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Walker opponents take to Wisconsin’s waters with protest flotillas

Wisconsin has a new protest movement, and it’s on the water.

Protesters took advantage of one of the state’s many bodies of water to move their “Recall Walker” message a little closer to the subject of the protest this weekend. After learning that Wisconsin’s first lady Tonette Walker would host a garden party on Saturday, July 2, a group of nearly a dozen people formed a flotilla that set sail to the shore of Lake Mendota off the governor’s Maple Bluff executive residence.

Saturday’s protest was organized very quickly, says Arthur Kohl-Riggs, who organized the event through the "Shit Scott Walker Is Doing To My State" Facebook page he operates. He learned about the party Friday night and created a Facebook event Saturday morning.

Read more here.

Brilliant! I love the creativity here. Keep it rolling, Wisconsin. 

We’ll see, Scotty.

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To target Fox News over 'Nazi' label, rabbis make use of Murdoch's other media

A coalition of rabbis wants Fox News chief Roger Ailes and conservative host Glenn Beck to cut out all their talk about Nazis and the Holocaust, and it’s making its views known in an unusual place.

The rabbis have called on Fox News’s owner, Rupert Murdoch, to sanction his two famous employees via a full-page ad in Thursday’s editions of the Wall Street Journal - one of many other media properties controlled by Murdoch’s News Corp.

The ad is signed by the heads of the Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist movements as well as Orthodox rabbis.

"We share a belief that the Holocaust, of course, can and should be discussed appropriately in the media. But that is not what we have seen at Fox News," says the ad, signed by hundreds of rabbis and placed by the Jewish Funds for Justice, a nonprofit advocacy group. Earlier this month, the group organized a letter-writing campaign asking Murdoch to remove Beck from the air.

The rabbis were prompted by Beck’s three-part program in November about liberal billionaire philanthropist George Soros, whom Beck described as a “Jewish boy helping send the Jews to the death camps” during World War II.

Ailes, in a November interview with the Daily Beast Web site, called NPR executives “Nazis” for their decision to fire Juan Williams, also a Fox commentator. He later apologized to the Anti-Defamation League, but not to NPR, saying, “I was of course ad-libbing and should not have chosen that word, but I was angry at the time because of NPR’s willingness to censor Juan Williams for not being liberal enough.”

But Ailes, in the same interview, defended Beck’s frequent use of Nazi references to describe his political opponents by attributing outrage over such remarks to “left-wing rabbis who basically don’t think that anybody can ever use the word ‘Holocaust’ on the air.”

View the ad here. An rather ingenious idea, and one I fully support.

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The Rise of Enlightened Sexism


On The Issues Magazine The Progressive Woman’s Magazine Winter 2011: The Rise of Enlightened Sexism by Susan J. Douglas

Today, we once again have what Betty Friedan famously called “a problem with no name.” Millions of young women — the girl power generation — have been told that they can do or be anything, yet they also believe their most important task is to be slim, “hot,” and non-threatening to men. Once they get out in the work force, though, they learn that there still is pay discrimination, inflexible work places, women slotted into low paying, dead end jobs more often than men and a glass ceiling in so many lines of work.

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At the same time, these young women get the message loud and clear that the absolute last thing they should embrace is feminism. Indeed, as one reviews the media landscape of the past 15 years, one is struck by how effectively feminism — a social movement that has done so much for women, and for men, for that matter — has been so vilified in the media that many young women regard it as the ideological equivalent of anthrax. I wanted to trace how that happened, and to pinpoint what it is that remains unspoken but that is still bothering so many of us, to give a name to what’s coursing through our popular culture, this message that you can be or do anything you want, as long as you conform to pretty confining ideals around femininity, and don’t want too much. The name I chose is “Enlightened Sexism” — a term I adapted from Sut Jhally’s and Justin Lewis’s “enlightened racism.” It is a new, subtle, sneaky form of sexism that seems to accept — even celebrate — female achievements on the surface, but is really about repudiating feminism and keeping women, especially young women, in their place.

Click the link above to read the rest of the article. It is so relevant.

Yes, please, read this. It’s amazing. 

(Source: yasalam)

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