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In defense of a living wage

In defense of a living wage | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JOHN CASHON


Growing up, it was a lot cheaper buying things. You may have heard it from your grandparents how they used to pay just a smidgen of what we do today. I know I did. “I used to buy that candy bar for a nickel,” they would say, “and new cars were only five hundred dollars in my day.” This was our past, but what about the future?


Think about this. The dollar doesn’t buy anywhere near to what it did in the past, but our wages have been staying the same or going steadily down for some.


Let’s say nothing is done for the next twenty years, and our wages remain stagnant during that time, and then think about how much you are getting paid now and imagine what you will be able to afford in the future, knowing that you will not be able to buy half of what you can now. It’s just not sustainable.


To become rich is the American dream but to lord that money over everyone else without giving them the chance to do the same is not. There are some that act as if they have become the new ‘Aristocracy of America’ and feel entitled to their station in life over others, but it was because of this that many people immigrated to the United States. They wanted to get away from the ‘Old Aristocracy’ in Europe so they would have a fair chance to succeed.


This reminds me of something that Thomas Jefferson wrote in a letter to Henry Lee on August 10th,1824:


"Men by their constitutions are naturally divided into two parties: 1. Those who fear and distrust the people, and wish to draw all powers from them into the hands of the higher classes. 2. Those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them, cherish and consider them as the most honest and safe, although not the most wise depositary of the public interests. In every country these two parties exist, and in every one where they are free to think, speak, and write, they will declare themselves. Call them, therefore, liberals and serviles, Jacobins and Ultras, whigs and tories, republicans and federalists, aristocrats and democrats, or by whatever name you please, they are the same parties still and pursue the same object. The last appellation of aristocrats and democrats is the true one expressing the essence of all."


It doesn’t matter what time period, there will always be those that want the return of the old ways, but everyone else should have the ability to disagree, and demand that everyone has the chance to be included.


A living wage is as important to every American as it is for our defense, and it is not an entitlement to ask for one; it is a right. Is this not something that most of us have in common no matter our political differences? We all want to get paid our worth. [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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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.
Coffee Party USA's insight:

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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The Obvious Relationship Between Climate and Family Planning - and Why We Don't Talk About It

The Obvious Relationship Between Climate and Family Planning - and Why We Don't Talk About It | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Policy makers need to recognize that family-planning policies affect a host of other issues.
J'nene Solidarity Kay's insight:

Our carbon problem = persons x services x the energy intensity of services x the carbon intensity of energy. The number of people is growing....

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State Official Decides To Change Harsh Clinic Regulations

State Official Decides To Change Harsh Clinic Regulations | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Virginia Health Commissioner Dr. Marissa Levine announced her decision on Wednesday that the state's tough restrictions on abortion clinics should be amended, in the latest development in an ongoing battle over abortion access.
J'nene Solidarity Kay's insight:

Let's all be guided more by medical science and less by personal preferences, please and thanks. 

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BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Halts Major Part Of North Carolina’s Voter Suppression Law

BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Halts Major Part Of North Carolina’s Voter Suppression Law | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
"[E]ven one disenfranchised voter" who is denied the right to vote on account of race "is too many."
J'nene Solidarity Kay's insight:

This is a good start. 

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Top Republicans Back Obama's Plan To Fight Islamic State

Top Republicans Back Obama's Plan To Fight Islamic State | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
By Patricia Zengerle and Amanda Becker
WASHINGTON, Sept 11 (Reuters) - The Republican leader of the U.S.
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Civility is for suckers: Campus hypocrisy and the “polite behavior” lie

Civility is for suckers: Campus hypocrisy and the “polite behavior” lie | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
When campus administrators hide behind the fig-leaf of "community," they're usually protecting a powerful agenda
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The censorship exercised by the Coffee Party is part of the reason I am no longer a dues paying member or a volunteer. IMHO, it is not the role of the board to decide what is and what isn't civil. In fact, the whole notion of a civility "pledge" is just the way in which the "powerful" in your organization controls people and their speech. I sincerely hope you Scooped this article as an exercise in self-reflection.
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One Year Later: How A Media Myth Helped Close Half Of Texas Women's Health Clinics

One Year Later: How A Media Myth Helped Close Half Of Texas Women's Health Clinics | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
One Year Later: How A Media Myth Helped Close Half Of Texas Women's Health Clinics via @mmfa http://t.co/vy5TZWJZO3 #ReproRights
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Full Show: The Crusade Against Reproductive Rights

Full Show: The Crusade Against Reproductive Rights | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

 Moyers & Company, BillMoyers.com


With new state laws and Supreme Court rulings, the battle over women’s reproductive rights is being fought more fiercely than ever. Roe v. Wade itself may be in peril. Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards joins Bill in the studio this week.

 

More than half of women in America now live in states hostile to abortion. We have extremists on one party and one party only to thank for that. If you vote FOR a Republican your are voting for a representative of a party that is AGAINST all women. Period. Full stop. - Greg Russak

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CALL TO ACTION: The Survivor Stories Blog Interview Project

CALL TO ACTION: The Survivor Stories Blog Interview Project | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

In honour of Mother’s Day 2014,  The Pixel Project cordially invites women and girls who have survived gender-based violence to join the Survivor Stories Blog Interview Project which will debut on 1 May 2014.


The project will feature an interview with a survivor per day on The Pixel Project’s blog throughout the month of May 2014. A total of 31 survivor stories will be featured and the focus of the interviews would be on how survivors have rebuilt their lives and/or healed from the violence.


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Missouri Republican: Having an abortion is a lot like buying a car or putting down new carpeting

Missouri Republican: Having an abortion is a lot like buying a car or putting down new carpeting | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Missouri state Rep. Chuck Gatschenberger thinks abortion requires thought -- like the decision to get a new rug
Coffee Party USA's insight:

Sheesh. 

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Exactly!

Exactly! | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
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Tax Day Actions: Lunch with Louden 4/10/14

Tax Day Actions: Lunch with Louden 4/10/14 | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
It's that time of year again. Time to reflect on where our tax money goes, who pays, who does not pay, and how we feel about it all. There are Tax Day Actions scheduled across America. Guests and callers will share how they will express themselves next Tuesday! Don't forget to visit the Lunch with Louden Facebook page to read background articles. You can even calculate how your personal tax dollars will be spent! LWL: Jeanene Louden and co-host Debilyn Molineaux talk about current events and look for opportunities to bridge political divides, expose corruption and share information not covered in mainstream media.
Coffee Party USA's insight:

How will you express your freedom of speech and right to assembly on this tax day?

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Marriage Equality in Arizona

Marriage Equality in Arizona | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Coffee Party USA's insight:

Congratulations!


Image shared with us by Donna Kuykendall Stebbins.

 
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Situation In Texas Is 'Urgent' After 13 Abortion Clinics Close Overnight

Situation In Texas Is 'Urgent' After 13 Abortion Clinics Close Overnight | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Thirteen abortion clinics shut down in Texas overnight after a federal appeals court decided to allow a strict new anti-abortion law to go into effect. The closures left only seven providers in Texas, and all are concentrated in urban areas.
J'nene Solidarity Kay's insight:

Smarty pants gaming of the system, TX legislature. Shame on you.

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When Bosses Discriminate Against Pregnant Women

When Bosses Discriminate Against Pregnant Women | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
In 2006, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received nearly 5,000 complaints from new moms—a 30 percent increase from the previous decade.
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Watch for this question in the upcoming Supreme Court session.

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EMILY's List — Republicans try talking to women voters again. And...

EMILY's List — Republicans try talking to women voters again. And... | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Republicans try talking to women voters again. And fail ever so epically.
(It’s a whole terrible series! here here here here here here)
J'nene Solidarity Kay's insight:

OMDog!

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EMILY's List — States With More Abortion Laws Have Less Support...

EMILY's List — States With More Abortion Laws Have Less Support... | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
States With More Abortion Laws Have Less Support For Women And Children’s Health: Report
J'nene Solidarity Kay's insight:

This makes no sense unless the restriction on abortion is not motivated by a love of children. 

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Judge Strikes Down Ohio's False Statement Campaign Law As Unconstitutional

Judge Strikes Down Ohio's False Statement Campaign Law As Unconstitutional | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
A federal judge has ruled that Ohio's ban on false statements against candidates seeking office is unconstitutional.
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Michael Moore: History will only remember “huge disappointment” Obama for his race

Michael Moore: History will only remember “huge disappointment” Obama for his race | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
The liberal filmmaker to the president: "Eight years of your life and that’s what people are going to remember"
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Breaking: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick Signs Clinic Protection Legislation

Breaking: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick Signs Clinic Protection Legislation | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed into law on Wednesday afternoon a bill designed to increase public safety and access around abortion provider facilities, following the Supreme Court’s buffer zone ruling last month.
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North Dakota abortion ban overturned

North Dakota abortion ban overturned | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

BBC News US and Canada / AP Photo


A US federal judge overthrows a North Dakota law banning abortion after the foetus' heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks in some cases.


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Moral Monday 7-15: Women speak up; 101 arrested

This is one of many videos we created to document the Moral Monday movement.  On this day, 101 people were arrested, but as you can see there is a lot more to a Moral Monday action. I've compiled our best Moral Monday videos from 2013 here.


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The Sleeping Giant is Awake

The Sleeping Giant is Awake | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
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April 9, 1975: Men and Women Agree – It’s Time for the Equal Rights Amendment

April 9, 1975: Men and Women Agree – It’s Time for the Equal Rights Amendment | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Founding Feminists is FMF’s daily herstory column.
Public support for the Equal Rights Amendment remains overwhelming, according to a Gallup Poll released today.
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Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed into law

Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed into law | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Governor Phil Bryant signed the controversial Senate Bill 2681 into law Thursday as LGBT supporters gathered in Jackson to protest the bill. Mississippi lawmakers passed the final version of the bill Tuesday that says state and local governments cannot put a substantial burden on religious practices.
Coffee Party USA's insight:

Sounds like double speak to me.

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