On Thursday, the University of Oregon football players celebrated a win against Florida state in the College Football Playoff semifinal. After the game, a few players took a break from rejoicing to make an important protest against sexual assault.
In this short clip uploaded to YouTube by the Associate Press, the Oregon players were recorded chanting “no means no,” replacing the words from a Florida State chant. These players were directing the chant at Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, who was accused of sexually assaulting a female student in 2012 and was never fully investigated or charged.
Winston’s alleged sexual assault has been a neverending controversy, as he was never officially charged and was allowed to continue on and win the Heisman Trophy. Just last month, Florida State cleared Winston of violating its student code of conduct, despite that fact that the university had not investigated the victim’s allegations thoroughly. According to the New York Times, “there was virtually no investigation at all.”
Unfortunately, the Oregon players who chanted “no means no” are going to be disciplined for what Oregon coach Mark Helfrich is calling “inappropriate behavior.” Helfrich said:
“We are aware of the inappropriate behavior in the postgame. This is not what our program stands for, and the student-athletes will be disciplined internally.”
For a sport that has been known to sweep violence against women under the rug, it’s a true shame that these players will be punished for bringing attention to sexual assault and its victims.
“No Questions Asked” GUN TURN-IN on January 17, 2015
NEWPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT
CENTRAL COAST CEASEFIRE OREGON
An Opportunity to Receive a $175 Fred Meyer Gift Card,
Avoid an Unexpected Tragedy, and Show Support for Victims of Gun Violence.
On January 17, 2015 from 10 am to 2 pm, people may turn in unwanted firearms at a Gun Turn-In being held at the Newport City Hall, 169 SW Coast Hwy, Police Department Entrance.
Fred Meyer Gift Cards will be available for working order guns (limit 3 gift cards per person, but more than 3 guns will be accepted). All firearms must be unloaded and transported in the trunk of your car or comparably secured in your pickup truck. No questions asked.
$175 Assault or assault-like rifle
$ 75 Long guns, such as rifles or shotguns
$ 25 High capacity magazine
$ 5 Pellet or BB guns (Arctic Circle Gift Car
All weapons collected are removed from circulation and melted down. The Newport Police Department will donate unique or antique weapons to an appropriate historical museum.
For more information about the Central Coast Ceasefire Oregon chapter, see https://www.facebook.com/centralcoastceasefire
ADDENDUM (message from Ceasefire): “Just to clarify, this is not about someone taking guns from anyone involuntarily. The co-sponsors are providing a community service. The voluntary Turn-In of Unwanted Firearms is intended to help people who have guns, but no longer want them for whatever reason. (No Questions Asked.) Participants who choose to turn in their guns, rather than sell them privately, want the to gun be melted down and permanently removed from circulation.
To support this decision, our local Central Coast Ceasefire Oregon chapter has purchased Gift Cards for participants. No Gift Cards were donated. In the future, we would prefer to work with local merchants who are willing to match the value of Gift Cards we purchase. We would also welcome more co-sponsors. That is the spirit of community this event is intended to encourage.”
Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia has proposed the restoration of the state’s limit on handgun sales to one a month. Credit Molly Riley/Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The gun control movement, blocked in Congress and facing mounting losses in federal elections, is tweaking its name, refining its goals and using the same-sex marriage movement as a model to take the fight to voters on the state level.
After a victory in November on a Washington State ballot measure that will require broader background checks on gun buyers, groups that promote gun regulations have turned away from Washington and the political races that have been largely futile. Instead, they are turning their attention — and their growing wallets — to other states that allow ballot measures.
An initiative seeking stricter background checks for certain buyers has qualified for the 2016 ballot in Nevada, where such a law was passed last year by the Legislature and then vetoed by the governor. Advocates of gun safety — the term many now use instead of “gun control” — are seeking lines on ballots in Arizona, Maine and Oregon as well.
The National Rifle Association, which raises millions of dollars a year largely from small donors and has one of the most muscular state lobbying apparatuses in the country, is well attuned to its foes’ shift in focus. “We will be wherever they are to challenge them,” said Andrew Arulanandam, the group’s spokesman.
The new focus on ballot initiatives comes after setbacks in Congress and in statehouses. After the 2012 mass shooting of schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn., President Obama’s effort to pass a background-check measure never got out of the Democratic-controlled Senate. Although 10 states have passed major gun control legislation, not only in Connecticut and New York but also as far away as Colorado, more states have loosened gun restrictions.
Candidates who backed gun control mostly lost in the midterm elections, even after groups spent millions on their behalf. The last setback came in December when Martha McSally, a Republican, prevailed in a razor-thin recount over Representative Ron Barber, Democrat of Arizona. Mr. Barber was wounded in the 2011 shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords, and lost even though Ms. Giffords’s PAC, Americans for Responsible Solutions, spent more than $2 million in the race.
Gun control groups say that although they are still dwarfed by the N.R.A., they have more money and are involved in more grass-roots activism than ever before. The N.R.A. was even heavily outspent in the Washington State referendum.
The advocacy groups have recast their cause as a public health and safety movement, and are homing in on areas where polling has shown voter support, like expanded background checks and keeping guns out of the hands of people with domestic violence convictions, restraining orders or mental illnesses.
Some of those provisions have gained steam even in heavily Republican-controlled state governments, like those in Louisiana and Wisconsin.
“Things that people feel are most doable politically right now are connected to domestic violence,” Mr. Webster said. “There is a lot of uptick on that issue even in red states and states with a lot of guns.” In the past two years, 11 states have passed such legislation.
Closing loopholes on background checks for gun owners is an area Americans support far more than steps like curbs on assault weapons or limits on magazine sizes. A recent Pew survey, for instance, showed that 52 percent of respondents said they believed it was more important to protect gun ownership rights. That figure was up from 29 percent in 2000. Still, in a 2013 poll, Pew found that nearly 75 percent of respondents supported background-check expansions.
Gun control advocates believe that ensuring background checks for the majority of gun buyers is the foundation of all other existing laws. “The reason voters support these laws is the same reason the movement supports these laws,” said Laura Cutilletta, a senior lawyer for the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. The same-sex marriage movement has been a model for advocates of new gun restrictions. As with gay marriage, background-check expansions enjoy far broader public support in polls than among elected officials, and they affect state residents immediately.
“The arc of the marriage-equality movement started in the federal government, and got them the Defense of Marriage Act,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun control group backed by Michael R. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City. “Then they went to the states and showed that if you can get the majority of the public on your side state by state, that will influence the courts and Congress in the end.”
Their efforts have emboldened some governors and lawmakers, largely, but not exclusively, in solidly blue states. What is more, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy of Connecticut and Gov. John W. Hickenlooper of Colorado — both Democrats who pushed through a series of tough gun laws in their states after the Newtown massacre — won re-election. Two Colorado Democrats who strongly supported that state’s gun control package were booted from office in a special election in 2013. But the Democratic Party regained the seats in November.
Last month, Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, which has been the source of many illegally obtained guns in other states, proposed the restoration of the state’s limit on handgun sales to one a month to slow the “iron highway,” a nickname for gunrunning up Interstate 95 to states to the north. He would also seek mandatory background checks on gun sales at firearm shows, and end issuing gun permits to anyone restrained under domestic violence orders of protection.
The prospects for his gun proposals did not look great out of the gate. The governor “knows refighting the one-gun-a-month battle will not be productive,” Thomas K. Norment Jr., the Republican majority leader of the Virginia legislature, said in a statement.
For gun control groups, money is not the problem it was only recently. Contested ballot-initiative programs cost somewhere between $5 million and $15 million, said Pia Carusone, a senior adviser to Ms. Giffords’s group.
It has raised roughly $30 million for all political activities, including the Washington State initiative, over the past two years. And Mr. Bloomberg has spent millions of dollars on everything from research to political campaigns to the Washington referendum, and is prepared to continue to do so.
Gun rights groups plan to meet them head-on. “The terrain gets a lot harder for him,” Mr. Arulanandam, the N.R.A. spokesman, said of Mr. Bloomberg.
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence — along with other advocacy groups — is evaluating which states among the 17 that allow ballot initiatives are the best spots to pick for the next fight; Maine, Arizona and Oregon, should their legislatures not take action, are widely viewed as the three with the most potential for gun control advocates.
In Washington, those who pushed the ballot measure through say they will begin a campaign to get the State Legislature to pass measures to keep guns from those with mental illnesses, children and people with a record of domestic violence. Opponents of gun control, for their part, went to the courts this week to challenge the new background-check requirements.
As with the same-sex marriage movement — as well as efforts by some conservative groups to weaken unions and to make abortions more difficult to obtain — the efforts of both gun rights advocates and advocates for gun restrictions demonstrate a fading faith that legislative remedies are to be found in Congress.
“Whether it’s on guns or immigration or tax reform, clearly Washington is broken,” Mr. Feinblatt said. “You have to influence the federal government at the state.”
We hope to see you as KYAQ, Lincoln County’s local public radio station, at 91.7fm, celebrates our 1st on-air anniversary with a party and town hall meeting this Sunday January 4th from 1pm-4pm. You’re invited to the KYAQ studios at 321 SE 3rd in Toledo (formerly the Mary Harrison Elementary School) for live music, free food & beverages and KYAQ’s first live broadcast.
It’s also the first of a series of town hall style meetings that KYAQ is holding, designed to get your input and ideas to expand local programming. In addition we’ll introduce you to our KYAQ board and volunteers, describe our station mission, provide information on how you can become a member or underwriting with the station, and other ways that you can be involved. Please plan to attend the Celebration!
After more than forty years as celebrated and progressive voice in broadcast news, veteran journalist says… “Over to you, welcome to the fight.”
Bill Moyers has now ended his broadcast television career after more than four decades producing documentaries, hosting his iconic shows on PBS, and interviewing some of the most influential progressive voices from this century and the last on a wide range of issues related to news, history, politics, and culture. (Photo: Moyers & Company)
Now available online and airing on PBS stations across the country over the weekend, the final episode of the weekly commentary and news show Moyers & Company will mark the official television retirement (though not the career) of veteran journalist Bill Moyers.
In the fall of last year, Moyers announced with little fanfare that the show would be ending and he would retire from television (yes, this time he means it) after more than forty years working in print and broadcast media. Though Moyers will end his near- weekly appearance in the homes of millions of Americans, the website which he created in 2012,BillMoyers.com will continue to operate—creating both familiar and new kinds of content.
“Democracy is a public trust – a reciprocal agreement between generations to keep it in good repair and pass along… So to this new generation I say: over to you, welcome to the fight.” —Bill MoyersCelebrating his long career but lamenting the impact of his departure, historian Peter Dreier, in a pieceposted to Common Dreams this week, argues that Moyers’ retirement from the airwaves will “leave a huge hole” not easily filled by others. “No other program has journalistic breadth and depth, as well as the progressive viewpoint, that Moyers’ show has provided views for over four decades,” Dreier wrote.
John Nichols, who in addition to writing for The Nation magazine has written several books on the history and current state of U.S. journalism, told Common Dreams that though Moyers “cannot be replaced, his legacy must be maintained.”
What has made Moyers’ presence on television so unique, explained Nichols, was the creation of a journalistic forum that just largely lacking across the U.S. media landscape, especially in broadcast news.
“At a point when broadcast media tends increasingly to narrow rather than expand the discourse,” Nichols explained, “Bill Moyers has been virtually alone in recognizing the possibility and the necessity of a broader debate on economic and social issues —and on the critical questions of war and peace. It is not too much to say that his show kept the democratic flame lit for tens of millions of Americans. I do not know what we will do without him, but I recognize that his departure from the airwaves lays down a challenge for all of us.”
Profiled in the Washington Post on Friday, Moyers told the paper’s media reporter Paul Farhi via email there was a conscious decision not to produce a retrospective episode or otherwise make “a big deal” of his retirement. “If my work doesn’t speak for itself after all these years,” Moyers reportedly said as he turned down an offer for an in-depth interview, “I have failed and no amount of interpretation can help.”
Still, Farhi was able to summarize Moyers’ brand of journalism in recent years as being driven by various “passions”—delivered in an “avuncular and Texas-inflicted” style—which focused largely on exploring the political and cultural battles surrounding “the corrupting influence of money in politics… the environment and civil rights… [and] against growing economic inequality.”
In the final episode, titled The Children’s Climate Crusade, Moyers spends most of his half-hour in conversation with law professor Mary Christina Wood—an author and founder of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law program at the University of Oregon—talking about a series of lawsuits brought by young people who charge that government officials are betraying future generations by not aggressively addressing the threat of global warming and climate change.
Though he consciously refused to make the final M&C episode about himself, it was hard to mistake Moyers’ final remarks as anything other than a parting—if not final—missive to his many viewers about the foundational importance of democratic principles and the necessary struggle that defending such principles demands.
“Democracy,” he says during the show’s final minutes, “is a public trust – a reciprocal agreement between generations to keep it in good repair and pass it along. Our country’s DNA carries an inherent promise for every citizen of an equal opportunity at life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Our history resonates with the hallowed idea – hallowed by blood – of government of, by, and for the people. Our great progressive struggles have been waged to make sure ordinary citizens, and not just the rich and privileged, share in the benefits of a free society. In the words of Louis Brandeis, one of the greatest of our Supreme Court justices, ‘We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.'”
And finally, signing-off on this televised chapter of life, Moyers concludes:
So as the next generation steps forward, I am tempted to think that the only thing my generation can say to them is: we’re sorry. Sorry for the mess you’re inheriting. Sorry we broke the trust. But I know in my heart that’s not what they ask or expect. So instead I recommend to them the example of Senator Robert La Follette of Wisconsin, another of my heroes from the past. He battled the excesses of the first Gilded Age a century ago so boldly and proudly that he went down in history as “Fighting Bob.” He told us, “…democracy is a life; and involves continual struggle.” I keep asking myself, what if that struggle is the palpable reality without which this world would be truly barren?
So to this new generation I say: over to you, welcome to the fight.
And to all of you who have been loyal to these broadcasts, and to my colleagues who produced them and our funders who kept on giving despite my foibles and flaws, I say: thank you. This series ends, but not our website — BillMoyers.com. I’ll see you there, and I’ll see you around.
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