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The Pope's Call to Action 31.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I confess -- no pun intended -- to not being the best practicing Catholic. So maybe it was Catholic guilt that propelled me to read the Pope's entire encyclical on environmental and social responsibility while on vacation recently. I did read it -- and when you take the time to read the entire document, you realize that the totality of what he discusses goes far beyond the sound bites that both supporters and detractors have used to advance their respective agendas. The encyclical is more than pontification, more than a religious treatise. It is a document that speaks clearly to contemporary social and environmental challenges in a secular world and the role of individuals, civil society and institutions to address them. The core message of this encyclical is best captured by a single quote within it: Today, however, we have to realize that a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the ...
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Medicare and Medicaid: Saving Lives, Helping Millions 30.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Medicare. Medicaid. Affordable Care Act. In the past 50 years, we have made serious investments in the health of our nation. That's big deal. A really big deal. We have had big debates over the past five decades to create and shape these programs. Sure, there is always room to make these programs stronger. But as a doctor, I am grateful to the nation for making it possible for us to serve our communities. Serving people when they are sick and injured is an easy decision. All across America, every moment of every day, someone is making a card to cheer up a grandparent who just had surgery, driving a friend to a dialysis appointment, calling to check on a colleague on a sick day, or signing a cast for a classmate with a broken ankle. For me and millions of doctors and other health care professionals, we have chosen to make it our career to care for the sick in communities across the country. Every day, we get the privilege of spending time with people and using the latest medical science to help them feel ...
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Water for All: How to Ensure We Leave No One Behind 30.7.2015 WRI Stories
This post originally appeared on Overseas Development Institute's Post2015.org. Water is an essential component of human lives and livelihoods, and key to economic growth, health, food, energy and ecosystems which many people take for granted. When it comes to water, most people don’t know what they’ve got ‘til it’s gone – yet we are already facing a water scarcity crisis. India is a prime example of water’s potent role. The people of this burgeoning economic superpower lack reliable 24/7... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Achieving A "More Perfect Union" Requires Acknowledging Our Past Injustices 30.7.2015 Health

Achieving A "More Perfect Union" Requires Acknowledging Our Past InjusticesJuly 29th marks the 7th anniversary of the passage of H.Res.194, the first-ever official Congressional apology for slavery and Jim Crow. In Charleston, President Obama underscored the need for our nation to acknowledge past injustices and take action to rectify their consequences so we can live up to our founding ideals. Chief among those lofty...


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The Land Battle: 15 Organizations Defending Land Rights 30.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The increasing trend of international land grabbing--when governments and private firms invest in or purchase large tracts of land in other countries for the purpose of agricultural production and export--can have serious environmental and social consequences. Investors claim that land grabs can help alleviate the world food crisis by tapping into a country's 'unused' agricultural potential, but such investments often do more harm than good, disrupting traditional land use and leaving half a billion family farmers vulnerable to exploitation. According to the Land Matrix, approximately 130 million hectares of land (or more than 52.7 million football fields) has been acquired globally in settled and impending land deals over the last 15 years. In South Sudan, the country with the most transnational land acquisitions, land has been sold for as little as US$0.025 cents per hectare. Approximately 60 percent of the food grown on acquired lands is intended for export instead of feeding local communities, ...
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Shortchanging Rural Americans 29.7.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Rural America has a greater need for investment but is getting less of it, according to two new reports by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. One analysis found more than one in four rural children lives in poverty. That number jumps to one in three or higher across much of the South, where manufacturing boomed in the 1990s but plummeted during the severe recession that began in 2007. The decline of the manufacturing sector wiped out jobs with living wages and tax revenue to fund infrastructure needs. Many municipalities find themselves stretched so thin, they're forced to cut basic services. People who battle inequality in the rural South are witnessing these economic trends and their impacts on struggling families. Federation of Child Care Centers of Alabama Executive Director Sophia Bracy Harris says the squeeze on public funding perpetuates the cycle of poverty. "Poor communities, low income, disenfranchised communities, particularly rural communities, people of color, where the concentration of ...
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Obama Administration Takes Historic Step Toward Solar Equality, But Much Work Remains 29.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
For far too long, working-class families have been left out of the solar revolution in the United States. Black elected officials from across the country, including many members of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL), have been among the most vocal advocates for more fairness and inclusiveness in solar programs, taking every opportunity to highlight how the poorest among us are poised to benefit most immediately and profoundly from greater adoption of solar power. Now, finally, the sun is starting to peek through the clouds that have long shrouded these households thanks to a major new solar initiative launched by President Obama. We applaud the President for these efforts and hope that he and his staff will continue working with us to achieve energy equity. To date, the benefits of solar power have tended to accrue primarily to wealthier families, while low-income families continued to struggle with rising energy costs. Many low-income families face a "heat or eat" dilemma, rendering ...
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Where is Canada's digital inclusion strategy? 28.7.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Where is Canada's digital inclusion strategy?
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How to save families from losing everything 28.7.2015 CNN: Top Stories
In 2013, Nicole, a 26-year-old single mother in Chicago, represented herself in eviction court. She thought she was agreeing to pay the rent so she could stay in her home, only to find out later she had agreed to an order awarding her landlord possession of the only decent housing she could afford.
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Smallholder Farmers Are The New Global Food Frontier 27.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The following is a follow-up to the blog Global Food Industry Reluctant Leaders of Smallholder Farming Revolution posted 04/01/2015. One-third of the world's population holds the key for the rest of us. One-third of the world's 7.3 billion people are smallholder farmers and their families who produce nearly 70 percent of all food consumed worldwide on 60 percent of the planet's arable land. For what sounds like a major part of the global economy, you would expect these farmers to be relatively well off and financially secure. But they aren't. In fact, they represent the majority of the poorest and hungriest people on earth. How did this happen? It began with a global food scare in the early 1960s. Experts predicted the world population would exceed our food supply by the 1990s, based on production levels at the time. The answer was a massive increase in industrial farming to produce huge quantities of cheap grain using hybrid seeds and chemicals. It worked, and there is no question that a major crisis ...
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Two Major Victories for Fair Housing 27.7.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Enough of the individualistic rhetoric; the real causes of worker poverty are systemic 27.7.2015 MinnPost
One of the defining features of American political culture is our commitment to individualism. We are individualists in at least two senses of the word. First, we support the rights of individuals. We believe that there are some rights that belong to individuals that no government or other entity has a right to infringe upon. We are also individualists, secondly, in that Americans are more likely than people in other countries to explain social problems in terms of individual behavior. We prefer explanations that focus on individual behaviors rather than social structures and institutions that largely determine options and influence outcomes. Nowhere is this preference for individual explanations for the causes of social problems more evident than in American rhetoric about poverty and economic success. Jeb Bush’s remarks in New Hampshire are an excellent example. At a campaign stop, Bush said: My aspiration for the country — and I believe we can achieve it — is 4 percent growth as far as the eye can ...
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Lower credit scores lead to higher mortgage costs 26.7.2015 Seattle Times: Real Estate
Those with fair-to-good credit — scores of 620 to 700 — usually can’t qualify for low-cost mortgages backed by government-sponsored financing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which buy or guarantee more than half of the nation’s mortgages.
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State to sell former island park to tribe 24.7.2015 Seattle Times: Health
Washington State Parks will sell a former state park to the Squaxin Island Tribe, which forced the park's closure more than two decades ago.
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State to sell former island park to tribe 24.7.2015 AP Washington
POULSBO, Wash. (AP) -- Washington State Parks will sell a former state park to the Squaxin Island Tribe, which forced the park's closure more than two decades ago....
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Beyond Innocence: US Political Prisoners and the Fight Against Mass Incarceration 24.7.2015 Truthout - All Articles
(Photo: Barbed Wire via Shutterstock) With President Obama focusing on more reasonable prison sentences, he could consider healing wounds by releasing some of the many political prisoners, as other countries have done, many of whom have inspired people inside and outside prison walls. Help Truthout keep publishing stories like this: They can't be found in corporate media! Make a tax-deductible donation today. President Obama's recent statements about mass incarceration, together with his decision to commute the sentences of 46 people serving lengthy and life sentences in federal prison on drug charges, treat "nonviolent drug offenders" as the symbolic figureheads of America's prison problem. This framing seems to imply that everyone else actually deserves to be in prison. But the world's biggest prison system is not filled with nonviolent drug offenders alone. Before and alongside the war on drugs, mass incarceration was built through the wholesale repression of radical movements - especially in ...
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RELEASE: Report Provides Urban Design Recommendations for Healthier Cities, Fewer Traffic Fatalities 23.7.2015 WRI Stories
RELEASE: Report Provides Urban Design Recommendations for Healthier Cities, Fewer Traffic FatalitiesJuly 23, 2015 Guide for urban planners and policymakers details specific design elements with examples from Tokyo, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Istanbul, New York City, Paris and moreRead more [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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New Bills Would Bring Sweeping, 'Vital' LGBTQ Protections 23.7.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Metro's dreary, dangerous Rosa Parks Station to get a major makeover 23.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
For years, Metro's Rosa Parks Station in Willowbrook has been one of the busiest, dreariest and most crime-ridden light-rail stops in Los Angeles County.
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In Yemen’s grinding war, if the bombs don’t get you, the water shortages will 23.7.2015 Washington Post: World
SANAA, Yemen — For months, citizens of this war-torn country have been terrorized by bomb explosions and mortar attacks. Now another threat is growing, which could be just as deadly.Yemenis are running out of water.Read full article ...
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