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In my email: Discrimination at Death; Avoiding the Death Penalty; The Church vs. the Homeless


November 9 – November 15

 

Discrimination at Death; Avoiding the Death Penalty; The Church vs. the Homeless

Hey Changemakers,

The U.S. marked Veterans Day this week, and soon a total of more than 1.8 million Americans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan will be back home.

Though many of these brave men and women will have returned to eager families and with awards for their service, many of them will also come back bearing the scars of war, including both physical injuries and psychological trauma. Ensuring that these soldiers have a healthy homecoming is a responsibility all of us share.

Retired U.S. Army Captain and Iraq War veteran Scott Quilty writes on Change.org this week that, remarkably, there’s been no national effort to fully reintegrate these veterans into our communities. The consequences – veteran unemployment, substance abuse, domestic violence, and higher-than-ever suicide rates – are hurting us all. For many veterans, the homecoming process doesn’t last a day, or even a week. It can sometimes last a lifetime.

Captain Quilty should know. Three years ago he stepped on a roadside bomb in Iraq’s “triangle of death,” losing an arm and a leg. Today, he’s become a tireless campaigner for the first national plan that details the steps we can take to improve the homecoming process for millions of veterans.

To learn more about Captain Quilty’s story and join the good work he and others are doing through The Campaign for Healthy Homecoming, click here.

For more news and commentary on the world of change, see this week’s top stories from your favorite causes below.

Top Actions This Week


Health Care is a Human Right
by Amnesty International USA
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Tell President Obama to Step Up on Climate!
by 1SKY
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Help Strengthen America’s Toxic Chemicals Standards
by Environmental Defense Action Fund
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Discrimination at Death
The nation’s most homophobic governor cemented his reputation this week. Rhode Island Governor Don Carcieri vetoed a law that would have allowed gays and lesbians to plan the funerals for their deceased partners. Carcieri said that allowing gay people to plan the funerals for their partners takes us down the slippery slope toward gay marriage. Gay Rights blogger Michael Jones writes that Carcieri’s actions are soulless, revealing that just as anti-gay zealots don’t want gays and lesbians to be together in life, they don’t want gay and lesbian couples to be together in death. (Read more)
Avoiding the Death Penalty
If you hire a lawyer, the chances are you won’t be sentenced to death in parts of Texas, which otherwise puts more people to death than any other state. Criminal Justice blogger Matt Kelley reports that a prominent criminologist recently reviewed 504 capital indictments over three decades in Harris County, Texas, and found that defendants who hired lawyers for the entire trial were never sentenced to death. This is a stunning revelation of the inequity of our criminal justice system, where those who can’t afford representation are much more likely to be put to death. (Read more)
The Church vs. the Homeless
Washington, D.C.’s homeless population has become the latest target of the Catholic Church’s outrage over gay marriage. As D.C. city council members prepare for a vote on gay marriage, the Catholic Church has threatened to stop providing social services in the city if the District chooses to recognize equal rights for gays and lesbians. That includes social services that help more than one-third of D.C.’s homeless population. End Homelessness blogger Shannon Moriarty asks: is the Church using the poorest among us as pawns to advance discrimination against gays and lesbians? (Read more)
Republican Abortion Hypocrisy
Last week nearly every Republican in Congress voted to make it virtually impossible for private insurance companies that participate in the new health system to offer abortion coverage to women. However, Women’s Rights blogger Jen Nedeau writes that it was also revealed that employees at the Republican National Committee have had abortion covered under their insurance plan since at least 1991. Hypocrisy? Jen thinks so. (Read more)
Investing in Women
A startling fact: women produce as much as 80 percent of the world’s food but only own two percent of the land. Sustainable Food blogger Katherine Gustafson writes that if we care about sustainable agriculture and food security, we cannot ignore the rights of women who are doing much of the world’s agricultural work. That’s why it’s very good news that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that women would be at the heart of the international agricultural priorities of the Obama administration. (Read more)

We hope you had a great weekend,

– The Change.org Team


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