Thursday, February 27, 2014

I Cry Foul

I Cry Foul

Maybe Blogger will think this is a sports comment and let it pass, we'll see.  This shit is UUUgly!

Mining companies are destroying the rainforest. Chip in to stop them.

Costa Rica's rainforests are some of the most amazing places on earth. So when a
Canadian mining company wanted to put an
open pit, cyanide-leach gold mine in the middle of its most pristine forest, Costa
Rica didn't just say no. They said hell, no.
So what did the mining company do?
They sued Costa Rica for $100 million lost profits.
It's the latest strategy in corporate bullying: If a country won't let you do whatever
you want, then sue them for violating "free trade."
But Costa Rica is the tip of the iceberg. Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly sued Canada
to increase drug prices. Philip Morris has sued Australia over cigarette warning
labels. The list goes on and on -- and under proposed trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific
Partnership, we'll see an explostion of these kinds of lawsuits.
But fighting corporate bullies is exactly what SumOfUs was set up to do.
 Using the Internet to organize, our worldwide membership has the collective power
to stand up to big corporations, so countries like Costa Rica don't have to face
these corporate bullies alone. Can you donate $25 to help us take on these giant
corporations and win?
Yes, I can chip in $25 to help stand up to bullying by big corporations.
Shortly after Infinito Gold proposed its mine, Costa Rica banned the kind of destructive
open pit mining they wanted to do. And you'd think that would be the end of it --
but because of a so-called free trade agreement between Canada and Costa Rica, many
experts think Infinito Gold will win its lawsuit. If it do, Costa Rica will have
to pay a huge sum of money just because they decided to protect their forests.
Costa Rica is just one example of a growing trend of corporations bullying sovereign
governments -- and it could get a lot worse because of similar trade deals like the
Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) or the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
(TTIP) that could affect virtually all of Europe, Australia, Asia, and North and
South America.
So we're fighting back. First, we're blowing the whistle every time a corporation
tries to bully a nation like Costa Rica. Second, we're organizing to block new trade
deals like the TPP and TTIP.
Can you make a donation to help support these efforts?
Can you chip in $25?
Thanks for all you do,
Paul and the team at
 SumOfUs is a worldwide movement of people like you, working together to hold corporations
accountable for their actions and forge a new, sustainable path for our global economy.

I thought the Republican Party stood for "Family Values."  There is a difference in "Family Values" and the values of the 1950's.  Why tear families apart when children tend to do better with two parents?  Why Not allow those parents to stay, pay their taxes, and learn English?

Reform Immigration FOR America
A Badge of Courage to Stand Up for Immigration Reform
There truly is "no place like home." Yet for millions in our community, homes and
families are torn apart due to a broken immigration system. In fact, more than 150,000
children are missing at least one parent who's been deported, and thousands more
face the pain of separation daily. Speaker of the House John Boehner has the power
to change this devastation by bringing an immigration reform bill to the House floor
for a vote. Yet, he remains silent and does nothing out of fear for anti-immigrant
extremists in the Republican Party.
Click here to tell Speaker Boehner that real leadership takes courage.
Since we began this fight, we have seen nothing but inadequate leadership from Speaker
Boehner on immigration reform.
 What started the year seemingly as a step forward with the GOP's introduction of
immigration principles led only to backpedaling just a few days later when the Speaker
claimed that he couldn't possibly put reform on the agenda because he couldn't trust
President Obama to enforce immigration laws.
Meanwhile, our families continue to wait for relief from the terrible threat of deportation,
and for reform that will allow them to stay together. While Speaker Boehner has the
power to end the ceaseless heartbreak of hundreds of thousands by bringing a bill
to the floor for a vote, he continues to sit on his hands out of fear of a small
but vocal anti-immigrant fringe of the Republican Party.
Like the Cowardly Lion from the children's tale "The Wizard of Oz," Speaker Boehner
has the ability to accomplish great things -- yet he lacks the courage to take the
first step.
Click here to send him a badge of courage and help him find the nerve to stand up for reform.
Millions of families are waiting for the threat of deportation to be lifted. They
are waiting for a reform bill that will allow them to live their lives without fear.
Speaker Boehner cannot continue to hide from his responsibilities. He must act quickly
and decisively to help our families. The first step is to stand up against anti-immigrant
extremists and to bring an immigration reform bill to a vote.
You can help the Speaker find his strength.
 Let him know that passing immigration reform is a priority for the American people,
that we support creating a path to citizenship for the undocumented. So let's help
him find his backbone by sending him some courage. Sign the petition and for every
signature we get, we will send Speaker Boehner a badge of courage. Together we can
show the Speaker that talk about immigration reform is not enough -- we demand action!
Help this cowardly lion stand up to Republican anti-immigrant extremists and do the right thing for our community. Add your name to send him some courage today!
With hope,
Donna De La Cruz
Reform Immigration FOR America


Monday, February 24, 2014

Something which Will Effect Our Futures, I think.

Something we all should be aware of.  I 'm noot sure how much of a democracy we have, but this is NASTY stuff!

Dear MoveOn member,
Do you know what McCutcheon v. FEC is? McCutcheon is
Citizens United 2.0. Remember that
—even if you don't remember anything else from this email. It'd do for wealthy individuals
the same thing
Citizens United
 did for corporations—and money would reign.
Shaun McCutcheon is an Alabama coal tycoon who likes to spread his money far and
McCutcheon's a real-life Raymond Tusk from
House of Cards.
In 2012, McCutcheon managed to spend nearly $300,000 on political campaigns—almost
three times what an individual can legally contribute—by creating his own political
action committee.
 Now, in a case he's argued before the Supreme Court—with support from Republican
Senator Mitch McConnell's own legal team—McCutcheon could eliminate some, or even
all, of our country's aggregate spending limits for individuals making political
This democracy-crippling judgment could come down from the court as soon as next
 and why it's so dangerous, check out this 90-second video to get up to speed—and then share it with a friend or two.
A bad Supreme Court decision in this case would practically legalize corruption.
Instead of donating to 18 House races, politician purchasers like McCutcheon and
the Koch brothers could donate to 435.
Check out the video above, and spread the word by sharing it on Facebook, Twitter, and email.
Thanks for all you do.
–Mark, Kyle, Matt B., Joan, and the rest of the team
P.S. MoveOn is partnering with Public Citizen and a dozen other advocacy and policy
organizations to pull off more than a hundred rapid-response rallies when the Supreme
Court issues its decision—whether it's next Monday or next month.
Find details for a rally near you.
1. "Meet Shaun McCutcheon, the Republican Activist Trying to Make History at the
Supreme Court," The Daily Beast, October 8, 2013
2. "McCutcheon Super PAC Already Busts Limits, Rule of the Game,"
Roll Call, October 7, 2013
"Meet Shaun McCutcheon, the Republican Activist Trying to Make History at the Supreme
Court," The Daily Beast, October 8, 2013
4. "Nationwide Rapid Response Planned for U.S. Supreme Court's McCutcheon Ruling,"
Common Dreams, February 10, 2014
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Friday, February 21, 2014

What We Need to do and What WE CAN SUCCEED in DOING

ppPersonal note, yesterday I made my First Sale from

A necklace I made with coral, black beads, and turquoise lamp work beads.  Working hard to get more on the site, but it's slow, with the blessing of hard working volunteer help.  Still, I have to begin Somewhere and have Finally begun!

Now, I hope the video of tar sands oil, mean meant for export, spilling in a small town is accessible from this site.  This pipeline (Keystone XL) is set to cross a lot of farmland.  Do you think ruined crop land won't result in price rises at your grocery store?

And then there are the victories we are working to win and Winning!  I know this is a Huge post, but please, check it out.

Thank you.

What We Must Do, and What We CAN SUCCEED in DOING

We Love Our Land
200,000 gallons is more than you can imagine.
Last spring, 200,000 gallons of crude oil spilled in the small town of Mayflower,
Arkansas when an Exxon pipeline carrying Canadian tar sands ruptured.
Many people became ill. The stench still lingers in the air. And ten months later,
some families still cannot return home.
The truth is, the residents of Mayflower never stood to benefit from this pipeline
— Americans won't benefit from the Keystone XL pipeline either.
Share this video with your friends so that they know what tar sands crude is doing to American towns like Mayflower.
Click here to watch the video!
When tar sands crude travels through our neighborhoods, our communities bear the
risk while Big Oil reaps the profits. Issues like the Keystone XL pipeline affect
every American, but especially those living with this danger in their own backyards.
Share this video with your friends to let them know the risks we run if Sec. Kerry supports the Keystone XL pipeline.
Thank you for sharing this important video,
Josh Burstein
Digital Team

Photo by
Pembina Institute

This, just in the last 3 months:
The “world’s least sustainable corporation” has committed to stop destroying the
Three huge clothing manufacturers have stopped torturing rabbits for their fur
The biggest corporate power grab in a generation has stalled in the US Congress,
and is facing growing opposition around the world
The UK government has put plans to sell citizens’ private medical data to corporations
on hold
Our growing community of more than 3 million people played a crucial role in every
one of these victories
 -- and many, many more! It’s been an exciting few months.
Meanwhile, we’re pushing forward in other areas, too. A massive US garden store has
confirmed to us that it's developing a policy on neonics, the pesticides that are
killing the bees. We’ve filed a legal request to fight back in the courts against
Bayer’s attempt to overturn Europe’s ban on these poisons. And more and more companies
are making strong commitments to remove conflict palm oil from their products.
Things are happening fast.
But let’s be clear: The fight against corporate power is a big one. In almost every
country, and on almost every issue, big corporations are fighting against the issues
we care most about. From environmental protection to human rights to economic justice,
corporate power is a huge part of the problem. And until we name it and fight it,
we can’t win.
And that’s why there is huge hope in the SumOfUs community.
 Together, we’re 3 million people strong -- and we hold tremendous collective power
over the corporations that increasingly control our democracies.
Thanks for being a part of it. Towards the next 3 months,
-- Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, Executive Director
PS: Get ready for some groundbreaking campaigning in the months ahead to stop the
Trans-Pacific Partnership and challenge giant corporations like Monsanto, as well
as the launch of SumOfUs in German, French and Spanish (with more to come).
Chip in to make it happen here.
Campaign updates
Saving Tony the Tiger and the rainforest from the “world’s least sustainable corporation”
After months of organized pressure against Kellogg's and its massive partner Wilmar
International -- a palm oil company that Newsweek named the “world's least sustainable
corporation” -- both companies are taking action to protect the rainforest!
Kellogg’s and Wilmar have both signed commitments to eliminate deforestation from
their supply chains
 in the next two years -- in what the Guardian called a “major success for environment
and consumer groups”.
We played a key role in pushing these companies over the line.
 Here's just a few of the things we did together:
Bombarded Kellogg's with hundreds of thousands of petition signatures and
thousands of phone calls
Worked with organizers in Michigan (where Kellogg’s is based) to pressure executives
on their home turf, generating reams of media coverage
 tens of thousands of personal messages to Kellogg’s CEO
, and met personally with the company’s head of sustainability
Put the campaign on investors’ radar, who proposed the issue for discussion at the
company’s AGM to increase the pressure
publish a report that exposed Wilmar's role in illegal destruction
 of orangutan habitat
Kellogg's commitment raises the bar for other consumer companies
-- who we're getting ready to target soon. And because Wilmar controls nearly half
the world’s palm oil trade,
 this could represent a massive sea change in the industry.
 We’re working with partners to make sure they implement their commitments on the
ground -- groups like Catapult Campaigns, Rainforest Action Network and Greenpeace
-- all of whom were crucial in winning this campaign, too.
This is great news for Tony the Tiger, and for the survival of Southeast Asia’s rainforests.
It's one of our biggest victories to date as a community -- and a very, very big
Read More:
Original petition
Clean Biz
They stopped torturing and killing bunnies for their fur!
When we saw the horrific video footage showing rabbits screaming in pain as their
fur was torn off at angora farms in China for the sake of “fashion” -- we knew we
had to act.
We got in touch with PETA to put pressure on three clothing manufacturers to stop
production of their angora products -- and they did!
Topshop was the first to topple
, after five days of pressure from SumOfUs members around the world. Not satisfied,
we moved on to
Asos -- who promised to never sell angora on its website again.
 Next, we asked clothing giant Zara to suspend orders of angora -- who were initially
refusing to act.
After a week of pressure, Zara caved!
 SumOfUs members mobilized almost 300,000 petition signatures and thousands of comments
on Zara’s Facebook wall. 330 people signed up to our
Super Bunny Warrior Team
, and over 200 people personally delivered the petition to Zara stores to force them
to act.
Read More:
Original petition
Daily Mail
Huffington Post
LA Times
UK government not selling private medical records to corporations -- for now
Alarmed by a plan that would have seen British citizens' private medical records
sold to corporations, we sprung into action this month.
SumOfUs joined with 252,000 UK members to spearhead growing opposition to the proposal.
Our staff team was meeting with top officials this week when they announced that
they were delaying the scheme for six months.
 They were feeling massive pressure -- SumOfUs’ campaign had already been featured
in the biggest UK newspapers, we’d commissioned an opinion poll that demonstrated
that 65% of the UK public were opposed to the scheme, and we were working with our
partners 38 Degrees to build a mass opt-out system for our members.
We’re staying engaged so we can feed in our views to any consultation process that
might emerge from the wreckage of this proposal. And we'll be watching closely to
see whether NHS England will make real changes to the scheme to address our privacy
concerns. If they don’t, then we’re ready to spring into action.
Read More:
Original Petition
The Independent
The Telegraph
A corporate lobbyist’s wildest dream
The Trans-Pacific Partnership
(TPP) is called a trade deal, but it’s really a massive corporate power grab
that would make it easier for corporations to sue our governments when they act to
protect our environment or health. And so we’ve launched a major campaign to stop
In the US, Obama has been pushing for “fast track” authority to allow him to negotiate
the sweeping deal without input from Congress. But after SumOfUs members joined with
other groups and made
almost 8,000 calls to their representatives, key lawmakers including Senate majority
leader Harry Reid and House minority leader Nancy Pelosi came out against fast track
authority -- a major blow to the TPP.
This fight isn't close to over, but we've got momentum on our side. Now,
we’re working to build major opposition in Australia, Canada, and elsewhere in the
12-country block to kill the TPP.
 If just one key country stands up and rejects the TPP, the whole deal could fall
through -- and we think our community has got what it takes.
Read More:
American call-in
Australian Petition
The Guardian
STILL BUZZING: Strong progress for the bees
Bayer is determined to keep selling its killer-pesticides for profit -- whatever
the cost to the bees. It’s still pushing ahead with a ridiculous lawsuit against
the EU’s two-year ban on the pesticides that are behind the global bee die-off.
Well two can play at that game. Tens of thousands of us chipped in to defend the
ban in the European courts against Bayer
 -- and the court is currently considering our case. The stakes are high. If Bayer
wins, it would be a huge setback for the bees -- making it much harder to push other
countries to ban these dangerous pesticides. But with science on our side, we’re
quietly confident we can silence Bayer’s legal threats.
Meanwhile, thousands of SumOfUs members in the US and Canada joined up with Friends
of the Earth and others to deliver a Valentine’s message to big garden stores Home
Depot and Lowe’s -- asking them on the phone and in stores to “show the bees some
love”. After the national media covered the story,
Home Depot has contacted us to let us know it's developing a policy on neonics.
 It’s a positive sign -- but we’ll keep up the pressure until it commits to remove
bee-killing pesticides from its stores, and we're working to push other retailers
to action, too.
Read More:
Contribution page for lawsuit
Valentines call-in
 Winning workers’ rights from the 4th richest man in the world
We Won
A company owned by the world’s 4th richest man, Warren Buffet, was threatening to
throw 200 low-wage rail workers on the streets when they came together to demand
decent wages. BNSF, a railroad company Buffet owns, planned to fire its subcontractor
if its workers went on strike for decent wages.
Union-busting is always wrong, but it’s especially disappointing coming from Buffet,
who’s become famous for speaking out against inequality. But
 after we spoke out against Buffet's hypocrisy, the railroad backed down and the
workers got a fair contract and a raise.
Read More:
The original petition
United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America
Joining Monsanto’s concerned shareholders to call on the bio-giant to tell the truth
about GMOs.
Monsanto is known as the biggest bully around -- so we decided to find some friends
and fought it in its own backyard.
Thousands of us chipped in to so we could take action with concerned shareholders,
who simply wanted the bio-giant to come clean about the risks of GMOs at the company's
Annual General Meeting. With your help, we were able to:
Secure advertising in Monsanto's home town of St Louis, Missouri, so that shareholders
hear our message
Send organizers to St Louis to raise a media storm outside the shareholder meeting
and deliver 160,000 signatures to Monsanto
Buy a small, strategic stake in Monsanto so that we can speak out as shareholders
Our shareholders failed to win the vote to demand Monsanto come clean this time around.
But we know it is scared. Monsanto even planted pro-GMO advocates to speak out against
transparency (who in their right mind is against being open with the data on GMOs?).
But we built invaluable strategic partnerships that will help us fight Monsanto in
the future -- from spreading harmful GMOs, to introducing terminators seeds, to its
butterfly killing pesticides. We are as determined as ever to keep fighting Monsanto.
Read More:
Original petition
As you can tell, this has been a busy 3 months! We're not just winning campaigns
-- together, we are building a movement strong enough to take on corporate power.
Thank you for being a part of it.
To keep up our momentum and make sure that corporations continue to hear our voices,
would you consider
becoming a donor in order to help our movement grow
We are still a tiny organization, so we depend on members like you to keep us going
-- especially since we don't take any money from corporations or governments. SumOfUs
is a world-wide movement of people like you, working together to hold corporations
accountable for their actions -- and we really can't do it without you.     
SumOfUs is a worldwide movement of people like you, working together to hold corporations
accountable for their actions and forge a new, sustainable path for our global economy.
Please help keep SumOfUs strong by chipping in $3.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Stand Your Ground Against

Stand Your Ground?

I hate this law.  After the first murder of an unarmed black teenager I learned about this law in Florida.  And it felt to me like a justification for killing people we fear.  Basically I feared it meant open season for killing young African American and Latino men.

Am I immune to fear?  Of course not!  Would I be scared if a group of young black men began calling me names and surrounded me?  Of Course.  Would I be scared if a group of young white men began calling me names and surrounded me?  Absolutely!  I'm scared when Any man, or any woman  I don't know approaches me on the street.

In St. Louis there were times when I was afraid.  Once I was spit on and trash was thrown on me by a bus mostly filled with black teenagers.  Once a man who sounded black followed me shouting "Hey honky, hey whitey".  I just kept moving and figured out later that I was receiving a bit of what they had been given.  Did that make it right?  No, but it made such incidents understandable, especially since I was only frightened, not physically harmed.

I was groped by a Latino man I couldn't get away from once.

But my torturers were just like me, white and Native people of mixed heritage.  So shall we play the race card and say it was the Indian blood?  Bullshit.

I still try to treat any stranger respectfully unless they  show me I need to get the hell away from them Now, by verbally or physically threatening me.

In neither of the "Stand Your Ground" cases in Florida did the young black  man killed start a fight by verbally or physically threatening the white man who shot them.

One man on NPR this morning made the point that you can't Expect kids to act like 45 year-old adults.  When I was younger I played music Loud and was called names for it along with my friends.  That music frightened adults.  But this has never been and is not now a reason for killing.  I understand terror and the rage it can provoke too well.  But I Can't understand the social immaturity of either those who would pass a law allowing murder on the basis of fear or of those who kill on such a basis.

Under the right circumstances I and anyone else can be afraid enough to do horrible things.  And That is Exactly why I and everyone Else needs Laws to Protect those we might harm for no reason except our own ignorance and Fear.  "Stand Your Ground" is just the Opposite kind of law!  It says, "Go ahead, give in to your fear, it's a terrible world out there, so kill what you fear if you Feel it Might hurt you."

Neither wearing a hoody nor playing lound music is a reason to lose a young life.  I have had many white neighbors who did Exactly what those kids in Florida are said to have done.  When asked, they turned down their music.  When they thought no one was paying attention, they cranked it back up again.  Some of these neighbors were kids and some were adults.

New Subject:  Have you ever been to a blasted or open pit mining site?  I have.  It feels like death, no birds, no plants, broken rock, I've heard it looks like the moon!  Trees are the lungs of the Earth, giving us oxygen, soaking up carbon dioxide, helping to bring rain.  Animals are often the food poor people depend on when lack of money and our changing climate ruin their gardens or cause them to eat beans two or three times per day, when they have them.  Animals die from the same diseases we do when drinking or wading in poisoned water.  You and I are over 90% water.  We All have to work to Share what is left on Earth, still much beauty.

Mountain Top Removal creates Jobs, so does Building Nuclear Weapons and Smuggling Guns, do any of them make the kind of world we want to live in?

Poisoned rivers are only one partof the coal industry's effects on West Virigina
Coal companies are blowing our mountain to rubble with financing from Wall Street
banks like PNC.
Tell PNC to stop financing extreme forms of mining that wipe away the wilderness
and poison mountain communities.
Sign the Petition

Wall Street banks like PNC are trying to wipe our mountains off the map.
In a desperate rush to squeeze more profit out of dwindling coal seams, coal companies
are turning to an extreme form of mining known as mountaintop removal. It’s exactly
what it sounds like:
Appalachian mountains are being blown to pieces with heavy explosives.
It’s not just wild forests and mountains that are being destroyed.
As heavy metals and arsenic leach into water supplies, communities are being poisoned.
 Children in Appalachian coal mining communities are 42% more likely to be born with
birth defects and have a life expectancy that is almost 5 years lower than the national
PNC says it’s “a leader in eco-friendly development” but it’s financing some of the
worst perpetrators of mountaintop removal and
profiting from the destruction.
Tell PNC to divest from companies that practice mountaintop removal coal mining.
These children, and their communities, are running out of time.
 Every single day, PNC-funded projects are blasting the mountains and contaminating
the water. And every day more people are getting cancer and other illnesses. Junior
Walk, now an adult, tells of the experience of growing up in an affected Appalachian
When they started pumping the liquid coal waste into the abandoned coal mines above
my home when I was a little child, my family’s water soon turned blood-red and smelled
like sulfur. If you ran a bath, you had to step out of the room for a minute or so
before you got in. Of course we didn’t drink it, but we still had to shower in it,
wash our dishes and clothes in it, and sometimes cook with it. We thought if we boiled
it, that it’d be alright because it stopped smelling. But it turns out that ain’t
the case.
We can’t let PNC fund disease and destruction any longer. Ask PNC to stop funding companies that practice mountaintop removal.
In 2010, PNC responded to pressure by introducing a policy of not providing funding
to individual mountaintop removal projects, or providing credit to coal producers
whose primary extraction method is mountaintop removal.
And yet, in 2011, PNC provided loans for 4 of the 5 largest coal companies.
These 4 companies account for 47% of all mountaintop removal coal mining. The policy
amounted to nothing.
But we know that PNC care what the public thinks of it. And we know that the will
is there to change.
In April, a quarter of PNC shareholders voted in favour of a proposal calling on
PNC to evaluate its financial risk of funding carbon intensive practices such as
coal mining.
 In terms of shareholder activism, that is huge. If we put enough pressure on PNC
to divest from mountaintop removal mining projects, we could have a tremendous impact
on the communities and landscapes of Appalachia. Let’s stand up to the big banks
and let them know we put people before profit -- they should too.
Thanks for all that you do,
Hanna, and the rest of us at
More Information:
PNC defends coal business loans, says they help economy
, Triblive, 25 April
PNC Shareholders' Meeting Slammed With Environmental Protests
, Allegheny Front, 26 April
SumOfUs is a worldwide movement of people like you, working together to hold corporations
accountable for their actions and forge a new, sustainable path for our global economy.
Please help keep SumOfUs strong by chipping in $3.


Friday, February 14, 2014

Check Out the SALE at abilitieslive

Check out the SALE on!

I can't Stand this weather any longer, (though of course we all will). Today it's raining, turning the remains of the snow into solid Ice and by tonight it may be freezing rain.

  So I'm declaring a Spring Sale at

Some dolls have been marked down $10 or more!

You will also find both vintage and my hand made jewelry.

Coming soon will be doll clothing for 14 to 18 inch dolls.  Please tell any friends who like, or whose children have these larger dolls.

Also look in future for more 11.5 dolls!

Thank you.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Good News, People

Good News, People!

WOW--less than 24 hours after we launched the petition to stop AOL CEO Tim Armstrong
from cutting worker benefits while blaming pregnant women, Armstrong issued an apology
and reversed the cuts!
In just a few hours, more than 40,000 UltraViolet members spoke out to make sure
a multi-millionaire CEO was held accountable for corporate greed, and we sent a clear
message to other companies that when women are attacked, we won't stay quiet.
One of the two mothers blamed for a cut in benefits because of her "high-risk pregnancy"
even spoke out, saying, "for longer than I can bear to remember, we were too terrified
to name her, to know daughter is nothing short of a miracle...having her
very existence used as a scapegoat for cutting corporate benefits was one indignity
too many."
And it's an indignity that, together with brave AOL employees who spoke out, we didn't
let go unnoticed. Thank you for raising your voice. It made a difference.
--Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Malinda, Adam, Gabriela, and Holly, the UltraViolet

AOL CEO sorry for 'distressed babies' remark; reverses retirement plan
, Reuters, February 9, 2014
My Baby and AOL’s Bottom Line
, Slate, February 9, 2014
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Monday, February 10, 2014

Much Worse than Bad Business

If Blogger would let me I'd have titled this post something like "Nasty Business" or UUGGLLYY!  But since that wasn't possible, please see below.

Much Worse Than Bad Business!

I Don't make a habit of asking Anyone to donate money which we all need and few of us have.  But I believe this Could be our future and it's Very ugly!  I do not donate online to anyone, you can write this organization to learn other ways, such as check, money order, etc.

A secret global trade deal being negotiated right now would let corporations sue
our governments to overturn any law they say hurts their profits.
The TPP must be stopped.
 So we're aiming to raise $100,000 to launch an emergency campaign to block the TPP
before it's too late.
Can you chip in?
Donate now

It's a corporate lobbyist's wildest dream -- a huge global trade deal that would
let corporations like Monsanto sue our governments if they passed laws to protect
the environment or keep life-saving medicine affordable.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership has to be stopped.
This month, tens of thousands of American SumOfUs members and friends have called
Congress to demand it rejects a bill to give President Obama "fast track" authority
to sign the TPP -- and support is starting to fall away.
But it's not enough.
In the US, corporate lobbyists are pushing hard for Congress to approve. Elsewhere,
 governments are facing no scrutiny as they get ready to sign away our democratic
 to make laws that protect the public interest. Unless we do more, we may lose this
That's why our community is stepping up. This week,
we're getting ready to launch a major effort to stop the TPP in its tracks
 -- and with your support, we're not going to stop fighting until we've won.
Can you chip in to help us launch the first steps of our campaign and start working together to stop the TPP and save our democracy?
We can't talk about all our plans yet, but we're already looking to:
Target key countries that can stop the TPP -- like Australia and Canada -- and make
sure that citizens hear about the TPP before it's too late
Call out consumer companies who have access to the negotiations and are helping write
the deal -- rights our elected representatives don't even have -- and demand they
come clean on what they know
Organize constituents to contact their representatives -- to make sure the TPP is
something that governments have to answer for
Work with lawyers to submit Freedom of Information requests for governments to come
clean on the deal
Offer rewards for officials who are willing to do the right thing and let the public
know what's in the TPP
Take out advertisements in key national media highlighting the threats the TPP poses
to our democracies
The corporations behind the TPP know the public won't like what's in the deal. That's
why the full contents are still secret -- only high-level government negotiators
and the 600 corporate lobbyists have access.
But we know enough to know that the TPP has to be stopped -- and enough to know how
we can stop it with your help.
Can you chip in to help fund our campaign to stop the TPP and protect our democracies?
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is called a trade deal, but it is really a corporate
wish-list aimed at attacking everything from environmental protections to affordable
medicines to internet freedoms. Worst, it
 gives corporations impunity from governments or citizens that want to reign in their
In fact, it is probably the most important international treaty you’ve never heard
of. The TPP is being negotiated between the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan
and other Pacific countries -- making it nearly global in scope.
There's lots wrong with the TPP, but the unaccountable systems it would set up to
allow corporations to sue governments are one of the most frightening.
If it is signed, future laws designed to protect consumers, our health, and our environment
could be overturned in secret courts
 by corporations that claim the laws harm their profits -- and there is nothing we
or our elected governments could do to stop them.
We need to do a lot more to make sure we stop this treaty -- and we need your help
to do that.
If you can, please chip in to take a stand for democracy and against the TPP, and fund the fight to stop this corporate power grab.
Thanks for all you do,
Paul and the team at
 SumOfUs is a worldwide movement of people like you, working together to hold corporations
accountable for their actions and forge a new, sustainable path for our global economy.

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The epidemic of sexual assault in the military is chilling, and it's one of the most
pressing issues facing our service men and women today.
Over the last year, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has worked tirelessly on this issue,
and so have members of this community — including you. You've written letters, you've
called your Senators, and you've urged lawmakers to pass these vital reforms. This
fight has been long, and it's not over yet.
The Senate is set to vote on the Military Justice Improvement Act early this week. We need to make sure our lawmakers know we haven't given up on our service men and women.
We haven't forgotten about them, and we won't stop until the reforms they so desperately
need are put into place.
Tell your Senators — Do not filibuster the the Military Justice Improvement Act and support its final passage.
In 2012, there were an estimated 26,000 cases of sexual assault in the military.
But of those, only 3,000 were reported. Why? Because our service men and women do
not have confidence in the current military justice system.
The Military Justice Improvement Act works to instill that confidence by making sure
the decision to prosecute sexual assault cases is made by independent, trained military
prosecutors — not commanders.
Our men and women in uniform can't wait any longer — Senators, pass MJIA.
It's time our service men and women had a military justice system that is worthy
of their sacrifice. With your help, we're going to help make sure that they do.
Thanks for keeping it personal,
Thao Nguyen
Campaign Director
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Saturday, February 8, 2014

I don't need convincing, how about you?

Dear fellow MoveOn member,
Opposing a minimum wage hike, blocking unemployment insurance, cutting food stamps,
keeping millions from accessing Medicaid .... I believe these positions are part
a concerted effort to keep struggling folks down that represents nothing less than
a war on the poor and working class.
Click here to see what I mean:
The first step toward solving a problem is understanding it. So if, after you watch
this video, you agree with me that it all adds up to a war on the poor and working
please share the video with your friends.
Together, we can build an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthiest
Thanks for playing an active role in our democracy.
–Robert Reich
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AOL's multi-millionaire CEO blamed the healthcare costs of two pregnant women for
his decision to cut benefits for the entire staff.
 Demand that he apologize immediately for his incredibly offensive comment and restore
benefits to AOL's staff.
click here
Click here

Tim Armstrong, CEO of AOL, just had a staff-wide conference call to announce drastic
cuts to benefits. He viciously blamed the cuts on two female employees who had recently
had difficult pregnancies covered by the company's health plan.
The cut was made a day after AOL announced 2013 had been
"its most successful year in the last decade" with revenues of $2.3 billion
.2 Tim Armstrong himself made $30 million
 from a patent deal with Microsoft (how's that for a bonus?)
 and in 2012 his annual
salary was quadrupled to $12.1 million.4
 Yet, two pregnant women justify cutting benefits across the board?
It is wildly inappropriate for a multi-millionaire CEO who heads a corporation earning
record revenue to make a greedy move cutting benefits and then blame pregnancy.
If we let Tim have his way, then other CEOs can slash benefits with the same sexist
 We need to send a message to corporate America that women will fight back and speak
up for their rights at work.
Will you sign the petition demanding CEO Tim Armstrong apologize for blaming pregnant women for AOL's greedy move and then restore benefits to employees? Click here to sign.
Not only are Tim Armstrong's comments horribly offensive and inappropriate,
 they are also incredibly untrue
. A co-director of the Program for the Study of Health Reform and Private Insurance
at the Kaiser Family Foundation confirmed that the
costly pregnancies would have no effect at all on higher insurance costs
. And he refuted the claim that Obamacare is costing AOL $7.1 million, as Armstrong
Women face enough discrimination in the workplace as it is--lower salaries, far fewer
management opportunities, and a loss of salary when an employer doesn't provide paid
sick days or maternity leave.
6 And
pregnant women face even MORE discrimination
, as a recent report highlights.7
 The last thing we need is to also carry blame for getting pregnant and expecting
health insurance from a rich employer not to leave us bankrupt.
But get this--
Tim Armstrong is also set to appear next week at a conference that aims to "reset
the agenda for women in the workplace in the 21st century."
We really wish this was a joke.
But because it's not and this is the kind of discrimination women in the workplace
still have to face in the 21st century, it's up to us to
gather thousands of signatures that will keep this story in the media spotlight and
force AOL to respond or face a public relations nightmare
Can you demand that AOL CEO Tim Armstrong apologize for blaming pregnant women for
benefit cuts and restore benefits?
Click here to sign the petition.
Thanks for speaking out.
--Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Malinda, Adam, Gabriela, and Holly, the UltraViolet
AOL CEO Blames Workers' Costly Pregnancies, Obamacare for 401(k) Cuts
, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, February 7, 2014
AOL Shares Rise On Revenue Growth
, Forbes, February 6, 2014
AOL CEO Tim Armstrong Made $30 Million From That Microsoft Patent Deal
, Forbes, April 9, 2012
AOL CEO Says Obamacare Forced Company To Reduce 401(k) Benefits
, Huffington Post, February 6, 2014
5. Ibid
A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From The Brink
, The Shriver Report, January 12, 2014
Pregnant Workers Face Routine Discrimination, Report Says
, Huffington Post, June 19, 2013
8. Ibid
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