I was very upset with the Supreme Court ruling regarding Hobby Lobby’s appeal for exemption from covering birth control as mandated by the Affordable Care Act. One, corporations are not people (I don’t care what the SCOTUS claim). Two, it blurs the line between church and state.
Besides a few online petitions that I signed, I didn’t see any other calls to action until today. Then, in the Ravelry pattern feed, there was this….
I wish I could actually go to the Supreme Court for this event. In my stead, I am going to send a brick or two!
If you knit or crochet, you can make a block. For those interested who can’t knit or crochet, the Secular Coalition for America will make a brick for you with a small donation.
Ted Talk by Will Potter, author of Green is the New Red, about the persecution of activists and the criminalization of non-violent protests.
Please take action to help stop a cruel and barbaric event, Snapperfest, in which turtles are swung by their tails and hit on the ground. There is no excuse for an event that is so blatantly abusive. I am in tears reading about it, and I hope the event is canceled. If not, I hope that the participants and organizers are charged with animal cruelty. This event is scheduled for Saturday, August 20. Please take the time to send a heartfelt-and polite-email to the Commissioners of Ohio County, Indiana. If you can stomach it, watch the video at the link below. If you can’t, you have to ask yourself if this is something that our society should allow.
“Students in developing countries lose 443 million school days each year due to diseases associated with the lack of water, sanitation and hygiene.” Find out what you can do here.
Collecting Water from Unsafe Source (Ethiopia) / Photo courtesy of waterdotorg
UN General Assembly Declaration Story
A couple of weeks ago, Joan Jett (the pig) was Sanctuary Tail’s Animal-of-the-Week! (Sanctuary Tails is a Farm Sanctuary blog written by the Farm’s shelter directors.) I was so happy to see Joan featured. Not only is she adorable (she’s the spotted pig), she is the pig that I sponsor through Farm Sanctuary’s “Adopt-an-Animal” program.