Democrats are preparing to introduce a historic LGBT civil rights bill in Congress.

Democrats in the House and Senate are preparing to introduce legislation that would offer LGBT Americans sweeping protections previously denied to them under federal law. The bill, known as the Equality Act and set to be unveiled Thursday, would outlaw discrimination in a series of public settings and change the lives of LGBT people every where.

Please sign the petition to stop the Oprhan Works copyright act!

Especially if you are an artist! 

PETITION IS HERE

The Orphan Works Copyright act basically states that big corporations and businesses can take your work and use it without your permission and without paying you. 

Further more this act would require you to register each and every one of your work to avoid copyright infringement. Who wants to deal with that???

Here is more information about this act [x]

Here is the PDF of the Orphan Works and Mass Digitization copyright act [x]

Here is another post talking about it please reblog it as well as this one [x]

If this law passes artists are basically screwed.

What’s funny is that all news outlets were ready to cover the petition to deport Justin Bieber during his more fuckboy stages…where is the news coverage on this? I want these people to know we’re coming for them!

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Defund Planned Parenthood? Here’s What Would ACTUALLY Be Taken Away (IMAGE)

Currently, there is an outright war that has been waged on women and reproductive health in this nation. It has been waged by people who reject science and don’t understand the necessity of accessible and affordable healthcare, not just for women, but for entire communities. It has been waged by religious zealots who would rather murder clinic workers than let a woman have the right to her own…

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Senators of the 114th Congress

HEY FOLKS, IF YOU HAVEN’T HEARD, THE SENATE IS MAKING ITS FINAL VOTE TOMORROW TO RAM FAST TRACK THROUGH CONGRESS, ALLOWING OBAMA TO PASS THE TRANS PACIFIC PARNERSHIP WITH NO DEBATE AND WITHOUT LETTING THE PUBLIC SEE IT!

THIS IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE RIGHT WING OR LEFT WING, THE TPP IS BAD NEWS! PARTS OF IT HAVE BEEN LEAKED, AND AMONGST OTHER THINGS IT INCLUDES PROVISIONS ESSENTIALLY MAKING HEALTHCARE MORE EXPENSIVE FOR EVERYONE, PUTTING EVERYTHING FROM SOPA AND PIPA INTO INTERNATIONAL LAW AND ALLOWING CORPORATIONS TO SUE COUNTRIES IN FRONT OF A CORPORATE TRIBUNAL FOR MAKING LAWS THEY DON’T LIKE!

THERE’S A REASON THEY DON’T WANT TO HAVE AN ACTUAL DEBATE TAKE PLACE ON IT, BECAUSE IF IT WERE GIVEN SUNLIGHT, THE PUBLIC WOULD ACTIVELY REJECT THIS CYBERPUNK NIGHTMARE OF A TREATY!

SO, FIND YOUR SENATORS ON THIS LIST, FIND THEIR DC OFFICE NUMBERS ON THIS SITE AND CALL THEM NOW! TELL THEM TO KILL FAST TRACK OR THEY’LL BE OUT OF OFFICE SO FAST IT’LL MAKE THEIR GODDAMN HEADS SPIN! THEIR OFFICES ARE OPEN UNTIL FIVE PM WASHINGTON DC TIME, SO START FLOODING THOSE PHONE LINES NOW!

partlysmith, sunidonuts, I KNOW YOU CARE ABOUT THIS ISSUE SO SIGNAL BOOST THE FUCK OUT OF IT, AND CALL YOUR CONGRESSFOLKS TOO!

Orphan Works Copyright Act DOESN'T JUST AFFECT ARTISTS

This affects EVERYONE.
THIS LAW BASICALLY TAKES THE RIGHT OF ANY PICTURES YOU POST ONLINE. IT TAKES AWAY ANY PRIVACY WE HAVE ONLINE.

Pictures of your family, friends, or your own selfies? YUP, ANYONE CAN TAKE THAT AND SALE IT OR ALTER IT.

Cosplayers? YES, OTHERS ARE NOW ALLOWED TO TAKE YOUR BEAUTIFUL PICS OF COSPLAY AND CHANGE IT OR SALE IT FOR THEMSELVES.
And of course this affects ARTISTS GREATLY. All of our hardwork, effort, TIME THAT WE PUT INTO OUR CREATIONS,(cosplayers too and everyone else!) GONE BECAUSE OF THIS LAW IF IT PASSES.

*If you don’t know what this law is, it basically takes away your right to own any visual art or photography you post online and ANYONE can sale it OR BETTER YET DESTROY IT/CHANGE IT AND CREDIT THEMSELVES. THIS IS TERRIBLE BECAUSE IT’S MAKING PLAGIARISM LEGAL ACROSS THE INTERNET.

Here are two links that I found very helpful and will explain more about the act: http://digital-doodle.tumblr.com/post/124514342906/i-interrupt-a-long-term-hiatus-to-help-raise

http://kumonotori.tumblr.com/post/124556920411/wannabeanimator-an0ther-artist-attention (INCLUDING THE ACTUAL LAW)

PLEASE CHECK THE LINK OUT AS IT BASICALLY TELLS YOU ALL THE INFO AND HOW WE CAN HELP TO STOP IT.

THIS WOULD CHANGE EVERYONE’S LIFE, EVEN IF YOU DON’T LIVE IN AMERICA. AS LONG AS WE HAVE ACCESS TO THE INTERNET, WE’RE PRONE TO HAVING OUR PRIVACY STOLEN.

CONGRESS DECIDES WHETHER THIS LAW PASSES OR NOT ON THURSDAY. Let’s hope that they get bombard with enough letters to understand that we WANT OUR PRIVACY.

***Also if you’re not in the US and you want to help please spread this around! It’ll help even in the slightest!! Thank you!***

Today, HRC endorsed the Equality Act, a landmark federal non-discrimination bill that would ensure all LGBT Americans have the protections from discrimination in federal law they deserve.  Its strong endorsement accompanies several other statements of support for federal LGBT non-discrimination protections, including a civil rights icon, major leaders in Corporate America, prominent Republican and Democratic members of the legal community, as well as new polling demonstrating overwhelming bipartisan support among the American public. 

Introduced one month after the historic Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that ushered in nationwide marriage equality, the Equality Act would guarantee explicit, permanent protections for LGBT people in many of the most important aspects of their lives.  HRC President Chad Griffin joined individuals who have been victims of discrimination and several prominent members of Congress at a press conference today on Capitol Hill to introduce the legislation. 

“The time has come for full federal equality – nothing more, nothing less,” said HRC President Chad Griffin.  "While America is now a marriage equality nation, the tragic reality is that millions of LGBT
Americans face persistent discrimination in their lives each and every day. In most states in this country, a couple who gets married at 10 AM is at risk of being fired from their jobs by noon and evicted from their home by 2 PM, simply for posting their wedding photos online. Congress must pass the Equality Act to ensure that LGBT people and their families are just as safe at work or at school as they are in their marriages. This bill will guarantee all LGBT Americans have the clear, permanent, and explicit protections from discrimination that they deserve.”

The Equality Act, which was introduced by Senators Jeff Merkley, Tammy Baldwin, Cory Booker, and  Representative David Cicilline, has more than 140 cosponsors in the House, including Representative John Lewis, and at least 39 in the Senate. The legislation establishes explicit, permanent protections against discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity in matters of employment, housing, access to public places, federal funding, credit, education and jury service. In addition, it would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in federal funding and access to public places.

Earlier this week, HRC released new polling that shows support for federal non-discrimination protections exceeds even marriage equality.  Likely voters support workplace non-discrimination protections by a massive 78 percent to 16 percent margin. This includes support from 90 percent of likely Democratic voters, nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of likely Republican voters, and 70 percent of observant Christians.  Moreover, nearly 60 percent of voters are less likely to support a candidate who doesn’t support such protections for LGBT people, including 61 percent of Independent voters and 58 percent of Catholic voters.

“We thank Senator Merkley, Senator Baldwin, Senator Booker and Representative Cicilline for their leadership on this bill and for their tremendous commitment to LGBT equality,” said Griffin. “Everyone should have a fair chance to earn a living, provide for their families, and live their lives without fear of discrimination.  This polling makes crystal clear that the American people agree, and that many are willing to vote opponents of equality out of office because fairness and equality for all is so important,” said Griffin. 

Earlier today, Apple Inc.,The Dow Chemical Company, and Levi Strauss & Co., announced their support of comprehensive federal non-discrimination legislation that would establish full, federal equality for all LGBT Americans. Each of those statements are available here

Julian Bond, chairman emeritus of the NAACP and president emeritus of the Southern Poverty Law Center, announced his support for a bill like the Equality Act earlier this month, writing in a column, “It’s time to add concrete protections for LGBT people to existing civil rights law, ensuring that sexual orientation and gender identity enjoy similar treatment as religion, national origin, and race; and guaranteeing nondiscrimination protections in employment, housing, public spaces and services, education, federal funding, and other areas.”

The acclaimed bipartisan legal team David Boies and Ted Olson, who was a Solicitor General of the United States under former President George W. Bush, announced their own support for comprehensive, federal LGBT non-discrimination legislation. “The introduction of the Equality Act marks a historic moment for our country.   The patchwork of protections in this country has provided a crazy quilt of laws, threatening the livelihood of many of the same couples who fought so long and so hard to have their marriages recognized. That’s why we support the idea of a comprehensive approach to non-discrimination protections that would embrace LGBT people as other groups who are protected by our civil rights laws. We urge Republicans and Democrats to once again come together to support this important legislation that provides the same protections to LGBT people as other Americans.” 

HRC polling in March showed that nearly two-thirds of LGBT Americans have experienced discrimination in their personal lives, and that nearly half have experienced discrimination in the workplace. That same polling also showed strong, bipartisan support for a federal non-discrimination bill.

Today, HRC launched a robust #31Reasons social media campaign, which will elevate stories of discrimination from across the country, and will highlight the fact that 31 states lack explicit, fully-inclusive non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  HRC also unveiled a new landing page for the legislation, HRC.org/EqualityForward, to help inform its more than 1.5 million members and supporters about what the bill does and why it should become law. 

Prior to the Supreme Court’s ruling in June, HRC and the named plaintiff in last month’s Supreme Court case, Jim Obergefell, traveled across the country to highlight the need for a federal non-discrimination bill. This included stops in Indianapolis, St Louis, Phoenix and Charlotte – all cities in states that lack explicit and fully-inclusive LGBT non-discrimination laws. The tour also stopped in San Francisco, and following the Supreme Court ruling late last month, it concluded with stops in Austin and Dallas.

Last year, HRC released the report Beyond Marriage Equality, that highlighted how, historically, expansive legislation to address inequities is not unusual. The report details the history of such legislation, and highlights seven core areas where LGBT Americans lack consistent, permanent federal non-discrimination protections.

Urge Your Members of Congress to Support Non-Discrimination Protections for LGBT Americans Today!

ACTION ALERT!

While we all want good highways, Congress should not pay for them by cutting Social Security for seniors, people with disabilities and their families.

Call: 800-998-0180 to be connected with your Representative and tell them ‪Social Security‬ is not their ATM to be used for non-related legislation.

UPDATE (as of 7/23/2015 at 11:35am):

Seniors Applaud Senate Reversal on Plan to Cut Social Security to Pay for Highway Bill.

Hi everyone! A few weeks ago, a bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to follow the lead of other countries and ban animal testing on cosmetics. 

Animal testing is outdated and unnecessary, especially on cosmetics. Even more importantly, it is unethical. Several other countries, including those in the European Union and have already successfully banned animal testing for cosmetics, so it can be done. Learn more about animal testing and alternatives here and read about the bill here and here.

This bill- The Humane Cosmetics Act would help millions of animals who are needlessly tortured and abused in U.S. labs every year, so it would be huge if this bill passed. Please spread this around, visit this website to contact your representative and ask them to support this bill. You can also sign this petition if you like.

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UltraViolet | Women need schedules that work!

“Elizabeth Warren has a bold new plan to help working moms–and needs our help right away! It’s called the Schedules That Work Act, and Congress could act on it at any moment–but legislators need to know the public stands behind it.

Under Sen. Warren’s awesome new plan, employers would no longer be able to get away with scheduling abuses–which mostly affect low-wage workers, especially moms–like wildly different hours from week to week and almost no advance notice of schedule changes. Imagine having to arrange for a sitter while not even knowing your work hours the next day? Yeah, it’s not easy. That’s why we need to stand up for working moms juggling real life while trying to work to make ends meet. Scheduling abuses are just one more way employers discriminate against women, who are more likely to have caregiving responsibilities than men. That’s why I signed the petition. Can you sign, too?”

The US congress is trying to pass a bill that would strip artists of all rights to their work, because that matters a little more than DevianTART fucking up, as usual:

What congress is trying to pass will do the following:

1. It would void our Constitutional right to the exclusive control of our work.
2. It would “privilege” the public’s right to use our work.
3. It would “pressure” you to register your life’s work with commercial registries.
4. It would “orphan” unregistered work.
5. It would make orphaned work available for commercial infringement by “good faith” infringers.
6. It would allow others to alter your work and copyright those “derivative works” in their own names.
7. It would affect all visual art: drawings, paintings, sketches, photos, etc.; past, present and future; published and unpublished; domestic and foreign.

So GO GO GO, SPREAD THE WORD, WRITE THE US COPYRIGHT OFFICE BECAUSE THAT’S ALL WE CAN DO RIGHT NOW. Artists large and small, pro and amateur, this is a call to PROTECT YOUR WORK, you know, something this ProtectArt account isn’t doing. It literally takes 5 minutes out of your time to write your concerns to the copyright office. You take more time to write a response to this crappy staff account, or to write a journal or blog post. Everything you need to write a letter is in the links below. 

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Artists-Alert–The-Return-of-Orphan-Works-Part-2—ARTISTS–LETTERS.html?soid=1102063090742&aid=DEeIBiwWgJ4

http://www.tomrichmond.com/2015/07/17/return-of-the-son-of-the-orphan-works-act/

Hurry! There’s only four days left to submit letters!!

Infographic: The Need for Full Federal LGBT Equality

Following HRC’s endorsement of The Equality Act, a comprehensive federal non-discrimination law, earlier today, HRC released a detailed infographic about the patchwork of current LGBT legal protections.

Currently, millions of Americans are subjected to uncertainty and potential discrimination that impacts their safety, their family and their way of life. The Equality Act would provide explicit, permanent protections for LGBT people in many of the most important aspects of their lives.

Learn more about The Equality Act here: www.hrc.org/EqualityForward

Urge Your Members of Congress to Support Non-Discrimination Protections for LGBT Americans Today!