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The ‘Viscerally Terrifying’ Lockdown a Mom Experienced in a Classroom of 4-Year-Olds: ‘I’d Never Witnessed the Real Thing. And, Oh God, This Was the Real Thing.'

Leslie Gaar
A student helps block the classroom door with furniture during a mock lockdown drill at Moody High School in Corpus Christi, Tex., in 2013. (Photo: Rachel Denny Clow/Corpus Christi Caller-Times/AP)
A student helps block the classroom door with furniture during a mock lockdown drill at Moody High School in Corpus Christi, Tex., in 2013. (Photo: Rachel Denny Clow/Corpus Christi Caller-Times/AP)

Remembering Harris Wofford, Who Dreamed of a ‘United States of the World’

Tad Daley
Harris Wofford (left) as a young aide to John F. Kennedy
Harris Wofford (left) as a young aide to John F. Kennedy

Immigrants Aren’t the Emergency—Unchecked Capitalism Is

Sarah Schulz
Pro-immigration demonstrators rally in Detroit, Michigan (Photo: Shutterstock)
Pro-immigration demonstrators rally in Detroit, Michigan (Photo: Shutterstock) - Discuss

ACLU Latest News

Meme Misleads on Minnesota’s Somali Refugees

Facebook posts distort the number of Somali refugees who have resettled in Minnesota to advance an unsupported claim about a freshman congresswoman's electoral victory.

The post Meme Misleads on Minnesota’s Somali Refugees appeared first on

Spinning Trump’s National Emergency Declaration

Both sides are spinning the facts in response to President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency on the Southwest border.

The post Spinning Trump’s National Emergency Declaration appeared first on

O’Rourke Didn’t Trash Seniors and Veterans

There's no evidence that former Rep. Beto O’Rourke made a series of disparaging comments about the elderly and veterans, despite what a popular meme claims.

The post O’Rourke Didn’t Trash Seniors and Veterans appeared first on

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Ban Chemically Scented Products From The Olympics? Bringing Personal Habits To Public Places....It's A Stinky Issue.

For people with COPD, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, and Asthma, Chemically Scented Products can be a major Disability Barrier.  Just a quick surf on the internet shows how many people are unable to…Continue

Started by Melva Smith in Sample Title Aug 9, 2011.

Please Sign the Scent-Free Olympic Petition

Dear Fellow Activists.  What do you all think about a scent-free Olympics? If you or someone you know finds scented products to be a disability barrier, you might be interested in knowing that there…Continue

Tags: COPD, Sensitivity, Allergy, Sports, barriers

Started by Melva Smith in Sample Title Jun 21, 2011.

Ethics Among Activists 1 Reply

I've been active now in a concerted way for many years, and I've worked on a number of causes and with many different people. Most of these relationships have been very positive. Activists are…Continue

Tags: organizing, activism, Ethics

Started by Cromag in Uncategorized. Last reply by Ice Goldberg Oct 21, 2009.

Blog Posts

Nature and the Law

Posted by Cromag on December 22, 2016 at 9:08pm 0 Comments

Nature and the Law

A new movement is working to protect our environment through the recognition of its fundamental rights. It’s an idea whose time has come.

By Mari Margil from December 20, 2016, 4:39 pm – 8 MIN READ…

State Plastic and Paper Bag Legislation: Justice or Manipulation?

Posted by Cromag on December 4, 2016 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

The plastic and paper bag law is ostensibly environmental legislation in hopes that a small fee will diminish the environmental impact of single-use merchant bags. It was possible to have the fee go into an environmental fund to help with diminishing the impact, but that was voted down by CA Prop 65. The resulting declining of Prop 65 is essentially saying that we cannot force the…


Unsafe at any Dose? Diagnosing Chemical Safety Failures, from DDT to BPA

Posted by Cromag on May 22, 2016 at 9:55am 0 Comments

via Independent Science News | by Jonathan Latham, PhD

Piecemeal, and at long last, chemical manufacturers have begun removing the endocrine-disrupting plastic…


Organic food’s dirty secret: What the “seductive” label fails to tell you [Updated Info]

Posted by Cromag on March 15, 2015 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Just because food is labeled organic doesn't mean it's what you're expecting, journalist Peter Laufer tells Salon

by Lindsay Abrams 

Published Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 11:00 AM PST…


If Nature Had Rights

Posted by Cromag on October 23, 2014 at 2:51pm 0 Comments

... "So what would a radically different law-driven consciousness look like?” The question was posed over three decades ago by a University of Southern California law professor as his lecture drew to a close. “One in which Nature had rights,” he continued. “Yes, rivers, lakes, trees. .…


Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters

Posted by Cromag on October 15, 2014 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

 (TEDGlobal 2014 transcript)

Why privacy matters

Glenn Greenwald was one of the first reporters to see — and write about — the Edward Snowden files, with their revelations about the United States' extensive surveillance of private citizens. In…


Suffering? Well, You Deserve It

Posted by Cromag on March 4, 2014 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

By Chris Hedges March 2nd, 2014

OXFORD, England—The morning after my Feb. 20 debate at the Oxford Union, I walked from my hotel along Oxford’s narrow…


Introducing the Global Power Project (Updated)

Posted by Cromag on February 28, 2014 at 3:24pm 0 Comments

Mon, 3/25/2013 - by Andrew Gavin Marshall
originally posted on

We live in an interdependent world, where nations are increasingly…


Henry Giroux on Resisting the Neoliberal Revolution

Posted by Cromag on February 22, 2014 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

Reactions to Anatomy of a Deep State from the Bill Moyers Show

February 2014 - Credit: Dale Robbins


The Rights of Nature: Has Deep Ecology Gone Too Far?

Posted by Cromag on January 27, 2014 at 8:00am 0 Comments

A specter is haunting the French humanist mind these days--a radical ecology movement that threatens to replace the idealization of humanity with an idealization of nature. Already we see "the passing of the humanist era," writes Luc Ferry, a philosopher at the Sorbonne and the University of Caen, in this prize-winning critique of that movement, a book all environmentalists ought to read. It…



Harvard Law School Corporate Governance Blog

REIT M&A: Use and Overuse of Special Committees

Special committees are often an indispensable tool in conflict transactions. In REIT management-buyout transactions, a well-functioning and well-advised committee can sometimes shield directors and managers from after-the-fact litigation exposure. But special committees are not one-size-fits-all, and can also be deployed to the detriment of a company and its shareholders. Forming a special committee when not […]

The NYC Comptroller’s New Normal?

Post-shutdown, the SEC is starting to catch up on no-action requests to exclude shareholder proposals, posting several new entries at the end of last week. While most of the responses reflected withdrawals of requests in light of withdrawal of the subject proposal, one of the more interesting withdrawal letters relates to a decision to include […]

Mandatory Securities Arbitration Under New Jersey Corporate Law

Under New Jersey corporate law, may a corporation adopt a mandatory arbitration provision in its bylaws that would require shareholders to bring federal securities law claims via separate individual arbitration? The issue is squarely raised by a recent shareholder proposal at Johnson & Johnson, a New Jersey corporation, that asks the board to adopt such […]

The Ashland-Cruiser Proxy Contest—A Case Study

Following a contentious two-year campaign, Ashland recently settled its proxy contest with Cruiser after reaching an agreement with Neuberger Berman, an active manager and 2.8% holder. Ashland agreed to refresh committee leadership, appoint a new lead independent director, and add two new directors with Neuberger’s input. This was a highly unusual development, as active managers […]

Investor Engagement and Activist Shareholder Strategies

It’s not your imagination: shareholders and activists have asserted themselves more in recent years. For better or worse, activists are more numerous and more diverse than they were in the past, both in their agendas and their methods. This reinforces the need for management, with the board’s oversight and guidance, to engage with shareholders proactively, […]

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