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This past Thursday, Lori Wallach from Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch shared with us at our Crucial Conversation event the threat posed by the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that trade officials from the U.S. and 11 Pacific Rim nations are negotiating in hopes of reaching agreement this fall.

Here is the video from the talk (also linked here.):

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Lunch Break!

1.) Samsung announces gold Galaxy S4 – Not to be outdone by Apple, I suppose.

2.) If you are planning on getting the new iPhones, check out these drop tests.

3.) This online gallery features art from Latino artists in the U.S. and artists in Latin America.

4.) Too many gadgets and don’t want to be charged with extra fees on airlines? Get this jacket.

5.) You’ve probably seen over the past year or two of the viral red marriage equality campaign meme. Read about its success here.

6.) I leave you with Twitter, the Musical:

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7.) Something more serious. Amid riots, Sudan loses internet access:

You’re probably inundated today with articles and links on 9/11 remembrance today so I’ll keep this short and to the point:

Here’s a short one for your lunch break today-

Much has been written about the Millennial Generation being “Me, Me, Me” generation.

But it turns out that they are a generation committed to improving the world through community service.
They just don’t see government as a solution. (Except for the folks who apparently missed the memo.)

We see that in how they’ve taken leading roles in direct action movements much like that of the Moral Monday/Forward Together movements and in immigration reform.

It’s a trend that transcends party lines, reflecting a desire for a more inclusive, functional society, in lieu of a divisive, partisan one.

On August 15, 1945, 68 year ago today, Japan surrendered to the Allied forces, signaling the end of World War II. For attitudes domestically in the U.S., WWII brought out the best and the worst in us. From the same president who brought us the Social Security Act and other saving elements of the New Deal also came Executive Order 9066, which imprisoned some 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry into relocation camps, the majority of whom were American-born citizens.

Exclusion Order posted to direct Japanese Americans living in the first San Francisco section to evacuate. Photo from National Archives.

Exclusion Order posted to direct Japanese Americans living in the first San Francisco section to evacuate. Photo from National Archives.

In face of blatant adversity and discrimination, Japanese Americans remained loyal to Uncle Sam, heeding the call-to-arms and fighting in the European theater during WWII. The 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a unit of mostly American soldiers of Japanese descent, went on to become the most decorated regiment in the history of the U.S. Military, earning the nickname the “Purple Heart Battalion.”

Unfortunately after the war, Japanese Americans continued to face prejudice. Some lost their homes, their businesses, and others unwelcomed in their former communities.

Attitudes have certainly changed since then, reparations and apologies issued. But the brush of the “perpetual foreigner” remains.
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