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 ...

Read More

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 ...

Read More

Salutes and More Salutes

People

 

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 ...

Read More

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 ...

Read More

Climate March This Sunday, Be Counted!

Takver Flickr/creative commons

. . . [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 ...

Read More

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 ...

Read More

A Women’s Problem Is A Men’s Issue

by ghetto_guera29 Flickr/creative commons

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

The Sexual Freedom Project: Don’t Yuck Somebody’s Yum

 (También en Español) Members of Kent State University's 40 year old Pride organization muse on some of their organized meetings focusing on fetishes -- a way for people to map their desire in a safe place and apart from their own sexual identify and/or gender orientation. How does anonymity influence our fantasies or real life experiences? Have you had similar safe, judgment-free opportunities to talk with others about your own sexuality and gender expression, at home, school, work, church, or elsewhere? And what were your impression of the results, and will you share them with us? Make a video, write a poem, ...

Read More

Everyone Needs Examples, Including Bad Examples

by Pranav Bhatt Flickr/creative commons

When we wrote, where Where Did All This F*cking Evil Sh%t Come From? and recently, Right-wingnuts Bless Progressives, and in other posts, including practically everything we've written about the events in Ferguson, Missouri, it was to offer a rational explanation of why we are faced, constantly bombarded, with negativity, and why this provides an array of opportunities for good. I know this sounds rather counter-intuitive, and understand why when bad things happen to good people it can become a source of frustration and helplessness, but these reactions ...

Read More

TODAY: Actions You Can Take to Assure Net Neutrality

Courtesy of Free Press

We may be experiencing the last few days when we can be sure that the Internet will remain free from the control of mega-corporations at the expense of the little guy. Sites such as Comcast and AT&T could be getting fast lanes, the cost of which would be borne by you the consumer. Other websites, the ones you love, would be relegated to die on the vine in slow lanes. But there are things you can do over the next few days to make the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reclassifies broadband providers as common carriers under Title II ...

Read More