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The law that let her abuser go

By Fallon Williams
Brookline, Massachusetts

Honor Jennifer Martel: Protect Victims of Abuse

27-year-old Jennifer Martel was a caring mom to a little girl. Working her way through college, Jennifer hoped to become an elementary school teacher. Jennifer’s boyfriend had a long history of criminal activity, including domestic violence, yet was released on his own recognizance after smashing Jennifer’s head into a mirror Tuesday, Aug. 13. Just two nights later, he was found covered in blood after stabbing Jennifer to death in the presence of their four-year-old daughter and neighbors.

While Massachusetts is at the forefront of the war against domestic violence, the recent murder of Jennifer Martel highlights a gaping flaw in the current system. Under M.G.L. 276 sec. 58A, offenders can be released on their own recognizance, without any bail set, within 24 hours of an assault. An emergency restraining ordered was issued against Jennifer’s assailant, but since Jennifer did not appear in court the day after she was attacked, her assailant was released without bail on his on recognizance.

When I heard about Jennifer’s murder, I was moved to create this petition. It seems senseless that this beautiful, caring young woman is gone. Something must be done to ensure this never happens again. As a child, I was a victim of domestic violence and witnessed the abuse of my birth-mother as well. Luckily, my father was able to remove me from the situation. Most children are not so lucky.

Females murdered by a current or former partner account for 30% of homicides against women each year. In many instances of intimate partner homicide, domestic violence is a precursor to murder. More often than not, victims of domestic violence do not take action against their abusers for a number of reasons, including fear of retaliation. Known abusers should not be allowed to walk free without bail within 24 hours of a repeat offense. Special concern should be warranted when there is a child in the home, as well.

I am asking for your signature on this petition, in order to prompt the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to close the loophole that allows repeat, violent offenders to be released without immediate consequence, putting their victims and the public at risk.

Oops! Whole Foods sells REAL chicken labeled vegan

From Jolinda Hackett, your Guide to Vegetarian Food
All of the vegetarian internet is talking about this issue, as well as dozens of major media, so I thought I’d weigh in on it too.
Whole Foods sells real chicken labeled as vegan

If you haven’t already heard, a swath of whole foods stores in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Maine sold real chicken labeled as vegan chicken in their prepared food bar for two days this week before anyone noticed an error.I don’t think it needs to be reiterated how obviously not ok this is, but I think there might be a few things the dozens of news articles are missing. Not to be too Pollyanna-ish, but consider the underlying implications… Read more
 First posted on 5/13/13


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U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

03/26/2013 10:46 PM EDT
Pallimed Solutions, Inc. of Woburn, MA, doing business as Pallimed Pharmacy, is voluntarily recalling all sterile compound products dispensed since January 1, 2013 to the user level. The recall resulted from a recent inspection conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy where visible particulates (filaments) were observed in vials of sterile compounded products: TRIMIX, BIMIX (Lot 02252013@3), ALPROSTADIL, DMSO 50 PERCENT – IRRIGATION (Lot 03122013@19), and BACTERIOSTATIC WATER FOR INJECTION (Lot 01072013@28).
03/26/2013 10:08 PM EDT
La Preferida, Inc. is voluntarily recalling 4,734 cases (56,808 cans) of La Preferida Whole Pinto Beans 29 oz. (Water & Salt). Can Code: PINTO LP, BEST BY 01/03/2015, “Time” 3003. The manufacturer’s preliminary inspection indicates 420 cans may not have been fully processed, which could result in product contamination by spoilage organisms or by pathogens, which could lead to illness if consumed.

Losing a pro-choice vote in the Senate

NARAL Pro-Choice America
Help us raise $50,000 by March 31 to keep this U.S. Senate seat pro-choice!



I’m writing with an urgent request for support.

With John Kerry’s appointment as secretary of State, his U.S. Senate seat hangs in the balance with a special election in Massachusetts. The Democratic primary is just weeks away and there is only one candidate — Rep. Ed Markey — with a solid record of protecting reproductive freedom.

Please help make a difference in this critical Senate race and in our ongoing work to protect choice at all levels by making an urgent donation today.

Special elections are fast and costly.  Every dollar we spend mobilizing volunteers, canvassing, distributing door hangers, and phone banking in Massachusetts is over and above our budget.  That’s why we need your support today to help us raise an additional $50,000 by March 31 to make a difference in this race and to continue our work to protect choice at all levels of government.

As you know, Sen. John Kerry had a strong pro-choice voting record. This special election puts this critical seat at risk — and could weaken our needed firewall against the extreme anti-choice agenda in Congress.

So please donate today. If Rep. Markey’s opponent, anti-choice Rep. Stephen Lynch, wins the Democratic primary, it could prove disastrous for women across the country.

In seven out of the last 11 years, Rep. Lynch received a 50-percent or less rating in our Congressional Record on Choice.  In 2004 and 2006, Lynch’s votes were so bad, he scored a ZERO rating. He even voted to give legal rights to a pregnancy!

 please donate today to help us reach our goal of raising $50,000 by March 31.

With your urgent donation today, NARAL Pro-Choice America can invest much-needed resources into spreading the word to Massachusetts voters that Rep. Ed Markey is the only candidate in this primary who women can trust to defend their reproductive rights.

Thank you for helping to make choice real for all women,

Ilyse G. Hogue President, NARAL Pro-Choice America