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The Word “Entitlement” Has Become a *Snarl Word

written by Jane Edwards

Ask 2 Answer:  “The Repubs keep calling Social Security and Medicare entitlement programs and they are not – we paid and pay for them…” Here is my take:  Republicans and Libertarians have turned the word “Entitlements” into what is called a “snarl word” – a politically-charged word delivered in a demeaning, sneering tone. I get it – words matter… like “Enhanced Interrogation” vs. “Torture.”  But, seriously, in the grand scheme of things, what does it matter what Republicans do with the lexicon? If it makes you feel better, refer to the programs as “federal retirement benefits.” Try not to get worked up with what the less imaginative call them.


This Women’s History Month: Let’s Empower The Next Generation Of Feminists – Jennifer Siebel Newsom

 

 

Now more than ever, we need to empower the next generation of women as agents of change. That’s why we’re closing out Women’s History Month by celebrating the women, past and present, who’ve paved the way. From women in science to women in public office, we’re sharing their advice and drawing inspiration to work towards a more just and equitable society for all. 


PLANNED PARENTHOOD Information to TAKE ACTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLICK HERE for Top 3 Ways to Help Planned Parenthood Right Now

In October 2016, Planned Parenthood turned 100 years strong. Planned Parenthood was founded on the revolutionary idea that women should have the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives and fulfill their dreams — no ceilings, no limits. Learn more about how 100 years of care, education, and activism have changed everything.


When I Think About Giving Up Writing

Cover Photo: photo courtesy of the author

by Teri Vlassopoulos in Catapult Magazine

I was happy raising my kid, living my life without worrying about writing.
 

We’re two years into my daughter’s life and we still don’t quite have a bedtime routine. It skips around depending on so many variables, and while she’s a good sleeper once she’s actually asleep, getting there is more of a process than a routine. Often by the time she’s out, I am too, having drifted off in the dark along with her.  


Leprechauns at the Gate! and N. C. Medicaid expansion

 

 

 

 

Written by Jane Edwards

What happened: When NC Gov. Roy Cooper took over the governor’s office on Jan. 1, he declared his intent to move ahead with Medicaid expansion as a first big policy initiative for NC.   Obama was still in office, so Federal health officials promised to give the state’s expansion request a speedy review – mindful of Trump’s and the Republican-controlled Congress eagerness to pull the plug on Obama’s entire approach to health care reform in which a larger role for Medicaid is a key component.


  62 Million Reasons I’m Not the Same Anymore by John Pavlovitz

 

 

 

Some people tell me that I’ve changed, that I’ve become more confrontational and irritable, that I am less tolerant of disagreement now. They say that I seem angrier, that I’m more political. They tell me that I’m not the gentle, loving soul I once was and they regularly click their tongues against the roof of their mouths in judgment, lamenting the person they say I used to be.


PFLAG HOSTS PANEL DISCUSSION: RELIGION, SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Flat Rock-Hendersonville Chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) will host a panel discussion, Religion, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity on Monday, April 3 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 900 Blythe Street in Hendersonville.  The event is free and the public is invited.


American Civil Liberties Union WOMEN’S RIGHTS PROJECT & Action Events WNC

 

 

 

 

In 1961 the Supreme Court, under Chief Justice Earl Warren, unanimously upheld the constitutionality of a jury selection system that discriminated against women on the grounds that “women are at the center of home and family life.” The observation reflected dominant social values at the time, but the Court was unable then to see how such values thwarted the promise of equality for women implicit in the Constitution.


ELIMINATING RACISM: Black History Month: Celebrating our YW History

1913 — A group of black women, called the Employment Club, begin meeting, setting the stage for a black YWCA of Asheville branch.

Phyllis Wheatley Branch YWCA - College St.
1921 — A black YWCA branch, named for Phyllis Wheatley, formally opens at 272 College Street, with its primary service to young black women in need of employment.
1943 — The Public Affairs Committees of the Phyllis Wheatley Branch and the Central YWCA hold discussions. The newly formed Race Relations Committee meets with them and whenever possible tries to foster better race relations.
 


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