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The Global War Against Baby Girls

The Global War Against Baby Girls | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
In many countries, the ratio of newborn boys to girls has skewed dramatically.

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Civility under fire takes a strong belief in and respect for one another.

Civility under fire takes a strong belief in and respect for one another. | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Artist unknown, thanks to Christine Mueller for sharing the image.

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Grading Obama's First Term for Women

Grading Obama's First Term for Women | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by AMY SISKIND, Huffington Post


The goal of this article is to evaluate how women and women's issues have fared during President's Obama's first term. We'll examine the entire four years in order to gauge progress and unresolved shortcomings.


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Thanks to Tarzana Alec

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Voter Suppression Hits Too Close to Home for Jim Cramer

Voter Suppression Hits Too Close to Home for Jim Cramer | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton


Pennsylvania's voter ID law is hitting someone in the NBC family.


CNBC host Jim Cramer tweeted today that his father, a veteran, can't vote anymore because of voter ID. http://bit.ly/QD1Br3


UPDATE: Cramer's tweet got some attn, and his dad is set to vote now, but not everyone has a famous kid to help them out. http://bit.ly/Nnbb1x


The case goes before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in just two days. Share this if you want to see the law overturned permanently.

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Patrick Witty | Facebook

Patrick Witty | Facebook | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

I took this photograph exactly 11 years ago this morning, at 9:58 am, just as the South Tower of the World Trade Center began to collapse. I still do not know the names of the people in the picture, but would love to. Please share this picture in the hopes they contact me.


[A lovely image of our humanity in the face of tragedy. Thank you, Patrick Witty. -jkl]

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Domestic Workers Rights Are Women’s Rights

Domestic Workers Rights Are Women’s Rights | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by PREMILLA NADASEN,

MS Magazine Blog


Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) has a big decision to make for the cause of women’s rights. On his desk at the moment is a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights that recently passed both houses of the California legislature. The bill only needs Gov. Brown’s signature to become law; if he doesn’t sign it before September 30, it automatically becomes law.


The Bill of Rights–Assembly Bill 889 [PDF]–guarantees domestic workers overtime pay and lunch and rest breaks, and assures live-in workers that will be allowed sufficient sleep in adequate conditions. The Bill covers nannies, housekeepers and caregivers employed by private agencies, as well as those hired by individual families.


The provisions of the bill are hardly radical. They are rights that many of us wouldn’t think twice about. Of course, people deserve the right to eat lunch and should have the right to a full night’s rest. Why are we even talking about this?


Because these basic rights are routinely denied to household workers.


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You Can't Ever Stop Being Vigilant: The Role of Alternative Media in Protecting Democracy

You Can't Ever Stop Being Vigilant: The Role of Alternative Media in Protecting Democracy | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Beverly Bell interviews Leslie Thatcher, content relations editor at Truthout, one of a number of independent, non-commercial news sites that offer an alternative to corporate-controlled media. In a world where corporations are considered persons and a few individuals are funding the lion's share of the presidential elections, independent media is critical to keeping citizens informed and motivated defenders of democracy.

 

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Pat Robertson: Disobedient Wife “Rebellious Child,” So Become a Muslim and Beat Her

Pat Robertson: Disobedient Wife “Rebellious Child,” So Become a Muslim and Beat Her | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

"Is it any wonder that we have right-wing politicians in every state trying to roll back women’s rights when a prominent “Christian” waxes nostalgic on national television about the days when a man could beat his wife and jokes that the answer to a wife who won’t behave is to become a Muslim so he can beat her?"


[I have long called these busy-bodies CINOs: Christians In Name Only. This is the best example of the worst. -jkl]

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Disposable is the word recently

Disposable is the word recently | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

[Amen. -jkl]


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Can I Vote? | Find Out If You Are Registered to Vote

Can I Vote? | Find Out If You Are Registered to Vote | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Need help with voting? You've come to the right place. This nonpartisan web site was created by state election officials to help eligible voters figure out how and where to go vote. Choose a category below to get started.


Visit the National Association of Secretaries of State website for more 2012 election information. If you are an active duty member of the uniformed services, or a citizen living outside of the United States, please visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website.


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Nun on the Bus Takes the Podium

Nun on the Bus Takes the Podium | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by Alicia Mundy, The Wall Street Journal


Sister Simone Campbell, whose organization started the "Nuns on the Bus" tour to protest Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan, addressed the Democratic convention.

 

[This speech won my TICKLE MY HEART award for the convention. - jkl]


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The Best of Reproductive Rights at the DNC

The Best of Reproductive Rights at the DNC | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ROBIN MARTY, RH Realtity Check, via Common Dreams

Photo (REUTERS/Eric Thayer)


"To this end, Democrats have introduced a long line of female speakers, politicians and advocates to address the issues explicitly facing women and their families, and have planned numerous events to rally their support.

Newark Mayor Cory 
Booker kicked off events at a Planned Parenthood Federation of America rally by drawing a stark contrast between the two conventions--the RNC spoke at women, while the Democrats were prepared to advocate for women.


He added, “I heard people stand up and say, ‘I love women.” I heard people say, ‘I’ve got a sister, I’ve got a mother.’ That’s like saying you’re not a bigot because you have a black friend. That’s like saying, ‘I love Latinos, I go to Taco Bell every week,’” drawing laughter and cheers from the crowd.

“When it comes to your actions, when it comes to your deeds, when it comes to what you do every day, you are denigrating those very people you claim to love,” he said. “So I don’t understand how somebody can say they love women when they are denying women access to health care, when they are denying women strategies to protect their life, when they are implementing policies that undermine all the ground that we have gained, not as just women, but as this nation.”


[thanks to Stop The War On Women for this post - jkl]

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Why BE THE MEDIA?

Why BE THE MEDIA? | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

In 1983, 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the U.S. At the time, Ben Bagdikian was called "alarmist" for pointing this out in his book, The Media Monopoly. In his 4th edition, published in 1992, he wrote "in the U.S., fewer than two dozen of these extraordinary creatures own and operate 90% of the mass media" -- controlling almost all of America's newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations, books, records, movies, videos, wire services and photo agencies. He predicted then that eventually this number would fall to about half a dozen companies. This was greeted with skepticism at the time. When the 6th edition of The Media Monopoly was published in 2000, the number had fallen to six. Since then, there have been more mergers and the scope has expanded to include new media like the Internet market.


In 2004, Bagdikian's revised and expanded book, The New Media Monopoly, shows that only 5 huge corporations -- Time Warner, Disney, Murdoch's News Corporation, Bertelsmann of Germany, and Viacom (formerly CBS) -- now control most of the media industry in the U.S. General Electric's NBC is a close sixth.


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BE THE MEDIA: http://www.coffeepartyusa.com/social-media


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Transparency is good.

Transparency is good. | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
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Code Words & Trust: Lunch with Louden

Code Words & Trust: Lunch with Louden | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Now available for streaming or downloading. This is a fast hour!


Do you know the CODE? Some call it "dog-whistling". Can you explain the value of secret meanings to everyday words like "patriot"? How can we ignite the fire we call American ingenuity and solve the many issues of the day if secret meaning to words keeps us from trusting one another?


The show begins with Aquene Fairchild from Public Citizen telling us about their DEMOCRACY IS FOR PEOPLE campaign, a grass roots movement to reverse or override the Citizens United Decision.


LUNCH WITH LOUDEN, Thursdays at 12:00 Noon Pacific


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Thanks for this, The Other 98%

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Only love and then oblivion. Love was all they had to set against their murderers

Only love and then oblivion. Love was all they had to set against their murderers | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Ian McEwan, The Guardian 
Saturday, 15 September 2001


"The building was on fire and there was no way down the stairs. She was calling to say goodbye. There was really only one thing for her to say, those three words that all the terrible art, the worst pop songs and movies, the most seductive lies, can somehow never cheapen. I love you.


She said it over and again before the line went dead. And that is what they were all saying down their phones, from the hijacked planes and the burning towers. There is only love, and then oblivion. Love was all they had to set against the hatred of their murderers."
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Thousands Rally in Chicago Teachers’ Strike, Pushing Back Against Corporatized Education Reform

Thousands Rally in Chicago Teachers’ Strike, Pushing Back Against Corporatized Education Reform | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Democracy NOW!


School is out in Chicago for a second day, as public school teachers continue their first strike in 25 years. Video report.

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There's a Girl in the Boy's "Room:" Gender Parity Advocacy Rooted in Pro-Business Language

There's a Girl in the Boy's "Room:" Gender Parity Advocacy Rooted in Pro-Business Language | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by SHEILA BAPAT, RH Reality Check


Last week, European Union Justice Minister Viviane Reding proposed requiring 40 percent female representation on all European Union (EU) public company boards by 2020 (state-owned companies must meet the requirement by 2018).


The 30 percent target is rooted in theories about critical mass (not to be confused with the cycling event). "Critical mass" refers to appointing enough women to a board of directors (or any leadership body) so as to impact the culture and substantive decisions of that board. Assuming a board comprised of about ten members, just one female board member may not necessarily make a difference, but two is better than one, and three is significantly better than two.


According to the 30 Percent Coalition’s research, hitting 30 percent female representation on boards affects governance in several ways. The content of boardroom discussion is more likely to include the perspectives of the multiple stakeholders that are affected by company performance, including employees, customers, and the community at large. A recent study about the substantive difference in opinion among female versus male economists underscores the importance of gender diversity in decision making bodies.


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For once, 9/11 attacks play small role in election

For once, 9/11 attacks play small role in election | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JUDY PACE

 

For the first time in a decade, the Sept. 11 attacks and the wars that resulted are not the focus of the presidential campaign.

 

President Barack Obama, who leads Republican Mitt Romney in polling on national security issues, may try to change that this fall as he seeks to sway undecided voters and traditional GOP constituencies in a tight race.

 

"In a world of new threats and new challenges, you can choose leadership that has been tested and proven," the president said last week while accepting the Democratic Party's nomination, attempting to draw a contrast with a GOP presidential ticket that has little foreign policy experience.

 

"I promised to refocus on the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11. And we have," Obama added. "A new tower rises above the New York skyline; al-Qaida is on the path to defeat; and Osama bin Laden is dead."

 

[Today] marks the 11th anniversary of the attacks that left nearly 3,000 people dead and led to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. [MORE]

 


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The Bush White House Was Deaf to 9/11 Warnings

The Bush White House Was Deaf to 9/11 Warnings | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by KURT EICHENWALD,

New York Times OP ED


The direct warnings to Mr. Bush about the possibility of a Qaeda attack began in the spring of 2001. By May 1, the Central Intelligence Agency told the White House of a report that “a group presently in the United States” was planning a terrorist operation. Weeks later, on June 22, the daily brief reported that Qaeda strikes could be “imminent,” although intelligence suggested the time frame was flexible.

But some in the administration considered the warning to be just bluster. An intelligence official and a member of the Bush administration both told me in interviews that the neoconservative leaders who had recently assumed power at the Pentagon were warning the White House that the C.I.A. had been fooled; according to this theory, Bin Laden was merely pretending to be planning an attack to distract the administration from Saddam Hussein, whom the neoconservatives saw as a greater threat. Intelligence officials, these sources said, protested that the idea of Bin Laden, an Islamic fundamentalist, conspiring with Mr. Hussein, an Iraqi secularist, was ridiculous, but the neoconservatives’ suspicions were nevertheless carrying the day.

In response, the C.I.A. prepared an analysis that all but pleaded with the White House to accept that the danger from Bin Laden was real.

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Obama to young Hawaiian: 'You have a birth certificate?'

Obama to young Hawaiian: 'You have a birth certificate?' | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Click the headline for a little campaign humor. Aloha and mahalo. - jkl


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The Fake War on IN GOD WE TRUST

The Fake War on IN GOD WE TRUST | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Republican Mitt Romney thrust God to the center of the White House race Saturday, in a culture war strike that prompted Barack Obama's team to brand him extreme and divisive.


Romney plays God card in swing state struggle

by MICHAEL MAATHES, Agence France-Presse

Romney appeared with televangelist Pat Robertson in the key swing state of Virginia, and seized upon the row at last week's Democratic convention sparked when delegates removed language about God from their platform.


After reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, Romney told the crowd: "I will not take God out of... our platform. I will not take God out of my heart. We are a nation that's bestowed by God."

Romney said Americans needed a new president who will "commit to a nation under God that recognizes that we, the American people, were given our rights not by government but by God himself."


The former Massachusetts governor also appeared to imply that Democrats wanted to remove the phrase "In God We Trust" from US currency.

The Obama campaign swiftly responded to Romney's rhetoric, describing it as a "Hail Mary" pass -- a desperate long throw in the dying moments of an American football game when defeat is nigh.


Spokeswoman Lis Smith accused the Republican nominee of launching "extreme and untrue attacks against the president and associating with some of the most strident and divisive voices in the Republican Party."


"This isn't a recipe for making America stronger, it's a recipe for division and taking us backward," Smith said.


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Escaping the morass of incivility

Escaping the morass of incivility | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Character Counts in Iowa


Our 2012 Iowa Character Awards dinner was held on August 3.  Among the 13 award recipients was Dr. David Maxwell, president of Drake University.  The following is an excerpt from Dr. Maxwell’s speech.


‘. . .  We realize that freedom of thought and freedom of expression produce conflict and challenge.  We encourage civil debate and discussion of divergent perspectives and opinions in a manner that affirms our community.  We seek to create a community in which shared purpose transcends difference and respect for human dignity transcends conflict. . .


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[A Coffee Party Core Value, Civility: We empathize and engage with one another exercising humility, listening, honesty and respect, in order to provide an emotionally safe environment even when we disagree. (Thanks to CitizenNow for providing inspration and contributing heavily to this work.) - jkl]

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