What Does the NFL Care About?

English: Baltimore Ravens Training Camp August 20, 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Controversy surrounds the National Football League – specifically Ray Rice’s 2-game suspension for assaulting his now wife, Janay Palmer Rice.

Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Rice has been issued a 2-game suspension for domestic abuse, or violation of the NFL’s “personal conduct policy.” Given the controversy around this very public, very ugly assault, fans and critics alike are outraged by the seemingly light sentence, especially in light of the inconsistency in other personal conduct charges:

4 Game Suspension for Plaxico Burress, who shot himself in the leg with a concealed …read more

Limiting Women’s Healthcare Access for the Sake of Corporations’ Religious Freedom?

Monday’s Supreme Court ruling that closely held corporations cannot be required to provide contraception coverage for their employees under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) spurs controversy and concern for the future as it pertains to women’s access to healthcare services.

English: Picture Of Ortho Tri-Cyclen oral contraceptives with Ortho Dialpak dispensers (photo taken by self). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The ACA requires employers to cover the full range of contraception in their health care plans at no cost to their female employees with exemptions for churches and accommodations for religious hospitals, schools and non-profits. Last week’s ruling asserts that requiring …read more

Violence around Us – We Can Make a Difference

As my new hometown, Baltimore, searches for a solution to the continued murders that have plagued our community in 2014, I am overwhelmed with the violence in other parts of our world and our country. A young man in Florida was killed because he was playing loud music in front of a convenience store and a United Nations report is released about the systematic torture of the citizens of North Korea by their government.

At Campaign Consultation, Inc. we have been blogging about opportunities to take action in Baltimore to address the issues that can stop many of the social …read more

The State of the Union and the State of Inequality in the United States

As I listened to President Obama’s state of the union speech, I was struck by the continued themes related to income inequality.

Will the increase in minimum wage help people in poverty?

In a Forbes articles Robert Lenzner talked about the “Inequality Boom” and the continued decline of the middle class. He quotes social scientist Sheldon Danziger and his review of census data –

“From 1960 until 1975 the median earnings for a full time male worker rose from $36,420 to $51,670, but then slowly declined to $49,398 in 2012, when adjusted for inflation, according …read more

Outrageous Measures

In Texas, as a woman you can’t make choices for your body whether you’re living or deceased. We’ve spoken about the battle for women’s rights in Texas like the abortion regulations that are being passed that violate federal laws in order to severely limit women’s access to abortions. The courts have now escalated to keeping a dead woman on life support to incubate the fetus inside her.

Malise Munoz was 14 weeks pregnant when she was found unresponsive and later declared brain dead. As her family prepared to say goodbye to her, they were told that due to a Texas …read more

Things That Made Us Go Hmmmmmm…

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In keeping with Campaign Consultation’s theme of “things that made us go hmmmmm in 2013” we have compiled a short list of some of the items that made the Eyes Wide Open team go hmmmm this year. Please add in the comments below any other events that were particularly hmmmm-worthy in 2013.

US Government Shut Down

There were numerous cringe worthy moments in the US government this year, many which continue to linger, but arguably the one that stands out the most was the 2 week shutdown of the federal government. Not only was …read more

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can Choose

The war against women’s rights is being waged in many states, but none quite as publicized as Texas. We’ve written about Wendy Davis’s astonishing filibuster and the social media campaign it spurred into action. Now the next generation of #standwithWendy has arrived. A pop up telethon took place on Monday night to raise money for women who were suffering under Texas’ dangerous abortion laws.

The telethon took place for three hours and was accessible via the internet site www.ladypartsjustice.com. If you missed it you can go back and watch it now. You also have the …read more

Lawyering Up Before Birth

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In Wisconsin, Minnesota, Oklahoma and South Dakota, there are laws in place that allow authorities to detain pregnant women for substance abuse. The Wisconsin fetal protection law, which was passed in 1998, allows child-welfare authorities to forcibly confine a pregnant woman who uses illegal drugs or alcohol – and who refuses to accept treatment – “to a severe degree.” Proponents of the law say that it is intended to protect mothers and babies. The first federal challenge of this law was filed this month. What could be wrong with this well-meaning law?

The law disproportionately affects …read more

FORCE’s Consent Campaign Goes Viral

The folks at FORCE are at it again – creating a spoof of the Playboy Top Party School List that raises awareness about consensual sex. The anti-rape activist group posted a mock website, partywithplayboy.com, with the “Top Ten Party Commandments” for a consensual good time. The commandments included “Thou shalt ask first,” and “Thou shalt make evident thy gentleman virtues,” praising male on-campus efforts such as the No Shave November at the University of Michigan, which raises awareness about consent.

FORCE knocked it out of the park – their mock website went viral, and the humorous but meaningful commandments resonated …read more

Turning the Tables on Domestic Violence Abusers

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In many cases of domestic violence – in order to escape violence – the victims are often forced to limit their own freedoms in an effort to protect their lives and the lives of their children.

In Massachusetts, a program has flipped this dynamic by making the abusers make a choice to either stop being abusive, or increasingly have their own freedoms limited.

The Domestic Violence High Risk Team was started in 2005 and since then, of the 106 high risk cases they have dealt with, none have escalated to death. Only 8 of the victims were forced …read more