Friday, July 31, 2015

13 Issues Facing Native People Beyond Mascots And Casinos


"Each indigenous nation has a distinct history, language and culture. While many face concerns that are specific to their government, state, or region, there are certain issues that affect all Native communities throughout the United States -- from Hawaii to Maine, and Alaska to Florida. Here are 13 such issues that you probably aren't hearing enough about."

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Homeland Security Is Tracking Black Lives Matter. Is That Legal?





"We have these long-standing concerns that government has engaged in surveillance of people not because there's evidence of wrongdoing, but because of what they think, what they believe, and what their ideology is, as well as the color of their skin." Nusrat Choudhury, a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union's Racial Justice Program



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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Earth’s Most Famous Climate Scientist Issues Bombshell Sea Level Warning


"We conclude that continued high emissions will make multi-meter sea level rise practically unavoidable and likely to occur this century. Social disruption and economic consequences of such large sea level rise could be devastating. It is not difficult to imagine that conflicts arising from forced migrations and economic collapse might make the planet ungovernable, threatening the fabric of civilization." James Hansen

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Monday, July 20, 2015

BEXKERR-I, Racist, Sexist. A Letter To A Black Man In America From A White Woman In Rwanda.



“Gender as it functions today is a grave injustice. I am angry. We should all be angry.  Anger has a long history of bringing positive change.  In addition to anger, I am hopeful, because I believe in the ability of human beings to remake themselves for the better.” Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  Quote from her talk “We Should All be Feminists”

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John Metta-I, Racist-Why I Don't Talk About Race With White People






"White people are in a position of power in this country because of racism. The question is: Are they brave enough to use that power to speak against the system that gave it to them?
So I'm asking you to help me. Notice this. Speak up. Don't let it slide. Don’t stand watching in silence. Help build a world where it never gets to the point where the Samaritan has to see someone bloodied and broken.

As for me, I will no longer be silent.

I’m going to try to speak kindly, and softly, but that’s gonna be hard. Because it’s getting harder and harder for me to think about the protection of White people’s feelings when White people don't seem to care at all about the loss of so many Black lives."  John Metta

  

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Viktor Kerney-Bernie Sanders, Black Lives Matter And The Liberal Audacity


"What we did was exactly what Netroots is all about. We were shouting because we are tired of being silent. We are tired of dying. We have lost too many lives due the police. We have seen how they lie and murder us without a second thought. We had to speak out because if we didn't, would anyone care?" Viktor Kerney

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Opposite Of Addiction Is Not Sobriety. The Opposite Of Addiction Is Connection


"For a hundred years now we've been singing war songs about addicts. I think all along we should have been singing love songs to them. Because the opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection." Johann Hari

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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

This Map Shows Where America's Gun Owners Are







One third of Americans own the country's 300 million guns.


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Think Liberatarianism Is New? Think Again




The True History of Libertarianism in America: A Phony Ideology to Promote a Corporate Agenda

 "I do not believe in democracy. I think it stinks. I don’t think anybody except direct taxpayers should be allowed to vote. I don’t believe women should be allowed to vote at all. Ever since they started, our public affairs have been in a worse mess than ever." Herbert Nelson

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Friday, July 03, 2015

Thank You America Ferrera


the award winning actress, best known for her starring role in the Ugly Betty really put Trump in his place. She took his hate and changed it into something beautiful. She makes me excited for our future, not because she is a woman and Latina, but because she is exactly the kind of role model our nation needs to move us into the 21st century and empower not only Latino(a)s, but move all of us toward a more educated, compassionate, resourceful globe.

Dear Donald,

You've said some pretty offensive things about Latino immigrants recently, and I think they're worth addressing. Because, you know, this is the United States of America, where I have a right to speak up even if I'm not a billionaire. Isn't that awesome?

Anyway, I heard what you said about the kind of people you think Latino immigrants are -- people with problems, who bring drugs, crime and rape to America. While your comments are incredibly ignorant and racist, I don't want to spend my time chastising you. I'll leave that to your business partners like Univision and NBC, who have the power to scold you where it hurts. Instead, I'm writing to say thank you!

You see, what you just did with your straight talk was send more Latino voters to the polls than several registration rallies combined! Thank you for that. Here we are pounding the pavement to get American Latinos to the polls, while your tactic proves most effective. Remarks like yours will serve brilliantly to energize Latino voters and increase turnout on election day against you and any other candidate who runs on a platform of hateful rhetoric.

Do you know why that's such a big deal, Donald? Because Latinos are the largest, youngest and fastest-growing constituency in the United States of America. That's right! You are running for President in a country where the Latino population grew by over 49 percent from 2000-2012, while the rest of the country grew by 5.8 percent. What's more, we are the future. The median age of the average Latino is 27 years old, compared to 42 years old for white Americans. In case you need a translation, that means there are a whole lot of Americans who are Latino and have the right to vote. And, we're not going anywhere.

This is the America we are actually living in. I hope by now you understand that without the Latino vote, there is no chance of you ever winning this election. If you don't believe me, you could ask President Bush or you could even ask President Obama.

You, Mr. Trump, are living in an outdated fantasy of a bigoted America. Last week, America celebrated some amazing milestones -- marriage equality, universal healthcare, removing of the confederate flag -- making it clear in which direction the country is moving. That is why racist remarks that play to extremists won't change the tide, no matter how hard you try. They will only serve to rally more Latino voters to the polls. Your negativity and your poorly thought out speech ignited a fire in our community. Thank you, Mr. Trump!

Thank you for reminding us that there remains an antiquated and endangered species of bigots in this country that we must continue to combat. Thank you for reminding us to not sit complacently at home on election day, but to run to the polls and proclaim that there is no place for your brand of racial politicking in our government. Thank you for sending out the rallying cry.

You have made your thoughts on the Latino community clear and you continue to stand by them. And in return, we will do more than tweet about our indignation and beat piñatas of your likeness. We will silence you at the polls. We will vote and use our growing position in U.S. politics. Our fellow Americans who understand and value our contributions will join us. We know there is nothing that scares you more.

The truth is, Mr. Trump, that your comments mean that you fail to see that immigrants are what have made this nation. They are at the core of our ideals, and they are the foundation that keeps us afloat. No, Mr. Trump, you may not reduce us to drug dealers and rapists. We are moms and dads, sons and daughters. We are valedictorians and honor students. We are college graduates, bankers, police officers, entertainers, teachers, journalists, politicians and we are the future of America.

Thank you for helping us in our work to energize the Latino vote and to usher in our shared future! 

Keep it up!

Sincerely,
America



Thank You, Donald Trump! 
Hispanic Leaders Tell Republican Party To Stand Up To Donald Trump

Here Are All the Companies That Have Dumped Donald Trump


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Corporate America Should Be Embarrassed About This Chart


"If you are a company who needs to understand the views and sensibilities of your consumer, a woman’s voice on the board is critically important." Wenda Millard, the President of MediaLink



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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Adam Gopnik-The Simple Truth About Gun Control


"On gun violence and how to end it, the facts are all in, the evidence is clear, the truth there for all who care to know it—indeed, a global consensus is in place, which, in disbelief and now in disgust, the planet waits for us to join. Those who fight against gun control, actively or passively, with a shrug of helplessness, are dooming more kids to horrible deaths and more parents to unspeakable grief just as surely as are those who fight against pediatric medicine or childhood vaccination. It’s really, and inarguably, just as simple as that." Adam Gopnik

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It's Okay To Be Gay, Just Don't Touch Each Other


"Compared to the way gay men and women were treated in the past, it might appear trivial, but for gay people to really be equal, we have to be in relationships which don't carry shame or insight fear. If I were to hold my boyfriend's hand in public, people would stare at us. They'd try not to, but they would. If I did it in the wrong part of town, or around the wrong people, the reaction would be a lot worse - not an easy situation to pre-empt. Equal marriage is a landmark moment in gay rights, but there is work still to be done when it comes to changing attitudes about what a relationship is, and normalising affection that for straight people is a given." 



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Black Lives Matter ! Market Square, Portsmouth Sunday June 28th 4- 5pm



The recent events in South Carolina and the inappropriate responses from the media and supposed leaders in our nation show that we are not moving forward in reducing inequality in America.

After the absence of accountability in the recent deaths of Freddie Gray, of the assault on innocent teens in Texas, of the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and 12 year old Tamir Rice we should not be moving in this direction. These breaking points in humanity’s conscience were thought to have created a new movement in America but obviously more is needed.

Please join us, get involved and show that humanity is better than this and that there will be change.
Presented by Occupy NH Seacoast. Occupy NH Seacoast is a local group working to promote social and economic equality worldwide.

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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Half Of U.S. Households Approaching Retirement Have Saved No Money



"This report makes it clear that there is a retirement crisis in America today. At a time when half of all older workers have no retirement savings, we need to expand, not cut, Social Security benefits so that every American can retire with dignity." U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders



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