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Is New York the Next US State to Legalize Marijuana?

December 12th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

This week New York politicians Liz Krueger and Richard Gottfried announced that they will introduce legislation to regulate, tax and legalize marijuana for adults in their state. If successfully passed, the law would allow those who are eighteen and older to possess up to two ounces of weed for personal use and grow up to six plants; citizens who are at least 21 would also be allowed purchase pot


Rev. Billy: Sandy and Much More Extreme Weather is Climate Change

November 2nd, 2012 | by Reverend Billy

Climate Change town crier and leader of the Church of Stop Shopping, Reverend Billy, describes the enormity of Sandy's death and destruction in New York neighborhoods. He also explains that the global warming tipping point has already been reached, and that NOW is the time for radical change


Rachel Maddow Interviews Marriage Equality Attorneys David Boies & Ted Olson

October 6th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

This week at NYU's law school Rachel Maddow engaged attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson in an informed discussion concerning their current challenge to Proposition 8, California's same-sex marriage ban. The two dedicated marriage equality activists had argued on opposite sides of the Bush v Gore Supreme Court decision after the divisive 2000 presidential election; but the former political opponents now both passionately agree that discrimination against any group is both illegal and unconstitutional


Pete Seeger Appears on the Colbert Report to Promote His New Book & Sing

August 7th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

The legendary singer Pete Seeger was a guest on the Colbert Report last night; he performed and discussed his new book, Pete Seeger: In His Own Words. The volume chronicles his compelling personal history and decades of activism, from the civil rights movement and the red scare blacklists, to protesting war, fracking and the struggle to clean up the polluted Hudson River


The American Dream is a Lie: Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt

August 3rd, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

One of the most significant books published this year is Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, a gripping graphic novel reportage mix which skillfully exposes the extreme exploitation and poverty that flourishes on the disenfranchised burned out edges of our nation. This brutal compelling work is a collaboration between Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges, and the revolutionary cartoonist and foreign correspondent, Joe Sacco


Promoting a Culture of Sharing: Free Mini Public Libraries

July 10th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

There are few things more beautiful than a public library — a shared community space that encourages study, reading books and borrowing information — such fountains of free knowledge greatly improve our society and our world. Recently many small libraries have been springing up in somewhat unexpected places, from local public parks and urban sidewalks to city phone booths


Ithaca Mayor Transforms His Official Parking Space into a Public Park

May 31st, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

During his first week as mayor of Ithaca, New York, Svante Myrick gave up his car so that he could walk to his job every day at City Hall. The newly elected 24-year-old official joined 15% of local residents in the city who already walk to work. And even though he does not need it, the mayor is still provided with a central downtown parking spot reserved for his official use. The progressive leader has decided to transform the private parking space into a tiny shared public park


Happy Birthday Rachel Maddow

April 1st, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Today is the 39th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Rachel Maddow. It has been a stellar year for the Bay Area native; in addition to many other accomplishments, Rachel's first book has just been published. Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power is the handbook for our generation, deftly explaining how the military industrial complex devoured our country, and the simple measures we can all undertake to successfully turn our nation around


My New Favorite Thing: “Up with Chris Hayes”

November 20th, 2011 | by Rhonda Winter

Although this undoubtedly outs me an incredible geek, I must confess that I find few things more satisfying than smart well-informed political discussions which systematically dissect important difficult and complicated issues. My absolute new favorite thing this month is the weekend morning news program,"Up with Chris Hayes". The engaging show focuses on politics, interviews, and thoughtful panel debates, which transcend the insipid mediocrity of most mainstream media



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