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Disability is a Cause and Consequence of Poverty 20.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Latin America at a Climate Crossroads 20.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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The Gender Bias of Global Warming 19.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As world leaders gather in New York for the UN Climate Summit to discuss the actions needed to effectively address climate risks, I feel it is worth reflecting on one of the less discussed aspects of climate change: its connection to gender equality. The issue of climate change has spread beyond the laboratories, beyond the scientific journals, and beyond the legislative bodies of the world to become deeply rooted in public debate. In some countries, the issue is bitterly controversial; in others, the required course of action is evident. Either way, what has become clear in recent years is the extent to which people are already being affected. With this comes the need to mitigate and adapt to new risks that previous generations didn't face. In an increasingly vulnerable world, women are often disproportionately affected by climate-related risks. In September 1995, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action laid out a framework for empowering women and removing barriers to gender equality, ...
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Hillary Clinton Blames Republicans for 'Egregious' Policies Toward Women 19.9.2014 Yahoo: Politics

Hillary Clinton Blames Republicans for 'Egregious' Policies Toward WomenDuring a panel at the Center for American Progress today, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s message was clear: Equal pay for women, access to affordable, quality childcare, paid sick leave, and the full participation by women in the U.S. labor force will lead to...


Judge Cites Hobby Lobby To Excuse Fundamentalist Mormon From Child Labor Testimony 19.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Less than three months after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg warned about the widespread repercussions of the Supreme Court’s majority decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, a federal judge in Utah has cited the controversial ruling in his decision to excuse a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from testifying in a child labor investigation. Since 2012, the Department of Labor has been investigating the Mormon sect over allegations that church leaders ordered children to be removed from school to harvest pecans on a private ranch, without pay, for up to eight hours a day. Church member Vergel Steed refused to answer basic questions about the investigation in a January deposition, on the grounds that divulging information related to the church violated his religious vows. Last Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge David Sam ruled that Steed could not be forced to answer the investigators' questions about the Mormon sect or its leaders. Citing the Supreme Court’s June ruling in ...
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As We Get Set for Climate Week in the Big Apple, NYC Can Demonstrate Strong Leadership on Energy and Climate 18.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Donna DeCostanzo, Senior Attorney, New York: Climate Week is coming up next week here in the Big Apple, which is great news! The international forum draws world attention to the critical issue of climate change. It also highlights what we New Yorkers can do in our...
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Top 10 Solutions to Cut Poverty and Grow the Middle Class 17.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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RTD gets pressure over fares 17.9.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
Activists aiming to reform the Regional Transportation District's fare structure lobbied the agency's board of directors Tuesday night to keep low-income people in mind when coming up with ...
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The Urban Food Banquet: St. Paul Leads Nation in Art of Food Justice 15.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
They began arriving hours in advance. Over 400 volunteers--farmers, cooks, drivers, mobile art kitchens, dance choreographers, spoken word poets, food servers, food runners, zero waste managers, and table hosts. And when the bell rang, nearly 2,000 guests followed the signs in Somali, Spanish, Hmong, and English and took their seats on Sunday, September 14--at a half-mile long dinner table along Victoria Street in St. Paul, Minnesota--to take part in the performance. Welcome to CREATE: The Community Meal , the ambitious and jubilant public art event by nationally acclaimed artist Seitu Jones that has placed the urban Frogtown neighborhood and Public Art St. Paul in the forefront of the nation's growing conversation over food justice, and access to healthy food and farms. "We all have a food story," Jones said, standing by the lineup of tables, only a half block from his storefront studio in the neighborhood. "Our next food story needs to be written to create a fair and just food system, a story that ...
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Dr. Steve Brule, Tim & Eric comic forces to be reckoned with 15.9.2014 LA Times: Top News
Gluten-free beer, women-only ridesharing, wellness apps: 10 new startups that could change your life 13.9.2014 MinnPost
Driven by the seemingly boundless energy of local creatives, community leaders and entrepreneurs, Minneapolis-St. Paul’s burgeoning startup culture shows no signs of slowing down. Last year’s Twin Cities Startup Week attracted more than 125 entrepreneurs. More are expected for this year’s events. Steve Case, a former COE of AOL, is bringing his  Rise of the Rest  pitchfest to the Varsity Theater on Oct. 7. The University of Minnesota recently announced an ambitious funding program for startups,  Discovery Capital , which will encourage its star researchers to commercialize their ideas. Several forces are conspiring to make the Twin Cities a hotbed of startup activity. The most dominant factor may be the U of M, one of the nation’s top generators of new business concepts. Another is a deep reserve of research talent and medical innovation, established by such local companies as 3M, Medtronic and Cargill. Support for local entrepreneurs is also growing. The  Treehouse healthcare business incubator supports ...
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Helping Children in Hidden Rural Poverty 13.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
When many people hear child poverty in America, the first stereotype is an inner-city child and discussions about solutions to poverty often focus on concentrated poverty in urban areas. But in a nation where over 16 million children, more than one in five, are poor, the plain truth is that child poverty is pervasive and affects children everywhere although we know it affects urban, suburban, and rural children in some ways differently. The Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio (CDF-Ohio)’s new report “Health Disparities Are Leaving Ohio’s Rural Children Behind” shares findings often true for poor rural American children. As they say about Ohio’s 190,000 poor rural children: “These children go to bed hungry. Many of them live miles from the closest pediatrician, children’s hospital, and other services. They need help — and it is a different kind of help than what may be needed for children in Ohio’s cities.” CDF-Ohio’s report notes that a few years ago, NBC News reported on pervasive hunger in Appalachian ...
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9 Ways to Support San Joaquin River Restoration and Help California Weather the Drought 11.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Monty Schmitt, Senior Scientist, San Joaquin River Project Manager, San Francisco: As I blogged about in July, CNN reporter John Sutter recently completed an amazing source-to-sea journey down the San Joaquin River. Last week he published an extraordinary account of his travels characterized by thoughtful insights into what the San Joaquin...
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Iraq, Syria plan must include food for hungry 11.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
As President Obama sets forth a plan to destroy the terrorist army ISIL, a broader initiative must be in place to fight hunger. The recent escalation of violence has displaced over 1.7 million Iraqis from their homes and livelihoods. Where there is war you will find food shortages and hunger. The UN World Food Programme (WFP), the largest hunger relief organization, has fed over 800,000 Iraqis since June. With needs growing by the minute, WFP plans to increase this number. A group of internally displaced Iraqi girls queue for food at a community kitchen in a village in Iraqi Kurdistan's Dohuk governorate. (UNHCR/B.Szandelszky) Aid agencies and the U.S. military are carrying out airlifts to reach some towns. WFP's Mohamed Diab says, "The number of people displaced by violence across Iraq is increasing at an alarming rate and access to certain areas is very difficult." Hunger and malnutrition may get much worse too. Every indication is that the war in Iraq will continue for some time. Think of how this ...
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Virginia McKnight Binger awards given to six Minnesotans who have improved the lives of many others 10.9.2014 MinnPost
Six Minnesotans will receive this year’s Virginia McKnight Binger Awards in Human Service and $10,000 each during a private luncheon at the McKnight Foundation headquarters in Minneapolis Wednesday. Over the past 29 years, the foundation has given the award in recognition of Minnesota residents who are making a difference in the lives of others through community service. The awards are named for Virginia McKnight Binger, former chair and president of the foundation and daughter of William and Maude McKnight, who established the foundation. Virginia McKnight Binger died in 2002.   A committee of six people with decades of experience in the human-service arena chose the winners from a pool of more than 75 nominations. MinnPost interviewed the six recipients, who include community activists, mentors and advocates for the immigrant, homeless and underserved communities. Here is a look at their service to communities across Minnesota: Susan Neis Susan Neis of Minneapolis is the executive director of ...
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Profiting from America's Misery 8.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Intervention for Colo.’s obese kids 8.9.2014 Durango Herald
DENVER – Obesity is on the rise when it comes to Colorado’s youngest residents. In the last four decades, childhood obesity has tripled in the state and Renee Porter, obesity clinical nurse coordinator at Children’s Hospital Colorado, knows that first hand. “We are seeing kids referred younger and...
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The United States Was Welcoming to White European Immigrants, But Not to Peoples of Color 7.9.2014 Truthout.com

In a profoundly insightful book that explores the history of unfair US immigration policy, Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal, Aviva Chomsky explains how prejudice and the exploitation of inexpensive labor has increasingly shaped immigration law and lives. 

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The United States Was Welcoming to White European Immigrants, But Not to Peoples of Color Today 7.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles

In a profoundly insightful book that explores the history of unfair US immigration policy, Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal, Aviva Chomsky explains how prejudice and the exploitation of inexpensive labor has increasingly shaped immigration law and lives. 

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Congress Returns To Work With Government Shutdown Threat Looming 7.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are streaming back to Capitol Hill after their summer vacation for an abbreviated September session in which feuding Democratic and Republican leaders promise action to prevent a government shutdown while holding votes aimed at defining the parties for the fall campaign. Republicans control the House and want to pad their 17-vote majority, so they intend to follow this simple rule: first, do no harm. Last fall, they sparked a partial government shutdown over the implementation of President Barack Obama's health law. Now, Republicans are pressing for drama-free passage of a temporary spending bill to prevent a shutdown at month's end and fund government agencies into mid-December. The Senate is sure to go along if the measure is kept free of objectionable add-ons. House Republicans also plan votes aimed at drawing attention to legislation they say would boost jobs and energy production. "We're set up to paint a very stark contrast between ourselves and the Democrats who run ...
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