other, dating, pictures just of yourself, etc.  Blogs such as those would seem out of place, since the focus is not on society, the environment, etc.

5) Blogs in which the primary goal is to sell a product are not appropriate, either. No marketing allowed! If you are someone who writes about a variety of things and has just a picture of your product or only refer to it occasionally, that’s fine. If you’ve written a book and the cover of it is on your site, that’s no big deal.

6) If you are an artist who’s art is dedicated to the kinds of things we’re writing about, you are welcome to the group, as well.

7) If you blog about things meant to improve people’s lives, such as physical or mental health, or any kind of inspirational stuff that improves or enlightens people, you are also welcome. 

I think the best way to get this started is for people to either comment on this post or write me a message on my About page. If you want to join the group and/or have some more ideas and suggestions for the group, include that in your comments.

Thanks and take care 🙂

Demonstration of Force Feeding in Guantánamo Bay

How on Earth does this not constitute torture? And how on Earth is this legal?!? What is Pres. Obama thinking? And how does he explain this to his children?

From The Guardian’s page on YouTube:

As Ramadan begins, more than 100 hunger-strikers in Guantánamo Bay continue their protest. More than 40 of them are being force-fed.

In this four-minute film made by Human Rights organisation Reprieve and Bafta award-winning director Asif Kapadia, US actor and rapper Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), experiences the procedure.

From The Daily Beast:

Anyone who has had a nasogastric tube placed through their throat while awake knows why hospitalized patients often complain about the tube more than they complain about the pain of surgery.

The gagging can be extreme even when patients are relaxed and cooperating by swallowing repeatedly during the procedure. Resisting the tube during its insertion, as the unwilling detainees at Guantanamo do, elicits an exacerbated rapid cycle of gasping for air and gagging or vomiting.

Why is the U.S. government initiating this new round of forced gagging? It may be simply to save itself from the potential embarrassment if a majority of detainees die on a principled hunger strike.

From The Guardian:

“We believe it’s wrong to force feed at any time but it is particularly upsetting to do it through Ramadan,” said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman of the largest US Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, the Council On American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

“It’s not just a religious issue, it’s also a human rights issue in violation of international norms and medical ethics.”