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Young feminists make mark in "war on women"

Young feminists make mark in "war on women" | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JESSICA VALENTI, CBS News Opinion


Komen. Sandra Fluke. Transvaginal. The reason these words are instantly recognizable -- the reason the "war on women" is now part of the national conversation -- is largely thanks to younger women and online organizing. Behind every recent battle against the onslaught of sexism has been the energy and activism of young people -- on blogs, Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook. And in a long-overdue but welcome change of message, the mainstream feminist movement that once claimed young women didn't care about feminism is finally catching on. Some are even walking the walk.


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Unseen: Trailblazing Military Women Forced To Fight For Recognition, Equal Treatment

Unseen: Trailblazing Military Women Forced To Fight For Recognition, Equal Treatment | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by MOLLY O'TOOLE, Huffington Post


After a rocket-propelled grenade sent the Black Hawk helicopter tumbling out of the sky over Iraq, the medics got to work fast on the co-pilot, Capt. Duckworth. Standard operating procedure: cut away the desert-camo uniform before burnt fabric melds with burnt flesh. Get at the wounds. Stop the bleeding. Save what's left.


The 207,308 women currently serving on active duty comprise some 14.5 percent of the U.S. armed forces, according to the military. While more than 2 million women have served since the Revolutionary War, some 1.9 million of them are currently living -- an unprecedented generation of women at war. The number of female veterans has doubled since 1990 and is expected to skyrocket given further drawdowns in the Middle East.


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Scenes and Signs from the Seattle Unite Women rally

Scenes and Signs from the Seattle Unite Women rally | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Photos by MARIANNE SPELLMAN, seattleweekly.com


Hundreds of people rallied at Westlake park Saturday. The rally was one of many held concurrently around the country, sponsored by grassroots organization Unite Against the War On Women. Speakers included WA. State Senator Sharon Nelson, AFL-CIO officer Lynne Dodson, Mayor of Tacoma Marilyn Strickland, octogenarian activist Dorli Rainey (the woman who was infamously pepper-sprayed at Westlake's Occupy a few months ago), WA State President for the Coalition of Labor Union Women Verlene Jones, and poets Melissa Page, Dr. Karen Entrantt, and Imani Sims. [MORE]

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Debt ceiling talks outline new GOP strategy for election

Debt ceiling talks outline new GOP strategy for election | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
by CHRIS GREENWOOD, 
Phoenix Independent Examiner

Deja Vu is defined as the feeling of certainty that one has already witnessed or experienced a current situation, even though the exact circumstances of the prior encounter are unclear and were perhaps imagined.  It comes from the french, and translated it actually means "already seen".


Speaking yesterday at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation's 2012 Fiscal Summit, Speaker Boehner opened the door to the next round of debt ceiling debates that loom ahead of us in early 2013.


There were, as usual, no concession for increase of revenues to assist in this debt resolution, just cuts, as Republicans now firmly believe all you have to do is stop spending money and everything will be fine.


They also have some quality, underdeveloped land in Afghanistan they can sell you at a fair price.


Well, let me propose a starting point for the cuts over the next decade.


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Fight Like a Girl, Tutu

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How Could Anyone, by Libby Roderick


"How could anyone ever tell you

You were anything less than beautiful?
How could anyone ever tell you
You were less than whole?
How could anyone fail to notice
That your loving is a miracle?
How deeply you're connected to my soul?"


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U.S. Hits a Demographic Milestone

U.S. Hits a Demographic Milestone | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it


by CONOR DOUGHERTY and MIRIAM JORDAN, The Wall Street Journal


For the first time in U.S.history, whites of European ancestry account for less than half of newborn children, marking a demographic tipping point that is already changing the nation's politics, economy and workforce.


Among the roughly four million children born in the U.S. between July 2010 and July 2011, 50.4% belonged to a racial or ethnic group that in previous generations would have classified them as minorities, up from 48.6% in the same period two years earlier, the Census Bureau said Thursday. That was the first 12-month stretch in which non-Hispanic white children accounted for less than half the country's births.


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Map: Does your state actually care about working parents?

Map: Does your state actually care about working parents? | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by MAYA, feministing.com


The National Partnership for Women and Families is out with a new report called “Expecting Better” that grades state laws that help new parents–such as paid parental leave, paid sick days, protections against pregnancy discrimination, and laws to accommodate breastfeeding mothers. A whopping 18 states were given Fs for “failing to provide a single benefit or program to help support families before and after the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child.”

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Rep. Wasserman Schultz talks about the Violence Against Women Act

by RepWassermanSchultzYouTube.com


Rep.Wasserman Schultz spoke on the House Floor about the inadequacies of the [House version of the] Violence Against Women Act.


[the House has passed the redacted rights version of VAWA. jkl]

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Female Farmworkers Commonly Suffer Sexual Assault, Harassment

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by TRACIE CONE, AP via The Huffington Post


Female farmworkers across the United States are commonly sexually harassed and assaulted, in part because their immigration status makes them fearful of calling police, according to a report being released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch.


The survey by the international rights group mirrors two previous reports on the risks facing women and girls that had focused on California, where most of the nation's farmworkers reside.


"Our research confirms what farmworker advocates across the country believe: sexual violence and sexual harassment experienced by farmworkers is common enough that some farmworker women see these abuses as an unavoidable condition of agricultural work," said the report.


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[California has recently slipped to the 9th largest economy of the world. jkl]

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Not Too Late to Curb the Filibuster

Not Too Late to Curb the Filibuster | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

New York Times Opinion


Senator Harry Reid belatedly recognizes he should have changed the rules on filibusters, which have become a daily impediment to Senate operations.


Tom Udall of  New Mexico and Jeff Merkley of  Oregon were prophetic in wanting to change Senate rules, he said. “The rest of us were wrong, or most of us, anyway,” he added. “What a shame.”


Since 2007, Democrats have been forced to try to break Republican filibusters 360 times — by far the highest rate in Congressional history. Ending them requires Democrats to get over a 60-vote hurdle. If Mr. Reid helped enact the proposal of the two senators, he would instantly make Congress more efficient and more democratic.


On Monday, four Democratic congressmen, including John Lewis of Georgia, got so frustrated that they filed suit against the Senate, saying its filibuster rule is unconstitutional and illegally nullified their legislative votes.


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[If we want Congress to act for she the people, the abuse of the filibuster must end. jkl]

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Teen moms: How poverty and inequality cause teens to have babies, not the other way around.

Teen moms: How poverty and inequality cause teens to have babies, not the other way around. | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Why Are Teen Moms Poor?
Surprising new research shows it’s not because they have babies. They have babies because they’re poor.


By Matthew Yglesias, Slate


Delivering the commencement address last weekend at the evangelical Liberty University, Mitt Romney naturally stuck primarily to “family values” and religious themes. He did, however, make one economic observation that intersects with some fascinating new research. “For those who graduate from high school, get a full-time job, and marry before they have their first child,” he said, “the probability that they will be poor is 2 percent. But if [all] those things are absent, 76 percent will be poor.”


These are striking numbers, but they raise the age-old question of correlation and causation. Does this mean that the representative high-school dropout would be doing much better had he stuck it out in school for a few more years? Or is it instead the case that the population of high-school dropouts is disproportionately composed of people who have attributes that lead to low earnings?


When it comes to early pregnancy, surprising new evidence indicates that Romney and most everyone else have it backward: Having a baby early does not hamper a young woman’s economic prospects, as Romney implies. Rather, young women choose to become mothers because their economic outlook is so objectively bleak. [more]

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AZ Governor Signs Law Expanding Birth Control Coverage Exemption

Feminist Majority Blog


Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed a law on Friday that expands an exemption to a state law that requires employers to include birth control coverage in their health plans’ coverage of prescription medication.


The original version of the bill included an exemption for any employer who has a religious objection to birth control. The version signed by Brewer applies only to organizations with articles of incorporation that “clearly state that it is a religiously motivated organization and whose religious beliefs are central to the organization’s operating principles.”


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[this is getting ridiculous... I have a moral objection to paying for war... should I incorporate and include a statement to that effect in my articles? jkl]

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Very superstitious

Very superstitious | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by CHERYL HATCH, north2thefuture.wordpress.com


After two months embedded in Afghanistan and 19 days in a hospital in Kuwait, I was packing to return to the States last week. I was practicing the out-with-the old-in-with -the-new approach....


Next, I packed the sweet Donna Karan party dress I’d purchased especially for the !st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment ball. I added a couple new dresses and several pair of new shoes, including a gorgeous pair of Michael Kors heels, again for the ball.  (Thanks to Sarah for the shopping excursions and encouragement to “Just try it on.”) After wearing trousers, dirt and body armor, I was looking forward to putting on heels, skirts and dresses again.


When I had everything packed, I looked in the closet and discovered my sweater. My friend Jeanene had given me the sweater in Oregon a few years ago. I always seem to be in denial about the cold and don’t dress appropriately. She bought it for a few bucks at Good Will.

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TR Center - Wall street bubbles; - always the same - 1901

TR Center - Wall street bubbles; - always the same - 1901 | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library, Dickinson State University

Title: Wall street bubbles; - always the same


Collection:Library of Congress Prints and Photographs

Description: Illustration shows a bull (stock market) blowing bubbles labeled "Inflated Values" with many unwary investors reaching for them.

Creation Date: 1901-05-22

Creator: Keppler, Udo J., 1872-1956


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The Issa Hearing Redux: AZ Rep. Franks Seeks to Control DC's Abortion Policy

The Issa Hearing Redux: AZ Rep. Franks Seeks to Control DC's Abortion Policy | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ROBIN MARTY, RH Reality Check


Arizona Congressman Trent Franks' attempt to push a 20-week "fetal pain" abortion ban in Washington, D.C. (despite the fact that there is no science showing a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks) is at best just another chance for the Republican to show off his anti-choice credentials and allow anti-choice House members to woo their supporters with their love of restrictions on women's reproductive health. At worst, it's an attempt to create a piece of legislation which, if it does become law, wouldprovide a direct track to the Supreme Court to challenge Roe V. Wade. There is no evidence for fetal pain in the second trimester of pregnancy, and fetuses are not viable at 20 weeks.


Either way, he's not intending to let his moment of glory be overshadowed, even if that means refusing to let D.C.'s actual Congressional representative speak on the bill.


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Lunch with Louden Thursdays at noon Pacific Time, 3PM Eastern Time

Lunch with Louden  Thursdays at noon Pacific Time, 3PM Eastern Time | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JEANENE LOUDEN, Coffee Party Radio


Journalist Cheryl Hatch will be the guest on Coffee Party Radio LUNCH WITH LOUDEN Thursday, May 24th, 12 noon Pacific Time for a special Memorial Day conversaton.  Cheryl will share her stories from her time in Afghanistan and what she witnessed in the lives of soldiers.  Join us.


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HERvotes Blog Carnival: National Women’s Health Week

HERvotes Blog Carnival: National Women’s Health Week | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by CINDY PEARSON,co-founder

Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care,

via Feminist Majority Blog


For the 13th #HERvotes blog carnival, we’re celebrating National Women’s Health Week. The federal government launched National Women’s Health Week ten years ago in an effort to improve women’s health by building awareness about things like exercise, healthy eating and the importance of regular check-ups.


You can participate by telling your own story and by sharing the posts below on Facebook, Twitter (using the hashtag #HERvotes) and other social media.


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Jeanene Louden Intervention Statement at US Capitol

by ERIC BYLER, Coffee Party USA


This speech took place on Oct. 29, 2011 after a freak ice storm had chased our marathon open-mic rally indoors.  While citizens from around the nation continued their "intervention" messages to Congress, Jeanene was among a dozen or so people who decided they wanted their speech to be in front of the US Capitol, wind chill be damned!


A few days later, Jeanene was elected as Secretary for the Coffee Party Board of Directors (you can read her minutes HERE).  She is also the host a weekly show on Coffee Party Radio called "Louden Clear." 


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Miss Represented: Women's Success in the 21st Century is Still Defined by Sex

Miss Represented: Women's Success in the 21st Century is Still Defined by Sex | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

"As long as we tolerate being saturated by media that depicts female success as tied inextricably to the ability to attract a man and produce offspring […] we leave room for the notion that women are above all procreative vehicles."

 


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Eat the Damn Cake » I want a ceasefire in the mommy wars

Eat the Damn Cake » I want a ceasefire in the mommy wars | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

excerpted from Eat The Damn Cake

 

Let’s make it a warmer, gentler place, where people have conversations, not screaming matches. Where people take off their armor and talk about how much they love their children, regardless of whether or not those children are currently being breastfed. Where people are honest about their struggles and their decisions, and how little they know, and how much they know.

 

Sometimes, I have a feeling that the world is already much more like that then these ongoing articles suggest. Sometimes I think we’re probably almost much closer to that then it’s profitable to admit. Because war so often is about money, isn’t it?


 

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Ellen Rosenblum is the new Oregon attorney general, first woman to hold the post

Ellen Rosenblum is the new Oregon attorney general, first woman to hold the post | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

The Daily Astorian


“I am honored to have been selected by the voters of Oregon as their choice for the Democratic nominee Attorney General of Oregon,” Rosenblum said. “I began this campaign by making a promise to be the ‘People’s Attorney General’ by being a strong advocate for Oregon families, kids and our state’s most vulnerable citizens. I am excited to fulfill that promise both during the general election and as Oregon’s next Attorney General."


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The Top 8 Ways To Be 'Traditionally Married' According To The Bible

The Top 8 Ways To Be 'Traditionally Married' According To The Bible | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
I don't think 'Traditional Marriage' means what you think it means.
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GOP State Rep - We have literally stopped abortion in Mississippi

by jecarter4, YouTube


State Representative Bubba Carpenter, at a May 10, 2012 Alcorn County GOP meeting, tells the audience that Republicans have figured out a way to end abortion in Mississippi.


"It's going to be challenged, of course, in the Supreme Court and all -- but literally, we stopped abortion in the state of Mississippi, legally, without having to-[deleted]-  Roe vs. Wade. So we've done that. I was proud of it. The governor signed it into law. And of course, there you have the other side. They're like, 'Well, the poor pitiful women that can't afford to go out of state are just going to start doing them at home with a coat hanger. That's what we've learned over and over and over.'


"But hey, you have to have moral values."


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Elizabeth Warren tells Congress: Put Wall Street reform back on the agenda!

Elizabeth Warren tells Congress: Put Wall Street reform back on the agenda! | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

BoldProgressives.org


Wall Street bank JPMorgan Chase just lost $2 billion on risky bets.


Sign the petition if you agree with Elizabeth Warren that Congress should pass a new Glass-Steagall Act.


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Geektivism: Meet the geeks trying to save the world

Geektivism: Meet the geeks trying to save the world | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Activism is important. In some cases it’s the only way to change things and move people in the right direction. In the past, we’ve seen how movements like STOP SOPA can affect decisions and how people from around the globe can join forces to ensure the greater good.

 

Although petitions and campaigning can sometimes work, as geeks we need to find more effective ways to inspire people and help them act against the problems of our society. There is a new kind of activism and we call it geektivism (add it to your vocabulary, it’s going to be huge!).

 

Geektivism is what geeks do when they are fed up with the current status of their environment. Drawing from their resources, they find ways to tackle problems in a creative and engaging way (of course this usually involves games…).

 

In our search for geektivists, we came across five new projects that can really make a difference. Both trying to solve important problems, they turned to gaming and technology to inspire people and help them do something, rather than just complain or click on a form. [READ MORE]

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