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Let’s Talk About Sex–And Reproductive Justice

BY AMIE NEWMAN | OUR BODIES OURSELVES

Thanks to the reproductive justice collective SisterSong and the group’s allies and partners, reproductive justice is a phrase and a concept well-known within the reproductive health and rights movement. But it wasn’t always that way. In 1994, a group of Black women issued a very public call to action in the Washington Post demanding that the healthcare needs of the most marginalized be included in President Clinton’s healthcare reform legislation. Specifically, they demanded universal health care and spoke to the necessity for Black women’s access to reproductive health care. They called reproductive freedom “a life and death issue for many Black women” and said it “deserves as much recognition as any other freedom.” The group, Women of African Descent for Reproductive Justice, helped catapult these ideas and organized Black women around the country in support of reproductive justice and the intersection of human rights and reproductive rights for women of color.  Continue reading

Nuclear Information Resource Service – Tell Your Reps to VOTE NO to Nuclear Waste on our Roads

Contact your US Representatives NOW  and tell them to vote NO on the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017 (H.R. 3053)—a nuclear waste bill that threatens nearly every state with decades of nuclear waste shipments.  The vote could be taken as soon as this week!

Please Call 202-225-3121 to be connected to your Representative’s office and ask if you can count on them to VOTE NO on H.R. 3053. Then let us know via this quick form. 


FLATIRON WRITERS ROOM GIFT CERTIFICATES

Not sure what to give the writer in your life for the holidays? Gift certificates for Flatiron Writers Room workshops, retreats and events make a wonderful gift. A gift certificate can be for any amount you’d like. You can find a full list of current events on our website at www.flatironwritersroom.com

Once you purchase a gift certificate, just send the confirmation email to the lucky recipient or print it and put it in a card to be delivered by hand. Once the recipient selects an event to attend, we will instruct them on how to register using their gift certificate.


North Carolina State Policy Watch – Experts express concerns about consequences of eliminating judicial primary elections By Melissa Boughton

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[Note: This post has been updated.] North Carolinians will lose their “precious right to vote,” as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg calls it, in at least one election next year if lawmakers override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of Senate Bill 656.

“The Electoral Freedom Act” eliminates next year’s primary election for judicial races among other things. It was passed in both chambers last week and Cooper vetoed it earlier this week. His veto will be up for an override vote by January at the latest—though some lawmakers have been told that an override vote could now be scheduled for as early as next Tuesday, October 17.

The only public explanation for the language about eliminating judicial primary elections next year (which was slipped into the bill via a last minute maneuver of the kind that have become commonplace at the General Assembly in recent years) has been to give lawmakers more time to tweak the redrawing of judicial and prosecutorial districts.

That measure, House Bill 717, was passed by House lawmakers and is expected to be taken up by the Senate in January. It was another surprise bill and if implemented will have dramatic effects on the state’s judiciary. Continue reading

 


MOUNTAIN TRUE

OUR MISSION: MountainTrue champions resilient forests, clean waters and healthy communities in Western North Carolina.

OUR VISION: MountainTrue envisions Western North Carolina with thriving communities that are connected to and help sustain a healthy natural environment. To achieve this, MountainTrue will foster and empower advocates throughout the region to be engaged in policy and project advocacy, outreach and education, and on the ground projects. MountainTrue will be known as the region’s best respected and highest impact conservation organization and will be seen as a national model.  


The Women Who Rode Miles on Horseback to Deliver Library Books

They were known as the “book women.” They would saddle up, usually at dawn, to pick their way along snowy hillsides and through muddy creeks with a simple goal: to deliver reading material to Kentucky’s isolated mountain communities.

The Pack Horse Library initiative was part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA), created to help lift America out of the Great Depression, during which, by 1933, unemployment had risen to 40 percent in Appalachia. Roving horseback libraries weren’t entirely new to Kentucky, but this initiative was an opportunity to boost both employment and literacy at the same time.


US groups honouring Paris climate pledges

 and  in The Guardian

US groups honouring Paris climate pledges despite Trump

US states, cities and businesses signed up to ‘America’s pledge’ to combat global warning have a combined economic power equal to the world’s third-biggest economy. The US states, cities and businesses that have signed up to reduce greenhouse gas emissions despite president Donald Trump’s threats to withdraw from the Paris agreement would, if put together, have the clout of the world’s third biggest economy, after the US and China.  Continue reading

 


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HOBEY FORD MASTER PUPPETEER – UNCTV Arts Series

See the debut episode of MUSE: The Arts Show featuring Weaverville’s master puppeteer Hobey Ford. Join host Laura Ritchie as MUSE: The Arts Show takes you across the country, and all around North Carolina, showcasing the artists, craftspeople and local groups putting their talents to work in their communities.  Hobey Ford| Master Puppeteer | UNC-TV Arts | PBS


Economic Security for Survivors

Economic insecurity has devastating consequences on the lives of survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Abuse can impose significant expenses on survivors, including physical and mental health care costs, lost wages, safety planning, and relocation costs. Furthermore, economic abuse can result in life-long consequences due to job loss, debt, damaged credit, or coercion into crime. When combined with today’s high cost of living, shortage of good jobs, and diminished safety net, these impacts of abuse severely limit survivors’ options and ability to achieve safety and justice.


IF WE ADDRESS TOXIC MASCULINITY, WE CAN CHANGE OUR CULTURE OF VIOLENCE

Sunday night in Las Vegas, a white male shooter claimed the lives of 58 people, injuring more than 500. We are heartbroken by the lives lost. We are heartbroken for the injured. We are heartbroken for their families and loved ones. We are heartbroken that we can’t pass commonsense gun laws in our nation. But we will not let our broken hearts keep us from getting to the root cause of this violence and taking action.

It is time to connect the dots between mass shootings and our cultural reality: Men commit 98% of mass murders in America. Women have equal access to guns (and let’s be honest, plenty of reasons to be angry). Nevertheless, women don’t commit such acts of mass violence. We have to stop conditioning boys and men to think solving their problems through violence is normal. We can no longer tell boys at the earliest of ages to repress their emotions and deny parts of themselves. Look where it’s gotten us today!     Continue reading


THE 2017 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE – awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

By Michael Birnbaum

The world has some 15,000 nuclear weapons. This year’s Nobel Peace Prize honors the quest to abolish all of them.

 The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, a recognition of its efforts to avoid nuclear conflict at a time  of greater atomic menace than at any other period in recent memory.

The group was honored because of its efforts to foster a global ban on nuclear weapons, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was approved in July by 122 members of the United Nations and opened for signatures last month. The 10-year-old grass-roots civil society movement pushes for nuclear disarmament across the world.  Continue reading

 
 

The Banned 1910s Magazine That Started a Feminist Movement in Japan

BY SARAH LASKOW in Atlas Obscura and offered by Ed Raiola

It was close to 10 p.m. on a spring night in Tokyo in 1912, when Kazuko Mozume heard a dog barking behind her father’s house. It would not stop. At the back gate, she found three men waiting for her, a policeman and two others. They didn’t say what they wanted, they only asked her if this was the office of Seitō, the women’s literature magazine she had started with four other young women.


How to Turn Stigma about Mental Illness into Compassion

by Jill Suttie, syndicated from Greater Good

Stephen Hinshaw explores what it meant to be raised by a father with psychosis—and how that experience has informed his work as a psychologist.

What is it like to grow up in a household with a parent displaying serious mental illness?

Renowned psychologist Stephen Hinshaw knows firsthand. His father suffered major bouts of psychosis that kept him periodically hospitalized during Hinshaw’s childhood. Yet, the reasons for these absences were never explained to Hinshaw, until he turned 18 and his philosopher father started to divulge his lifetime of struggles (which included being (mis)diagnosed with schizophrenia for decades). Continue reading The Greater Good Online


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