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Journalist tells Ed Schultz NYC fast-food strikes ‘scared the heck out of the bosses’

A reporter who covered Thursday’s protests by fast-food workers in New York City told MSNBC’s Ed Schultz the demonstrations had a clear effect on local chain restaurants. “I think it scared the heck out of the bosses,” said Sarah Jaffe, who wrote about the Fast Food Forward campaign for The…

Fast-food workers protest for a living wage in New York City

Workers from a number of fast food chains around New York City held walkouts and demonstrations calling for a living wage Thursday morning. According to The Atlantic, the protests, part of the Fast Food Forward campaign, were organized by groups like New York Communities for Change (NYCC), Service Employees International…

Gay Christian Network founder: Ex-gay therapy is spiritual abuse

Justin Lee, founder of the Gay Christian Network, said Tuesday he was convinced that so-called ex-gay or reparative therapy didn’t work and was often harmful. Lee was ostracized from his church when he admitted he was gay. After his attempts to transform himself into a heterosexual man failed, he later…

Morgan Freeman narrates new LGBT equality advertisement

Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman narrates a new video advertisement that declares LGBT individuals in the United States are “at the dawn of a new day.” “Freedom, justice and human dignity have always guided our journey toward a more perfect union,” Freeman says in the 30-second ad, which was released on…

Anti-consumerist ‘Reverend’: Black Friday boosts global warming

In an interview with MSNBC host Alex Witt, Reverend Billy Talen of the Church of Stop Shopping linked the journey of millions to storefronts on Black Friday to the global warming that ultimately fueled Superstorm Sandy. “We have a 1,000-mile hurricane, Sandy, that — you know, you’ve been talking about…

Fox News guest: ‘We do want to destroy the imaginations of our children’

In a bizarre interview aired Friday morning, “Fox & Friends” apparently got punked by an author who declared that society absolutely has every reason to “destroy the imaginations of our children.” It’s not quite clear why Anthony Esolen, author of the book “Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your…

Volunteers serve thousands of Thanksgiving meals to Hurricane Sandy victims

Volunteers from all over the United States flocked to New Jersey on Thursday and made it their mission to pass out free Thanksgiving meals to as many people as possible. “You’re family from the word ‘Go.’ There’s kids here from Michigan, Virginia, all over the United States, to help us,”…

Afghan midwives fight for progress but fear the worst

In spite of the 12 years the U.S. has spent nation-building in Afghanistan and the billions of dollars that have been poured into the country, it remains one of the most dangerous places for women to give birth in the world. A rising midwifery movement is making strides toward lessening…

Updated: Watch Black Friday strikes at various Walmart stores

This post will be updated periodically with new information, live videos and recorded videos throughout the day. The video below features a worker protest in Lakewood, Colorado, published by The Associated Press on Friday, November 23, 2012. The video below features a worker protest in Dearborn, Michigan, published by The…

CNN’s Costello pushes Walmart VP on labor practices

Faced with a more challenging interview than he might be used to, a Walmart spokesperson defended the company’s wage and labor practices to CNN host Carol Costello on Tuesday. “Our average rate is about $12.40 an hour far a full time associate,” said the company’s vice president of communications, David…

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