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Kathryn Hall-Trujillo | Founder Birthing Project USA

Kathryn Hall-Trujillo | Founder Birthing Project USA | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Kathryn Hall-Trujillo worked for the state of California from 1976 to 1991 as a public health administrator, and during that time, noticed that families often struggled to pay for the care of infants born with serious health problems. When she realized that pregnancy care for expectant mothers would cost less than 0.01 percent of the funds used to stabilize a sick infant, she created Birthing Project USA -- a nonprofit organization that improves birth outcomes by recruiting and training community volunteers to provide guidance, education and social support to pregnant and parenting teens and women. 


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Nurses' pre-NATO rally expected to draw thousands

Nurses' pre-NATO rally expected to draw thousands | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by TAMMY WEBBER, Associated Press


Thousands of nurses and other protesters planned to rally at a downtown Chicago plaza Friday ahead of a two-day NATO summit and as a prelude to a much larger demonstration expected this weekend.


National Nurses United officials have said they expect about 2,000 nurses to attend Friday's rally, where they will call for a "Robin Hood" tax on financial institutions' transactions to offset cuts in social services, education and health care. City officials expect the rally to draw more than 5,000 because of a performance by former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, an activist who has played at many Occupy events.  [MORE]

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The Bogus Arguments Against VAWA

The Bogus Arguments Against VAWA | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by HOLLY L. DERR, 

Ms. Magazine Blog


The Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA, initially passed in 1994 and reauthorized in 2000 and 2005, is up for reauthorization again. To many, reauthorizing VAWA seems like a no-brainer. The federal law (a) declares that domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking are federal crimes (b) aids criminal justice and community-based responses to such violence (c) creates legal assistance programs for victims and (d) develops prevention strategies.


Since VAWA was passed 18 years ago, domestic violence rates have been cut in half. More victims arereporting violence and more people are getting help.

Yet some conservative members of the House are against the new-and-slightly-improved 2012 version of VAWA. Guess why?


1) It expands the number of special visas available to immigrant victims of domestic violence,

2) It protects LGBTQ victims from state administrators who may discriminate against them, and

3) It allows tribes to prosecute of non-Native people living or working on tribal lands who assault tribe members.


Let’s dispense with the these concerns, shall we?


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Nick Hanauer: The Video TED Didn’t Want You To See?

UPDATE: At TED this year, an attendee pitched a 3-minute audience talk on inequality. The talk tapped into a really important and timely issue. But it framed the issue in a way that was explicitly partisan. And it included a number of arguments that were unconvincing, even to those of us who supported his overall stance. The audience at TED who heard it live (and who are often accused of being overly enthusiastic about left-leaning ideas) gave it, on average, mediocre ratings.


At TED we post one talk a day on our home page. We're drawing from a pool of 250+ that we record at our own conferences each year and up to 10,000 recorded at the various TEDx events around the world, not to mention our other conference partners. Our policy is to post only talks that are truly special. And we try to steer clear of talks that are bound to descend into the same dismal partisan head-butting people can find every day elsewhere in the media. [READ MORE]


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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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When the school is the bully

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by MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS, salon.com


In a world that still asks women if they're "mom enough" and debates our "obsession" with our children, Pam Broviak this week showed us what an awesome mom looks like.


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Banking sector puts its money on Mitt Romney

Banking sector puts its money on Mitt Romney | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by MICHAEL REZENDES, The Boston Globe


Donors from big banks are betting on Mitt Romney to defeat President Obama and repeal new restraints on risky, large-scale investments.


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[Isn't it almost insider trading when the institutions that can toy with the economic reality of women, childern and men in America pick a side and make a bet? Or is it more like throwing a fight (allowing the economy to faulter) for a bigger payoff later (getting their way with taxes and regulation)? jkl]

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Leader Pelosi Comments on Republican Decision to Deny Norton Courtesy of Testifying

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NANCI PELOSI, via RH Reality Check


Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) responds to a journalist's question about how Eleanor Norton was not allowed speak at a Congressional hearing on an abortion law, introduced by a legislator from Arizona for her own (DC) district.  "What are they afraid of...the facts?"

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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

Female Farmworkers Commonly Suffer Sexual Assault, Harassment | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

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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