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A nation is not conquered until....

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Aboriginal and Tribal Nation News

In the words of a Cheyenne proverb, “A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground. Then it is done, no matter how brave its warriors or how strong its weapons.”


[We must keep our hearts light and above the ground. jkl]

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Corporate Profits at All-Time High; Wages at All-Time Low: Can We Call it Class War Yet?

Corporate Profits at All-Time High; Wages at All-Time Low: Can We Call it Class War Yet? | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
The middle class is being hollowed out; increasingly, there are the super-super-rich, and there are the rest of us.


by SARAH JAFFE, AlterNet

This week, David Segal at the New York Times broke the news to America that not only was Apple -- the computer and gadget manufacturer formerly seen as a symbol of good old American ingenuity -- making its profits on the backs of abused factory workers in China, but also on poorly paid store employees here in the US.


Apple store workers, he wrote, make up a large majority of Apple's US workforce—30,000 out of 43,000 employees in this country—and they make about $25,000 a year, or about $12 an hour.



Lawrence Mishel at the Economic Policy Institute notes that that's just a dollar above the federal poverty level. This for a company that paid nine of its top executives a total of $441 million in 2011.


“The discrepancy between Apple’s profits/executive pay and its compensation to its workers is a particularly glaring example of what is occurring in the wider economy,” Mishel writes.


And he's right. Also this week, Henry Blodget at Business Insider posted three charts that show just how out of whack our economic system really is. Corporate profits are now at an all-time high, while wages as a percent of the economy are at an all-time low, and fewer Americans are employed than at any time in the previous three decades.


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[How is your family doing? jkl]

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Sex scandal widens at Air Force base in Texas

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by JIM FORSYTH, Reuters


In a widening sex scandal at an Air Force facility in Texas, a drill sergeant will face a court martial next month on charges he had inappropriate relationships with a female recruit, joining five other instructors accused of similar crimes.


The six military instructors - the latest two of whom were charged on Tuesday - have been referred to court martial for having sexual relations or engaging in inappropriate relationships with trainees at Lackland Air Force Base, according to Air Force officials. The sprawling San Antonio facility is the home of all Air Force basic training.


Six other sergeants have been notified that they are under investigation in the scandal, and nearly three dozen have been transferred to other duties, according to David Smith, an Air Force spokesman.


The two who were charged this week are accused of wrongfully conducting a sexual relationship with a subordinate and wrongfully making sexual advances toward trainees, Smith said. Married sergeants have also been charged with adultery, which is a crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. One sergeant is charged with aggravated sexual assault and faces the possibility of life in prison.

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2012 National NOW Conference

2012 National NOW Conference | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Speakers & Honorees








Eve Ensler - Keynote Speaker

Charon Asetoyer

Krystal Ball
Carol Moseley Braun

Dr. Janet M. Canterbury

Carroll Estes, Ph.D.
Sandra Fluke

Julie Greene

Linda D. Hallman
Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D.

Patricia Ireland

Rick Johnson
Tamika Mallory

Carolyn B. Maloney

Jo Paoletti
Miriam Zoila Pérez

Dr. Vivian Pinn

Karren Pope-Onwukwe
Sarah E. Reece

Dr. Bernice "Bunny" Sandler

Janice Lynch Schuster
Eleanor Smeal

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North Carolina Republicans block compensation for sterilization victims

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I Acknowledge Class Warfare Exists


There was a time when over half of the states in the U.S. had eugenics programs. Only one state continued after the revelations of Nazi atrocities at the end of World War 2. North Carolina.


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Guess Who Bankrolled the 3-year Campaign to Prevent Affordable Care

Guess Who Bankrolled the 3-year Campaign to Prevent Affordable Care | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by BRENDAN FISCHER, PR Watch

 

The lead plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the National Federation for Independent Business (NFIB), is a highly partisan front group masquerading as the "nation's leading small business association," critics say.

 

Bankrolled By Big Donors, Not Small Business

 

A recent analysis by Public Campaign and Alliance for a Just Society shows that the NFIB and its Legal Center received an influx of big dollar donations in 2010 and 2011 as their challenge to the federal health care law moved forward -- suggesting the challenge is bankrolled by deep-pocketed special interests.  [MORE]


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Jessica English responds to Affordable Healthcare Ruling by US Supreme Court

I couldn't help but celebrate a little yesterday!  It took me a while to get this off of my phone.  How did you react to the news???  Send us your reactions in the comment section.  What are your thoughts, fears, joys?


On Sunday, July 1, Tim Foley will join us, once again, on The Bottom Line with Jessica English to discuss the health care law.  And now that it is constitutional law, I hope you will join us to find out more about the law and what it offers and how it impacts your health care.  Please join us at 5pm Eastern!  Call in to listen live (646) 929-2495, or you can stream the show.  Please call in with questions or comments.  


Thanks,

Jessica English

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We Still Need Medicare-for-All

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by ROBERT WEISSMAN,

President, Public Citizen

The Huffinton Post


It will take some time to digest the Supreme Court's decision today, but it appears to have averted some terrible jurisprudence that might have very seriously restricted the government's overall ability to regulate the economy and protect citizens.


In upholding most of the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court lets stand legislation that offers some important benefits, but only to a portion of those who are uninsured, and will predictably fail to solve our nation's health care crisis.


However the health reform law ultimately plays out, we know two things for certain: Tens of millions of Americans will remain uncovered as will tens of millions of under-insured who will remain at risk of financial ruin if a major illness strikes and it will leave the private health insurance and pharmaceutical industries in charge of prices and life-and-death treatment decisions.


There is a single solution to the challenges of providing coverage to the 50 million who are uninsured that would curb out-of-control health care costs and provide a humane standard of care to all who enter the medical system. That solution is an improved Medicare-for-All, single-payer system.


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More Than a Victory, the Decision Today Was a Mandate for Us to Act

More Than a Victory, the Decision Today Was a Mandate for Us to Act | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by MICHAEL MOORE, The Huffington Post


Even though it's been a few hours now, I'm guessing you're still pinching yourself to make sure you're not dreaming. But yes, it happened. At 10:07 this morning, the conservative Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, John Roberts, not only joined with the liberal justices to completely uphold almost every single part of the Obama health care law, he wrote the majority opinion himself! In fact, he went even further. When he realized that the government had poorly made its constitutional case to the court, he went searching for a clause in their argument and the Constitution that would give him the justification he needed to back the administration and to ensure that his decision would hold up legally. In other words, even though he is on the opposite side of the political fence, he wrote the Dems' paper for them. Stunning.


The other four justices? They didn't just vote to overturn the individual mandate part of the law, they all voted to kill the entire Act.


Five years ago this week, my health care documentary, Sicko, opened in theaters across the country. I have spent the better part of the decade on this issue, and for me, personally, fully aware of the current law's limitations, I am very happy with today's news -- not because of its specifics or nuances, but because it is a road sign, and that sign points in the correct, humane and sane direction. THAT makes this a great day.


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[You must read this article to get Mr. Moore's attitude on this. jkl]

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Tell Congress: Hands off Our Health Care

NARAL Pro-Choice America's Choice Action Network


The justices upheld President Obama's landmark health-reform law! Now tell Congress: don't even think about messing with our health care! 


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Individual Mandate Upheld by Supreme Court - LET'S TALK!

Individual Mandate Upheld by Supreme Court - LET'S TALK! | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

NATIONAL TOWN HALL on AFFORDABLE CARE ACT! Jeanene's guests will include Valerie Arkoosh of the National Physicians Alliance and Robert Weissman, President of Public Citizen. But most of all we want to hear from you! 



Call in to LUNCH WITH LOUDEN, 12 Noon Pacific, 3PM Eastern

646-929-2495 to participate or just listen in, or just click the LINK to listen in on Coffee Party Internet Radio via the Blogtalkradio network.


BE THE MEDIA!

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Join the Coffee Party USA: Support Coffee Party Feminists and LUNCH WITH LOUDEN on Coffee Party Internet Radio

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Become a Member, or Renew your membership NOW


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"Speaking of America" with Don Manning - Jul 03,2012

"Speaking of America" with Don Manning - Jul 03,2012 | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

"Whats on Your Mind?" Every Monday evening we open the phone lines to whatever America wants to talk about. Politics, Environment, Culture, Social Issues, Local, National, even International. The direction of the dialogue is up to you! (646) 929-2495

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Stop Calling It A Sex Scandal

Stop Calling It A Sex Scandal | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Dear media: Learn the difference between abuse and sex -- otherwise, you're sensationalizing violence and rape







by MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS, salon.com


Let me fix this for you, headline writers. When you’re dealing with a story that involves rape or harassment or abuse or molestation or child porn or anything that falls under the rubric of criminal behavior, you should call those things rape and harassment and abuse and molestation and child pornography. You know what you shouldn’t call them? Sexy sexy sex scandals, that’s what.


For example, when you’re covering a story involving charges of “rape, aggravated sexual contact and multiple counts of aggravated sexual assault” at the Lackland Air Force Base, you might want to reconsider framing it, as the Washington Post does, as a “widening sex scandal,” or as the Boston Herald calls it, a“growing sex scandal,” or even, as the Christian Science Monitor says, a garden-variety “sex scandal.” If you happen to say, as the AP does, that the “Air Force says 31 victims so far in sex scandal,” or as already credibility-strained CNN declares, that there are now “31 victims identified in widening Air Force sex scandal,” please note that word “victims” there. It’s the important one.


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Consider this a Public Service Announcement.

Consider this a Public Service Announcement. | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

America United


Celebrate small business. Real small business. Vote with your money.

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Paying Our Respects

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photo by HARAZ N GHANBARI, Reuters


U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. pay their respects during a ceremony at the Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad, in St. Petersburg, June 28, 2012.

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Leontine Kelly Dead: African-American Unted Methodist Woman Bishop Dies At 92 - Huffington Post

Leontine Kelly Dead: African-American Unted Methodist Woman Bishop Dies At 92 - Huffington Post | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Morristown GreenLeontine Kelly Dead: African-American Unted Methodist Woman Bishop Dies At 92Huffington Post(RNS) Retired United Methodist Bishop Leontine T.C.

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Reweaving the Fabric of our Society

Reweaving the Fabric of our Society | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JOAN BLADES,

Living Room Conversations,

Huffington Post


Some people say that Richard Lugar lost his Senate seat because he worked with Democrats. No wonder Congressional approval is at an all time low. Winning for politicians too often means failing the citizens they are employed to serve. Think budget crisis. Think immigration reform. Even judicial nominations have been radically politicized. Most of us agree that D.C. dynamics have got to change for the U.S. to solve the real challenges we confront and to retain our leadership role in the world.

Political leaders and the media are failing us on so many levels. Although you'd never know it from viewing the daily partisan fight on cable TV, all Americans have a great deal in common. But our understanding of politics, economics, science and even basic facts is increasingly disparate. We cannot afford to continue on this path. A healthy democracy requires an educated electorate that shares basic truths and values -- or at least is willing to sit down and listen to one another with an open mind, with mutual respect and civility.

There is hope. Quietly, and without fanfare, groups and individuals are reaching out to each other. I've been involved with one such effort, called "Living Room Conversations." In the format of a Living Room Conversation, one self-identified "conservative" and one self-identified "progressive" co-host each invite two friends of similar political ideologies to join a structured conversation. They learn about each other and talk about an issue of their choice. Six people, friends and friends of friends, that's all it takes. [MORE]


[My home port, Coffee Party USA, spontaniously generated from a similar call to action: we can solve America's issues if we sit down over a cup of coffee and talk to one another with the respect and dignity due all Americans, regardless of their political persuasion. We do this today through BE THE MEDIA, Local (action) Chapters, and Collaborations with other organizations. Our membership has focused on MONEY IN POLITICS as the mischief maker that is used to both drive the wedge between us and hyjack the legislative process.  This group is a nice extension of our work. jkl]

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Who is Bankrolling the Fight Against "Obamacare?"

Who is Bankrolling the Fight Against "Obamacare?" | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

 by BRENDAN FISCHER, 

Center for Media and Democracy


The lead plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the National Federation for Independent Business (NFIB), is a highly partisan front group masquerading as the "nation's leading small business association," critics say.


recent analysis by Public Campaign and Alliance for a Just Society shows that the NFIB and its Legal Center received an influx of big dollar donations in 2010 and 2011 as their challenge to the federal health care law moved forward -- suggesting the challenge is bankrolled by deep-pocketed special interests. The NFIB pocketed more than $10 million in six figure contributions in 2010 and 2011, with $8.5 million coming from just four contributors. As a non-profit, NFIB is not required to disclose its donors, but it is known that the organization received $3.7 million in 2010 from Karl Rove's 501(c)(4) political group Crossroads GPS. In contrast, in 2009, the year before the healthcare lawsuit, the largest donation NFIB received was $21,000.


"Small businesses don't give multi-million dollar contributions, like the ones NFIB has recently received without disclosing their sources," says Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Grijalva and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) have asked the organization to disclose who is bankrolling their health care lawsuit. "If NFIB is determined not to say where its money comes from or who its members are, we must ask what the group is hiding," Grijalva said.


The NFIB joined with 26 states in a lawsuit against the 2010 Affordable Care Act (better known as "Obamacare"), but is funding the challenge entirely on its own. "I'm not sure most voters understand that a lawsuit by their states is being funded by an ideological organization with an issue ax to grind," said Ethan Rome, executive director of Health Care for America Now.


"This type of thing raises all kind of red flags," Florida state Rep. Mark Pafford (D) told the Palm Beach Post last year. "My concern is, if it's a lawsuit on behalf of the people of Florida, then I would believe it should be the people of Florida footing the bill. When you have an outside party paying, then every aspect of the [state Attorney General's] office might be up for sale."


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[The article goes on to define NFIB connections to ALEC, the Heritage Foundation, and other hard right leaning organizations, rather than small business, as it likes to claim. Not good prospects for representing the interests of working families in America. jkl]

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Nora Ephron: The First Modern Woman I Knew

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by ROBERT BOOKMAN,

The Daily Beast


Nora Ephron was the first modern woman that agent Robert Bookman ever knew. Whether it was writing films about natural, effortless couples or advising him on how to be a father, she understand our new world before we did.


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[This is the story about Nora I thought was worth sharing. jkl]

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Mystery After the Health Care Ruling: Which States Will Refuse Medicaid Expansion?

Mystery After the Health Care Ruling: Which States Will Refuse Medicaid Expansion? | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

WHY? Why would they do that? It is financially more expensive to deny than to provide care...

 

 The Supreme Court ruling allows states to decline the Medicaid expansion included in the Affordable Care Act without losing federal money for their existing Medicaid programs.


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Supreme Court Decision on Affordable Care Act is Historic Advance for Women

by ELEANOR SMEAL, President, Feminist Majority


The Feminist Majority is elated that the Supreme Court has upheld the Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act – an historic advance for women and the most important advance in nearly 40 years.


Feminists are determined to protect the gains of the Affordable Care Act, which will protect the lives and health of millions of women and their families each year and make our nation stronger and healthier.


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New York Attorney General Enters Campaign Finance Fray

New York Attorney General Enters Campaign Finance Fray | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
The attorney general of New York is investigating contributions to tax-exempt groups that are heavily involved in political campaigns, focusing on the U.S.
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