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|P o l i t i c a l N e w s, C o m m e n t a r y, a n d I n f o r m a t i o n|
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|Dogs and the Death Penalty
In our culture, a dog that attacks a person is usually "put down." The assumption being that the animal is innately violent, a menace to the community, and no rehabilitation is possible. Reflection of physical and emotional treatment of the animal by its caregivers, which likely contributed to its psychosis, is seldom mentioned and rarely taken into account.
Some in our society cast the same narrow view upon humans convicted of violent crimes. We find it easier to look at criminals as innately flawed and unsalvageable rather than to attempt to understand the complex and tragic experiences that shaped them, or to courageously work to undo the damage and address root causes of violence in order to prevent future victims on all sides.
Despite widespread acceptance of both nature and nurture theories of human development, we still insist on inflicting barbaric punishment as though it will prevent and protect us from harm. Facts clearly dispute this fear-based misconception, e.g, states that have the death penalty continue to have higher violent crime rates than those that don't.
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Unequal Pay Equals Economic Repression
Nobel Prize recipient Toni Morrison once said: "If you're going to hold someone down you're going to have to hold on by the other end of the chain. You are confined by your own repression."
Pay inequity persists and its repressive impact is far reaching.
Simply put, equal pay is about paying people the same wage for the same work. Yet as with so many pocketbook issues, lack of factual information and misinformation can lead to fear and the pitting of one group against the other such as female versus male and employee versus employer. It doesn't have to be this way because pay equity benefits women, men, families, and society at large.
Equal Pay is often categorized as a "women's" issue. It is partly. On the whole, however, it is a human rights issue that affects both women and men, married and single, with and without children.
In Tennessee, women earn 71 cents to the dollar men earn. We don't even measure up to the national average of women earning 77 percent of what men earn for similar work. Pay disparity in Tennessee is not pocket change either. For single women, women heads' of households, and married households with both couples working for pay, it translates into $29 less per every $100 earned to spend on groceries, utilities, rent or mortgage, college savings, insurance, childcare, and other necessities.
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|Pro-Choice -v- No Choice
Debunking Anti-Choice Myths
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