Texas panel votes to decriminalize small amount of pot

AUSTIN (CHRON) - For the first time, a committee in the Legislature has approved a bill to decriminalize possession of marijuana, a move advocates hailed as a milestone moment in Texas.

The state House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee passed House Bill 507 late Monday, just three days after narrowly voting it down.

The tally the second time around was 4-2, with tea party Republican David Simpson of Longview joining with three Democrats. One GOP member did not attend.

The measure, which would make possession of less than an ounce of pot a civil infraction instead of a class B misdemeanor, will now go to the committee that controls the floor calendar.

It will likely stay there, and has virtually no chance of becoming law in a deeply conservative Legislature.

Nevertheless, the committee’s decision speaks volumes on how far Texas has shifted on the controversial matter.

Feminism identifies not only symptoms and problems but causes. Feminism hasn’t been afraid to problematize masculinity, to demand changes from men as a group, from men as a class, and when necessary, to take and make those changes for the benefit of us all. But too often in the Feminism of now this radicalism appears to be missing and indeed, the P-word “Patriarchy” often feels like it’s the modern Friedan-style “problem with no name.” And that’s just one example of where I believe the Feminism of today could perhaps do with looking back a bit more often. But to conclude, Feminism then was an unfinished revolution. Feminism now is about finishing the job. - Finn Mackay

Lawmakers advance bill for medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii

(KHON2) It’s been 15 years since the state legalized marijuana for medical use, but patients were only allowed to grow it.

To buy marijuana, patients had to go to the black market. A law enforcement official told KHON2 that an ounce of good quality marijuana can be bought on the street for $250 to $400.

On Monday, a House-Senate conference committee advanced House Bill 321, a proposal that would pave the way for eight dispensary licenses throughout the state: three on Oahu, two on Big Island, two on Maui and one on Kauai.

Each license would allow for two dispensaries and two production sites for up to 16 of each.

It now goes to the full House and Senate for a final vote. If passed, the bill will be sent to the Governor for his signature, veto or passage without his signature.

The state Department of Health would accept applications for licenses between Jan. 11-29, 2016 with a $5,000 non-refundable application fee.

Awardees would be announced on April 15, 2016 and dispensaries could open for business in July 15, 2016.

Dispensaries would also be required to pay $75,000 for a license and $50,000 annually to renew it.

Today is National Library Legislative Day!

This weekend marked the 17th anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, when wizards and witches banded together to protect their world and everything they hold dear.

Today, we’re banding together with the American Library Association to protect the things we hold dear: libraries, communities, and the power of stories. We even have wizard activist representatives on-site at Capitol Hill. Here’s how you can do your part from home:

  1. Check out our handy script and the asks online.
  2. Visit contactingthecongress.org and enter your address to get your senators and representative’s phone numbers.
  3. Call them up and read the script, or share the message in your own words.
  4. Amplify the message: send them an email or tweet them using the hashtag #nlld.

That’s it! You’ve got the power, the imagination, and the absolute awesomeness to do this. The weapon we have is love. Go show Congress how to use it.

“They are not fighting organized crime. They are fighting organized people.” Democracy Now! speaks with relatives of 43 Mexican students who went missing after they were ambushed by local police in Iguala in September 2014. The relatives have criticized U.S. support for the drug war, saying Mexico is using the aid to kill innocent people. Watch the interview at democracynow.org.

U.S. Supreme Court asks fed lawyer for opinion on Colorado pot lawsuit

WASHINGTON (Cannabist) — The U.S. Supreme Court is asking advice from a top government lawyer on what to do about state weed policy and a smoldering fight between Colorado and two nearby states.

Justices on the court made the request Monday as part of their official order list. They want want U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr. to add his thoughts to a complaint filed by Oklahoma and Nebraska in December against Colorado, which is one of just a few states to allow for the broad sale of marijuana.

How Verrilli responds could influence whether the Supreme Court decides to hear the case, though it’s a matter of debate about how much weight the justices put on the opinion of the solicter general, who represents the federal government before the high court.

Regardless, the next moves by the Supreme Court could have a major impact on recent state efforts to relax marijuana laws. A response by Verrilli is expected later this year.


TCS Vigil April 28th 2015

Today at St. Helen’s slaughterhouse, Mariah was approached by a tow truck driver. This large, white, male-appearing person asked, as they walked towards us, “are you guys taking fucking pictures?!“ Our initial reaction, based on their tone and appearance, was to assume that they were about to loudly proclaim ignorant and cruel things about our actions, but gosh were we in for a surprise! This person explained that they pass by the slaughterhouses daily (since the towing facility exists on the same street) and that they cannot stand to look at the cows trapped inside the filthy death trucks. However, our presence there must have provided this person with enough courage and comfort that on this day, he got out of his truck to bear witness to the cows along with us. This individual then told us of their plan to go vegetarian. Upon approaching the truck, they reached out their hands to the beautiful creatures and when they showed this person affection by nuzzling and kissing their hands, the person teared up and said "they’re fuckin’ lick'n me”.We are confident that this was a significant moment for them that will have changed their life. In addition to bearing witness and attempting to provide the animal persons with comfort and love, it is for moments like these that we hold vigils!! It was quite the amazing and profound event.

Imagine if you were the person standing there, having these lovely, young, sentient beings, who have never experienced kindness themselves, and who are moments away from a violent death, offering you a loving gesture. After such an experience, there is no way that a compassionate person such as yourself could continue to demand that these creatures be slaughtered, just to provide you with a fleeting meal, and would instead choose to live a peaceful, vegan lifestyle.

Learn about Toronto Cow Save and join our vigilst

Photo credit to Agnes Cseke.

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I Want Great Things for Nicole Beharie, Sleepy Hollow Isn't One of Them

I Want Great Things for Nicole Beharie, Sleepy Hollow Isn’t One of Them

“I want great things for Nicole Beharie and Sleepy Hollow isn’t one of them.”

Fellow team member, Carlyn expressed my sentiments exactly during our discussion of Sleepy Hollow season two and it’s treatment of the characters of color and their respective cast members.

Sadie Gennis, an editor for TV Guide, did a great job explaining many of the reasons Sleepy Hollowdid itself and its audience a…

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Thursday May 7 at @winglukemuseum in #Seattle: immigration in Context, “a lively discussion among scholars, activists, and you about how immigration and the U.S.’s response to newcomers has changed over the 50 years since the passage of the Immigration Act of 1965.
After the discussion Thursday, create a banner or decorate this one lettered by Henry Luke! Banners will be used for future demonstrations organized by Northwest Detention Center Resistance/Resistencia al #NWDC.

The program is free to the public. RSVP is required as seating is limited. Please RSVP at http://bit.ly/immigrationcontext

Hey gang,

Thanks for checking out our May newsletter. This is probably my favorite month. The holidays in the first week of May (May Day, Independent Bookstore Day, and World Press Freedom Day) give this time of year a special spark; they remind us to fight, learn, grow, and defend the things that are important to us. Whether it’s on the streets or in your garden, May is a time to engage and get active. And given the current state of affairs in the U.S., it’s especially important now that we stand together, support our community members that are under attack, and speak truth to power. Stay safe out there, and take care of each other.

Sending love from the farm, Jessie Duke


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