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THE FRONT PORCH – a good place to think about things

After the latest school massacre in South Florida Feb. 14, 2018…we’re asking “what was his motive?” Please STOP! Let’s talk about the causes instead, and we’ve known for a long, long time what those things are that cause feelings of RAGE AND HOPELESSNESS the need for REVENGE, especially in male teens and young adults.  Please read:  Violence Does Not Occur in a Vacuum  


NIKOLE HANNAH-JONES Ending Racial Inequity in Our Schools: What Actually Works? Feb. 28

2017 MACARTHUR GENIUS GRANT FELLOW & NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE STAFF WRITER

“ENDING RACIAL INEQUITY IN OUR SCHOOLS: WHAT  ACTUALLY WORKS?”

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 28     RECEPTION AT 6PM     EVENT AT 7PM     LIPINSKY HALL, UNC ASHEVILLE

Nikole Hannah-Jones is a National Magazine Award-winning Journalist, writing on modern day civil rights for the New York Times Magazine. Her widely read articles on segregated housing and schools, as well as her deeply personal reports on the black experience in America, expose how racial inequality is maintained through official policy. They also offer a compelling case for greater equity.


Insider Bulletin: NORTH CAROLINA LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS

Legislative Watch: For Dirty Energy, Money Shouts

If the old cliché says that “money talks,” for dirty energy in the current North Carolina General Assembly, fast cash was shouting last year. Analysis by environmental reporter Lisa Sorg shows that Dominion Energy (a key backer of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline) poured generous contributions into the campaign coffers of legislators considering anti-environmental legislation that would boost the pipeline’s legal position. Most of the cash flooded in within 10 days of a key vote on overriding Gov. Cooper’s veto of the bill. Read the dirty details here.  NORTH CAROLINA LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS PRESS RELEASES


THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT: Unfinished Business for the Constitution – PLEASE JOIN THE EFFORT!

In 2017, it is impossible to argue that the amendment is inappropriate, since one who does so implies that women should be legally subjugated.

It’s equally impossible to claim that the amendment is unnecessary, given the continuing inequality we see.

So the remaining argument against the ERA boils down to coded variations of “it would upset the balance of power” — in other words, it would give women a fair chanceContinue reading


Golden Globes: #MeToo

By Benjamin Lee at The Guardian

The first major ceremony of the season comes after a tumultuous year in Hollywood, and stars will pay tribute to the women who have spoken out against sexual harassment. Awards season kicks off on Sunday, when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will reward the best films and TV shows of the year. But the conversation around the 75th Golden Globes has centred less on the potential winners and more on how the ceremony will be affected by the ever-growing #MeToo movement. Continue reading


Why Corporations Need Permanent Tax Cuts (Spoiler Alert:They Don’t)

By Jane Edwards

Corporations are people. This is so, because Chief Justice John Roberts, in 2010, hijacked a case that the court was hearing so that he could eliminate any law that prevented money from being used to influence legislation. Chief Justice Roberts, in his divine wisdom, joined by four other elitists on his court, conspired to breathe the breath of life into Corporation’s nostrils, and Corporation became a living person. OK. So, Corporations don’t actually have nostrils. Devil’s in the details.


Nuclear Information Resource Service – Tell Your Reps to VOTE NO to Nuclear Waste on our Roads

Contact your US Representatives NOW  and tell them to vote NO on the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017 (H.R. 3053)—a nuclear waste bill that threatens nearly every state with decades of nuclear waste shipments.  The vote could be taken as soon as this week!

Please Call 202-225-3121 to be connected to your Representative’s office and ask if you can count on them to VOTE NO on H.R. 3053. Then let us know via this quick form. 


Gender remains one of climate change’s great inequalities

Sales agent Shumitra Chaudhari in the shop she has recently opened selling clean energy and beauty products in Kailali District, Nepal (Photo: Ashden)

Globally, women are more affected by climate change. Sweden’s deputy prime minister and the head of the Green Climate Fund say they must be brought into the discussion

Gender often remains the untold story behind climate change. After the television snapshots of devastation wrought by climate-induced disasters, our thoughts often remain with the local people forced to deal with the wreckage.


5 Reasons Why More and More People Are Saying ‘No Way’ to Valentine’s Day

Whether you’re in a couple or rolling solo, Valentine’s Day comes with expectation and pressure. With #CoupleGoals as a consistently trending hashtag, countless pictures of couples on social media, the obsession of celebrity break ups and make ups and TV shows like the Bachelor and Bachelorette serving up contrived romance sprinkled with drama, the way we think of love and romance has changed. Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a New York Board Certified Neuropsychologist explains why so many people say ‘no way’ to Valentine’s Day and offers some alternatives that shift this negative mindset.


California in revolt: how the progressive state plans to foil the Trump agenda

By Sam Levin in the Guardian

California prides itself on being first with progressive laws on climate change, labor rights and marijuana. In 2018, the Golden State’s “firsts” are defensive – bold proposals and legal maneuvers to protect citizens from Donald Trump. State leaders have pushed legislation and lawsuits to circumvent and undo Trump’s agenda on immigration, the environment, internet freedom and other liberal causes. One of the most consequential victories came Tuesday when a judge in San Francisco blocked the Trump administration’s plan to end a program that allows 800,000 undocumented people to study and work in the US.  Continue reading


What makes some men sexual harassers? Science tries to explain the creeps of the world.

By William Wan – The Washington Post

The list of alleged sexual harassers keeps getting longer and the details of sexual assault and harassment ever more disturbing. The torrent of cases pouring out in news reports and Twitter— tales of men grabbing women, emerging naked from showers uninvited, threatening women’s careers, or worse — raises a horrified question: What makes these men behave this way? Continue reading

 

 


Five Myths About Female Veterans

Jerri Bell, a retired naval officer, is a co-author, with Tracy Crow, of “It’s My Country Too: Women’s Military Stories From the American Revolution to Afghanistan.” – in the Washington Post

Veterans Day is an occasion to recall the service of our troops. But women’s stories have often been absent from those recollections. Works of fiction and nonfiction, memoirs (such as Mary Jennings Hegar’s), documentaries (including “The Invisible War”) and dramas (such as “Blood Stripe”) have helped show this side of the armed forces. Still, myths about female veterans endure. Kayla Williams, who wrote a memoir about serving as an Army linguist in Iraq, remembers an infantryman who was “sure that women troops would be flown by helicopter to shower every three days.” Here are some of the most persistent misconceptions.   Continue reading


IF WE ADDRESS TOXIC MASCULINITY, WE CAN CHANGE OUR CULTURE OF VIOLENCE

Sunday night in Las Vegas, a white male shooter claimed the lives of 58 people, injuring more than 500. We are heartbroken by the lives lost. We are heartbroken for the injured. We are heartbroken for their families and loved ones. We are heartbroken that we can’t pass commonsense gun laws in our nation. But we will not let our broken hearts keep us from getting to the root cause of this violence and taking action.

It is time to connect the dots between mass shootings and our cultural reality: Men commit 98% of mass murders in America. Women have equal access to guns (and let’s be honest, plenty of reasons to be angry). Nevertheless, women don’t commit such acts of mass violence. We have to stop conditioning boys and men to think solving their problems through violence is normal. We can no longer tell boys at the earliest of ages to repress their emotions and deny parts of themselves. Look where it’s gotten us today!     Continue reading


Global feminists— Gloria Steinem to Leymah Gbowee—join in solidarity with Congolese women

By Lucy Westcott | 

On computer screens thousands of miles away from one another, some of the world’s leading feminist figures joined in solidarity with women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo at the country’s first-ever women’s summit on September 14. For a country that marginalizes women’s voices in the extreme way that DRC does, this was a chance for powerful women activists to be not only heard, but globally supported.


The Good (the Bad The Ugly) by Jane Edwards

Really.  It is high time we acknowledge the tremendous things Donald J. Trump has done as our president. I can think of eight things right off the bat:
 
1. Spared us from both constant Republican stonewalling and nonstop vitriol from the GOP’s Perpetual Senate Investigative Committee to Impeach Hillary.
 
2. Dramatically increased public awareness of and interest in the Constitution. Including such concepts as the Emoluments clause, Article 25, and the 25thAmendment.


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