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Hundreds march in NYC for "Unite Against the War on Women" protest

Hundreds march in NYC for "Unite Against the War on Women" protest | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by LEO KAPAKOS,  NY Political Buzz Examiner


It was a beautiful afternoon in New York City as hundreds of protesters took to the streets to march against the recent attacks on women's rights including reproductive and healthcare rights, equal pay, and the Violence against Women Act. Saturday's march protesting the "war on women" was one of dozens across the country. In New York City, the protesters marched from Washington Square down Broadway chanting "Not the church, not the state, women must control their fate". Ultimately gathering for a rally and afternoon of speeches and entertainment at Foley Square. [MORE]

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Wisconsin Demonstrators protest new laws at United Against the War on Women Rally

Wisconsin Demonstrators protest new laws at United Against the War on Women Rally | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by MEGHAN ZERNICK, The Badger Herald


Hundreds of men, women and children gathered outside the Capitol on Saturday to rally in protest of recently enacted laws pertaining to women’s rights, employment and reproductive health.  [MORE

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Naples 'Stop the War on Women' rally Saturday a part of national protest

Naples 'Stop the War on Women' rally Saturday a part of national protest | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by VICTORIA MACCHI, NaplesNews.com


Honking horns, thumbs up and the occasional jeer punctuated a rally Saturday at a busy North Naples intersection, part of the National Protest Against the War on Women.


In coordination with similar events around the country, scores of women and men lined the northwest corner of Pine Ridge Road and U.S. 41 North for three hours in support of women's issues — primarily health care — which they believe is threatened.


"You watch our politicians run on a platform of better jobs and economy, and they spend their time in office against women's health," said Annisa Karim, a protester and president of the Collier County Democratic Club. "Yeh, I'm sick of it." 


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Oklahoma Supreme Court Strikes Down Fetal Personhood Measure

Oklahoma Supreme Court Strikes Down Fetal Personhood Measure | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By Laura Bassett, The Huffington Post


The Oklahoma Supreme Court unanimously vetoed a ballot measure that would have given embryos full personhood rights on Monday, ruling it "clearly unconstitutional" because it would block a woman's legal right to have an abortion.[more]

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The Best Signs from the War on Women Rally - Dallas

The Best Signs from the War on Women Rally - Dallas | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ANNA MERLAN, Dallas Observer Blogs - Unfair Park


I was in Austin over the weekend, where I couldn't help but notice 1,500 people holding a rally for women's rights on the Capitol building's south steps. It was one of dozens of events across the country Saturday organized by Unite Women to protest legislation affecting women's health, abortion access, and equal pay.


It's debatable, of course, whether a rally is any match for conservative Texas lawmakers and their keen interest in all things uterus-related. But one thing is certain: the longer this goes on, the funnier (and filthier) the protest signs get. Here are the best and weirdest signs of the weekend.


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Meet the Press

Meet The Press talks about The Women's Vote this week.  Guests include Rachel Maddow, Hillary Rosen, Alex Castelanos and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-WA).  


At about the 4:50 mark, after being told that the War on Women is a myth, Rachel tries to explain her points. Watch what happens next...don't you think Alex pretty much proved it for her? That wasn't his intent, to be sure. What do you think?

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DCL's comment, April 30, 2012 10:11 AM
Alex was explaining some of the reasons for the differences. Rachel wouldn't hear it. On the other hand, Alex wouldn't agree to a simple finding of fact (that women make less than men), though he implied an agreement by trying to explain reasons. For Rachel's part, she seemed to imply that only fact of disparity is important and that the causes are not relevant.

That women make less should prompt us to seek why. The whys would put it in context. Some of the reasons are probably discrimination. Some are probably not discrimination.

By comparison, I'm pretty sure the average salary for people under 20 years old is lower than the salary of those over 20. But we wouldn't jump to the conclusion that it's discrimination or a "war on young people". There are legitimate, reasonable causes we take into account.

Alex tried to make the same point regarding the gender income disparity. It's a fair, reasonable point. It should be part of any analysis of the gender income disparity.
Shield's comment, April 30, 2012 11:58 AM
@DCL- Please! Alex was using talking points and excuses, ignoring that the 77 cents figure is not made up by Rachel, but based on systematic, documented GAO and Census studies. He's suggesting that the figure was arrived at by comparing non-identical positions (e.g. administrators to executives) which is insulting, but to be expected of arrogant Republicans who believe they're the only ones who can think.

Rachel was absolutely correct- his objection isn't substantive- it's stylistic, designed to distract people from known facts, in the name of "waiting to see what studies say" (despite the data being well known for decades).

Work experience, as you suggested, is obvious and accounted for. As are different job descriptions, education levels, and weekly work hours. If Alex had a substantial counter-argument, he'd have made it, rather than just muddied the water in a desperate attempt to make the Republican party look responsible.
Sonadavinci's comment, April 30, 2012 12:18 PM
DCL, It's that "simple finding of fact" that really sets me off, personally, - I've been hearing this quoted for decades now and am really sick of it. It is a simple-MINDED finding of fact. There ARE many reasons that women may earn less than men, but nobody ever wants to factor them in. I hear this statistic used as a smokescreen to hide those facts, and until we talk about ALL of the issue, I reject the statistic's relevance.

I personally have lived with 4 women in my life and each and every one of them out-earned me by quite a bit, yet none of them worked nearly as hard as I did (or as many hours), paid as many dues as I have, or carried the same levels of responsibility as I did. (I've been an Architect and a Pilot). And I've seen plenty of women promoted to higher ranks and pay faster than men for reasons other than merit. So, sorry, but I cannot corroborate or even relate to this statistic. I also think it's a fact that in the past 30 years, and especially in this Recession, men have lost more jobs and income than women have, but I've heard very little about that issue either. I think women are doing just fine for themselves and getting more of what they want out of life than many men are.

Do I think Republicans are mounting a war on women? I don't know, but I do think they're mounting a war on social issues while claiming to be all about the economy, and that included reproductive health.

On a separate note, I can't stand it when people interrupt each other constantly on the political talk shows. It drives me nuts to hear 4 people talking at the same time on TV, - even more so than in real life. Maybe it's just an audio-hearing related thing, but I want to hear each person make a full point, and then hear it fully refuted or not.
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Ovums On Demand

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Virginia Hughes reports on an experimental new procedure: In the 1970s, fertility treatments such as egg freezing emerged as a way to extend the upper limit of the childbearing years. But these came with caveats of their own.
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Mitt Romney's Constitutional Advisor, Robert Bork, Continues the War on Women's Rights

Mitt Romney's Constitutional Advisor, Robert Bork, Continues the War on Women's Rights | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JAMIN RASKIN, Huffington Post


...Romney's problems with America's women may be just beginning. He can distance himself from the theocratic musings of other Republicans and the macho bullying of Fox News talking heads, but he cannot run away from his own selection of former Judge Robert Bork, in August of last year, to become his principal advisor on the Supreme Court and the Constitution.


Bork hopes to wipe out not only the constitutional right to privacy, especially the right to contraception and to abortion, but decades of Equal Protection decisions handed down by what he calls a feminized Supreme Court deploying "sterile feminist logic" to guarantee equal treatment and inclusion of women. Bork is no casual chauvinist but rather a sworn enemy of feminism, a political force that he considers "totalitarian" and in which, he has concluded, "the extremists are the movement."


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Daily Kos: The Equal Rights Amendment vs. The War On Women

Daily Kos: The Equal Rights Amendment vs. The War On Women | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by BUD FIELDS, Daily Kos


I'm betting that you are, like a very large majority of American citizens, under the impression that we actually HAVE an Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in our Constitution. You believe that women in America have the same status, standing, and equality as do men in our land.


You would be incorrect.


But, there is a very strong push going on these days, and especially across the Progressive Southern United States, to remedy that ugly reality.  [MORE]

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Mommy Wars: An Attempt to Disenfranchise Women

Mommy Wars: An Attempt to Disenfranchise Women | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ANIKA RAHMAN, Huffington Post


Putting aside the fact that, for millions of women, being a stay-at-home mom isn't even a viable choice, the brouhaha over Hilary Rosen's ill-chosen remarks about Ann Romney has only served to distract attention from the real issues plaguing women. [MORE]

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A Strange Thing Happening in Western Michigan

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by ANNA BENNETT, Huffington Post


A very strange thing is happening in West Michigan: while women across America run away from the Republican Party in droves due to its war on women's health, the local Democratic establishment is backing a candidate who cast a vote to completely defund Planned Parenthood when he was a member of the State House of Representatives in 2001. That person was Steve Pestka, and that vote means Pestka stands for much more than just eradicating abortion -- he in fact voted to deprive about five million women statewide of basic medical screenings if they could not afford to pay for it themselves.  [MORE]

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Recap!

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Feminist Majority Applauds Senate Passage of Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

Feminist Majority Applauds Senate Passage of Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

The Feminist Majority applauds the Senate's vote today to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The VAWA reauthorization bill passed by the Senate on a 68 to 31 vote today is the first to include access to law enforcement and services for Native American women, better access for immigrant women who fear deportation if they report violence, and better access for LGBT victims. [MORE]

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At Utah Capitol, hundreds denounce ‘war on women’

At Utah Capitol, hundreds denounce ‘war on women’ | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by BRIAN MAFFLY, The Salt Lake Tribune


Here’s the trouble with many of the nation’s recent legislative initiatives targeting the "tiny and intimate details" of women’s private lives: They are the spawn of male lawmakers rather than the fruits of healthy discourse, according to protesters gathered Saturday at the Utah Capitol to denounce what they say amounts to a "war on women."


"If you had more women in the legislatures, we wouldn’t have these bad laws," said Pete Ashdown, a former Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, throwing shout­outs to female legislative candidates in the crowd on the Capitol steps. "I believe we can turn this around. We’ve got to get more women in charge."


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At Statehouse rally, hundreds decry 'war on women'

At Statehouse rally, hundreds decry 'war on women' | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ALAN JOHNSON,

The Columbus Dispatch


“I’m tired of having to fight every day with people who are trying to control my life and my choices,” said Jamie Gaynes, 21, an Ohio State University student representing a group call Advocates for Youth. “We are here and we are fighting and we will never give up.”


The crowd, predominantly female, listened to fiery speeches, chanted and sang songs about the women’s movement. Among the speakers were former U.S. Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy of Columbus and state Sen. Charleta D. Tavares of Columbus, both Democrats.


One of the biggest battles in recent weeks involved an effort by Ohio House Republicans to block Planned Parenthood from getting federal family-planning funds. GOP leaders backed off a plan to cut off about $1.7 million that Planned Parenthood uses for birth control and preventive health care.


That fight isn’t over, however, as a separate bill to defund Planned Parenthood may get more legislative attention.


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Montana "War Against Women" Rally

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By KFBB News Team


Hundreds of people rallied at the Capital Saturday, gathering in support of women's rights.


They say they are looking for things as basic as equal pay and reproductive rights - to other pieces of legislation that are a bit more descriptive. “Also including mandating doctors misinform their patients of a link between breast cancer and abortion, which doesn't exist. And then also legislation out there declaring single-parenthood tantamount to child abuse. These are the problems, and this is the type of legislation that we are standing against,” says Bridgette Case Guild, Unite Women State Volunteer Organized.  [MORE]

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Meet the Press

Meet The Press talks about The Women's Vote this week.  Guests include Rachel Maddow, Hillary Rosen, Alex Castelanos and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-WA).  


At about the 4:50 mark, after being told that the War on Women is a myth, Rachel tries to explain her points. Watch what happens next...don't you think Alex pretty much proved it for her? That wasn't his intent, to be sure. What do you think?


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DCL's comment, April 30, 2012 10:11 AM
Alex was explaining some of the reasons for the differences. Rachel wouldn't hear it. On the other hand, Alex wouldn't agree to a simple finding of fact (that women make less than men), though he implied an agreement by trying to explain reasons. For Rachel's part, she seemed to imply that only fact of disparity is important and that the causes are not relevant.

That women make less should prompt us to seek why. The whys would put it in context. Some of the reasons are probably discrimination. Some are probably not discrimination.

By comparison, I'm pretty sure the average salary for people under 20 years old is lower than the salary of those over 20. But we wouldn't jump to the conclusion that it's discrimination or a "war on young people". There are legitimate, reasonable causes we take into account.

Alex tried to make the same point regarding the gender income disparity. It's a fair, reasonable point. It should be part of any analysis of the gender income disparity.
Shield's comment, April 30, 2012 11:58 AM
@DCL- Please! Alex was using talking points and excuses, ignoring that the 77 cents figure is not made up by Rachel, but based on systematic, documented GAO and Census studies. He's suggesting that the figure was arrived at by comparing non-identical positions (e.g. administrators to executives) which is insulting, but to be expected of arrogant Republicans who believe they're the only ones who can think.

Rachel was absolutely correct- his objection isn't substantive- it's stylistic, designed to distract people from known facts, in the name of "waiting to see what studies say" (despite the data being well known for decades).

Work experience, as you suggested, is obvious and accounted for. As are different job descriptions, education levels, and weekly work hours. If Alex had a substantial counter-argument, he'd have made it, rather than just muddied the water in a desperate attempt to make the Republican party look responsible.
Sonadavinci's comment, April 30, 2012 12:18 PM
DCL, It's that "simple finding of fact" that really sets me off, personally, - I've been hearing this quoted for decades now and am really sick of it. It is a simple-MINDED finding of fact. There ARE many reasons that women may earn less than men, but nobody ever wants to factor them in. I hear this statistic used as a smokescreen to hide those facts, and until we talk about ALL of the issue, I reject the statistic's relevance.

I personally have lived with 4 women in my life and each and every one of them out-earned me by quite a bit, yet none of them worked nearly as hard as I did (or as many hours), paid as many dues as I have, or carried the same levels of responsibility as I did. (I've been an Architect and a Pilot). And I've seen plenty of women promoted to higher ranks and pay faster than men for reasons other than merit. So, sorry, but I cannot corroborate or even relate to this statistic. I also think it's a fact that in the past 30 years, and especially in this Recession, men have lost more jobs and income than women have, but I've heard very little about that issue either. I think women are doing just fine for themselves and getting more of what they want out of life than many men are.

Do I think Republicans are mounting a war on women? I don't know, but I do think they're mounting a war on social issues while claiming to be all about the economy, and that included reproductive health.

On a separate note, I can't stand it when people interrupt each other constantly on the political talk shows. It drives me nuts to hear 4 people talking at the same time on TV, - even more so than in real life. Maybe it's just an audio-hearing related thing, but I want to hear each person make a full point, and then hear it fully refuted or not.
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The New Rules for Political Donations

The New Rules for Political Donations | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Recent court rulings and regulatory decisions have dramatically changed the landscape. Here's what you need to know before giving to your favorite candidates and causes.
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Deborah Bergman: How You Can Help Protect Victims of Human Trafficking by Voting in the Next Presidential Election

Deborah Bergman: How You Can Help Protect Victims of Human Trafficking by Voting in the Next Presidential Election | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Marina* was recruited from Ukraine with the promise of a well-paying job and free housing in the United States. But upon her arrival, she found herself in a nightmare.
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Coffee Party Members March for Women, Families Across U.S.

Coffee Party Members March for Women, Families Across U.S. | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JEANENE LOUDEN, Coffee Party USA


Coffee Party USA has endorsed the UNITE WOMEN MARCH being held today Saturday, April 28th, in state capitals and major metropolitan areas across America. Along thousands of others, I am rallying today in Salem, Oregon, Egberto Willies is rallying in Austin, TX,  and Don Manning is rallying in Olympia, WA.


In recent memory, lawmaking on the state and federal level have been blatantly un-representative of the will of the people. Regardless of what polls reveal about public opinion, it appears the well-funded special interests have a controlling influence, or certainly more influence than they deserve to have in a Republic. We can thank PACs, Super PACs and the Supreme Court's decree that corporations to spend unlimited and anonymous money to manipulate our elections, and thus the policy made by those who are elected.


The subject of this "War on Women" mischief ranges from very gender-specific assaults (contraception, abortion, reproductive health care), to social and cultural neglect (employment, wage equality, domestic violence, and the social safety net), and political abuse (marriage inequality, voter ID and registration “crack downs”) that disproportionately affect women. As disturbing as these may be, there are even more basic principles at work here that are fundamentally outrageous to me. [MORE]

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Dispatches from CDP 2012: Why Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights are Not “Anti-Family”

Dispatches from CDP 2012: Why Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights are Not “Anti-Family” | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by YOLI SANCHEZ NEYOY, RH Reality Check


I do believe however that youth and adolescents' access to comprehensive sexuality education should not be limited by or to their parents. Why? Many young people do not have a supportive family, their family may not know how to or want to answer young people’s questions, or worse, they may have the wrong information that will put young people at risk.


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Tax Rates on the Top Bracket

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Now It's Clear: “Pro-Life” Means “Pro-Imprisonment”

Now It's Clear: “Pro-Life” Means “Pro-Imprisonment” | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by LYNN PALTROW, National Advocates for Pregnant Women,
and EMMA S KETTERINHAM, National Advocates for Pregnant Women,

RH Reality Check


Whatever the Liberty Counsel’s reasons, this “pro-life” group argues that the Alabama Supreme Court “should uphold the convictions and thereby move toward restoration of the life-affirming worldview that predated Roe.” It is difficult, however, to see what is “life-affirming” about hauling off to jail new mothers who just gave birth and leaving their children motherless? Penalties under the Chemical Endangerment law range from not less than 1-year-and-1-day to up to 99 years (life) in prison.


Since 2005, National Advocates for Pregnant Women has documented hundreds of cases in Alabama and elsewhere in which women have been arrested for allegedly endangering their pregnancies including: Christine Taylor in Iowa who was charged with attempted fetal homicide after she fell down a flight of stairs while pregnant, Jennie McCormick in Idaho who was charged with having an illegal abortion, and Bei Bei Shuai in Indiana who has been charged with murder for suffering a pregnancy loss after a suicide attempt.


The Liberty Counsel has established that the “pro-life” position is “pro-punishment,” not just for doctors who perform abortions, and not just for women who intentionally end their pregnancies and have abortions, but also for pregnant women who have no intention of ending their pregnancies and go to term. 


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Her mission isn’t complete

Her mission isn’t complete | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ALISON MCQUADE, Emily's List


Last night, EMILY’s List honored Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords with the We Are EMILY Award for her leadership, dedication and service in Congress.[MORE]

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Sen. Mike Lee Adds The Violence Against Women Act To The Long List Of Things He Thinks Are Unconstitutional

Sen. Mike Lee Adds The Violence Against Women Act To The Long List Of Things He Thinks Are Unconstitutional | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by IAN MILLHISER, Think Progress


There aren’t many things Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) doesn’t believe to be unconstitutional. While it probably would not be possible to count every essential law or program that violates Lee’s tenther understanding of the Constitution, a short list includes Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, FEMA, the FDA, federal income assistance for the poor and national child labor laws.


So it’s really not that much of a surprise that he found yet another law he thinks is unconstitutional today. This time, it’s the entire Violence Against Women Act.


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