Our September Round-Up

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, photo by 5oulscape Flickr/creative commons

This is our September round-up in case you missed some of our posts. If you like our unique mix of news and opinions, follow us on Twitter/VenusPlusX, and like our page, Facebook/VenusPlusX. We kept up with many of our key issues with a discussion of how and why police bias is the chief cause of criminality in Culturally Inept Policing Schools Criminals; the psychology behind domestic violence in A Women's Problem is a Men's Issue; and the underlying ecology of progress in Everyone Needs Examples, Including Bad Examples. These followed our extensive take on ...

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The Sexual Freedom Project: Gender Neutrality in Public Restrooms

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(También en Español) What is the purpose of separating bathrooms by gender? What is holding back large, well-known venues from installing stalls in every bathroom, making the experience private and completely gender neutral for everyone? Do you think gender neutral bathrooms should be the law of the land as it is in more and more municipalities? Make a video, write a poem, song, or an essay — or even create an original work of art — and express your thoughts. If we feature your contribution on the site, we will send you a free VenusPlusX t-shirt to thank you. More Read More

We Are Here, We Are Here

Alicia Keyes Flickr/creative commons

Let's talk about our part My heart touches your heart Let's talk about, let's talk about living Had enough of dying, not what we all about Let's do more giving Do more forgiving, yeah Our souls were brought together so that we could love each other

"We Are Here" (by Alicia Keys, 2014, Listen here)

The 3rd Annual Global Citizens Festival in New York City's Central Park is underway right now. If you haven't heard, it's a presentation of the Global Poverty Project which is committed to ending world poverty by 2030. The Project's goals aim to redouble the efforts and financial ...

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The Liberation of Women Will Change the World

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka Flickr/creative commons

"There's a very strong outperformance of companies that have women in management, particularly in operational roles," said Stefano Natella, Credit Suisse's global head of equity research. My very well-connected friend in Washington, DC, often says he knows the cure for all the ills in the world, from wars and racism and the economy to sexism and the environment, and on and on. My friend says, "Just replace all the men currently in power with women." I think he is tapping into something very important, and this recent report by Credit Suisse just underscores why women bring a special point of view to ...

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Stop, hey, what’s that sound?

(photo by Chris Boland) Stephen Stills / Crosby, Stills and Nash - Glastonbury - 2009 Flickr/creative commons

Stop, hey, what's that sound? Everybody look. What's goin' down? ("What It's Worth" chorus, 1966, lyrics or listen)

This song was written in 1966 by Stephen Stills of Crosby, Sills, & Nash fame. They recorded it and performed it thousands of times although it was first performed by Buffalo Springfield that year. The song quickly became an anthem for all those working on numerous fronts of the global struggle for human rights (in the 60s that meant the end of war and environmental protection). This song is still ranked #63 on Rolling Stone's list of the The 500 Greatest ...

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Salutes and More Salutes

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Naysayers who think that big marches don’t bring about real change fail to understand there is a pluralistic revolution already underway that will change the world whether they like it or not, divesting the world away from corporate rape of the world’s natural resources. (9/22/14)

We have had time now to fully appreciate the impact of Sunday's unprecedented People's Climate March (400,000 souls in New York City, and millions in other American cities and in more than 160 countries), and to witness on Monday the hugely successful follow-up Flood Wall Street sit-in to demand corporate environmental responsibility. More than ...

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Salutes!

Future Feminist by Melissa Brewer Flickr/creative commons

Quick salute to record 400,000 People's Climate Marchers who turned out, yesterday. More about that, tomorrow, with an Op-Ed on what's gone down today in Lower Manhattan many of these activists showed up to Flood Wall Street calling for corporate environmental responsibility. Naysayers who think that big marches don't bring about real change fail to understand there is a pluralistic revolution already underway that will change the world whether they like it or not, divesting the world away from corporate rape of the world's natural resources. Today, we are pausing to give kudos to our ...

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Climate March This Sunday, Be Counted!

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. . . [T]he largest rally for an environmental cause in US history is happening this Sunday, September 21, in Manhattan. More than 100,000 people are planning to join a historic march for climate action two days before President Obama and world leaders attend a Climate Summit at the United Nations. (The Nation's "The People's Climate Weekend: A Guide) There may only a few people left who haven't heard about this weekend's momentous People's Climate March, taking place in New York City and other major cities across the world. If you haven't signed up to participate ...

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Op-Ed: Culturally Inept Policing Schools Criminals

Photo by Adam Fagen Flickr/creative commons

In our grassroots work in Washington, DC, 3 years ago, we discovered a sad reality that persists. Police training and code, cultural competency training, with additional Special Orders pertaining to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) people, and the country's most long-standing and extensive human rights protections for the LGBT community were not enough to rid the police force of homophobes and transphobes. While there are many good policemen, this substantial group cannot not be persuaded to put their personal feelings second to enforcing the law, actually doing their jobs. In fact, some are perpetrators of crimes against the communities they were assigned ...

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A Women’s Problem Is A Men’s Issue

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Years ago we used to tell a joke: What does PMS stand for? No, not Pre-Menstrual Syndrome, so often derided by men, but Putting up with Men's Shit.

Domestic violence is a story as old as time, but for the first time in history women and men around the world are positioned to change the status quo. Our 24/7 worldwide communication bequeaths a global plurality heretofore unknown. This new connectedness is finally exposing civilization's dark love affair with sexual oppression and racism to more and more people. This new clarity enables graphic symbols, both good (Michael Brown) and bad ( Read More