Payday lenders and the Colorado economy as a whole felt the pain when Colorado HB 10-1351 passed, in accordance with state Rep. Larry Liston. In response to the controversial legislation, Colorado legislators have introduced HB 11-1290, which would fill the gap created when payday loans were banned by requiring a full payment of origination fees up front, instead of allowing for a pro-rated amount should the customer pay off their short term installment loan early. Source of article - Colorado short term installment loans bill HB 11-1290 up for debate by MoneyBlogNewz.
This week, the Colorado House Bill 11-1290 might get to committee
Introduced Friday on the floor of the legislature, Colorado House Bill 11-1290 might be debated as early as this week, reports the Colorado Statesman. The short term installment loans origination fee of $20 per $100 loaned for the first $300 and $15 per $100 loaned for the next $200 up to a maximum of $500 loaned nets loan companies up to $75. Colorado law allowed a monthly maintenance fee of $7.50 a month for every $100 lent and a finance charge of 45 percent.
As two-week pay day loans cannot any longer be offered in Colorado, loan companies argue that being able to charge a full origination fee as HB 11-1290 stipulates is necessary for survival.
HB 11-1290 sponsors predominantly voted against HB 10-1351
The House had 10 co-sponsors sustaining the legislation including Rep. Ed Casso, D-Commerce City, who was for HB 10-1351 and Rep. Sue Schafer, D-Wheat Ridge, who gave a “no” vote to HB 10-1351. Anti-HB-1351 legislators are sponsoring the bill as well including Sen. Louis Tochtrop, D-Adams County, and Sen. Mary Hodge, D-Brighton.
The following is a statement issued by the Denver General Membership Branch of the IWW calling anti-capitalists to converge on the April 4th labor actions in Denver. There will be an anti-capitalist and radical worker's bloc participating in the march beginning at 11:30am at 17th and California as well as a presence at the later rally and vigil.
The uprisings in Europe, then North Africa and the Mideast, and in the United States are not a coincidence. They are, at least in part, a common rebellion against a common enemy that threatens to make working people pay for its plunder and failures: the neo-liberal policies of unregulated capitalism, croney government, and phoney "banking". We believe the best of what workers have spoken so far is not reforming a crippled and crippling capitalist system, but for the working class to step in as replacements for bundling bankers and bungling politicians.
WE HAVE A CHOICE TO MAKE: WE CAN LET OUR MOVEMENT BE CHANNELED TO
WEAK REFORM AND ELECTORAL MEASURES OR WE CAN PUSH ONWARD
NOT JUST FOR WORKERS' RIGHTS IN THE OLD SYSTEM
BUT FOR WORKERS' POWER to control our own work, our wealth, our well being. Early in the last century the newpaper The Messenger, founded by A. Philip Randolph, called for mass strikes and workers' control as "the antidote for capitalist poisons".
AMERICAN ELITE'$ HAVE CLEARY INFECTED OUR U.S. SUPREME COURT IVORY TOWER$ WITH CORRUPTED JUSTICE CLARENCE THOMA$ ~
AMERICA CAN NO LONGER AFFORD THE $LY FOX IN OUR U.S. $UPREME COURT 2 CONTINUE EATING THE GOLDEN GOO$E EGG$..
AMERICA'S U.S.SUPREME COURT ALSO NEEDS TO REPRESENT INTEGRITY 4 JUDGING U.S. LAWS FOR ALL IN USA TO BELIEVE IN JUSTICE CLARENCE THOMA$ ...
BY ALL OBVIOUS APPEARANCES, OUR U.S. SUPREME COURT IS IN DESPERATE NEED OF A MAJOR U.S.CONGRESSIONAL OVERHAUL ! FOR THIS IVORY TOWER JUDICIAL GROUP TO CONTINUE ATTEMPTING TO STAY A RELEVANT LEGITIMATE JUDICIAL BODY ABLE TO RETAIN THE AMERICAN PUBLIC'S CONFIDENCE TRUE REFORM MUST PREVAIL !
WHEN THIS ONCE GREAT LEGAL BODY'S MEMBERS CONTINUE TO LOOK EVERYWHERE ELSE IN ATTEMPTING TO CORRECT JUDICIAL INJUSTICES & REINVENTING OUR COUNTRIES LEGAL LAWS, THEY HAVE APPARENTLY TURNED THEIR HEADS, CLOSED THEIR EYES & EARS IN ALLOWING MAJOR CORRUPTION TO PERMEATE THEIR VERY OWN CHAMBER$ !!!
FORMER PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE OF HIS PAST MISDEEDS AND RESIGNED FROM HIS HIGH OFFICE PRIOR DESTROYING THE IMPORTANT IMAGE THAT OUR PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE MUST MAINTAIN IF WE ARE TO CONTINUE BEING A GREAT COUNTRY...
LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS WILL CONTINUE CALLING ON OUR COUNTRIES IVORY TOWER U.S. SUPREME COURT JUSTICE CLARENCE THOMA$ TO ALSO RETHINK HIS FUTURE YEARS ON THE BENCH AND OUR WONDERFUL COUNTRIES FUTURE IF YOU CONTINUE PUTTING YOU AND YOUR WIFES OWN VE$TED INTEREST$ BEFORE THE HIGHEST COURT IN THE LAND IN WHICH YOU
CONTINUE PRETENDING TO CREDIBLY REPRESENT WITH INTEGRITY ??
NEW YORK TIMES NEWSPAPER
The Court’s Recusal Problem
Published: March 15, 2011
Supreme Court justices have life tenure to assure their independence and impartiality.
A dear friend of ours and local community organizer is presently faced with spending thousands of dollars in legal costs to defend his son from potential deportation. In addition to contributing to fund raising efforts in conjunction with members and groups in the local radical scene, we are now offering half the proceeds from our Tierra y Libertad Zapatista Woman art print (one of our most popular items) to him and his family. The poster is a 12" x 24" Giclee print on 250 gsm fine art watercolor paper. Signed (by artist Matt Verges) and numbered, limited to 50.
My grandfather walked with a very long stick adorned with many allegories. Tata Noah told me long ago that it represented our true nation, which was all unknown, because many of those living in the village had given in to the viciousness of the white people and did not follow the customs of our fathers. That hurt my Tata, so when I arrived, he ever and ever told me many things and stories of our nation...
Tata Noah chief of Indigenous communities
He was not very tall, but he was considered more Indigenous that other people from our country. His skin was almost white, like a Creole’s, and his eyes were the color of the sky. Some of his children took the same eye color. He was my Tata Noah, the grandfather of my father, chief of Indigenous communities of Mollepata and Mollebamba. He was always working, whether in the fields that the villagers had dedicated to him, or at home using our machine to make ice cream with fruit. It was what I liked best as a child; the frozen fruit was so diverse and delicious. I always remember my grandfather Noah in the largest room of the house, with his ice cream maker.
The favorite of all Tata Noah’s children was my grandfather, his eldest son, who followed the tradition of our ancestors and married his first cousin, who gave birth to my father. I became his favorite when I was born.
I heard my Mamacona Herlinda say that Tata Noah cried when I was born because I was bleeding in the eye. He went into the hills for several weeks to conduct a ceremony to the ancestors and to ask our Apus (spiritual leaders) to heal me of what I was born with.
Wisconsin GOP Rams Through Union-Busting Measure; Thousands Storm Capitol
Wisconsin Republicans rammed through a measure stripping state public employees of their collective bargaining rights. What happens now?
March 9, 2011
Late Wednesday, Wisconsin Republicans rammed a measure through the Senate stripping collective bargaining rights from most public workers in the state. Although the 14 Democrats who fled the state to block Governor Walker's union-busting bill remain in Illinois, Republicans were able to push through the measure anyway by separating the collective bargaining provision from the other elements of Governor Scott Walker's "budget repair bill." (This, after claiming for months that killing public workers' right to negotiate was all about reining in the state's debt.) The measure passed 18-1, with Republican Sen. Dale Schultz voting against. Critics say the rushed legislative session -- with only one Democrat in attendance -- may have violated the state's open meetings law. So what's next? AlterNet has the latest updates and analysis:
Update: Within hours of the vote, the Capitol was flooded with thousands of furious protesters: "The whole world is watching!" they shouted as they pressed up against the heavily guarded entrance to the Senate chamber," ABC reports.
Update: Push for recall:
State Democratic Party chairman Mike Tate released a statement pledging to pursue recall of all Republican lawmakers that are eligible: Using tactics that trample on the traditions of our Legislature, the Republican leadership has betrayed our state. Republicans have rubber-stamped the desire of the Koch Brothers and their godshead Scott Walker to cripple Wisconsin's middle class and lower benefits and wages for every single wage-earner in our state.
The Colorado Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and the ACLU of Colorado are sponsoring a forum for Denver Mayoral candidates specifically on the issue of police accountability. As the recent beating of Michael DeHerrera and the tragic death in custody of Marvin Booker make clear, the city of Denver faces a serious problem of police abuse of power and a serious lack of accountability for abuses committed by DPD officers. A large turnout at this forum will put the candidates for mayor on notice that the public expects whoever takes that office to take this issue seriously and to have a clear plan for reform. Four panelists with backgrounds in issues of police accountability--Metro State criminology professor Joseph Sandoval; ACLU Legal Director Mark Silverstein; DU Law Professor Jessica West; and community activist Lisa Calderon--will question the candidates about their plans for restoring public trust in Denver law enforcement. The forum, free and open to the public, will be held THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 6 - 8 PM, CENTRAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1660 SHERMAN ST. Doors open at 6 pm, program begins at 6:30.
Anti USA Police State rock music video released by American rocker who has been targeted with a decade of government oppression. Scott X and the Constitution Commandos take on corrupt and criminal acts of the government with their 5th video release from their new album: "Fighting the U.S. Police State With Music".
American musician that has become totally fed up with U.S. government crimes and oppression targeting him has released a 7 song rock music album and his 5th music video detailing his experiences with the corrupt U.S.A. government. Rocker Scott X has been banished with the threat of arrest from all courthouses in the U.S. for LIFE. U.S. State and Federal governments have targeted X for over a decade with wrongful criminal prosecutions, courthouse banishments, free speech violations, double jeopardy violations and other oppressive acts.
This--- is fucking awesome.
This video amazing. Madison, Wisconsin- small victories tonite. Republican defects in statehouse. People are holding out to stay overnight without the grace of Scott Walker. Cops promise to not take people out of statehouse.
This is some website where you upload video directly from your phone. I have no idea how this works. Good to see the people get a few victories and persist in the good fight.
Boulder, Colo. – (February 24, 2011) – Boulder Digital Arts, an organization dedicated to empowering the creative and technology communities in the Rocky Mountain region, opened the doors to its new affordable, professional and creative coworking space on Feb. 1, 2011. The new coworking facility, conveniently located in central Boulder, is the first of its kind to focus specifically on building a community of individuals involved in the creative and digital industries.
“Coworking is redefining the way we do work and has become the workplace of choice for many people,” says Bruce Borowsky, who helped found BDA seven years ago and has built its reputation as a national hub for practical skills training in video production, digital photography, web design, social media and other digital disciplines. “While other coworking spaces are broad and unspecific in their industry focus, BDA’s coworking facility will be unique in that the space is specifically geared toward the creative and digital communities. We have created an environment that will inspire innovation, encourage collaboration and foster productivity.”
With the economic downturn of two years ago forcing many people to reinvent themselves, add new skills to their repertoire and even start new careers, coworking has been gaining traction in recent years and is very often the best choice for the growing numbers of isolated telecommuters, solopreneurs, and members of the creative and digital communities.
For information and specifics about BDA’s coworking space, call 303-800-4647 or visit the Boulder Digital Arts website.
Boulder Digital Arts new coworking facility offers both private offices and desks available for rent, as well as short-term passes.
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Two men accused of butchering a British soldier had been investigated previously by security services, a British official said Thursday, as investigators searched several locations and tried to determine whether the men were part of a wider plot to instill terror on the streets of London.
The men, suspected of hacking the off-duty soldier to death while horrified bystanders watched, boasted of their exploits and warned of more violence in images recorded on witnesses' mobile phones. Holding bloody knives and a meat cleaver, they waited for the arrival of police, who shot them in the legs, according to a passerby who tried to save the dying soldier.
Prime Minister David Cameron vowed that Britain would not be cowed by the horrific violence, and that it would reject "the poisonous narrative of extremism on which this violence feeds." Indeed, there were few signs of alarm in the British capital, which has been hit by terrorist attacks during a long confrontation with the Irish Republican Army and more recently by al-Qaida-inspired attacks.
"It's hateful, it's horrific and upsetting. But it doesn't seem to have made much of a difference," Christian White, 43, said at King's Cross station, close to the site of a subway bomb in July 2005. "Londoners are used to living in a city where life is complicated."
Even so, security was increased at military barracks and installations in the capital, with extra armed guards added in many cases. Police said extra patrols were added at sensitive areas, including places of worship, transport hubs and congested areas.
Wednesday's attack took place near a military barracks in the Woolwich area of south London.
There was a highway banner protest today at the Fort Collins / Windsor exit and I-25. Highway patrol approached us and we told the officer we are within our rights to hold the banner as long as we don't attach it to anything, it doesn't hang over the freeway and we are not blocking traffic. After initially telling us we had to leave, he later agreed with us that we were with in our rights to be there. (He checked with his supervisor to confirm what we told him).
The protest is about the re-defining of Corporations with the same rights as human beings with the ability to flood our political system with money thereby corrupting democracy. May 10th is the 127th anniversary of the Santa Clara vs. Southern Pacific Railroad decision established that a railroad corporation possessed equal protection "rights" identical to living human beings under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. The 14th Amendment was a post-Civil War decision specifically intended to apply to freed slaves.
Move to amend Fort Collins will continue to organize with the aim of establishing a grass roots movement that will eventually be able to purge our political system of the corruptive / corrosive influence of money. Many people involved in Move to amend and Move to amend Fort Collins have been involved in the Occupy movement and realize that Corporate power is only one aspect of a sick and dysfunctional system that must be changed.
Pentagon Loses Court Case over Refusal to Release Names of SOA/ WHINSEC Graduates
Oakland, CA – In a rare reflection of judicial independence, United States District Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton from the Northern District of California ordered the Pentagon to release the names of who trains and teaches at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (SOA/WHINSEC), a U.S. military training school for Latin American soldiers that has been connected to torturers, death squads and military dictators throughout the Americas. Human rights activists had taken the U.S. government to court over its refusal to release the information, and won.
Read the court ruling here: SOAW.org/judgment
SOA Watch compiled the names, course, rank, country of origin, and dates attended for every soldier and instructor at the SOA/ WHINSEC from 1946 to 2003. After researchers exposed many cases of known human rights abusers attending the WHINSEC (despite claims that the "new" school was committed to human rights), and shared this research with Congressional decision-makers, the Department of Defense (DOD) refused to disclose any future information about students or teachers at the WHINSEC. The human rights community and the U.S. Congress did not agree with the decision. In 2008 and 2009, the House of Representatives passed an amendment to the Defense Authorization bill demanding that the DOD release this information. President Obama signed this measure into law. However, SOA/ WHINSEC supporters in Congress managed to slip in the caveat that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates could issue a waiver to ignore the public's right to know and refuse to release the information, if he "determines it to be in the national interest." Predictably, Obama's Secretary of Defense used the waiver to deny human rights organizations and the public access to any more information.
Yesterday, two holdout vulture funds, including Paul Singer’s NML Capital, were in a New York Federal court versus Argentina. The Financial Times has dubbed the proceeding the “‘the trial of the century’ in sovereign debt restructuring.” After the hearing, judges at the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that will issue their ruling in the coming weeks.
Jubilee USA Network is bringing attention to the effect that this case could have on poor countries: “If these vulture hedge funds win, it will mean they will more aggressively target poor countries in fragile financial recovery. If we win, it will mean that it will be harder for vulture funds to target the monies that develop social infrastructure in many poor countries,” said Eric LeCompte, Jubilee USA Network’s Executive Director.
The faith community and other groups, organized by Jubilee USA, held a vigil in concern for poor people affected by vulture funds during the proceeding outside the hearing. Vigils also took place in London and Buenos Aires.
In 2001, when Argentina defaulted on roughly $81 billion, NML Capital purchased some of Argentina’s debt on a secondary market. When Argentina defaulted, they restructured with some of their creditors in 2005 and 2010 but holdout creditors, led by NML Capital, rejected the proposal and sued Argentina for the full amount in NY courts – thus, naming NML Capital a holdout vulture fund. Vulture funds buy the debt of poor countries or countries in financial recovery for pennies on the dollar and then sue to make as much as a 400% profit off the backs of the poor. Jubilee USA Network introduced bipartisan legislation in 2009 to stop vulture funds from making a profit off of poor countries.
Pro-choice Production Offers New Venue for Social Justice in an Engaging Activism Based Theater Experience
“Words of Choice,” a dynamic pro-choice theater piece is bringing its show to New York City this March in honor of Women’s History Month and the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. In addition to the two performances, the show is available via live-streaming to audiences across the nation and the globe.
“Words of Choice” weaves together dozens of stories of reproductive rights through poetry, spoken word, oral history, theater and journalism. It is performed by three actors, and showcases a variety of serious, comedic and contemplative pieces. As part of the first-ever WiredArts Fest, Words of Choice will be showcased to hundreds of activists with the shared goal of reproductive and social justice.
“Women’s rights and reproductive freedoms are still under attack. As activists and ambassadors of change, everyone involved with Words of Choice is committed to moving public sentiment and influencing policy makers. We created this event because the use of theater is a way to transmit the pro-choice message, opening hearts and minds, and empowering the movement for women’s full equality and rights,” said Cindy Cooper, creator of Words of Choice.
“Words of Choice” will be performed on March 1 at 7 pm EST and March 2 at 3 pm EST at The Secret Theater in Long Island City. As part of the WiredArts Fest, the live streaming audience will be able to participate simultaneously with tweeting, instant messaging, photo shots and Facebook. After the shows a panel discussion will take place to discuss the pieces and the state of reproductive and social justice.
"I don't agree with only one of the words you say, but I will defend to the death your right to do so!"(Voltaire),
It is controversial the relationship between freedom of expression and the degree of development of societies.
Many seek to justify the repressive character of the current regimes as a price that must be paid for achieving progress.
Throughout history, however, people fought and died for the right to speak, to question, to publish.
Specifically we found, to our great relief, that the more developed societies are precisely those who managed broader and unquestioned freedom of expression.
However, there are difficulties everywhere, because everywhere there are those who use free speech as a weapon of war, war itself, political war and commercial war.
It is no coincidence that in many countries today, people debate legislation on the subject. This is the case of our neighboring republic, Argentina, to name just one instance.
In Brazil we have a history of abuse and arbitrariness: from the most vile censorship, like that practiced during the "military dictatorship*", even dishonest and virulent attacks carried out by sectors of the press, against institutions, citizens and even banks.
Who does not remember the school closed in São Paulo, for alleged sexual abuse against children? Or a known and respected politician who had his reputation soiled and took years and many slow lawsuits to reestablish the truth? And a certain large bank, labeled as "broken" by a magazine of great circulation, to then face really great difficulties caused by those malicious news and to end (badly) sold?
The White House Tuesday rebuked Israel for officially endorsing 1,500 new Jewish residences in Arab East Jerusalem, saying the action makes suspicious Israel’s pledge to peace talks and an independent Palestinian state. A number of European Union countries also condemned the Israeli move.
“We are deeply disappointed that Israel insists on continuing this pattern of provocative action,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said, according to the Washington Post. “These repeated announcements and plans of new construction run counter to the cause of peace. Israel’s leaders continually say that they support a path toward a two-state solution, yet these actions only put that goal further at risk.”
The Palestinians recently said that they expect all of the UN Security Council members, excluding the US, to denounce Israel's fresh announcements of constructing new homes in East Jerusalem.
The Obama administration’s statement delivered an unusual but hard blow to Israel, its top Midle East ally. However, Israelis think the US would not support a Security Council resolution or statement.