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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

North Carolina Republicans block compensation for sterilization victims | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

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

We Still Need Medicare-for-All | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

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! 


 Sign the petition here: [MORE]

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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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Governor flip-flops on cancer prevention, trades women’s health for political gain

Governor flip-flops on cancer prevention, trades women’s health for political gain | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by LOGAN SMITH, Palmetto Public Record



South Carolina Gov.Nikki Haley took a page from the Michele Bachmann Book of Ill-Informed Health Policy on Tuesday by vetoing a bill that would offer an optional HPV vaccine to seventh-graders.


The sexually-transmitted virus is a leading cause of cervical cancer, a disease for which South Carolina ranks ninth in the country for related deaths. HPV is easily prevented by the vaccine, but health professionals say it should be administered before a girl starts having sex in order to be effective.


“This bill had bi-partisan support and gives optional education and preventative vaccines to adolescents in an effort to thwart cervical cancer,” said Rep. Bakari Sellers (D-Bamberg), who introduced the bill. “This is a common sense approach to a very serious problem.”


But in vetoing the bill, Gov. Haley called Sellers’ plan “a precursor to another taxpayer-funded health care mandate” — even though the vaccine does not rely on taxpayer funding and is not mandatory.


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[Who are these creepy people that this woman would fear so much that she would sacrifice a bill she once sponsored rather than incur their rath? jkl]

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Pennsylvania Republican: Voter ID Laws Are ‘Gonna Allow Governor Romney To Win’

Pennsylvania Republican: Voter ID Laws Are ‘Gonna Allow Governor Romney To Win’ | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By Annie-Rose Strasser, Think Progress


This weekend, Pennsylvania Republican House Leader Mike Turzai (R-PA) finally admitted what so many have speculated: Voter identification efforts are meant to suppress Democratic votes in this year’s election.


At the Republican State Committee meeting, Turzai took the stage and let slip the truth about why Republicans are so insistent on voter identification efforts — it will win Romney the election, he said:
“We are focused on making sure that we meet our obligations that we’ve talked about for years,” said Turzai in a speech to committee members Saturday. He mentioned the law among a laundry list of accomplishments made by the GOP-run legislature.


“Pro-Second Amendment? The Castle Doctrine, it’s done. First pro-life legislation – abortion facility regulations – in 22 years, done. Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done.


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When news media becomes a distraction instead of a tool....

When news media becomes a distraction instead of a tool.... | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by FORMIDABLE REPUBLICAN OPPOSITION, Facebook

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Meet Alejandra and David. Facing Foreclosure

From Occupy Homes MN: Sign this petition from Alejandra to help her family save her home.

 

[For the families of America....jkl]

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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

Nora Ephron: The First Modern Woman I Knew | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

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.


This is what women will gain from the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act: [MORE]

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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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At Stake: What's on the Line for Health Care Consumers in the Pending Supreme Court Case

At Stake: What's on the Line for Health Care Consumers in the Pending Supreme Court Case | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

OSPIRG


The outcome of the U.S.Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will have far reaching impacts on consumers. OSPIRG outlines possibilities here.


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Investors plot hedges for healthcare law ruling

Investors plot hedges for healthcare law ruling | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by LEWIS KRAUSKOPF, Reuters


Aside from an educated guess, little real analysis can predict a ruling that has at least a half-dozen possible results for a law that affects wide swathes of the healthcare industry.


That has led some on Wall Street to devise complex strategies for profiting from the ruling expected by the end of the month - or at least to hedge their portfolios against significant losses.


They include spreading bets between healthcare sectors whose shares will respond in opposite directions based on a given ruling.


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[Who cares what happens to millions of Americans? "It's not personal, it's just business." - jkl]

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Women's Health Care Under Attack in Texas: 50 Votes in 10 Years

Women's Health Care Under Attack in Texas: 50 Votes in 10 Years | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By Phillip Martin, Progress Texas


Over the last 10 years, Texas conservatives in the State House of Representatives have cast at least 50 record votes against women's health care. Original research by Progress Texas shows that the more Republicans there are elected to the Texas House of Representative, the more record votes there are that attack women's health care. Research shows that in 2003 and 2011, when Republicans had their largest margins in the Texas House, were the years when women's health was decimated the most. Meanwhile, in 2007 and 2009 - when there was balanced partisanship in the Texas House - most all the anti-woman's legislation was kept from coming to the floor. A full accounting of our research can be found by clicking here.


Some of the most outrageous votes conservatives cast include:

  • Requiring doctors to lie to women and tell them an induced abortion can lead to breast cancer (2003)
  • Rejecting an amendment to ensure that any standard health benefit plan that provides coverage for medication to treat male erectile dysfunction to also include coverage for contraceptives (2003)
  • Refusing to ensure that contractors comply with basic federal family planning regulations when administering health care (2005)
  • Denying an increase in funding to family planning services (2007)
  • Requiring women to take a sonogram before receiving an abortion (2011)
  • Decimating funding for family planning services in Texas (2011)
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Three Lessons on Religious Freedom from North Dakota

Three Lessons on Religious Freedom from North Dakota | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by LON NEWMAN, RH Reaality Check


June 12th, in North Dakota, voters rejected a constitutional amendment (Measure 3) that, in the name of religious freedom, would in reality have empowered institutional discrimination. [MORE]

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Deanna Dahlsad's comment, June 27, 2012 4:57 AM
As a North Dakotan, I am glad we at least got something right... Not a lot, but at least something ;)