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Pentagon considers employees unhappy with US policies a security threat

Pentagon considers employees unhappy with US policies a security threat | STAND | Scoop.it
The Pentagon is warning its employees to be on the look-out for colleagues who demonstrate an “unhappiness with US foreign policy,” visit family abroad and have financial problems – traits that classify someone as an “insider threat”.
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Unitarians, Gun Lovers, and Pot Advocates Sue the NSA Over Spying Program

Unitarians, Gun Lovers, and Pot Advocates Sue the NSA Over Spying Program | STAND | Scoop.it
These groups have at least one thing in common—they're angry that the NSA is allegedly collecting their phone records.
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A coalition of odd bedfellows—including Greenpeace, CalGuns Foundation, the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, the Council on American Islamic Relations, and theNational Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws—are suing the National Security Agency (NSA) over its alleged "illegal and unconstitutional program of dragnet surveillance." The groups, which are being represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, are bringing the suit in the wake of revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that the secret US spy court forcedVerizon, AT&T, and Sprint to hand over customer records to the feds.  ~ from article

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ALEC in 2013: Rightwing Legislative Group Fuels Race to the Bottom in Wages and Worker Rights

ALEC in 2013: Rightwing Legislative Group Fuels Race to the Bottom in Wages and Worker Rights | STAND | Scoop.it
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As working Americans speak out for higher wages, better benefits, and respect in the workplace, a coordinated, nationwide campaign to silence them is mounting -- and ALEC is at the heart of it. ALEC corporations, right-wing think tanks, and monied interests like the Koch brothers are pushing legislation throughout the country designed to drive down wages; limit health care, pensions, and other benefits; and cripple working families' participation in the political and legislative process. ~ From Article

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Restorative Justice Programs Take Root in Schools

Restorative Justice Programs Take Root in Schools | STAND | Scoop.it
Restorative justice, which encourages young people to develop empathy for one another, is increasingly offered in schools seeking an alternative to “zero tolerance” policies.
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The Texas Legislature's Sexist Little Secret - The Texas Observer

The Texas Legislature's Sexist Little Secret - The Texas Observer | STAND | Scoop.it
Misogyny, as I had come to learn, is rampant in the Texas Capitol.
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This is not a LITTLE secret!  It is a HUGE impactful secret and we should be sharing this with everyone.  What is happening in the Texas Legislature, even on the floor, is indicative of things that happen to women in all walks of life and professions.  

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With Holder In The Lead, Sentencing Reform Gains Momentum

With Holder In The Lead, Sentencing Reform Gains Momentum | STAND | Scoop.it
Almost half of the 219,000 people currently in federal prison are serving time on drug charges.
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Attorney General Eric Holder gets real about the War on Drugs. 

Now let's see ACTION!

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The Politics Of Abortion Rights And Restrictions : NPR

The Politics Of Abortion Rights And Restrictions : NPR | STAND | Scoop.it
States across the country are passing new abortion laws. But how are those laws implemented and what will they do?
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States across the country are passing new abortion laws. But how are those laws implemented and what will they do? Host Michel Martin speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz, and Serrin Foster of Feminists for Life, about the current state of the abortion debate. ~ from the article

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State Premium Watch: Pricing In The New Insurance Marketplaces - Kaiser Health News

State Premium Watch: Pricing In The New Insurance Marketplaces - Kaiser Health News | STAND | Scoop.it
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Fetal personhood and criminalizing abortion: a prosecutor's perspective

Fetal personhood and criminalizing abortion: a prosecutor's perspective | STAND | Scoop.it
I apologize in advance, because this post has nothing to do with books, classics or otherwise. But I’ve been watching a lot of Republican candidates for federal office saying a lot of stuff about p...
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"In addition, however, to the extraordinary presumption and paternalism inherent in the position that you – whoever you are – should have more control than the pregnant woman over her reproductive future, is the absolutely, unequivocally impossible enforcement situation that this policy would create. So, we criminalize abortion but leave in place exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother. As a policy matter, what does this mean?" from article

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'Rethinkers' call for conversations, not suspensions, in New Orleans schools

'Rethinkers' call for conversations, not suspensions, in New Orleans schools | STAND | Scoop.it
Linking arms before a standing-room-only crowd, almost 40 New Orleans students said the answer to reducing school suspensions and violence is a set of techniques that lets kids talk out their problems and come to a solution together.
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Half of $1 trillion in federal student loan debt not repaid - Libby A. Nelson

Half of $1 trillion in federal student loan debt not repaid - Libby A. Nelson | STAND | Scoop.it
About half of the outstanding $1 trillion in federal student loan debt in the U.S. isn’t being repaid. And 1 out of 8 borrowers are defaulting on their loans despite unprecedented federal attempts to help.
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Did you know that even private student loans cannot be included in bankruptcies?

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Bei Bei Shuai Case Exposes Pregnancy-Suicide Risk | Womens eNews

Bei Bei Shuai Case Exposes Pregnancy-Suicide Risk | Womens eNews | STAND | Scoop.it
An Indiana case, which ended in a plea agreement, could have set a dangerous precedent of setting a separate legal standing for pregnant women if it had gone to trial, says one legal advocate.
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An Indiana case, which ended in a plea agreement, could have set a dangerous precedent of setting a separate legal standing for pregnant women if it had gone to trial, says one legal advocate. Meanwhile, doctors say that depression impacts up to 1-in-5 pregnant women.


Women do not lose our constitutional rights of personhood upon becoming pregnant.
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