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  • The 'Buzz' About Bees

    Lex Horan by: Lex Horan
    Although the "buzz" about bee declines makes headlines, excites public concern and warrants a White House Task Force on the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, bees are still in jeopardy.
      The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have failed to act with force on one of the key causes of pollinator declines: neonicotinoid pesticides.
      As the time approaches for the White House Task Force to announce its decision, it's more important than ever that the EPA and USDA act transparently to protect honey bees from pesticides.

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  • Don't Change Eligibility for Death-with-Dignity Laws

    Barbara Coombs Lee by: Barbara Coombs Lee
    Thanks in large part to Brittany Maynard's very public utilization of the nations first death-with-dignity law in Oregon and advocacy for similar laws nationwide, it is now the model for bills introduced since last year in 24 state legislatures and the District of Columbia. The states include: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Wyoming and Utah.
      There is good reason for modeling bills in other states after the Oregon law: it has worked flawlessly for 17 years since it took effect.

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  • What are we really doing when we restrict an already safe procedure?

    Willie Parker by: Willie Parker
    Tanya came to me for an abortion. She has two children and despite working two jobs, has the means to raise one and is pregnant with a third. She is a resilient woman, but this additional pregnancy is one too many. She feels stigma and shame walking into the abortion clinic, but this is actually more a commentary on our ethics and morality as society than on the "immorality" and shame of Tanya and thousands of American women like her who need abortions.
      By failing to provide adequate access to affordable contraception, by failing to offer enough jobs that pay a living wage, by failing to address health disparities, we have failed poor women, many of whom are women of color.

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  • Now is the Time for Sunlight on Trade

    Celia Wexler by: Celia Wexler
    [P]opular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy, or perhaps both...And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. -- James Madison, 1822
      In Washington, D.C. this year, spring has been churlish. A cold and rainy March has given way to a cool and unpredictable April. We hope for more sunlight.
      Sunlight also is sorely needed in our nation's capital as members of Congress consider an expedited process for approving trade agreements that are being done largely in secret.

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Sexual Assault Awareness

Lisa  Maatz by: Lisa Maatz
Campus sexual violence has been the subject of an intense national conversation recently, but that dialogue often lacks critical input from schools that are already taking steps to improve their ...

No Tax Cuts For the 0.2 Percent!

Ben  Cohen by: Ben Cohen, Jerry Greenfield
Good grief Congress. Are you really going to give another tax break to those of us who need it least?
  Yes, we're witty and created a successful global brand. Yes, we're handsome ...

Hydrogen Fuel Cell

Denis Hayes by: Denis Hayes
In the run-up to a solar eclipse on March 20 of this year, European tabloids had a Y2K-style field day. In the middle of a bright, sunny day, European solar panels together produce about as much ...

What the Climate Movement Can Learn from Very Angry Birds

Kathleen Rogers by: Kathleen Rogers
Whether you are building a climate movement or building the gaming industry, smart people know that you have to meet your customers, activists or gamers, where they are.
  The gaming ...

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Don't Change Eligibility for Death-with-Dignity Laws (by: Barbara Coombs Lee) in the Portland Oregonian

What are we really doing when we restrict an already safe procedure? (by: Willie Parker) in the Corpus Christi Caller Times

Now is the Time for Sunlight on Trade (by: Celia Wexler) in the The Hill

Sexual Assault Awareness (by: Lisa Maatz) in the Centre Daily Times

No Tax Cuts For the 0.2 Percent! (by: Ben Cohen, Jerry Greenfield) in the USA Today

Hydrogen Fuel Cell (by: Denis Hayes) in the Augusta Free Press

What the Climate Movement Can Learn from Very Angry Birds (by: Kathleen Rogers) in the New Bedford Standard-Times

Small Businesses and the Estate Tax (by: Deborah Field) in the Palm Beach Post

Equal Pay Day (by: Linda Hallman, Sonia Syngal) in the Augusta Free Press

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