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Decades of painful activism pays off for Ireland’s abortion campaigners

The Guardian

For many, Friday’s vote was not just the culmination of months of campaigning, but years of pushing for change.

Three decades ago, Anne Marie Keary was threatened with jail, burdened with legal bills and grappling with abuse and threats that poured down her phone, because she had published phone numbers for British abortion clinics in a student welfare guide.


Politicians Spit on Veterans

By Bruce Macdonald 

We have all heard stories of troops returning from Vietnam being spat upon. Whether fact or urban legend, the message was that, having participated in an unpopular war, the public did not honor or respect their service. When my brother returned from Vietnam, he told of immediately changing into civilian clothes upon landing in Seattle, undoubtedly to avoid the wrath of the anti-war public that he had heard about.


ON BEING PROJECT expanded in 2018 to meet tender, tumultuous moments

Friends, listeners, and comrades; beloved community,
I am happy to announce that as of next Saturday (May 12, 2018, the weekly email offering from On Being will be back.
 
We’ve been quiet these last few months while investing inside – moving out of start-up mode in our young organization and building the organizational depth we’ve needed to meet a tender, tumultuous moment. We are now the On Being Project. And I’m thrilled to introduce you to the beautiful, expanded On Being team.


Women Firefighters in a Predominantly Male Culture

Women Firefighters Say Abuse is Rife but Men Go Unpunished – The Guardian News May, 2018

and an historic perspective…

Fighting Forest Fires is Filthy Work – Lake Chelan, Washington State 1977

By Deidre Duffy – Asheville, North Carolina

Fighting forest fires is filthy work. Grit and grime, soot and smoke get in every nook and cranny, every orifice of your body. It doesn’t bother you much while you are digging fire line, dragging hoses or busting up smoldering logs.


VETERANS FOR PEACE: Accompanying Honduras

by Ken Jones     February 3, 2018

As the bus was taking our accompaniment delegation to Honduras to the airport for our return home, it stopped by the offices of Radio Progreso. Piling on to the bus came some twenty staff members of the station to bid us goodbye. Each of them greeted us with an embrace, a kiss, or a clasp of hands expressing heartfelt gratitude for our having come to be with them at this dangerous and chaotic time in their country. It was a striking gesture of affection that deeply touched us, the visiting delegates.


Data and Trust – 4 Painful Lessons from Facebook By Frank Grillo and Mark Blessington

If there was ever a doubt about the strategic nature of data, it should be long gone now. Facebook has made a public spectacle of what happens when you get your data strategy wrong. An early read on four macro-level lessons Facebook teaches us about data strategy is provided below.  An article is sent in by Mark Blessington


EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT Media Release

NC women call for equal rights following Nevada’s ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) Women’s equal rights advocates call on the leaders of both chambers to take action on current ERA bills sitting in Committees on Rules. (Raleigh, NC) March 22, 2017 – Members from various organizations supporting equal rights for women in North Carolina will be in the gallery of the legislative House Chamber at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 27, when Representative Carla Cunningham will recognize the work of all women and men to secure equal rights and congratulate the ten counties and municipalities that have passed an ERA resolution. Adoptions of ERA resolutions are rolling across the state since record-setting numbers of women’s rights advocates participated in the historic Women’s March in DC in January of this year.


This Parkland student quickly amassed more Twitter followers than the NRA. Here’s what she’s been writing.

Valerie Strauss at the Washington Post

@Emma4Change is high school senior Emma González, 18, who has quickly become a national figure since she became a vocal proponent of gun control after surviving the Feb. 14 killings of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

She joined Twitter this month and already has 1.15 million followers. The National Rifle Association, which she opposes and which has long opposed gun-control measures,  joined the social media platform in February 2009. It has 606,000 Twitter followers.  Continue reading


Have Guns Become an Idol in the U.S.? from Women AdvaNCe

Editor’s Note: We think this piece is particularly relevant as the nation absorbs one more act of gun violence. This piece is not intended to advocate for a particular religious position, but rather give us all another perspective on the gun debate.


Pisgah Legal Services – #Now is the time to help our immigrant neighbors

Fear, uncertainty and isolation. Many of our immigrant neighbors face extraordinary fear, uncertainty and isolation in the midst of a changing approach to immigration policy in our country. Parents are anxious. Children are terrified.

Pisgah Legal Services assists immigrants in WNC through our “Justice For All Project,”– helping eligible immigrants secure work authorization and legal status. We also help immigrants secure food, housing, and safety from abuse.


Examples of Cases Involving Women’s Rights Statutes that were Not Upheld 

Examples of Cases Involving Women’s Rights Statutes that were Not Upheld            

Preface:  Because there has not been effective constitutional protection by the 14th Amendment for many forms of sex discrimination and because there is no Equal Rights Amendment, there have been many efforts to target federal legislation to try to close the gaps, generally relying on the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. The Equal Pay Act of 1963; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Act of 1972, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, and the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 are just a few of these laws.  While they have significantly helped women, these federal laws are not comprehensive, many are not fully inclusive, and one has been partially struck down by the Supreme Court for lack of a constitutional foundation. Most critically, none of these laws has the force of a constitutional amendment.  That means they do not cover everyone and they can be rolled back at any time by a simple congressional vote. *

*Excerpts from Equal Means Equal by Jessica Neuwirth, 2015


DEAR JUNOT DÍAZ, I’M DISAPPOINTED. I WISH I WAS SURPRISED.

BLOG from the Representation Project with Jennifer Seibel Newsome

As the news about Junot Díaz spread across the twittersphere Friday morning, I was disappointed but not surprised. How could I be? I’ve known, on some level, about this abhorrent behavior since I first picked up The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao as a senior in high school.


Three black teens are finalists in a NASA competition. Hackers spewing racism tried to ruin their odds.

By Perry Stein in the Washington Post

The three D.C. students couldn’t believe the news. They’d developed a method to purify lead-contaminated water in school drinking fountains, and NASA announced last month that they were finalists in the agency’s prestigious high school competition — the only all-black, female team to make it that far.  Continue reading


A standing ovation for the Starbucks CEO who confronted the truth about racism in America

By Leonard Pitts in the Miami Herald

Racism is a white problem.

I know that many white people will instinctively and emphatically resist that observation. They’ll note the self-evident truth that prejudice is confined to no one culture or color. Having known more than a few African-American bigots, homophobes and anti-Semites, I’ll be happy to concede the point. Continue reading


The 11-year-old who galvanised a global movement at the March for Our Lives

By  Chitra Ramaswamy in The Guardian

We are living in a dizzying culture of powerful individual moments, as well as wider movements. The most compelling moment at March for Our Lives – the biggest gun-control protest in a generation – was thanks to an 11-year-old girl from Virginia called Naomi Wadler. In just three minutes and 30 seconds, a child born under George W Bush’s presidency managed to galvanise a global movement, and quote Toni Morrison to boot.


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  


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