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Mortgages paid down by record £9bn in quarter
The IndependentDecember 1, 2011

It was the highest negative figure since comparable records began in 1970 and means the total amount owed on mortgages has fallen by £92.9bn since the height of the credit crunch. Homeowners spent the equivalent of 3.5 per cent of their take-home pay ...more »

Federal ALP urged to back gay civil unions
Sydney Morning HeraldDecember 1, 2011

Federal Labor must change its position on gay marriage after the Queensland parliament passed laws to allow same sex civil unions, a gay rights lobby group says. The Queensland parliament on Wednesday night passed a bill that will allow gay and lesbian ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Proposed constitutional amendment would change state's recall law
Niles Daily StarDecember 7, 2011

Currently, state law allows a recall of an elected official to be attempted for any reason, including an official's votes and opinions on policy. But a recently proposed constitutional amendment would limit the reasons for which a public official can ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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FBI illegally using community outreach to gather intelligence, ACLU alleges
Washington Post (blog)December 1, 2011

The FBI is using its extensive community outreach to Muslims and other groups to secretly gather intelligence in violation of federal law, the American Civil Liberties Union alleged Thursday. Citing internal bureau documents, the ACLU said agents in ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Macy's Shows Its Support for Trans People
Montreal Gazette (blog)December 7, 2011

The store, in turn, cited its policy: “Macy's will not tolerate harassment of any type based on race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, physical or mental disability, genetic information, ...more »

Native Americans
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Occupy's new tactic has a powerful past
CNNDecember 16, 2011

To make matters worse, many of these same banks have brazenly abused foreclosure procedures through practices like robo-signing. As numerous state courts have observed, abuse of the foreclosure process has been the rule rather than the exception. ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Too Much Religious Liberty in America?
American Center for Law and Justice (blog)December 2, 2011

ACLJ Senior Counsel Colby May recently testified before Congress on the state of religious liberty in the United States, providing specific examples of religious discrimination and animosity directed at Christians. However, not everyone agrees that the ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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The only guarantee of freedom is freedom
Mail & Guardian OnlineDecember 1, 2011

Last week's parliamentary vote for the Protection of State Information Bill shows us the country we could become, and it's not a pretty sight. It's not even so much the secrecy Bill as such that's at issue, although the current draft retains some ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Boy accused of sexual harassment following fight
The Boston GlobeDecember 2, 2011

Tasha Lynch's son, Mark Curran, 7, is being investigated for sexual harassment after striking another boy in the groin. A Boston elementary school is investigating a 7-year-old first-grader for sexual harassment after he struck another ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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ACLU: FBI used community outreach, partnership-building programs to collect ...
Washington PostDecember 2, 2011

The American Civil Liberties Union, which obtained the documents under the US Freedom of Information Act, accused the FBI of misusing its community outreach programs to collect information on people at Muslim-related events that the FBI organized or ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Open Carry gun rights activists to gather at Concord mall
Inside Bay AreaDecember 14, 2011

Open carry gun rights activists, spurred by what they call an unlawful search and seizure by Concord police in a recent confrontation at Sunvalley mall, say they plan to return to the same shopping center Thursday to educate local cops. ...more »

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