1. ALEC Drops Push for Voter ID, Stand Your Ground Laws After Outcry Sparks Corporate Exodus


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    DemocracyNow.org - After a massive corporate exodus prompted by growing scrutiny of its activities, the secretive right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has announced it will stop pushing so-called Stand Your Ground and voter ID laws. We speak with Lisa Graves of the Center for Media and Democracy, which built "ALEC Exposed," a website showcasing more than 800 model bills the group has pushed in states nationwide. We're also joined by Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org, which has criticized corporations for working with ALEC to pass laws that hurt people of color, young people and the elderly. To watch the complete independent, weekday news hour, read the transcript and download the podcast, please visit http://www.democracynow.org. FOLLOW DEMOCRACY NOW! ONLINE: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/democracynow Twitter: @democracynow Subscribe on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/democracynow Listen on SoundCloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/democracy-now Daily Email News Digest: http://www.democracynow.org/subscribe Please consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now! today, visit http://www.democracynow.org/donate/VM

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    • ALEC's Stand Your Ground and Zimmerman's Criminal Record.


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      The secretive right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has used its network of money and influence to push for more pro-gun state laws like Florida’s "Stand Your Ground" law, which initially helped shield George Zimmerman from prosecution for the Trayvon Martin killing and was later used in the jury instructions at his trial. We discuss ALEC and the "Stand Your Ground" laws with Lisa Graves, executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy, and publisher of PRWatch.org and ALECExposed.org. She formerly served as deputy assistant attorney general in the Clinton administration’s Department of Justice, where she handled national gun policy. "Even though it’s popular wisdom to say 'Stand Your Ground' was not an issue in this case, in fact it was," Graves says. "The exact instruction to the jury was that Zimmerman had no duty to retreat and had a right to stand his ground and meet force with force — including deadly force. Those jury instructions incorporate the Stand Your Ground law." Graves adds that the Stand Your Ground law could now threaten efforts by Martin’s family to pursue a civil lawsuit against Zimmerman: "[The law] says the family of a shooting victim must pay the shooter’s legal fees and lost wages if the judge in a civil case grants that George Zimmerman had immunity because he had a right to stand his ground and that he was in essence justified in the killing. Basically the NRA and ALEC put their thumb on the scale of justice in favor of the shooter."

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      • aloha point harrassment


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        Ahhhh... the bay....... With a sick right hander in it called, ALOHA POINT.

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        • American Matthew - Full [HD]


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          This video is about 'The Other Side of Patriotism,' an original piece by Matthew Nelson depicting the miscarriages of justice against unarmed Black men whose lives have been ended or altered by gun violence of police and citizens at-large.

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          • American Matthew - Trailer (2014)


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            Matthew Nelson, artist and Activist Millennial, commemorated the lives of Black and Latino men unjustly shot and/or killed by police and at large citizens. In this forthcoming short, Matt discusses his life, his art, and the racial realities of American patriotism.

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            • A Message From Trayvon Martin's Mother Sybrina Fulton For Mother's Day


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              Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's mom, released a video asking parents nationwide to support the Second Chance campaign, a new national campaign working to reform, repeal and prevent passage of new Florida-style "Shoot First" laws around the country. The Second Chance campaign launched after Martin's death with the NAACP, the National Urban League, the National Action Network, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, VoteVets and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to oppose reckless Shoot First laws that are on the books of 26 states and pending in 10 more.

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              • "Anyone's Son" --Poem for the Family of Trayvon Martin


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                Poem written by Tara Skurtu for the family of Trayvon Martin. To see it on the page: http://taraskurtu.com/trayvon_martin/

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                • Boston City Councilors on "Stand Your Ground"


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                  Boston City Councilors Felix Arroyo and Tito Jackson talk about the Trayvon Martin case and resolution they filed expressing opposition to a proposed "Stand Your Ground" law in Massachusetts. Interview on BNN News. Aired April 6, 2012.

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                  • Concealed Carry Control


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                    It's very hard to write about this cartoon without first issuing a spoiler alert. If you want the full experience of the cartoon, stop reading now and watch the cartoon. Strangely enough, I had started writing this cartoon before the Washington Navy Yard killings. After reading about the current state of gun control, and after being deluged with news about controlling Assad's chemical weapons, I just had to make the comparison.

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                    • Demo Reel


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                      3 minute dramatic demo reel with clips from Stand Your Ground, Necessary Roughness, Breaking, Pinky Promise, Family Law, True Tale Monsters

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