Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Minnesota GOP wants it to be illegal to carry cash if you're poorBy Erin Carlyle
|Kurt Daudt wants to crack down on cash for poor people|
For a political party that keeps harping on Democrats for trying to control people's lives, Republicans in Minnesota sure are doing some weird things. First, they want government to control decisions made between pregnant women and their physicians. Now they want to make sure that poor people never have more than $20 in their pockets. Poor people can't be trusted with cash, it seems.
A bill introduced by Rep. Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) would prohibit people who use EBT cards--government assistance on plastic--from withdrawing cash at ATMs with the cards, except for $20 per month.
We haven't been able to reach Daudt yet, but Angel Buechner of the Welfare Rights Committee is not amused.
"The Welfare Rights Committee would like to state that this Bill, House File 171, is not based in any common sense or fiscal responsibility," Buechner said at this week's hearing on the bill. "It is appears to be based on knee-jerk, ignorant bias and a desire to stigmatize the poor."
The bill (see the text here) would require cashiers to ask for photo ID and prohibit EBT-card holders from purchasing alcohol or cigs.
|Steve Gottwalt (R-St. Cloud) thinks $20 is enough for the month|
We reached Jodi Boyne, director of public affairs for House Republican Caucus, and she confirmed that the intent of the bill is to crack down on public money used for bad stuff--those alcohol and cigs again--and actually, in some cases, at a casino, according to this KSTP news report.
"There is documented evidence that these cards have been used for fraudulent purposes, and it's looking at addressing that," Boyne says.
The KSTP report was the reason Daudt launched his bill--watch this video to see the report--and he is not the only Republican supporting it. A whole host of his fellow GOP-ers have signed on, as you can see here.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Deeply buried but intense sexual fear of black males, illustrated by the sexual nature of attacks on black men by whites who seek to control or destroy black aggressiveness, has been a persistent pattern in the South since the advent of slavery. From the systematic destruction of the black family during slavery to contemporary barriers for black males attempting to protect and provide for their families via the imposition of strong societal and economic proscriptions, there is a recurrent theme: controlling black men. The theme was ever-present at lynchings of black men for allegations of rape or for flirtation with white women, and is always evident somewhere in the heavy punishment awaiting black men who assert or advocate the interests of their people. The FBI campaign was very much consistent with this neurotic white Southern racist tradition"
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Arizona. When Christina Taylor Green was killed in the attack on
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, her death led to national
soul-searching over the tenor of our political discourse. Christina was
eulogized in President Obama's 2011 State of the Union address as her family sat with the First Lady.
Or consider the murder of Arizona rancher Robert Krentz
last year. Krentz was shot by unknown assailants who were believed to
be undocumented immigrants. His death inspired an outcry over illegal
immigration. Politicians invoked his name at Department of Homeland
Security hearings and in the subsequent passing of SB 1070.
I don't mean to take away from the suffering of the Green and Krentz
families. However, Brisenia's death did not provoke anywhere near the
same amount of attention, let alone outrage by politicians and the news
Monday, March 07, 2011
A Radical Profeminist: "The Disposable Woman" by Anna Holmes. The disposable woman is "she" who Charlie Sheen and Piers Morgan most likely will never see as fully human--as human as Charlie and Piers are to one another
Sunday, March 06, 2011
Thursday, March 03, 2011
MR LAURELTON QUEENS: OFF "LAURELTONUMENTARY' UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA STUDY ON INTERRACIAL DATING (THE MYTH OF RECIPROCITY BY WHITE MEN) LOVE.. NEVER KNEW WHAT I WAS MISSING (COMING SOON KISS THE RING)
Meaning, it matters, still, whether you identify as African American or as Caucasian. Meaning, it matters if you benefit from white privilege. Meaning it matters how others perceive you, especially depending on where you are, regionally and contextually (ie: are you in the U.S. South or the West Coast? In a cosmopolitan city or a rural township? Are you in a classroom where you are the only one, and is this a course on 20th Century American writers or African American poets?)"
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
UW RELEASE - 2011/034
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011
WINNIPEG, MB - The University of Winnipeg’s Institute for Women’s
and Gender Studies (IWGS) in partnership with local Métis artist Jaime
Black proudly presents the inaugural and campus-wide installation of the
REDress Project from March 7-12, 2011. This interdisciplinary on-campus
art & education project aims to raise awareness surrounding the murders
and disappearances of more than 600 Aboriginal women across Canada.
“The installation of the REDress Project is a logical, and timely,
extension of the community-building work that IWGS has been engaged in
over the last several years with organizations such as the Coalition of
Families of Missing and Murdered Women in MB, the Truth and
Reconciliation Commission, and the Art Building Community symposium,”
explained Kim Hunter, IWGS Projects and Events Coordinator. “IWGS
continues to focus on the ways in which art can be used in tandem with
education to address the issues that affect our communities.”
Along with the installation of 120+ dresses, IWGS is coordinating free
events in conjunction with the project including daily tours of the
installation, providing educational materials, supporting a movie
screening as well as a panel of speakers. This project is designed to
provide an environment for students, staff, faculty and the general
public to learn through engagement through art, and to provide
opportunities for conversation about the serious impact of this gendered
and racialized violence on all of the peoples of Canada.
REDress Project EVENTS - all events open to the public:
Installation Tours (includes 8 installation locations)
All tours start at escalators, 1st floor Centennial Hall at UW
March 7 - 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm
March 8 - 7:00 pm
March 9 - 10:00 am and 4:00 pm
March 10 - 12:30 and 4:00 pm
March 12 - 2:30 pm
Tuesday March 8
Free Cinema Politica screening of Finding Dawn
7:30 pm, Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, UWinnipeg (free childcare, snacks and
bus tickets available).
Lisa Michell - advocate, activist and chairperson of the Women’s
Memorial March of MB - will host a discussion after the film. IWGS,
along with Ka Ni Kanichihk's Aboriginal Women Reclaiming Our Power
program (supported by Status of Women and Heritage Canada), are honoured
to support the UWSA, UWSA Womyn's Centre and Gallery 1C03 in the
screening of this important film.
Wednesday March 9
REDress Panel Discussion
12:30 pm, Convocation Hall, UWinnipeg (Free, snacks available)
With REDress Project artist Jaime Black, filmmaker & activist Tina
Keeper, volunteer for Amnesty International and member of the Stop
Violence Against Aboriginal Women Action Group Lisa Forbes, and artist
UWinnipeg is consistently ranked in the Top-10 in the country on an
annual basis by both Maclean’s Magazine and The Globe & Mail
newspaper. The University of Winnipeg is a leader in academic
excellence, Indigenous education, environmental studies, business, and
theatre & the arts. Find out more by visiting www.uwinnipeg.ca. Follow
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Naniece Ibrahim, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Two controversial conservative activists attack Black America. Nationally syndicated talk radio host Bill Cunningham and anti-Black activist Jesse Lee Peterson discuss issues facing Black America.