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We Dare You To Look At This And Tell Us Chained CPI Isn’t A Social Security Cut

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The Top 5 Hate Tactics Used To Get People To Freak Out About Immigration

A guy eating a donut is going to explain it to you. WARNING: You might really want a donut after this. And a double-order of justice. WATCH:

What One Thing Is Key To Turning The Table On Every Injustice In America?

U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

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04/26/2013 11:22 AM EDT
April 23, 2013 – Saratoga Therapeutics, LLC of North Wales, PA is recalling 900 bottles of ebA Multivitamin Supplement because they may contain undeclared milk components –milk protein(s) and lactose. The following lot numbers may be affected: # 0912164 expiration date 12/12 # 1110354 expiration date 10/14 People with an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction and people who have lactose intolerance run the risk of gastrointestinal symptoms if they consume ebA Multivitamin Supplement.
04/26/2013 08:22 AM EDT
Hospira, Inc. (NYSE: HSP), announced today that last August it initiated a voluntary nationwide user-level recall of one lot of 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP, 100 mL, Flexible Container, NDC 0409-7984-23. This action was due to one confirmed customer report where four separate particulate issues were identified in four individual flexible containers.
04/25/2013 11:00 AM EDT
Based on its investigation into a small number of complaints that the delivery system of the device had separated at the tip of the inner catheter, Cook Medical has initiated a nationwide/global voluntary recall of its Zilver® PTX® Drug Eluting Peripheral Stent. Cook received 13 complaints of delivery system tip separation with an occurrence rate of 0.043 percent.

7th Heaven Bakeries Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Egg, Soy And Milk in Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

04/24/2013 12:52 PM EDT
7th Heaven Bakeries, Oklahoma City, is recalling OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES, because they may contain undeclared dry eggs, soy lecithin, and whey solids. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs, soy and milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Rejected : Rashad Robinson,

I’m stunned.

I was planning to email you today to tell you about the next step in our campaign to convince FOX to drop the television program COPS. We were going to unveil ads to be placed in The Hollywood Reporter and AdWeek calling on advertisers to pull their support of the program.

But before I could, AdWeek and The Hollywood Reporter rejected our ads.

Trade publications like AdWeek and The Hollywood Reporter are delivered weekly to Hollywood executives and potential advertisers and we need to get this into as many other publications as we can before FOX executives meet in May to announce which shows get renewed for next season. Will you join us?

Please click here to contribute $15 today to help us keep pushing FOX and its advertisers to stop profiting from a reality so costly for the Black community.

COPS AD rejected

Nothing in our ad was lewd or profane, it simply told the truth about how media have profited from the dehumanization and over-incarceration of Black people. The rejection of our ad by two notable media outlets makes it clear how powerful the corporate forces we’re up against are.

Research has shown that programs like COPS create warped perceptions of Black folks and communities of color1 and the criminal justice system.2 This relic should have never made it to air — let alone survived for 25 years.

The truth is that for 25 years COPS has glorified the failed “War on Drugs” by taking viewers on a ride-along with officers as they patrol and harass people in low income neighborhoods across the country. COPS has turned the criminalization of Black folks and other communities of color into entertainment for millions — all while lining the pockets of Fox with advertising dollars.

This rejection shows us how much harder we have to work to get FOX to drop COPS. We are committed to spreading our ads far and wide — until the only thing that gets rejected is COPS.

Please click here to contribute $15 today to help us turn up the heat on FOX and its advertisers.

Thanks and Peace,

   April 25th, 2013

P.S. We need to turn up the heat ahead of the network upfronts next month, which is when the networks and advertisers will be making a lot of their big decisions. Please click here to contribute $3 and help us get these ads out to let them know how toxic COPS is for our community.


1. “Opportunity for Black Men and Boys: Public Opinion, Media Depictions, and Media Consumption” (.pdf), The Opportunity Agenda, 10-01-11

2. “How television influences social institutions: the case of policing and criminal

The Other Washington ~~~

Information about the federal sequester

Updated March 14, 2013

There are two primary questions being asked related to the federal sequester:

  1. Do federally funded employees who are furloughed qualify for unemployment benefits?
  2. Are unemployment benefits affected by the sequester?

Questions about sequester-related furloughs

Q. I’m being put on temporary leave without pay (furloughed). Am I eligible for unemployment benefits for the time I’m off?
A. It depends on how the furlough is implemented. You would have to be unemployed for most or all of a week (Sunday through Saturday) in order to be eligible for benefits – assuming you meet other eligibility requirements. However, if you normally work full-time and your hours are reduced by one work day in a week, you will not be eligible for benefits because you still earn too much in that week to be eligible.
  NOTE: We decide eligibility on a case-by-case basis. Anyone has the right to apply for benefits and claim weekly benefits. When we have all the facts, we will determine eligibility.
Q. Will I get paid for every week I file a claim?
A. The first time you file your weekly claim and are eligible to receive benefits will be considered a “waiting week.” You will not be paid benefits for your waiting week. If you go off and on unemployment benefits more than once during your benefit year, you will not have to serve another waiting week during this unemployment claim.
Q. How much money would I get in unemployment benefits?
A. You can estimate your weekly benefit amount on our website. If you’re furloughed for only part of a week, use the earnings deduction chart to see if the reduction in your gross weekly pay makes you eligible for any benefits.
Q. Do I have to look for work if I am waiting to go back to work with my employer?
A. In general, you are required to look for work unless we tell you otherwise.

Some possible exceptions:

  • If you are temporarily unemployed because of a lack of work, but you expect to return to work with your regular employer, you may qualify for “standby.” You must have a definite or probable return-to-work date within a reasonable amount of time. If we approve you for standby, you do not have to look for work, but you must be available for all hours of work offered by your regular employer. These weeks do not have to be consecutive.
  • If you were hired to work full-time and you are still working each week, but your hours have been temporarily reduced, you may qualify for partial unemployment benefits (see the previous question}. To meet this requirement and to have your work-search waived, your weekly hours may be reduced by no more than 60 percent, and you must return to full-time work within four months.

Questions about the sequester and unemployment benefits

Q. Will unemployment benefits be cut as a result of the sequester?
A. The sequester does not affect “regular” unemployment benefits, which are paid with state funds. Regular unemployment benefits pay up to 26 weeks of benefits.
  However, Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) will be affected.  
  At this time, we are working with the federal Department of Labor to understand how and when the cuts will be applied to the benefits. We will communicate directly with benefit recipients when we have the answers. 
Q. Do you plan to halt EUC benefit payments?
A. We have no intention of stopping payments to EUC claimants.

Raped and Then Denied the Care They Need ~~~ Not on Our Watch


National Women's Law Center
  End the Extreme Policy  
  Tell your Senators to support the Peace Corps Equity Act and end the extreme abortion coverage ban for Peace Corps volunteers in the case of rape, incest and life endangerment.  
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No woman should ever be denied an abortion, especially in the cases of rape, incest, or when the woman’s life is at risk. Period. And yet extreme policies currently exist that deny certain women coverage for abortion services in these difficult and, sometimes, life-threatening situations.

It’s time to end the unconscionable ban on abortion coverage for Peace Corps volunteers in the cases of rape, incest and life endangerment to the woman. Tell your Senators to support the Peace Corps Equity Act to end this extreme policy.

The Peace Corps is a federal program that sends over 8,000 American volunteers abroad each year to promote world peace and friendship. Women make up more than 60 percent of these volunteers. And though other women who receive health care coverage through the federal government have coverage of abortion in cases of rape, incest, and to protect the life of the woman, Peace Corps volunteers are prohibited from receiving the same coverage as federal employees.

The Peace Corps Equity Act will end this extreme policy by expanding access to reproductive health care in cases of rape, incest and life endangerment. Tell your Senators to support this legislation today.

Just last year, National Women’s Law Center supporters sent over 70,000 messages successfully urging lawmakers to give U.S. military women the same reproductive health coverage as their civilian counterparts. We’ve shown that, together, we can end such unconscionable and harmful policies.

Thank you for everything you do to protect women’s reproductive health.


Judy Waxman   Judy Waxman
Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights
National Women’s Law Center

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