Now, Americans say the freedom to marry should be extended to same-sex couples because the U.S. Constitution protects it.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia won’t like this at all.
A new ABC News/ Washington Post poll reveals that not only do six out of ten Americans (59 percent — the highest ever recorded) now support the right of same-sex couples to marry, but a solid 50 percent believe that right to marry is protected by the U.S. Constitution.
Let’s do that again.
Fifty-percent of Americans believe the right of same-sex couples to marry is protected by the U.S. Constitution.
This is new.
Before, we saw public support for marriage equality skyrocket, but not necessarily as a constitutionally protected issue. Now, Americans say the freedom to marry should be extended to same-sex couples because the U.S. Constitution protects it.
Talking Points Memo notes also that “the poll found that a large majority of Americans — 81 percent — said businesses shouldn’t be allowed to refuse service to gays. Sixty-five percent said they believe service still shouldn’t be refused to gays even if homosexuality violates the business owners’ religious beliefs.”
"Very recently I had a conversation with Cornel West in my house. I shared with him that people kept asking me when Obama first ran did I think it would make a difference in lives of Black males. I said yes, symbolically. On issues of illiteracy, poverty, the sense of meaning of Black males, no. I saw Obama having great ties to the wealthy and the sustaining of the wealthy. His militarism alone puts him at odds with Black males or any of us sustaining our lives. I think a lot of the things Obama did were evident of who he was before he took office. If anything we have learned from both the civil rights and feminist movements is that we have people in power who look like us but do not represent us. Too often we focus on image over the action.
Things that have happened, the killings of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis. We have seen the incredible rise of fascism in America with President Obama in office. These kinds of lynchings of Black people, says we are a group not capable of keeping ourselves alive, that we are at risk. Being here in Florida right now a lot of Black people feel at risk, especially Black men and Black boys. It is not just Florida. Such a repetition of state-supported violence all over America. Look at the movie Fruitvale Station about the police murder of Oscar Grant in California.
We have to go back to Dr. King’s “Where Do We Go From Here?” A lot of people, he said, would rather see an end to democracy than have racial equality. We are living that reality, a state-supported White supremacy. It is about stopping Black people, because Black people have advanced a great deal. You stop that with drug addiction, with health issues, with racial attacks. If you are a Black woman with money the illnesses that kill a poor Black woman also kill you. The common factor in both is stress.”
"…we have people in power who look like us but do not represent us.”
Help us raise bail for one of our community members and sisters who is involved with the Solutions not Punishment Coalition, who was arrested and jailed on two petty city offenses last week!
Over a week ago, one of our community members and sisters who is involved with the Solutions not Punishment Coalition, was arrested and jailed on two petty city offenses that are commonly used to target, criminalize, and harass trans women of color and survival sex workers in this city. We are keeping her name and identity private.
One of the charges was what is commonly known as “idling and loitering”. The other charge was “Pedestrian walking in a roadway”, which has since been dropped. Since she has been arrested, she has been inside the city jail and we are trying to raise the bail money so we can get her out, which is $1100. We know, as CeCe McDonald, Janet Mock, and Laverne Cox have all shared in various news outlets recently, that jails and prisons aren’t safe for anyone, and especially not for trans women.
It is incredibly, incredibly important that this woman get bailed ASAP. If you have any money to spare, please please PLEASE donate to get her out.
It snakes through North Texas, buried or in the process of being buried, drawing little attention for anyone other than the people who live and work near it.“People should be concerned about this …,” said Rita Beving, a member of the watchdog group, Public Citizen, and an opponent of the new Seaway pipeline being placed in parts of North Texas.[…]
The Seaway is 500 miles long, running from Cushing, Okla., to the Texas Gulf Coast. It cuts a swath through Collin, Rockwall and Kaufman counties, and will transport a thick form of crude oil known as diluted bitumen – or, as opponents call it, “tar sand.”
A similar pipeline, the Keystone X-L, has triggered protests and political debate.
But that didn’t happen with the Seaway, according to Beving, because the line is being buried along an existing pipeline easement, already approved by the government.
“Actually, it should scare people a little more because it’s going to carry more oil than the Keystone pipeline,” she said.
|—||Brian Greene (via galaxyclusters)|
So few people actually get that there are some of us for whom the Holocaust is a very real trauma that happened to our close, living family members and not some rhetorical football to kick around on the internet.
|—||Ernest Hemingway (via theglasschild)|
"The good news: Otters in Alaska’s Prince William Sound seem to have finally rebounded to population levels and life cycles similar to those they enjoyed before the wreck of the Exxon Valdez in 1989. The bad news: The fact that it took this long is just another example of how the impact of oil spills should be measured in decades, not days. Another example: There is still oil from the Exxon Valdez on beaches near the site of the wreck. The oil exists in little pockets protected by boulders and it’s still getting into food webs, at least in very small amounts."
Native Americans Prepare a “Last Stand” Against Keystone XL
The only reason the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline wasn’t approved years ago is that activists, deeming it a vital proxy in the larger battle to keep the dirtiest fossil fuels in the ground, have applied relentless pressure on the Obama administration. But in the Great Plains, Native Americans have little confidence that the project can be stopped by traditional political activism.
via The Guardian:
Despite the fact that the US supreme court ruled in 1983 that offenders cannot be jailed when they can’t afford to pay their fines, an increasing number of poor, low-level offenders are doing time because they can’t keep up with fees they owe to courts and private probation companies.
More than 1,000 low-level courts across the US rely on the so-called “offender-funded” probation model, signing contracts with for-profit companies that oversee probation requirements like monitoring, drug tests and fine collection. The decades-old, for-profit probation industry is deeply rooted in the south, and especially in Georgia, but courts in states as far-flung as Michigan, Montana and Washington have also embraced aspects of privatized probation.
More than 300 anti-Keystone XL protesters were arrested Sunday afternoon outside the White House in the latest push by environmentalists to convince the Obama administration to reject the Canadian oil pipeline.
The student-led protest, organized by XL Dissent, started with a rally at Georgetown University.