Grassroots

When will we move to impeach certain Supreme Court justices? (Part 1)

"Five conservative Republican men serving on the Supreme Court, led by a chief justice who has violated 200 years of judicial precedent, despite pledging under oath during his confirmation hearings to respect judicial precedent, are waging a legal war of mass destruction against core principles of American democracy . . ." -- Brent Budowsky Editorial from The Hill, April 9, 2014.

  Every June, I get nervous about the Supreme Court, and the Roberts's court in particular. My knees have been shaking at the very idea that they may rule anyway now to give Hobby Lobby and all corporations/employers' the ...

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Right-wingnuts bless progressives

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"The Republican base is driving the party toward a political agenda that makes its candidates increasingly unelectable for national and statewide offices." -- Howard Dean, former Vermont Governor, the preceding Chair of the Democratic National Committee, and founder of Democracy in Action, speaking to Politico Magazine

We spent the entire year before the 2008 presidential election, we only realized later, in a state of distress as we contemplated the downfall of our country should it be taken over by right-wing extremists or nut jobs like PTSD-sufferer John McCain. On election night, with Obama victorious, the tears flowed ...

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Are you sleeping through a revolution?

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"One of the great liabilities of history is the fact that all too many people find themselves amid a great period of social change, and yet they fail to achieve the new attitudes and the new mental outlook that the new situation demands." -- Martin Luther King, Jr., Springfield College Commencement , June 14, 1964

It was empowering this week to re-read and reflect on an oft-overlooked commencement address by Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered 50 years ago at Springfield College. Just days before the speech, King was arrested with a group of demonstrators ...

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MSNBC’s Toure: Can a man be a feminist, too?

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We were so happy to hear Toure, one of the anchors of MSNBC's The Cycle, talk about a favorite topic of ours: men can and should ascribe to feminism. The battle for any identity group's liberation cannot and should not proceed solely with members of that group, and it never does. Not only is feminism the most modern expression of progressivism, men's direct involvement is crucial to its continued success in setting aside old, useless, coercive, and harmful systems imposed on society in favor of preserving that which is old and also good, and melding that with new, ...

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New “SecureDrop” is a game changer

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Guardian Launches SecureDrop System for Whistleblowers to Share Files We took to Facebook the other day, so thrilled to see that The Guardian has just launched something called SecureDrop for use by anonymous whistleblowers to securely submit documents and data. Our first reaction? This . . . will be a real game-changer. Game-changer really understates the significance of this matriculation from grassroots efforts such as Anonymous, a loose, silent brotherhood of freedom fighters, and WikiLeaks, a bold and successful effort to organize these nascent efforts. Now the Pulitzer-winning Guardian, a 200-year-old news organization ...

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Misogyny in the news, at last

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Editor's Note: There are few if any links in this post about the recent mass murderer because we have to stop sensationalizing perpetrators instead of sympathizing with the victims.   [Unfortunately]. . . we don't see misogyny as an ideology, we see it as a given for young men. -- Jessica Valenti, Author, Guardian columnist, and founder of Feministing.com (@JessicaValenti) God bless the most recent mass shooting victims. Their senseless sacrifice may mark the beginning of a serious discussion about the evils of misogyny, and Valenti is among the few journalists to hit the nail on the head about the root ...

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A hypocrite the Boy Scouts can love

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New Boy Scouts President Robert Gates: 'I Would Have Supported Having Gay Scoutmasters' Despite media to the contrary, Robert Gates, the Bush and Obama Administration, Defense Secretary, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans) insiders didn't view him as a true friend helping to repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell". He had no problem accepting any and all kudos that may have come his way, however. By now mention of active duty troops and veterans who had to endure nearly 3 extra years of discrimination under Gates, until he finally relented and put a freeze on dismissals. has been ...

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Science is teaching us all about Lipophilia

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Always Hungry? Here's why [T]he increasing amount and processing of carbohydrates in the American diet has increased insulin levels, put fat cells into storage overdrive and elicited obesity-promoting biological responses in a large number of people . . . . obesity rates . . . for adults, are almost three times what they were in the 1960s. Addressing the underlying biological drive to overeat may make for a far more practical and effective solution to obesity than counting calories. The latest frontier in nutritional research is revolutionary and important to every person, especially activists who wants to be more effective ...

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Eric Holder explains it all, now it’s your turn

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Holder confronts racial issues in address as White House puts discrimination at the fore Attorney General Eric Holder has withstood savage attacks from his detractors but he has hung on and has emerged as our explainer-in-chief when it comes to racism in this country, really racism everywhere. His recent commencement address at Morgan State University was his most bold and erudite attempt to educate the world, particularly America, on the insidious and subtle nature of racism. Holder rightly points out that the recent high-profile episodes of racism often mask systematic prejudice and discrimination. “These [recent] outbursts ...

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Winning (so far). Net Neutrality Protest Tomorrow

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Grassroots efforts to save Net neutrality may be working . . . more needs to be done to ensure the Internet is protected. There's no time to waste in feeling gratified even though advocacy organizations such as Free Press, CREDO, and MoveOn.org, along with tech companies such as Google and Facebook, and rank-and-file grassroots activists are so far holding back attempts to commercialize the Internet in ways that would impede the otherwise free flow of media and data.  Corporate special interests will not relent and neither must we. They want to secure fast lanes, the cost of ...

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