Cage Birds: There is No Such Animal

By Kathy Guillermo

If you stayed at certain hotels this summer, particularly in Hawaii and Florida, you may have seen large parrots or other exotic birds, caged or on a perch, “decorating” the lobby. The colorful feathers of these birds captivate us with their graceful beauty. Next time you see

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About Recessions And Other Such Imaginary Things

Life is interesting out here near the end of the world. We don't have TV. Some of us don't even listen to the radio much! Or go on the Internet, other than to see how wrong the weather is this time!

We just work and play away each day trying to get everything done

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HRC Urges FBI To Assist In The Investigation And Prosecution Of Colorado Hate Crime

The Human Rights Campaign in a letter on August 10th urged the FBI to open an investigation into the murder of Fred Martinez Jr. in Cortez, Colorado, as a hate crime based on race and/or sexual orientation.

“We hope the FBI can step up and do everything in its power to ensure

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HRC Responds To Alarming Eruption Of Recent Anti-Gay Hate Violence

On August 3rd, The Human Rights Campaign called on Congress and the Bush administration to use their bully pulpits to condemn recent outbreaks of alleged anti-gay hate violence across the nation.

“To remain disengaged in the face of these violent tragedies sends the wrong message and allows dangerous hate mongers to grossly misinterpret this

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HRC Urges Alaska To Amend Hate Crimes Law To Include Sexual Orientation

The Human Rights Campaign recently urged the Alaska Governor’s Commission on Tolerance to support amending the state’s hate crimes law to include sexual orientation, in response to the murder of David Blare, an openly gay Alaska Native. His body was found in Ketchikan, a town in the southeastern part of the state.

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Magazines Keep Illegal Cockfighting Alive

As the animal protection movement continues to push for passage of the federal anti-cockfighting bills (S. 345 and H.R. 1155), attention is also focusing on the national magazines that promote cockfighting and serve as the glue that holds the industry together. The Gamecock, The Feathered Warrior, and Grit and Steel not only advertise the

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Senate Passes Humane Slaughter Resolution

On Tuesday (07/31) the U.S. Senate also took steps to halt inhumane practices in the nation’s slaughterhouses by unanimously passing The Humane Slaughter Resolution, introduced earlier in the year by Sen. Peter Fitzgerald (D-IL).

The Resolution calls upon the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to fully enforce The Humane Slaughter

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Help Stop Oregon’s Cougar Killing “Study.”

The State of Oregon is proceeding with a plan to conduct a study that would kill up to 32 mountain lions in two study areas to determine if reducing mountain lions would affect declining elk populations. This is despite an overwhelming number of public comments against such an outrageous proposal. This so-called study is

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Education-The Surest Route to the Economic Mainstream

There was plenty of discussion at the National Urban League’s just-concluded annual conference in the nation’s capitol. We had such guests as President Bush, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Education Secretary Rod Paige, Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao, Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, of the District of Columbia, and Representative Charles B. Rangel, of New York—and

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The Durban Conference: Will America be Missing in Action?

As the World Conference against racism, xenophobia, and related intolerance, scheduled to convene August 31 to September 7 in Durban, South Africa, nears, the criticism of it in some quarters grows more and more intense.

Put broadly, the purpose of the conference, approved by a United Nations resolution in 1997, is to examine

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