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Tracie McMillan's The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table takes us on a vivid and poignant tour of a place we don't really want to go: the mostly hidden, sometimes horrible world of the workers who form the backbone of our cheap, industrialized food chain. Sound grim? It is, at times, but McMillan's lively narrative and evident empathy for the people she encounters make her sojourn into the bowels of Big Food and Big Ag a pleasure to read. Read more
In the final scheduled GOP debate,
the rivals looked out of steam & out of sorts,
running out of time (and out of money)
to get out their word & break out of the pack.
Railing against the pill and marriage equality,
the candidates were out of the mainstream,
& as they focused on hard-right wedge issues,
they just seemed increasingly out of touch.
When Mitt & Rick dueled about Arlen Specter,
we knew they'd run out of worthwhile topics.
Newt was practically sitting out-of-sight
…while they're all a little out-of-mind.
Out of time, out of topics, out of touch --
you'd say they're "out," but that'd be an insult
to the gay and lesbian community everywhere. Read more
Right-wingers call themselves "pro-life," but what's life-affirming about fighting against affordable clinics & family planning support?
The religious radicals say they want fewer abortions but crusade against all contraception, an effective way to reduce unwanted pregnancies.
They pray for American's physical & spiritual health while chipping away at healthcare options that are comprehensive, accessible & vital.
Since when did calling yourself "pro-life" put you so firmly on the side of anti-health?
It's the GOP candidates whose health and lives are both going to suffer as they follow extremists out of the mainstream, out of reality...and out of a job.
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Won't you be our liberal Valentine? We sent this love letter to our members across the country and around the world today. Enjoy!
On this Valentine's Day, Living Liberally wants to make sure your bleeding-hearts feel a little left-leaning love.
You usually hear from your local hosts, but we at Liberally Headquarters wanted to share five stories we love about liberals from the Drinking Liberally happy hours and across Living Liberally universe: Read more
Though our Drinking Liberally members don't always know each other personally, they do know they are part of the same larger Liberal community.
We were reminded of that when we saw this video that the Des Moines Drinking Liberally group recorded and shared with Liberally groups throughout Washington State -- congratulating them on passing marriage equality.
As one of the Iowans notes, Washington is "finally as gay as Iowa."
Share with us your stories of how your Liberally chapter has helped your community, or what you love about being a member of Living Liberally.
The theory of change behind Living Liberally is that you can sometimes connect to people through culture in ways you can't simply through argument.
Look to Idaho Falls -- a chapter in one of the nation's reddest states -- for proof of that.
Idaho Falls sponsored a Screening Liberally event in December with the local Occupy group: “Inside Job” was shown with a panel discussion afterwards. Two GOP State Representatives attended, and one of them -- Rep. Janice McGeachin -- voted this week against an anti-Occupy bill in committee. In her statement, she mentioned the movie as her reason for doing so. Read more
In December, we announced our partnership with the Candidate Project, an effort to urge progressives to run for office and to help them run better campaigns. Their "2,012 for 2012" campaign is working with MoveOn, Rebuild The Dream, Color of Change, Democracy for America, CREDO and other partners to field a movement of liberals to run for local office all over the country. Read more
Who says liberals are lonely?
Recently two members of the Los Angeles chapter of Drinking Liberally tied the knot. Holly and Ravi met at DL -- proving that we do build lasting relationships when we share politics and share an evening together.
You might not think to call LA the "City of Love," but hey must be putting something in the beer at the chapter in Santa Monica. This is the second marriage to come from the group. Chapter hosts Mary and David became co-hosts in Living Liberally and in living together after meeting at the group. Read more
Clint Eastwood spoke of half-time in America
driving some conservatives half-mad at this icon
since they half-hoped Obama would let Detroit fail.
Republican voters' half-hearted support for Romney
means this primary isn't even half-over
as half-crazed right-wingers deliver half the delegates
to anyone else they can halfway tolerate.
And more Americans find half-time & full-time work
but we're still only seeing half-measures from DC
as the Tea Party's half-baked ideas fully stall Congress.
While Clint tells us it's half-time in America.
on the Right, it's half-hearted, half-crazed & half-baked. Read more
Another brutal primary with more shadowy money,
more vicious attacks from more unaccountable allies,
and a rich guy outspending another rich guy wins again. Read more
The President calls for a fairer tax system
while a GOP multi-millionaire candidate
pays a low tax rate, says $350k "isn't very much" Read more
Tonight, as the President takes to the podium in the Capitol, members of Drinking Liberally take to bars across America. Read more
The GOP rivals play proud patriotic eagles
but attack working families, insult the less fortunate
& use code, condescension & coercion to divide America, Read more
Is the GOP Possessed or Just Occupied? Read more