PHILADELPHIA — The air outside this factory in Northeast Philadelphia once smelled of cookies.
But the aroma, along with the 350 workers who for decades made Oreos and Ritz crackers disappeared last year when snack food giant Mondelez decided to close the plant and shift production elsewhere.
“It’s terrible, we have so many companies shutting down,” Art Millevoi said.
Across the street from the now abandoned factory, the owner of Millevoi Auto Sales and Service recalls how friends have lost work in recent years.
“We see so many people unemployed, so many older people, too, in their fifties who have lost their jobs,” said Millevoi. “They are on their third or fourth job, where our parents would have it for life and they would have pension and they would have social security. We are not guaranteed any of this.” Read More
On 13 October 1970, the Gay Liberation Front was founded in Britain. It proved to be a defining, watershed moment in UK queer history; changing forever lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) consciousness.
I was lucky to be a part of GLF – a glorious mix of anarchists, hippies, left-wingers, feminists, liberals and counter-culturalists. Despite our differences, we shared a radical idealism – a dream of what the world could and should be – free from not just homophobia but the whole sex-shame culture, which oppressed straights as much as LGBTs. We were sexual liberationists and social revolutionaries, out to turn the world upside down. Read More
By Nathan James
From The Floor Of The Democratic National Convention
To thundering cheers and a standing ovation, Hillary Rodham Clinton was nominated as the Democratic Party’s candidate for President, making her the first, historic, woman to be nominated for the chief executive post by a major political party.
“I move that votes of the delegates be recorded, the rules be suspended, and Hillary Clinton be nominated for President of the United States,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders, in a floor motion that brought the delegates to their feet. The motion quickly passed, and Clinton acceded to become the party’s official candidate.
The roll call vote began with tumultuous demonstrations from Sanders’ delegates and supporters, who staged vocal protests inside and outside the Wells Fargo Arena as the DNCC secretary read off the roll. Read More
The NBA basketball league will move its 2017 All-Star game from North Carolina in protest about a state law that it says discriminates against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.House Bill 2, or HB2, invalidated several local anti-discrimination measures that protected LGBT people.
The relocation is one of a number of high-profile consequences of the bill, including musicians cancelling gigs.
The NBA said a new location would be announced in the coming weeks. The league said in a statement: “While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2.” Read More
Over the past few decades, Republicans and Democrats have become more and more sharply divided – not just ideologically, but also geographically. Democrats tend to do best in the nation’s urban areas, while Republicans find their strongest support in more rural areas.
Now, a new Pew Research Center analysis of county-level presidential-voting data quantifies just how dominant Democrats are in big cities – and analysts say this dominance will present a tough challenge to Donald Trump this November.
In 2008 Barack Obama won 88 of the 100 most populous counties; in his re-election bid four years later he won 86. Read More
San Francisco – GLAAD, the world’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, today announced that it will honor Salesforce Chairman & CEO Marc Benioff at GLAAD Gala San Francisco at City View at Metreon on September 8, 2016.
Benioff will receive the Ric Weiland Award, which honors innovators who advance LGBT equality and acceptance through tech and new media. Read More
I am always worried to the point of nail-biting when my spouse leaves in the morning for Boston Medical Center if she’ll return home to me, because she’s always stopped by the Cambridge or Boston police.
They don’t see Dr. Thea James. Her gender non-conforming appearance and driving a brand new BMW, that many cops derisively dub as a “Black Man’s Wagon, ” makes her a constant target of suspicion. When gender identity and sexual orientation come into play, the treatment by police can be harsher. And when the police realized my spouse is a woman, and a lesbian one at that, their unbridled homophobia surfaces. Read More
National Basketball Association stars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James opened up ESPN’s 2016 Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly (ESPY) Awards ceremony with what many have called a powerful statement and commitment, to add their voices to this country’s racial tension, caused by American injustice.
The recent shootings of two Black men, Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castillo in Minnesota by police, and the sniper attack by a Black man against White Dallas police; all in the same week, prompted these NBA stars to say something. Read More
By Nathan James
The NYPD will be displaying its support for the LGBT community this weekend, with a patrol SUV decked out in a special rainbow color scheme which commemorates LGBT Pride and honors the victims of the Pulse massacre in Orlando, Florida two weeks ago.
The late-model Ford Explorer was repainted into the new design by the department’s Fleet Services Division (FSD), which maintains and operates the NYPD’s roughly 6,000 cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles, including an armored personnel carrier and heavy rescue engines. Read More