Help Keep Imprisoned Whistleblower John Kiriakou’s Family in Their Home

By: Wednesday May 21, 2014 12:13 pm

John told us that they are struggling to make their mortgage payments now that they must rely on only one source of income. They need help coming up with about $1,500 each month to be able to make their full mortgage payments. Without it, they could be in danger of losing their home.

 

National Paid Family Leave May Finally Be on the Horizon

By: Saturday December 21, 2013 4:00 pm

According to the National Partnership for Women and Families (NPWF), just 12 percent of American workers can take paid leave time to tend to an illness in their household, and only about 40 percent can get time off for themselves through employer-sponsored disability coverage. This gap affects about two-fifths of the private sector workforce, or 40 million people—a vast deficit compared to many other industrialized countries, where paid leave is routine.

Now, though, some lawmakers are recognizing that taking a few weeks off to deal with a health challenge shouldn’t hurt your paycheck. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) have sponsored legislation to establish a nationwide paid family leave insurance program that would partially protect the wages of workers who take time off for the medical needs of themselves or their families.

FDL Movie Night: Families Are Forever

By: Monday August 19, 2013 4:59 pm

Tonight’s film Families are Forever, directed by one of our guests Vivian Kleiman, raises the question: How does a typical suburban Mormon family cope when they discover their 13-year old son is gay? For the Montgomerys, the question never crossed their mind until Mrs. Montgomery discovered her son Jordan’s journal in which he expressed an attraction to boys. The Montgomerys were good church-going members of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints who had rallied for Prop 8 and put a Prop 8 lawn sign in the front yard. In retrospect, they realize how much this might have hurt their son.

Why the Pro-Choice Movement Needs to Talk About Children

By: Tuesday August 13, 2013 11:55 am

I was recently reminded of the old pro-choice slogan, “Every Child a Wanted Child.” Along with my personal favorite slogan, “Pro-Child, Pro-Family, Pro-Choice,” this decades-old mantra succinctly sums up a powerful pro-choice argument: that supporting reproductive rights is also supporting families, children, and choice.

Absent Fathers, Marriage Equality Are NOT Connected Issues

By: Friday July 19, 2013 7:01 am

The National Organization for Marriage is pushing chart by another group, the Heritage Foundation, which supposedly shows the dangers of marriage equality or as they put it “redefining marriage.” But there is one HUGE problem with the chart.

Obama’s Universal Preschool Plan: As Good As It Sounds?

By: Saturday February 23, 2013 11:30 am

Of all the mildly liberal, media-genic proposals that peppered President Barack Obama’s state of the Union Address, one seemed especially designed to withstand curmudgeonly criticism from the Right: universal preschool. The image of millions of young tots learning their ABCs and fingerpainting is hard to demonize as evil Big Government.

Rainbow Overboard: Carnival’s Faux Pas

By: Wednesday November 28, 2012 4:08 pm

A travel agency called Al and Chuck Travel chartered a cruise on a Carnival ship with special performances by some of the popular drag queen stars of the Reality TV program Ru-Paul’s Drag Race. Six days before departure, ticket holders received a letter from Carnival Vice-President Vicky Rey informing them that passengers would not be permitted to dress in drag.

The Romney Boathouse Is a Lot Nicer Than That Dump You Live In

By: Monday July 2, 2012 2:45 pm

La Famiglia Romney has migrated to their Northern Compound in New Hampshire (because who wants to be in La Jolla in July? Ick) for summertime hijinks and they are having awesome compulsory family fun because Mitt and Ann are all patriarchal/matriarchal that way.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Madeleine Kunin, The New Feminist Agenda: Defining The Next Revolution for Women, Work and Family

By: Sunday May 13, 2012 1:59 pm

Madeleine Kunin certainly knows from women and work. She’s been the governor of Vermont and the Ambassador to Switzerland. Before all that, she did her time as a journalist, a college professor, and an activist. She’s seen the feminist movement go through many permutations, and in her new book The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work and Family, she details out her vision for where feminism should go next. Kunin argues that the movement hasn’t paid quite enough attention to the family, and specifically advocating for policies that allow women (and men) the ability to balance their work lives and their family lives in our hectic, work-focused world.

FDL Movie Night: Pray for Japan

By: Monday April 16, 2012 5:00 pm

After the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Stu Levy mobilized to volunteer his help, traveling with a group bringing food and gasoline to a shelter serving 1,000 people, where the volunteers put together a soup kitchen to feed the refugees their first hot meal since the quake. A subsequent trip took him to Ishinomaki, on the Tohoku coast, where over 3,000 people in a city of 165,000 had been killed, with over 2,700 unaccounted for, and another 30,000 displaced.

Fronm these experiences comes tonight’s film Pray for Japan.

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