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FCC Commissioner Says No to Pay-For-Play Internet

Colorlines - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 10:19
FCC Commissioner Says No to Pay-For-Play Internet

In the latest round in the decade-long Battle Over Your Internet, Tom Wheeler, chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced this week that he'll stand for keeping the Internet as is: open.

I'll admit surprise. To understand why see herehere, here, here and, well, you get the point. Then again, perhaps it is difficult for a Beltway denizen to completely ignore nearly 4 million comments from ordinary Americans basically saying, "Hands off my Internet." Or maybe it's just difficult for Wheeler to ignore his boss.

Whatever the cause, between last April and December, according to Politico, Wheeler changed his mind about an earlier proposal that consumer advocates and tech companies say would've created a two-tier Internet. Its impact on low-income communities of color (and nonprofit media like Colorlines) would be devastating. For example, largely working-class and poor St. Louis residents used real-time tweets and streaming video to draw mainstream media's attention to Mike Brown's body lying on their street for four and a half hours. Suppose they first had to pay-to-play?

Wheeler's turnaround isn't the end of it. On February 26th his new and stronger "open Internet" rules go before the full commission for a vote. A win isn't a slam dunk, however. Advocates are expecting pressure from a new Republican Congress and members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

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Anti-Vax Politics Could Transfer Risks of Disease to Communities of Color

New America Media - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 09:31
Above: Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has openly supported parents who decide not to vaccinate their children. As the Center for American Progress’ Sam Fulwood III aptly pointed out in his recent analysis of the impact of the economic downturn... Ivan Walks http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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This People of Color and Mental Illness Project Will Move You

Colorlines - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:21
This People of Color and Mental Illness Project Will Move You

Nearly half of all Americans will develop some form of mental illness during their lifetime, according to a study by the National Institutes of Health. But people of color often face additional barriers to treatment, including the stigmas associated with mental illness in their communities and discrimination in predominately white clinical settings, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness

Dior Vargas, a Latina feminist mental health activist, is out to change that. Vargas launched a new photo series aimed at breaking the stigmas associated with mental illness among people of color. The project, hosted on Vargas's website, is still accepting submissions. 


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Jordan Vows Revenge, Anthem Insurance Hack, Serena's Return to Indian Wells

Colorlines - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:09
Jordan Vows Revenge, Anthem Insurance Hack, Serena's Return to Indian Wells

Here's some of what I'm reading up on this morning: 

  • Jordan vows revenge for the brutal killing of an IS captive. 
  • Is your name, birthday and address a casualty of the big hack on Anthem health insurance? 
  • Serena Williams will return to Indian Wells more than a decade after being called the n-word and reminded that she could be skinned alive by tennis fans:
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ISIS - Echoing the Purges of the Khmer Rouge?

New America Media - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 15:24
This week, ISIS released a video showing the captive Jordanian pilot First Lt. Muath al-Kasasbeh being burned alive, the latest act of brutal violence that has earned the group the wrath of the world. The group calling itself the Islamic... Andrew Lam http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=8
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Infant contracts measles in Santa Monica, California

New America Media - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:52
 A baby is one of the latest victims of the California measles outbreak, prompting the closure of a child-care center on the Santa Monica High School campus which regularly cares for 24 infants and toddlers. The infant is younger than... Asian Journal http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Diversity at Work - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 00:54
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Women’s Media Center Statement: Komen Foundation VP Karen Handel Resigns

Majority Post - Tue, 02/07/2012 - 10:46
The Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure will clearly be a contender for media debacle of the year and the architect of that disastrous decision, former Komen VP Karen Handel, deserved to lose her position. Regardless of Karen Handel’s statement to the media it should be clear that she had to resign because she [...]
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Dangerous “Prenatal Discrimination Bill” Crafted by GOP

Majority Post - Tue, 02/07/2012 - 09:57
An article written by Nick Baumann and published yesterday in Mother Jones, “House GOP Memo: ‘Abortion Is the Leading Cause of Death in the Black Community’,” discusses a new “prenatal discrimination bill” proposed by the GOP. The bill attempts to distinguish between “black abortions” and abortions in general and claims that “abortion is the leading [...]
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WMC Board Member Gloria Feldt Discusses Public Reaction to Komen Decision

Majority Post - Tue, 02/07/2012 - 09:54
WMC Board Member and former President of Planned Parenthood Gloria Feldt has written an article for the Daily Beast on the implications of the recent Susan G. Komen Foundation’s decision to pull funding from Planned Parenthood. “If this were just about Planned Parenthood,” she writes, “or yet another battle over abortion, the outrage would be [...]
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“The Marketing of Breast Cancer” and the History of the Komen Foundation

Majority Post - Mon, 02/06/2012 - 10:18
In AlterNet’s article, “The Marketing of Breast Cancer,” Mary Ann Swissler discusses the complicated history of the popular Dallas-based Susan G. Komen Foundation, under fire recently for its decision to pull funding from Planned Parenthood. Swissler reaches back in time and reminds readers that the Komen Foundation “helped block a meaningful Patients Bill of Rights [...]
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Exclusive: Hillary Clinton Launches Public Service Initiative

Majority Post - Sun, 02/05/2012 - 21:25
By Marianne Schnall February 6, 2012 Working with the nation’s top women’s liberal arts colleges, Secretary of State Clinton hopes to harness the potential of women around the world to strengthen leadership in both government and civil society. For the world to cope with its full range of problems, women must be agents of change. [...]
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BREAKING: Statement by Julie Burton, Women’s Media Center President Re: Komen Decision

Majority Post - Fri, 02/03/2012 - 09:44
NEW YORK-We’re relieved for millions of women across the country who will not be cut from access to critical health care services. We think the reaction over the last 48 hours really demonstrates the power of women when we speak loudly and act together. It also demonstrates the power of social media to enact change [...]
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Exclusive: Komen vs. Planned Parenthood—What’s Going On?

Majority Post - Thu, 02/02/2012 - 21:27
By Ellen Sweet February 3, 2012 Immediate outrage in the social media greeted the Komen foundation after it defunded breast cancer screening by Planned Parenthood. Ellen Sweet explores what’s behind its puzzling turn-about. Why would an organization that has invested $1.9 billion over the past 30 years to save women’s lives, whose founder and first [...]
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Statement from Women’s Media Center on Komen Foundation and Planned Parenthood

Majority Post - Thu, 02/02/2012 - 12:33
NEW YORK– The Women’s Media Center is deeply disappointed with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation’s decision to cease funding breast cancer prevention, education, and screenings at Planned Parenthood health centers. We urge our friends and supporters to join us by standing in solidarity with Planned Parenthood Federation of America and all of [...]
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Exclusive: Could DSM-5 Be Harmful to Your Mental Health?

Majority Post - Wed, 02/01/2012 - 21:42
By Elayne Clift February 2, 2012 The APA diagnostic manual revision process, in the news recently over the definition of autism, holds other potential threats for women’s health. Elayne Clift investigates the gender issues in DSM-5. Debbie N. (not her real name) was a college student in the 1990s when she traveled to the Mediterranean [...]
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Exclusive: U.S. Acts on Women, Peace and Security

Majority Post - Mon, 01/30/2012 - 21:23
By Lucinda Marshall January 31, 2012 A new action plan opens far-reaching possibilities to improve the security of women and the world. With some caution, women’s peace advocates plan to monitor its implementation. The National Action Plan On Women, Peace and Security (NAP) issued by President Obama shortly before the end of last year has [...]
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Rose Aguilar on Reproductive Rights

Majority Post - Mon, 01/30/2012 - 10:53
PWV Alum Rose Aguilar has a new gig writing a regular op-ed for Al Jazeera English. Check out her debut article “Reproductive Rights and the Republican Primary.”
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Patty Jenkins wins Award for ABC’s The Killing

Majority Post - Mon, 01/30/2012 - 09:31
The Women’s Media Center congratulates Patty Jenkins for winning “Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Dramatic Series” for The Killing Pilot (AMC) at the 64th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards!
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Four Decades–And Counting–of Feminist Journalism

Majority Post - Mon, 01/30/2012 - 09:11
Stanford University News published an article detailing a recent Stanford panel discussion where editors, activists, and bloggers came together to salute Ms. magazine and consider the future of feminism. The piece mentions the contributions of WMC Co-Founder Gloria Steinem and Board Member Helen Zia in the creation of the iconic magazine.
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