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Prayers for Chief Theresa Spence.

Prayers for Chief Theresa Spence. | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
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Chief Theresa Spence, a Canadian aboriginal chief from the remote northern Ontario community of Attawapiskat has been fasting since December 11 and has vowed to continue until Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper personally commits to meet with Native leaders for talks on several complaints, including new legislation that will harm native lands. Spence is at the center of an unprecedented Canadian aboriginal protest movement called "Idle No More" that began with four women in the province of Saskatchewan raising awareness about the Conservative government's budget bill, which was passed earlier this month that scales back environmental protections for lakes and rivers and makes it easier to sell reserve lands. "Flash mob" protests with traditional dancing and drumming have erupted in dozens of shopping malls across North America. There have been rallies, marches and highway blockades by aboriginal groups across Canada and supporters have emerged from as far away as New Zealand and the Middle East. The campaign aims to draw attention to the dismal living conditions faced by many of the country's 1.2 million natives, including poverty, unsafe drinking water, inadequate housing, addiction and high suicide rates. Spence states that she has run out of patience. "I know it's hard for people to understand what I'm doing but it's for this pain that's been going on too long with our people.
"It has to stop and I'm willing to suffer until the meeting goes on. Even if I don't make it, people will continue my journey. Like I keep saying, I'm willing to die for the people of First Nations because the suffering is too much. Why are they so afraid to meet with us?" she said. In 2008 PM Harper formally apologized on behalf of Canada for having in the past forced 150,000 aboriginal children into residential schools, where many were abused.
Meanwhile, with the help of social media the Idle No More movement has taken on a life of its own in much the same way the first "Occupy Wall Street" camp gave birth to a multitude of "occupy" protests with no specific demand or leadership. "This has spread in ways that we wouldn't even have imagined," said Sheelah McLean, an instructor at the University of Saskatchewan who was one of the four women who originally coined the "Idle No More" slogan. "What this movement is supposed to do is build consciousness about the inequalities so that everyone is outraged about what is happening here in Canada. Every Canadian should be outraged."

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Coffee Party Feminists & Lunch with Louden are both parts of the BE THE MEDIA Project by Coffee Party USA

Coffee Party Feminists & Lunch with Louden are both parts of the  BE THE MEDIA Project by Coffee Party USA | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

The Coffee Party USA membership believes that money-in-politics is the keystone issue in this republic's democracy today. WOMEN are now targets for special interests that use the influence of their political contributions to impose their religious, economic, and political will. Coffee Party Feminists is a part of the BE THE MEDIA project. It is intended to share evidence of special interest targeting and to report on actions being taken across America to defend and restore women's rights.


When you JOIN the Coffee Party or RENEW your membership, you become one of the grass roots funders of our BE THE MEDIA Project. 


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Salon’s guide to surviving cable news today

Salon’s guide to surviving cable news today | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Elections are the one time it's "worthwhile" to watch cable news. Here's how the networks will humiliate themselves
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Election reporting is like a NASCAR wreck: I don't want to see it and I cannot look away.

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Supreme Court upholds law to prevent crisis pregnancy centers from lying to women

Supreme Court upholds law to prevent crisis pregnancy centers from lying to women | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
The New York City law requires antiabortion counselors to disclose whether they have medical personnel on site
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Paul Weyrich - "I don't want everybody to vote"

Paul Weyrich, "father" of the right-wing movement and co-founder of the Heritage Foundation, Moral Majority and various other groups tells his flock that he ...
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Take it to the ballot box and send a message: I count!

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Defying Shelby: Get Informed, Then #GoVote!

Defying Shelby: Get Informed, Then #GoVote! | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
If there is one day this year that will determine the future of the Latino community, it is November 4. With Latinos poised to influence the outcomes of key races nationwide, it is crucial for us to vote.
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Today!

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What’s at Stake: Ballot Measures in Your State

What’s at Stake: Ballot Measures in Your State | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
There's a lot at stake for women in North Dakota, Tennessee, Colorado, Oregon: http://t.co/dGRiDyYhr0 #VoteNo67 #VoteNo1TN #NDAM1 #Yeson89
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Even if you do not vote for any candidates, your vote on ballot measures matters A LOT.

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Russell Brand is wrong: Voting really can change America for the better

Russell Brand is wrong: Voting really can change America for the better | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
The British comedian and aspiring anarchist famously refuses to vote. Here's why he's missing the point
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Let All Citizens Vote!

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Tweet from @feministcampus

Tweet from @feministcampus | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
University of Tennessee-Knoxville feasting with feminist and planning for Election Day! #voteno1tn we ready! #gohv pic.twitter.com/SZsBxZotcC
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Active Citizens ROCK!

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Election Protection · You Have the Right to Vote

Election Protection · You Have the Right to Vote | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Working 365 days to advance and defend your right to vote
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The nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process.


Through our state of the art hotlines: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (administered by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law) and 1-888-Ve-Y-Vota (administered by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Education Fund), this website, and comprehensive voter protection field programs across the country, we provide Americans from coast to coast with comprehensive voter information and advice on how they can make sure their vote is counted.

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Remember in November

Remember in November | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

#RememberInNovember

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Women can make the difference. VOTE. Even if you just vote on one thing. VOTE.

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Pre-Election To-Do List for Women Voters

Pre-Election To-Do List for Women Voters | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Ladies, are you ready to vote? Your role in an election is about much more than marking a ballot. You need to know your voting rights and learn about the midterm election before you vote. Read more »
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I'm voting for....

I'm voting for.... | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
I'm voting for #equalpay on #Nov4. What are you voting for? #rallywomen pic.twitter.com/aqWvi6vHej
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Marriage Equality in Arizona

Marriage Equality in Arizona | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
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Congratulations!


Image shared with us by Donna Kuykendall Stebbins.

 
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Bill Cosby Resigns After 32 Years on Temple’s Board

Bill Cosby Resigns After 32 Years on Temple’s Board | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Bill Cosby tendered his resignation Monday, as his fellow board members were reportedly preparing to discuss whether he would remain on the Temple University board.
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Robert Reich: A Republican Senate would be an epic disaster for women

Robert Reich: A Republican Senate would be an epic disaster for women | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
The former secretary of labor lays out exactly what's at stake in the midterm elections tomorrow
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TODAY!

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Rock the Vote

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#rockthevote  #rememberinnovember #vote14

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Vote - prove them wrong.

Vote - prove them wrong. | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
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I will not turn the clocks back on my equality.

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The Voter's Self Defense System

The Voter's Self Defense System | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Project Vote Smart provides free, unbiased, in-depth information about current officials, candidates, issues, legislation, and voting. Non-partisan and nonprofit since 1988.
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Still have questions about candidates? Here is a non partisan source on formation.

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10 Empowering Quotes from Latina Women You Need to Know

10 Empowering Quotes from Latina Women You Need to Know | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Prepare to be uplifted.
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Yes, Women Can!

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Call to Active Citizens: VOTE

Call to Active Citizens: VOTE | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

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#RememberInNovember

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Your vote matters

Your vote matters | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
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@coffeepartyusa #RememberInNovember

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On this day in 1915 women marched for the right to vote

On this day in 1915 women marched for the right to vote | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
On this day in 1915, twenty-five thousand women marched up New York City's Fifth Avenue protesting for the right to vote.

Five more years would pass before the 19th Amendment was ratified by Congress.
 
 
Thanks to Lorraine Lea and Independent Voter.
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We must vote for ourselves and for those whose right to vote is still being challenged.

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Polls: Voters Connect Abortion Access and Economic Opportunities

Polls: Voters Connect Abortion Access and Economic Opportunities | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
In one poll of New York and Pennsylvania voters, three-quarters of respondents said that a woman’s ability to control whether to have children is linked to equality and financial stability.
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#RememberInNovember

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#RememberInNovember

#RememberInNovember | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
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Image thanks to Jeanene @coffeepartyusa

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Texas Women Forced to Reassess After New Ruling on Abortions

Texas Women Forced to Reassess After New Ruling on Abortions | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Thirteen clinics across Texas were forced to stop performing abortions because they did not meet the standards of a hospital-style surgery center, as now mandated by law.
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To paraphrase Chuck Todd on Meet the Press on Sunday: Why do thosewho think government regulation is a bad thing think it is a good thing if it is regulating a clinic that does abortions?

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