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Inaugural WOMEN’S CONVENTION – Detroit October 27- 29, We are the leaders we have been waiting for

The Women’s Convention is the beginning of a political groundswell, showing that the rise of the woman IS the rise of the nation.
 
​The Women’s Convention will bring thousands of women, femmes and our allies of all backgrounds to Detroit from October 27 – 29, 2017, for a weekend of workshops, strategy sessions, inspiring forums and intersectional movement building to continue the preparation going into the 2018 midterm elections.

Social Issues – Catholic nuns in PA build a chapel to block the path of a gas pipeline planned for their property

By Julie Zauzmer – Washington Post

 The end of the road, where the street suddenly stops and the towering wall of corn begins, always called out to Linda Fischer. She would pedal her bike there slowly as a child, back before they built any houses on the road, when it was just the cornstalks growing thick toward the sky. It was the silence she found there, the holiness she felt in that stillness, that led her to dedicate her life to God.

Fischer has always known this land as sacred.

Now the 74-year-old nun and her sisters in their Catholic order suddenly find themselves fighting to protect the land from an energy company that wants to put a natural gas pipeline on it.

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Is North Carolina stuck in an abusive relationship?

By Rob Schofield 

Behavior of state leaders, state policy community raise warning flags

The last seven years in North Carolina politics and policy have been extraordinary. In a very short period of time, a once moderate state has been transformed into a kind of laboratory for far right policies and a testing ground for what we are coming to know now as Trumpism. On issue after issue, state legislative leaders have aggressively pursued an ultra-conservative agenda that seeks to radically remake the state’s social contract.


I’m a young, female doctor. Calling me ‘sweetie’ won’t help me save your life.

It’s not just condescending. To provide patients with the best possible care, I need their trust.   By Faye Reiff-Pasarew in The Washington Post

“Sweetheart, you’re too young to understand,” my patient — a man in his 60s, someone accustomed to commanding a room — barked at me from his hospital bed. Medical problems had recently upended his life, and he was having a hard time adjusting. “I can’t believe I have to talk about this stuff to a young girl.”

I hear it all the time. Though I’m 34 and have been an attending physician for several years, after nearly a decade of medical training, patients routinely ask how old I am, tell me I look like “a baby” and, most infuriating, call me “cute” or “adorable,” as if I were a preschooler playing dress-up. A few have even asked to be seen by a “real” doctor instead of a “girl.” It’s an experience that’s not unique to me but familiar to many other young women in the profession. And while young men may similarly struggle to prove themselves as doctors, they’re never called “sweetie.”  Continue reading


Preparing for the Long Haul

By Frida Berrigan, Waging Non-Violence in Truth-Out

By now, my inchoate hopes that our nation will just wake up from the bad dream of Trump — or even more remotely that he’ll be impeached by a radicalized Congress — have turned to dust and floated away. He seems here to stay, and I need to figure out how to stay human, stay upright, with him in the White House. I need to be thinking about the long haul, about a life and a lifestyle of resistance, as opposed to a posture of resistance.  


The Washington Post: Five myths about fatherhood

By Paul Raeburn

This month, the Supreme Court struck down a law that treated unwed mothers and fathers differently when granting citizenship to their children born outside the United States — the requirements for fathers were stiffer. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, authoring a majority opinion joined by five other justices, wrote that the law was based on gender stereotypes that violated the notion of equal protection. (photo from Naturally Healthy Parenting)    Continue reading 


“The Karma’s Gonna Come On Down” by Lytingale

 
 
Angry old white man sittin’ in a tower.

Angry old white men sittin’ on the bench.

Angry old white men clingin’ to your power

But the karma’s gonna come on down.

Lies are lies, not alternative facts.

Lies are lies, and the truth’ll come out.

Lies are lies, you better clean up your act

Cause the karma’s gonna come on down

(Chorus:)

The karma’s gonna come on down.

The karma’s gonna come on down real soon.

Do unto others what you want done to you,

Cause the karma’s gonna come on down.  Oh, yeah.


An Interesting Definition of Diversity

by  in the Guardian

The Trump administration has an interesting definition of diversity.

Now that the Republicans have passed a bill to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, they’ve got to start the hard work of putting together an Unaffordable Care Act, better known as Trumpcare – and they’ve found just the right men for the job. “Men” being the operative word: 13 men and zero women were initially chosen for the Senate healthcare group.


So What’s the Real Hazard…? (I Thought You’d Never Ask!)

 

by Jane Edwards

 

A2A:  In reference to the question posted on Facebook, about whether Trump could be impeached for his hiring/appointing practices – K.R.writes:    Appointing UNFIT SUBORDINATES …seems like Betsy DeVos may have been appointed because she gave much money and her brother was brokering a deal for the administration with the Russians also undermining the Constitution and subverting the government by appointing people to destroy agencies??/? any thoughts –


The Good (the Bad The Ugly) by Jane Edwards

Really.  It is high time we acknowledge the tremendous things Donald J. Trump has done as our president. I can think of eight things right off the bat:
 
1. Spared us from both constant Republican stonewalling and nonstop vitriol from the GOP’s Perpetual Senate Investigative Committee to Impeach Hillary.
 
2. Dramatically increased public awareness of and interest in the Constitution. Including such concepts as the Emoluments clause, Article 25, and the 25thAmendment.


A PREDATORY MODEL that can’t be fixed: Why banks should be kept from reentering the payday loan business

By the Progressive Blog Policy Watch

[Editor’s note: In the new Washington, D.C. of Donald Trump, many once-settled policies in the realm of consumer protection are now “back on the table” as predatory businesses push to take advantage of the president’s pro-corporate/anti-regulatory stances. A new report from the Center for Responsible Lending (“Been there; done that: Banks should stay out of payday lending”) explains why one of the most troubling of these efforts – a proposal to allow banks to re-enter the inherently destructive business of making high-interest “payday” loans should be fought and rejected at all costs.]

Banks once drained $500 million from customers annually by trapping them in harmful payday loans. In 2013, six banks were making triple-digit interest payday loans, structured just like loans made by storefront payday lenders. The bank repaid itself the loan in full directly from the borrower’s next incoming direct deposit, typically wages or Social Security, along with annual interest averaging 225% to 300%.


[NukeWasteWNC] History today 07/07/2017 – 122 countries voted for nuclear ban

BIG NEWS TODAY—world is moving towards NUCLEAR-FREE on weapons!  This is the treaty the United Nations voted to adopt http://www.undocs.org/en/a/conf.229/2017/L.3/Rev.1

“The Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons”  and here is the vote: 

https://s3.amazonaws.com/unoda-web/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/A.Conf_.229.2017.L.3.Rev_.1.pdf

There will be a long process as nations decide (or not) to ratify this new agreement—don’t hold your breath on our fine nation adopting this—but let’s sing and dance and PARTY for a strong move in the world in the right direction!


The Fitzsimon File: Monday Numbers: Summing up the Senate healthcare debate

By Chris Fitzsimon

July 3, 2017

22 million—number of people the Congressional Budget Office says would lose health insurance coverage under the health care plan currently being considered by the U.S. Senate (“CBO: Senate Bill Would Raise Premiums, Deductibles, or Both for Most Marketplace Consumers, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, July 26, 2017)

1,300—amount in dollars more that a 40-year-old with an income of $26,000 would pay in premiums for a silver level health care plan under the Senate health care plan (Ibid)


Trumpcare isn’t about health. It’s a tax cut for the 1%

By Robert Reich in the Guardian

The Senate’s bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act is not a healthcare bill. It’s a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans, paid for by a dramatic reduction in healthcare funding for approximately 23 million poor, disabled, working and middle-class Americans.

America’s wealthiest taxpayers (earning more than $200,000 a year, $250,000 for couples) would get a tax cut totaling $346bn over 10 years, representing what they save from no longer financing healthcare for lower-income Americans.

That’s not all. The bill would save an additional $400bn on Medicaid, which Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and Donald Trump are intent on shrinking in order to cut even more taxes for the wealthy and for big corporations.

If enacted, it would be the largest single transfer of wealth to the rich from the middle class and poor in American history. Continue reading


Climate Change: a feminist issue from Women’s Media Center

| May 30, 2017

In Tuvalu, climate change is a feminist issue.

Asita Moloti has been leading workshops on gender equality and climate change in the tiny nation of Tuvalu since 2004. “While men’s and women’s lives are both impacted [by climate change], they are impacted differently,” Moloti said. “We have learned that women are more at risk than men.”

Following traditional roles, Tuvaluan women are responsible for cooking, monitoring water usage, and managing family welfare with whatever resources are available. Continue reading 


How to Be an Ally to Muslim Women and Truly Embrace Intersectional Feminism

By 

In Donald Trump’s America, few groups are as demonized as Muslims — and women worldwide are always oppressed based on their gender. But given the current president’s past comments about Islam, Muslim women will suffer the double-edged sword of Islamophobia and misogyny, and if they are Black or darker-skinned, they will experience discrimination as well. Intersectional feminists need to show up for Muslim women in the face of these dueling axes of oppression, because we cannot push for the rights of some without working towards the rights of all.  Continue reading


From acne to pregnancy, here’s every ‘preexisting condition’ that could get you denied insurance under the AHCA healthcare bill

by Lydia Ramsey

The House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act on Thursday, and one thing is clear: In Trump’s America, being a woman is a “preexisting condition.” And if this law passes the Senate, insurance companies will be able to charge you as much as they want if you have a preexisting condition. While the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) brought historic changes to the health care industry when it comes to reproductive health and women’s health, the AHCA would strip many of those hard-won gains.  Continue reading

 


Citizens United vs. the Federal Elections Commission

 

written by Jane Edwards

“I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As the result of the (Civil) War, corporations have been enthroned. … An era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people… until wealth is aggregated in a few hands… and the Republic is destroyed.” – Abraham Lincoln, 1864


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