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Voting Rights 2013: Augustine Carter

by Annabel Park, Story of America

Augustine Carter, an 85-year-old voter in Richmond, Virginia, tells her story of the trouble she went through to vote in 2012. Born in 1928, she never had a birth certificate and she never got a driver's license because she decided years ago that driving wasn't for her. Her baptism certificate was sufficient for all identification purposes until the 2012 election. She had to go through a Kafka-esque bureaucracy including being told by someone at the Motor Vehicle Administration that she couldn't prove that she was not a terrorist. [MORE]


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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.


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The Success of the Voter Fraud Myth

The Success of the Voter Fraud Myth | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

There is essentially no voter fraud in America, but some Republicans have spread the myth so persistently that a lot of people now believe it.


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Don't be fooled by the echo chamber. Voter fraud is not a reality in today's America.#VoteAnyway

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Charlotte Vaughan Coyle's curator insight, September 20, 9:28 PM
"How does a lie come to be widely taken as the truth? The answer is disturbingly simple: Repeat it over and over again. When faced with facts that contradict the lie, repeat it louder. This, in a nutshell, is the story of claims of voting fraud in America — and particularly of voter impersonation fraud, the only kind that voter ID laws can possibly prevent..."
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Why Marianne is Going to #VoteAnyway

This is scaring me.

Please fellow Bernie supporters please think this through. Yes we KNOW the DNC cheated in the primaries but it is done. Hillary is the nominee. We have to face it and move on and work to change the system as best we can going forward.

This is what Bernie is telling us. We trusted him because he has always had prophetic like vision on everything his entire life. We cannot vote for a candidate with absolutely no chance of winning thereby allowing two fascists to be elected and making the Supreme Court to become right wing for the next 25 years destroying women's and civil rights and god knows what else.

I get it that the the Democrats were stupid by putting their finger on the scale. I get that they are corrupt but Trump is a narcissistic maniac and if we Bernie supporters vote for Jill Stein ESPECIALLY in a swing state here in Florida things are going to be very bad in this country.

It is going to make me sick to my stomach to vote for Hillary but it has to be done. Once she is elected we start from DAY ONE and put her feet to the fire. It will be a lot of work but it can be done. With Trump as president and the GOP holding both houses.... well... I will make myself sick and vote for Hillary and then start the very hard work. At least it will be possible.

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Share your #voteanyway story at voteanyway@coffeepartyusa.com

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My friend - full of integrity - balances passion with practicality. This election needs both-and.
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Entire Indiana Fever team takes a knee during national anthem at playoff game, fans react online

Entire Indiana Fever team takes a knee during national anthem at playoff game, fans react online | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- The entire roster of the Indiana Fever took a knee during the national anthem Wednesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse as the WNBA team prepared to take on the Phoenix Mercury. The players locked arms and lowered their heads as the anthem played.
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Because it is time to admit, address, and move on past racism. #BlackLivesMatter

 

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Too Little Too Late for Real Zika Management | NARAL

Too Little Too Late for Real Zika Management | NARAL | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
The #GOP spent too long playing partisan games to combat #Zika & now it’s too little, too late. https://t.co/r4Z0KOLrpZ
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Public Health is Women's Health. 

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No Democracy Day? #VoteAnyway

No Democracy Day? #VoteAnyway | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

I plan to use the next four years to make elections what they should be. In the meantime, I'm going to vote and I am going to support other people in voting. And you?

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No Democracy Day? #VoteAnyway

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Court Blocks Proof-Of-Citizenship Requirement For Voters In 3 States

Court Blocks Proof-Of-Citizenship Requirement For Voters In 3 States | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Alabama, Georgia and Kansas will not be allowed to require proof of citizenship on a federal mail voter registration form. Only Kansas has been actively enforcing the controversial rule.

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If voting did not matter, there would not be so many efforts to stop us from voting.

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Women Are Using Art To Start Important Conversations About Mental Health

Women Are Using Art To Start Important Conversations About Mental Health | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
BuzzFeed News spoke to artists about why there needs to be more conversations about mental health among black women – a demographi
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Support our sisters!

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Nonpartisan Organizing in the Most Divided of Times: The League of Women Voters

Nonpartisan Organizing in the Most Divided of Times: The League of Women Voters | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Based on the ever-updating polls, this presidential election could be one of the strangest ever. Hillary Clinton has been dogged by allegations about her email practices while Secretary of State, w…
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It may be harder to get to the facts given the drama-queen media coverage, but #VoteAnyway!

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Lawmakers Push for Zika Funding Bill that Protects Family Planning | Feminist Majority Foundation Blog

Lawmakers Push for Zika Funding Bill that Protects Family Planning | Feminist Majority Foundation Blog | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Yesterday, the Senate blocked the House’s inadequate Zika response bill that would have cut funding for Planned Parenthood.

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Our Congress needs to do better than this. 

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Janie and Charlotte Discussing Sincere Differences Sincerely

Janie and Charlotte Discussing Sincere Differences Sincerely | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Janie and Charlotte were best friends in college. They both grew up in the same fundamentalist denomination in the Bible Belt of Texas. They both remain Christian but have grown in different ways: …
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I am enjoying this ongoing dialog between long time friends with very different politics. #InciteCivility

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Supreme Court won’t let North Carolina use strict voting law

Supreme Court won’t let North Carolina use strict voting law | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
The justices said they wouldn’t stay a ruling by a lower court, which found the law was unconstitutional because it would blunt the influence of African American voters.

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Now, get out there and vote, NC!

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Another consequence of an 8-member Supreme Court.
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ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge

ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Recognizing campuses committed to improving democratic engagement, increasing voter participation rates, and graduating informed and active citizens.
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#VoteAnyway

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Is she bossy or is she a leader?

Is she bossy or is she a leader? | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Gender bias is invisible. We can all learn to do better. 

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Gender bias is invisible. We can all learn to do better. 

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LIve a life that makes a difference

LIve a life that makes a difference | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Ever wonder what YOU can do that will make a difference? Here is a FB friend's answer. And yours? #InciteCivility I

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Life is a team sport. 

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Cheerleaders at Howard University take a knee before a game

Cheerleaders at Howard University take a knee before a game | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- Athletes across the country have been sitting or kneeling during the national anthem in recent weeks to protest police brutality and racism. But a football game in Washington, D.C. may mark the first time a squad of cheerleaders has taken a knee during the song.
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In 1970-71 I was a cheerleader at a west coast university. The Black Student Union was protesting the treatment of black students, especially by the athletic department. I was one of the three women on the squad that supported the cause. It came to a head during a halftime protest at a basketball game. Nothing violent, just annoying to those who did not support them. I did not mind giving up half time dancing. The post event reviews were harsh. So the three (all of us white) started wearing black arm bands to games. When the national anthem played, we stood, but turned out backs to the flag. They had the right to peaceful protest. We had the right to peaceful protest. The Viet Nam Vets on campus supported us. Anyone who knew what was really going on supported us. I learned then how easy it is for some people to have an opinion without knowing the facts. Now even more people have a chance to learn what I learned in 1970.

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GO BOLD to lift coverage bans!

GO BOLD to lift coverage bans! | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
We have a BOLD vision for a future without Hyde. Add your voice and GO BOLD with us. #BeBoldEndHyde
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The outdated Hyde Amendment is a legislative provision barring the use of certain federal funds to pay for abortion except to save the life of the mother, or if the pregnancy arises from incest or rape.

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Voting Rights Are Stuck in the 60's

Voting Rights Are Stuck in the 60's | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
As we face the first presidential election without a fully functioning Voting Rights Act, it is critical to restore its full powers.

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We shall overcome.

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Charlotte Vaughan Coyle's curator insight, September 19, 3:41 PM
"In each of these cases—whether expressly written with an intent to disenfranchise voters of color or not—the effect has been to prevent a disproportionate number of African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and other minority groups from exercising their fundamental right to vote..."
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Good voting advice from the League of Women Voters

Good voting advice from the League of Women Voters | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

HOW TO PICK A CANDIDATE

 

Step One:  Learn about the specific duties of the office and the skills and personal qualities needed to succeed well in the position.  This principle applies to every elective office, from local officials to the President of the United States.

 

Step Two:  Evaluate which candidate’s personal characteristics, life experiences, and skills would best enable him or her to carry out the duties of the office. For example:

 

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Intelligence
  • Knowledge base that matches duties
  • Social skills – ability to relate to all constituents
  • Temperament/Sound Judgment
  • Integrity/Honesty

 

LIFE EXPERIENCES:

  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Leadership and management skills
  • Other experiences relevant to office duties

 

Step Three:   Watch the candidate’s campaign performance and study his or her policy platform and proposals.  While it is likely that no candidate will totally match your views, consider which person would best exercise the duties of the office being sought.  Here are some guidelines:

 

CAMPAIGN PLATFORM AND PERFORMANCE

  • Major issues identified
  • Explicit, workable policies detailed
  • Only achievable promises made
  • Personal attacks on opponent avoided
  • Truthfulness evidenced
  • Campaign donors revealed

 

For More Information, check out this link -  http://www.smartvoter.org/voter/judgecan.htm

When you have studied the candidates and made your choice, be sure to Vote!

“Your Vote is Your Voice”


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Our chance to question the invisible, unconscious bias against women is here, now.

Our chance to question the invisible, unconscious bias against women is here, now. | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

The media, the public, and the candidates need to be willing to self-check our sad, unconscious, cultural bias that holds women to a different standard than men. Can we stop? Can we at least try?

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You do not have to be a big supporter to see that Mrs. Clinton is being shamed at every turn. "Can we stop? Can we at least try?" 

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How #NoDAPL united a movement for indigenous rights

How #NoDAPL united a movement for indigenous rights | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
The federal government's decision to halt work on the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline marked an important milestone for a movement years in the making.
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A victory for peaceful non violent protest and for the due process of law so often denied native Americans. 

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I Will Vote

I Will Vote | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Register to vote or check your registration in minutes.
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#VoteAnyway

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I am going to #VoteAnyway. This election is too important
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The "human computers" who helped NASA win the space race - yes, many were women of color

The "human computers" who helped NASA win the space race - yes, many were women of color | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
America’s triumphs in space exploration were made possible by a hidden group of employees the country didn’t see
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Not in your history books? Isn't that a shame. 

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Another Labor Day Hero

Another Labor Day Hero | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

We honor the women who championed the causes of the American Worker.

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We can do it!

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Why I Am Going to #VoteAnyway | Jeanene Louden

Why I Am Going to #VoteAnyway | Jeanene Louden | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Being from a family of eight has some similarities to being a member of the United Nations, at least when it comes to politics. So, you may well imagine how the drama of the presidential election to date has played out: every way possible.

 

One of us was pro-Bernie from the get-go, and very active in his campaign. She considers the actions by the Democratic Party prior to and during the convention unforgivable, so she refuses to vote for the resulting nominee. She is so upset that, even though she has worked at her local polling place for decades, she refuses to work there this November.

 

Another sibling considers himself a Christian Conservative and is displeased with the Republican nominee. As of today he will not be casting a vote for anyone for president.

 

I admit to being conflicted as well. Frankly, given the do-nothing Congress, I like the idea that the president should be a lottery, drawn from the names of all registered voters!

 

But, I am going to vote anyway.

 

My civic duty is to show up and be counted. I have to do the best I can with what is in front of me. I like my Senator and Representative and I want to keep them in office. I care who is on City Council. I care about the initiatives that come to The People from The People. I have accepted the duty of citizenship. I take it seriously. I will vote.

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I am going to #VoteAnyway

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The Myth of the 19th Amendment

The Myth of the 19th Amendment | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
In June, Hillary Clinton took the stage in Brooklyn to celebrate securing enough delegates to become the presumptive Democratic nominee for president
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It is important to celebrate milestones. It is just as critical to recognize them as markers on longer journeys toward freedom and equality. Especially in an era when states are using voter ID laws and other measures to suppress minority voting power, we should not turn the milestone of the 19th  Amendment into the myth of universal women’s enfranchisement. If we do, we risk diminishing the lengthier and more arduous struggles to achieve gender and racial equality in the political arena. Political revolutions take a long time and hard work. Hillary Clinton’s nomination for president is an important milestone, but not the final step, along this path.

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