L.A. labor leaders seek minimum wage exemption for firms with union workers http://t.co/oLV7Z9dJXh— LA Times CA Politics (@LATpoliticsCA) May 27, 2015
As a longtime union member (AFGE Local 12, U.S. Department of Labor) until my retirement in 2011, I will not curse the above-referenced hypocrites. Instead, I simply say to them: you embarrass me.
Breaking. DC Atty Gen Racine files motion to stay Judge Scullin’s ruling easing city's concealed-carry gun law.— Tom Sherwood (@tomsherwood) May 26, 2015
D.C. has asked a judge to stay the ruling that tossed out a key provision of the city's concealed carry law: http://t.co/dnPCQTVRAi— Martin Austermuhle (@maustermuhle) May 27, 2015
Thanks, General Racine!
Matt Baume of AFER has the latest on the struggle for marriage equality.
Hopefully now everyone really gets how out of touch the homophobes who run NYC's St Patrick's Day Parade are with Ireland— Joe Sudbay (@JoeSudbay) May 23, 2015
Joe Sudbay is right. It is time for the aggressive homophobia of so many American Hibernian organizations to be challenged more and more to end their anti-gay bigotry. Their attitude was just overwhelmingly rebuked back in their motherland.
Saturday's acquittal of a Cleveland police officer who jumped onto the hood of a car and fired 49 shots through the windshield at an unarmed couple demonstrated the near-impossibility of getting justice against out-of-control police even after the most outrageously excessive use of deadly force.
Below are some illustrative tweets from yesterday regarding the bench-trial verdict and the protests that followed. I note that nonviolent protests were met with phalanxes of riot-geared officers who seemed determined to thwart constitutional speech and provoke unrest in order to justify their habitual brutality. Meanwhile, officials called for citizens not to be violent, when the clear problem was police violence. Wake up, America.
Judge finds Brelo’s use of force to be constitutional. All of it. He’s been fully exonerated. Good Lord. #BreloVerdict— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) May 23, 2015
You can officially jump onto the hood of a car and riddle two suspects with bullets, as long as your fellow cops are also shooting them.— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) May 23, 2015
This started because a Cleveland officer believed a car backfire was a gunshot.— Syan Rhodes (@SyanRhodes) May 23, 2015
To clarify, there is no rioting, gunfire, looting, etc. heavily equipped officers methodically arrested protesters while locals watched.— Sam Allard (@SceneSallard) May 24, 2015
I'm standing at the spot where #TamirRice was killed and the video doesn't convey just how suburban and chill this neighborhood is. At all.— deray mckesson (@deray) May 23, 2015
At such a joyous moment, the proper mode of celebration for a true son of Ireland (and on my mother's side I am a Gildea and a Fitzgerald) is to play a beloved old air and have a good cry. Here, then, is "In Derry Vale," sung by the lustrous Maureen Hegarty.
Oh, Derry Vale, my thoughts are ever turning
to your broad stream and fairy-circled lea.
For your green isles my exiled heart is yearning,
so far away across the sea.
The National Review slams Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for officiating at the May 17th Dupont Circle wedding of Michael Kahn and Charles Mitchem, despite the fact that civil marriage equality has been the law in D.C. for more than five years, a fact unaffected by the SCOTUS marriage ruling expected by the end of June. Their denunciation of RBG is based on the fact that she is not shy about displaying her views on the subject of marriage equality.
Where is their outrage at the openly and repeatedly demonstrated contempt for the rights of gay people on the part of Ginsburg's colleague Antonin Scalia? They are silent on that. As the saying goes, they can take several seats.
Time and again over the past few decades, the loudest anti-gay defenders of "family values" have turned out to be adulterers and sexual predators themselves. A big chunk of the blame must be shouldered by the media who have given them a platform. One example, as our friend Joe Sudbay notes below, is the TLC Network.
Some very encouraging numbers from Gallup. It should be noted that the GOP presidential candidates will not be running in a national primary, and the primary voters they do face will be subsets of the voters in one party. But the national poll numbers are encouraging for supporters of equality, though we still must work for it.
With a week to go, here's an update on the Yes Equality Campaign in Ireland from Co-Director Grainne Healy.
A conspiracy by police and clergy to cover up child rapes and a murder by a Baltimore high school chaplain is unraveled decades later by alumna of the school.
GLAA is proud to be part of a diverse coalition of DC-based organizations that wrote on Wednesday to the chairman and ranking member of the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee opposing congressional imposition of private school vouchers on the District of Columbia.
The letter begins:
Dear Chairman Chaffetz and Ranking Member Cummings:
As organizations that represent residents of the District of Columbia, we write to express our opposition to the DC private school voucher program, which was implemented by Congress as part of the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act.
Our organizations represent a diverse cross section of the residents of Washington, DC, with a wide variety of interests and concerns. We are united, however, in opposing this voucher program, which was imposed upon us by a Congress in which we have no voting representation. Some of the undersigned groups oppose the DC voucher because the program is ineffective and lacks accountability; others because the program offends the notion of home rule; and still others because the program allows private schools to receive federal funds and educate our students while they maintain exemptions from federal and District of Columbia civil rights protections.
Organizations signing the letter are ACLU of the Nation's Capital; Anti-Defamation League, Washington, DC Region; DC Vote; Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, D.C.; Jews United for Justice; National Organization for Women, DC Chapter; and Washington Teachers' Union.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s office admits that it had provided inaccurate information to the Supreme Court in a death penalty case before the justices.
Good afternoon. I am Rick Rosendall, president of the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance, which has worked for LGBT equality in D.C. since 1971. Thanks to Jody Westby for launching Communities Against Law Enforcement Misconduct, and to those who have helped her.
When thousands held a vigil in Meridian Hill Park last August 14 in solidarity with the people of Ferguson, Missouri, a few Metropolitan Police Department officers were on hand to ensure order. There was none of the belligerence we have seen in other cities. D.C. has come a long way since the 1991 riot by police against revelers at the High Heel Race on 17th Street Northwest.
Police reforms in D.C. since then have included creation of special liaison units such as the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit, which promote trust and cooperation between community members and police. With allies including the NAACP and ACLU of the Nation's Capital, GLAA helped push for creation of the independent Office of Police Complaints in the late 1990s.
After the unlawful mass arrest in Pershing Park in September 2002, our then mayor and police chief refused to acknowledge problems until a federal judge ordered the release of an internal report. Then-D.C. councilmember Kathy Patterson, with assistance from ACLU and support from GLAA, won passage of the First Amendment Rights and Police Standards Act of 2004.
Vigilance, persistent engagement, and data are essential to reform. ACLU-NCA reported in 2013 on a dramatic racial disparity in marijuana arrests in the District. Given the roughly equal rates of self-reported marijuana use by white and black citizens, the disparity was scandalous. A partial remedy came with Initiative 71, the Legalization of Possession of Minimal Amounts of Marijuana for Personal Use Act of 2014, which is now law. This was not the first time intervention was required. In 1998, we needed legislation to stop the arrest of people for drinking on their own front porches.
Right-wing groups and members of Congress are determined to block the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014 for things it does not do. The few, the obnoxious, the illiterate.