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MARCH 2014



CELEBRATE Women's Day on March 8th and March as Women's History month by posting a few of these wonderful items in your neighborhood. Every day, women are harassed in the street simply for being women. In other words: Every time we step out the house, we run the risk of being shouted at, catcalled, or assaulted — usually in broad daylight. Brooklyn-based artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh wanted to take women's voices and faces and plaster them big and bold in the very same places where this takes place. She's using street art to address gender-based street harassment by taking a place where women feel uncomfortable and turning it into a place where we cannot be ignored. Check out Tatyana Fazlalizadeh's work. Also: Femme Fierce, the largest all-women street art event in the UK, showcased here.



Comcast wants to buy Time Warner Cable. If approved, this outrageous deal would create a television and Internet colossus like no other. Comcast is the country's number 1 cable and Internet company and Time Warner Cable is number 2. Put them together and you get one giant controlling a massive share of our nation’s TV and Internet-access markets. No one woke up this morning wishing their cable company was bigger or had more control over what they watch and how they get online. But that's the reality we'll face unless the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission do their jobs and block this merger. Stopping this kind of deal is exactly why we have antitrust laws. This merger would put more than a third of all cable-TV subscribers in Comcast's hands and give it control over more than half of the "triple-play" services that combine TV, phone and Internet service. Don’t forget, Comcast already owns NBC, MSNBC, Universal Studios and tons of cable networks. That means that for most of America, Comcast could control even more of what you see and how you see it. Putting this much power in the hands of one company is dangerous. This deal would lead to less consumer choice, less diversity and much higher cable bills. This is a fight we can win. Please join Media Watch and TELL the FCC and the DoJ to stop this merger. YOUR VOICE MATTERS . .



Florida's State Attorney Angela Corey is having a very bad year. Her office has flubbed two high-profile murder trials and now the state's attorney announced they aim to increase Alexander's sentence to 60 years if they win a conviction at her second trial. In her original trial, Alexander was convicted on three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, but the judge decided she should serve the three counts concurrently, meaning she would be in prison for only 20 years instead of 60 years. Alexander fired a warning shot during a dispute with her estranged husband, Rico Gray, who she says threatened to kill her that day. Alexander was not permitted to use the Florida's now infamous "Stand Your Ground" defense, and was originally convicted of three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. There are three high-profile cases in the state of Florida where a legal firearm was discharged by someone who later claimed self defense. Two of those cases, George Zimmerman and Michael Dunn, who both shot and killed unarmed black teens, resulted in acquittals on murder charges. The third is the case of Marissa Alexander, who is awaiting a retrial now with the new threat of 60 years hanging over her head.   Read Zerlina Maxwell's article.



It's hard to change the world when you can't leave your house. It's tough to get an education when you're afraid of being laughed at and humiliated. And the world is a challenging enough place for girls and women every single day without the consistent additional burden, every month, of managing menstruation. Muruganantham, a school dropout from a poor family in southern India has revolutionised menstrual health for rural women in developing countries by inventing a simple machine they can use to make cheap sanitary pads. Arunachalam Muruganantham's invention came at great personal cost - he nearly lost his family, his money and his place in society. But he kept his sense of humour. He believes that big business is parasitic, like a mosquito, whereas he prefers the lighter touch, like that of a butterfly. "A butterfly can suck honey from the flower without damaging it," he says. Read full article.



Jeff Cohen: PBS show "Pension Peril", funded by a billionaire with interest in shaping public pension policy, follows a trend of public broadcasters growing increasingly dependent on corporate. Watch a great clip from REAL NEWS on youtube and this comment from wonderwoman: I used to like Frontline, until I realized that they were helping to reinforce pro-war sentiments in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, when they aired a program about Saddam (it may have been a rerun). Airing the program helped to strengthen the viewing public's perception that Saddam was so evil he had to be removed with American intervention. Now, one has to sit through ads that precede and follow the programs. Many ads are for big oil companies, I've noticed. There are only a few programs worth watching on PBS, anymore. Link TV is better, if you can afford to get satellite TV. REAL NEWS CLIP and comments



If you ever wonder about this, please read this study which looked at 150 countries and how the legal status of prostitution affects the incidence of human trafficking inflows to countries. According to a recent Swedish report on Men and Equality, "Anti-prostitution work needs to focus even more on men's role." Sweden was the first country in the world in 1999 to make it illegal to pay for sex but legal to work as a prostitute. Studies carried out on men who have sought help to alter their sexual behaviour show, according to the report, that "a large proportion" of them "have problems with destructive or compulsive sexuality". Despite thousands of fines -- up to 7,500 kronor ($1,164) in some cases -- no one has been imprisoned for the crime as provided for under the law. This might change according to Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt who is calling for the enforcement of prison sentences. Swedish Report. This is a great diagram/educational tool that explains the percentage of voluntary prostitution. Also check out: H.E.A.T. Watch Radio. It brings you experts who share insights and highlight unique efforts to combat slavery in our communities. HEAT WATCH radio.



The original Barbie was modeled after a doll that started life as a German sex toy named Lilli, who was sold in bars and Adult sex shops. Girls don't need to play at being sexually desired. Ten years of research confirms they need less of this. What exactly was Mattel trying to claim by placing Barbie on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue; while using #unapologetic? Are they proud to be part of SI's unabashed annual foray into pornography for men? Why would Girl Scouts USA partner with Mattel to promote the Barbie brand to young Scouts? Barbie is now featured prominently in the “For Girls” section of the GSUSA's website. A web game produced by the Girl Scouts and Mattel is little more than an interactive advert. And Daisies and Brownies, the youngest Scouts, are encouraged to wear a Barbie patch, transforming their previously commercial-free uniforms into walking advertisements. Please join CCFC, the Center for a New American Dream and Media Watch in urging the Girl Scouts to end this harmful partnership with Barbie. We have enormous respect for the Girl Scouts, which is why we asked them privately to end the partnership with Mattel. But our efforts were fruitless -- so now we need your help. Please visit to urge GSUSA to cut all ties with Barbie. ALSO Check out Lammily who reflects an actual female body versus Barbie.

And MEDIA WATCH's One Billion Rising Santa Cruz is now on Youtube!


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