Demonstrators to rally for nuclear abolition

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 20 April 2015 13:13

Thousands of protesters are set to gather in New York City this week to demand a nuclear-free world in advance of the five-year Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference.

Activists, scholars and students with anti-nuclear, peace and environmental justice movements will call on the NPT Review Conference meeting at the United Nations to mandate the commencement of “good faith negotiations” for the complete elimination of the world’s nuclear arsenals, as required by the treaty.

Vatican unexpectedly ends crackdown against U.S. nuns

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 17 April 2015 05:59

The Vatican has unexpectedly ended its controversial overhaul of the main umbrella group of U.S. nuns, cementing a shift in tone and treatment of the U.S. sisters under the social justice-minded Pope Francis.

The Vatican said on April 16 it had accepted a final report on its investigation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and declared the "implementation of the mandate has been accomplished" nearly two years ahead of schedule. The umbrella group for women's religious orders had been accused of straying from church teaching.

Tennessee House votes to make Bible official state book

Written by From AP
and WiG reports
Thursday, 16 April 2015 05:37

The Tennessee state House ignored serious constitutional concerns - and the wishes of Republican leaders in the Statehouse- in voting to make the holy Bible the official state book.

The chamber approved the measure 55-38 on Wednesday. It is sponsored by Republican Rep. Jerry Sexton, a former pastor, who argued that his proposal reflects the Bible's historical, cultural and economic impact in Tennessee.

The morning digest: In the news
April 14, 2015

Written by The AP Tuesday, 14 April 2015 04:17


The big rallies can wait for now as the presidential hopeful opts for a small-town gathering with Iowans reminiscent of her Senate "listening tour."

Senator backs campaign to put female face on $20

Written by The AP Monday, 20 April 2015 08:27

The first woman to serve as both governor and U.S. senator is backing a campaign to put a female face on the $20 bill.

Pot legalization advocates propose banning alcohol sales

Written by DAVE GRAM,
AP writer
Friday, 17 April 2015 05:32

Frustrated by a lack of action on marijuana legalization, two Vermont lawmakers are trying a new tack: No pot, no booze.

Progressive Rep. Chris Pearson and Democratic Rep. Jean O’Sullivan, both from Burlington, held a news conference earlier this week to announce they had filed legislation to ban the sale of alcohol in Vermont.

College shooting possible hate crime, victim was gay

Written by The AP Wednesday, 15 April 2015 06:25

A former community college student dismissed from a work-study program for too many absences is accused of fatally shooting his former supervisor, who was gay, and police are investigating the campus slaying as a possible hate crime.

Kenneth Morgan Stancil III, 20, was arrested without incident early on April 14 while sleeping on a Florida beach, about 500 miles from Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Stancil made his first court appearance later in the day, saying in a profanity-laced and unsubstantiated tirade that the man he killed had molested a relative.

Clinton to announce presidential campaign on April 12

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Friday, 10 April 2015 10:14

A poster from the Ready for Hillary effort.

Hillary Rodham Clinton will end months of speculation about her political future and launch her long-awaited 2016 presidential campaign on April 12.

Musicians unite for album promoting LGBT equality in Indiana

The Indianapolis Star
Monday, 20 April 2015 08:06

Dozens of musical acts, from Indiana and across North America, are contributing songs to a compilation album to raise funds for groups that promote LGBT equality in Indiana.

Indianapolis-based Joyful Noise Recordings is issuing “50 Bands & a Cat for Indiana Equality,” a project inspired by the state’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Low-wage earners demonstrate in 'Fight for $15'

Written by From AP
and WiG reports
Thursday, 16 April 2015 05:56

The Fight for $15 campaign to win higher pay and a union for fast-food workers is expanding to represent a variety of low-wage workers and become more of a social justice movement.

In New York City on April 15, more than 100 chanting protesters gathered outside a McDonald's around noon, prompting the store to lock its doors to prevent the crowd from streaming in.

Two recent shootings involving white law enforcement officers who killed black men — one in South Carolina and one in Oklahoma — have re-ignited the debate over the use of deadly force and race relations in the U.S.

Here is a look at those cases.

Amid spate of fraternity investigations, feds indict Georgia man for noose at Ole Miss

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 10 April 2015 03:40

The federal government indicted a Georgia man on one count of conspiracy to violate civil rights and one count of using a threat of force to intimidate African-American students at the University of Mississippi.

Graeme Phillip Harris was enrolled in classes on the Jackson, Mississippi, campus in February 2014, when the noose and a flag bearing the Confederate battle emblem were found on a statue honoring James Meredith, the student who integrated the school in 1962.