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After Shutdown, A Year of GOP Obstruction 1.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
One year ago today, Republicans made their strongest possible case outlining their governing principles. Threatened by the prospect of millions of Americans securing access to quality, affordable health care, Republicans chose instead to shut down the federal government. The consequences of their actions were felt across the nation. America's national parks shuttered. Children were turned away from Head Start classrooms. The National Institutes of Health was forced to reject new patients from potentially lifesaving clinical trials. More than 800,000 federal workers were furloughed. When the reckless gamesmanship finally ended after sixteen days, the long-term consequences were apparent. The GOP shutdown cost the U.S. economy $24 billion and cut .3 percent of growth off the GDP. A major credit rating agency threatened to lower the United States' credit rating because of the risk that we would default on our nation's debts. At the time, some in the Republican caucus claimed to have realized the error of ...
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Detroiters Vow Resistance After Judge Rules There is No Human Right to Water 30.9.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Clean Potable Water a Human Right, Even in Detroit 30.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Over 60,000 people in New York's Central Park and millions more around our planet were treated to the eclectic sounds of world-class performers at the third Global Citizens Festival on Saturday, September 27. Performers included Jay Z, Beyoncé, Carrie Underwood, The Roots, Tiesto, No Doubt, Sting, and Alicia Keys. The organization Global Citizen , whose goal is to eliminate extreme poverty worldwide by 2030, sponsored the event to highlight the issue of extreme poverty, which continues to affect an estimated 1.2 billion people, and to empower individuals and the world community to take concrete actions to end this scourge. Specifically, Global Citizen urges people to contact world leaders to focus on issues of providing vaccines, education, and sanitation to all the world's citizens. Internationally , more people have mobile phones than have clean potable water and sanitation facilities. An estimated 3.4 million people die each year of diseases caused by lack of access to clean water and adequate ...
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Mr. President, Here's How to Help Ferguson Today: Give Youth Access to Federally Funded Jobs 30.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In California, leaders of North Bay Organizing Project honored the 49th anniversary of regulations governing hiring on federal construction and other contracts by calling for changes that would help put America back to work and make sure employment of people of color more closely tracks with their participation in the work force. That could help address the problems at the root of the strife in Ferguson. Sept. 24 was the 49th anniversary of an important federal policy ensuring access to taxpayer-funded work for all Americans. Faith leaders in Gamaliel and our campaign arm, Transportation Equity Network, are holding actions to highlight the fact that, if we want to have something to celebrate when the policy turns 50 next year, the Obama administration has some serious catching up to do. Most people know affirmative action as a courtroom debate, but a similar policy began with a presidential order by President Lyndon Johnson Sept. 24, 1965. He ordered the Department of Labor to regulate the minority and ...
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Legal, regulated cannabis in Uruguay (almost) ready for its close-up 28.9.2014 Denver Post: Local
There's a revolution happening in the streets of this sleepy South American capital — one full of controversial land mines, landmark precedents and intense international ...
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World Tourism Day: An opportunity to reflect on tourism and community development 27.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Our sustainable tourism class this week celebrated World Tourism Day with listening to World Tourism day messages, and a good discussion on the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism. USF Patel College of Global Sustainability, Sustainable Tourism Class Following the reading of the message from U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon , and the video message from Taleb Rifial, Secretary General of the U.N. World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). We then enjoyed some fair trade coffee and special tourism cake as we discussed the principles of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and its relationship to community development and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. Tourism Cake To Celebrate World Tourism Day The discussion resulted in three important conclusions by the class. The Global Code of Ethics for Tourism is necessary for good and responsible community development to take place in the tourism industry. The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) certification process could be an opportunity for community ...
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Brown signs package of bills to encourage voting 27.9.2014 LA Times: Opinion
Months after statewide voter turnout hit a historic low of 25% in this year's primary election, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed eight bills aimed at getting more Californians to participate in the political process.
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Our Planet Is Changing -- So Must Our Global Food System 26.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
With the world's population predicted to reach 9 billion by 2050, we collectively face a dual challenge: ensuring that everyone will have access to affordable, nutritious food without decimating the earth's natural resources in the process. This is easier said than done. Our current food system is dysfunctional both in its impact on people and the planet. Unless we change course, we will fail to meet this challenge. Today, millions do not have enough to eat and billions lack the right nutrients to be healthy. The UN's food organisations -- the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) -- have just published their annual 2014 report on global food insecurity . Their report highlights that despite some evidence of progress -- 805 million people or 1 in 9 people -- still suffer from hunger. Poor diets stunt the growth of 162 million children every year, 97 percent of them in the developing world, trapping communities in a cycle of ...
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10 Times Women Were Anything But Underrepresented During U.N. Week 25.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
During this year's U.N. Week, women did werk -- especially for other women. Politicians, human rights advocates, corporate executives and many others gathered in New York City this week to discuss some of the world's most pressing crises -- and make public pledges to help solve them. Here are ways that women leaders at the U.N. General Assembly, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and Mashable's Social Good Summit took concrete measures to empower women and girls globally. 1. Hillary Clinton Got an A+ For Pledging to Educate 14 Million Girls The former secretary of state announced a $600 million effort on Wednesday at the Clinton Global Initiative to get 14 million girls enrolled in secondary education. Across the globe, 31 million girls are kept out of school because of financial constraints, cultural clashes and fears of violence, among other prohibitive issues. "We know when girls have equal access to quality education in both primary and secondary schools, cycles of poverty are broken, economies ...
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My Radical Plan to Give Africa a Better Future With Cargo Drones - Wired 22.9.2014 cargo - Google News
My Radical Plan to Give Africa a Better Future With Cargo Drones Wired Five years later, I'm in Samburu, Kenya, to create another resilient technology in Africa: The world's first commercial cargo drone route, to be operational by 2016. It will be about 80 kilometers long and will connect several towns and villages. The ...
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Education With a Debt Sentence 22.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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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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