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Voter Registration, Office of Elections, State of Hawaii

Voter Registration, Office of Elections, State of Hawaii | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

State of Hawaii, Office of Elections


Today is the deadline to register to vote in the Primary Election.


We will remember in November... but only if we are registered to vote. Aloha!

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The DISCLOSE Act - so we can know who's buying our elections

The DISCLOSE Act - so we can know who's buying our elections | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

ACTION ALERT on today's LUNCH WITH LOUDEN: The US Senate will soon vote on legislation that will allow We the People to know who is bankrolling our politicians, and, today we are thrilled to host Lisa Rosenberg of the Sunlight Foundation, author of today's blog "What You Need to Know About the DISCLOSE Act."


Lisa Rosenberg is Sunlight's Government Affairs Consultant, lobbying Congress to make legislative changes to improve transparency in government. She has extensive experience in the legislative branch, having worked for many years on and off Capitol Hill. As a Legislative Assistant for Senator John Kerry, Lisa advised the senator on issues relating to technology, consumer protection, campaign finance reform and judicial nominations. As Counsel for the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee's Special Investigation into campaign finance irregularities, Lisa investigated illegal and improper campaign finance activities during the 1996 federal election and coordinated hearings for Ranking Member John Glenn.


Call in or listen in at 646-929-2495 12 Noon Pacific / 3 PM Eastern, stream or pod cast by hittling the title link!


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Many on Wall Street say greed isn't just good -- it's necessary

Many on Wall Street say greed isn't just good -- it's necessary | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times
art by Pirate Art Gallery
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A survey of 500 top Wall Street execs by the law firm Labaton Sucharow finds that 24% believe that professional money people need to engage in unethical or illegal behavior to be successful.


As we all know, Wall Street has been saying for years that no further regulatory oversight is necessary. Banks and brokerages are basically straight arrows, execs say, and can be trusted to do the right thing.


Apparently not. Any industry in which a quarter of workers believe they need to violate rules to get ahead is an industry that's inherently messed up.


That's why adult supervision from agencies such as the Consumer Financial Protection
Bureau is necessary.


That's why no one trusts these guys.

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Public Sector Job Losses Have Disproportionately Hurt Women

Public Sector Job Losses Have Disproportionately Hurt Women | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by PAT GAROFALO, Think Progress/Economy


Women have been disproportionately affected by the public sector layoffs that have become an unfortunate mainstay of the sluggish economic recovery, according to the National Women’s Law Center. The public sector has shed some 700,000 jobs in the last three years — which are the three worst years for public employment on record — and women have born the brunt of those cuts, while not seeing a large share of private sector job gains:


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$4.5 billion in food stamp cuts over 10 years

$4.5 billion in food stamp cuts over 10 years | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

"Many of the (food stamp/)SNAP recipients are way below the poverty line. The benefits even before the cuts are very, very modest. The average SNAP benefit is $4.35 a day per person. This may mean $90 a month less for households on SNAP. The maximum monthly allotment for a family of three right now is $526 (a month). ... We don't know how soup kitchens and food pantries will be able to accommodate the demand."

 

Ellen Vollinger on Senate's approval of the Farm Bill which includes $4.5 billion in food stamp cuts over 10 years. Food aid recipients have increased to nearly 46 million from 28 million just before the financial meltdown. [MORE]

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Trickle-Down Distress: How America's Broken Meritocracy Drives Our National Anxiety Epidemic

Trickle-Down Distress: How America's Broken Meritocracy Drives Our National Anxiety Epidemic | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Anxiety is growing into a peculiarly American phenomenon. How did we become the world's leading exporter of worrywarts?

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A simple message for this "anything goes in political speech" world.

A simple message for this "anything goes in political speech" world. | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

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Why We're Really Being Worked to Death

Why We're Really Being Worked to Death | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

 by MATT BORS, AlterNet

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A column by Tim Kreider in The Sunday Times, “The ‘Busy’ Trap“, which addressed the modern scurry of work seems to have struck a chord with people. I’ve seen it passed around the web constantly over the last few days, almost always with an approving nod. It seems everyone can identify with the constant pull of work, which for most of us has extended its tentacles beyond 5pm and now dictates much of our lives. I check my email in bed on my phone the moment I wake up. Kreider is a colleague in that he used to draw a great alt-weekly political strip and now mostly writes. When I first started reading the column, I wanted to be on board – balancing work and life is such a huge struggle for me. But there are omissions in Kredier’s diagnosis that are screaming to be addressed.


The trap of modern life is not selfish workaholics unable to peel themselves away from their careers long enough to smell the flowers – or the “pink minty cocktails” of Kreider’s afternoons – because they fear loneliness, but a political and economic reality that has workers of all stripes being bilked and squeezed to the breaking point against the backdrop of soaring corporate profits. I know from Kreider’s comics that he agrees with the politics of that statement, but instead of addressing it, he treats being busy as a self-imposed trap  while encouraging us to join his more laid back approach to life. The result was maximum reader identification – and lazy logic. We aren’t all as comfortable as him.

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Coffee Party Radio Is on 5 Days a Week: Our Goal Is to Hear From You

Coffee Party Radio Is on 5 Days a Week: Our Goal Is to Hear From You | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it



by Eric Byler






CLICK HERE for the complete schedule.


Jeanene Louden of Corvallis, OR hosts Lunch with Louden on Thursdays at 12 noon PT (3 pm ET). I hope Jeanene won’t mind me saying she is the matriarch of the Coffee Party active citizen community. She can string words together with so much heart and so much love that it’s impossible for callers and listeners not to appreciate the human cost of the political mistakes we make as a nation, and, to redouble our determination to do better in the future. 

Jeanene also leads the team behind the online newsletter Coffee Party Feminists which you can contribute to here.

CLICK HERE for the complete schedule.


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Liberty, through the lens: Women - The Washington Post

Liberty, through the lens: Women - The Washington Post | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Washington Post|Politics


The first in a series of photo essays on Virginia voters. Future installments will cover employment, religion and race.

Get people talking about politics this year, and the conversation is impassioned, often difficult, sometimes searching: What is the proper role for government in America today? What’s a safety net and what’s a handout?

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Celebrate Our Independence by Committing to the Right to Vote

Celebrate Our Independence by Committing to the Right to Vote | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
The right to vote defines our great nation as a democracy.


by Eva M. Clayton, Huffington Post


During a recent speech given by Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH) in North Carolina, she emphasized the need to be ever more vigilant about the right to vote and the fact that protecting that right should be the first priority for legislators both in the states and in Congress. Her speech caused some reflection -- I agree protecting our right to vote should be a priority for all Americans. All Americans who love liberty and our democracy should be vigilant too. Republican-led state legislatures across the country have pursued an agenda focused on restrictive voting laws that would prevent eligible voters from the diamond of our democracy: the right to vote. We cannot stand for such outlandish measures.


The right to vote defines our great nation as a democracy. This essential American right, that is often taken for granted, has evolved over years of struggle by many Americans to ensure that all eligible citizens be afforded the opportunity to exercise this basic right. This precious American right, however, is under attack. Consequently, the struggle to protect 'the right to vote' must be renewed by the American people to ensure the future of our democracy. This fight should be embraced by all -- regardless of political affiliation.


As we celebrate the birth of our country's independence, this is an excellent time to reaffirm that voting rights are core to who we are as Americans -- and not something we take lightly.


While we enjoy the fireworks and family picnics, take time to reflect on the founding principles of our nation as set forth in the Declaration of Independence -- and be mindful of the need to carry on those principles. [MORE]

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N.Y. Sen. Marty Golden cancels feminine etiquette class after outrage

N.Y. Sen. Marty Golden cancels feminine etiquette class after outrage | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by (CBS/AP) NEW YORK


A New York state lawmaker has canceled a feminine etiquette class after it incited outcry from his colleagues and constituents.


Republican Sen. Marty Golden's website advertised a July 24 class that would teach women from his Brooklyn district to "sit, stand and walk like a model" and how to "walk up and down a stair elegantly," according to CBS Station WCBS.


Other goals of the "Polished Professional" summer series were to teach women "posture, deportment and the feminine presence," as well as how to "correctly introduce self and others to: religious leaders, politicians, military and other socially prominent officials." [MORE]

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Affordable Care Act: Why Women Need Reform More than Men

Affordable Care Act: Why Women Need Reform More than Men | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

The Feminist Majority Foundation


Twelve very important reasons why women are more impacted than many think by the Affordable Care Act.


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Sisterhood Is Powerful

Sisterhood Is Powerful | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Unite Women


Sisterhood is a word that I have written about many times and discussed frequently in Women’s Studies classes. I understood its meaning. I understood the concept. It was not until the last few months that I have experienced it personally and come to fully understand it. You see I have never been a “girls girl.” I played sports growing up, had a few close friends that were girls, but I always had more friends that were guys. My experiences with some girls throughout my childhood and teenage years left a bad taste in my mouth. As an adult I worked with lots of women, sometimes more women than I cared for.


You see UniteWomen.org has taught me what sisterhood truly means. I now understand the magic that sisterhood is. I have relationships with amazing women all over the country, all over the world, that I may never meet but yet we are kindred spirits. We are sisters. Some of these women I have had the pleasure of meeting in person. Some women I have talked to on the phone or on google hangout. Some of these women I have only been able to talk to through emails, private messages, chats, or in private groups on Facebook. Some women I have not talked to at all. Here’s the thing though – even if I have not yet had the opportunity to talk to them online or on the phone there is still a sisterhood that exists.


I have come to fully understand the sisterhood that exists with the women that I have formed close relationships with now. I cannot imagine my life without these women in it. However, what has happened in the last 48 hours caused me to discover a sisterhood I never knew existed. It is a sisterhood that exists outside of textbooks, outside of concepts. It is a sisterhood that exists through kindred spirits. It is a sisterhood that brought tears flowing from my eyes.


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Meet the Woman in Charge of the Last Abortion Clinic in Mississippi

Meet the Woman in Charge of the Last Abortion Clinic in Mississippi | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ALLISON YARROW, The Daily Beast


She’s faced bombings, protests, and legal attacks. Now, as a judge decides the fate of her abortion clinic—the last one in Mississippi—Diane Derzis reflects on her decades of work.

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The U.S. House of Representatives: Stop the Sham Votes on Health Care and Get to Work on Jobs!

Timothy Folely, a recent guest on two shows we dedicated to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (so-called Obama care), sent us this link.  The House is going to be voting tomorrow, to repeal the Affordable Care Act for the 31st time.


"Most of those votes were successful in the House, but none of them stood a remote chance of passing the Senate. None of these bills stood a chance of being signed into law by President Obama, either. They were purely for show – as is this one.


Votes like these are exactly why Americans are so frustrated with Congress. Instead of tackling the real, urgent need to create good jobs and keep our economic recovery moving forward, the House will waste days on still more votes that will be equally meaningless.

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Attorneys feud over impact of Mississippi abortion law

Attorneys feud over impact of Mississippi abortion law | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press


Attorneys for the state of Mississippi are trying to persuade a federal judge to let a restrictive new abortion law to take effect, while those representing the state's only abortion clinic are asking the judge to extend the temporary hold he put on the law.


The opposing sides filed their latest court documents Friday, a deadline set by U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III.


Jordan issued an order Sunday stopping the state from immediately enforcing a law that requires physicians performing abortions at the clinic to have privileges to admit patients to a local hospital. The order came the same day the law was supposed to take effect.


The judge will hold a hearing Wednesday in Jackson to consider whether to extend that order.


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Women 2.0 » Why Female Entrepreneurs Don’t Receive The Recognition Men Do

Women 2.0 » Why Female Entrepreneurs Don’t Receive The Recognition Men Do | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Lessons learned from female founders and women entrepreneurs...
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Humor can be the best form of truth telling.

Humor can be the best form of truth telling. | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

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UniteWomen.org Speak Out!

Call to Action! There's a war being waged on Women! The Reproductive Rights issue is only one of the targets.
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Civility is Patriotic

Civility is Patriotic | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

JKL, Pointed Postcards


“[…] civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof.” - John F. Kennedy. 


On this glorious 4th of July, I celebrate our country’s independence by declaring my commitment to the civility that empowers our republic to face the unknown future with confidence, and to resist the vitriol that demeans me as a person, and cripples us as a nation.

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Young Women and Feminism

Courtney Martin, co-editor of the anthology Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists, leads a panel of young women in a discussion of how they discovered femininism....

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Coffee Connect: The Coffee Party Newsletter | Vol. 3 Issue 9

Coffee Connect: The Coffee Party Newsletter | Vol. 3 Issue 9 | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

The Coffee Party Newsletter is out:

  • Let's Get Real About ObamaCare
    —Jessica English
     
  • Corporate Personhood and Politics Don't Mix
    —Debilyn Molineaux
     
  • Response to SCOTUS Refusal to Reconsider "Citizens United"
    —Michael Charney
     
  • Get the Facts on Federal Spending
    —Jeanene Louden
     
  • Foes of Immigration Wrong to Celebrate Arizona Ruling
    —Eric Byler
     
  • Michael Stafford Leaves the GOP, and MORE

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Let's Organize Voters to Fight the Corrupting Influence of Money in Politics

Let's Organize Voters to Fight the Corrupting Influence of Money in Politics | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by SZELENA GRAY, Rootstrikers


Rootstrikers experiments with techniques to drive a grassroots movement to end the corrupting influence of money in politics. Recently, we launched The Anti-Corruption Pledge, which asks signers to commit to at least one of four principles of fair government. Pledge numbers are steadily climbing, prompting us to consider what the tool's next steps might be. One idea, inspired by our friends at Occupy Albany, is to form a voting bloc.


The Money Out of Politics Working Group from Occupy Albany has initiated a campaign called the Occupy Democracy Project to build the Money Out of Politics (MOP) Voting Bloc. The MOP Voting Bloc is a group of voters who sign up to be notified, at election time, whether or not candidates on the ballot support getting money out of politics, essentially saying to candidates and politicians, "If you want our votes, you need to support getting money out of politics." Matthew Edge, one of the organizers explains: “It’s like a petition, but with teeth: we go door-to-door in competitive districts, canvass festivals and link to the “Join the MOP Voting Bloc” form on the web year round; then it all culminates in a massive GOTV effort where we phone bank, lit drop, door knock, snail mail and e-mail blast everyone who signed up to be contacted.”


Initially the Money Out of Politics Voting Bloc was created to rally around one issue: clean elections, but in an effort to create a broader based coalition, they now will be informing members of the voting bloc about where candidates stand on a constitutional amendment and other campaign finance reform measures.


The Occupy Albany Money Out of Politics Working Group put together this resource on voting blocs. Can a people-powered pledge which allows its signers to determine their own version of clean elections organize to leverage political accountability? We certainly hope so. In workshops we hosted on the pledge, one issue that came up was whether or not we could reasonably expect a politician in the current system to be able to adhere to the principles of clean elections—if they hope to win. Could the promise of support from a massive bloc of voters change that?

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Wall Photos | Facebook

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World Without Lard Zines


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