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A quasi-academic look at Feminism, politics & race relations through the lens of a 20-something year old Nigerian American who was born & raised up in the (still) segregated south but has relocated to the "liberal" yet historic & traditional north.
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Posts tagged "congress"

motherjones:

In case you felt like you needed them.

Speaker: 202-225-6205

White House: 202-456-1111

:D

bookling:

retnuoc-clockwise:

fridaphile:

I’m really tired of legislators thinking they can bully small businesses and medical schools to get around the fact that abortion is a legal, medical procedure. My middle fingers are permanently raised at the House. 

But abortion is still legal in the US, right? They can defund medical for teaching a legal procedure? What if I think appendectomies are the devil’s work?

Nobody would care, because appendectomies are not ~controversial~ enough. The way people handle abortion here is ridiculous, which is why we need someone to stand up and say, no, abortion is legal and you can’t do this.

this is REALLY starting to get old. Aren’t there other issues in this country to tackle other than LEGAL MEDICAL PROCERDURES??! Did they think the SUPREME COURT didn’t know what it was talking about?

(via squeetothegee-deactivated201111)

Too long didn’t watch? That’s unfortunate, because it was humorous. [bear with me on this analysis]

But basically its this

Everyone hates greedy unions

Consensus among some right wing pundits that we need to lower the corportate tax rate in leu of these greedy unions.

Companies like General Electric don’t pay ANY taxes, in fact that got additional money from the government.

question: how do you lower the tax rate from… nothing?

Here’s why this video upsets me. Every 3 months there’s a new political issue that pits middle class Americans against poor Americans. Middle class Americans get their taxes raised because the poor need things like healthcare, jobs, planned parenthood, PBS. The media then proceeds to encourage a class war (especially during the healthcare debate.)

But NO ONE stops to notice that while middle class Americans are getting taxed more then ever, the highest 10% of Americans are becoming richer and richer. The wealth disparity in the country is disgusting and real people are suffering, while we’re cutting valuable things from our budget that can be covered by simply reversing the Bush era tax cuts that the republicans fought for (while letting unemployment benefits expire.)

Seriously, where is the mother fucking revolution already?

Oh wait, because half a dozen CORPORATIONS owns the mainstream media, including General Electric that owns NBC universal… we’re not likely to hear about this…

/rant

i hope my angry musings educated SOMEONE…

is that they’re not even doing it because they genuinely care. They’re doing it because politics is a puppet show and creating a national discourse on abortion, one of the most private matters in the world, is something that will get them votes and perpetuate the status quo.

This is just like the prohibition of Marijuana. Someone decided that all of a sudden marijuana is a terrible problem plaguing our country, created an entire department for it, and began locking up millions of people for years for petty drug possession. Then they were able to say “hey! voters! Remember that thing we convinced you was a problem? Well we solved it by locking people away in jail! Vote for me again if you want me to keep you safe!” Politicians need tangible numbers to present to the voters that show they’re doing their job, even if those numbers don’t reveal actual progress, just the fact that they did something is enough for politicians to spin and manipulate the facts.

Now we have abortion. Republicans in congress don’t genuinely want to reduce the need for abortion. They just want to be able to say they lowered abortion rates. There is a profound difference between the two. The easiest way to do that is by eliminating access to abortion for the poor.

By making abortion such a priority, all the GOP is doing is wasting our time and distracting our entire nation from REALL FUCKING ISSUES that seriously need to be addressed…

 

House Expected to Vote on Mandatory Ultrasound Bill Tomorrow

Call your Representative TODAY!

Say NO to Shaming Women

The mandatory ultrasound bill passed by the House State Affairs Committee – HB 15 by Rep. Sid Miller (R-Stephenville) – tries to shame women seeking a safe & legal abortion and tells doctors how to practice medicine regardless of their patient’s circumstances.

The bill is absolutely unnecessary and doesn’t do a thing to prevent the need for abortion. Gov. Perry has granted this bill “emergency” status, despite a nearly $27 million budget shortfall.

Call your State Representative TODAY 
and urge them to oppose HB15.

Tell your Representative:

  • Doctors, not politicians, should decide what is in the best interest of their patients.
  • The leading cause of abortion is unintended pregnancies. If legislators are genuinely concerned about reducing the number of abortions in Texas, they should support preventive measures such as family planning.

  CALL NOW

Also, for those in Texas, here’s info:

[object Object]Stand up for Texas women and help beat back the political attacks on health care at our Lobby Day next Tuesday, March 8. A $15 registration fee covers the cost of materials and lunch. Learn more and register TODAY

In this segment of Infomania’s Modern Lady, Erin Gibson calls out congress for trying to strip Planned Parenthood of funding. She does so quite awesomely.

Women are severely underrepresented in governments world-wide. A recent World Economic Forum report covering 115 countries notes that women have closed over 90 percent of the gender gap in education and health but only 15 percent of it when it comes to political empowerment at he highest levels. (…)
The United States ranks 68 out of 189 countries in terms of the number of women in the legislature. Those low numbers are consistent with Capitol Hill’s historic antipathy toward females.

Let Women Rule

Swanee Hunt

(via iwillnotshavemyvagina)

How can we go about changing this?

1) Republicans not only want to reduce women’s access to abortion care, they’re actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven’t yet. Shocker.

2) A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to “accuser.” But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain “victims.”

3) In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that couldmake it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care. (Yep, for real.)

4) Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids. 

5) In Congress, Republicans have a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life. 

6) Maryland Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids’ preschool program. Why? No need, they said.Women should really be home with the kids, not out working. 

7) And at the federal level, Republicans want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool.

8) Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women, and Republicans are taking aim at them too. A spending bill wouldcut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens.

9) Congress just voted for a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country.

10) And if that wasn’t enough, Republicans are pushing toeliminate all funds for the only federal family planning program. (For humans. But Republican Dan Burton has a bill to provide contraception for wild horses. You can’t make this stuff up).

Sources: 

1. “‘Forcible Rape’ Language Remains In Bill To Restrict Abortion Funding,” The Huffington Post, February 9, 2011 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=206084 


"Extreme Abortion Coverage Ban Introduced," Center for American Progress, January 20, 2011 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=205961 


2. “Georgia State Lawmaker Seeks To Redefine Rape Victims As ‘Accusers,’” The Huffington Post, February 4, 2011 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=206007 


3. “South Dakota bill would legalize killing abortion doctors,” Salon, February 15, 2011 
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2011/02/15/south_dakota_abortion_killing_bill 


4. “House GOP Proposes Cuts to Scores of Sacred Cows,” National Journal, February 9, 2011 
http://nationaljournal.com/house-gop-proposes-cuts-to-scores-of-sacred-cows-20110209 


5. “New GOP Bill Would Allow Hospitals To Let Women Die Instead Of Having An Abortion,” Talking Points Memo, February 4, 2011 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=205974 


6. “Republican Officials Cut Head Start Funding, Saying Women Should be Married and Home with Kids,” Think Progress, February 16, 2011 
http://thinkprogress.org/2011/02/16/gop-women-kids/ 


7. “Bye Bye, Big Bird. Hello, E. Coli,” The New Republic, Feburary 12, 2011 
http://www.tnr.com/blog/83387/house-republican-spending-cuts-pell-education-usda-pbs


8. “House GOP spending cuts will devastate women, families and economy,” The Hill, February 16, 2011 
http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-a-budget/144585-house-gop-spending-cuts-will-devastate-women-families-and-economy- 


9. “House passes measure stripping Planned Parenthood funding,” MSNBC, February 18,2011
http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/02/18/6080756-house-passes-measure-stripping-planned-parenthood-funding

"GOP Spending Plan: X-ing Out Title X Family Planning Funds," Wall Street Journal, February 9, 2011 
http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2011/02/09/gop-spending-plan-x-ing-out-title-x-family-planning-funds/ 


10. Ibid. 

"Birth Control for Horses, Not for Women," Blog for Choice, February 17, 2011 
http://www.blogforchoice.com/archives/2011/02/birth-control-f.html 

Really interesting article, puts politics in historical perspective

excerpt:

The central issue in our political life is not being discussed. At stake is the moral basis of American democracy.

The individual issues are all too real: assaults on unions, public employees, women’s rights, immigrants, the environment, health care, voting rights, food safety, pensions, prenatal care, science, public broadcasting, and on and on.

Budget deficits are a ruse, as we’ve seen in Wisconsin, where the Governor turned a surplus into a deficit by providing corporate tax breaks, and then used the deficit as a ploy to break the unions, not just in Wisconsin, but seeking to be the first domino in a nationwide conservative movement. Deficits can be addressed by raising revenue, plugging tax loopholes, putting people to work, and developing the economy long-term in all the ways the President has discussed. But deficits are not what really matters to conservatives.

Interesting right? well click the link and keep reading…

riotisnotquiet:

newwavefeminism:

stfusexists:

spectrumnaut:

Many people use Planned Parenthood as their primary healthcare provider. Republicans are pulling their healthcare right from under them.

The New GOP Platform: If the non-wealthy won’t vote for us, we’ll just fucking kill them off.  

I seriously might write my senior thesis on law and how fucking sexist and classist it is. 

I’M SO ANGRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I should probably add that just because the "we hate poor people & women" republican party passed something in the HOUSE, the legislation still has to go through a democratic senate. Also it must go through President Obama.

But if the House can pass such blatantly fucked up legislation with such ease, we really need to start paying the fuck attention to who is helping run this country.

(via phlegminism)

stfusexists:

Please call 202.730.9001 right now to be connected to your rep, and ask your rep to vote NO on this provision. We need to support Planned Parenthood in this hour of need.

Don’t know who your representative is? Find out here.  

Please reblog this as you call! We need to get the word out!

“These anti-choice politicians are out of touch with Americans’ values and priorities,” said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL. “These same lawmakers voted to repeal a health-care law that provides prenatal care and the promise of no-cost birth control to women. Now, they want to make it even harder for women to purchase private health insurance that includes abortion coverage with their own money. Their hypocrisy is astounding. It seems that they’re fine with government intrusion, as long as it involves interfering in women’s personal, private decisions.”

Words can’t describe how inappropriate this is.

As teabaggers enter office, discrimination is literally being written into laws. Case in point is is Florida, where the governor just curtailed anti-discrimination laws for the HANDICAP and other groups (singles, gender identity). The next two/fours years is going to be horrifying.

My friend.

Hopefully all this bullshit can generate enough backlash in our country to make wave for a revolution.

That’s right, folks. As incredible as it may seem, last night House Republican leadersblocked action on a bill aimed at preventing child marriages in areas of the world where this human rights violation persists. The International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriages bill unanimously cleared the U.S. Senate with 100% bipartisan support earlier this month, and seemed on its way to be passed by the House and signed into law by the President. But last night, it was defeated by a vote of 241-166.

Seriously though, who elects these people into office? I wish more was invested in the youth political movement. We all need to get more involved. Rock shit up.