El Debate Sobre el Matrimonio Homosexual

El debate sobre el matrimonio homosexual con la proposición 8 irrumpió de nuevo cuando el Presidente, Barack Obama, pidió a la Corte Supremo que revoque la prohibición de California sobre el matrimonio homosexual. La Casa Blanca presentó un escrito formal ante el Tribunal de Justicia en un esfuerzo por devolver el matrimonio gay en el estado.

Una reportera de CBS2/KCAL 9 en Los Angeles, Serene Branson, fue a West Hollywood para ver la reacción de ambos lados. Resultados: Prop 8Los partidarios del matrimonio gay están honrando al presidente por sus acciones. Al contrario, los partidarios de la Proposición 8, por supuesto, están diciendo que el gobierno federal no tiene derecho a entrometerse en algo que dicen los Estados deben decidir. Esto seguirá siendo una cuestión de los derechos humanos.

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/02/28/prop-8-debate-heats-up-again-after-president-asks-court-to-overturn-the-ban/

Presidential Debate 2012

On october 3, 2012 President Barack Obama and republican candidate Governor Mitt Romney gave Americans arguably one of the most memorable debates since Nickson and Kennedy. This debate was frustrating to watch as the republican candidate retracted every policy he pitched throughout his entire campaign and even borrowed some of Obama’s anecdotal style from his 2008 campaign. The American people were given a completely different Romney and a frustrated Obama. Americans all over the country stared at the screen in disbelief as the president seems swallowed by all of Romney’s lies. Political analysts criticized the president for being too laid back and not attacking his opponent on the spot for his discredited statements. Romney had been praised for being a great debater in the past, and in the past we have witnessed Obama’s weakness in debating, but Obama choosing not to attack Romney does not necessarily mean that he was weak and uninterested. Obama choosing not to engage and entertain Romney’s sudden “change” in his policy views. Romney successfully showed America that if he is elected, once he is in power he will have no problem doing one thing even though he said another in order to win a debate. A clear insult to the intelligence of the American people but at the same time showed our president in a very defeated light. The Vice Presidential debate will air tomorrow, October 11, it will be interesting to see how Republican candidate Paul Ryan backs up all those empty promises Romney made and still sustain the experienced wise cracking vice president Joe Biden.

Watch the debate in its entirety here:

 

Same-Sex Marriage, Ongoing Debate

With President Obama’s recent support of same-sex marriage, much controversy and talk have surrounded this sensitive issue. And considering the elections are next month, many are curious as to what his support really means.

In an article  published May 9, 2012 from the Washington Post, Obama said he believes same-sex couples should be granted the right to marry which made him the first president in history to fully embrace that level of civil rights.

Many of the LGBTQ community embraced the Presidents support, given the feeling that there was finally someone on their side.

One response came from Andrew Sullivan, a well-known blogger who is gay and supports LGBT rights. He wrote a heartfelt article on The Dish and claimed Obama “let go of fear.”

Following such a historic stance taken by the President, the question now remains on how he will bring about this right , if elected. And if not elected, what will this mean for gay marriage rights?

Published in: on October 6, 2012 at 2:52 am  Leave a Comment  
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L.A.’s battle with Medical Marijuana Regulation

Reported on October 3, 2012 the Los Angeles City Council repealed its ban on medical marijuana stores. This decision was unanimous and was immediately challenged by other council members, saying that the city needs to make up for state law inadequacies. The problem boils down to regulation, and whether there is a serious need for the drug. Well it has been medically proven to treat many diseases and for many patients, medical marijuana is a lifeline. Taking away their access could mean sentencing thousands of people to a life filled with pain and certain death. Medical marijuana has been proven to help people cope with some of our worst diseases including cancer, brain disease, and HIV. See a full list of diseases and disorders that can be treated with medical marijuana HERE. It is also affordable and accessible and does makes life livable for people who have to undergo regular treatments for these diseases. Marijuana also treats disorders like depression and bi-polar disorder, this saves many families and lives and could possibly change a person who’s mental state was medically diagnosed to that of a person who can be a productive member in society. Now the problem is regulating the product from those who need its medicinal benefits and those who abuse it for recreational use. Although marijuana is still illegal (to those not medically authorized to use the drug), it is safe to say in California it has been decriminalized, and as of now no clear direction has been established as to where this is going, so the pot shops remain open in L.A. for now.

Wal-Mart Workers Unite

 Wal-Mart warehouse employees all across the country have been marching to protest labor abuses that go undocumented by the retail giant. Wal-Mart is arguably the most dominant discount store out there, they surely rake in enough money to provide their employees with adequate healthcare, and at the very least humane working conditions. Although Wal-Mart officials say they do routine checks of all warehouses in the United States and even the ones in China, American workers are speaking out in an unofficial union style protest to have their demands met. In the past two weeks, Wal-Mart workers in Southern California marched from the Inland Empire to Los Angeles in scorching heat just to have their voice heard. It is a shame that respectable employees have to go to these extremes just to voice their concerns, but this the reality for the Wal-Mart employees we encounter in our daily lives. About a week ago, right on the heels of the Inland empire march nicknamed “WalMarch” another group in Chicago, Illinois of about 30 Wal-Mart warehouse workers walked off the job. Maybe the California workers have started something that will revolutionize the way that Wal-Mart treats its employees and this fight will change the conditions for good.

Published in: on September 26, 2012 at 10:20 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Ex-Offenders: Your vote counts.

In this country, we all are well aware that we have one of the highest prison populations in the world. Even after an offender is released, he or she in many cases is still under some kind of control by the state for some period of time. Even after that time period, an ex-offender will face economic, emotional, and social challenges for many years after being released. This leads to another discussion about the “rehabilitation” that these inmates receive, but that is a subject all on its own. When inmates are released, even after they have “paid their debt to society” their civil rights are taken away from them. In many states they are stripped of their right to vote. Sounds like something out of the civil rights movement in the 60s, but it is happening today to those who have (or may not have) committed crimes considered redeemable by the court of law. But there are many myths to this and it is important that ex-offenders research before they write themselves off as unable to vote. The laws vary by state, and unfortunately in some states you have to petition in order to restore your voting rights after release. But most states only require re-registering. In some states your voting rights may even be retained during incarceration.

Click HERE to see what the laws in your state are.  HERE is a guide for formerly incarcerated Californians.

Published in: on September 20, 2012 at 8:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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