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Female war vets battle homelessness, attack trauma

Female war vets battle homelessness, attack trauma | Wings and Weights | Scoop.it
- Misha Mclamb helped keep fighter jets flying during a military career that took her halfway around the world to the Persian Gulf. But back home, the Navy aircraft specialist is barely getting by after a series of...
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Georgia To Use Cheap Prison Labor To Harvest Crops For Second Year In A Row

Georgia To Use Cheap Prison Labor To Harvest Crops For Second Year In A Row | Wings and Weights | Scoop.it

When Georgia Republicans passed an anti-immigration law last year, Hispanic farm workers fled the state in droves, leaving farmers with no one left to pick the crops. Republicans said that they were creating new jobs for Americans by clearing out undocumented workers, but as it turns out, the law also scared many legal workers away as well and Americans aren’t crazy about working in the fields all day picking crops for little money.

As a result, crops rotted, costing farm owners millions of dollars. Georgia Republicans then had an idea. Replace the field workers with dirt cheap prison labor.

Ed. Note: Let's see, forcing captured individuals to work for you for little to no pay.  There's a word for that.... 

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Conservative Senator Chuck Grassley Declares War On Coca-Cola For Abandoning ALEC

Conservative Senator Chuck Grassley Declares War On Coca-Cola For Abandoning ALEC | Wings and Weights | Scoop.it
Earlier this month, Coca-Cola and several other major corporations pulled their support, and their money, from the right-wing group known as the American Legislative Exchange Council.
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Writer Eric Alterman tells Moyers liberals need to regain ‘fighting spirit’ | The Raw Story

Writer Eric Alterman tells Moyers liberals need to regain ‘fighting spirit’ | The Raw Story | Wings and Weights | Scoop.it
RT @swarmster: Seriously: Writer Eric Alterman tells Moyers liberals need to regain ‘fighting spirit’ http://t.co/XhyU1yhK #Liberals #Liberal #Progressives...
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As Killer Gloats in Court, Norway Shows No Anger

As Killer Gloats in Court, Norway Shows No Anger | Wings and Weights | Scoop.it

"This the Norweigian way, " said Trond Henry Blattman, whose 17-year-old was among the 69 people killed in Breivik's shooting massacre on Utoya island. "We need to carry this out in a dignified manner. If people were shouting and screaming this would be a circus and not a trial. We don't want it to be a circus."

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US nun group rejects Vatican condemnation

US nun group rejects Vatican condemnation | Wings and Weights | Scoop.it

The leader of a group of US Catholic nuns on Saturday rejected condemnation from a Vatican report that said it defied Church doctrine.


"We haven't violated any teaching," Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, a Catholic social justice lobby, told AFP, insisting the group would not stop "caring for the least among us on the margins of society."


Network was singled out for supporting women's health rights in a Vatican report this week condemning the main US association of Catholic nuns, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).


The three-year inquiry by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which oversees Roman Catholic doctrine, criticized the LCWR for taking liberal stances on contraception, homosexuality and female priests.


Campbell said that Network, which works with the LCWR and vocally supported President Barack Obama's healthcare reform legislation, would not shy away from its mission, calling the Vatican's report "painful," and also puzzling.


"It was a total shock for many reasons, no one talked to us" during the inquiry, Campbell said.
"We are a political, not doctrinal, organization: we don't teach theology."

 The report accused members of the LCWR, which represents around 80 percent of the 45,000 nuns in the United States, of "corporate dissent" with the Church's teachings against homosexuality, and claimed it was pursuing "radical feminist themes."
Campbell lamented that the Washington DC-based Network "could dissipate our energy if we get distracted and caught up in what might be considered a battle" with the Vatican.


After the report was published, Campbell said it was "painfully obvious" the Vatican leadership was "not used to having educated women form thoughtful opinions and engage in dialogue."

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US rock musician remembered for human rights activism | Amnesty ...

US rock musician remembered for human rights activism | Amnesty ... | Wings and Weights | Scoop.it

Levon Helm, an influential US musician and longtime supporter of Amnesty International, passed away in Woodstock, New York.  Rest in peace, Levon.

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