We can’t get enough of the crack-smokin’ maverick today. 10 bucks says this is the most cardio Ford has gotten in months.
For 64 people in North Carolina this past Monday, expressing your morality lands you with handcuffs. Comprising a months-long display of civil disobedience regarding the Tar Heel state’s political shift rightward following Barack Obama’s 2008 election, over 2000 people took to the Raleigh state capitol on what was dubbed “Moral Monday” to challenge the state’s latest draconian abortion bill that would require all abortion clinics to conform to the same safety standards as ambulatory surgery centers. At the moment (and as you can easily guess), only one of the state’s five mere clinics achieves that.
Beginning as a grassroots movement some ten weeks ago, this fervent demonstration follows a spate of protests regarding issues that in the past have ranged from fracking to school vouchers to voting rights. As of now a whopping 700+ arrests have been made, and as long as conservative legislators keep pumping out anti-choice, anti-minority bills it doesn’t seem as if the mass movements will abate any time soon. Finally, activism that takes place in public–not just internet–forums.List View ↷
Following a horrendous insurgent attack last week, Afghani civilians offer their condolences to grieving Bostonians and Americans alike. All life is meaningful, and its premature loss is a tragedy understood by everyone regardless of race, ethnicity or religion. For more about the series, head here.
The Article: A Senate In The Gun Lobby’s Grip by Gabrielle Giffords in The New York Times.
The Text: SENATORS say they fear the N.R.A. and the gun lobby. But I think that fear must be nothing compared to the fear the first graders in Sandy Hook Elementary School felt as their lives ended in a hail of bullets. The fear that those children who survived the massacre must feel every time they remember their teachers stacking them into closets and bathrooms, whispering that they loved them, so that love would be the last thing the students heard if the gunman found them.
On Wednesday, a minority of senators gave into fear and blocked common-sense legislation that would have made it harder for criminals and people with dangerous mental illnesses to get hold of deadly firearms — a bill that could prevent future tragedies like those in Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., Blacksburg, Va., and too many communities to count.
Some of the senators who voted against the background-check amendments have met with grieving parents whose children were murdered at Sandy Hook, in Newtown. Some of the senators who voted no have also looked into my eyes as I talked about my experience being shot in the head at point-blank range in suburban Tucson two years ago, and expressed sympathy for the 18 other people shot besides me, 6 of whom died. These senators have heard from their constituents — who polls show overwhelmingly favored expanding background checks. And still these senators decided to do nothing. Shame on them.
A couple weeks outside of Exxon’s latest private disaster being felt most by the public, Exxon is still fighting documentation of its oil spill and the journalists who are, well, doing their jobs by trying to cover it.
Despite the company’s concerted efforts, though, more and more images have emerged. The same cannot be said about the oil-free states of many natural habitats and homes. If Exxon tried to solve the problem as adamantly as they tried to conceal it, all of the oil would be clear by now. Three cheers for private efficiency.