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CA Calls

Blunt is a lot like letters to the editor. YOUR take, short, to the point.

You have a voice, now use it.

Please share this one. You'll recognize a face or two, but IMHO, the most memorable, poignant, and meaningful segment belongs to @RachelPoPachel (third segment in), who I've known on Twitter for years. We became online friends, and when she emailed me about her heartbreaking situation, it came as a complete shock to me.

I cannot thank her enough for sharing her story:

And special thanks to all who contributed, especially those who participated for the first time. It's wonderful seeing new faces and hearing new voices.

And to California Calls, I couldn't have had a better partner. You're doing amazing work, never stop.

For more information about how to contribute to a Blunt video, follow this link.

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BLUNT VIDEO: Not Guilty-- The George Zimmerman Verdict

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Blunt is a lot like letters to the editor. YOUR take, short, to the point.

You have a voice, now use it.

Special thanks to all who contributed, especially those who participated for the first time. It's wonderful seeing new faces and hearing new voices.

For more information about how to contribute to a video Blunt, follow this link.

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#Trayvon's voice was silenced, but yours isn't

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UPDATE: Here is the finished video: BLUNT VIDEO: Not Guilty– The George Zimmerman Verdict

Original post:

Last night I couldn't stop crying after the George Zimmerman verdict was announced. I was dumbstruck, saddened, outraged, heartbroken, angry, confused, discouraged, defiant, troubled, and pained, but I was not surprised.

And please, dear Twitter followers, I don't mean to sound scoldy, but I'm very post-verdict cranky, so I'm going to ask that some of you resist asking me why I'm surprised every time I write a post expressing an opinion. One can be disturbed, agitated, angry, or bummed out without being surprised. One can even be shocked, but not surprised. So can we please-with-sugar-on-top stop asking, "Why are you surprised?" I rarely am. Thank you. Appreciate it muchly.

Moving on...

I am producing a new Blunt video, and I am asking you to send me your reaction, in 30 seconds or less (yes, I empathize and really do know it's difficult to keep it that short, but I can't make a 2 hour video that nobody will have the patience to watch) to what happened last night.

Even if you cry, send me your tears. Even if you yell, send me your screams. Even if you swear, send me your feelings. Even if you're dumbstruck, send me your silence.

But at least you have the ability to do any and all of those things. Trayvon does not.

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Melissa Harris-Perry reacted shortly after the not-guilty verdict last night. Please watch the entire video, it's short:

What if George Zimmerman had been black? We sort of know that answer, right?

Because Melissa Alexander, an African-American woman in Florida who shot a ceiling-- let's be very clear-- she shot a warning shot into the ceiling when her admittedly abusive husband who had physically abused her on multiple occasions, and was threatening her at that moment, as he was walking toward her, she shot into the ceiling.

And she got 20 years in jail in Florida. 20 years for shooting a ceiling.

George Zimmerman is free tonight and we know without any doubt that he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. So i think we know the answer to what would happen had George Zimmerman been African-American.

George Zimmerman also gets his gun back now.

Please send your videos, of you speaking to the camera, or of your voice as the camera is focused on something else, to BLUNT @ ThePoliticalCarnival dot net.

Please don't be shy or reticent, be vocal. Please email me your video file within the next day or two if you can. Thank you.

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VIDEO-- BLUNT: The Senate "decided to do nothing." We've had enough gun violence. "Vote them out."

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Blunt is a lot like letters to the editor. YOUR take, short, to the point.

You have a voice, now use it.

Special thanks to all who contributed.

For more information about how to contribute to a video Blunt, follow this link.

It’s your turn. Go.

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The union difference: If you want to decrease pay gap between men and women, join a union #EqualPayDay

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Happy Equal Pay Day, boys and girls! And speaking of boys and girls... Guess what! Women are only paid 77 cents on the dollar and it's been that way for the last decade! 

Over a 40-year career, the 23-cent wage gap would cost a woman more than $443,000!

Conclusion: Corporations suck.

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But do not fret, there is a silver lining. Union women make more than non-union women:

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The above graphic is from UNITE HERE!'s Facebook page. Fellow equality fans, we need to work harder at informing people about this. For example, via comments on the Unite Here Facebook page, there was a great question that got a great response that did, indeed, inform:

Robert Brownlow:

Are Unions the reason most employment has left the country? Are we pricing ourselves right out of a job? Just posing the question.

Giemma Raindance:

No, our jobs would stay here in the US if corporations can get away without giving a little more than minimum wage, no benefits and harassment. Unions protect workers from abuse so corporations look to third world countries to abuse their workers. The USA is a union which is why NO ONE messes with us!

Paddy posted a short entry including this 44-second, video, Equal Pay Day, earlier. Please hop over and take a look.

Here's one of my earlier Blunt videos from 2010, but sadly, it still applies three years later:

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VIDEO-- BLUNT: Under the Gun

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Blunt is a lot like letters to the editor. YOUR take, short, to the point.

You have a voice, now use it.

Special thanks to all who contributed.

For more information about how to contribute to a video Blunt, follow this link.

It’s your turn. Go.

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VIDEO- BLUNT: Another day, another shooting

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Blunt is a lot like letters to the editor. YOUR take, short, to the point.

You have a voice, now use it.

This particular Blunt is the most somber and painful one I've undertaken since I started producing them over two years ago. Special thanks to all who contributed, it couldn't have been easy.

For more information about how to contribute to a video Blunt, follow this link.

It’s your turn. Go.

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