Congratulations to Malala Yousafzai on becoming the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner. I couldn’t be happier for this brave young woman.
Yesterday the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to India’s Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai for their struggles against the suppression of children and for young people’s rights, including the right to education.
Malala Yousafzai came to global attention after she was shot in the head by the Taliban — two years ago this past week — for her efforts to promote education for girls in Pakistan.
Well done and congratulations Malala.
You know when West Virginia says “I do” to same sex marriage that marriage equality will quickly become the law of the land. Hat tip to one of my good friend and bloggah, Dr. J who writes, You Think You Know, for bringing it to my attention in his most recent post.
After W.VA’s Attorney General announced that his office will no longer fight a court challenge on the state’s ban on same-sex marriages, the current governor, Earl Ray, had this to add,
“I do not plan to take any actions that would seek to overturn the courts’ decisions. West Virginia will uphold the law according to these rulings, and I have directed state agencies to take appropriate action to make that possible. Our state is known for its kindness and hospitality to residents and visitors alike. I encourage all West Virginians—regardless of their personal beliefs—to uphold our statewide tradition of treating one another with dignity and respect.”
Sarah Silverman releases a hilarious video about a not so funny subject; equal pay. Nothing infuriates me more than people treating the idea of feminism like a dirty word. For the record, feminism is about fighting for gender equality and fair treatment. I’m happy that Sarah can bring attention to this topic.
The Equal Payback Project
Earlier this week the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) identified the most anti-equality elected officials in the US Congress. Ratings are based on past voting records, their introduction and co-sponsorship of anti-LGBT legislation, and their public statements.
Any wonder why I self-identify as a Democrat? While both parties are represented, this list is certainly weighted in favor of the Republican Party. I revile this party as a socially divisive, reactionary group that propagates hateful, xenophobic, misogynistic and homophobic legislation. While there are certainly exceptions, until there is a significant change in rhetoric and leadership, I can’t fathom supporting a national candidate who runs as a Republican.
I love this sign.
Marriage Equality Update from NYT: The Supreme Court on Monday denied review in all five pending same-sex marriage cases, clearing the way for such marriages to proceed in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.
The move was a major surprise and suggests that the justices are not going to intercede in the wave of decisions in favor of same-sex marriage at least until a federal appeals court upholds a state ban.
Vinny Minchillo, who worked on ads for Romney’s presidential campaign, recently told The New Republic that the #ImARepublican campaign is intended to help put an end to the partisan vitriol he feels is directed at his party.
Unfortunately for Minchillo this campaign only reaffirms the perceptions it was intended to challenge. In lieu of reaching out to Republicans they used stock photography. So the impression that Republicans care about the concerns of minorities or that one can be a Republican and an environmentalist seem to ring hollow.
We all know that there are people of color who vote Republican. We also all know that there are Republicans who care about the environment. However, this poorly executed campaign is unlikely to change perceptions and will be made the punchline of jokes…. Are you listening Weekend Update / SNL?