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Margaret Talbot: Shutting Down Democracy

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"It’s worth remembering that in the early nineteen-sixties, when another health-care bill was under debate, the rhetoric of the Republicans who opposed it was just as over the top. We didn’t get socialism, as those opponents warned; we got Medicare, which turned out to be a very popular, mostly high-functioning program that saves elderly people from going bankrupt when they get sick. In the end, as the President says, that is the kind of outcome that the extremist Republicans running this budget battle fear the most: that Obamacare will work, and the Democrats will get credit for it. And what the mainstream Republicans fear the most is that voters will blame them for letting the lemmings run the show. If Obama refuses to back down, this could be a moment that will define his legacy—a fight for democracy as much as for Democrats."

- Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker

 

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WATCH: Rand Paul Says Jimmy Carter Was Better For Economy Than Ronald Reagan - The National Memo

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By Elissa Gomez

April 23, 2014 5:22 pm

 

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), a likely 2016 presidential candidate, has some explaining — and penance — to do. On Wednesday, Mother Jones dug up some old videos of the self-proclaimed libertarian slamming Republican hero Ronald Reagan’s economic policies for increasing government spending and debt. In 2007, while stumping on behalf of his father’s presidential campaign, …

 

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The One Question You Have to Ask Before You Decide to Run for Congress

The One Question You Have to Ask Before You Decide to Run for Congress | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Chris Murphy, who just ran himself, knew the answer.
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Not just a meme, a chance to Take Action. Join the Represent.Us movement, and help to #GetMoneyOut of politics.

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Explain Why It's OK To Rain Death From the Sky, Court Tells Obama Administration - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Explain Why It's OK To Rain Death From the Sky, Court Tells Obama Administration - Hit & Run : Reason.com | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Last year, in response to a lawsuit over death-by-drone assassinations of American citizens overseas, including Anwar Al-Awlaki, his teenaged son Abdulrahman
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No-fly list used by FBI to coerce Muslims into informing, lawsuit claims

No-fly list used by FBI to coerce Muslims into informing, lawsuit claims | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Case highlights plight of people wrongfully added to database who face lengthy, secretive process to clear their names


Spencer Ackerman in New York


Naveed Shinwari hasn’t seen his wife in 26 months. He suspects it’s because he refused to become an informant for the FBI.

In February 2012 Shinwari, who has lived in the US since he was 14, flew to Afghanistan to get married. He says that before he could get home to Omaha, Nebraska, he was twice detained and questioned by FBI agents who wanted to know if he knew anything about national security threats. A third FBI visit followed when he got home.

The following month, after Shinwari bought another plane ticket for a temporary job in Connecticut, he couldn’t get a boarding pass. Police told him he had been placed on the US no-fly list, although he had never in his life been accused of breaking any law. Another FBI visit soon followed, with agents wanting to know about the “local Omaha community, did I know anyone who’s a threat”, he says.

“I’m just very frustrated, [and I said] what can I do to clear my name?” recalls Shinwari, 30. “And that’s where it was mentioned to me: you help us, we help you. We know you don’t have a job; we’ll give you money.”

Shinwari is one of four American Muslims in a new lawsuit who accuse the FBI of placing them on the no-fly list, either to intimidate them into becoming informants or to retaliate against them for declining.


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TPP protests intensify ahead of Obama's Japan visit - Channel NewsAsia

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US President Barack Obama begins his four-nation tour in Asia on Wednesday evening with Japan as his first stop, as protests opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) regional trade pact intensify.
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By Japan Bureau Chief Michiyo Ishida

TOKYO: US President Barack Obama begins his four-nation tour in Asia on Wednesday evening with Japan as his first stop.

Ahead of his visit, protests in the capital Tokyo are intensifying with members of the Labour Union, citizens groups and farmers coming together in front of the Prime Minister's Office to voice their opposition against Japan concluding a regional trade pact called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Sadao Tsuboi, a rice farmer, said: "Those running big farms are even quitting. We have to stop that, so we're against the TPP and I'm making myself heard in front of the Diet.”

Mari Asai, a member of a women’s group, said: "We should support Japanese farms more and increase our food supply and continue to eat Japanese products, and pass them down to our children. So I'm against TPP."

Massaki Sakaguchi, who was present at the protests, said: "In the countryside, from last weekend until tomorrow, and in over half of the prefectures, actions are being taken. What it means is they are trying to pressure parliamentarians in their local towns. That also means it pressures the government.

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With Eyes on Possible Clinton Run, Questions on Room for Other Women

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A nomination of Hillary Rodham Clinton for president would likely block the paths for other women running for the White House, and for those who would like to be vice president.


By JENNIFER STEINHAUER

APRIL 22, 2014


WASHINGTON — Few doubt that Hillary Rodham Clinton’s nomination for president would be good for women. But her candidacy would also likely block the paths for other women running for the White House, and, notably, for those who would like to be vice president.

Never has there been so much rising female talent in the Democratic Party, with a record 20 women in the Senate, 16 of them Democrats. They include Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, the liberal fund-raising powerhouse and author of a new book, “A Fighting Chance”; Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, the former prosecutor with made-for-state-fair charms; the issue-grabber Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand of New York; and others, like Gov. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire. Any one of them would be potential candidates for the bottom of a 2016 ticket, or possibly even have a shot at the top.

Ms. Warren emphatically discouraged the idea that she was even considering a White House bid. “I’m not running for president,” she told ABC News on Tuesday.

Yet even in an America that has elected a black president, unraveled same-sex marriage bans across several states and cottoned to a woman at the head of General Motors, having two women on a 2016 ticket may be a leap of electoral faith.

“It’s certainly possible to have two women,” said Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California. “I am not sure it’s wise. You want a ticket that represents men and women.”

Yet there is an incipient counterargument among female politicians and campaign veterans that a two-woman ticket may be just the sort of medicine that Americans — who polls suggest have grown weary of status quo leadership — are craving.

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How Our Laws Are Made [infographic]

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JULY 13, 2011 |  BY LINDSEY SAVINO 


As the national debt and budget issues monopolize the airwaves, it strikes me how little I remember from my undergraduate government courses. I can rattle off the names of several key representatives and senators, but the inner workings of their roles conjuring a bill into a law are a bit fuzzy. If you have found yourself in a similar predicament (or you are a political science buff who thrives on clever ways to explain governmental processes) this infographic is for you.


With the aesthetics of The Game of Life, today’s infographic thoroughly walks us through the trip a bill takes from introduction into the House of Representatives through publication as an official law.

 

See http://dailyinfographic.com/how-our-laws-are-made-infographic


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US Navy reportedly to deploy combat dolphins during military drills in Black Sea

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Published time: April 21, 2014 20:21 

Edited time: April 22, 2014 01:08


American combat dolphins and sea lions will undergo a lengthy plane flight in order to participate in NATO war games in the Black Sea, a spokesman for the US Navy's marine mammals program reportedly said.


Twenty dolphins and ten sea lions will take part in the drills, which will last between one and two weeks, spokesman Tom LaPuzza said, as cited by Izvestia newspaper.


The war games are one of eight joint NATO-Ukrainian military exercises scheduled to take place this year.


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Elizabeth Warren Book Rips Tea Party 'Magical Thinking'

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Michael McAuliff 

Posted: 04/18/2014 5:06 pm EDT Updated: 04/21/2014 1:59 pm EDT


WASHINGTON -- Elizabeth Warren's new book isn't just a memoir -- it's a full-throated endorsement of modern, populist liberalism and a scathing indictment of anti-government "magical thinking" by the tea party.

While the Democratic Massachusetts senator structures her new volume, A Fighting Chance, as a chronological tale of her life, she also uses her experiences to make strategic points and arguments about her political philosophy, which embraces government and the labor movement as forces for good.

 

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Lap Dancers, the CIA, Payoffs and BP’s Deepwater Horizon: Greg Palast

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Four years ago this Sunday, the Deepwater Horizon blowout incinerated 11 men and poisoned 600 miles of Gulf coastline. What political fairy dust allows BP to remain virtually immune from the consequences?
- 2014/04/18


Posted on Apr 18, 2014


By Greg Palast


“There was CIA involvement through a company called Mega Oil. They were shipping in arms under the cover of oil tools.”


The BP executive was explaining to me how the CIA, MI6 and British Petroleum engineered a coup d’état, overthrowing a nation’s elected president who was “not favorable to BP.” The corporation’s former vice president, Leslie Abrahams, is pictured above, holding an AK-47 in front of BP’s offices in Baku, Azerbaijan. Like most of the other BP executives I spoke with, he proudly added that although he was working for BP, he was also an operative for MI6, British intelligence.


This conversation, which took place in 2010, was far from the weirdest I had in my four-continent investigation of the real story of the Deepwater Horizon.


The BP oil rig blew out on April 20 of that year, four years ago this Sunday.


Last month, the Obama administration officially OK’d BP’s right to resumedrilling in the Gulf of Mexico. A few days after lifting the ban, just to assure the company that all is forgiven, the U.S. Department of the Interior gave BP a new contract to drill in the Gulf of Mexico—right next to where the Deepwater Horizon went down. At the same time, the forgive-and-forget U.S. Justice Department has put the trial of David Rainey, the only BP big shot charged with a felony crime in the disaster, on indefinite hold.


The Deepwater Horizon blowout incinerated 11 men on the rig and poisoned 600 miles of Gulf coastline. What political fairy dust does BP keep in its pocket to receive virtual immunity from the consequences?


To understand what really happened in the Gulf of Mexico, and how BP became a corporate creature beyond the reach of the law, British television network Channel 4 sent me on an investigation through a labyrinthine fun house of bribery, lap dancing, beatings, WikiLeaks, a coup d’état, arrests and oil-state terror.


I found the cause of the tragedy of the Deepwater Horizon 7,000 miles from the Gulf in the ancient city of Baku, the Central Asian caravan stop on the Silk Road.


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http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/lap_dancers_the_cia_payoffs_and_bps_deepwater_horizon_20140418


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Political Scene: Elizabeth Warren's Influence

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Jill Lepore and Evan Osnos discuss how Elizabeth Warren is changing the Senate and the country.
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We could use more voices like Warren's voice.

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Koch Brothers Net Worth Soars Past $100 Billion

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Charles and David Koch hit a milestone on Wednesday, as a $1.3 billion boost to their collective fortune sent their net worth above $100 billion, according to Bloomberg News.

The brothers are majority stakeholders in Koch Industries, the second-la...
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Football Hall of Famer and Republican Donor John Elway Doesn't Support Hand-outs.. Except for the NFL | Nomadic Politics

Football Hall of Famer and Republican Donor John Elway Doesn't Support Hand-outs.. Except for the NFL | Nomadic Politics | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Football Hall of Famer John Elway doesn't believe in safety nets for the poor, but, like many a big bucks Republican contributor, he tends to ignore how much of his millionaire wealth originally came from his career with the tax-exempt, government-subsidized NFL.
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Greg Abbott slams BLM’s potential seizure of private lands

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott slammed the federal Bureau of Land Management's claims that private property within the state now belongs to the federal government. The BLM says the federal gove
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What is a 501(c)(4), anyway?

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Everything you need to know about the four numbers and one letter that are frequently mentioned in reports about the IRS's targeting of conservative groups.

 

BY SEAN SULLIVAN
May 13, 2013 at 1:51 pm

 

The news that the Internal Revenue Service flagged conservative groups for extra scrutiny has drawn renewed public attention to 501(c)(4) organizations, which play a very influential role in politics. So, what the heck is a 501(c)(4), and why do such groups matter in electoral politics? If you're curious, keep reading.


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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/05/13/what-is-a-501c4-anyway/


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A Five-Star Restaurant Experience At A Homeless Shelter - DesignTAXI.com

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YouTube user Greg Benson, who runs the YouTube channel Mediocre Films wanted to do something special for his community, and that led him to...
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​US spy-satellite agency failed to report sex crimes against children to authorities

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The agency that controls US intelligence satellites failed to inform law enforcement when some employees and contractors admitted during lie detector tests to child abuse crimes, according to the intelligence inspector general.
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Republicans have a major demographic problem. And it’s only going to get worse.

Republicans have a major demographic problem. And it’s only going to get worse. | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
2016 will be a tough election for the GOP to win. 2024 might be impossible.

 

BY CHRIS CILLIZZA
April 22 at 2:56 pm

 

It's no secret that Republicans have a demographic problem when it comes to national elections.

 

In 2012, roughly nine in every ten people who voted for Mitt Romney were white --even as the white vote continued its steady decline as a percentage of the overall electorate.   He got crushed among Hispanics and African American voters.

 

Writing at Commentary magazine on Monday, former Bush Administration official Pete Wehner concludes:

It’s an undeniable empirical truth that the GOP coalition is shrinking, and it’s shrinking in the aftermath of two fairly decisive defeats, with the latter coming against a president whose policies were judged by many Americans to have been failures. Which means the Republican task isn’t simply to nominate a candidate who can fire up the base; it is to find principled conservative leaders who can win over voters who are not now voting for the GOP at the presidential level.


The problem Wehner -- and many other senior strategists and some elected officials within the GOP -- identify is not only incredibly serious as it relates to the party's ability to win national election but is also almost certain to get worse unless something big changes. As in, the 2016 presidential election will be a tough one for Republicans to win given the demographic changes in the country but it won't be nearly as difficult for them as the 2024 or 2028 elections could be.

 

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/04/22/the-republican-demographic-problem-is-just-going-to-keep-getting-worse/

 

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You won’t believe how many people are upset about this secretive agreement

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Right now, Obama and other leaders are in closed-door meetings to fast track and finalize the Trans Pacific Partnership. And what they’re talking about will shock you.

 

The TPP threatens to censor your Internet1, kill jobs, undermine environmental safeguards, and remove your democratic rights2.

 

We're going to get the attention of decision-makers and the media by projecting a Stop The Secrecy message on key buildings in Washington D.C. - but we need you to add your voice now.

 

The TPP is huge: It covers 40% of the global economy and will overwrite national laws affecting people around the world.3

 

The worst of the TPP threatens everything we care about: democracy, jobs, health, the environment, and the Internet. That's why decision-makers are meeting in Asia under extreme secrecy and pushing 'Fast Track' laws to cement the plan into place.

 

This is no way to make decisions in the 21st century. We need to raise a loud global call to expose this dangerous secrecy now. 

 

With every voice that is added to our call, a donor will contribute to make the Stop The Secrecy projection on buildings in Washington D.C. bigger and brighter. We need to make this as big as possible when Obama returns to Washington on April 30th.

 

Please add your voice to help us build one of the largest online campaigns the world has ever seen.

 

https://stopthesecrecy.net/

 


Footnotes:
*According to several reports "An early signing of the TPP is expected to be a key topic in a planned full meeting between Abe and Obama when the U.S. president visits Japan." The meetings are taking place right now. 
[1] TPP Creates Legal Incentives For ISPs To Police The Internet. What Is At Risk? Your Rights. Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation.
[2] Leaked drafts of the Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, Source: Wikileaks. Background on several issues pertaining to the TPP can be found on the Expose The TPP website and in our resources page.
[3] U.S. “Bullying” TPP Negotiators Amid Failure to Agree. Source: Inter Press Service News Agency. *Note: The U.S. and the E.U. are already discussing a similar secretive agreement called "Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)". Once the TPP is finalized there will be pressure to harmonize and extend its provisions to TTIP -- meaning the E.U. There are also reports of many others countries being added to the TPP once it is finalized.

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US unleashes three days of drone strikes on Yemen, 55 killed

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Published time: April 21, 2014 17:49 
Edited time: April 21, 2014 22:35


Dozens are reportedly dead in Yemen, including at least three civilians, as the result of a series of drone strikes that started in the southern part of the country on Saturday and is alleged to still be occurring two days later.


By noontime in Washington, DC on Monday, the Associated Press reported that 55 Al-Qaeda militants were among those that had been killed in an hours-long series of strikes that targeted a training camp operated by the group, according to Yemen's interior ministry. The United States is alleged to have carried out the strikes using unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, but does not legally have to acknowledge any operations conducted by its Central Intelligence Agency and has not commented.


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FOCUS | Cliven Bundy and Homeland Security

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'It's a stark image: A supporter of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy lies prone behind a concrete retaining wall on a freeway overpass, training a rifle on federal agents. He walked away a free man. When does that happen?' Marc Ash, RSN

 

By Marc Ash, Reader Supported News

21 April 14

 

t’s a stark image: A supporter of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy lies prone behind a concrete retaining wall on a freeway overpass, training a rifle on federal agents.

He walked away a free man. When does that happen?

This episode, this time, involved a private rancher's self-proclaimed right to graze his commercial herd of cattle on public lands. The most coherent argument he makes is that his family has owned the adjacent ranch since the 1870s. The other arguments are more conceptual, focusing on issues like "natural law,” the “sovereign citizen movement,” and various other quasi-legal invocations based loosely and vaguely on the US Constitution and white-militia psycho-babble.

At stake clearly is the rule of law. “Terrorism” after 9/11, certainly in light the Patriot Act, is defined so broadly that any material act of opposition to the US Government can be prosecuted as an act terrorism and a matter of homeland security.

The images of fully militarized police beating unarmed Occupy protesters for nothing more than assembling in public places stands in vivid contrast to agents of Bureau of Land Management releasing back to Bundy and his heavily armed supporters 400 confiscated head of cattle.

Ultimately federal and state law enforcement officials would say they intended to handle it in court. But since the BLM operation was carried out pursuant to a federal court order, a subsequent court order is likely to carry the weight of a paper airplane. Make no mistake about it, this was a heavily armed standoff and the US Federal Government backed down.

Mostly white, middle aged, male, fiercely opposed to what they see as an oppressive government and just as fiercely loyal to the NRA, they took militarily-inspired positions in opposition to federal rangers with sights trained and fingers on triggers.

Civil War on the Table

“We’re about ready to take the country over with force!” Bundy bellowed to his supporters. There is no doubt that many of them wish they could.

While this case of federal agents acquiescing to the demands of an angry mob with guns may be unsettling, the reality is that it might have been the right decision. Had the situation escalated, what followed might have ignited an American insurgency. Bundy’s supporters, it should be noted, had a vast tactical advantage. The BLM personnel and lightly armed park rangers were totally outgunned and would have stood little chance against the militias assembled.

Yes, additional federal firepower could have been called in, in theory as much as needed, but had such an action resulted in significant loss of life the result could easily have been nationwide conflict.

White, NRA-inspired militias are as strong as ever in the US. It is their common belief that their guns stand between their way of life and a federal government intent on intruding. More than a few would welcome armed conflict. The NRA skillfully plays on and amplifies their fears, cashing in on wave after wave of arms and ammunition sales.

Further complicating matters is the validation and legitimacy these groups receive from a Congress and Supreme Court all too eager appease the NRA with laws and opinions more rooted in political convenience and ideology than in a realistic reading of the Second Amendment.

Enforcing the law in the face of such well armed and organized individuals may seem a daunting task, but the need to do so isn’t going away.

 

Marc Ash was formerly the founder and Executive Director of Truthout, and is now founder and Editor of Reader Supported News.

Reader Supported News is the Publication of Origin for this work. Permission to republish is freely granted with credit and a link back to Reader Supported News.

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5 Habits Of Emotionally Intelligent People

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Emotionally intelligent people are super successful. Here's why.

 

ERIC SCHIFFER, ENTREPRENEUR 

APR. 16, 2014, 4:49 PM


Emotional intelligence is the most powerful tool for success — not only in in romantic relationships, but business, too. In fact, the same rules for achieving your goals in business also apply to love.

 

 

Here are five practices that people with high EQs use to achieve success at both work and in their personal lives:


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UNC journalism students explore race class and education in Durham, NC - Southern Coalition for Social Justice

UNC journalism students explore race class and education in Durham, NC - Southern Coalition for Social Justice | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

April 18, 2014

in Criminal JusticeEventRecent News 

by Shoshannah Sayers


There is no direct means by which a student becomes a dropout, unemployed or a criminal; there is no single decision, policy or process directly responsible for the transformation.


But certain characteristics tend to tip the scales toward either future success or future failure. The intersection of poverty and race can be a statistically dangerous place to be.


On Tuesday, April 22nd, members of the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication will be premiering their project, “Fault Lines: Race Class and Education in Durham, North Carolina.”


The screening will unveil the project website, which includes five video documentaries, graphics and a long piece narrative to help explore this complex issue.


Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Initiatives.


The event is free and open to the public. Click here to learn more and RSVP

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Moral Lens of Justice — Rev. Barber's most compelling 7 minutes to date - YouTube

http://www.storyofamerica.org/barber-7 Notes by Eric Byler | This is an excerpt from Rev. Dr. William Barber's speech at Binkley Baptist Church in Durham, NC...
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MoneyBomb | Take Back Tour

The National Defense Authorization Act, aka the NDAA, is legislation every American ought to be aware of and ought to add it to the list of things that need to be changed in DC. A good place to start would be paying attention to PANDA, People Against the NDAA, and by supporting them and their Take Back Tour by donating and attending an event near you.

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