Celebrate 4th Anniversary Fundraiser - Lafayette Independent

You Are Invited to Celebrate the 4th Anniversary Fundraiser of the Lafayette Independent with Pot Luck Dinner and Silent Auction.

When: Sunday, October 19, 5:00 – 9:30 pm.

Where: Fellowship Hall, Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 Meridian Street, WL.

What: Wine and dine (Food contributions to the Pot Luck will be much appreciated)
Music—7:00 – 8:30 pm. Dr. Fine and d’Gleet

Inequality in Indiana: A Rising Problem with Ready Solutions

This week, the Indy Star **reported** on the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ ‘Income and Wage Gaps Across the U.S.’ **report**. The story presented the group’s finding that “wage inequality grew twice as rapidly in the Indianapolis metro area as in the rest of the nation since the recession”, largely due to the fact “that jobs recovered in the U.S. since 2008 pay $14,000 less on average than the 8.7 million jobs lost since then.”

The Racism Behind Boehner's Threat to Sue Obama

First, the Republicans were gleeful that the Democratic Party had nominated a black man whose middle name was Hussein to run for president. They figured beating him would be a cakewalk, and didn't even get too upset when John McCain picked a fringe politician from Alaska as his running mate.

After all, Obama was black and his middle name was Hussein – how could they lose even if their nominee was an elderly crank and their vice presidential nominee was a former sports reporter on local television?

What Can Be Done about the Militarization of the Police

Dear Editor,

Events in Ferguson, Mo. have tragically but necessarily touched off much needed debates about racial injustice, police tactics and the increasing militarization of local police departments.

Moral Mondays and the Economy of Indiana

Harry Targ

As to labor rights, poverty, and economic sustainability, Indiana trends mirror the national decline in union membership to a 97 year low. Only 11.3 percent of the American workforce belong to unions. Hoosier union membership was 9.3 percent in 2013, almost a 2 percent decline since 2011. Former Governor Mitch Daniels ended collective bargaining for state workers his first day in office in 2005 and signed a new Right-to-Work law at the end of his second term in 2012.

LUM Unveiled Legal Immigration Clinic

In late August, Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM) unveiled its legal immigration clinic after the LUM board made the decision to provide immigration services citing opposition to public policies separating families and a desire to explore pathways for legal immigration.

A Call to Action

You may have noticed that I am watching the events in Ferguson closely. Twitter & the various live streams are invaluable. What I’m reading indicates that television news is not giving the full story, and FOX, big surprise, is lying. Matt Pearce of the L.A. Times has been there all week and his reporting is sound. @mattdpearce

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