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'Stand Your Ground' fails abused wife

05/04/12 09:31AM

We've learned a lot about the "Stand Your Ground" laws in Florida and other states since a self-appointed neighborhood watchman shot and killed an unarmed boy, and walked free in Florida for 46 days. There seem to be a varied number of reasons why George Zimmerman was able to do that to Trayvon Martin, but one is the claim that he "stood his ground," using deadly force in a life-threatening situation. read more

JC Penney targeted with homophobia (again)

JC Penney targeted with homophobia (again)

05/03/12 06:59PM

Right in time for Mother's Day, because of the ad you see here, one million mothers (sort of) have their sights set on JC Penney. You might think this was good news for them.First, let's recall when, earlier this year, the conservative American Family Association's "One Million Moms" project decried and threatened to boycott the department-store retailer for hiring comedian and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres as a spokesperson simply because she is lesbian. read more

'The struggle for social justice is not rated PG-13'

05/03/12 04:05PM

After watching Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello play his track "Union Town" and the not-edited-for-grade-school version of Woody Guthrie's class-war anthem, "This Land is Your Land," I asked him about Wisconsin governor Scott Walker.Morello -- the son of a schoolteacher, a Harvard graduate, and as much activist as musician -- joined the massive protests against Walker's union-stripping bill in 2011. (Video of Morello performing at the protest can be seen here.). read more

Obama's surprise peace deal with Afghanistan

05/01/12 07:27PM

On the one-year anniversary of his announcement that Osama bin Laden had been killed, President Obama surprised our soldiers in Afghanistan with a visit. But this was no mere meet-and-greet event; there was business to attend to:President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed an agreement that provides a framework for a lasting U.S. commitment to Afghanistan after the long and unpopular war comes to an end.Standing in front of Afghan and U.S. flags, Obama and Karzai signed the Strategic Partnership Agreement just after midnight local time. read more

Is Occupy signaling a May Day?

Is Occupy signaling a May Day?

05/01/12 12:12PM

Occupy is staging an international wave of protests today, and it is no accident that they are taking place on May 1, or May Day. Today is essentially the international Labor Day, and they're calling for people to take a day off of work, school, and keep their money out of corporate hands for one day. Protests may also be jamming up traffic (though a plan to block the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco has been scrapped). What is happening today may or may not be considered a "general strike," the first since the late 1800s. read more

Obama campaign goes 'Forward'

05/01/12 12:13AM

Republicans like John Boehner have sought to get some mileage out of critiquing the President's travel to make speeches on behalf of his student loan bill. This Saturday, they won't have to try so hard as President Obama makes his first official stop in Boehner's home state, on the campus of Ohio State University (where surely a few of the over 50,000 students on the Columbus campus have a student loan). read more

Melissa's homework this week is no joke

Melissa's homework this week is no joke

04/29/12 11:57AM

We tackled some very big, very serious issues this weekend.I was honored to invite Mona Eltahawy to join the show on Saturday. Her provocative article from Foreign Policy is a must read for your homework. Take time to read “Why Do They Hate Us?”, and the rejoinders and critiques of the piece as well. We also took time to discuss the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Jacqueline Pata, executive director of the National Congress of American Indians, highlighted the specific ways that domestic violence and sexual assault impact Native American women. read more

In our April 29 show, the fire still burns

04/29/12 09:28AM

The video of motorist Rodney King being beaten to within an inch of his life was the first viral video I can remember. When the LAPD officers who savaged King got a "not guilty" verdict 20 years ago today, parts of Los Angeles began to literally burn. Good thing King was still around to, as has been noted in many a retrospective recently, pour water on the whole situation with his famous question, "Can we all get along?"In subsequent years, when it was no longer "too soon" to do so, the remark became comic fodder. read more

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