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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Preventing Gun Violence: Tell Your Members of Congress that Their Prayers are Not Enough - Indivisible

Preventing Gun Violence: Tell Your Members of Congress that Their Prayers are Not Enough - Indivisible

Congress is considering making mass shootings easier, not preventing them.
The gun lobby’s top priorities enjoy wide support in Congress. On December 6, 2017, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. This legislation was a top priority of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and, if enacted into law, would cause a race to the bottom on gun safety standards. The Senate is expected to take up this same bill this year. We can’t let that happen.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Donald Trump’s Most Vile Tweets Yet Deserve Global Condemnation | The Nation

Donald Trump’s Most Vile Tweets Yet Deserve Global Condemnation | The Nation

John Nichols writes in The Nation Magazine:

"After Trump shared posts from Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of the racist Britain First organization (who features an image of Trump at the top of her Twitter feed), the office of British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the president’s embrace of a political movement that is so aggressive in its rabidly anti-Islamic advocacy that Fransen has been charged with hate speech.

"The statement from No. 10 was blunt:

"'Britain First seeks to divide communities by their use of hateful narratives that peddle lies and stoke tensions. They cause anxiety to law-abiding people.

"'British people overwhelmingly reject the prejudiced rhetoric of the far right which is the antithesis of the values this country represents, decency, tolerance and respect. It is wrong for the president to have done this.'

"British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was even blunter, describing Trump’s retweets as 'abhorrent, dangerous and a threat to our society.' London Mayor Sadiq Khan declared that 'Britain First is a vile, hate-fueled organisation whose views should be condemned, not amplified.'

"Those were powerful statements of condemnation for a president who, in his crude combination of bigotry and ignorance of recent history, has created another international incident."

Monday, October 2, 2017

Honoring the great principles of the U.S. democracy ...

When I stand to say the Pledge of Allegiance and when I stand during a performance of the "Star-Spangled Banner," I am not honoring the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces. As much as I appreciate their service, when I stand with my hand over my heart, I am honoring the great principles of the U.S. democracy, as symbolized by the flag I salute in the pledge and in the national anthem.
I accept that people salute our flag -- or salute our flag in differing ways -- for a variety of reasons, a variety of beliefs, and a variety of feelings. I may not see eye to eye with all those actions, reasons, beliefs, and feelings -- in fact, some of them bug me, a lot. But I also know I must accept them because each of us has our own attitudes, experiences, and perspectives in how and why we express our patriotism.
I will not accept, however, the words and behavior of people who act as though their expression of patriotism is the only one that's appropriate and acceptable. They are wrong.

Monday, July 17, 2017

List of plain English words and phrases - Wikipedia

Plain English (sometimes referred to more broadly as plain language) is a generic term for communicating in English that emphasizes clarity, brevity, and avoiding technical language—particularly relating to official government or business communication. It uses simple, familiar words instead of lengthy, formal words, avoids jargon, prefers positive words to negative words, and prefers strong verbs to be verbs.
This is a list of plain English words and phrases and the more lengthy, formal words for which they are recommended as replacements in writing guides. The problem word is listed first; the plain English alternative follows.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

From Bias and Blame to Balance: Sensitive Style for Covering Sexual Violence | Conscious Style Guide

Karen Yin writes in the Conscious Style Guide:

"When misconceptions prevail about what constitutes rape, who can be raped, who rapes, and who can prevent rape, editors can minimize unfair and inaccurate media coverage of sexual assault by flagging biased reporting and words that shift blame to the victim."
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