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DON’T DESPAIR ABOUT THE SUPREME COURT by Howard Zinn

in The Progressive, a voice for Peace, Social Justice and the Common Good

“It would be naive to depend on the Supreme Court to defend the rights of poor people, women, people of color, dissenters of all kinds. Those rights only come alive when citizens organize, protest, demonstrate, strike, boycott, rebel, and violate the law in order to uphold justice.”


If you watched “Dominion” at UU last Friday 9/14, and If you missed it…

Offered by Charlie Wussow

“Dominion uses drones, hidden and handheld cameras to expose the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture, questioning the morality and validity of humankind’s dominion over the animal kingdom.”

For those of you who came to Friday’s Environmental & Social Justice film “Dominion”, thank you!  I know it was difficult to watch, but I was impressed by how many of you came to the screening even though you knew it would be an uncomfortable experience at the very least.


When The Powerful Use Their Position To Bully Others, We All Lose – also talking about New Models of Manhood

 From Meryl Streep to Tracee Ellis Ross, women took center stage at Sunday’s Golden Globes and demanded we celebrate them – 

not for what they’re wearing, but for who they are and what they do. On the red carpet, Evan Rachel Wood explained she wore a tuxedo so that, “young women and girls know that [dresses] aren’t a requirement and that you don’t have to wear one if you don’t want to. Just be yourself, because your worth is much more than that.” Continue reading


ERA: Our Equality Pledge is up and running! See Who’s for Gender Equality in the U.S.

Dear Equality Warrior,

Our Equality Pledge is up and running!  

Let’s shine a warm, fuzzy light on the marvelous candidates who signed the Equal Means Equal Equality Pledge this week and committed to vote “yes” on ERA and equality for all Americans! 


WOMEN ARE NOT PROTECTED in the U. S. Constitution – Here Are the Ramifications

The Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, may appear to safeguard women against discrimination, but Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia went on record insisting this isn’t the case. 

“Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex, the only issue is whether it prohibits it.  It doesn’t.  Nobody ever voted for that,” he said.   (In an interview for the January 2011 issue of California Lawyer) 


The Raleigh Report from Rep. Susan Fisher July 30, 2018

Rep. Susan Fisher  Buncombe County  District 114  susanf@ncleg.net

July 30,  2018

You may remember that the General Assembly adjourned on June 29, 2018, not to return until after Thanksgiving. Yet on Tuesday of last week (July 24th), North Carolina made national news (again) for passing bills to change the 2018 election rules after the election season had already started.  How did this happen?

**Update: We are now “on call” pending notice that the Republicans schedule an override vote.  That could come as soon as this weekend…..


SO, WHAT DO WE DO? We Keep on RESISTING! sent in from Jane Edwards, (our local political analyst) PLEASE SEND IN YOUR COMMENTS

Treason against the United States is defined in Article III of the Constitution as “levying war against [the United States], or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.” Cleaving to, or joining an enemy, as President Donald J. Trump did today, and in the past, is treason. Pure and simple.


HISTORY NEWS NETWORK: Because the past is the present and the future too

Journalists Need to Keep in Mind that Donald Trump Didn’t Win a Mandate for Anything

by Robert Brent Toplin 

Commentators in the print and video media often complain about President Donald Trump’s aggressive actions regarding immigration, tariffs, health care, climate change, guns, the Iran nuclear agreement, and other controversial topics, but they recognize that he won the election. Reluctantly, they acknowledge that Trump has a mandate to take strong positions on the issues. But they are wrong. Donald Trump does not possess impressive authority to move the nation dramatically in new directions. Pundits and politicians should refrain from treating the 2016 election as evidence of public approval for extraordinary exercises in presidential power.


The Trump Cult

By Ed Simon 

Toward the end of the Second Great Awakening, a series of revivals that marked the first half of the American 19th Century, one Baptist preacher named William Miller confidently predicted that “Jesus Christ will come again to this earth, cleanse, purify, and take possession of the same, with all the saints, sometime between March 21, 1843 and March 21, 1844.” Based on his complex calculations derived from the Bible, the minister was certain that the millennium would arrive no later than that spring day, when melting snow often still blankets the woods of the preacher’s native upstate New York.  


Casual sexism creates victims. We should acknowledge that and police it.

By Libby Brooks in the Guardian

What can a man say to a woman on the street these days without fear of prosecution? Ever since campaigners and police forces started talking about treating the public harassment of women as a hate crime, there has been an equal and opposite push to defend some bloke’s right to … what exactly? Shout a catalogue of sexually explicit demands at a stranger while following her down a street at midnight? Exchange friendly observations about the state of the weather in a shop queue in daylight?

As with #MeToo, this is far less complicated than some would like us to imagine.


I’m a WNBA player. Men won’t stop challenging me to play one-on-one.

By Devereaux Peters

A few weeks ago, as I was walking down the street to my car, a man stopped me to begin a conversation about my height. Here we go, I thought. He asked the usual questions, prodding me about my basketball career, and then there it was: “Let’s play one-on-one. I bet I could beat you.”

It was far from the first time. I’m a tall woman at 6-foot-2, and almost everywhere I go, people notice me. The first question is: Do you play basketball? When they find out I’m a professional player, some are just impressed and want to know more about the life of a pro athlete. Most of the men I talk to, though, ask me to play one-on-one.  Continue reading


VETERANS FOR PEACE: Educating Our Children for Peace – Our Legacy to Our Children

By Ed Sacco, Veterans forPeace, Asheville Chapter 099  July 4, 2018

 Have we have become a fearful country “measured” by our relationship to weapons and guns? There is a connection between our reliance on wars abroad and guns at home. This is reflected in our active or passive support of the militarization of our youth and violence at home. The war mentality has not and will not secure our happiness. It blinds us to the common good of humanity. Is this our legacy for children?


Here’s one example of how women’s invisibility happens. What are your examples? by Lisa Sarasohn

By invitation, I submitted a workshop proposal, titled “Gate of the Mysterious Female,” to a Tai Chi conference. In the Tao Te Ching, ancient writing that points to the principles of Tai Chi, the “Mysterious Female” refers to the non-dual, world-creating Source Energy that both surrounds us and abides within our body’s center.


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