In 1989, I volunteered for the U.S. Navy. I was assigned a duty station in Adak, Alaska. I got there on Valentine’s Day, and within two months, I was raped for the first time.
The people involved in my rapes were military police personnel, security personnel, higher-ranking officers—the people that I would have gone to and reported. And so, I have never had the opportunity to actually report it to anyone. Continue reading →
I received this email from the folks at Oxfam. We all know that the easy transfer of guns to evil people causes much misery in the world, particularly in regions with out strong governments to protect them from warlords and criminals. Now, I am not a master at foreign policy analysis, but the Arms Trade Treaty, if held to that is, seems to have many benefits besides saving innocent lives. This seems like a no brainer for President Obama to sign to promote more stability in the worlds war-torn regions.
And unlike some Nervous Nellies, I am not worried about Obama coming to take my guns.
Last month, 154 nations voted to adopt the first-ever international Arms Trade Treaty to help control the flow of arms and ammunition across borders – saving lives, preventing armed conflicts and protecting human rights.
Right now, we need to turn the promise of the agreement into a reality – to fundamentally change how the global arms trade works, the Arms Trade Treaty needs signatures.
The Obama administration will decide very soon whether or not to sign. Make no mistake, this moment is critical. A signature from the United States is vital to ensuring a strong treaty. Continue reading →
Its good to see more sense and sensitivity to whats right and decent coming out of Minnesota especially in regards to what is tantamount to an epidemic of rape in the Armed Forces. If you have not heard or read about this problem in recent weeks then you have been living under a rock. Here is a petition worthy or your attention, from the esteemed Senator Franken.
We might not like to think that our men and women in uniform are at risk of being sexually assaulted when they volunteer to serve our country — but the ugly truth is, it happens far too often.
This month, the Department of Defense estimated that more than 26,000 cases of sexual assault took place in the military in 2012.
It gets worse. The year before, only 10 percent of reported cases – only a fraction of the total – ever resulted in a trial where the victims could find justice. A stunning 62 percent of victims felt like they were retaliated against for coming forward. Continue reading →
Sharing is caring, kids…and a desire for a better life shouldn’t require one to mortgage their future. The least we can do is lower the interest rates that the Big Banks were gifted with. Check out this message I received from my favorite Senator.
Below is an email from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. Senator Warren just introduced the Bank on Students Loan Fairness Act in the Senate and started a petition on the MoveOn website, where anyone can start their own online petition.
Dear MoveOn member,
The biggest banks in the country—the ones that wrecked our economy and cost millions of Americans their jobs—pay next to nothing on the debt they owe the government, while students pay nine times as much. That isn’t right. Continue reading →
The folks at Upworthy are always sharing wonderful content from all over the world. This video highlighting one way to offer a secret message of help to abused children really strikes me, especially after the freeing of the three women from captivity and terror in Cleveland, Ohio that is in recent news.
I think we need these in the States, don’t you?
Please share if you are able, you never know who you may help, or inspire.
If you are like me, you are deeply suspicious of industry that extracts fossil fuels, even “natural gas”. The pressure from wealthy interests to get the ok to proceed with fracking projects in New York State is mounting on Governor Cuomo, especially for the jobs they supposedly would bring. But when you see how other state’s environments have suffered after fracking, it is clear it would be a bad bargain for New York. Last chance to express your position on the issue, folks. Read on from Credo Action:
Governor Cuomo’s administration announced that the state’s health impact study will be completed “in the next few weeks,” paving the way for Governor Cuomo to make a decision on fracking in New York. That means now is a vitally important time to put pressure on the governor to ban fracking.
Click below for a sample script and the number to call:
In February, we won a small victory in the fight to ban fracking in New York: Governor Cuomo’s administration announced that it would take more time to decide whether to open New York to fracking, saying it needed more time to study the health impacts of fracking.1
But, recently, Governor Cuomo’s administration announced that the state’s health impact study will be completed “in the next few weeks,” Continue reading →
Unlock your phone? Sounds crazy, yet when you think about it, the fact that you cannot do so whenever you want is pretty foul. Maybe its the consumer that gets the benefit of some deregulation for a change! Check out the message from Al Franken.
If you have a mobile phone, this is a big deal.
Right now, even when your contract with your mobile provider expires, you can’t legally “unlock” that phone — which would allow you to switch carriers. That’s right. It’s against the law.
But wait a minute. That’s your phone. You bought it, fair and square. Why should your cell phone company be able to tell you what you can do with it even after your contract is up? And why should the law be on their side? Continue reading →
The failure of the Senate to pass the measure that could result in legislation requiring background checks for certain firearm sales really disappointed me. I had clung to a thin hope that they would be moved by the activism of the parents and families of the Sandy Hook shooting victims.
I was so bummed out I couldn’t write or read anything newsworthy or political for a week. Depressed and disgusted, would describe the way I felt. And then I got Mad!! It also ticked off the folks at RepresentUs…read on, dear friends.
The US Senate just rejected a basic background check law for gun sales despite the fact that 90% of Americans support it.Even 74% of NRA members support it!1
Represent.Us has no official position on gun rights/gun control, but you’re damn right we have a position on whether America’s Congress follows the will of the American people. And they don’t. Our leaders are FAILING US, and by letting it happen, by letting them continue to steal our country, we’re failing America.
It’s time to WAKE UP. Stop writing emails to Congress. Stop yelling at your computer screen. Stop feeling hopeless. Continue reading →