Christian foster-care agency seeks the OK to discriminate

From the article:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is considering a request that would allow a Christian foster-care agency in South Carolina to deny Jewish, Muslim, atheist, or agnostic parents the right to take in kids.

According to a lengthy report from the Intercept, Greenville-based Miracle Hill Ministries, which says on its website that it “has made it our mission to find Christian foster parents,” is asking HHS to waive its requirement to comply with federal nondiscrimination laws so it can continue to exclusively serve Christian families. Without the exception, Miracle Hill, which receives federal funds, may lose its license due to pressure from the state’s Department of Social Services (DSS).

Source: Christian foster-care agency seeks the OK to discriminate

It’s not like we didn’t see that coming. . . Oh wait. We did. People that hate LGBTQ folks are also usually racist as all get out.


Alabama Wasted $21,000 to Jail a Man for 15 Months Over $10 of Cannabis | Civilized Life

From the article:

If you needed any more proof that marijuana prohibition is a futile and outright racist public policy, take a look at the situation in Alabama, which wastes approximately $22 million on cannabis enforcement without putting a dent in the supply of or demand for marijuana in the state.

Enforcing cannabis prohibition costs Alabama taxpayers approximately $22 million per year, which would be enough to fund an additional 191 preschool classrooms or pay 571 more K-12 teachers, according to a joint study from the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

But instead of investing in the state’s children, those tax dollars are being used to slap residents with criminal records that severely limit their access to education and diminish their job prospects.

Source: Alabama Wasted $21,000 to Jail a Man for 15 Months Over $10 of Cannabis | Civilized Life

This article also rightly points out that this disproportionately effects people of color. White folks smoke pot pretty openly and do not face the risks that people of color do.

What the fuck Alabama. This is why you have the reputation you do.

Miscarrying at Work: The Physical Toll of Pregnancy Discrimination – The New York Times

From the article:

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act is the only federal law aimed at protecting expecting mothers at work. It is four paragraphs long and 40 years old. It says that a company has to accommodate pregnant workers’ requests only if it is already doing so for other employees who are “similar in their ability or inability to work.”

That means that companies that do not give anyone a break have no obligation to do so for pregnant women. Employees say that is how the warehouse’s current owner, XPO Logistics, operates.

This is horrific. It’s a reproductive right, and the fact that we are now creating situations where women are having miscarriages due to the incredibly fucked up choice to continue to risk themselves to get a paycheck or be out of work, insurance, and rent money.

The US’s absolute fucked up lack of regard for pregnant working people should be criminal.

56,800 migrant dead and missing: ‘They are human beings’

From the article:

An Associated Press tally has documented at least 56,800 migrants dead or missing worldwide since 2014 — almost double the number found in the world’s only official attempt to try to count them, by the U.N.’s International Organization for Migration. The IOM toll as of Oct. 1 was more than 28,500. The AP came up with almost 28,300 additional dead or missing migrants by compiling information from other international groups, requesting forensic records, missing persons reports and death records, and sifting through data from thousands of interviews with migrants.

Source: 56,800 migrant dead and missing: ‘They are human beings’

This graph was what really hits hard. This is something that should matter to our political leaders. So many lives lost, and it’s like nobody gives a shit.

The ‘Oregonian’ Faces Heavy Criticism After Publishing a Piece Sympathizing With a Far-Right Group – Pacific Standard

From the article:

It’s not only activists who take issue with the Oregonian offering space for unchallenged views of the far right; journalism ethics experts also cast doubt on the paper’s editorial judgment.

“This observer says it was a peaceful event. I don’t have corroboration, but let’s take her at her word,” says Gabriel Kahn, a journalism professor at the University of Southern California. “The absence of violence at a public event is not the only criterion at stake here. The other is contextualizing Gibson and his group properly. The letter makes it sound like a Boy Scout group gathering. From the commenters, I gather that’s not really their main thrust.”

Source: The ‘Oregonian’ Faces Heavy Criticism After Publishing a Piece Sympathizing With a Far-Right Group – Pacific Standard

Elizebeth Hovde wrote an Op-Ed for the Oregonian. It was a love letter to Joey Gibson, founder of Patriot Prayer. This is an alt-right, Nazi sympathizing organization on US soil. They have ties to Proud Boys, which are crawling all over the city I’m currently living in.

This article details the criticisms of the author, and the Oregonian for publishing this bullshit love letter to a known racist fuck bag.

We should be criticizing irresponsible and unethical journalism.

Korean translator alleges Harris County election judge hindered voters –

Voter suppression takes many forms. Barring translators from helping is one of them. From the Article:

Dona Kim Murphey said she and roughly 10 other volunteers at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center were instructed to stand in the parking lot Sunday afternoon, beyond the 100-foot markers that draw a boundary for where people can electioneer. Murphey said she thought translators typically were allowed to stay in the polling place to offer help.

Source: Korean translator alleges Harris County election judge hindered voters –

This is all over. Georgia isn’t the only place that is attempting to disenfranchise certain voters.

Suicide hotline calls quadrupled after Trump’s latest attack on transgender people / LGBTQ Nation

From the article:

Trans Lifeline, an organization that runs a crisis hotline for transgender people and staffed by transgender people, said that calls to their suicide hotline have quadrupled since the story broke that the Trump administration is trying to legally erase transgender identity.

Source: Suicide hotline calls quadrupled after Trump’s latest attack on transgender people / LGBTQ Nation

This is the real consequence of these bigoted actions. Transgender people are often vulnerable. The level of stigma and shunning we face in society is shockingly high.

From my own experience, when I started my transition, it was the most vulnerable feeling time in my life. More than finding myself homeless as a teen. I was a grown ass 40 year old man when I decided to be a man to the rest of the world.

It fucked my ability to find work, finish my college degree easily do to a fucked up bathroom policy, to even be in pubic because I was challenged about my gender presentation. Complete strangers would get in my face.

I’m not a shrinking violet. I am an aggressively loud individual that has had to fight his whole life. I knew walking into my transition this was what I would face, and despite knowing all that, it was hard.

Yet, it was sure as fuck easier then. I am watching my wife transition now in the wake of the media’s “discovery” that transgender people exist, and how there isn’t a hope in hell she can just slip through her transition now. Bigots abound, and violence has been soaring.

Trump’s administration with all his vipers working to wipe us out? It is creating a scenario where violent bigots feel they are entitled to attack us.

It’s no wonder the calls to a crisis center have blown up. I’m seeing it on my communities online. We alway have suicide risks. Always. But now they are increasing.

This is what happens to any population of human beings that are treated the way the transgender population is.