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"You Don't Own Me" PSA - Official

Women constitute more than half of the population. In 2008, 60% of voters were women.

 

When women vote, women win.


Remember in NOVERMBER.

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Words of Courage and Conviction

Words of Courage and Conviction | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Arundhati Roy (born November 24, 1961) is an Indian novelist, activist and a world citizen. She won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her first novel The God of Small Things.

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It’s Come to This: UN to Monitor US Election Process

It’s Come to This: UN to Monitor US Election Process | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

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It used to be that the United States was the standard bearer for freedom and democracy, that we were the country others looked to for help and guidance on how to run a free and honest election.


But no more and it’s a very sad thing.


Due to the rise in voter suppression efforts by the Republican Party, the ACLU, NAACP and other civil rights organizations have requested that the United Nations monitor this year’s general election, in fear that millions could be harassed or even forbidden from voting.


“The Republican organization today is extremely dangerous, not just to this country, but to the world. It’s worth expending some effort to prevent their rise to power...


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Tagg Romney Invested in Ohio Electronic Voting Machines

Tagg Romney Invested in Ohio Electronic Voting Machines | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

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If the Romney’s can’t win legally, they’ll take over Ohio’s electronic voting machines through investments, a direct conflict of interest in a contentious state in this election.


The new owners of Ohio’s voting machines under the brand name HART Intercivic is none other than Tagg Romney the son of one of the candidates Mitt Romney. In recent weeks Tagg has taken a more “active role in his father’s campaign management” but when you look further, he also has a major problem with that role.


By virtue of conflict of interest alone, this role should be investigated by the DOJ preferably involving the addition of the FBI, Homeland Security and the CIA to ensure this connection will not endanger the vote in Ohio and other states.


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McGovern ahead of his time - dies at age 90

McGovern ahead of his time - dies at age 90 | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by SCOTT LILLY,

CNN.com Opinion


George McGovern rode the swirling social and political currents of America in the late 1960s and early 1970s to lead a political movement that permanently changed the nation in ways that we still do not fully understand.


A mild-mannered Midwestern intellectual, World War II combat hero and son of a Methodist minister, he became the leading edge of a storm promising (or threatening, depending on your point of view) transformative change on a wide range of issues including foreign policy, the electoral process and the rights of women.


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Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital

Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

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How the GOP presidential candidate and his private equity firm staged an epic wealth grab, destroyed jobs and stuck others with the bill...

 

"And this is where we get to the hypocrisy at the heart of Mitt Romney. Everyone knows that he is fantastically rich, having scored great success, the legend goes, as a "turnaround specialist," a shrewd financial operator who revived moribund companies as a high-priced consultant for a storied Wall Street private equity firm. But what most voters don't know is the way Mitt Romney actually made his fortune: by borrowing vast sums of money that other people were forced to pay back. This is the plain, stark reality that has somehow eluded America's top political journalists for two consecutive presidential campaigns: Mitt Romney is one of the greatest and most irresponsible debt creators of all time. In the past few decades, in fact, Romney has piled more debt onto more unsuspecting companies, written more gigantic checks that other people have to cover, than perhaps all but a handful of people on planet Earth."


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Herman Cain's Nationwide Worker Intimidation Tour

Herman Cain's Nationwide Worker Intimidation Tour | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by GEORGE ZORNICK, The Nation


Herman Cain Herman Cain addresses small business owners in Philadelphia on Friday, October 19. Photo by George Zornick.


“The problem,” former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain told a ballroom of about thirty people in Philadelphia on Friday afternoon, “is we have a president who does not believe in a free marketplace. This is why his whole campaign is about class warfare. Playing the race card. Divisiveness. And as some of us know, deception.”


These are boilerplate attacks from Cain, but this was not a typical Tea Party rally. This was yet another stop on Cain’s “Job Creators Truth Tour 2012,” the fifth this week and one of thirty that will happen before the election. The audience was “job creators” from the Philadelphia area—small-business owners who were there to learn how to influence their employees vote in November.


The tour is funded by the Job Creator Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) that doesn’t disclose donors. It was created after the GOP primary by Cain and Bernie Marcus, a billionaire co-founder of Home Depot and conservative activist. Hansen said all the materials had been cleared with Federal Election Commission and National Labor Relations Board Lawyers, and do not break the law. That may be true—the Citizens United decisionmade it legal for employers to subject employees to partisan, one-sided political speeches or information—though they are still barred from making implicit or explicit threats about voting for the “wrong” candidate, which some of these materials seem to flirt with doing.


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Paul Ryan: What War On Women?

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by LAURA BASSETT, Huffington Post

Paul Ryan Mocks 'War On Women' At Private Fundraiser


At a private fundraiser in Naples, Fla., on Thursday, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan mocked the so-called "war on women."

“Now it’s a war on women; tomorrow it’s going to be a war on left-handed Irishmen or something like that,” Ryan told the crowd of donors, according to Shushanna Walshe of ABC News.


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Wage-gap debate questioner Katherine Fenton “absolutely not” a feminist

Wage-gap debate questioner Katherine Fenton “absolutely not” a feminist | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by IRIN CARMON, Salon.com


It took roughly 30 seconds after she asked about the wage gap last night for the right to start calling Katherine Fenton a left-wing conspiracy, vainly trying to connect her to someone who worked for Code Pink, calling her a “feminazi,” and a “party girl.”Reached by Salon at her home in Floral Park, N.Y., today, Fenton confirmed that she’s no plant. She is, she says, a 24-year-old pre-K teacher and an undecided voter. Still undecided, in fact. And not a feminist.


Despite asking a question that raised the hackles of the anti-feminist brigade, Fenton was vehement when I asked her if she’s a feminist. “Absolutely not,” she said. “I’m a 24-year-old woman that lives in the United States and feels like I should be treated the same as anyone else. That makes me a normal human being.”


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OH Early Voting Permitted

OH Early Voting Permitted | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Yesterday the Supreme Court refused a request to hear an appeal that asked the High Court to overturn a lower court’s ruling that allows early voting for all Ohio residents.


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Quote that made my hair stand on end from Romney.

Quote that made my hair stand on end from Romney. | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by DEBILYN MOLINEAUX,

Co-Host, LUNCH WITH LOUDEN


"And so, in terms of bringing down deductions, one way of doing that would be say everybody gets - I'll pick a number - $25,000 of deductions and credits, and you can decide which ones to use. Your home mortgage interest deduction, charity, child tax credit, and so forth, you can use those as part of filling that bucket, if you will, of deductions.


(Note from Debilyn: we have this already, currently called itemized deductions!)


But your (tax) rate comes down and the burden also comes down on you for one more reason, and that is every middle-income taxpayer no longer will pay any tax on interest, dividends or capital gains. No tax on your savings. That makes life a lot easier."


(Question from Debilyn: Do you have much income from interest, dividends or capital gains? Me neither.)

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Jessica English's comment, October 17, 2012 11:29 PM
LOL! So true... when was the last time I had a dividend and a bank was paying interest keeping up with inflation??? Is this guy still in the 80's???
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Koch Social Media Policy May Be Unlawful; Employers Still Have Broad Leeway to Limit Employee Speech

Koch Social Media Policy May Be Unlawful; Employers Still Have Broad Leeway to Limit Employee Speech | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
As a private employer the Kochs can even limit their employees' speech, since the First Amendment only protects against government infringement on free speech and expression.


Kochs, Other Employers Retain Broad Latitude to Impose Views


Koch Industries' lawyers can likely rewrite the social media policy to pass muster under the National Labor Relations Act. And under the broad definition of corporate political speech in Citizens United, the Kochs and other employers can use their position of economic power to engage in various other forms of political intimidation or coercion.


This includes mailers like those sent by the Kochs or Westgate Resorts CEO David Siegel, as well as mandatory political meetings where workers must listen to their employer's political views under the threat of termination. It also includes events like the Romney campaign rally in Ohio last August, where miners employed by Murray Energy were required to attend without pay. Murray Energy CEO Bob Murray is a major Republican benefactor who has also reportedly compelled employees to contribute to his favored political candidates.


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Low wages keep many hard workers in the 47%

Low wages keep many hard workers in the 47% | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by PEGGY WIREMAN, The Cap Times


Who will you see today who is part of the 47 percent? Child care workers, retail sales people, nursing aides, janitors, office clerks and teacher assistants all may be “takers” who need food stamps and other safety net programs.


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Who Created the Voter-Fraud Myth?

Who Created the Voter-Fraud Myth? | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JANE MAYER,  The New Yorker

 

Teresa Sharp is fifty-three years old and has lived in a modest single-family house on Millsdale Street, in a suburb of Cincinnati, for nearly thirty-three years. A lifelong Democrat, she has voted in every Presidential election since she turned eighteen. So she was agitated when an official summons from the Hamilton County Board of Elections arrived in the mail last month. Hamilton County, which includes Cincinnati, is one of the most populous regions of the most fiercely contested state in the 2012 election. No Republican candidate has ever won the Presidency without carrying Ohio, and recent polls show Barack Obama and Mitt Romney almost even in the state. Every vote may matter, including those cast by the seven members of the Sharp family—Teresa, her husband, four grown children, and an elderly aunt—living in the Millsdale Street house.

 

The letter, which cited arcane legal statutes and was printed on government letterhead, was dated September 4th. “You are hereby notified that your right to vote has been challenged by a qualified elector,” it said. “The Hamilton County Board of Elections has scheduled a hearing regarding your right to vote on Monday, September 10th, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. . . . You have the right to appear and testify, call witnesses and be represented by counsel.”


“My first thought was, Oh, no!” Sharp, who is African-American, said. “They ain’t messing with us poor black folks! Who is challenging my right to vote?”


The answer to Sharp’s question is that a new watchdog group, the Ohio Voter Integrity Project, which polices voter-registration rolls in search of “electoral irregularities,” raised questions about her eligibility after consulting a government-compiled list of local properties and mistakenly identifying her house as a vacant lot.
The Sharp household had first been identified as suspicious by computer software that had been provided to the Ohio Voter Integrity Project by a national organization called True the Vote. The software, which has been distributed to similar groups around the country, is used to flag certain households, including those with six or more registered voters. This approach inevitably pinpoints many lower-income residents, students, and extended families. [MORE]

 

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George McGovern: Touchstone of Liberalism | R.I.P.

George McGovern: Touchstone of Liberalism | R.I.P. | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JOHN NICHOLS

 

For the better part of his American century, George McGovern's was America's most prominent advocate for peace with the world and justice at home, a progressive internationalist and prairie populist from the Cold War era when he grabbed a South Dakota congressional seat from Dwight Eisenhower's Republicans to the Obama era when he prodded a young president from his own Democratic Party to bring the troops home from Afghanistan.

 

McGovern, who has died at the age of 90, will always be best remembered for his visionary 1972 presidential campaign as the most progressive nominee ever selected by the Democratic Party to seek the nation's highest office.

 

McGovern mounted that 1972 run as veteran activist who has served in the House and Senate before he carried the banner of his friend Robert F. Kennedy's candidacy into the traumatic 1968 Democratic National Convention. And McGovern followed his 1972 defeat with another 40 years as campaigning as the elder statesman of an American left for which his name became a touchstone -- even as right-wingers made "McGovernism" the name for the politics they most feared. [MORE]


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Steps to Counter Voter Suppression

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by BILL FLETCHER, JR. (Black Voices News)

 

Hopefully by now you have heard a thing or two about efforts on the part of the Republicans to suppress the votes of minorities, youth, the elderly, union members and many veterans. The plot is fairly simple: make it especially difficult to vote by setting up all sort of systems of identification in the name of avoiding alleged voter fraud. The fact that voter fraud has not been a major issue in the U.S. in recent memory is irrelevant for the Republicans since their principal objective is to decrease the potential turnout on the part of voters likely to go with Democratic candidates.

 

In the last year, with the increased attention on voter suppression efforts, there have been counter-efforts undertaken to minimize this threat. Various organizations have worked to ensure that voters have the proper identification. Many courageous individuals and groups have also challenged these anti-democratic laws in courts and, in many cases, won.

 

On Election Day, however, there are a variety of challenges for which we must prepare. Among other things we have to make sure that the voting machines correctly tabulate the vote. This will be helped by good poll watchers who can get a sense of the mood of the voters. If there are apparent regularities we need to be ready to yell “foul” immediately... [MORE]


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Attorney General Eric Holder: Investigate Tagg Romney owning voting machines in OHIO

Attorney General Eric Holder: Investigate Tagg Romney owning voting machines in OHIO | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Change.org


Citizen Jacqueline Morris of Everett, Washington, is petitioning the Department of Justice to investigate the fact that Tagg Romney, son of presidential candidate Romney, has aquired an ownership position in the company that provides voting machines in Ohio. Click the headline to go to the petition signing site.

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ― Nelson Mandela

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  ― Nelson Mandela | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
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The Bottom Line | The Middle Class

The Bottom Line | The Middle Class | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Dr. Peggy Wireman, author of Connecting the Dots: Government, Community and Family, and an ebook, Connecting the Dots: A Community Action Guide is our guest.  I invite you to check out her blog Connecting the Dots because she is joining us for a dynamic discussion on the new economy and what it means for families.  What opportunities does the new economy offer you and your family?  Give us a call (646) 929-2495. 


We have distinct choices in this election, when it comes to economic policy, and not just in the race for the presidency.  Did you grow up in the middle class, and go to college only to find yourself working for poverty wages?  So many of the jobs that have been created over the last 30 years are poverty level jobs.  Check out Dr. Wireman's job list !  1 in 5 Americans work for wages that do not provide enough of an income to support a family.  What are some of the consequences of those low incomes and how should our government and society respond?  Let's talk!  Do you agree with her assessments?  What are your ideas and are you voting for candidates who will support your thoughts?  

 

The Bottom Line | The Middle Class
Sunday Oct 21, 5pm ET
(646) 929-2495

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Dear Employees, I gladly impart my wisdom: pay attention!

Dear Employees, I gladly impart my wisdom: pay attention! | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JKL, Pointed Postcards


Dear Employees:


In this country of ours it is important to vote for the candidate of your choice. But today, more than ever, your future employment with this company depends upon how you vote.


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A qualified woman is hard to find?

A qualified woman is hard to find? | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

The politically charged atmosphere of this campaign season brought out an interesting issue, one that took the forefront in last night’s Presidential Debate. Governor Romney talked about having a “binder of information” on women who were qualified for appointment. What the public now knows is that the binder, or binders, he mentioned were produced as the effort of a coalition of women’s organizations led by the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus. We commend our local and state Caucuses who, like Massachusetts, regularly offer leadership and participate in bringing to light the gaps in representation.


“The National Women’s Political Caucus has historically supported political candidates who support equality and equity for women, and we have traditionally participated in encouraging women to seek appointed office as well,” said Linda Young, President of the National Women’s Political Caucus. “As an early partner in the feminist movement, our multipartisan grassroots organization has fought for women’s health, personal and economic rights for years. We challenge both Presidential Candidates to include a discussion around women’s equality in the final debate. This will show who is committed and who is not.” But needing to seek out “binders” of qualified women? Are they hiding?


It is time more women have a place at the decision-making table. We invite both Presidential Candidates to call on NWPC, one of the oldest organizations that support and spotlight women’s rights and issues for recommendations.


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Where are gay rights in this election?

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by ALEX PAREENE, Salon.com

(Photo Credit: Reuters/Jim Young)


Lots of people made lists, after the first two debates this month, of the topics that had been oddly ignored by moderators and candidates. And, thanks to Candy Crowley and a bunch of supposedly uncommitted Long Island residents, many of these issues were at least given lip service at last night’s debate, and some — immigration, yay! — got actual discussion, but it’s a bit weird that so far we’ve heard nothing about gay marriage, or LGBT rights in general.


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Five Ways Romney Alienated Women In The Second Presidential Debate

Five Ways Romney Alienated Women In The Second Presidential Debate | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by TARA CULT-RESSIER, ThinkProgress


Last night’s presidential debate marked the second time that President Obama and Mitt Romney faced off against each other, but the first time that the topics covered focused on issues that pertain to women, who did not get a single mention in the first debate in Denver. Obama has traditionally led female voters, particularly on his policies on contraception and abortion. Last night’s debate seemed to follow that pattern, as Romney made several blunders that served to alienate himself from women and women’s issues:


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Women's Issues Addressed in Debate, Decision Clearer than Ever

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Statement of NOW President Terry O'Neill


Last night's presidential debate finally got around to tackling women's rights issues, and the candidates' answers were telling. But first, NOW applauds moderator Candy Crowley for "going rogue" by daring to ask President Obama and Mitt Romney clarifying questions, trying to keep them on point and even doing some real-time fact checking. Crowley was a genuine role model up there, for both women and men. And she presided over a debate with plenty of substance on which voters can chew.


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