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Some Democrats are attempting to co-opt dozens of grassroots movements addressing vital domestic needs, such as single-payer health care, by either dividing or sidelining them with long-term postponement of this critical issue. By promoting an "alliance" of groups with significantly different missions, Democrats are squelching action on issues opposed by the party's major donors.
I am going to go out on an (academic) limb and call The Women of La Raza by Enriqueta Vasquez both a treasure and a living codex. I will also say this about Enriqueta herself: Vive en la sabiduria -- she lives in wisdom, wisdom of an elder, wisdom of the elders, an elder who also leaves footprints and also walks in beauty. Her words and generational knowledge are gifts to us, and I will say that her epic book is a must-read, especially for those interested in the history of Chicanos in general, but even more specifically, the history of Chicanas in this country.
Nothing unites better than a common enemy, and an autonomous woman is an easy mark in our society. Over the decades, myths and misinformation have clouded the issue of abortion by heaping shame and blame on women for the audacious act of deciding when and whether to become a parent. The ability to make decisions about our health, families and futures is a human right. However we may feel personally about abortion, this is a personal decision a woman must make for herself, based on her unique circumstances. Some politicians, from the White House and Congress to my home state of Kentucky, disagree.
The National Council of La Raza's (NCLR) recent name change to UnidosUS is bizarre and incomprehensible and its rationale that their name was "getting in the way of their mission" strains credulity, especially because it was also purportedly trying to be more relevant to the young. This action, coming from the nation's largest Latino civil rights coalition, simply reeks of outright capitulation -- this at a time when the communities that it seeks to represent are under the most relentless attacks in modern history, compliments of the current White House occupant and his allies.
The democracy movement DIEM25 (Democracy In Europe Movement) is far from a pure protest movement. DIEM25 asserts that the refusal to accept proposals from the EU must be supplemented with counter-proposals. Since it began in 2016, alliances with progressive movements and politicians around Europe have been created and there has been a continuing dialogue with its members. Questions have been put to others, as well as to their own members regarding how the EU and Europe can be democratized.
This past June, a critical law passed in Nevada, thanks to persistent people with spirit that never gives up. The law, which is a hybrid of two proposed bills, SB265 and SB539, will hold companies accountable for the outrageous pricing of insulin by requiring a report if they raise prices by a certain amount. Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) will no longer be able to cover rebates that ultimately burden patients, and pharmaceutical sales reps and pharma-funded nonprofits will have to be transparent as well.
In 2016, a Scottish gold miner, Michael McFeat, nearly caused a war between the UK and Central Asia by inadvertently comparing Kyrgyzstan's national dish to a horse penis. McFeat claimed that he simply mistook chuchuk sausage in good faith for the nethers of an equine. He was subsequently smuggled out of the country, narrowly evading an angry lynch mob, and warned by police at Manas Airport in Bishkek, who arrested him under race hatred laws, that his "act could send Kyrgyzstan to war with the UK."
Renewable energy companies in the US have employed more than 800,000 people -- a number that is increasing every day. New renewable energy technologies accompanied with high-skilled workforce will help to reduce our carbon footprint and enable us to transition towards a renewable energy future. In order to keep up with the dynamic changes and growing expectations of the renewable energy industry, the industry itself must present tremendous opportunities for the new incoming workforce, while continuing to educate and provide additional training to the industry's current workforce.
August 14 and 15 marked the 70-year anniversary of independence from colonial rule for Pakistan and India, respectively. At the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the former crown jewel in the British Empire was partitioned hastily into the two countries of India and Pakistan, which were given rein over their own governments.
What about freedom for others, non-Americans, do they deserve it? A silly question on the face of it. One reeking of American exceptionalism, if not xenophobia. Surely, most Americans would answer in the affirmative, yet their meaning of freedom may not be immediately apparent. Their support of worldwide "freedom" usually does not connote the ability to decide what kind of political system or regime type people live under, but rather presumes that some sort of Western-style (non-Scandinavian) democracy is the inevitable outgrowth of freedom.