Take Action On Wednesday for Net Neutrality

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One of the most consequential decisions Washington is set to make in 2014 won't come out of the White House, Congress, or any of the nation's boardrooms, but rather from a nondescript federal building along the city's southwest waterfront. It's here, in the offices of the Federal Communications Commission, that the fate of the Internet will be decided. (via The Huffingnton Post) A court ruling earlier this year throwing out earlier rules led the Federal Trade Commission (FCC) to vote 3-2 to debate the issue again, a time to put all the issues on the table but not without ...

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StrikeFastFood Protesters Walk Out, Get Arrested, Succeed

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Yesterday, we urged you to find a fast food workers walkout and show your support, even be willing to get arrested to make sure this message is heard loud and clear. Today, courtesy of strikefastfood.org, the results are in. StrikeFastFood has been working since 2012 to change the conversation about income inequality, demanding $15 per hour and the right to form unions for collective bargaining. These activists have given birth to an international movement for all minimum wage workers, spreading to 150 cities and 33 countries on 6 continents. Low wage workers in more than 150 cities ...

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Support Tomorrow’s WalkOuts To Raise Wages

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Home healthcare workers are joining fast food workers, tomorrow, for walkouts in over 100 cities across America. You can help by coming out to support these actions against mega corporations such as McDonalds and Walmart who enslave workers with poverty wages and stolen wages. Fast-food workers often have to rely on food stamps to feed their families. This means that the corporations they work for freely rely on your tax dollars to pick up the slack. These companies also notoriously steal workers' wages by such practices as making workers wait around before starting their shifts to maintain efficiency ratios and/or ...

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Billion$ Wasted by Right-Wingnuts

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"Republicans have squandered money on hubristic, base-rousing engagements and re-investigations, and forfeited money available for a wholly legitimate and beneficial expansion of health coverage for low-income families. Sadly, it’s not them who are left counting the costs." (via The Daily Kos) VenusPlusX has already defined in several posts what we mean by right-wingnuts: sexually-repressed, fear-motivated, white, theocratic oligarchs, as dangerous to the future of civilization as any gun-wielding terrorist. The phrase, right-wingnuts, has popped up elsewhere, to rightly label these knuckleheads for what they really are --  radical conservatives strangling us towards extinction, one way or another. They need stop or ...

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For Labor Day: Income Inequality Dampens Economic Growth for Rich and Poor Alike

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In tribute to American workers, over half of whom earn less than $15 per hour but deserve so much more, we are reprinting our coverage on income equality. Where the minimum wage is $15 the local economy is boosted, reason alone to join the movement to rectify income equality. See also: The Wealthy and Powerful Aid Social and Powerful Social and Economic Justice Activists and List of Organizations Working on Income Equality   The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office showed that after-tax average income ballooned 15.1% fro the top 1% of earners, but grew by less than 1% for the ...

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The Sexual Freedom Project: Just One Box

(También en Español) As an activist, as you evolve your point of view, even your sexual orientation or gender identity, have you ever found or felt your position or voice compromised? 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 videos.

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Unacknowledged Racism Feeds Institutional Prejudice

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This morning, The New York Times Op-Ed by Nicholas Kristof asks, Is Everyone A Little Bit Racist? This bit of genius melds diverse findings that suggest that yes, we are, whether we are white or a person of color. Blind research has proven over and over again that unacknowledged racism throughout society has fed institutional prejudice. When injured, non-whites were less frequently prescribed pain-killers. Black students are three times more likely to be suspended from school. Young black people are almost 4 times more likely than their white cohorts. A black sounding name on a resume is Read More

Stay Informed. Stay Active.

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We speculate that unlike the consciousness raising on gun control following the Newtown Massacre, which petered out along partisan lines since the National Rifle Association owns most of the U.S. Congress, this singular event in Ferguson will succeed in merging the message with the messenger at just the right moment. It has brought about a laser-focus on the rotten mass of shameful, bankrupt, coercive, and inhumane systems, forcing elected officials, conservative and liberal alike, to say, wait a damn minute.  "The eyes of the nation and the world are watching Ferguson right now. The world is watching because the issues ...

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New Nail Polish Technology Raises Important Questions

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Why Rape Prevention Activists Don't Like The New Nail Polish That Can Detect Roofies “I think that anything that can help reduce sexual violence from happening is, in some ways, a really good thing, but I think we need to think critically about why we keep placing the responsibility for preventing sexual assault on young women.” -- Tracey Vitchers, the board chair for Students Active For Ending Rape (SAFER) via Think Progress's Tara Culp-Ressler The US Department of Justice says there are about 89,000 rapes are reported each year, but that a whopping 95% or rapes are never reported. There is ...

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Love Pierces Hate

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  After a week of writing about the senseless murder of Michael Brown, a young, unarmed African-Americn in Ferguson, Missouri, by a white policeman, I've spent the last few days reading posts we have written over the past few years, and those from other authors, condemning racism. It's become a meditation on the racism upon which this country was founded. Fear of other did not begin with America. Fear of something different than yourself springs from caveman DNA, and it is only the gradual grasp of Love, in your intellect and in actuality of the Love you express, that raises anyone above ...

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