Tuesday, April 21, 2015

What Does Gun Violence Really Cost?


"There are so many big issues in the world, and the question is: Do you want to do gun research? Because you're going to get attacked. No one is attacking us when we do heart disease." David Hemenway, director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center







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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

What It Means To Be Muslim In America-Video and Stories



The diversity of Muslims in the United States is vast, and so is the breadth of the Muslim American experience. The following animated videos depict the experiences of nine Muslim Americans from across the country who differ in heritage, age, gender and occupation. Relaying short anecdotes representative of their everyday lives, these Muslim Americans demonstrate both the adversities and blessings of Muslim American life.
By Emily Kassie

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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

A TALE OF TWO AMERICAS



Black America Is Just 72 Percent Equal To White America.

In Some Areas, The Inequality Is Worse Than That.


 “What do we say and how would we frame the state of black America for 2015? I must use the word crisis.” Marc H. Morial, President and Chief Executive, the National Urban League

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Organizers/Donations Needed-SCDC Yard Sale-Saturday May 9th, 10-2

Dear Strafford County Democrat: 
1. Please find a large cardboard box, one that is sturdy and will hold a lot of things.
2. As you go around your house, your shed, your barn, your garage  etc., put things in the box that are interesting, in good condition and useful to someone.... but not you. 
3. Specifically these things can be new, elderly or antique. They can be tools, dishes, collectible items, jewelry, fancy hats, kitchen appliances and utensils, books, office supplies etc.
4. Think about putting small pieces of furniture like small tables, interesting chairs, lamps (floor and table), paintings and prints, picture frames, art, umbrella stands, fancy flower pots, lacy linens next to the box which is getting quite full by now. 
5. On or about May 1, bring what you have collected, old snowshoes, useful athletic equipment, lawn furniture to 23 Boston Harbor Rd., Dover Point NH to Caroline French's house, the site of the yard sale. This yard sale will benefit the Strafford County Democratic Committee — their projects, our candidates and your goals.
Come back and spend a few hours helping Caroline sort and price things May 1-8. PLEASE join the yard sale committee as a lead organizer…email Caroline below. If you have any sheets of old computer labels, please bring them for price stickers. 
Things not to bring: 
  • Leftovers from your own yard sale
  • Things that are broken and beyond repair
  • Clothes, except for shoes that are almost new and things like leather aviator jackets. New straw hats that you bought and thought you liked but don't would also work. The same goes for small luggage, purses, baskets and the like.
Then on Saturday, May 9, come back and help us run the best new  yard sale ever in Strafford County. We will have a grill and hotdogs. Sign on to bring chips, ice cream sandwiches and peanuts in the shell. This sale will run from 10 to 2 and a rope will be across the end of the driveway and there will be no early birds no matter what.
  • We also need worker bees after the sale at 2pm to help clean up and haul away. Our goal is to make enough money to help elect Democrats throughout all Strafford County in 2016!

Thanks ahead of time for helping to make this important fundraiser and recycling event successful.
Strafford County Democratic Committee Ex Com, 
Ann, Susan, Lorraine, Bill, Dennis, Paul, Gene, Mike, Elise, Caroline

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VISIBILITY FOR A RESPONSIBLE BUDGET-Today, April 1st 9:30, Concord

WHAT: VISIBILITY FOR A RESPONSIBLE BUDGET

WHEN:  TOMORROW, Wednesday, April 1, 2015  9:30AM

WHERE: STATE HOUSE - 2nd Floor; Outside of Representatives Hall


NH Citizens Alliance for Action


Protect NH Communities


Right-wing activists in the New Hampshire House and Senate want to pay for generous corporate tax cuts by slashing health and safety programs that protect Granite State communities. The proposed cuts are politically-motivated and far exceed the moderate cost reductions needed to balance the state's biennial budget. The deepest cuts would hurt the sick, the elderly, and the homeless, but it gets worse: the latest plan would force the Department of Transportation to lay-off nearly half of the workforce that plows our highways and maintains our aging roads and bridges.

Why? It's not because these reckless politicians care about creating jobs or reviving the “New Hampshire Advantage.” It's not because they value New Hampshire families and communities. No: these hard-core ideologues are trying to score political points with their tea-party supporters and the shady special interest groups they hope will fund their next election campaign. And they are willing to gut critical health and safety programs and downshift costs onto homeowners and towns to make it happen.

Please take action to STOP the reckless and unnecessary budget cuts proposed by the New Hampshire House and Senate by adding your name to our petition and contact your reps if you have not already done so.

Who Are My Legislators? Here's an easy way to find out.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Matthew Ogston-My Boyfriend Killed Himself Because His Family Couldn’t Accept Him


“I blame a community that is so closed minded to allow these bigoted views that make families believe that their honour is more important than loving their children,” he says. “The respect and honour of the family is more important than the happiness of the children they gave birth to. How sick is that?” Matthew Ogston 
 
 
 

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Sanders to Senate: If We Don't Overturn Citizens United, the Congress Will Become Paid Employees of the Billionaire Class


"I recently introduced an amendment at the Senate Budget Committee. It was pretty simple. It asked my Senate colleagues to begin the process of overturning the disastrous Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United, and to bring transparency and disclosure to the political process." Bernie Sanders

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Gender Wage Gap

This chart from IWPR shows when the gender pay gap is projected to close in each state.


Here's How Long It'll Take To Close The Gender Wage Gap In Each State 
Five myths about the gender pay gap
 Now It's Time For Women To Get Even

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Kshama Sawant-Labeled A Most Hated, Most Dangerous Woman-We Need More People Like Her



“The idea that things have to get a lot worse to have some sort of awakening and bring about an alternative to this corrupt and defunct corporate political system is inaccurate. What we need is a big surge for an independent working-class political alternative while people are experiencing a sense of confidence, after decades of bitter defeat. The $15-an-hour victory in Seattle is going nationwide. And while unions are under massive attack, as you see in Wisconsin with Scott Walker, there are also successful labor initiatives getting onto the ballot. Four states—two of them Republican states—increased the minimum wage last year. Occupy and the Black Lives Matter movement have radically shaken U.S. consciousness. Now is the time for us to strike.” Kshama Sawant

Kshama Sawant: The Most Dangerous Woman in America

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Monday, March 16, 2015

What Happened To America's First Muslims?


"The presence of Muslims in the early United States is well known to scholars -- historians have put their population in the tens of thousands -- yet when President Obama noted last month that "Islam has been woven into the fabric of our country since its founding," he was greeted with incredulous outrage."


 Image: Portrait of the enslaved Muslim Yarrow Mamout by Charles Willson Peale (1819), via Wikimedia.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Wake up. Learn. Reflect. Teach. Act.-March 28th 9 to 3, Discover Portsmouth Center



Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)

Portsmouth, NH



“There must exist a paradigm, a practical model for social change that includes an understanding of ways to transform consciousness that are linked to efforts to transform structures.” bell hooks

Every journey must begin with a first step. You are invited to “Wake Up. Learn. Reflect. Teach. Act.” on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 9:00am – 3:00pm at the Discover Portsmouth Center. Registration begins at 9:00am and lunch will be provided. There is no cost to attend but you must register to ensure we have enough food and supplies.

Given the current state of affairs around race and race-relations in the United States, this is an opportunity for New Hampshire People of Color and their Allies to create a movement in the state where we can explore the impact of race on the quality of life for everyone (especially people of color) and transition into actions that will facilitate change.

During this first meeting we will outline areas of interest, examine strategies for working collaboratively and explore factors that might have an impact on how we work together. A series of meetings and events will be planned in the future to keep the movement going. This important event will facilitate dialogue, raise awareness, and promote networking, advocacy and action.

Who should attend? Anyone who is willing to wake up/learn/reflect/teach/act in order to create change! YOU MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND. To register and/or obtain more information visit http://wakeupnh.eventbrite.com. Questions can also be directed to Dottie Morris (dmorris@keene.edu) or Yemi Mahoney (omahoney@anselm.edu or 603-656-6028).

For directions and information about parking visit http://portsmouthhistory.org/get-directions-to-discover-portsmouth/


“None of us alone can save the nation or the world. But each of us can make a positive difference if we commit ourselves to do so.” Cornel West

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Paul Krugman-Pepperoni Turns Partisan


"Pizza partisanship, then, sounds like a joke, but it isn’t. It is, instead, a case study in the toxic mix of big money, blind ideology, and popular prejudices that is making America ever less governable." Paul Krugman

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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Losing Myself By Kyle Leach


I was inspired to write this poem because of the controversy surrounding Russel Tovey's "effeminate" remarks. The photo above is of my my brother and myself. I'm on the left, he is on the right. It shows a time when my mischievous nature was revealed and my brother's wild happiness comes through. It's one of my favorite photos of the two of us. Though the poem isn't about us, it is about me losing a part of myself,  it is taken from this time when I was still that sissy boy in the photo.

This subject effects far more than those of us who were born as men, who didn't quite act the way everyone else thought we should. I see how this issue touches women's lives. I've watched far too many woman hide their intellect, their aggression, their passions and ambitions to make men comfortable. I see how it touches the lives of people with other shades of skin, how they are expected to act, how they are expected to genuflect, how they are expected to keep silent or be punished. I see it in those who travel and settle in other places of the world with the expectation that they will shed their language, their past cultural identity, all under the pretense of assimilation.

Casting off parts of yourself to keep others happy not only diminishes you, and all your potential, it diminishes all of us.I should know I've been through the experience.

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The Inside Story Of How Citizens United Has Changed Washington Lawmaking

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"Our deal is to have a political program so that there is a hammer, and there is a consequence, and there is leverage and it's aggressive." Rob Engstrom, Chamber of Commerce national political director

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Dying To Be Free


There’s A Treatment For Heroin Addiction That Actually Works. Why Aren’t We Using It?


“There are other options. We can put you on methadone or we can get you Suboxone. There are other things that you can do besides the 12-step program.” Anne Cagey

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