Wednesday, July 17, 2013
After Zimmerman, Let’s End Stand Your Ground
In the wake of the jury verdict finding George Zimmerman not guilty in his killing of Trayvon Martin, many in the media have pushed the line that Florida’s notorious “Stand Your Ground” (SYG) law played no role in the trial. They couldn’t be more wrong. After the National Rifle Association pushed through changes in Florida’s murder laws in 2005, the jury instructions in homicide cases were also changed.
Despite widespread public opposition to the education privatization agenda, at least 139 bills or state budget provisions reflecting American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) education bills have been introduced in 43 states and the District of Columbia in just the first six months of 2013, according to an analysis by the Center for Media and Democracy, publishers of ALECexposed.org. Thirty-one have become law.
At least 71 bills introduced in 2013 that make it harder for average Americans to access the civil justice system resemble "models" from the American Legislative Exchange Council, or "ALEC," according to an analysis by the Center for Media and Democracy, publishers of ALECexposed.org.
Take Action! Tell the DOJ We Want Justice for Trayvon
The tragic death of Trayvon Martin riveted the nation and drew attention to the NRA/ALEC "Stand Your Ground" policies which were implemented in dozens of states across the nation. Upon the acquittal of shooter George Zimmerman, NAACP chief Ben Jealous declared: "we are not finished demanding justice for Travyon Martin," and called for immediate action by the U.S. Department of Justice. Add your voice to those demanding justice for Trayvon and an end to "Stand Your Ground."
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Time to Repeal ALEC/NRA Stand Your Ground Laws
The acquittal of George Zimmerman for killing unarmed high-schooler Trayvon Martin serves as a reminder of the continuing inequities in America's criminal justice system -- and might be the impetus to repeal a law like "Stand Your Ground," which was adopted by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and subsequently spread across the country. Stand Your Ground was part of the jury instructions in Zimmerman's criminal trial, and it could again come into play if Trayvon's family brings a civil suit.
Genetically Engineered Burrito? Chipotle Labels GMO
The fast food burrito chain Chipotle, which advertises "food with integrity," became the first restaurant chain in the United States to label genetically modified ingredients in its food in March 2013. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have sparked concerns about potential human health effects and confirmed environmental effects.
Time to Celebrate! Pete Peterson’s “Fix the Debt” Flunkies Blow Their July 4 Deadline
Wall Street billionaire Pete Peterson's "astroturf supergroup," the Campaign to Fix the Debt, didn't have much to celebrate over Independence Day weekend after missing its goal of achieving a "Grand Bargain" on austerity by July 4, 2013. The Center for Media and Democracy exposed the Campaign to Fix the Debt as the most hypocritical corporate PR campaign in decades.
John Nichols, Bob McChesney Book Event for “Dollarocracy” in Madison July 24th
The Center for Media and Democracy will be hosting the inaugural event celebrating the publication of Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America, the new book from acclaimed authors John Nichols and Robert McChesney. The two authors, both Madisonians, will be at the Memorial Union, on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, Wednesday, July 24th at 7 p.m. for a book reading, discussion and signing.
The "Koch Club": New Report Details How the Brothers Spend the Big Bucks
The Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University recently released a special report, "The Koch Club," that details how David and Charles Koch are using their millions to spread influence through "what may be the best funded, multifaceted, public policy, political and educational presence in the nation today."
Supreme Court Severely Limits Workers’ Ability to Sue Employers for Discrimination
In the midst of landmark opinions on the Voting Rights Act, affirmative action, and marriage equality, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a pair of barely-noticed decisions that will severely limit workers' ability to seek justice if they are victims of discrimination at work.
EPA Pulls Its Punches When It Comes to Issuing Findings on Fracking
When the Environmental Protection Agency abandoned its multimillion-dollar investigation, which found strong evidence of fracking contamination of water resources in Wyoming in June, industry groups cheered, and environmentalists fumed.