Colorlines - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 10:19
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 here, here, 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.
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
Colorlines - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:21
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.
Colorlines - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:09
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?
- Two youth are wounded after being shot outside a Maryland high school.
- Pfizer is set to acquire Hospira for $16 billion.
- Twitter's CEO, Dick Costolo, admits that the level of harassment and abuse on Twitter is absurd, that his company still hasn't dealt with it, that he's gonna do something something new about it, but doesn't explain what that something is.
- Diane Sawyer nabs an exclusive interview with Bruce Jenner about Jenner's gender transition (try to ignore the way the New York Times mis-genders Jenner in the link).
- 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:
- Lawmakers in California want to end the personal belief exception as a reason to not vaccinate children.
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
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
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.”
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!
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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