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Friday, February 26, 2016

Senate GMO Labeling Bill Would Keep Consumers in the Dark

Senate GMO Labeling Bill Would Keep Consumers in the Dark

Like a House version, the bill would preempt state laws

By Consumer Reports

February 23, 2016

The July deadline requiring GMO labeling on packaged foods sold in Vermont is fast approaching. But some members of Congress and players in the food industry are still trying to stop this new law from taking effect.

Last week, Senator Pat Roberts, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, introduced a draft bill that's essentially the Senate's version of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 (H.R. 1599)—which has also been called the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act by consumer groups, including Consumer Reports. That bill was passed by the House of Representatives this past summer.

Like the DARK Act, Roberts’ version would preempt any state GMO labeling laws, such as Vermont’s new law, and calls on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to set voluntary GMO labeling standards. But it also directs the USDA to promote GMOs. The Senate Agriculture Committee is expected to review the bill this week and it could soon come to the full Senate for a vote.

One of the food industry’s arguments against mandatory GMO labeling is that it would raise food prices. Most recently, a study released by the Corn Refiners Association (corn grown in the U.S. is largely genetically modified) concluded that consumers would spend an extra $1,000 per year at the supermarket.

But a previous analysis by Consumer Reports, conducted by an independent economic research firm, found that GMO labeling would add just $2.30 per year to the average consumers’ grocery bill—or less than a penny per day. See the full report (PDF).

Why such a large difference in the numbers?

“Like previous industry-funded studies, the Corn Refiners Association study lumps the cost of changing food labels to list GMO ingredients together with the cost of producing products using non-GMO ingredients,” says Jean Halloran, director of food policy initiatives for Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports. “Our findings are much more realistic because we looked at the labeling costs only, which is all the Vermont law requires.”

Indeed, in January when Campbell Soup Co. announced that it would label its products as containing GMOs, the company made it clear that there would be no increase in the price of its products.

Melissa Harris-Perry walks off her show on MSNBC: ‘I will not be used as a tool’

North Charleston doctor offers patients direct pay primary care

D.A.R.E. program quietly removes marijuana from list of 'gateway drugs'?

The White House and Michelle Obama Release $250M ‘Open eBooks’ App for Title I and Special Education Teachers

B&H forced Hispanic workers to use separate bathroom: feds

Colorado law to require all unvaccinated children be registered and tracked by the state

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Asks Employees to Stop Crossing Out ‘Black Lives Matters’ on Office Walls

The Latest Food Stamp Fraudsters Don’t Look Like Welfare Queens

Don Cheadle Had to Hire a White Co-Star to Get Investors to Pay for His Miles Davis Movie

South Carolina Woman Reportedly Died In Jail Because She Was Not Given Water

Rush Limbaugh Admits That Republicans Refuse to Work With Obama Because He Is Black

‘The Academy Is Biased’: Flawed Voting, Stiff Rules Cause Blacks to Miss Out on Nominations

Charges Dropped Against 5 Teens in Alleged NYC Park Gang Rape

A new Virginia bill would keep all police names secret

New Movement Launches To Get Tupac’s Father Mutulu Shakur Free

J&J to pay $72M for cancer death linked to its talcum powder

Think Whole Foods is a ripoff? It's worse than you thought

Local teacher creates "Gentleman's Club" to teach students life lessons

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Why Are Students Denied the Right to Bankruptcy?

Top 10 Worst Cities To Raise Black Children 2015

Sports Website Defends Cop Convicted of Assaulting Black Women

What happened to Twitter?

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Hasn't Asked a Question in a Decade

It Took Jeb $150 Million, 250 Days And 3 States To Figure Out Republicans Don’t Want More Bush

Single Women Most Popular Political Force

Ding dong, the dynasty is dead: Say goodbye to Jeb and the Bush family

Nation of Islam vows to protect Beyonce if the police won’t

Monday, February 22, 2016

Is It True That Bald Men Make Better Lovers?

Feb. 22, 2016

Dear Cathy:

Is it true that bald men have a higher sex drive and might make better lovers than men with hair? Seeking Bald Lover, Michigan

Dear Seeking Bald Lover:

Yes it is true and with over 50% of men today age 40 and over suffering from Erectile Dysfunction or impotence, ladies love it when men have a high sex drive.  

So ladies don’t count out bald men for lovers and marriage. It’s every woman’s dream to have a man with a high sex drive and women love men with bald heads -- so fellas don't forget that. 

Losing your hair at a young age can be pretty depressing but it also has its benefits. For about 50% of men, hair loss is a reality. 

At first, it can be tragic, depressing, a horrible reminder of immortality, but once a guy realizes it’s just a fact of life, and learn to own it, they become even more of a catch than they ever thought possible.

Having a bald head could mean a higher sex drive because the more testosterone a man has, the thinner his hair. And, high levels of testosterone are linked to higher sex drives in men.

Other benefits include – they are less likely to develop testicular tumors because higher levels of testosterone offer some protection; Their physical assets like dimples, long eye lashes and pearly whites pops out; They might be better at sports because many men who are good at sports are bald; They are low maintenance, which many women like; They save big bucks on hair products and they master how to wear a hat because no one can wear a hat like a bald guy.

News from "Protect Our Defenders"

Don Christensen via 

Dear Cathy ,

This is a proud moment for Protect our Defenders.

Nancy Parrish, our founder, was presented today with the Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage. This prestigious prize, established by the Georgia Institute of Technology, honors those who have made a positive difference in the world by standing up for moral principles. We couldn’t be more proud to see her win this award. Prior recipients include Civil Rights icon Congressman John Lewis and Senator Sam Nunn.

Nancy absolutely deserves this recognition -- she has exhibited creative leadership and truly tireless work on behalf of victims of military sexual assault, every day since she founded Protect Our Defenders nearly five years ago. But this award is truly a testament to all of us who have contributed our time, effort, and support toward advancing our mission. It’s a tribute to every survivor, advocate, pro bono lawyer, volunteer, and donor. Together, we’ve all accomplished so much, yet the problem persists, victims suffer and need help, and POD's work must continue and expand.

Thank you for your continued support of Protect Our Defenders. Please take your involvement to the next level today by donating $5 to help us continue our fight to end the epidemic of harassment and sexual assault in the military.

Terri Odom, a survivor and Advisory Board Member, spoke out about how much the organization has changed her life: “When I met Nancy Parrish, I was broken – I had no purpose, no vision, no voice. I most likely would not be alive without Protect Our Defenders’ help.”

Loree Sutton, MD Brigadier General (Ret.) noted the real progress we’ve been witnessing on this issue: “Since Protect Our Defenders’ founding, I have watched the United States experience exponential growth in its awareness and resolve to address the treatment of rape victims in the military.”

This is all thanks to the movement we have built together.

This award has shown us how much our work can change survivors’ worlds, but I know I don’t need to remind you that we have to keep pushing forward and continue to make strides in this work.

As part of the Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage award, Nancy will be given a $100,000 stipend that she will donate to Protect Our Defenders. Will you help us celebrate this amazing opportunity to expand our work by joining her?

Please donate $5 today and help us keep fighting for justice for survivors.

You’re the reason we’ve come this far -- now let’s keep pressing forward.

Col. Don Christensen
President, Protect Our Defenders
Former U.S. Air Force Chief Prosecutor

How a Former Black Panther Could Change the Rules of Solitary Confinement

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Moms Across America - Stop the Dark Act

Moms Across America

Moms Across America

Moms Across America

Cathy --

The quest for Mandatory GMO Labeling Continues!
We have the right to know what is in our food! Please take action with us! Your voice makes a difference.
Senator Roberts has just brought back a bill to stop GMO labeling before the Vermont bill goes into affect in July.
Food manufacturers must begin printing labels soon to comply and they are fighting hard to stop you from knowing what is in your food!
Contact them now and urge them to vote NO for the DARK Act - Denying American's their Right to Know
and require Mandatory GMO Labeling on the package in writing! NO elitist QR codes!

Call your Senators today (you do not have to know their names) at 201-224-3121.
You will only need to say your state and zip code to be connected to your Senator's staff who will take your message.
Please let them know why you want GMO labeling and how important states rights are to the United States of America!
Thank you!

The following note is from Carol Nagle who wrapped up the latest news very well:

Great news!!!!  The FDA, bowing to pressure, has finally decided to start testing our foods for the presence of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and the most widely used herbicide in the world! 
Glyphosate is the herbicide that most GMO foods are engineered to be able to tolerate without being killed themselves. That means the crops are repeatedly drenched in this toxic substance (which the WHO has recently determined to be a probable human carcinogen and the California EPA is now about to label as a carcinogen). As weeds have also naturally developed a tolerance to glyphosate, "superweeds" have emerged in GMO fields and farmers have needed to increase their use of glyphosate to kill them. As a result, Monsanto pressured the EPA to increase the allowable amounts ("tolerances") on our food. In 2013, the EPA increased the tolerances on many foods by double or more! The amount allowed on animal feed is astronomical!!!

The use of glyphosate has increased 20-fold since GE crops went on the market in 1996. Glyphosate (Roundup) is also sprayed directly on many non-GMO crops just 5-7 days before harvest as a drying agent in order to bring dried goods to market faster (i.e.-wheat, dried peas and beans, mint and other dried herbs...)
Glyphosate is NOT the safe product that Monsanto still insists it is. It is not only linked to cancer, but is also associated with liver and kidney damage, autism, damage to the mitochondria, and GI disorders. Glyphosate is not only an herbicide, it is also patented as an antibiotic. As such, it is a powerful destroyer of our beneficial gut flora. Research in Europe showed that it only takes one tenth of one part per million (ppm) to kill the beneficial bacteria in our gut. In the U.S., the EPA allows 40 ppm on our soy (think soy sauce, soybean oil, non-organic tofu, soy lecithin, and all the soy in processed foods). Of course, the other GE crops (corn, sugar beets, canola, cotton, and alfalfa) are also drenched in glyphosate.  It's about time our government is testing for this, like they do for other pesticides!
Many cities throughout the U.S. are now banning glyphosate in public places. The state of NY has banned its use around schools. If you're interested is helping to start or join a grass-roots movement to ban it where you live, there are good resources available through Beyond Pesticides. (And on Moms Across America! Go to our "materials" page on our website!)
For more info on the testing of glyphosate on our food, check out this link:  "The federal agency already tests for residues of many agricultural chemicals on food. Now it will include the widely used weed killer linked to cancer." 
Wooooo hooooo!!! It's about time!!!   *:) happy - Carol Nagel

Although the FDA may not test as soon as we would like, and will probably find the levels of glyphosate in our food "acceptable" because they are within the EPA's "allowable levels", this is still a significant step.
The FDA's decision shows that grassroots efforts DO matter and every single person who speaks up makes a difference!
We want to say THANK YOU to all the dedicated groups and activists who called, wrote, posted and especially to those who sent in their tap water, urine and breast milk to be tested for glyphosate. Thank you to GMO Free USA and other groups who tested cereal, honey, soy sauce and bread for glyphosate. Without your participation this would not have happened.

Thank you!
Zen Honeycutt and MAA Team

Moms Across America
Moms Across America · Mission Viejo, CA, United States
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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Old music is outselling new music for the first time in history

The Alarming Reason Trader Joe’s Wine is So Cheap

Memphis Police Department Threatens To Demote Black Cops If They Keep Complaining About Racism

NYPD: We’ll protect Beyonce if she apologizes for Super Bowl halftime show

Australia To Forcibly Vaccinate Citizens Via Chemtrails

Black girls do swim': North Carolina A&T swim team leaves behind unique legacy

New Passport Laws You Should Know About in 2016

Snake Head Found in Can of Green Beans

District 186 School Employee Calling Kids N*ggers & B*tches – Heather Dawn Singer

Harvard Medical Scientists Say Police Killings Should Be Recorded As Public Epidemic

Johnson & Johnson Finally Admits: Their Baby Products Contain Cancer-Causing Chemicals

Worst Customer Service: 5 Companies People Hate Calling

Friday, February 19, 2016

Trials halted for all Baltimore police officers charged in death of Freddie Gray

Police refuse to work Beyoncé’s tour after Super Bowl performance

[Pnews] Today Albert Woodfox walks free—February 19, 2016, his 69th Birthday

Prisoner News

Take a deep breath everyone,

Just moments ago, Albert Woodfox, the last remaining member of the Angola 3 still behind bars, was released from prison 43 years and 10 months after he was first put in a 6x9 foot solitary cell for a crime he did not commit. After decades of costly litigation, Louisiana State officials have at last acted in the interest of justice and reached an agreement that brings a long overdue end to this nightmare. Albert has maintained his innocence at every step, and today, on his 69th birthday, he will finally begin a new phase of his life as a free man.

In anticipation of his release this morning, Albert thanked his many supporters and added: "Although I was looking forward to proving my innocence at a new trial, concerns about my health and my age have caused me to resolve this case now and obtain my release with this no-contest plea to lesser charges.  I hope the events of today will bring closure to many."

Over the course of the past four decades, Albert's conviction was overturned three separate times for a host of constitutional violations including prosecutorial misconduct, inadequate defense, racial discrimination in the selection of the grand jury foreperson, and suppression of exculpatory evidence. On June 8th, 2015, Federal Judge James Brady ordered Albert's immediate release and barred the State from retrying Albert, an extraordinary ruling that he called "the only just remedy." A divided panel of the 5th Circuit Court of appeals reversed that order in November with the dissenting Judge arguing that "If ever a case justifiably could be considered to present 'exceptional circumstances' barring re-prosecution, this is that case." That ruling was on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court when news of his release broke.

On behalf of the Angola 3 - Albert Woodfox, Robert King, and in memory of Herman Wallace - we would like to sincerely thank all the organizations, activists, artists, legal experts, and other individuals who have so graciously given their time and talent to the Angola 3's extraordinary struggle for justice. This victory belongs to all of us and should motivate us to stand up and demand even more fervently that long-term solitary confinement be abolished, and all the innocent and wrongfully incarcerated be freed.

For more information about the Angola 3, visit
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19, 2016

Albert Woodfox, Longest-Serving Solitary Confinement Prisoner, to be Freed from Prison After Four Decades

Statements from Albert Woodfox - One of the 'Angola 3' - and Attorneys George Kendall and Katherine Kimpel

February 19, 2016, West Feliciana, LA -- Albert Woodfox, who spent more time in solitary confinement than any prisoner in U.S. history, will be released this afternoon from custody after more than four decades in the Louisiana prison system. Mr. Woodfox, who turned 69 today, continues to maintain his innocence for the murder that sent him to solitary confinement for more than four decades. He pled no contest to two lesser crimes before being set free.

"I want to thank my brother Michel for sticking with me all these years, and Robert King, who wrongly spent nearly 30 years in solitary.  I could not have survived without their courageous support, along with the support of my dear friend Herman Wallace, who passed away in 2013," said Mr. Woodfox.  "I also wish to thank the many members of the International Coalition to Free the Angola 3, Amnesty International, and the Roddick Foundation, all of whom supported me through this long struggle.   Lastly, I thank William Sothern, Rob McDuff and my lawyers at Squire Patton Boggs and Sanford Heisler Kimpel for never giving up.  Although I was looking forward to proving my innocence at a new trial, concerns about my health and my age have caused me to resolve this case now and obtain my release with this no-contest plea to lesser charges.  I hope the events of today will bring closure to many."

The extreme and cruel solitary confinement endured by Mr. Woodfox and his fellow prisoners, Herman Wallace and Robert King, known as the "Angola 3," drew international condemnation.  The unnecessary and inhumane use of solitary confinement was particularly stark in light of Mr. Woodfox's exemplary conduct record for decades.  In fact, in the midst of litigation, the Wardens of both institutions where Mr. Woodfox was held in solitary confinement admitted that he had exemplary conduct records.

"Although we are overjoyed that Albert Woodfox is finally free, it is indefensible he was forced to endure decade after decade in harsh solitary confinement conditions, longer than any prisoner in the history of the United States," stated George Kendall, attorney with Squire Patton Boggs, LLP.  "Albert survived the extreme and cruel punishment of 40 plus years in solitary confinement only because of his extraordinary strength and character.  These inhumane practices must stop. We hope the Louisiana Department of Corrections will reform and greatly limit its use of solitary confinement as have an increasing number of jurisdictions around the country."

Mr. Woodfox and Mr. King, along with Mr. Wallace, brought a civil lawsuit in 2000, challenging the constitutionality of the State of Louisiana's use of indefinite solitary confinement.  Mr. Woodfox and Mr. King confirmed that a primary goal of the ongoing litigation is to help bring light to the fact that there is no penological justification for how the State of Louisiana currently uses solitary confinement and to create incentives for reform.  As Mr. Woodfox explained, "I can now direct all my efforts to ending the barbarous use of solitary confinement and will continue my work on that issue here in the free world."

Their case, which is pending, is supported by extensive reports from two nationally-recognized corrections experts.  Those most recent experts' reports, from 2015, are publicly available and include extensive detail about the State system's failings (  As a federal judge wrote, the extreme length of Mr. Wallace's and Mr. Woodfox's solitary confinement was "so far beyond the pale that this Court has not found anything even remotely comparable in the annals of American jurisprudence."  See Wilkerson v. Stalder, No. 00-304 (M.D. La. Feb. 1, 2005) (Doc. No. 105 at 21).

"It is past time for our nation to leave behind its shameful legacy of being one of the only developed countries in the world that still relies so heavily on the outdated and ineffective corrections practice of indefinite solitary confinement," commented Katherine Kimpel, partner at Sanford Heisler Kimpel, LLP. "That Albert Woodfox served over four decades in solitary confinement shocks the conscience and is a national embarrassment.  We should take advantage of the growing national consensus regarding corrections reform to ensure that, if our society were to be judged by entering our prisons, we would not be found lacking."

Attorneys for Mr. Woodfox said he will now be able to receive the medical attention he desperately needs.

If you would like to speak with attorneys for Mr. Woodfox or leading experts on solitary confinement conditions and reform, please contact Laura Burstein or Jamie Moss atLaura.Burstein@Squirepb.com202-626-6868 (o), 202-669-3411 (c); orjamie@newspros.com201-788-0142.

'Angola 3' Case Background

In 1972, Brent Miller, a young, white guard at Angola prison, was killed. At a time when Angola prison was highly racially polarized, investigators eventually honed in on four suspects who were politically active Black Panthers.  Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace were two of those men.  No forensic or physical evidence linked Mr. Woodfox or Mr. Wallace to the crime, the fingerprints found at the scene, or the bloody knife found nearby. Several alibi witnesses placed both men in different parts of the prison and away from the scene of the crime at the time of the murder.

Mr. Woodfox was originally convicted in 1973 of the murder solely on the testimony of three inmate witnesses.

However, as Mr. Woodfox learned decades after his original trial, these inmates were provided attractive incentives by the prison officials for their testimony, including promises of improved housing and a pardon.  State officials also suppressed inconsistent statements by these witnesses.

Eventually, Mr. Woodfox's 1973 conviction was overturned because of discrimination in the selection of the grand jury that indicted him.  He was retried in 1998.  Despite the fact that two of the State's three inmate witnesses had died, and despite the fact that they never were adequately cross-examined because of evidence hidden by prison officials, their transcripts from the prior trial were admitted into evidence and Mr. Woodfox was again convicted.

After many years of appeals, his 1998 conviction was set aside in later 2014 and he was recharged in 2015.  His lawyers waged a vigorous campaign to exclude from any new trial the prior testimony of the deceased witnesses who never were adequately cross-examined.  However, both the trial judge and the First Circuit Court of Appeal in Louisiana denied those motions, meaning that the prior statements would again be used against Mr. Woodfox at a new trial.

Although Mr. Woodfox and his legal team remained optimistic about the possibility for an acquittal at a new trial, concerns about Mr. Woodfox's health mounted as he approached his 69th birthday. Mr. Woodfox decided to bring the case to a conclusion with today's action. His plea of "nolo contendere" or "no contest" to two lesser charges is not an admission of guilt. It means simply that he does not contest that the State would present evidence at a new trial from witnesses who said he committed this crime. Mr. Woodfox continues, as he always has, to maintain his innocence.


Today, Louisiana prisoner Albert Woodfox walked free, 44 years after he was first put into solitary confinement.

He was the United States’ longest serving prisoner held in isolation. Nearly every day for more than half of his life, Albert Woodfox woke up in a cell the size of a parking space, surrounded by concrete and steel.

Tomorrow morning, for the first time in more than four decades, he will be able to walk outside and look up into the sky.

Over the course of nearly five years working on Albert Woodfox’s case at Amnesty, I heard many times that the odds were insurmountable.

But I always knew that Albert Woodfox would go home.

I have seen the incredible power of our movement when we work together.

I have seen the courage humility, and determination of so many of you who have played big and small roles to help this historic human rights victory come to fruition.

I have seen the unbelievable strength of the Angola 3: Robert King, Herman Wallace, and Albert Woodfox himself—all three of whom endured nightmares but persevered with humor, dignity, and resolve to wage a relentless fight against the cruel, inhuman and degrading practice of prolonged solitary confinement in the United States.

With the knowledge of his release, Albert had this message for those who have helped him secure his freedom:
I want to thank my brother Michael for sticking with me all these years, and Robert King, who wrongly spent nearly 30 years in solitary. I could not have survived without their courageous support, along with the support of my dear friend Herman Wallace, who passed away in 2013. I also wish to thank the many members of the International Coalition to Free the Angola 3, Amnesty International, and the Roddick Foundation, all of whom supported me through this long struggle. Lastly, I thank William Sothern, Rob McDuff and my lawyers at Squire Patton Boggs and Sanford Heisler Kimpel for never giving up. Although I was looking forward to proving my innocence at a new trial, concerns about my health and my age have caused me to resolve this case now and obtain my release with this no-contest plea to lesser charges. I hope the events of today will bring closure to many.
I’m carrying those words with me today as we celebrate this victory.

Today Albert Woodfox walks free—February 19, 2016, his 69th Birthday.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

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Food and Water Watch - How Do We Prevent the Next Flint?

It's 2016.
ALL Americans Should Have Safe Drinking Water
Flint water
Dear Cathy,

The disaster in Flint has put a spotlight on our nation's crumbling drinking water systems and everybody is wondering:

How do we make sure Flint’s heartbreaking situation isn’t repeated throughout communities across the U.S.?
The answer is simple: The federal government MUST invest in the American people and our infrastructure to ensure that everyone has access to safe, affordable drinking water.¹Food & Water Watch has a strategic campaign to force Congress to act — but before we can commit to moving forward with our plan, we need to know that we can count on you.
Will you commit to a small monthly donation to help launch our campaign to fix our nation's crumbling water systems?

What happened in Flint was no accident. It was the result of politicians recklessly slashing spending instead of protecting the very people they are supposed to represent.²

Many of our nation’s water systems are over 100 years old — it's no wonder that systems are starting to crumble. In the 1970s, Congress passed the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act and began allocating more funding to fix our aging water infrastructure. But since then, federal funding for water infrastructure has been slashed time and again. We went from spending $17 billion in 1977 (adjusted for inflation) on our nation's water systems to $4 billion in 2014 — a 74% decrease.

As a nation, we've taken access to clean water for granted. But now, our water infrastructure is crumbling and it’s poisoning the most vulnerable among us. In fact, the American Society of Civil Engineers' report card for water infrastructure gives the U.S. a D.³

If we don’t fix this now, more communities will be in crisis — and Flint's crisis shows just how much is at stakeWe need to know we have dedicated Food & Water Partners before we can take on this long-term fight. We've done the math and we need five people from each state to sign up as Partners to donate at least $10 monthly. Can we count on you to be one of the five new Partners from Georgia?

Yes, I'm in. I will donate monthly to help mobilize for our drinking water systems.
No, I don't think water infrastructure is an important issue for you to work on.

We know that Congress will not act without pressure. It's up to us to demand action to fix our decaying water systems and protect our children.

Food & Water Watch was founded 10 years ago on the core principle that access to safe, affordable drinking water is a human right. In 2008, we introduced legislation to create dedicated funding to maintain our aging water infrastructure. Without a powerful movement behind it, funding for our water systems hovered at an all time low, and the bill didn't pass.

It's tragic that it's taken a crisis like Flint to draw national attention back to this issue, but now is the time to fix our broken systems.

So what's the plan? Our incredible staff has already drafted legislation that would adequately fund our water infrastructure across the U.S. We need resources to get our staff to Capitol Hill and in district offices to persuade members of Congress to introduce and support the bill. We need your help to educate people about how the tragedy in Flint happened and how we can stop it from happening again. And we need resources to bring people together in key districts to finally move this critical legislation.

Funding clean water for all of us should not be controversial, but in this political climate and an election year, it won't be easy. We don't take any money from corporations or the government, so we count on people like you to give us the dedicated support we need to take on long-term campaigns.

Will you sign up to donate monthly as a Food & Water Partner to help us secure the long-term infrastructure investments needed to stop another Flint?

With your financial support, we can work to make sure the families of Flint and all of our families have access to clean drinking water. We’ll continue to educate and mobilize everyday people to make our democracy work. It’s not glitzy or glamorous, but it is the determined hard work we must do in order to stand up to corporations that put profits before people and make our democracy work for people and the environment.

I hope you will become a Food & Water Partner today to do even more to fight for water for all.

Thanks for your support,

Wenonah Hauter

Wenonah Hauter
Executive Director
Food & Water Watch

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

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High School Students of America: Here's How to Sneak In to My "R"-Rated Movie This Weekend

Michael Moore via 

High School Students of America:

Imagine a place where you don’t have to do any homework, and you don’t have to take those ridiculous standardized tests. Or how ‘bout a place where your public school lunch is a luxurious four-course meal that you have the time to enjoy each day. Imagine a country where all college is free — and it’s impossible to find anyone who has a student loan to pay off. Can you believe there’s actually a place where teenagers can easily get birth control with no parental permission, and that when it comes to getting free health services there’s no issue because, even as a teen, the society respects that only you should have control over your own body. Imagine a world where no hall passes are required to go to the bathroom, where school is not an assembly line (and it doesn’t start at 8 in the friggin’ morning!). And what if, on top of all of this, you could vote at the age of 16 and have a real say in your future.

Well, that place exists. It exists in many countries, all over the world. In fact, in every advanced industrialized country, one or more of the above is already happening every single day. But not here in the U.S.A.
And so I’ve made a movie about all those places, a movie that will take you on a raucous, hilarious ride through the great life that they’re having and we’re not. It’s called WHERE TO INVADE NEXT, and it opens this weekend, February 12th, in theaters across the country.
There’s only one problem: It’s rated “R”.

Now, you might be asking yourself, “Why did the American ratings board (the MPAA) give my film an ‘R’ rating?” Maybe it has something to do with all the things I’ve just listed above. Some people would prefer you not know how teenagers in the rest of the world are treated. Bottom line: They’re not treated like babies and inmates. They are treated like full-grown human beings with dignity and rights. Lots of rights.

But here in the USA, the MPAA has deemed my film too dangerous for you to see on your own. So I’d like to fix that. I’d like you to see my movie. And I’d like to help you sneak in to do that this weekend.

Now, I’m probably going to have a shitstorm rain down upon me for doing this. I don’t care. Wrong is wrong, and it is wrong to not let you see this movie. The theaters or the movie studios or the censors may not like what I’m about to suggest, but they’re just going to have to deal with it. It is insulting to you as a 15 or 16-yr to be told you can’t handle the truth. What year is this — 1952?

By now, you probably know all the ways to sneak into an “R”-rated movie — buy a ticket to another film then sneak in; go in to the PG film you bought a ticket for then go out to get popcorn and “forget” your ticket so you can then head in to the “R”-rated film; etc.
Here are a few of the other ways (some of which I’m sure you’ve tried):
  1. Buy your ticket online. That gets you past the first gatekeeper at the ticket window who wants to see your ID.
  2. Speaking of ID – here’s a good site on how to make fake ID(CLICK HERE FOR LINK) (use responsibly, not for alcohol or joining the army)
  3. Have a 17 or 18-yr. old friend buy the tickets for you, or randomly ask an adult in line to do it. Tell them why you want to see this movie. It’s not like standing outside the 7-11 trying to get a stranger to buy beer.
  4. While standing at the box office window or in front of the ticket taker, try to mimic the way older adults look and sound so as to draw less attention to yourself. Suggestions: be hunched over, look tired, stressed out; have a glaze over your eyes, or a distant stare into a bleak future of abandoned hope. Talk about your 401K or the baby keeping you up at night or something you read in the Wall Street Journal. That should do the trick.
  5. If you buy a ticket to another film that’s PG-13 in order to sneak in to mine, may I suggest helping out the box office of “Creed”, “Brooklyn” or “Hail Caesar”. They’re good movies, and you should come back and see them anyway.
Any of the above should work. And if you are a parent reading your teen’s email and you’re shocked I’m doing this, let me reassure you that my film contains little profanity, no one is having sex on camera, and the minimal violence that is shown is of police in the U.S. abusing people of color. Thank god this is not your typical PG-13 movie where hundreds get slaughtered, women are exploited and are the victims of rampant misogyny, and abhorrent values of conquering the weak, greed is good and over-the-top narcissism are the messages being conveyed to the young. But when I come along to show them there’s a better world they can make for themselves, I get slapped with an “R”-rating. Go figure. (BTW, I believe, depending on the maturity level of your kids, even 8 and 9-yr olds can understand and enjoy this film.)

So, high school students of America — go check out “Where To Invade Next” (here’s the list of theaters showing it). I promise you it’ll be one of the best movies you’ll see this year. I am so amazed at your generation — how aware you are of the world, how much you’re concerned about your future, how into the election year you are, and mostly how you are not a generation of haters. You don’t hate people because of the color of their skin or if they are in love with someone of their own gender. You don’t want this country going to war. This is a HUGE shift from past generations and already I can see you’re going to make this world a better place.
And remember – after you see my movie, don’t forget to go out and raise your voice, disturb the status quo, and cause a ruckus. We need you.

Michael Moore
Director, “Where To Invade Next”

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