A Closer Look at Discrimination Within Assisted Living Facilities

Christiana Lilly | Edge Boston | August 24, 2014

LGBT discrimination doesn’t stop as someone ages, and no one knows this better than Bruce Williams.

The senior services coordinator at the Pride Center in Wilton Manors, Williams began working on a project to compile LGBT-friendly assisted living facilities about five years ago. He would call and knock on doors to get more information on each location, and the results were “scary,” he said.

While some were open to participating in the project, others would hang up on his calls or give him “lame excuses” as to why he couldn’t come inside. Just a few weeks ago, while he was speaking with a regional marketer from a large, long-term care corporation of homes, her demeanor immediately changed when she saw his business card and where he worked.

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Students Step Up Efforts to Protect Youth Vote

Chris Kromm | Facing South | Truth-Out | August 30, 2014

2014 830 vote fwA steady stream of students arrived to vote for the primary election. Election officials said some were lined up at 6:50 a.m. waiting for the polling place doors to open. University Park Campus, April 22, 2008. (Photo: Greg Grieco / Penn State)

Across the South and country, young voters — including students — are a key voting bloc: In 2012, voters under the age of 30 cast 20 million votes [pdf], according to the U.S. Census Bureau, or just over 15 percent of the national total.

But access to the vote is now in jeopardy for many students and youth, according to voting rights advocates, due to a slew of changes to state election laws passed in North Carolina, Texas and other states in recent years.

Voter ID requirements and other new voting restrictions not only pose unique barriers to African-American, Latino and low-income voters, they say, but also disproportionately affect students and youth, despite the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that declares the right to vote “shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of age.”

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Five Bozeman Residents Ask Judge To Invalidate Law Prohibiting LGBT Discrimination

Carlos Santoscoy | On Top Magazine | August 30, 2014

Five Bozeman, Montana residents have asked a judge to invalidate an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodations.

Bozeman became the fourth Montana city to outlaw such discrimination when city leaders adopted the ordinance in June, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported.

Plaintiffs claim in their lawsuit that the city does not have the authority to enact such a law because it is preempted by state law. Montana’s non-discrimination laws do not cover sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Gay Marriage Movement Is Taking A ‘Sledgehammer’ To Society, Matt Barber Claims

Curtis M. Wong | Huffinton Post | August 30, 2014

“Traditionalist” Matt Barber isn’t back down when it comes to expressing his opposition to same-sex marriage and other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues.

Weeks after suggesting that the anti-LGBT crowd revisit “the civil disobedience” of the 1960s, Barber claimed that the marriage equality movement was taking a “sledgehammer” to society, and will eventually send it “tumbling down,” Right Wing Watch first reported.

Listen to audio of Barber’s remarks, then scroll down to keep reading:

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Fracking Has Contaminated Pennsylvania’s Drinking Water 243 Times

Katie Valentine | ThinkProgress | Reader Supported News | August 30, 2014

or the first time, Pennsylvania has made public 243 cases of contamination of private drinking wells from oil and gas drilling operations.

As the AP reports, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection posted details about the contamination cases online on Thursday. The cases occurred in 22 counties, with Susquehanna, Tioga, Lycoming, and Bradford counties having the most incidences of contamination.

In some cases, one drilling operation contaminated the water of multiple wells, with water issues resulting from methane gas contamination, wastewater spills, and wells that simply went dry or undrinkable. The move to release the contamination information comes after years of the AP and other news outlets filing lawsuits and Freedom of Information Act requests from the DEP on water issues related to oil and gas drilling and fracking.

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Cop Who Pointed Gun at Protesters, Journalists in Ferguson Has Resigned

Joel Currier | St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Reader Supported News | August 30, 2014

wo police officers are no longer working at their departments due to their actions during the protests in Ferguson.

A Glendale police officer suspended last Friday after commenting on Facebook that he thought Ferguson protesters should be “put down like rabid dogs,” has been fired, officials say.

Meanwhile, a St. Ann police lieutenant resigned Thursday after he pointed an assault rifle at protesters and cursed at them, officials said.  Lt. Ray Albers had worked for the department for 20 years.

Glendale Officer Matthew Pappert, suspended with pay last week, was fired Thursday after an internal investigation wrapped up Wednesday, said Glendale City Administrator Jaysen Christensen.

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US State Department Official: The Internet Belongs to Everyone

Catherine Novelli | DIPNOTE: U.S. Department of State Official Blog | August 30, 2014

ext week, I will travel to Istanbul, Turkey to lead the U.S. delegation to the 9th Annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF). This year, more than 3,000 participants from all continents representing different stakeholder groups — governments, private sector, civil society, technical community and academia — will attend the IGF.

Why will so many government officials, CEOs, and Internet scholars devote one week of their time to attend the IGF? The answer is clear: they all care about the Internet’s future, and the IGF is the premier international meeting to discuss that topic.

Across the world, people’s lives are improved by the Internet. Farmers in Kenya use mobile services, like DrumNet, to compare prices for their produce at a range of locations and are now earning 33-40 percent more for their crops. These services offer an essential tool to farmers — access to information. Today, students everywhere are also benefiting through free online education services. One website, Coursera, offers hundreds of free courses, partners with top universities and colleges, and has more than nine million users — 65 percent of which are outside the United States.

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Minnesota man will file civil rights suit against cops who Tased him for not identifying himself

Arturo Garcia | Raw Story | August 30, 2014

Chris Lollie pursuing complaint after being Tased by Minnesota cops [WCCO-TV]

A 28-year-old man who filmed his arrest and Tasing at the hand of two police officers in St. Paul, Minnesota earlier this year will file a federal civil rights lawsuit as the incident continues to gain attention, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported on Friday.

The footage of Chris Lollie’s arrest this past January has been viewed more than 280,000 times as of Friday since being posted earlier this week.

“The video speaks for itself,” Lollie’s attorney, Andrew Irlbeck, was quoted as saying. “He was there to pick up his children and bring them to daycare and when I do it as a white man, that’s what it gets called. When a black man does it, it’s loitering and trespassing, and he gets arrested and force used against him by police.”

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National Guard Troops in Rio Grande Valley Using Food Bank Because Rick Perry Hasn’t Paid Them

Kolten Parker | San Antonio Express-News | Reader Supported News | August 30, 2014

he Texas National Guard contacted a Rio Grande Valley food bank Thursday to ask whether the charity had food and gas resources for about 50 soldiers who are in need of assistance because they have not received a paycheck.

It is unclear how many soldiers have utilized the Food Bank RGV in Hidalgo County so far because clients are not asked to detail their employment, said Omar Rodriguez, manager of communications and advocacy for the charity organization.

Texas Army National Guard Brigadier General Patrick Hamilton told the San Antonio Express-News requesting services from local charities is an “anomaly” and outside the Guard’s protocol, and that no troops visited the food bank to his knowledge.

“We identified 50 soldiers who came on at the very end of the first pay period who would see a three week lag in income,” Hamilton said, adding that the support service officer who called the food bank was “trying to help” but did so outside a chain of command.

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