Sunday, June 9, 2013

The New South or the Wild West?

Trigger Warning for first email.  But it's Important!

Couldn't this guy have gone to Small Claims Court and gotten back his money instead of committing Murder?  But then That takes more time and requires Thought!

A jury in Texas just acquitted a man who shot and killed a woman for refusing to
have sex with him. No one should ever fear for their lives when saying no to sex.
Will you sign the petition to Texas Attorney General Abbott asking him to clarify
that nobody should be killed for refusing sex?
click here
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A court in Texas just exonerated a man who shot and killed a woman who had refused
to have sex with him. She's dead, and he will serve no time at all.
We have to speak up to make sure this never happens again anywhere in the U.S.
Here’s what happened: Ezekiel Gilbert shot and killed a Craigslist escort after she
left without having sex with him. His lawyer argued that since he had paid her $150
for the evening, he was justified under Texas law in shooting her because state law
allows people “to use deadly force to recover property during a nighttime theft."
The precedent this case sets is dangerous. A woman is NEVER required to have sex
with a man if she doesn't want to. Ever.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott can issue an opinion clarifying that nobody can
be shot for refusing to have sex.
As the state’s chief legal official, his opinion will influence elected and legal
 In Texas and across the country, making this clear is incredibly important to saving
lives in the future.
Yesterday's verdict has generated a national firestorm of headlines that are making
their way across social media. If we can focus the national spotlight on Abbott,
the pressure could force him to act.
Will you sign the petition asking AG Abbott to clarify that women always have the
right to say no to sex, no matter the circumstances?
Add your name.
It’s horrifying that we have to clarify that a woman’s consent is hers to give, regardless
of the circumstances. But if we don’t speak out, this sexist mentality and its sad
results will only continue.
This story has already gotten the attention of national blogs. Both
Gawker and Think Progress
 have written about the jury’s decision.
 Local Texas outlets are also seeing lots of online outrage. Commenters at
My San Antonio
 have weighed in saying things like “I don't even know what to say, I'm speechless.
That's not what this law is in place for” and "this is not the Bexar County I want
to live in, where women can be murdered for not giving someone the sex they believe
they're owed."
We can make sure this doesn’t happen again. We need AG Abbott to speak out and issue
an opinion making it perfectly clear that nobody should be killed for refusing sex,
no matter what the circumstances.
Sign the petition.
Thanks for speaking out.
--Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Malinda and Karin, the UltraViolet team
Jury acquits escort shooter
, My San Antonio, June 5, 2013
2. Ibid.
About Attorney General Opinions
, Attorney General of Texas, March 1, 2012
Texas Says It's OK to Shoot an Escort If She Won't Have Sex With You
, Gawker, January 6, 2013
Jury Acquits Texas Man For Murder Of Escort Who Refused Sex
, Think Progress, January 6, 2013
Jury acquits escort shooter: Comments
, My San Antonio, January 6, 2013

Glade stinks --
and it's not just the smell. SC Johnson, Glade's parent company, is refusing to disclose
the chemicals in each of its products.
Tell Glade to stop hiding chemicals in its products.
Sign the petition

Something about the massive fragrance brand Glade stinks. Although Glade’s sprays,
candles, and air fresheners are marketed as clean and refreshing, independent investigations
have showed that
Glade products contain secret, potentially toxic chemicals.
When health advocates Women’s Voices for the Earth commissioned an independent lab
to test Glade for toxins, they found
chemicals that have been linked to allergic reactions
, birth defects, and increased risk of breast cancer
. We know Glade uses synthetic musks that build up in the body over time, and
ultimately show up in blood and breast milk.
Other companies, like Chlorox and the makers of Lysol have dropped these ingredients,
but not Glade -- and we don't even know what else might be lurking in Glade fragrances.
In the United States,
manufacturers aren’t required to label the ingredients
 of fragrances, so most don’t. That means consumers can’t avoid fragrances that contain
unhealthy chemicals and allergens, like those found in many Glade products.
Tell the makers of Glade to stop keeping secrets and let consumers know what chemicals are in its fragrances.
S.C. Johnson, the massive chemical conglomerate that owns Glade, likes to brag that
it’s committed to honesty and transparency. But
it only discloses the contents of its fragrances in a single online master list with
over 1,500 ingredients.
 That master list
includes scary ingredients like petroleum -- but it doesn't say which chemicals appear
in which products!
 Consumers have no way of knowing which products to avoid if they have allergies
or small children, or if they simply want to shy away from toxins.
In the European Union, where disclosure rules are stricter, Glade products already
have labels about their ingredients, so
we know that the makers of Glade could easily be more transparent.
 But it’s chosen to keep customers in the U.S. in the dark.
Glade recently responded to consumer complaints about its lack of transparency, but
it simply reiterated what its policies are. It didn't address the basic issue: when
we buy Glade products, we don't know what we're getting. Glade dodged a handful of
complaints, but if thousands of us speak out together, it will have to get serious.
 S.C. Johnson wants to be seen as a leader on transparency,
 and this is its chance to live up to that billing. By labeling potentially harmful
ingredients in Glade products, it can help set a new standard in the fragrance industry.
Click here to demand that Glade disclose its fragrance ingredients.
Rob, Kaytee, and the rest of us
More Information:
Women's Voices for the Earth,
Dirty Secrets test results
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It's the law in Alabama that teachers must tell kids that being gay is a criminal offense, even though that's not true. I want the state legislature to repeal this hurtful, outdated law.
Sign My Petition
 -As a teenager, I expect my teachers to tell me the truth.
So why does my state, Alabama, require by law that my teachers tell me that being
gay is a criminal offense?
The Supreme Court ruled in 2003 that being gay is not a crime -- it's incredible
that happened so recently. But it's even more incredible that in Alabama, the law
requires sexual education teachers to emphasize that
"homosexuality is not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public and that homosexual
conduct is a criminal offense."
I'm a queer teen in Alabama, and I don't think it's acceptable for the law to force
my teachers to tell me I'm a criminal.
A bill has been introduced in the Alabama state legislature to repeal this hurtful, outdated law. My friend Adam and I started a petition on calling on the legislature to repeal the law -- will you click here to sign?
It's bad enough to be a gay kid and hear from your teachers that your identity is
invalid. But what's even worse is the way this school forces teachers to sanction
anti-gay bullying, even if they don't want to.
Queer kids are significantly more likely to attempt suicide than straight or cisgender
kids, partly because society teaches us to think awful things about ourselves --
that we're weird and abnormal and not okay. But we are okay, just the way we are.
We need for our teachers and the people in our lives to be able to tell us that we
It's been ten years since the Supreme Court ruled that it's not a crime to be gay.
It's time for Alabama to stop forcing teachers to lie to students -- and I know that
if enough people sign my petition the state legislature will do the right thing and
take this hateful law off the books.
Click here to sign Adam's and my petition calling on the Alabama state legislature to repeal a law that forces teachers to tell students that being gay is a crime.
Thank you,
Sarah Noone, age 16
Birmingham, Alabama

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