There is nothing new under the sun

That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a
pair of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat?

Amos 8:6 King James Bible

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Are you planning on voting?

Primaries are upcoming here in Idaho, and the general election will be here before we know it (however much we seem mired in campaign slog right now). Many states have passed new laws requiring identification at the polls. This identification must be current and up-to-date, with your current, legal name and address. And before you say that doesn’t apply to you, of course you have current, updated photo identification, an article by The Nation came out last week, and it quotes a Brennan survey that 10% of Americans don’t have it. Most of that 10% are women, who have last name changes due to marriage and divorce. Read the entire article.

Who do we think we are?: A poem on #humanrights

We sleep, safe in our warm houses
Who do we think we are?
We have forgotten the struggle
For our lives and voices.

Who do we think we are,
Scribbling away, warm and safe?
For our lives and voices
We did not pay the price.

Scribbling away, warm and safe
While other women scrimp and hide
We did not pay the price
They still suffer and die.

While other women scrimp and hide,
We have forgotten the struggle
They still suffer and die,
We sleep, safe in our warm houses.

For more information on what this poem is about, see Who are We? a post I wrote earlier this week.

Urgent Request from Amnesty International

From Amnesty International on the violence and the protests in Egypt:

The number one request we’re hearing from our fellow Egyptian activists is to have their voices heard at various Egyptian embassies and consulates.

We intend to do all we can to make that happen, but Egyptian authorities are making it very difficult.

Our emails are not getting through and it will take far too long for our letters to reach anyone who can make a difference.

That is why we’re asking you to place an urgent call to the Egyptian embassy (202) 895-5400 and dial “1” to speak to a real person about the State of Emergency in Egypt. (Important Note: That number is for the Egyptian Embassy in the United States. If you are in another country, please call the Egyptian Embassy in your country.)

Ask the person who answers the call to pass on this important message – and don’t take “no” for an answer:

“Please urge the Egyptian government to respect human rights, rein in the security forces, and restore access to all communications in Egypt.”

The situation in Egypt is continually becoming more dire. The Egyptian authorities need to hear that the violence towards the protesters is unacceptable.

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