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Catholics Angered by Choice of Commencement Speaker

Catholics Angered by Choice of Commencement Speaker | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
To be precise, it’s Georgetown’s Public Policy Institute that will reportedly host Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius – the official behind the birth control mandate – as its commencement speaker.
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Why the Campaign to Stop America's Obesity Crisis Keeps Failing

Why the Campaign to Stop America's Obesity Crisis Keeps Failing | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
The nation’s most powerful anti-obesity groups are teaming up for a new HBO documentary—but it pushes the same tired advice.
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GOP tricks can't erase war on women

GOP tricks can't erase war on women | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Opinion: According to Republicans, the war on women was just a figment of our imagination.
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20 Years for Standing Her Ground - Reason.com

20 Years for Standing Her Ground - Reason.com | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
A Florida woman faces prison after firing a warning shot to scare off an abusive husband.


By Jacob Sullum


"I got five baby mammas, and I put my hands on every last one of them except for one," Rico Gray confessed during a November 2010 deposition. "The way I was with women…they had to walk on eggshells around me." He recalled punching women in the face, shoving them, choking them, and tossing them out the door.


Yet somehow, after one of those women fired a warning shot into the ceiling of her Jacksonville, Florida, home to scare him away during yet another violent outburst, prosecutors managed to convince a jury that Gray was the victim. As a result, Marissa Alexander, a 31-year-old mother of three, faces 20 years in prison for standing her ground against an abusive husband.

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Jan Brewer Signs Planned Parenthood Funding Ban

Jan Brewer Signs Planned Parenthood Funding Ban | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
PHOENIX -- Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday signed into law a bill to cut off Planned Parenthood's access to taxpayer money funneled through the state for non-abortion services.
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State Agency May Publicize Detailed Information About Abortion Patients

State Agency May Publicize Detailed Information About Abortion Patients | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has proposed new rules requiring abortion facilities to collect and report even more information on their patients than they already do....


That may sound familiar, because Republican state Rep. Bill Zedler of Arlington hoped to implement changes like these in the last legislative session—but his proposal died in committee. So Zedler skipped the legislative process and asked DSHS to collect the information anyway. They seem ready to comply.[more]


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Bloomberg Budget Brawl: Children's Advocates Scramble To Save New York's State-Of-The-Art After-School System On Eve Of Massive Cuts

Bloomberg Budget Brawl: Children's Advocates Scramble To Save New York's State-Of-The-Art After-School System On Eve Of Massive Cuts | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by SAKI KNAFO, The Huffinton Post


A coalition of more than 150 New York City groups, including the Children's Aid Society and the Police Athletic League, is making a last-ditch effort to save thousands of publicly funded child-care and after-school slots in the city. [MORE]

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Alabama Anti-Choice Politicians Work Fast To Push Through Abortion Restrictions

Alabama Anti-Choice Politicians Work Fast To Push Through Abortion Restrictions | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Tuesday, anti-choice activists in the state of Alabama were complaining about the looming end of the session and their dwindling hopes of passing new restrictions on safe abortion care even in a Republican-dominated legislature. [MORE]

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America's child death shame

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BBC


Every five hours a child dies from abuse or neglect in the US.

The latest government figures show an estimated 1,770 children were killed as a result of maltreatment in 2009.


A recent congressional report concludes the real number could be nearer 2,500.

In fact, America has the worst child abuse record in the industrialised world. Why? The BBC's Natalia Antelava investigates.


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Vote with Your Purse

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Lesson Learned: Women, Money, and Politics in the 2010 Election Cycle.


While women’s votes have been critical in deciding federal elections since the 1980’s, women still face significant barriers towards realizing equality in politics and public life. In 2010, our nation experienced the first backslide in electing more women to office in over 30 years. In the same year, it also experienced a decrease in women’s political giving, after securing very marginal increases in past elections.


The time is ripe for women to increase their political giving to match their economic and voting power. 


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No Mother's Day: Every 90 Seconds a Woman Dies Becoming a Mother

No Mother's Day: Every 90 Seconds a Woman Dies Becoming a Mother | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by SORAYA CHEMALY, The Huffington Post


Every 90 seconds, somewhere in the world, a woman dies from a pregnancy-related complication. This isn't just a "third world" problem. The United States currently ranks 50th in the world for maternal health. It is safer to give birth in Bosnia or Kuwait than in California. But what we do here ultimately affects women everywhere. This is a matter of inequality and political will. [MORE]


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Empowered Feminism

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The feminism of the ‘70s has long focused on the inequities and ill-treatment of women. And there is plenty to complain about. Younger women, for whom we fought, no longer feel discriminated against and have largely rejected feminism as “those old women who are angry or bitter.” Yeah, you are so welcome. :)


But the lesson for us is this--stop whining, blaming and accusing the guys who “don’t get it.” Instead, step up and get in the game. Once we are players in the game, we have the power to change the game. Let’s get elected to office and make laws to update or change that which we have complained about. Women change everything we touch. It’s what we do because our perspective and priorities are different (or more enlightened) from that of the patriarchy. And the patriarchy is in hospice. It just needs a little extra care to make the final transition, smooth or otherwise.

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Fox News contributor laments ‘mistake’ of letting women vote | The Raw Story

Fox News contributor laments ‘mistake’ of letting women vote | The Raw Story | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By Stephen C. Webster, The Raw Story


Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, a Fox News contributor, tea party activist and personal friend of Sean Hannity’s said in a sermon recently published to YouTube that America’s greatest mistake was allowing women the right to vote, adding that back in “the good old days, men knew that women are crazy and they knew how to deal with them.”


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'Game of Thrones': The Women Exert Their Power, and Not Just in Bed

'Game of Thrones': The Women Exert Their Power, and Not Just in Bed | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
The female characters are learning how to navigate the tricky gender politics of Westeros. HBO "Do you understand?


Interesting to note:  Women depicted in this series are wielding their power through men instead of directly.  How many times do we do this in real life, staying safely in the shadows?  Isn't it time to step out and stand as equals?  And bless those of us who have. ~DM

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Mary Fields started life as a slave in Hickman County,Tenn in 1832. When she gained her freedom after the Civil War

Mary Fields started life as a slave in Hickman County,Tenn in 1832. When she gained her freedom after the Civil War | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Although she may have been one of the toughest women ever to work in a convent, 'Black Mary' had earned the respect and devotion of most of the residents of the pioneer community of Cascade, Montana, before she died in 1914. In fact, Mary Fields was widely beloved. She was admired and respected throughout the region for holding her own and living her own way in a world where the odds were stacked against her. In a time when African Americans and women of any race enjoyed little freedom anywhere in the world, Mary Fields enjoyed more freedom than most white men. [more]

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Boeing Makes List of Top 12 Corporate Welfare Queens - Seattle News - The Daily Weekly

Boeing Makes List of Top 12 Corporate Welfare Queens - Seattle News - The Daily Weekly | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By Jonathan Kaminsky, Seattle Weekly


Citizens for Tax Justice, a left-leaning pressure group advocating for higher corporate taxes and fewer loopholes, recently released a list of a dozen Fortune 500 companies that, between 2008 and 2010, actually made money on their federal tax returns. And guess what? Our very own Boeing made the cut!


According to the analysis, Boeing made $9.7 billion in profit from 2008 to 2010, and got a net tax refund of $175 million over the same period, translating into a tax rate of negative 1.8 percent.


The other 11 corporations included in the report are American Electric Power, DuPont, Exxon Mobil, FedEx, GE, Honeywell, IBM, United Technologies, Verizon, Wells Fargo, and Yahoo. Together, Citizens for Tax Justice asserts, these corporate behemoths, rather than paying taxes on their collective $171 billion in profit from 2008 to 2010, actually got 1.5 percent in tax refunds--$2.5 billion--from Uncle Sam. They also received $62.4 billion in tax subsidies. [MORE]

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"Speaking of America" - Monday May 7th "Whats Next for Unite Women?" 8pm PT/11pm ET

"Speaking of America" - Monday May 7th "Whats Next for Unite Women?" 8pm PT/11pm ET | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Though last week's march & rally has ended, the fight continues as UniteWomen.org and their supporters plot the course for their next battle. We speak with Karen Teegarden & Desiree Jordan, the founders of UniteWomen.org. Tune in, Call in! Coffee Party Radio!

Monday May 7 at 8 pm PT / 11 pm ET

LISTEN live | Call in: (646) 929-2495

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Become a Coffee Party member

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Guys I'm lovin' the class of 2012! What a great concept!
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Why Are We Debating Birth Control … Again?

Why Are We Debating Birth Control … Again? | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JESSICA VALENTI, Boston Magazine


Forty years after the Supreme Court settled it, we’re somehow having a birth control debate. Again. And Scott Brown’s political future could hang in the balance.


IF YOU’D ASKED American women a year ago about the most pressing concerns facing the country, they’d have given you a variety of responses: the economy, war, education. Some might have even mentioned reproductive rights. But I doubt a single one of them could have anticipated that in 2012 they’d be worrying about access to birth control. I mean, didn’t we settle all of that decades ago? [MORE]

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Texas’ abortion enforcer

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by IRIN CARMON, salon.com


Here is what the state of Texas considers “irreparable harm”: Ccontinuing to provide Planned Parenthood with federal funds for the Texas Women’s Health program, which it has done for several years. Here is what it does not find harmful: immediately denying healthcare access to tens of thousands of women who have been going to Planned Parenthood affiliates for basic health services that aren’t abortions.


On Monday, a U.S. District Court judge didn’t buy the state’s legislation defunding Planned Parenthood, putting a temporary stay on the enforcement of the law. But within a day, there was another judge who found the argument persuasive: Fifth Circuit Judge Jerry Smith, last seen obnoxiously demanding that a female Justice Department lawyer ”submit a three-page, single-spaced letter by noon Thursday addressing whether the Executive Branch believes courts have such power.” (Kevin Drum memorably compared it to “a middle school teacher handing out punishment to a student because of something her father said at a city council meeting the night before,” and you wouldn’t have to look hard to find the sexist condescension.) [more]

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Fighting Fire with Water: The Christian Role in the War on Women

Fighting Fire with Water: The Christian Role in the War on Women | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by NYNIA CHANCE, RH Reality Check


Birth should never be about control, but there are those who are working very hard to make it so.... 


We've been saying for a while now that people respond more to ideals than ideas, and that narratives and heart-felt stories are the way to shape the understanding of those around us. We're starting to get kinda good at that, but we're going to have to get better, faster. We need to find more and better ways to get our stories out so those around us can feel what we're facing. As they connect in their hearts with the in-our-lives ways we are impacted by the actions they take for their faith, they will gain a better understanding of what they're really fighting for, and how to help rather than harm those around them....


Instead, we must fight fire with water, returning their anger with patience and love. We must struggle to develop new ways to show them how we're ultimately on the same team. We want the same things: a peaceful world where families can grow up happy and healthy and complete, cared for by each other and their community. We need to show them how their actions are preventing these values from bearing good fruit. We need to find better ways of working together to make our shared goals real. [MORE]

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Pay equity information

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National Committe On Pay Equity


The Wage Gap Over Time: In Real Dollars, Women See a Continuing Gap


Since the Equal Pay Act was signed in 1963, the wage gap has been closing at a very slow rate. In 1963, women who worked full-time, year-round made 59 cents on average for every dollar earned by men. In 2010, women earned 77 cents to men's dollar. That means that the wage gap has narrowed by less than half a cent per year! [MORE]

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War on Women Affects Us All

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by ANN MCLANE KUSTER, The Huffington Post


The War on Women is not just about women -- it's about putting the squeeze on the middle class.


Standing up for women right now could not be more important.

The Republicans here in Concord and down in Washington D.C. would have us believe that the War on Women is a phony war. Michele Bachmann and Fox News would have us believe that the whole thing is "political fiction."

But women -- and the men who love them -- know that this is not fiction. Whether we are talking about access to affordable birth control, feeling safe from violence in our homes, or being able to earn the same amount of money as our male counterparts, these are rights that all people deserve and they are being threatened.  [MORE]

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Become a Coffee Party member

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Guys I'm lovin' the class of 2012! What a great concept!