A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches/videos on current issues that may be of interest.
|By: Autumn Sandeen Saturday September 15, 2012 7:00 pm|
Sometimes I don’t understand conservatives with their “small government” approach to “government largess” and big government approach to reproductive rights.
|By: Autumn Sandeen Saturday July 21, 2012 12:45 pm|
This was an important LGBT year in so many ways: one interesting way was at the Stonewall Rally we raised San Diego’s new monument to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and LGBT community civil rights: a large rainbow flag was permanently raised on Normal Street. Perhaps it’s incredibly fitting that the flag pole is situated on Normal Street in between Harvey Milk Street and University Avenue — perhaps a fitting commentary on normality of LGBT people, LGBT activism, and the legitimate academic importance of queer studies.
In my speech at the rally, I called on community activism towards open service for transgender servicemembers.
|By: brasch Monday May 28, 2012 7:15 pm|
Today is Memorial Day, the last day of the three-day weekend. Veterans and community groups will remember those who died in battle and, as they have done for more than a century, will place small flags on graves.
But, for most of America, Memorial Day is a three-day picnic-filled weekend that heralds the start of Summer, just as Labor Day has become a three-day picnic-filled weekend that laments the end of Summer.
|By: Autumn Sandeen Monday May 28, 2012 1:45 pm|
A plaque in Capitol Park, Sacramento: In Honor Of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, And Transgender Veterans Killed In Action . . . We honor these veterans here.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday May 8, 2012 12:00 pm|
Perhaps showing concern about the softening economic forecasts of recent months, President Obama has provided a to-do list for Congress that would, in his words, “create jobs and help restore middle class security.” The to-do list includes several ideas from the American Jobs Act and subsequent legislation proposals announced in recent months, but there’s a curious omission.
|By: David Dayen Friday November 11, 2011 6:12 am|
It wasn’t the intention of the White House to only pass the veterans hiring initiative; it was folded into a broader bill that offered tax credits for all hires. But the practical effect of offering a big sum of money to a company to hire a veteran is that a veteran will get privileged in hiring decisions over a non-veteran, when a position needs to be filled. I can’t see how this would boost employment in any way, just favor one type of applicant over another. That’s decent news for veterans, but bad news for anyone who didn’t go into the military.
|By: Kit OConnell Monday November 7, 2011 6:30 pm|
Visiting an Occupation, even a relatively small one like ours, is a little surreal. The energy is so heated. There’s so much passion, energy, even anger. Then you step away and realize the world continues as normal. Despite the global nature of this movement, people everywhere are living life; Re-entry is jarring when one steps from any temporary encampment to the bright lights of a grocery store.
|By: David Dayen Monday November 7, 2011 12:14 pm|
Democrats are planning to attach a veteran’s hiring preference, one of the original remaining pieces of the Obama Jobs Bill, to a House-passed bill that repeals a law requiring 3 percent withholding from federal contractors. These people aren’t serious.
|By: Blue Texan Wednesday October 5, 2011 10:30 am|
Bunch of defeatist isolationists who don’t believe in American exceptionalism.