Call the Senate Leadership of Rhode Island and ask them to Vote YES on Senate Bill No. 38 that will grant marriage rights for all Rhode Island Citizens.
Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed : 401-222-6655
Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin: 401-272-3102
Senate Majority Leader Dominic Ruggerio: 401-222-3310
Senate Minority Leader Dennis Algiere: 401-222-2708
In the January 31 issue of the RI Catholic, in a full page ad, the above names were listed with phone numbers urging people to call these senators. They hoped all who read the ad would urge them to vote against same sex marriage. We can join the majority of Catholics according to polls who support same-sex marriage and the majority of other Christians represented by their religious leaders, the RI Council of Churches, and do just the opposite and urge them to vote in favor of same sex marriage.
Let’s join the President of the United States, the, majority of RI Catholics and the majority of other Christians represented by the RI Council of Churches, all the other New England States, and people of good will worldwide in their support of marriage rights for all by calling these RI senators and urging them to VOTE YES on RI Senate Bill 38.
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Why is Mitt Romney refusing to release but one or two years of his tax records? Maybe he paid no taxes...Maybe his guilty of hiding funds in Swiss bank accounts...Maybe he's hiding the fact that he has off-shore shell corporations to avoid taxes...the list just goes on and on...ALSO, why is he continuing to lie about his involvement with Bain Capital, the venture capital group that outsourced American jobs? All the records point to the fact that he was the CEO or "outsourcer-in-chief" for Bain AFTER 1999...even those "fact-checkers" he says prove him right have reassessed the records...Romney is an archenemy of the American worker and is one of the major architects of a philosophy that sent millions of American jobs oversees to insure greater profits for individuals such as Mitt Romney himself. All he says and all he does proves one thing: he's a major liar and will say and do anything to be President of the United States. He's a big supporter of big corporations, venture capitalists and insurance companies and all at the expense of the average Joe. Why would any average Joe or average Jane vote for a man who works so hard to make money at the expense of the average American worker? Don't vote against your own interests...Don't VOTE for Mitt Romney...as President, Romney will destroy the middle class to insure profits for the monied classes...Don't let him do that!
After Hearing the News
When I look in on myself
I see you with me and no one else
But now you have gone away
We can no longer as in the past play
The game that brings bumps to my skin
That willingness to make sin
Behind that Harvard statue after a date
When the night was long and late
At first we heard others and were afraid
But the urgency grew and we were soon staid
Swelling away against the wall
You experiencing me and protecting me from a fall
I heard your pleasures as they grew
And then I knew
When I look in on myself
I see me with you and no one else
That wondrous sensation on my neck, a breath
Is forever stolen now by your sudden death.
michael vocino, 23may2012
As educators, it is our duty to help direct social policy in the direction of the greatest good and it is the duty of all good women and men. Maureen Dowd, and other social commentators help us do that. Maureen Dowd comes from a faithfully Catholic family and those of us who share her religious experiences and still consider ourselves Catholic are VERY alarmed by the Church's continued attack on women under the guise of protecting religious freedom or as she says: "[What the} ...bishops portray as an attack on religion by the president is really an attack on women by the bishops." She is not the only one saying that, either. Most people in Catholic pews are positing the same! Her article is here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/23/opinion/dowd-father-doesnt-know-best.html
Elizabeth Warren, senate candidate in Massachusetts, has long been a champion for consumers especially in their transactions with banks. As was said by Sen. Bernie Sanders: Congress Doesn't Regulate Banks; Banks Regulate Congress. How true, how true...and the last thing we need is a Republican Senator like Scott Brown who always sides with the banks. If you are not a super wealthy citizen of Massachusetts and you want to protect yourself from the predatory practices of the banking industry it is in your best interest, and certainly mine, to see the election of the consumer's champion, Elizabeth Warren, to the U.S. Senate.
VOTE FOR ELIZABETH WARREN to put the interests of the middle class consumer back on the agenda. The Republican agenda, as represented by candidate Scott Brown, is solely to protect the monied interests such as those predatory banks. Like banks? vote for scott brown. Want protection from banks? VOTE ELIZABETH WARREN.
This coming presidential election is basically a choice between 1. taxing the super rich as they should be (President Obama's position) OR 2. cutting social services to the poor, working and middle classes (Mitt Romney and Republican position.) It is interesting to note that most economists tell us that the math of the Republican and Romney position just does not work. The Romney/Ryan budget wants to cut taxes for the super wealthy and also cut social services for the poor, working and middle classes. The math indicates that if the U.S. does that the deficits will only grow and not be reduced. Under Reagan, the deficits tripled. Under George W. Bush they were doubled. Under Obama, the deficit has been halved. The rise in the continuing deficits has historically been because of the Bush tax cuts. To elect Romney or some other Republican like Paul Ryan and give even greater tax cuts to the super wealthy means a return to tripling and doubling deficits even if Republicans coninue to mean-spiritedly cut services to the needy. RE-ELECT OBAMA for the sake of the poor, working and middle classes.
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MA Sen. Scott Brown a Republican voted NO on a bill to stop student loan interest rates from doubling on July 1st.
Can you believe it? Who would vote for this guy, a pawn for Corporate Greed, Banks, Oil Companies and now he slaps college students and their ever-paying parents!
He backs the Republican war on women, and now he tells college students drowning in debt that they will get no relief from him or his Club for Growth buddies...Don't know the Club for Growth? Google it...they are the corporate profiteers who are supporting Brown for the Senate...it's where he gets lots of his money...his vote against students tells you where his loyalties lie...with BIG PROFIT-SUCKING CORPORATIONS...don't believe me...again, just google CLUB FOR GROWTH...they are the rich guys against us, the middle and lower classes...look at their record...Scott Brown = Club for Growth.
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One of the great economic engines of the state of Rhode Island is its
University, and THAT IS US. One of the most attractive reason for
students to come to URI is its faculty. The quality of the faculty is
central to the student population and their future successes. To keep
competitive, to keep RI on the cutting edge of research and
scholarship in so many areas, but especially in the expanding fields
of the sciences and engineering, etc., the University needs to offer
its presently underpaid faculty the salary and benefits that other
institutions of higher education and private industry offer our well
credentialed faculty and staff as a matter of course. Dr. Frank
Annunziato, the executive director of our faculty union, the AAUP,
reports that the Board of Governors of Higher Education, at the urging
of the now infamous Gov. Lincoln Chafee, decided behind closed doors
last night that they no longer want to invest in the future of Rhode
Island by supporting a fairly and long negotiated contract with the
faculty union for a very modest salary increase that virtually only
covers the increases in health care insurance costs that the State is
forcing all employees to pay.
The AAUP bargained in good faith. The contract with Annunziato at the
helm was fairly negotiated over months of long and difficult sessions.
It was accepted by both sides. The board of governors were scheduled
to give its "OK" at a meeting weeks ago. All the signals were
positive. Then, the infamous Gov. Chafee stepped in at the last
minute, long after his representatives had a chance to negotiate
differences with the AAUP, and told the Board to reject the fairly
negotiated contract. The board, being politically appointed by the
Governor, fell right in line with the demands of an unreasonable
politician and voted against the contract last night.
It is my understanding that the AAUP stands firm in the belief that
the board, in rejecting a fairly negotiated contract between the AAUP
and representatives of the board of governors, negotiated unfairly and
certainly not in good faith. We can only hope, and I am sure they
will, that the AAUP and all good people of faith, will do something to
stand up to the Governor and the Board of Governors. Tho I am not a
lawyer, It seems to most commentators that there are legal violations
on the part of the infamous governor and his Board that should be
brought to the attention of the courts. And beyond that, I am with
one of the speakers from the faculty at URI who said that he was up to
any action the AAUP would suggest in an attempt to remedy this just
AWFUL betrayal of "good faith" collective bargaining.
One of the big questions of the night of betrayal was being asked over
and over...."Where is President Dooley?" The BOG went into executive
session to do its damage to the students, faculty and staff of the
University and the state of RI, and there was no "head man" from URI
to support his faculty and the students. He knew of the vital
importance of the issue, yet he was a no show. I, for one, am
terribly disappointed. Leaving such important work to underlings is
not the hallmark of good leadership. He should have been there,
especially since in recent weeks it became obvious that the Gov. was
"out to get" the faculty and graduate students at URI. What was so
important that the President of the University could not be there to
defend his faculty? ...one of what should be among his top
priorities. HE FAILED US. The Governor failed us and certainly, the
Board of Governors failed us and maybe even more importantly, they
failed the University's students and the state of Rhode Island.
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Two of the U.S.'s most prominent journalists, Maureen Dowd and Nick Kristof, both Catholics, have come to the defense of American nuns now under attack from an all-male hierarchy more upset about outspoken women than the sordid pedophilia that puts the Church in the grave danger of losing its soul....the attackers are those same men who prey on those who do most of the Church's work that protects the poor, sick, elderly and disadvantaged and are responsible for educating our young. Everyone interested in the health of Mother Church should read these columns:
Kristof: We Are All Nuns
No one can possibly think that staying home as a mother of 5 boys is an easy job. However, when you are a multi-millionaire as Ann Romney is, with two Cadillacs of her own, not to mention how many people working with her at home just to help...well that can hardly be compared to the heavy workload of the stay-at-home mother from the middle or lower classes who face economic difficulties everyday. Ann Romney knows a lot about raising 5 boys....what she doesn't know about is the economic difficulties women who stay at home face every day...The situation of those stay-at-home mothers will be made even more difficult if Ann Romney's husband is elected and implements drastic economic cutbacks to programs that significantly effect work-at-home-moms. Just as a sad aside, Massachusetts Senate candidate Scott Brown supports fully Mitt Romney and those anti-middle class programs that Romney advocates cutting and is fully engaged in the Republican War Against Women.
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