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Donate: The New Center Against Religious Extremism

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I was so heartened to see yesterday's press release issued by Wayne Besen's Truth Wins Out (TWO) regarding the funding of TWO's new Center Against Religious Extremism (CARE, or TWOCARE). “If you’re like me, you are tired of American extremists literally getting away with murder from Uganda to Russia,” said Truth Wins Out Executive Director Wayne Besen. “The Center Against Religious Extremism is designed to monitor, counter, and ultimately serve as a bulwark against an ignoble enterprise designed to drag the world back into the Dark Ages.” It would be a wonderful service to humankind if TWOCARE can ...

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Net Neutrality: Who is minding our store?

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FCC's Reported Capitulation around Open Internet Protections is a Major Step Backward "If true, this proposal is a huge step backwards and just must be stopped,” said Michael Copps, a former FCC commissioner who now serves as a special adviser to Common Cause’s Media and Democracy Reform Initiative. “If the Commission subverts the Open Internet by creating a fast lane for the 1 percent and slow lanes for the 99 percent, it would be an insult to both citizens and to the promise of the Net." Technologists, activists, and regular people like you have been trying to get the rest ...

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Thousands of drug offenders to receive clemency

Step by step, month by month, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, as left us breathless as he and the Obama Administration have begun to heal America by destroying some of the malignant tentacles of the 40-year-old War on Drugs. April 2013 will become one of the greatest landmark in establishing human rights in our own country because Holder's most recent efforts will expand the eligibility for clemency to the 20% of all current prisoners who are serving sentences for marijuana possession, eventually freeing tens of thousands of people and improving the future for just as many families. He's hiring more lawyers ...

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Introducing our upcoming book, The Unseen Journey (working title)

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This is a newly carved out space to periodically share excerpts from our new book prior to its publication later this year. We welcome (we crave) your comments, suggestions, and critiques.

Shortly before Dan Massey hung up his keyboard and departed for cosmic shores, he and I had more or less finished the manuscript of what we had only referred to during the previous 30 months as the book. But it is also something that has been in the making through our entire 40-year relationship. Technologists and teachers by trade, we two strode through decades, hand and hand as close as ...

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Human Rights in Perspective: Current Challenges to Sexual Freedom (Part 1)

The human mind is a dangerous weapon. The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013 from the U.S. State Department reinforce this timeless notion. The Report, released in February, gives us a clear view of the current frontier in the human rights struggle. Things have come to a head, and at this point you have no excuse to be uninformed. The discrimination that the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans) community is facing worldwide is out of control, and will surely have adverse effects on people of all races, genders, colors, and creeds if left alone. Freedom is not freedom ...

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Violence against D.C. prostitutes has gone too far

  Violence against local D.C. prostitutes has become alarming. A local transgender woman, "Jane," who wishes to remain anonymous, shared her story with me. As she describes it,"I was beat an inch from my life." She said she was going to work as usual,"clocking in" as it's called -- those few moments that you take to get yourself ready for the long dreadful night to come. For some girls it's a breather, for some it's a drink or a drug and for others it's simply a prayer to get them through the night, but this routine is done among co-working prostitutes ...

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Voting while trans and the problems you might face

New voter ID laws have created costly barriers to voting for many trans people. And much worse, the debate about voter ID laws have made even the idea of voting harder. so many of us may feel discouraged from even trying to vote on election day, according to National Center for Trans Equality Executive Director Mara Keisling. "Our message is don't let them scare you into giving up your vote." I know that this is  tough to face. Honestly, who wants to walk into a voting site as a trans person and present an ID that doesn't completely match ...

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With a Desire to be Free

I'm not good with beginnings. Never have been. I'm more of a middle and end guy. Beginning from a previous end is one of the hardest things I've had to learn. For the past year or so, I've considered myself a nomad. I've traveled to three continents and back. I've worked. I've lived. I've seen. I've toured. I got lost. I spent three months without unpacking my suitcase before having to repack it to venture out on another excursion. All of this was done under the assumption that it wouldn't be done. You see, my travels abroad were not endorsed by ...

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Blow the Whistle on Stop and Frisk Today

  The Stop Mass Incarceration Network will be blowing the whistle on the NYPDs "stop and frisk" program. It is estimated that every day 2,000 New Yorkers 2000 of color get unconstitutionally stopped by police in the war on drugs. Organizers Carl Dix and Cornel West are calling on thousands of people in New York and nationwide to respond to the NYPD's racial profiling by blowing a whistle. On September 13, whistles and palm cards will be distributed with instructions for people to blow whistles when they see the police violating the ...

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Sex Education is a Human Right

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The Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance (Woodhull), named in honor of Victoria Woodhull, joins the public discussion about sex education by framing it in the context of sexual freedom and human rights.

Woodhull is a leader in advocacy and activism for sexual freedom, rights, and liberty and also acts as a convener of activists and a resource for progressive initiatives that advance sexual freedom. Woodhull works hard to combat the prohibition of pleasure, advance an agenda that recognizes the wonderful diversity of sex, sexuality, and our rights as human beings to make informed, ...

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