This video from Democracy Now! brings together voting rights, so-called Stand Your Ground laws used in defense of slain teen Trayvon Martin‘s killer George Zimmerman, persons of color, and more. What’s important here is connecting the dots so you can more effectively “be the change you want to see”.
Description: After a massive corporate exodus prompted by growing scrutiny of its activities, the secretive right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has announced it will stop pushing so-called Stand Your Ground and voter ID laws. Our guest Lisa Graves says this is an attempt by ALEC “to try to keep its donors and try to have the press move along.” She notes, “ALEC’s broader agenda, which it calls its jobs agenda, is extraordinarily extreme itself,” noting that one of its bills would cut off one’s right to sue if one’s loved one is killed by a drug approved the Food and Drug Administration, even if the drug is later recalled.
Graves is executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy, which built “ALEC Exposed,” a website showcasing more than 800 model bills the group has pushed in states nationwide. We’re also joined by Rashad Robinson, executive director of ColorOfChange.org, which has criticized corporations for working with ALEC to pass laws that hurt people of color, young people and the elderly, especially voter ID laws. “You can’t come for black folks’ money by day and try to take away our vote by night,” Robinson says.
If you know anything about me you know I’m a big Dick Gregory fan. He’s an activist, comedian and a nutritionist. I’m not sure how much more Black and Green this guy can get. This video is from March 24th were thousands of people gathered at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC to demand justice for Trayvon Martin.
Ever the observer, I love the seemingly unrelated points he makes about the Trayvon Martin case.
“The world doesn’t owe you anything. It was here first.” ~ Mark Twain
Just something to think about. Let’s take it one step further. The world, or the Earth, has given you so much: food, air, water, life changing thoughts and ideas. What do you owe the Earth? What do you owe the world?
On February 26, Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman as he walked to a family member’s home from a convenience store where he had just bought a bag of Skittles. He was only 17 years-old.
As long as I’ve been alive these senseless killings, these tragedies, have been a part of my environment. Outrage is understandable and marches are great for increasing awareness about the need for justice, but his family is now seeking donations to their legal fund. So here’s another way to take action: You can donate as little as $2 to the family’s verified fund. That’s about the same amount you would spend on a bag of Skittles.
As I said before genetically engineered food is not required by law to be labeled in the U.S. Do you find that shocking? Outrageous? Scary? Here’s one of your opportunities to be the change you want to see today. Become a part of this growing movement and tell the FDA that you believe we have a Right to Know what’s in our food.
Sign the petition below and make sure your voice is heard!
Tell the FDA: Label My Food
A legal petition (Docket # FDA-2011-P-0723-0001/CP) has been filed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calling on the FDA to label genetically engineered (GE) foods.
Sign the petition at justlabelit.org/take-action