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Florida Democrats are shutting down the House in an attempt to temporarily block an abortion bill similar to Oklahoma’s most recent legislation that would require women seeking abortion to undergo ultrasounds.
Rumor has it that Dan Choi, one of the leading LGBT activists in the movement to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, is going to shake things up at John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University today. His speech is being livestreamed here at 6pm.
How ’bout that: New study says that people who support punitive criminal justice policy also tend to hold racist beliefs.
National Institute for Reproductive Health’s Mary Alice Carr has an op-ed at CNN.com about Oklahoma’s new law allowing doctors to lie to patients about their pregnancy.

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3 Comments

  1. Dena
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    I’m so glad Dan Choi is raising awareness about the restrictiveness about DADT. He’s really shaking things up. Awesome!
    And why does it not surprise me that those who support punitive criminal justice policies hold racist beliefs? I recently helped a Professor this semester with racism within the criminal justice system and the prison industrial complex–we basically found the same results. Crazy.

  2. Jack
    Posted April 30, 2010 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    And why does it not surprise me that those who support punitive criminal justice policies hold racist beliefs?
    Tend to hold racist beliefs. Not universally. Taking this study and using it as justification to say, “You only believe in the punitive model of criminal justice because you are a racist,” is not going to score you any logic points.
    I would like to see if the numbers on racism change if you were to interview only victims of violent crime, though. Or in regards to only specific types of crime. I would imagine that people would be more inclined to support the punitive model in regards to things like rape or assault rather than crimes like drugs and theft.

  3. Dena
    Posted May 3, 2010 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Ahh. True. My mistake–slight typo. I imagine that people are more inclined to hold racist beliefs for drugs and thefts. But I see where you’re coming from.

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