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The Creepy, The Incorrect, And The Inexcusable … John Whitehouse

“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. King is right: Any comfort of ignorance will soon evaporate.

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Voting Rights Matter

The battle for voting rights was at the forefront of the March on Washington in 1963 and still remains a major battle today. As Sergio Munoz shows, this just makes Fox‘s treatment of the issue all the more offensive. http://mm4a.org/1dqltLL Related: Conservatives like to say that racism is a thing of the past, but as NYMag‘s Jonathan Chait points out, they’re completely wrong: http://nym.ag/18nkbJp

Completely Unacceptable

When playing remarks that American hero Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) made at a rally commemorating the March on Washington, Fox’s Laura Ingraham cut him off by using gunshot sound effects. With so many civil rights activists murdered, this is in no way acceptable: http://mm4a.org/19I0KxU Related: Despite his long history of bigotry, Rush Limbaugh compared himself to Martin Luther King, Jr.: http://on.thegrio.com/18niuvq

They Just Noticed Now?

Fox News wondered why the sand at Florida beaches is disappearing. They’re missing the obvious explanation: sea level rise, which is a major consequence of climate change. As Max Greenberg points out, as sea levels rise higher and higher, it will be harder to find piecemeal solutions. http://mm4a.org/182BKiK Related: Scientific American lists 7 misused scientific terms. If you’ve watched Fox at all, these will sound familiar: http://bit.ly/18nrr7T



For some reason, Rush Limbaugh keeps obsessing over 24-year old women. This is really creepy: http://youtu.be/5GV1Xj9jejM


Fox’s Howard Kurtz used an entire column this week to attack the Facebook photos of the daughter-in-law of the former editor of The Washington Post. http://mm4a.org/15gxDNh


CNBC’s Larry Kudlow actually said on television that animals would “snuggle” underneath the Keystone XL pipeline. Is this how CNBC plans to discuss enviromental and energy issues? http://mm4a.org/1fhc3xO


Martin Luther King, Jr. On Health Care Inequality

Ingrid’s amazing win

Dear friends,

Ingrid, an Avaaz member, helped save a Norwegian woman from being jailed for being raped in Dubai — she started a petition on Avaaz and the social media storm it created kept pressure up on governments to act. Now the woman is free! And it all started with one simple step: click below to start a campaign on an issue you care about, it’s incredibly quick and easy!

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Ingrid, an Avaaz member, has used our site to help save a Norwegian woman from being sent to jail for being raped!
Marte Dalelv was sexually assaulted while visiting Dubai, but when she reported it to the police, she was sentenced to 16 months in prison for “extra-marital sex”! When Ingrid read about Marte’s case, she started a petition on Avaaz calling on the Dubai and Norwegian governments to ensure Marte’s release. The petition and the Facebook page she created exploded on social media and people from all over the world signed the petition and flooded the two governments with messages at addresses that Ingrid posted on her Avaaz petition page.
Within days, Marte was released, and the Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide posted a Twitter message saying: “Marte is released! Thanks to everyone who signed up to help.”
Ingrid’s campaign was covered by major media outlets and clearly ramped up the diplomatic pressure to free Marte and bring her home to her family. And it all started with a simple step of starting a petition on the Avaaz community website. Think of an issue you care about and click here to get started — it’s incredibly quick and easy to start a campaign:
The Prime Minister of Norway said,”There is no doubt that attention from around the world, and the tenacity of the foreign ministry … led to this decision.” In just a few minutes, Ingrid started an amazing campaign that helped win over decision makers in Dubai and Norway.
Starting a campaign only takes a few minutes, but the impact of success can last for years. Plus, if the petition gets enough support on its own, the staff at Avaaz could pick up the campaign, add strategic advice, media help, and even send it to a wider list of members. We’ve got tonnes of tips and advice to help you along the way — all it takes is to get started, share your passion and you can be on your way to winning on any issue – local, national or global.
Ingrid wasn’t convinced that starting an online petition would save Marte – but when she and her organisation Partnership for Change saw the impact of their victory, they realised how powerful this easy model can be to get change. Send this email to the people you know who have great ideas about how to make the world a better place or click on the link to be a part of it:
Many Avaaz campaigns have been started by Avaaz members, from bringing hundreds of workers in Bahrain safely home to India, to allowing partners stay in touch with imprisoned love ones in New Mexico. All these took just a few minutes to get started. Let’s become world-changers together and multiply our impact by the thousands.
With hope and excitement for all we can achieve together,
Alice, Emma, Oli, Carol, Ricken, Luca, Laura and the whole Avaaz team
More Information:
Original campaign: Marte Deborah Dalelv Released (Avaaz Community Petitions) http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Release_Marte_Deborah_Dalelv
Marte Deborah Dalelv Released (Partnership for Change) http://www.pfchange.org/2013/07/22/marte-deborah-dalelv-released/
Norwegian Woman, Sentenced After Reporting Rape in Dubai, Is ‘Pardoned’ (New York Times) http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/22/norwegian-woman-sentenced-after-reporting-rape-in-dubai-is-pardoned/
Marte Deborah Dalelv, Alleged Norwegian Rape Victim, Pardoned After Being Sentenced To Jail For Sex Outside Marriage (Huffington Post) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/22/marte-deborah-dalelv-pardoned-dubai_n_3633809.html
What A Wonderful World! Get Raped In Dubai And You’ll Serve 16 Months In Prison (Forbes) http://www.forbes.com/sites/eamonnfingleton/2013/07/21/what-a-wonderful-world-get-raped-in-dubai-and-youll-serve-16-months-in-prison/

Eye on the Amazon: Yasuní & Indigenous Peoples

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Rights and Responsibility:

The Failure of Yasuni- ITT and

What it means for Ecuador’s Indigenous Peoples

Voices of XinguIn the wake of President Rafael Correa‘s decision to terminate the historic Yasuní-ITT initiative the big question has been: Who is to blame for the initiative’s failure? In his announcement last Thursday evening, Correa made his position clear, “The world has failed us…It was not charity that we sought [from the international community]. It was shared responsibility in the fight against climate change.”

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