• Tell Texas Governor Greg Abbott to resign!
    Greg Abbott is running for a third term this year, and he’s using his office to promote baseless propaganda, instead of working with the administration to act swiftly and decisively to support Texans. Migrant children deserve respect and care, and to blame them instead of corporations falls directly in line with the rising blatant racism and xenophobia from the Republican Party. The corporate monopoly of major formula manufacturers contributed to this crisis—and elected leaders need to break their corporate stranglehold, not scapegoat and harm immigrant families and babies. This callous behavior from Greg Abbott cannot go on, he needs to resign.
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  • Corporations are to blame for the formula shortage
    You might be surprised to know that the market around baby formula actually barely exits: it’s a monopoly. Abbott Nutrition is just one of four companies that dominate this market. The company provides nearly half (43%) of the baby formula in the U.S. alone. The small number of companies in the market is purposeful, it makes it easier for companies to take profits for themselves and away from workers. Parents can't go to work because they're traveling across state lines to try to find formula when their local store shelves are empty, they're using expired formula that a neighbor had in their basement, they're using formula with allergens because the hypoallergenic formula their baby needs is just not available, and they're taking to the internet to find DIY recipes to create their own formula, a risky proposition when it comes to feeding your baby. We need urgent action NOW.
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  • Members of Congress must publicly and loudly denounce the “Great Replacement” theory
    The Buffalo shooter posted a white supremacist, anti-Semitic manifesto. It clearly shows that he had been radicalized radicalized by the repugnant, baseless “Great Replacement” theory, a conspiracy theory that preposterously asserts that white Americans are being purposely and intentionally replaced by immigrants and people of color to dilute the power of the white majority. The shooter joins a tragically long list of mass murderers driven by hate, including the shooters at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, WI, Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, the Walmart in El Paso, the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, sites in Atlanta, Indianapolis, and many other places. The white supremacy that led to the murders in Buffalo and to all the other racially motivated shootings reaches all the way up to the highest echelons of our society and government. In Congress, some elected leaders are weaponizing racist disinformation about everything from Critical Race Theory to gender-affirming care, from investments in a care infrastructure to ending mass incarceration and criminalization, in order to stoke fears and hold onto their power. In fact, some extremist members of Congress, including Representatives Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, and even Elisa Stefanik of New York, the third-ranking House Republican, who echoed the repugnant “Great Replacement” conspiracy theory in her fundraising, are helping to mainstream false, reprehensible white supremacy. Other members of Congress have been notably silent when racially motivated acts of horrific violence, such as what happened in Buffalo, occur. Don’t let your member of Congress support or ignore white supremacy and the “Great Replacement” conspiracy theory. Demand that they publicly and loudly denounce it now.
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  • Tell the SEC to Hold Massive Baby Formula Companies Accountable
    What does financial regulation have to do with the baby formula crisis? More than you might think. Just four companies sell almost all baby formula in the United States: Abbott, Reckitt Benckiser, Nestle, and Perrigo. This concentration in the industry leaves the supply chain vulnerable. Abbott Laboratories, a $35 billion conglomerate, is under fire for manufacturing baby formula in dirty facilities that caused two babies to die of a bacterial infection and made at least two others sick. Now, one of the biggest factories in the country is closed while regulators work to ensure it’s free of contamination, which means desperate parents are driving hours just to find formula. How did this crisis happen? One reason is that regulators let Abbott Laboratories buy back more than $5 billion of its own stock while it covered up unsanitary conditions in its factory. Instead of making sure their product was safe, Abbott’s executives lied to safety inspectors while spending corporate cash on pumping up its stock price. Before 1980, corporations were outlawed from buying back their own stock — and there’s no good reason regulators shouldn’t outlaw it again. This year, the biggest corporations are expected to spend a record $1 trillion on stock buybacks, shattering records and showering cash on shareholders — instead of investing it in product safety, innovation, or workers. The baby formula crisis should be the last straw. It’s sickening that Abbott would buy back stock instead of keeping babies safe. Chair Gary Gensler at the Securities and Exchange Commission has the authority to slam the brakes on corporate buybacks. Chair Gensler is doing good work to rein in financial wrongdoing, but needs to hear from us that this is important. Please help us send a message to Chair Gensler that corporate stock buybacks are bad for everyone but the CEOs and executives they enrich.
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  • Help the Mental Health Shortage! Support the Behavioral Health Workforce Revitalization Act SB964
    Under SB 964, the California Community Colleges, California State University, and University of California systems would be required to develop accelerated programs for social work degrees, such as allowing students to combine their last one or two years of undergraduate study with their graduate work to complete both programs more quickly. Senate Bill 964 by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) would offer $37,000 in stipends to students pursuing a master’s degree in social work who go on to work in behavioral health at a public agency while creating a state fund to increase pay and provide bonuses for licensed professionals already working in the field. We must urgently restore and revitalize the behavioral health workforce. Our most vulnerable will receive the aid they need with a rejuvenated workforce treated equitably and representing all Californians.
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  • End Gun Violence Now!
    Authorities have found a 180-page manifesto, authored by the shooter, in which he identifies as a white supremacist and antisemite and describes his intention to attack a Black neighborhood. In his manifesto, the shooter spoke extensively about the “great replacement theory,” which asserts that white people are being driven out and replaced by nonwhite people in Western societies. This theory is just white supremacy by a different name. At its core, it's a justification for anti-Black ideology that is as old as our country and has been used to rationalize slavery, Jim Crow, segregation, our carceral state, and more. We need to be direct about it and call it what it is: It’s racism. It’s white supremacy. It’s gun violence. All of which are brutal, great dangers to our communities, especially Black communities, Indigenous communities, and communities of color. It’s time to end gun violence now. One of the ways forward is to address the root causes of gun violence, because these dangers are not new. Since America’s colonial beginning, white people with power have used guns to colonize, enslave, and commit genocide against Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color.  The gun violence that we continue to experience day after day in America is very much rooted in our nation's history of violent white supremacy. This is why we must stay committed to fighting back against these ideologies. Together, we can imagine and build a world free from white supremacy, gun violence, police violence, and so much more.
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  • Call it White Supremacy—and Disavow it Now!
    When an 18-year-old white man, motivated by violent racist fantasies, opened fire in Buffalo, NY, he intentionally sought to kill Black Americans. And while he was the lone shooter, he was far from acting alone. He has the "Great Replacement Theory" fueling his derangement, a theory espoused by MAGA supporters, countless Republican candidates running for office across the country, Tucker Carlson and more. Even "mainstream" Republicans are saying the same and embracing those who do. This theory is just white supremacy by a different name. The right wing espouses it to rail against immigration and people of color. At it's core, it's a justification for anti-Black ideology that is as old as our country, and has been used to justify slavery, Jim Crow, segregation, our carceral state, and more. But thanks to folks like Tucker Carlson at Fox News, it's being presented as a legitimate and new intellectual idea—instead of the old-fashion racism it is. We see an increase in hate speech online, race-based harassment, and hate crimes like the mass murder in Buffalo. Some specifically credit "great replacement theory" as a motive, while other attackers just echo the same sentiments. It's unacceptable, hypocritical and dangerous for Republican leaders to offer "thoughts and prayers" to the people of Buffalo or to fall to race-blind canards like "all lives matter," while embracing demagogues who champion a theory grounded in white supremacy. Every Republican who wishes to repudiate this violence needs to call great replacement theory what it is—white supremacy—and needs to disavow and confront it, in their own policies, among their supporters, and among their colleagues. That includes Republicans running for Senate right now who appear on Tucker Carlson's show and have spoken out in favor of this ideology in the past.
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  • Red light for Mt. Lookout WV intersection
    We have had countless wrecks at the intersection more then any others in Nicholas county WV. We have begged pleaded for a light. We had a local petition but it has seemed to disappear. Now with a dollar general opened at this intersection we fear it's gonna get worse. We have lost loved one here and several injured. Today on May 15th 2022 at 6pm there was another yet another wreck. When is Enough a enough we need a red light
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    Bills 597 & 598 would cut all funding to community based behavioral health care systems in Michigan. These bills would privatize the Medicaid Mental Health services by giving full financial control and oversight to for-profit insurance companies. These bills would eliminate public accountabily, transparency (e.g., not be subject to comply with the Freedom of Information Act) and the ability to collaborate with community partners such as law enforcement, hospitals, schools, courts, housing and more. Over 62 Michigan counties have already passed resolutions opposing these bills and the Wayne County Commission is in direct opposition as well. Sign the petition to help us put a stop to SB 597 and 598 today! Bill 597: http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2021-SB-0597 Bill 598: http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2021-SB-0598"
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  • Mayor Breed: don't ignore climate in your budget
    Anybody who woke up in San Francisco under the orange sky on September 9, 2020 knows that climate change is undeniably upon us. But if we start now, there are still many things we can do to turn the tide and avoid the worst impacts. In our city that means rapidly switching our homes and vehicles off of fossil fuels and moving to cleaner, safer, electric alternatives powered by renewable energy; expanding transit; strengthening our ecosystems; and protecting and empowering the communities that will face the worst impacts. San Franciscans are ready to step up and do our part, and we need support and help from our city's leadership. The Climate Action Plan lays out clear strategies and action points for reducing our carbon emissions. Now, we need the Mayor and other city leaders to commit the funding to implement it. Delay at this point is inexcusable -- the longer we wait, the harder it gets to avoid the increasingly threatening consequences of a hotter planet. San Francisco has a long history of innovation and a strong progressive tradition. We should be leading the country and the world into a healthier, safer, more resilient future. (Photo credit: "The Day The Sun Didn't Rise" taken on September 9, 2020 by Christopher Michel is licensed under CC 2.0.)
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  • Ryan Smiths Resignation From Hopatcong Council
    If we do not start to stand up against this type of behavior, it will continue the culture that we live in an area that breeds hate. If you look at comments on the many local articles, you will see a common trend that people outside our area think of our town as racist and bigoted. We are fully aware that we are far from it, and the words of one do not reflect the ideology of the majority of us.
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  • Mental Health Matters
    May is Mental Health Awareness Month. On behalf of all student athletes and students, we hope that you will take this time as an opportunity to invest in their mental health. The Mental Health Reform Act embedded in the 21st Century Cures Act includes funding to promote integrated physical and mental health care. A policy requiring student athletes to speak with a mental health professional at least once during their sport’s season. Just as students are required to have annual physicals and dental check up requirements for player eligibility. We are asking you to work on creating a mental health component to add those requirements. In addition, athletes experience emotional trauma from being out of the game due to an injury. If an injury occurs that causes an athlete to be out at least 3-4 months, speaking with a mental health professional prior to returning to play would be just as beneficial. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I am asking policy-makers to support a student athlete mental health initiative.
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