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Steven Perez

Hopping Master of the White Rain. Rabbit of the Radical Mien. As old as my skin, and a little older than my teeth. #TeamEternalWinter GV: (830) 743-9770.
Prominent Republican: Women Need To Be Paid Less So They Can Find Husbands | ThinkProgress - http://thinkprogress.org/economy...
Prominent Republican: Women Need To Be Paid Less So They Can Find Husbands | ThinkProgress
"In an op-ed published by the Christian Post, Phyllis Schlafly — the founder of the Eagle Forum — maintained that increasing the pay gap will help women find suitable husbands: 'Another fact is the influence of hypergamy, which means that women typically choose a mate (husband or boyfriend) who earns more than she does. Men don’t have the same preference for a higher-earning mate. While women prefer to HAVE a higher-earning partner, men generally prefer to BE the higher-earning partner in a relationship. This simple but profound difference between the sexes has powerful consequences for the so-called pay gap. Suppose the pay gap between men and women were magically eliminated. If that happened, simple arithmetic suggests that half of women would be unable to find what they regard as a suitable mate. Obviously, I’m not saying women won’t date or marry a lower-earning men, only that they probably prefer not to. If a higher-earning man is not available, many women are more likely not to... more... - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
This literally made my head hurt - MoTO Moca Blend
Flabbergasted. - ronin
Tell that to my parents, Chris's parents, my aunt and uncle.... - Heather, 30k Camper
The world is filled with asshats. :^( - Friar Will
One the one hand they define marriage as between one man and one woman but then attach the caviet "As long as the bank balance is right" - Johnny from iPhone
If she is right, then the only logical solution is to not cut her pay, but allow her to have 2 husbands. ;-) - April Russo
the only logical solution for women payed more than men is to marry other women with a better income, oh NO WAIT - 無家可歸82 from FFHound(roid)!
I had a boss who was lovely, but she would insist that I must feel bad because Helen was earning more than me... I didn't, of course ;) - Pete
The skeptics are wrong — the gender pay gap is very very real - Vox - http://www.vox.com/2014...
The skeptics are wrong — the gender pay gap is very very real - Vox
"The commonly cited statistic that American women suffer from a 23 percent wage gap through which they make just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns is much too simplistic. On the other hand, the frequently heard conservative counterargument that we should subject this raw wage gap to a massive list of statistical controls until it nearly vanishes is an enormous oversimplification in the opposite direction. After all, for many purposes gender is itself a standard demographic control to add to studies — and when you control for gender the wage gap disappears entirely! Of course that's completely trivial. The question to ask about the various statistical controls that can be applied to shrink the gender gap is what are they actually telling us. The answer, I think, is that it's telling how the wage gap works." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
ecowatchorg: How You Might Be Investing in Monsanto’s Toxic Legacy Without Realizing It http://ecowatch.com/2014... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
ecowatchorg:
 
How You Might Be Investing in Monsanto’s Toxic Legacy Without Realizing It
 
http://ecowatch.com/2014/04/10/investing-monsantos-toxic-legacy/
ecowatchorg: IKEA Buys First Wind Farm, Its Largest-Ever Renewable Energy Investment http://ecowatch.com/2014... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
ecowatchorg:
 
IKEA Buys First Wind Farm, Its Largest-Ever Renewable Energy Investment
 
http://ecowatch.com/2014/04/11/ikea-buys-first-wind-farm-its-largest-ever-renewable-energy-investment/
Tiny House Living, Off the Grid? Here's How to Do it in Style - http://www.yesmagazine.org/planet...
america-wakiewakie: 10 Big Companies That Pay No Taxes (and Their Favorite Politicians) | Mother Jones Between 2008 and 2011, 26 major American corporations paid no net federal income taxes despite bringing in billions in profits, according to a new report (PDF) from the nonprofit research group Citizens for Tax Justice. CTJ calculates that if the... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
america-wakiewakie:
 
 
10 Big Companies That Pay No Taxes (and Their Favorite Politicians) | Mother Jones
 
Between 2008 and 2011, 26 major American corporations paid no net federal income taxes despite bringing in billions in profits, according to a new report (PDF) from the nonprofit research group Citizens for Tax Justice. CTJ calculates that if the companies had paid the full 35 percent corporate tax rate, they would have put more than $78 billion into government coffers.
 
Here’s a look at the 10 most profitable tax evaders and the politicians their CEOs, employees, and PACs give the most money to.
 
Verizon Communications
Profits: $19.8 billion    Effective tax rate: -3.8%
Top recipients, 2011-2012
President Barack Obama: $51,493
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.): $24,450
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.): $23,700
Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio): $22,500
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.): $15,000
 
General Electric 
Profits: $19.6 billion    Effective tax rate: -18.9%
Top recipients, 2011-2012
Mitt Romney: $53,750
President Barack Obama (D): $30,493
Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.): $23,900
Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.): $21,860
Rep. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.): $19,750
 
 
 
Boeing
Profits: $14.8 billion    Effective tax rate: -5.5%
Top recipients, 2011-2012
Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.): $31,750
Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.): $25,000
Former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.): $23,500
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.): $23,125
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas): $20,986
 
NextEra Energy: North America’s largest solar and wind power operator, based in Florida
Profits: $8.8 billion    Effective tax rate: -2%
Top recipients, 2011-2012
George LeMieux (R-Fla.): $9,500
Mike Haridopolos (R-Fla.): $4,800
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.): $2,000
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas): $2,000
Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.): $2,000
 
American Electric Power: Electric utility based in Columbus, Ohio
Profits: $8.2 billion    Effective tax rate: -6.4%
Top recipients, 2011-2012
Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio): $34,750
Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio): $34,050
Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio): $21,700
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.): $19,750
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio): $18,450
 
Pacific Gas & Electric: California electrical utility
Profits: $6 billion    Effective tax rate: -8.4%
Top recipients, 2011-2012
President Barack Obama (D): $6,250
Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif.): $5,000
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.): $5,500
Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.): $5,000
Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.): $3,500
 
Apache: Houston-based oil and gas company
Profits: $6 billion    Effective tax rate: -0.3%
Top recipients, 2011-2012
David Dewhurst (R-Texas): $25,000
Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.): $5,000
Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.): $2,500 
Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas): $2,500
Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas): $2,500
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.): $2,500
Brendan Doherty (R-R.I.): $2,500
 
Consolidated Edison: New York energy company
Profits: $5.9 billion    Effective tax rate: -1.3%
Top recipients, 2011-2012
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.): $15,050
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.): $8,000
Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.): $6,650
Then-Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.): $2,500
Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.): $1,500
Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.): $1,500
Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.): $1,500
 
El Paso: Houston-based energy company that operates the country’s largest natural gas pipeline
Profits: $4.6 billion    Effective tax rate: -0.9%
Top recipients, 2011-2012
David Dewhurst (R-Texas): $7,500
Mitt Romney (R): $5,000
Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.): $3,000
Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.): $2,750
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.): $2,500 
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.): $2,500 
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.): $2,500 
Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas): $2,500
Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.): $2,500
Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.): $2,500
 
CenterPoint Energy: Electric and gas utility company based in Houston
Profits: $3.1 billion    Effective tax rate: -11.3%
Top recipients, 2011-2012
David Dewhurst (R-Texas): $22,050
Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas): $13,458
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.): $10,299
Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.): $7,000
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas): $4,000
 
Giving data from the Center for Responsive Politics. Includes all 2011-12 campaign donations from each company’s employees and corporate PACs.
 
(Photo Credit: JD Hancock/Flickr)
ppaction: Throwback Thursday: One of our favorite photos of the incomparable Governor Ann Richards (aka PPFA President Cecile Richards’ mom!). - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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Throwback Thursday: One of our favorite photos of the incomparable Governor Ann Richards (aka PPFA President Cecile Richards’ mom!).
ecowatchorg: Case Studies Show How Shale Boom Hurt Health and Infrastructure of Four Communities http://ecowatch.com/2014... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
ecowatchorg:
 
Case Studies Show How Shale Boom Hurt Health and Infrastructure of Four Communities
 
http://ecowatch.com/2014/04/10/shale-boom-four-communities/
The man [Limbaugh] has been listening to his own horseshit for so long, he most likely believes it. Hence the infallible irony of a warring-on-America, overt mugger of genuinely conservative values defining what counts as unfunny, political comedy. - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
The rest of the world, almost unanimously, looks at America as the No. 1 warmonger. That we revert to armed conflict almost at the drop of a hat — and quite often it’s not only desired by the leaders of our country, but it’s also supported by the people of America. - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
huffpostworld: Next time you find yourself in Italy or Mexico or Senegal, you’ll be well-equipped to order the ristretto/cade de olla/cafe touba of your dreams. mmmmmmm. - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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Next time you find yourself in Italy or Mexico or Senegal, you’ll be well-equipped to order the ristretto/cade de olla/cafe touba of your dreams.
 
 
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ecowatchorg: 4 Potential Fossil Fuel Sources That Would Negate Climate Action A new report, Dirty Fuels, Clean Futures, released today by the Sierra Club reveals four major potential sources of carbon pollution that, if developed, could dramatically alter the world’s climate. Data shows that the oil, gas and coal from these potential sources,... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
ecowatchorg:
 4 Potential Fossil Fuel Sources That Would Negate Climate Action 
A new report, Dirty Fuels, Clean Futures, released today by the Sierra Club reveals four major potential sources of carbon pollution that, if developed, could dramatically alter the world’s climate. Data shows that the oil, gas and coal from these potential sources, including the Arctic Ocean, the Green River Formation, the Powder River Basin …
 
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http://ecowatch.com/2014/04/10/4-fossil-fuel-sources-negate-climate-action/
ecowatchorg: Schwarzenegger’s Financial Ties to Palm Oil and Deforestation Reveal Hypocrisy of Role in ‘Years of Living Dangerously’ “This is more than embarrassing, it threatens to undermine the integrity of the most ambitious and accessible story about climate change ever aired.” SEE MORE:... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
ecowatchorg:
 Schwarzenegger’s Financial Ties to Palm Oil and Deforestation Reveal Hypocrisy of Role in ‘Years of Living Dangerously’ 
 
“This is more than embarrassing, it threatens to undermine the integrity of the most ambitious and accessible story about climate change ever aired.”
 
SEE MORE:
 
http://ecowatch.com/2014/04/10/schwarzeneggers-palm-oil-deforestation-years-living-dangerously/
"A cop is far more likely… to kill you than you are to kill a cop… The idea that police have an incredibly dangerous job is what we Southerners call a tall-tale, a stretch of the truth to bolster an ego unwilling to accept mediocrity. Not to take away from what many fair-minded officers do every day, but as those stubborn things called facts would... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
"A cop is far more likely… to kill you than you are to kill a cop… The idea that police have an incredibly dangerous job is what we Southerners call a tall-tale, a stretch of the truth to bolster an ego unwilling to accept mediocrity. Not to take away from what many fair-minded officers do every day, but as those stubborn things called facts would have it, policing is less dangerous than farming, fishing, logging, and trash collecting, as well as six other professions. Now is the time to burst the cop myth and to stop giving them the deference to murder our friends and family in the street.”
 
— Cops: The Myth of the Most Dangerous Job
comixology: Every Friday, were going to try to bring you a brief guide on a different comic book character or story, because we all know the world of comics can be a confusing place, and we want to help. There seems to be a lot of fans of Wonder Woman here on Tumblr, but if you’ve been wanting to find out more about Diana Prince, Themyscira, and... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
comixology:
 
Every Friday, were going to try to bring you a brief guide on a different comic book character or story, because we all know the world of comics can be a confusing place, and we want to help.
 
There seems to be a lot of fans of Wonder Woman here on Tumblr, but if you’ve been wanting to find out more about Diana Prince, Themyscira, and The Amazons, we humbly present to you:
 
A comiXology Guide to Wonder Woman!
 
Fierce, bold, and confident, Diana, Amazon Warrior Princess of Themyscira, is both feared and respected by the denizens of the DC Universe. 
 
Wonder Woman’s first appearance came in 1941 within the pages of All Star Comics #8 but her origins really were developed in the early issues of DC’s Sensation Comics. In these classic comics, you see the introduction of some of WW’s best known tools like the Invisible Jet and her Magic Lasso. In May 1942, only 5 months after her first appearance, Wonder Woman was the star of her own solo comic.
 Read All Star Comics #8 Read Sensation Comics #1-9 Read Wonder Woman #1 
If all you want is one must-read example of a great modern take on Wonder Woman, look no further than gailsimone's story, The Circle, which brings the heroine face-to-face with talking gorilla warriors, neo-nazis, and the vulnerability of being powerless.
 Read Gail Simone’s Wonder Woman  
Finally, the rebooting of the DCU with The New 52 saw the combining of comic legends Brian Azzarello and cliffchiang bringing their much acclaimed talents to the Wonder Woman comics. While the New 52 has seen its share of successes and failures, Wonder Woman has consistently been one of the brightest stars in the new universe.  
 Read the current series of Wonder Woman
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assholeofday: Mary Fallin, Asshole of the Day for April 15, 2014 by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat) Raising the minimum wage has gotten a lot of traction lately. It hasn’t been raised in years, and in a slow economy, many of the people making minimum wage are people who are supporting themselves or family. Many in the GOP have been opposing an... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
assholeofday:
 
Mary Fallin, Asshole of the Day for April 15, 2014
 
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
 
Raising the minimum wage has gotten a lot of traction lately. It hasn’t been raised in years, and in a slow economy, many of the people making minimum wage are people who are supporting themselves or family.
 
Many in the GOP have been opposing an increase to the minimum wage, for various reasons. Though the main one, even if unstated, is that it doesn’t help them and only helps people at the bottom, who they could give two shits about. Often you’ll see some pundit or politician say it doesn’t need to be raised, and will tell how they made minimum wage 40 years ago and did OK, but they refuse to acknowledge that the minimum wage they made was higher, sometimes much higher, when you factor in inflation. Proposals to get the minimum wage to $10.10 or $11.00 are basically raising the minimum wage to catch up with inflation. But that’s math, and as Bill Clinton pointed out in his 2012 convention speech, math isn’t the GOP’s thing these days. They prefer ideology to math.
 
But Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin isn’t content to just oppose an increase at the state or national level. Instead she forbid municipalities to raise it within their borders, as well as outlawing other things:
  
At a time when many states and cities are working passing minimum wage increases, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has gone in the opposite direction and signed a law banning cities from passing higher wages. The bill also bans them from enacting paid sick days or vacation requirements.
  
Republicans make a lot of hay about states’ rights and local control. They hate big government. But of course here Gov. Fallin is restricting local choices.
 
And for what? To keep the working poor poor. Remember, this isn’t about giving benefits to people who don’t work— it’s about allowing local municipalities making laws to make work pay. And she won’t let them.
 
She also blocked the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, which would have helped many of the working poor receive health insurance that their employers don’t offer. The Medicaid expansion is almost entirely paid for by the federal government, costing her state almost nothing. But she won’t take it to help her own citizens, even though that money will pass through the poor and fund hospitals and clinics.
 
So, for being so cruel to the working poor that she won’t let other people help them even when it costs her nothing, Mary Fallin is the Asshole of the Day.
 
It is Mary Fallin's first time as Asshole of the Day, but one of many to be featured on this site for deriding those who make minimum wage.
 
Full story: Think Progress
america-wakiewakie: — Anarchist Memes - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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— Anarchist Memes
assholeofday: Abu Azmi, Asshole of the Day for April 14, 2014 by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat) Since we’ve started this site, we’ve seen a lot of men saying very bad things about rape. Some are excusing the behaviors of the rapist, others are to justify forcing women to carry the rapist’s baby to term. But today we have a new one, for us.... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
assholeofday:
 
Abu Azmi, Asshole of the Day for April 14, 2014
 
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
 
Since we’ve started this site, we’ve seen a lot of men saying very bad things about rape. Some are excusing the behaviors of the rapist, others are to justify forcing women to carry the rapist’s baby to term. But today we have a new one, for us.
 
Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi said women who are raped should be hanged:
  
MUMBAI: Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi has said that any woman who has sex outside marriage should be hanged, including rape victims.
 
According to a report published in Mid-Day, Azmi said, “Rape is punishable by hanging in Islam. But here, nothing happens to women, only to men. Even the woman is guilty.”
 
The Samajwadi Party leader further added, “In India, if you have sex with a person with consent, it’s fine. But if that same person complains, it’s a problem. Nowadays, we see a lot of such cases. Girls complain when someone touches them, and even when someone doesn’t touch them. It becomes a problem then, and the man’s honour is ruined in this. If rape happens with or without consent, it should be punished as prescribed in Islam.”
 
When asked for a solution to the problem of rapes, Azmi had this to say: “Solution is this: any woman if, whether married or unmarried, goes along with a man, with or without her consent, should be hanged. Both should be hanged. It shouldn’t be allowed even if a woman goes by consent.”
  
There’s a few problems here, so let’s start with the first one— It’s not rape if there’s consent. Rape is sex without consent. By definition.
 
But even if we get past the fact that he has redefined rape, his message is “Girls, don’t get raped, because if you do, then the state will put you to death." That’s not an exaggeration, that’s what he’s saying.
 
And why does he feel he can say this? Because it says so in his religion. And here’s the problem with that. It’s 2014. If you can’t figure out what the right thing to do with regard to rape is without consulting some thousand year old book, then that’s a problem. The right thing to do with regards to rape is not to punish the victim. In fact regardless of the crime, I think it’s safe to say that putting the victim to death is never the right thing. You don’t need to go look that up in some book. You should just know it.
 
I will also note that since the original story went up on Friday, Mr. Azmi has tried to clarify his comments, though when you read his statement, you should notice the lack of apology:
 "I never said that the girl who is raped should be punished. I said rapist should be punished and girl is a victim. I said that all of us should show solidarity with the girl," Mr Azmi said in Mumbai. "I will never make such statement, only a mad person will say such things," he added. 
Like I said, I don’t see an apology. All I see is him saying “only a mad person will say such things”, which I agree with, but that doesn’t mean he never said it. He said it. The original report in the Times of India has not been corrected, so clearly he said it. And that post goes on to say that his son had to tell him you can’t talk like that in public. This is a non-apology apology— he doesn’t take it back but tries some jedi mind trick where he says only a crazy person would say what he’s quoted as saying.
 
I don’t put much credence in forced apologies, especially when there is no apology, only denial. Do you?
 
So, for lumping the rape victim in with the rapist and suggesting they both be punished, Abu Azmi is the Asshole of the Day.
 
It is Abu Azmi’s firs time as Asshole of the Day, though he is the second politician from India to be named Asshole of the Day for saying horrible things about rape in the last week. Mulayam Singh Yadav won last week for saying of rape, “Boys are boys. Mistakes sometimes happen.”
 
Full story: Times of India
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Meet the Bag Man: How to buy college football players, in the words of a man who delivers the money - http://www.sbnation.com/college...
comixology: womeninmarvel: 25 Moments, a viral marketing website for X-Men: Days of Future Past was launched yesterday. It gives a timeline of the events that lead to the dystopian future shown in the DoFP storyline for the X-Men movieverse canon. It looks pretty good, and is the first bit of promotional material for this film that has really... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
comixology:
 
womeninmarvel:
 
25 Moments, a viral marketing website for X-Men: Days of Future Past was launched yesterday. It gives a timeline of the events that lead to the dystopian future shown in the DoFP storyline for the X-Men movieverse canon. It looks pretty good, and is the first bit of promotional material for this film that has really gotten me excited for it, so check it out. 
 
very cool
I’ve come upon something that disturbs me deeply: We have fought hard and long for integration, as I believe we should have, and I know that we will win. But I’ve come to believe we’re integrating into a burning house. I’m afraid that America may be losing what moral vision she may have had. And I’m afraid that even as we integrate, we are walking... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
thepeoplesrecord: Monica Jones, AZ transgender woman, convicted of the crime ‘Walking while trans’ April 14, 2014 A Phoenix judge on Friday found a transgender woman guilty of a prostitution-related offense based on a city ordinance that the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona has deemed unconstitutional. Monica Jones, 29, was arrested in... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
thepeoplesrecord:
 
Monica Jones, AZ transgender woman, convicted of the crime ‘Walking while trans’
April 14, 2014
 
A Phoenix judge on Friday found a transgender woman guilty of a prostitution-related offense based on a city ordinance that the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona has deemed unconstitutional.
 
Monica Jones, 29, was arrested in May as a part of a Phoenix police prostitution-sting operation.
 
Jones, an activist for sex-worker rights, was charged with manifestation of prostitution, which police can enforce based on a number of qualifiers: repeated attempts to engage a passer-by in conversation, attempts to stop cars by waving at them, inquiries as to whether someone is a police officer or requesting that someone touch his or her genitals.
 
She pleaded not guilty and challenged the constitutionality of the law she allegedly violated. She subsequently asked that the case be dropped. Attorneys for Jones filed a memorandum in March stating that the ordinance targets transgender women by its interpretive nature and violates the First Amendment.
 
"Even assuming the government has a compelling interest in prohibiting prostitution, a measure that criminalizes a broad range of legal speech surely cannot be the ‘least restrictive’ means to furthering such an interest," the document states.
 
In an interview with The Arizona Republic on Thursday evening, Jones said she felt she was targeted because of her race and gender.
 
"You never see a heterosexual transgender man (accused of manifestation of prostitution)," she said. "It targets women, especially women in poverty, and women of minority."
 
Jones returned to court Friday with reinforcement.
 
Dan Pochoda, legal director of the ACLU of Arizona, argued on behalf of Jones. He said the ordinance is a “classic example of criminalizing protected speech” and said courts in other states have vacated similar statutes.
 
Assistant City Prosecutor Gary Shupe argued that the ordinance contains an element of intent and said that there appears to be a split between how courts have dealt with comparative laws.
 
Two witnesses were called to testify during the trial before Phoenix Municipal Judge Hercules Dellas: Jones for the defense and an undercover Phoenix police officer for the prosecution.
 
Their stories about what happened the night the officer picked up Jones in his truck diverged on a key factor: Although Jones agreed that she accepted a ride from the officer, she maintained that he was the one who approached her.
 
The courtroom gallery was spilling over with supporters for Jones and transgender and sex-worker rights, many of whom protested the charges outside the courthouse just before the trial. An audible moan rang throughout the courtroom when Dellas announced his guilty verdict.
 
The case underlines a rift among some activists who work with sex workers. Many advocates work within the bounds of existing anti-prostitution laws to offer other life alternatives. Others, like the Sex Workers Outreach Project, aim to decriminalize the profession altogether. Jones is an advocate for the Sex Workers Outreach Project of Phoenix.
 
Jones’ crusade shone a spotlight on Project Rose, a Phoenix initiative that aims to divert prostitutes away from jail and toward social-service providers.
 
Through an interagency collaboration, the project offers those picked up for prostitution-related offenses a chance to sidestep the charge upon the completion of a diversion program and provides health and housing services immediately after police contact. If the person does not complete the program, the arrest is filed.
 
Other prostitution-diversion programs require suspects to plead guilty, with a promise to dismiss the conviction once the program is completed.
 
Jones was arrested in one of the Phoenix police stings that involved Project Rose. She said she had been protesting the project just one day before her arrest.
 
Dominique Roe-Sepowitz, director of Arizona State University’s Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research, who evaluates Project Rose, said that of the 367 people who were offered diversion under the project, 366 chose it over jail.
 
She said there is a 28 percent success rate in the diversion program. But Roe-Sepowitz added that it’s important to note that it often takes multiple tries for sex workers get out of the profession. She said a first chance is offered through Project Rose and a second chance through traditional plea agreements.
 
Jones said that even with the diversion program, Project Rose is helping to criminalize sex workers. She said resources would be better spent talking to sex workers and offering services without criminalization.
 
Source
thepeoplesrecord: Today in labor history: On April 14, 1930, more than 100 Filipino & Mexican farm workers are arrested for union organizing in Imperial Valley, California. Eight workers were convicted of “criminal syndicalism.” Pictured: Filipino farm workers picking lettuce in the Salinas Valley, California, 1935 by Dorothea Lange - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
thepeoplesrecord:
 
Today in labor history: On April 14, 1930, more than 100 Filipino & Mexican farm workers are arrested for union organizing in Imperial Valley, California. Eight workers were convicted of “criminal syndicalism.”
 
Pictured: Filipino farm workers picking lettuce in the Salinas Valley, California, 1935 by Dorothea Lange
A Brutal Allergy Season Is Ahead. Blame the Polar Vortex. | Mother Jones - http://www.motherjones.com/environ...
A Brutal Allergy Season Is Ahead. Blame the Polar Vortex. | Mother Jones
"One week ago, I purchased the first asthma inhaler I've owned since the 8th grade. I'd shown up at my doctor's office short of breath, and a lung function test promptly revealed that I was inhaling about one-fifth as much air as a healthy 24-year-old should be. "We're expecting a lot of cases like you," my doctor told me as he wrote my prescription. "It's going to be a hell of a pollen season." And for that, you can blame the polar vortex—the extreme cold system that repeatedly hovered over much of the United States this year—along with the rest of this winter's brutal weather. Those cold snaps helped spawn a spring allergy season so intense that it already has its own headline-ready nickname: the "pollen vortex."" - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Considering how bad the last two years have been, I think I want to move to Antarctica. - Heather, 30k Camper
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