Episode #11

Utah? Gay marriage in Utah?

A joy-tacular story about David and Goliath winning the right to marry each other.
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The story of Utah's same-sex marriage movement starts with chutzpah and ends with a ridiculously, touchingly exuberant series of victory celebrations. You might get halfway through before you mist up, but don't count on it. Telling the story are Mark Lawrence, the man behind the lawsuit that struck down Utah's vicious anti-equality constitutional amendment, and his friend Troy Williams, an activist who more than earns his unofficial title as "the gay mayor of Salt Lake City." Plus, a delightful non-war with Iran and a win-tastic Win Report guest-hosted by the New Organizing Institute's Bridget Todd.

Originally posted on February 5, 2014

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  • After strikes by low-wage workers at the Pentagon and months of organizing by Good Jobs Nation, President Barack Obama is issuing an executive order that would increase minimum wage for future federal contractors to $10.10.

    • Read the Demos report that unveiled federal workers’ low wages and lack of benefits here. The report, published in 2013, specifically called for the president to issue an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors.

    • Watch Obama’s announcement of the executive order, delivered at the 2014 State of the Union address, here (starting at about 34:00).

  • Thousands of environmental activists took to the streets after the long-awaited U.S. State Department environmental impact report on Keystone XL claims the pipeline wouldn’t substantially worsen carbon pollution.

    • The pressure is now on Obama on whether to approve the pipeline, which would carry 830,000 barrels of corrosive tar sands oil per day, from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

    • Across the U.S., environmental activists held at least 300 vigils protesting the pipeline. See photos from the vigils here.

  • Behind closed doors, Louisiana’s health department is finalizing medically unnecessary rules that could close all of the state’s five abortion clinics.

    • Ellie Schilling, an attorney representing the state’s clinics, told the Nation: “What it amounts to is a back-door abortion ban. The public definitely doesn’t know what’s going on.”

  • Someone tell Louisiana: Abortion rate in the US is at its lowest since Roe v. Wade, thanks to birth control, no thanks to restrictive reproductive laws

  • Bye, abusive stop-and-frisk practices! New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says he is going to drop the city’s appeal on a ruling that called the program unconstitutional.

    • As part of a deal, de Blasio is also pushing to settle two long-standing lawsuits about the stop-and-frisk program, while implementing reforms and appointing an outside monitor, as ordered by Judge Shira A. Scheindlin in August.

    • 9 in 10 people stopped and frisked are innocent of any wrongdoing. The overwhelming majority of those stopped and frisked are blacks and Latin-Americans.

  • Obamacare will cut 2.5 million full-time jobs by 2024.
    • Don’t listen to the Republicans! This is good news. The law is helping Americans leave jobs they hate, but had to keep because they need the health insurance. 

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