Eleanor Bader, Truthout: In spite of the continuing onslaught against reproductive justice and women’s equality, legislators in 17 states introduced 64 measures to expand reproductive options during the first quarter of 2014, the largest such number in 25 years.
Samantha Sarra, Truthout: Our children’s futures demand that we work against the political economies and patriarchal violence that are the root causes of women’s incarceration. Mother’s Day needs to become a call to arms against the continued oppression and trauma of incarceration experienced by both mothers and children.
Mark Engler and Paul Engler, Waging Nonviolence: Sociologist Frances Fox Piven says every once in a while there are outbreaks of mass protest, periods of peak activity when the accepted rules of political affairs seem to be suspended. These are extraordinary moments when ordinary people “rise up in anger and hope, defy the rules that ordinarily govern their lives, and, by doing so, disrupt the workings of the institutions in which they are enmeshed.”
Robin Marty, Care2: Those uncomfortable with the separation of church and state are fighting for the right to convert the country to the Biblical theocracy that they envision our founding fathers wanted.
Becky Sweger, National Priorities Project: From the perspective of the government, tax breaks are no different from any other kind of government spending. Last year, tax breaks equaled the entire discretionary US spending budget.
Ernest A. Canning, The Brad Blog: This week’s federal court decision to strike down Wisconsin’s polling place photo ID law has national significance and does not bode well for Republicans who have been attempting to advance such electoral schemes in recent years.
Inés Benítez, Inter Press Service: Until recently it was inconceivable for small groups of organized citizens in fully electrified industrialized countries like Spain to generate their own power from clean sources of energy. But now anyone can be a co-owner of community projects that promote renewable energy.
Sarah Anderson, OtherWords: High-frequency traders, relying on computers programmed to make trades at speeds measured in the millionths of seconds, accelerated a stock freefall by withdrawing from the market en masse. Four years after they caused the “Flash Crash,” those speed demons still rule our financial markets.
Crystal Shepeard, Care2: Since the Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that the Second Amendment includes the right to bear arms in self defense, guns rights advocates, led by the NRA, have challenged laws that have put restrictions on carrying guns in public.
Lesley Clark, McClatchy DC: The White House is finally on the solar grid, in response to prodding by environmentalists and nearly four years after then-Energy Secretary Steven Chu pledged that solar panels and a solar water heater would be installed on the historic building’s roof.
The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return Monday, May 12.
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