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A friend writes, "Attacking people with mental health issues after a shooting is the public health equivalent of attacking Iraq after 9/11."

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13 people died because GM refused to switch out a faulty ignition switch on the Chevy Cobalt and other models, despite being aware of the problem. The change would have cost GM 90 cents per car.

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It’s not negligent homicide when a powerful corporation does it.

13 people died because GM refused to switch out a faulty ignition switch on the Chevy Cobalt and other models, despite being aware of the problem. The change would have cost GM 90 cents per car.

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It’s not negligent homicide when a powerful corporation does it.


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Newark is one of several cities where students have protested decreasing budgets and an increase in charter schools.

 … An analysis from the Center for Budget and Policy priorities estimates that states are spending 28 percent less on average per student than they were in 2008.

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A friend writes, "CEO pay went up 13% cuz like the economy got 13% better last year with 13% more jobs and 13% raises for everyone."

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Local Artists to Question “Boston Strong” Slogan with Marathon Bombing Anniversary Exhibition

Three artists - Darrell Ann Gane-McCalla, Shea Justice, and Jason Pramas - will be holding an art show called Boston Strong? from April 15-22, 2014 at the Community Church of Boston Lothrop Auditorium, 565 Boylston St., 2nd Flr. - one block from the Boston Marathon finish line in Copley Square. An opening with speakers - including Mel King, Tina Chéry of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, and hip-hop poet Ant Thomas -  will be held on April 15 from 7-9 p.m., and a traditional art opening will be held on April 18 from 6-10 p.m. The exhibition is co-sponsored by the Community Church of Boston, and is free and open to the public.

The purpose of the show is to spark public discussion and debate about the meaning of the popular “Boston Strong” slogan. The artists contend that there is a disparity between media coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombing victims, many of whom are white and live outside Boston, and media coverage of the victims of ongoing criminal assaults around Boston, many of whom are people of color and live in the city. Over 40 people have been killed in Boston, mostly by guns, since the Marathon Bombings. But there is no One Fund for those victims, and little serious talk of ameliorating the poverty that causes crime in Boston’s working class neighborhoods of color. - See more at: http://www.questionbostonstrong.com/#sthash.giKUrTxY.dpuf

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassinated on this day in 1968 by a racist American citizen.

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In 1968 King was planning a national occupation of Washington, D.C., to be called the Poor People’s Campaign, when he was assassinated on April 4 in Memphis, Tennessee. He had gone to Memphis to support sanitation workers on strike for union recognition—the very kind of struggle he felt was central to “Phase Two” of the civil rights struggle.

Author Brian Jones writes, “In the final pages of [King’s last published work, titled] ‘Where Do We Go from Here?’ (1967), King calls on a bit of Biblical poetry to urge his readers to build the kind of determined movement that could make their dreams a reality:

“‘Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal opposition to poverty, racism and militarism. With this powerful commitment, we shall boldly challenge the status quo and unjust mores, and thereby speed the day when “every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low; and the crooked shall be made straight and the rough places plain.’”

(http://socialistworker.org/2009/01/19/the-king-they-wont-celebrate)


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Maysoon Zayid: I got 99 problems… palsy is just one | TEDTalks

"I have cerebral palsy. I shake all the time," Maysoon Zayid announces at the beginning of this exhilarating, hilarious talk. (Really, it’s hilarious.) "I’m like Shakira meets Muhammad Ali." With grace and wit, the Palestinian-American comedian takes us on a whistle-stop tour of her adventures as an actress, stand-up comic, philanthropist and advocate for the disabled.


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Executives at General Motors have answered the age-old question of how much is a life worth. A life is worth 57 cents.

 … The United States used to give corporations the death penalty: They were dissolved, their assets sold off at auction, and their stockholders and managers left out in the cold. It’s an idea worth bringing back, says Thom Hartmann.


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 … When one survivor, a woman of color, attempted to report her assault, the complaint says, a college official responded, “It’s in your culture that men are gropey.”

Punishments imposed by the administration also proved to be a problem for some student victims.

One sexual assault survivor succeeded in obtaining a no-contact order against her assailant, only to have him take a job as building manager of the house where both students lived. The position gave him access to all of the residents’ information as well as keys to their rooms. In the event that the survivor ever got locked out, she would need to call the building manager — her assailant — to get in. When the survivor raised this concern with the university, according to the complaint, a resident dean allegedly told her it wouldn’t be a problem, and that no-contact orders were not an obstacle “when contact is legitimately needed.”


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