Americans Agree: It’s Time for Equality at Work


While a growing number of states are moving forward with marriage equality (Hawaii and Illinois could become the next two very soon), “there are no state laws in 29 states that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, and in 33 states that do so based on gender identity.”

(You can check out real stories of LGBT people impacted by workplace discriminationHERE.)

Thankfully, on Monday the Senate will take up the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to make such discrimination illegal from coast to coast. This will help protect the nation’s 8 million LGBT workers from employment discrimination, whether they live in Manhattan or Manhattan, Kansas.

The bill has the support of all 55 Senate Democrats and is co-sponsored by Republican Sens. Susan Collins (ME) and Mark Kirk (IL). Two other Republican Senators, Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Orrin Hatch (UT), voted for ENDA in committee, leaving it just one vote shy of the necessary 60 votes. Supporters are optimistic that at least one more Republican will support the bill when it comes to a vote next week.

As the infographic below demonstrates, Americans overwhelmingly support ENDA, including majorities of voters in every U.S. state, as well as majorities of Republicans, independents, and Democrats nationwide.


“You killed my mother.”

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“My mother died from your cancer. You killed my mother.” His voice didn’t waver as he fought back bitter tears standing face-to-face with Chevron CEO John Watson, somehow all the while maintaining a tenacity and grace rarely seen.

Meet Servio Curipoma, a cacao farmer from the oil-ravaged town of San Carlos, Ecuador. I’ll never forget when I met him. From the banks of a slickened black pit on his property that skirts the thick jungle, he humbly shared with me his story.

You killed my mother

Or perhaps you’ve been with us for a while and remember one of multiple occasions when Servio bravely traveled north to the US, bringing us to the edge of our seats with his deeply personal story of how Chevron devastated his rainforest homelands and caused a public health crisis that continues today. Servio lost both his parents and a sister to cancer, which doctors have attributed to drinking water contaminated by toxic crude waste. Rather than wallow in anger, he has risen to become a relentless voice for his community, demanding that Chevron take responsibility for the contamination that wreaked havoc on his family.

Servio’s story – and the stories of the 30,000 other people affected by Chevron’s atrocities – literally stopped me short while living in Ecuador and on a different life-trajectory. It’s why I do this work, and very real stories like this from across the Amazon basin are why Amazon Watch exists. Servio shines among the people Amazon Watch joins forces with daily – some of the most dignified and wise beings I’ve ever met – and he’s just one of the many courageous warriors fighting for what most of us take for granted every day: clean water and the health of our families.

Over coming weeks we’ll bring you in-depth features of some of our most committed champions – we hope you’ll take the time to get to know them too. It’s just one way that you can glimpse a little deeper the lives of true heroes fighting for the rainforest, the reality of what’s happening in the Amazon, and how Amazon Watch is working to make a real difference with your support.

For the Amazon,

Caroline Bennett
Caroline Bennett
Communications Director

FDA Alerts & Recalls

11/01/2013 02:12 PM EDT
The recent expansion of the Reser’s Fine Foods product recall for potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination has impacted select prepared foods offerings sold at Giant Eagle, Inc. locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland and West Virginia. As a result, Giant Eagle has implemented a voluntary recall of Diced Summer Slaw, Diced Summer Salad and several Grab and Go combo meals that may include Diced Summer Slaw.



The Perrigo Company announced that it has initiated a voluntary, nationwide product recall to the retail level of 18 batches of its acetaminophen infant suspension liquid, 160 mg/5 mL, sold in 2 oz. and 4 oz. bottles with syringes in a box under store brand products including Babies R Us, Care One and more  (refer to the Firm Press Release for full list of affected brand names and products).

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10/31/2013 06:36 PM EDT: On September 16, 2013 PENTAX Medical Company initiated a voluntary nationwide recall of 76 PENTAX Gas/ Water Valves, model OF-B194. The valves were offered as a separate purchase for use with PENTAX GI Video Endoscopes (90i/90k series and i10/k10 series).
10/31/2013 09:11 PM EDT
World Class Distribution of Fontana, California is voluntarily recalling one specific lot of Trader Joes Southwest Salad (SKU 56077) with a Use by Date11/2/13, because it may not list soy in the ingredients. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Updated information Maryland Firm Recalls Broccoli Salad Kits for Possible Listeria Contamination (Oct 25, 2013) / Maryland and Texas Firms Recall Broccoli Salad Products with Dressing for Possible Listeria Contamination (Oct 29, 2013).

 10/26/2013 08:47 AM EDT
Kraft Foods Group is voluntarily recalling some varieties of Kraft and Polly-O String Cheese and String Cheese Twists products. These products may spoil before their “Best When Used By” code dates, leading to product discoloration.
10/26/2013 09:29 PM EDT
Reser’s Fine Foods of Beaverton, Oregon is voluntarily expanding its October 22, 2013 recall of refrigerated ready-to-eat products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria is an organism which can cause serious and sometime fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and individuals with weakened immune systems
10/07/2013 08:35 AM EDT
Orange County Produce, LLC (“OC Produce”) is voluntarily working with the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) and California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) to coordinate a recall of fresh red and green Bell Peppers for potential contamination with Salmonella. The FDA has advised that a random sample of OC Produce Bell peppers has tested positive for Salmonella.
10/01/2013 05:45 PM EDT
Mandy Star Trading Inc., located at 349 Maujer Street Brooklyn NY 11206 is recalling “Good Taste” brand Plum, because it contains undeclared sulfites and unallowed E124 (Acid Red 18) dye. People who have a severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic-like reactions if they consume this product.
10/04/2013 07:42 PM EDT
Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) initiated a voluntary recall to remove the ForeCYTE Breast Health Test and the Mammary Aspiration Specimen Cytology Test (MASCT) device from the market. This voluntary recall includes the MASCT System Kit and Patient Sample Kit.
10/04/2013 07:39 PM EDT
Hospira, Inc.(NYSE: HSP), announced today it has initiated a voluntary nationwide recall of one lot of 1% Lidocaine HCI Injection, USP, 10 mg/mL, 20 mL Multiple-dose Fliptop Vial, NDC 0409-4276-01 Lot 25-090-DK (the lot number may be followed by 01 or 02).
10/03/2013 08:21 PM EDT
OnTime Distribution Inc. of Brooklyn, NY, is voluntarily recalling PRAN brand Spice Powder TURMERIC because it was found to contain high levels of lead that could cause health problems to consumers, particularly infants, small children, and pregnant women if consumed. Recent analysis of the product found that it contained lead levels as high as 28 and 42 parts per million (ppm).
10/04/2013 05:29 PM EDT
On August 27, 2013, H&H Medical Corporation initiated a nationwide recall of 6,619 units of the H&H Emergency Cricothyrotomy Kit. The product has been found to show the potential for a defective cuff balloon on the provided endotracheal airway.
10/08/2013 10:37 AM EDT
Today Dräger issued a statement regarding its voluntary recall on specific Fabius anesthesia machines. Dräger initiated this voluntary action in August of 2013 as a result of an internal investigation into devices that did not pass the high voltage test portion of the final production test.
10/15/2013 08:55 AM EDT
Yoder’s Country Market, is recalling custom gift boxes distributed in December 2012 because they may contain 11 oz. bags of honey roasted peanuts which contain undeclared milk and wheat. People who have allergies to milk or wheat run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the honey roasted peanuts. No other components of the gift boxes are affected.
10/11/2013 04:36 PM EDT
Barrel O’ Fun Snack Foods Co. of Perham, MN is recalling one specific lot of Safeway Snack Artist BBQ Potato Chips (UPC 21130-29106) because they contain undeclared milk. People with an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.
10/07/2013 02:34 PM EDT
Turkey Hill Dairy of Conestoga, Pa., is recalling specific packages of 1.5 qt. (48 oz./1.42L) of Fudge Ripple Premium Ice Cream and 1 Pint (16 oz./473 ml) packages of Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Premium Ice Cream, and Moose Tracks Stuff’d Frozen Dairy Dessert due to the possibility that some packages may contain metal shavings.
10/15/2013 04:39 PM EDT
B. Braun Medical Inc. (B.Braun) is voluntarily recalling one lot of 1g Cefepime for Injection USP and Dextrose Injection USP (Lot H3A744, catalog 3193-11) to the consumer level. The 1g Cefepime for Injection USP and Dextrose Injection USP lot has been found to contain visible organic particulate matter in a reserve sample unit
10/02/2013 10:25 AM EDT
Hospira, Inc. (NYSE: HSP), announced today it initiated a voluntary nationwide recall of one lot of Metoclopramide Injection, USP, 10 mg/2 mL (5 mg/mL), NDC 0409-3414-01, Lot 28-104-DK and two lots of Ondansetron Injection, USP, 4 mg/2 mL, (2 mg/mL), NDC 0409-4755-03, Lots 29-484-DK and 29-510-DK. This action is due to a confirmed vial defect where glass particulate matter (glass strands) were identified as being affixed to the inside of the vial walls. There is potential for the glass particulates to dislodge into the solution.
10/09/2013 03:09 PM EDT
B@B Trade, Inc., Florida is voluntarily recalling all lots of Slim Fortune, Lidiy, and Slim Expert to the consumer level. The FDA laboratory analysis of these dietary supplements found to contain undeclared Sibutramine.
10/08/2013 03:54 PM EDT
Asia Cash & Carry Inc. of Maspeth, New York is voluntarily recalling PRAN brand Spice Powder TURMERIC, Net Wt. 8.82 oz. (250 gm) jars, because it was found to contain high levels of lead that could cause health problems to consumers, particularly infants, small children, and pregnant women if consumed. Recent analysis of the product found it contained 28 parts per million (ppm).
10/16/2013 09:13 AM EDT
BEST VALUE, INC. of Detroit, MI is voluntarily recalling PRAN TURMERIC POWDER because it was found to contain high levels of lead that could cause health problems to consumers, particularly infants, small children, and pregnant women if consumed. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product contained high levels of lead (53 ppm) based on sampling by Food and Drug Administration.
10/16/2013 03:51 PM EDT
GE Healthcare has initiated a voluntary field corrective action for the Engström ventilator and Aespire View, Aisys, and Avance anesthesia machines due to a potential safety issue. The affected units were manufactured between the dates of April 23, 2013 and July 22, 2013.

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The Senate stands adjourned until 2:00pm on Monday, November 4, 2013.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.815, the Employee Non-Discrimination Act. During Thursday’s session of the Senate, cloture was filed on the motion to proceed to S.815.

At 5:00pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider the following:

–          Executive Calendar #328, the nomination of Gregory Howard Woods, of NY, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York and

–          Executive Calendar #329, the nomination of Debra M. Brown, of MS, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Mississippi.

There will be up to 30 minutes of debate equally divided and controlled in the usual form prior to up to 2 roll call votes on confirmation of the nominations. Immediately following disposition of the Brown nomination, there will be up to 2 minutes of debate prior to a cloture vote on the motion to proceed to S.815.

Therefore, there will be up to 3 roll call votes at 5:30pm on Monday:

–          Confirmation of the Woods nomination,

–          Confirmation of the Brown nomination and

–          Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.815, ENDA.

It is possible one of the nominations will be confirmed by voice vote.


Last Floor Action: 10/30
5:11:55 P.M. – The House adjourned
pursuant to a previous special order.

The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00
a.m. on November 12, 2013,

unless the House receives a message from the Senate
transmitting its adoption of H. Con. Res. 62, in which case the House shall
stand adjourned pursuant to that concurrent resolution.