Dr. King’s Message is Still Relevant for All

Martin Luther King leaning on a lectern. Deutsch: 1964: Martin Luther King Português: Martin Luther King (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since 1999, I have had the privilege of being involved with the organizing and planning for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Over the years, I have often received questions from MLK Day organizers about engaging more people of different racial or ethnic groups—whites, African Americans, and Latinos. The question varies:

How do we engage groups that don’t feel the day has relevance for them? How do we engage groups who fear that participating in MLK …read more

A Little Less Conversation, A Little More Action

Trayvon Martin Protest – Sanford (Photo credit: werthmedia)

Sorry Elvis, we still need to talk. Saturated, but it seems absurd to contemplate writing about anything other than Trayvon Martin this week. Staring at the masthead of our blog, and reading the tagline, viewing social justice challenges and opportunities through the prism of current events, I keep thinking, “now is no time to be silent,” because in the simplest of terms, this is both a challenge AND an opportunity.

But it is hard to have words, much less the right words. My head has been scrambled with the news accounts, …read more

You can help end the death penalty in Maryland

Maryland state legislators are closer than ever to repealing the death penalty. According to Gov. Martin O’Malley and Senate President Thomas Mike V. Miller, they are a mere two votes shy of overturning the current death penalty law, which O’Malley, calls “not very effective.”

In 2006, the execution of prisoners was halted after the Court of Appeals ruled that Maryland’s procedures for the death penalty had not been properly adopted. To date, new rules have not been implemented. Additionally, having a death penalty means that we risk killing innocent people. The Innocence Project – one of Campaign Consultation’s Give …read more

Does the End Justify the Means?

You may recognize him from his role in the movie ‘The Last of the Mohicans’ but in real-life Russell C. Means played a much more important role. Mr. Means led numerous high profile protests that called attention to the injustices experienced by indigenous peoples in the U.S. including, but certainly not limited to:

Organized an occupation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Attacked the Cleveland Indians baseball team mascot which he viewed as “racist and demeaning” Coordinated an Indian prayer vigil on top of Mount Rushmore to highlight the Lakota tribes claims to Black Hills land Led a 71 day …read more

The Price of Education

On Tuesday, Oct. 9, 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai was doing what she did every day; coming home from school, when two men stopped the bus she was riding in and shot her in the head and neck. Two other girls were also shot. Yousafzai remains in critical condition but has luckily not suffered any lasting brain damage.

The man responsible for the attack on the Peshwar native is one of the Taliban’s most feared commanders, Maulana Fazlullah.

The young girl and the dangerous leader have a long history. In 2009, the then 11-year-old Malala went toe-to-toe with the man nicknamed “Radio …read more

The War on Obesity?

It’s no secret that Americans are experiencing higher rates of obesity than ever before. According to the CDC, 35.7% of American adults are currently obese. There have been numerous efforts to take on this obesity issue, for example the ‘Let’s Move’ initiative championed by Mrs. Obama, and New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s controversial 16-ounce cap on sweetened beverages.

Last week the obesity story was that of news anchor, Jennifer Livingston, who fired back at a viewer who sent her an e-mail chastising her for being overweight and not a “suitable example for this community’s young people, girls in particular.” Ms. …read more

States Stand Up for Same-Sex Marriage

In less than 60 days, citizens in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington State will vote on marriage equality.

If it passes, they will join the eight states and the District of Columbia that currently permit same-sex marriage.

However, the federal government does not yet recognize gay and lesbian marriages and some states are calling foul.

Vermont, New York and Connecticut filed an amicus brief arguing that the federal government cannot “unmarry” gay couples who are wed in states that sanction same-sex marriage because “states regulate marriage and …read more

Breaking: Trial Judge Orders Prop 8 Case Closed

Judge James Ware, the trial court judge hearing the federal court case challenging California’s Proposition 8 – an amendment that would limit marriage to one man and one woman – has ordered the case “closed”.

Lesbian and gay couples shouldn’t send out wedding invitations just yet. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay in the case until the Supreme Court decides whether or not to hear the case.

 

To read Judge Ware’s decision, click here

For more information on Prop. 8, visit The Los Angeles Times

Rachel Roth

Executive Assistant

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A Little Information on Paul Ryan

Last week, Republican Presidential candidate, Mitt Romeny, announced that he chose Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis, to be his running mate. Curious about Ryan’s position on some hot-button social issues? Here are some facts:

He is Anti-Choice – Ryan cosponsored the Sanctity of Human Life Act, which declares that: “each human life begins with fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent, at which time every human has all legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood.” Basically, if the bill passed, abortions would be considered murder. His Budget Slashes funding for Pell Grants – Ryan’s …read more

Update: Mississippi’s Only Abortion Clinic to Remain Open Indefinitely

Last week we posted about the temporary injunction of a Mississippi law that would require the state’s sole abortion clinic to close.

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan ruled that the injunction will remain in place while he considers more evidence – meaning the Jackson Women’s Health Organization can stay open until he reaches a final decision. Judge Jordan did not indicate when that would be.

Read more about the case

 

Rachel Roth

Executive Assistant

Campaign Consultation, Inc