Fatster’s new roundup of link and stories on the weekend’s happenings, including Chen Guangcheng, reporter privilege, Jamie Dimon, JP Morgan Chase, John Kasich, NAACP, marriage equality, Blockupy, los indignados, Quebec student strike, whaling, actic ice methane, ALEC, Julian Assange and more . . .
|By: Lisa Derrick Sunday May 20, 2012 7:00 pm|
At last night’s L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s “An Evening with Women,” comedian/actress/married lesbian with kids Wanda Sykes spoke thoughtfully about Obama and the NAACP’s stance on marriage equality. And had some very wise words about marriage, and why atheists get married.
|By: Pam Spaulding Sunday May 20, 2012 12:20 pm|
What welcome news; and it clarifies and underscores that the social justice movement will not be divided by NOM, race-baiters, and anti-equality activists that try to conflate church and state and court communities of color in a divide and conquer strategy. At a Miami meeting of civil rights organization’s board of directors, the NAACP voted to support marriage equality.
|By: SouthernDragon Tuesday December 6, 2011 4:45 am|
A variety of links to articles and interviews on current topics that may, or may not, be of interest.
|By: Mauimom Sunday May 29, 2011 1:59 pm|
The cover of Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice features a dramatic picture of a burning bus and the mug shots of Freedom Riders who’d been jailed in the notorious Parchman Mississippi State Prison. Most of us are familiar with these images. Ray Arsenault’s book provides the stories behind the pictures — and so much more.
|By: David Dayen Thursday April 7, 2011 1:17 pm|
For years, the default position on the right has been a “tough on crime” approach to prison policy. This ends up leading to mass overcrowding and the highest rates of incarceration in the world. In addition to the consequences for human rights and human dignity, there are serious consequences for state budgets. Over the past few years, some conservatives have slowly backed away from the “lock ‘em up” strategy on criminal justice, and toward a smart on crime approach.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday March 22, 2011 5:28 pm|
The amendment to the Dodd-Frank legislation reducing the cost of interchange fees for debit and credit cards passed with a supermajority in the Senate. It went through the normal process and it won. Now the banks, in a slightly stronger position than during the Dodd-Frank debate, are trying to get the changes delayed, and effectively killed. They’re using a silly argument that this will result in higher costs for consumers. They have the ability to control those costs.
|By: Jeff Kaye Tuesday November 2, 2010 12:30 pm|
Voting Yes on Proposition 19 should be a no-brainer. Laws banning drugs, especially those that are mostly innocuous, are discriminatory. Legalizing marijuana will help save lives, and put a serious dent in the power of the drug cartels and criminal gangs preying on the defenseless.
|By: Attaturk Friday October 22, 2010 1:30 am|
Just a bunch of concerned citizens — like always — as long as they come from the Right, no matter what they say.
|By: David Dayen Thursday September 23, 2010 6:15 pm|
Friday Saturday, on 10.2.10, a large and diverse coalition of over 200 faith, labor, youth, student and civil rights organizations will mass in Washington and cities all over the country for One Nation Working Together. Organizers expect participants in the six figures to “demand the change we voted for” and build a social movement around Jobs, Justice and Education for All. This event contrasts with the spate of Tea Party rallies and events that we’ve seen over the past year.