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Energy Equality on Earth Day 18.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Each year, on April 22, people from across the globe gather to celebrate the environment, the protection of our ecosystems and all of the benefits that natural resources provide on Earth Day. This year, the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, I would like to pause and look specifically at the relationship between equality, energy and the environment. Throughout IUCN Global Gender Office's (GGO) work on energy, one of our resounding messages has been that women must be a part of the economic, social and political transformations that come with a transition to a clean energy future. This will not only empower women, but also allow them to participate as agents of change -- innovators, designers, practitioners and educators -- rather than merely recipients. For more than two years now, GGO has been looking at the need to build new knowledge and guidance at the intersection of gender and large-scale renewable energy. Women often possess special skills and experiences relevant to coping with and combatting the ...
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Can New Populist Agenda Harness Passions, Create Movement From Below? 18.4.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Two Chefs Want To Revolutionize Fast Food -- By Making It Healthy 17.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The term "food desert" -- which refers to areas without ready access to wholesome food, especially poor urban neighborhoods -- has become a potent buzzword in food policy circles over the past few years. Eliminating food deserts is now a priority for both governments and major corporations looking for good PR . But getting rid of a food desert doesn't magically solve all of the nutritional problems of the people who live there. It's easy enough to plop a Whole Foods or a farmers market down in the middle of an inner-city neighborhood, but it's not a given that the people who live nearby will actually eat the food available there. After all, cooking fresh produce from scratch can be expensive, difficult and time-consuming, especially compared to ordering burgers and fries at a drive-thru fast food restaurant. With that in mind, two acclaimed California chefs have started a project to bring healthy food to disadvantaged communities by working within the model that many health advocates despise: fast food. ...
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Mayor Coleman's 2015 State of the City Address 17.4.2015 MinnPost
Thank you Council President Stark for that kind introduction. It’s great to see you in your new role as president of the council. I’d also like to extend a special thanks to retiring Councilmember Dave Thune for whom this will be his last official State of the City. I would like to extend a welcome to Chief Finney who has sat through a number of State of the City addresses, but this is his first as a councilmember. And, of course, thanks to the partners who provided our space tonight, including the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Schubert Club, Minnesota Opera and Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. ********** In 2006, I stood before the people of Saint Paul in my first State of the City address and asked our community to seize the moment to move our city forward. Quoting Holocaust Survivor Elie Wiesel, I said that there comes a time when we must make a choice between repeating ourselves and choosing to grow. I asked that we intentionally implement our dreams for Saint Paul and propel our city forward ...
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Pick-your-own fruit farm to open in Chicago this summer 16.4.2015 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Breanne Heath started with a patch of dirt on the South Side and a simple idea: a farm where visitors can pick their own ...
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Our Core American Values 16.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Since its founding more than 200 years ago, our great nation has consistently marched toward fulfilling the ideal that all people are equal under the law. This process has not always been easy but it's an ideal we still believe. Fairness and equality are core American values. That's why most Americans would be surprised to hear that a gay couple could be married on Saturday, post photos of their wedding on Sunday, and then be fired on Monday for no reason other than the fact that they're gay. Laws that allow discrimination against LGBT people in employment, access to public places, housing, and other core areas of their lives run against our fundamental understanding of what it means to be American. However, recent events in Indiana, Arkansas, and around the country have made clear not only that LGBT Americans lack express legal protections against discrimination, but also that there is a great need for these protections. As it was originally written, the bill enacted in the State of Indiana last month ...
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Oklahoma Satanist Church Wants Permission To Distribute Books In Elementary School 15.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) Less than two weeks after a third-grade teacher in Duncan, Okla., distributed Gideon Bibles to her students, the Church of Ahriman, a Satanist church in Oklahoma City, has asked permission to distribute Satanist literature at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School. Adam Daniels, the church’s leader, said he wanted to give students a copy of “Ahrimani Enlightenment,” a primer and workbook normally given to new members of the church. In a letter to the Duncan school district, some 80 miles south of Oklahoma City, Daniels assured administrators that his book is “no where (sic) near as graphic as the Christian Bible.” Daniels said he has yet to hear back, but he believes equal access laws mean that his church has the right to distribute literature if other religious organizations are permitted to do so. Last year, another Satanic group fought to put a statue of Baphomet in front of the Oklahoma State Capitol building. But in October, after someone plowed a car into the Ten Commandments statue ...
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$908 cab fare and other obstacles to food access in the north 14.4.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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How Javier Morillo, a former academic, became the most talked-about political operative in the Twin Cities 14.4.2015 MinnPost
Because St. Paul’s Fitzgerald Theater was designed to have perfect sightlines, none of its 1,058 seats is more than 87 feet from the proscenium, which makes standing in front of a capacity house there a singular experience: The lights are so close you can’t see past the lip of the stage, yet you can literally hear the audience breathing. You’re surrounded, but utterly alone. One Saturday evening last summer, Javier Morillo-Alicea stood on one side of this metaphorical moat, telling a story about picking up a cowboy in Texas. On the other side, a crowd he couldn’t see was pitched forward in their seats, riveted. Storytelling competitions like this one, a taping for the podcast The Moth, are the cabaret equivalent of a reality TV appearance. A mix of Walter Mittys and theatrical ringers turn up at a bar or a theater hoping the audience votes to advance them to a big stage like the The Moth’s national Sunday night broadcast on public radio. Tonight, all of the stories are supposed to be on the theme “A Fish ...
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Fight of the Century: Localization in a Globalized World 14.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Land Rights: One Key to Women's Economic Empowerment 14.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Women make up over half the world's population, and yet represent a staggering 70 percent of the world's poor . According to United Nations Women, known as UN Women, the majority of the 1.5 billion people living on less than $1 per day are women. Not surprisingly, currently there is no country in the world where women earn the same as men for the same job. In a majority of nations, women's wages represent between 70 and 90 per cent of men's , with even lower ratios in some Asian and Latin American countries. In the U.S. , women still make less money for doing the same job as men, with pay equity not expected until 2058. How do we combat these dismal trends? How do we empower women financially? One solution would be to pay more attention to women's ability to own land. While some women take such rights for granted, they are elusive for millions, perhaps even billions, of the world's women. UN Women reports that just one percent of the world's women own land. Some other estimates suggest only two percent ...
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Hillary Clinton launches presidential bid 13.4.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Hillary Rodham Clinton entered the presidential race on Sunday, saying she wants to fight for the economic futures of regular people and ending years of speculation about whether she would redeem the disappointment of her failed 2008 attempt to become the country's first female commander ...
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Steamboat briefs: VNA offers information about free colonoscopies 12.4.2015 Steamboat Pilot
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has information about free colonoscopies for low-income eligible adults. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths, but it is one of the most preventable cancers. Screening is the best way to reduce colon cancer risk. The American Cancer Society recommends regular screenings beginning at age 50. Individuals who have a family history of the disease may need to start earlier. A variety of low cost tests are available. Individuals should talk to their medical provider about their colon cancer risk and the best screening option. For more information about free colonoscopies through the Colorado Colorectal Screening Program, call 970-871-7658. Service matches residents to car pool information Residents of Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties have access to a free, online car-pool matching service sponsored by Yampa Valley Data Partners, according to a news release. Organizers hope the website, carpoolworld.com/north westcolorado, will be ...
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Shared renewables for all, coming soon to New York 10.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Samantha Wilt, Energy Policy Analyst, New York: Earlier this week, NRDC along with its coalition partners, comprised of 57 environmental organizations, social justice groups, businesses, and faith communities, submitted recommendations to the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) that can help make solar power and other...
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When We Talk About "Homelessness", What are We Really Talking About? 10.4.2015 Twin Cities Daily Planet
Streets.MN I start quite deliberately with the scare quotes above because it is one of my primary objectives here to articulate my discomfort with the way the term “homelessness” is conventionally used. MORE » I start quite deliberately with the scare quotes above because it is one of my primary objectives here to articulate my discomfort with the way the term “homelessness” is conventionally used. I will argue that it is a crude and inadequately descriptive piece of shorthand that we use when we really mean visible urban poverty. I believe that our reliance on this euphemism reflects a general and problematic queasiness about confronting the real experiences of the poorest members of our community. At the same time, it diminishes our capacity to understand and adequately address the problems we are trying to describe. The Twin Cities metro area, and especially Hennepin County, offers some of the best services for homeless people available anywhere in the United States. The combination of our brutal ...
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UN says North Korea aid faces 'significant underfunding' as recent US sanctions force cuts 9.4.2015 Star Tribune: World
Report: Low-Income Americans Will See Major Health, Job, Cost Saving Benefits from Clean Energy, Reduced Carbon Pollution 8.4.2015 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
CHICAGO (April 8, 2015)—While climate change threatens the public health and economic well-being of everyone, low-income Americans are especially vulnerable to the extreme weather and dramatic increases in electricity costs associated with global warming, according to a new report released today by Natural Resources Defense Council. “Bridging the Clean Energy Divide,” shows how a transition to cleaner power and reduced carbon pollution can help address many of these challenges, leading to healthier communities, greater savings, and a stronger ...
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Bridging the Clean Energy Divide 8.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When you live on a fixed income, reducing monthly electricity bills can make a big difference in your daily life. Lower energy costs mean more money for food, health care and other important parts of raising a family. A new study, Bridging the Clean Energy Divide , released by NRDC found that clean energy solutions like efficient appliances and wind and solar power are already helping seniors on fixed-incomes and low income families save money and make their homes safer, more comfortable places to live. The report also confirms that the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan will spread these benefits to millions of Americans. The plan calls for cutting carbon pollution from power plants, a leading contributor to climate change. And it shows how this can be done through energy efficiency and renewable energy. The EPA expects electricity bills to drop by 8 percent as a result. NRDC analysis shows that with stronger standards, residential and business customers could save a total of $37.4 ...
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Bridging the Clean Energy Divide 8.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, Director of Programs, Washington, D.C.: When you live on a fixed income, reducing monthly electricity bills can make a big difference in your daily life. Lower energy costs mean more money for food, health care and other important parts of raising a family. A new...
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Baltimore, MD 8.4.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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