Thursday, March 28, 2013

Help make Supreme Court history

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The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments TODAY on Prop. 8 and tomorrow on DOMA.

We need as many Americans as possible to show their support for equality.

Sign HRC's Majority Opinion petition and help make these discriminatory laws history.

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Dear reader,

The scene outside the Supreme Court right now is electrifying.

Thousands of us are here, gathering for justice and equality as the Supreme Court hears two historic marriage cases this week.

Our window to be heard is closing. Will you add your voice to the thousands of equality activists here in Washington and speak out against Prop. 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)?

Our opponents may claim in the media that public opinion is on their side and same-sex couples don't deserve equal citizenship. But we know the truth. We must be louder. We must be stronger. We are now the majority – and it's time for us all to stand together and declare that EVERYONE deserves the fundamental right to marry.

Sign our Majority Opinion petition now: "We are the majority of Americans, and we stand for equality and the end of DOMA and Prop. 8."

Once this week's oral arguments in the Prop. 8 and DOMA cases are over, the next chapter in our decades-long fight for equal marriage rights will rest in the Court's hands. Their expected rulings in June will impact the course of this movement for generations.

Hollingsworth v. Perry, the Prop. 8 challenge I helped to bring as co-founder of the American Foundation for Equal Rights and spearheaded by the bipartisan legal team of Ted Olson and David Boies, could bring marriage equality not only back to California, but to other states as well.

And in the DOMA case, United States v. Windsor, by deeming DOMA unconstitutional the Court could grant all legally-married same-sex couples the same federal rights and benefits straight married couples enjoy.

Or, if the court buys the right-wing lie that same-sex couples don't really need equality, we could be left with the status quo.

In both cases, equality has won in lower courts. Now it's time for us to stand together, and show the media that the majority of Americans want full marriage equality and an end to DOMA.

Be part of the Majority Opinion on this historic day. Stand up and show that public opinion lies squarely on the side of equality – then tell your friends to sign, too.

As we continue our fight to make sure all Americans have the same rights, join us and stand loud and clear for equality at this pivotal moment.

Sincerely,
Chad Griffin
Chad Griffin
President

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Amazon Watch: Where were you last week?

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Xingu People

13-year-old Luciano Gouvela de Moraes Silva and 15-year-old Karoline Militão, displaced by the Belo Monte dam in the Xingu

Dear friends,

Where were you last week? Were you deep in the Brazilian Amazon, fighting for justice?

Last week our Brazil field team engaged in a protest with some 150 leaders from four indigenous groups and allied riverine communities. These courageous Amazon defenders occupied a major work camp and halted construction on the controversial Belo Monte dam on the Xingu River.

The fight to stop this monstrosity continues.

If you've taken action or made a contribution to stop Belo Monte and steer Brazil towards a clean energy future that respects people and nature, then YOU were right there with us last week in the Amazon.

Your continued support is needed more than ever.

Please add your power to this fight with a contribution today.

Your support backs the strength and courage of these rainforest defenders when they go up against the powerful resources and ruthless players that are desperate to move projects like the Belo Monte dam forward.

Your support helps legendary Chief Raoni and the Kayapo warriors – and all the indigenous, riverine and local communities fighting the project – stand strong against this relentless road toward forced displacement.

Your support honors the spirit of 13-year old Luciano Gouvela de Moraes Silva who shared his poem with you last week expressing the horror of what's happening to his home. Your support rats out nasty spies and decries the injustice done to 15-year-old Karoline Militão, whose story is one of many of displacement on the Xingu. Your support puts our team in the field and keeps this critical battle going.

We will not give up. We will stand with communities that are fighting for their homes, families, lands and livelihoods. We will continue to be an integral partner to the Movimento Xingu Vivo and we will continue to defend the Amazon and support these people – because you make it possible.

Every day is important, every action counts, every dollar makes a difference.

Please help us continue this fight by making a generous contribution today.

Thank you for your continued support, and for standing with us when we need it most.

For the Amazon,

Branden Barber
Branden Barber
Director of Engagement


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Stand with the Maasai Tribes

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Dear friends,

We are elders of the Maasai from Tanzania, one of Africa's oldest tribes. Yesterday, the government announced that it plans to kick thousands of our families off our lands so that wealthy tourists can use them to shoot lions and leopards. The evictions are to begin immediately.

Last year, when word first leaked about this plan, almost one million Avaaz members rallied to our aid. Your attention and the storm it created forced the government to deny the plan, and set them back months. But the President has waited for international attention to die down, and now he's revived his plan to take our land. We need your help again, urgently.

President Kikwete may not care about us, but he has shown he'll respond to global media and public pressure -- to all of you! We may only have hours. Please stand with us to protect our land, our people and our world's most majestic animals and tell everyone, before it is too late. This is our last hope:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_the_maasai_loc/?tSTejbb

Our people have lived off the land in Tanzania and Kenya for centuries. Our communities respect our fellow animals and protect and preserve the delicate ecosystem. But the government has for years sought to profit by giving rich princes and kings from the Middle East access to our land to kill. In 2009, when they tried to clear our land to make way for these hunting sprees, we resisted, and hundreds of us were arrested and beaten. Last year, rich princes shot at birds in trees from helicopters. This killing goes against everything in our culture.

Now the government has announced it will clear a huge swath of our land to make way for what it claims will be a wildlife corridor, but many suspect it's just a ruse to give a foreign hunting corporation and the rich tourists it caters to easier access to shoot at majestic animals. The government claims this new arrangement is some sort of accommodation, but its effect on our people's way of life will be disastrous. There are thousands of us who could have our lives uprooted, losing our homes, the land on which our animals graze, or both.

President Kikwete knows this deal would be controversial with Tanzania's tourists - a critical source of national income - and does not want a big PR disaster. If we can urgently generate even more global outrage than we did before, and get the media writing about it, we know it can make him think twice. Stand with us now to call on Kikwete to stop the sell off:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_the_maasai_loc/?tSTejbb

This land grab would spell the end for the Maasai in this part of Tanzania, and many of our community have said they would rather die than be forced from their homes. On behalf of our people and the animals who graze in these lands, please stand with us to change the mind of our President.

With hope and determination,

The Maasai elders of Ngorongoro District with the whole Avaaz team


SOURCES

IPP Media: Maasai villagers frustrate efforts to vacate for Ortelo
http://www.ippmedia.com/frontend/?l=52669

The Guardian: Tanzania denies plan to evict Maasai for royal hunting ground
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/aug/15/tanzania-evict-maasai-uae-royals

The Guardian: "Tourism is a curse to us"
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/06/masai-tribesman-tanzania-tourism

News Internationalist Magazine: "Hunted down"
http://www.newint.org/columns/currents/2009/12/01/tanzania/

Society for Threatened People: Briefing on the eviction of the Loliondo Maasai
http://lib.ohchr.org/HRBodies/UPR/Documents/session12/TZ/STP-SocietyThreatenedPeople-eng.pdf

FEMACT: Report by 16 human rights investigators & media on violence in Loliondo
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/advocacy/58956/print

Voices of Loliondo: Short film from Loliondo on impact of eviction on Maasai
http://vimeo.com/35311385





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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The 5 Ways to Use Leftover Beer

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Subject: 5 Ways to Use Leftover Beer
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Friday, March 1, 2013

The 5 Hidden Food Allergens (That are More Common Than You Think)

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