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Rough seas for America

Rough seas for America | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JKL, Pointed Postcards


Our ship of state has been dragging the anchor of an obstructive Congress ever since the new president took office. Tonight I had to listen to one of these lead weights tell the television cameras that the same thinking that dug a furrow in economic bottoms for the last three and a half years should now be hoisted up, and put in the captain’s chair. I don’t think so.


I am not a Democrat or a Republican; and I am not a fool. Every problem in America that this Congress of ours has refused to try to solve was blamed on the POTUS tonight. Mr. Ryan was quite the salesman but I was not convinced: rather, I was insulted by his clinging to rocky talking points from the deep.


“Cut and run” is a boating term: when danger is at hand, and you cannot free the anchor, it is better to sever the line and head for safety than to waste time salvaging your investment in mere hardware. Mr. Ryan helped me make my decision tonight: I’m cutting this nominee and his presidential candidate loose.

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Citizenship for Zygotes – so what?

Citizenship for Zygotes – so what? | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JKL, Pointed Postcards


The robo-partisans want to extend 14TH Amendment constitutional rights to zygotes: citizenship for the fertilized egg. Big deal.


I can own a gun – lots of guns. I can shoot and kill a citizen who breaks in to my house or scares me on the street.  I have the gun: the perception of threat is mine. The NRA and ALEC tell me so.


I guess if we recognized rape pregnancies as intruders, or any untimely pregnancy as scary – citizen or not – I should have the right to defend myself. The perception of threat should be mine.


The catch? I think the robo-partisans would have to accept my rights if only doctors used a tiny tiny tiny little gun to end the pregnancy, preferably one purchased at an NRA - ALEC member outlet.

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What is a Living Wage?

What is a Living Wage? | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by Theresa Riley, BillMoyers.com


Just last month, the federal minimum wage — currently at $7.25 an hour — celebrated its three-year anniversary. At that rate, a security guard, retail store clerk or nanny working full-time for minimum wage makes just $15,080 a year. That’s barely above the poverty line for a single person ($11,344) and far below it for a family of four ($22,314).

 

In this week’s episode, Sister Simone Campbell talks about our poverty crisis and her belief that we need to replace minimum wages with “living wages.” Sister Simone is not alone in advocating for the living wage concept. Economist Robert Pollin wrote his book, The Living Wage: Building a Fair Economy, in 2000. It chronicled the living wage campaigns that swept the country in the 1990s. At the time journalist Robert Kuttner, co-editor of The American Prospect , noted in a back-of-the-book blurb that “The living wage campaign is the most interesting (and under-reported) grassroots enterprise to emerge since the civil rights movement.” [MORE]


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Thank you, Kate Nash

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Sexual Assault Victim Ruined Her Attacker's Life, Lawyer Says

Sexual Assault Victim Ruined Her Attacker's Life, Lawyer Says | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by DAVID LOHR, Huffington Post


Savannah Dietrich, a Kentucky teenager who was sexually assaulted and then threatened with jail for naming her attackers, has reportedly destroyed the life of at least one of the perpetrators.


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[This is really unbelievable. - jkl]

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Raped, pregnant and ordeal not over

Raped, pregnant and ordeal not over | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by SHAUNA PREWITT, CNN.com


In a rape case it is the victim, not the defendant, who is on trial. But blaming myself was neither my idea nor my first inclination. I thought such 17th-century notions were long dead. I was wrong. People who did not even know me were quick to comment or speculate on my rape. What were you wearing? Did you scream loudly? Did this occur in public?


It would not be long before I would learn firsthand that in the vast majority of states -- 31 -- men who father through rape are able to assert the same custody and visitation rights to their children that other fathers enjoy. When no law prohibits a rapist from exercising these rights, a woman may feel forced to bargain away her legal rights to a criminal trial in exchange for the rapist dropping the bid to have access to her child.


I know it because I lived it. I went to law school to learn how to stop it.


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Master OfUniverse's comment, August 25, 2012 2:15 PM
According to Sharia, the man has all claims to the children regardless of the circumstances of the pregnancy. As muslim men are allowed to rape non-muslim women and are ordered to engage in "baby jihad", it seems that these states without protection for the victim and the child are ripe targets for creeping sharia in America.
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Increased Access to Health Care May Decrease Abortions

Increased Access to Health Care May Decrease Abortions | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By Brian Fung, The Atlantic


The number of abortions in Massachusetts has decreased despite predictions that health-care reform would have the opposite effect. Can the health insurance expansions part of Obamacare do the same nationally?


President Clinton once famously remarked that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare. The unspoken challenge to him since then has always been, but how do we agree on a path that gets us there? As the controversy over Missouri Rep. Todd Akin continues to burn, it seems we won't have a resolution to our national abortion debate any time soon.


From Massachusetts, though, comes growing evidence that the quest for lower abortion rates may not be at a standstill -- and the key may be better insurance coverage. As the number of insured has gone up in Massachusetts, new state data show a corresponding decline in the number of abortions performed there since 2006.


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If we only stand our ground, when they move right, we look like we moved left.

If we only stand our ground, when they move right, we look like we moved left. | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

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STUDY: Middle Class Suffered ‘Worst Decade In Modern History’ As Wages Stagnated, Share Of Income Fell

STUDY: Middle Class Suffered ‘Worst Decade In Modern History’ As Wages Stagnated, Share Of Income Fell | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By Travis Waldron, Think Progress


The middle class is shrinking, and so is its share of America’s income and wage growth, according to a new study released Thursday. The study from the Pew Research Center found that the middle class - defined as Americans with incomes between $39,000 and $118,000 - fell backward in income for the first time since the end of World War II, and the number of Americans who fit into that category shrunk from 61 percent in 1971 to just 51 percent in 2011.

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The Pew survey is the latest to note rising income inequality in America as the middle class continues to struggle while the wealthy remain relatively prosperous. Income inequality in the U.S. is now comparable, if not worse, than it is in countries like Ivory Coast and Pakistan, as middle class wages have stagnated. A 2010 Census Bureau study found that incomes for the bottom tier of Americans fell four times faster than they did for the wealthiest after the recession.


The "lost decade" for the middle class corresponds to declining tax rates for the wealthy and a growth in corporate profits. In the last 12 years, incomes for the wealthiest 400 Americans quadrupled even as their tax rates were halved, and executive compensation has grown 127 times faster over the last three decades than worker pay, one study found.


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Women of Color Day

Women of Color Day | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

It would be a great idea if the Coffee Party addressed racism plus sexism, only experienced by women of color, instead of making hostile statements (to us when we bring it up) that always exclude specific mention of this issue and us. If you wish to continue using my logo, International  Association for Women of Color Day, on your site, have the decency to buy the book, "The Constructive Extermination of Women of Color: Consequences of Perpetual Socio-Economic Marginalization and learn who we are and what you can do to end the racism plus sexism that we experience daily. Commemorate March 1st as Women of Color Day. It's now in its 27th year. Go to our website, learn more and get the book via PayPal: womenofcolorday.com

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Lunch with Louden • Thursdays at 12:00 PT - Aug 23,2012

Lunch with Louden • Thursdays at 12:00 PT - Aug 23,2012 | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Tune in, Call in!

 

From Inquisition to Enlightenment and Back? WTF? Call in to listen and or speak at 646-929-2495. Listen live or later by clicking the headline link! CoffeePartyON!

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Same-sex couple in Henderson upset with Spring Valley Hospital treatment

Same-sex couple in Henderson upset with Spring Valley Hospital treatment | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ED VOGEL, Las Vegas Review Journal


On the wall of their Henderson home, Brittney Leon and Terri-Ann Simonelli proudly display their certificate of domestic partnership. 


Under a 2009 state law, the document gives them all the rights of married couples.

Or so they thought.


When Leon, 26, checked into Spring Valley Hospital on July 20 with complications in her pregnancy, she assumed that her partner Simonelli, 41, could make any necessary medical decisions if she suffered unforeseen problems.


But that's not what happened, they said. An admissions officer told them the hospital policy required gay partners to secure power of attorney before making any medical decisions for each other.


They protested, even offering to go home and return with their domestic partnership document. But they said the admissions officer told them that didn't matter - Simonelli would need a power of attorney. Considering Leon's condition, Simonelli wasn't in a position to argue or spend hours running to a law office. But the admission officer's words left them devastated in a moment that they already were under extreme stress.


Leon ended up losing her baby.

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Republican platform threatens women

Republican platform threatens women | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by Kate Michelman,

Opinion,

The Tennessean


The Republican Party platform includes a human-life amendment that would criminalize abortion nationwide, with no exceptions for rape and incest. That’s right: The party that claims to abhor the heavy hand of government is using it as a club to impose its own view on a woman’s most private and deeply personal decisions, making her and her doctor criminals in the process.


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Kate Michelman is president emeritus of NARAL Pro-Choice America and co-chair of WomenVote.

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5 Minute Citizen: Read, share, tell your story

5 Minute Citizen: Read, share, tell your story | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by DEBILYN MOLINEAUX,

5 Minute Citizen

photo by Unite Women


Building connections with our neighbors, our family and in our communities is the strength of our country. It rebuilds our trust in each other, which is the fabric of America. While campaigned for local office, I would ask most people what they wanted for the community. The top answers were always the same. People want to live in a safe environment, have good quality of life (via good jobs/business opportunities), good education and leave the world a better place for their kids. We have much in common with each other, if only we take the time to find it.


Please read these stories, follow the page and/or blog, share them widely and be inspired to get involved. Then share your story with us.
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Six Ways the GOP Platform is Bad News for Women's Bottom Line

Six Ways the GOP Platform is Bad News for Women's Bottom Line | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by BRYCE COVERT, Forbes


The bad news for women is flushed out in a factual and thoughtful manner: 1. Repealing ObamaCare2. Controlling Your Fertility; 3. “Reforming” Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security4. More welfare reform; 5. Reducing government payrolls, including teachers; and 6. Single mothers = bad.


Now, read the details. They are even more concerning. jkl

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Romney: Women should support me because of ‘Romneycare’ | The Raw Story

Romney: Women should support me because of ‘Romneycare’ | The Raw Story | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By David Edwards, The Raw Story


Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says that women should support him because of a health insurance law he passed as the governor of Massachusetts — even though he has promised to repeal a similar law passed by President Barack Obama.


During an interview that aired on Sunday, Fox News host Chris Wallace asked Romney why women should vote for him after a fellow Republican, Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), suggested that women could not get pregnant from “legitimate rape.”


“Look, I am the guy that was able to get health care for all of the women — and men — in my state,” the former Massachusetts governor explained. “There was talking about it at the federal level. We did something.”


“So, you’re saying look at Romneycare?” Wallace wondered.


“Absolutely,” Romney replied. “I’m very proud of what we did, and the fact that we helped women and men and children in my state.”


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Equal Rights Amendment Home Page

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Help the Alice Paul Institute and the National Council of Women's Organizations support the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S.

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We must continue the work, if not for ourselves ...

We must continue the work, if not for ourselves ... | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Michelle Obama

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31 States Allow Rapists Custody and Visitation Rights

31 States Allow Rapists Custody and Visitation Rights | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By ESTHER ZUCKERMAN, The Atlantic


In the wake of Todd Akin's comments about pregnancy rarely resulting from "legitimate rape," lawyer Shauna Prewitt highlights a reality for women in that situation in a column on CNN: In a majority of states, attackers are afforded the same rights as other fathers.


Prewitt, herself a rape survivor who gave birth to a daughter as a result of her attack, explains that 31 states have no laws that bar rapists from seeking custody or visitation rights. For Prewitt that astounding fact is personal. Her rapist attempted to get custody of her daughter, "but thankfully I got lucky and his visitation rights were terminated," she said, according to a profile of her by The Am Law Daily's Brain Baxter. She added: "I'm not sure I would have made the decision I did had I known I might be tethered to my rapist for the rest of my life."


In a paper published in the The Georgetown Law Journal in 2010 - when the number of states without such laws were even greater - Prewitt argued that the absence "stems from the images and other societal rhetoric that depict the prototypical raped woman as hating her unborn child and as viewing her rape pregnancy as continuing her rape trauma." In her CNN piece, she blames it on "ignorance": Some believe that women don't raise children conceived from rape, others can't fathom a rapist wanting parental rights.


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Lunch with Louden • Thursdays at 12:00 PT

Lunch with Louden • Thursdays at 12:00 PT | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it


Call in at 646-929-2495
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From the Inquisition to the Enlightenment and Back? WTF?


When did it become acceptable to use politics to promote a fundamentalist religious agenda? When did it become acceptable to use politically protected, redacted rhetoric to mask an anti-humanist social agenda?  Why do we allow some to use words to redefine the world around us in such a way that anyone standing still appears to have shifted left? Why does saying that make me a "leftist"?

We all have to make choices.  Paradoxically, having made a choice does not mean we have “taken a side” in the election, only that we have chosen what we believe is best for the country.   Partisan rhetoric would have us believe we are at war when we vote.  Rather, we are being fellow citizens, executing our sacred duty.


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Women of Color Day

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28th Annual Sacramento Community


Women of Color Day

Diversity Event


Sunday,

March 3, 2013,

4:00-8:00pm

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The GOP War on Women's Health is Real

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[The facts transcend the political: things like access to affordable health care and family planning were once taken for granted. The lines have been drawn in the sand when it comes to women's access to medical science, and 21st century social justice and economic opportunity. Watch. Comment. Share. - jkl]

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Foreign Policy, Akin-Style: How the U.S. Denies Abortions to Women Raped in War

Foreign Policy, Akin-Style: How the U.S. Denies Abortions to Women Raped in War | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by Akila Radhakrishnan and Kristina Kallas, The Atlantic


When rape is used as a weapon of war in places like Congo or Bosnia, thousands of women and girls can become pregnant, but a piece of 39-year-old U.S. legislation means that few if any aid groups are allowed to provide or even discuss abortion services with them.


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[Rape as a weapon of war is not new AND it is contemporary. Those who say they are the leaders of our country and do not know the current events of this planet have no right to serve. -jkl]

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