Rachel Maddow: Voter Suppression in 2011
13 December 2011
Dearest Rachel Maddow. . .
As I write I listen to you speak of poll taxes and voter suppression. I wish to share my story in respect to my personal reality and the fear that I live with. Decades before the Barack Obama long-form birth certificate, I realized my own fear. Unlike the persons in your account, I am not a senior citizen. I am a permanent resident of the United States and have been for all of my life. While I have never crossed a border into another country, I have great apprehension for what might occur.
May I provide a bit of background? For the last six years, I have lived in the State of Florida. I trust that the Florida situation, and thus mine, is familiar for more than a few. Millions of Americans have found, or will discover, circumstances have changed. The opportunity to cast a ballot, early, easily, or to merely to be part of the electoral process is no longer theirs. Continue reading
Canadians with mental illnesses denied U.S. entry
WikiLeaks: Data entered into national police database accessible to American authorities
By Sarah Bridge
More than a dozen Canadians have told the Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office in Toronto within the past year that they were blocked from entering the United States after their records of mental illness were shared with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Lois Kamenitz, 65, of Toronto contacted the office last fall, after U.S. customs officials at Pearson International Airport prevented her from boarding a flight to Los Angeles on the basis of her suicide attempt four years earlier.
Posted in Constitution, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Military, Privacy, Region: North America, Transportation
Tagged discrimination, health records, mental health, police state, Privacy, tsa
Sudanese journalist to be imprisoned for wearing pants
By Halima Mohamed
Today, a Sudanese court in Khartoum sentenced Sudanese journalist Lubna Hussein to a fine of $200 or a one month imprisonment, in the case of non-payment.
Lubna Hussein was apprehended July 3 by a public order police raid of a restaurant in Khartoum. Among the 13 women detained with the journalist, 10 were fined and flogged, in the absence of defense and their families. Some of the accused were minors and Christians.
Posted in 4th Estate, Censorship, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Women
Tagged Censorship, discrimination, journalist imprisoned, misogyny, muslim sudan, oppression, patriarchy, police brutality, sudan lubna hussein
Women are penalized in the U.S. health-care system because of their anatomy, paying 68 percent more out-of-pocket for care than men. Guest columnist Elaine Rose argues that health-care reform should carefully consider how to best meet women’s needs.
By Elaine Rose
Posted in Economy Economics, Healthcare, Women
Tagged discrimination, economics, equal treatment, Healthcare, obama, politics, reproductive healthcare, single payer, women's healthcare
MINSK, July 22, 2009 (GayBelarus) – Customs officials in Belarus have seized 25 copies of the magazine Pride, which is published by the international Pride group InterPride whose membership includes Project GayBelarus.
Siarhei Androsenka, the head of Project GayBelarus, was informed by customs officials in Minsk of the seizure at the end of last week. On Monday, he visited the customs office and learned that the copies of the magazine had been seized as GayBelarus had no legal status Continue reading
Posted in Censorship, LGBTI
Tagged 25 copies of Pride magazine seized by Belarus Customs, Belarus, Censorship, coto, dictatorship, discrimination, free speech, freedom of the press, human rights, info suppression, LGBTI, queer rights, sexual freedom