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Hey all! I’ve been away for a while, as I’ve been busy finishing my last semester of college. Now I’m finally done!!! I’ve graduated! The ceremony is in May! Sigh of relief!!!

So today, being that I’m excited about completing school, and the holidays, I’m going to share some good news I received from newsletters of various non-profits.

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Remember! Celebrate! Act! (Martin Luther King Day)

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NBCNews.com just published an editorial by Bernice A. King about her thoughts this year on Martin Luther King Day, the day we honor her father’s work. She reminds us that we mustn’t just honor him passively, however. She says:

“The national theme for the 2015 MLK holiday, “Remember! Celebrate! Act!: King’s Legacy of Courage for Our World” calls on people everywhere to do something courageous — make a commitment to nonviolence as a way of life which we, at The King Center, refer to as Nonviolence 365.

This means making a conscious choice to use Martin Luther King, Jr.’s principles and methods of nonviolence to defuse violence, peacefully resolve disputes and reconcile adversities in our homes, communities, the nation, and even the world.”

Who better than King’s daughter to guide us through these chaotic times?

Click here for the full editorial.

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Citizens United Must Be Overturned

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Many of us are still fuming about the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United case.

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Major Progress on the Fight Against Genetically Engineered Crops and Bee-Toxic Pesticides

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I just received an email from an organization called Center for Food Safety with some good news (and the usual donation request!):

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Tackling Global Warming From the Bottom Up

NYC Climate Convergence Sept. 19-21

Mark your calendar. The New York City Climate Convergence is September 19-21…!

Before corporate and governmental leaders arrive in New York City this September for the UN Climate Summit, System Change Not Climate Change together with the Global Climate Convergence will be laying the groundwork for an alternative summit, what we’re calling New York City Climate Convergence.

Our objective is to build and strengthen an environmental movement that addresses the root causes of the climate crises; a social-economic system that values profits above people, planet and peace. As the corporate captured UN proposes false solutions like carbon trading and sets meager greenhouse reduction targets, we will show the world what tackling global warming from the bottom up looks like.

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Root of Global Climate Change: The Economic System

The NYC Climate Convergence identifies our economic system as the root problem of global climate change. So, here’s what they are calling for:

  • Millions of jobs in renewable energy, conservation, and public transit
  • A just transition from fossil fuels and nuclear power
  • New food, water, and sanitation systems
  • An emergency transition to a new kind of economy
  • Tax the rich and slash the bloated military budget

Powerful, revolutionary stuff… and so sensible – it can actually save the planet!

Even if you don’t plan to attend the Convergence, make sure your friends are aware of this important upcoming event, especially if they live near New York City.

You may click the image below to download the NYC Climate Convergence flyer (PDF).

NYC Climate Convergence Flyer

Lady Parts Justice

On July 15, Ladypartsjustice.com becomes the first #NSFW comedy and information hub exposing the creepy anti-choice laws that keep infesting our country.

Join us for the kick-off at 8:30pm, July 15 for our coast to coast live streaming celebration right here at ladypartsjustice.com. Lizz Winstead will host with performances from some of our favorite Lady Parts Justice leaguers like Leah Bonemma, Jean Grae, Sally Kohn and so many special guests! Plus we will go to Austin, Texas to visit with our friends at Whole Woman’s Health and hear a message from some of our Los Angeles based comedians!

http://www.ladypartsjustice.com/

Petition Forces Target To Ban Customers From Carrying Guns in Stores

Courtesy of Everytown.org

Courtesy of Everytown.org

I received this news in an email on July 2nd from Everytown.org, a movement of Americans fighting for common-sense gun policies, and of which I am a member. This is great news for anyone who cares about reducing gun violence in America:

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Milwaukee Protestors (sic) Disrupt ICE Deportation Raids

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via Milwaukee Protestors Disrupt ICE Deportation Raids.

BY SHERMAN ON 06/19/2014

Milwaukee, WI –  In a series of recent raids, Milwaukee Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents in cooperation with Milwaukee Police have rounded up dozens of undocumented Milwaukeeans, leaving many families broken. Protestors claim they have organized rallies and marches, made phone calls, and have written letters to politicians to try and seek a solution without success. That left them with one remaining option. If ICE wasn’t willing to stop the raids, then they would stop the raids themselves.

Protestors chained themselves together in protective lockboxes and laid down in front of three different ICE Office garage doors preventing vans from getting out to make their runs for the day.

The MPD issued three different warnings to protestors to remove themselves or face arrest, but each time they refused. No one was ever arrested and after about three hours, the…

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