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HERvotes Blog Carnival: Tell Congress to Reauthorize VAWA

HERvotes Blog Carnival: Tell Congress to Reauthorize VAWA | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ELEANOR SMEAL, Feminist Majority Foundation


For the eleventh #HERvotes blog carnival, we’re joining together to urge the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).


Domestic violence results in over two million injuries every year. Three women die every day in the United States as the result of domestic violence. Since the passage of VAWA in 1994, the rate of intimate partner violence has declined by 67%. VAWA provides services to victims of violence and has improved the criminal justice response to violence against women.


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VA Governor Downplays Mandatory Ultrasounds By Saying It’s Only Required In A ‘Small Minority’ Of Cases

VA Governor Downplays Mandatory Ultrasounds By Saying It’s Only Required In A ‘Small Minority’ Of Cases | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by AMANDA PETERSON, Think Progress


Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) signed a mandatory ultrasound bill into law last month, which will require all women who have an abortion in the state to have an ultrasound first, after backing off his earlier support for a more far-reaching version of the bill that would have required a more invasive ultrasound.


Despite his opposition to “invasive” TSA pat-downs, McDonnell still agreed with requiring women to undergo an additional medical prodecure because they “have a right to know” all available medical information before making a decision.


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Women Power vs Nuclear Power ...

Women Power vs Nuclear Power ... | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by NDTV, TRANSCEND Media Service


Despite prohibitory orders, hundreds of women gathered at the Kudankulam nuclear plant site to protest against the plant. Many protesters were arrested. The women say they fear for the lives of their children and will not allow any work at the nuclear plant. 


"After Fukushima, these mothers do no not think the plant is worth the risk at any price." [MORE]


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As Wisconsin Suspends Medical Abortions, One Doctor Explains How The Bill Puts Doctors At Risk

As Wisconsin Suspends Medical Abortions, One Doctor Explains How The Bill Puts Doctors At Risk | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ROBIN MARTY, RH Reality Check


The unprecedented decision of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin to suspend performing medical abortions as a result of a new bill legislating administration of RU-486 under regulations with no basis in medicine or science left many in the state stunned.


However, Dr. Fredrik Broekhuizen, a Wisconsin Medical Director and Boardmember of Physicians for Reproductive Health and Choice sees the move as a logical result of a piece of law so purposefully vague that no medical professionals would be likely to feel safe providing medical abortions. [MORE]

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The Vatican vs American Nuns

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This week, the Church cracked down on the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which represents 80% of American nuns.
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Bill Maher: Republicans Are At War With Common Sense

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Bill Maher Blasts Republicans Over Pink Slime (VIDEO)

by BILL MAHER, Huffington Post


Pink slime: it's what's for dinner.


On Friday's "Real Time," Bill Maher blasted Republicans for being "at war with common sense," for not only refusing to admit that pink slime in our meat is bad, but also going so far as to visit a pink slime factory and give it a taste.


Maher made the further point that political divisiveness has reached such a fever pitch, that now anything a liberal says, "no matter how sensible, is automatically evil," as far as the right is concerned.


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On air now...Conservative Michael Stafford talking about locally sourced energy.

On air now...Conservative Michael Stafford talking about locally sourced energy. | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Listen online or call in at 646-929-2495.  Questions will be taken.  What could be done here in the U.S. to move towards locally sourced energy and less reliance on corporate supply?

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Talking 'bout Earth Day on Coffee Party Radio, Saturday 4/21 at 1 pm ET

Talking 'bout Earth Day on Coffee Party Radio, Saturday 4/21 at 1 pm ET | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Earth Day Radio!

Saturday April 21 at 1 pm ET (10 am PT)

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Award-winning film director and Coffee Party president Eric Byler jumps in for Egberto Willies on Politics Done Right.


Eric's guests will include conservative columnist Michael Stafford, author of the book An Upward Calling, and the new article: Earth Day: Empowering the people.  Michael will talk about resent attacks on environmental and public health regulations by polluting industries by way of Congress. [LISTEN to the show]

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Earth Day: Empowering the people

Earth Day: Empowering the people | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By MICHAEL STAFFORD, Cagle Cartoons


April 22 marks the 42nd anniversary of the first observance of Earth Day, and there is much to celebrate. We've made remarkable progress in protecting the environment since 1970; today the Cuyahoga River no longer burns. And we've also mustered the political will to address major threats to the environment such as acid rain and the impact of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) on the ozone layer.


However, there are dark clouds on the horizon. The Tea Party has essentially declared war on the environment. Sadly, renewable energy is a favorite, and a frequent, target.


With respect to renewable energy, the Tea Party's vocal opposition spans the entire gamut from tax incentives in Florida, to continued participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (REGGI) in the Northeast. Of course, as Florida Gov. Rick Scott's recent refusal to veto new renewable energy tax breaks demonstrates, such pressure is not always successful. It is, however, relentlessly applied. [MORE]


Earth Day Radio! 

Republican environmentalist Michael Stafford will be on Coffee Party Radio today to discuss his new article and his lifelong struggle to make conservation a part of modern day conservatism.

Saturday April 21 at 1 pm ET (10 am PT)

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Wall Street’s Elite Do Know How Much Damage They’ve Done

Wall Street’s Elite Do Know How Much Damage They’ve Done | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JEFFREY HOLLENDER, CSR Wire


With 1 out of every 7 Americans now relying on food stamps, 25 million children homeless and 46.2 million Americans living below the official poverty line, the highest number in the 52 years, we almost hope that Wall Street execs are unconscious of the consequences of their actions. But they do.


In their eyes, the beauty of the system that Wall Street has created is “middle-class serfdom,” as Dan Alpert, a former managing partner of the New York investment bank Westwood Capital coined it.


While many of us are focused on the practical and structural problems our society and economy, we can’t avoid a much more difficult conversation about ethics and morals. Business hides behind the law to avoid the conversation about greed and how perfectly legal practices destroy the fabric of our society. While we often talk about “externalizing costs,” we rarely discuss the collateral damage and unintended consequences of a society that has removed ethical responsibility from the conversation.


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Obama's Lower Taxes Slow The Economy, CBO Says

Obama's Lower Taxes Slow The Economy, CBO Says | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON -- Republicans have pounced on a Congressional Budget Office report Friday that says President Barack Obama's budget would add to deficits and slow the economy, but without mentioning a key reason why: Obama's lower tax rates.


House Republicans estimate their spending plan, authored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), would cut about $5 trillion more than Obama's budget. But the GOP plan also cuts taxes more, especially on the high end, by not only keeping all the Bush cuts, but also dropping rates further. Millionaires would average an annual windfall of about $187,000, according to an analysis by Citizens for Tax Justice.


[MORE] [How many of my feminist friends could use a tax reduction of almost $200K? jkl]

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The instructive timing of the crackdown on nuns

The instructive timing of the crackdown on nuns | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By Melinda Henneberger, The Washington Post


There were two Santa Maria! stories out of the Vatican this week. First, the bad news: The ultra-traditionalists of Marcel Lefebvre’s Society of St. Pius X are another step closer to being welcomed back into the fold — though church fathers have yet to sort out the problem of the dissident group’s Holocaust denying Bishop Richard Williamson, whose excommunication Pope Benedict XVI lifted two years ago.


Then there was the even worse news, by my votive lights, that the Vatican is cracking down on American nuns – who as one of my fellow Catholics noted over a cup of unconsecrated wine last night, “Only do what Jesus told us to do,’’ in their hospitals, schools and orphanages, “so no wonder they’re in trouble.’’


After a lengthy investigation by the office formerly known as the Inquisition, Archbishop Peter Sartain of Seattle has been signed up to oversee a forced reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which represents about 80 percent of the 57,000 Catholic nuns in this country.


That’s because, according to the Vatican report released Wednesday, a number of the good sisters appear to investigators to have been influenced by “radical feminism,” and to have fallen out of step with church teaching on homosexuality and women’s ordination.


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Commentary: On Earth Day, we need to acknowledge women

Commentary: On Earth Day, we need to acknowledge women | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by YIFAT SUSSKIND, Times Colonist


This Earth Day, as we grapple with the reality of climate change, we can take heart in the initiatives that many women are taking to overcome it.


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Governor Slashes Aid For Rape Victims During Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Governor Slashes Aid For Rape Victims During Sexual Assault Awareness Month | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) shocked the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence this week when he vetoed $1.5 million in funding for 30 rape crisis centers in the middle of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
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Scott Walker Pressed For Answers On Wisconsin Equal Pay Repeal

Scott Walker Pressed For Answers On Wisconsin Equal Pay Repeal | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by AMANDA TERKELBY, Huffington Post


Three female Democratic leaders in Wisconsin are demanding an explanation from Gov. Scott Walker (R) of why he repealed a law that made it easier for victims of wage discrimination to have their day in court. [MORE]

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Lawmakers Call for More Female Secret Service Agents

Lawmakers Call for More Female Secret Service Agents | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ADMIN, Feminist Majority Blog


Two members of congress are calling for the Secret Service to increase the number of female agents. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Senator Susan Collins spoke out about the importance of women in the Secret Service in light of the recent scandal in Colombia in which agents were accused of misconduct involving prostitutes. Paula Reid, a Secret Service supervisor, has been commended for her role in the crackdown on the agents.  [MORE]

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Sister Simone Campbell: Vatican Reprimand 'Like A Sock In The Stomach' : NPR

Sister Simone Campbell: Vatican Reprimand 'Like A Sock In The Stomach' : NPR | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Heard this NPR story last week.  The written article leaves off the best part...Sister Simone Campbell's words and tone about the role of women in the church.


At the urging of Pope Pious II, the women of the church have become schooled in theology and obtained higher education.  


“We minister to people everywhere who are suffering, who are being discriminated against, and we don’t ask to see a baptismal certificate. We serve everyone we find in keeping with the gospel of Jesus. That’s what we’re doing.…They are protecting the institution.”  


"The women were the first ones at the tombs on Sunday morning. Women get it first and try to explain it to the guys. We’ll keep up our role from the scriptures. It makes us mad; it makes us upset. It may makes us wonder about where on God's green earth all this is going and why in God's green earth might this be necessary but we're faithful." 


She's a great mentor for having the right priorities.  Thank you. 

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Earth Day Reads: How Silent Spring Made Some Noise

Earth Day Reads: How Silent Spring Made Some Noise | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Mid-Continent Public Library


The origins of Earth Day and the modern environmentalist movement can be traced to Rachel Carson’s 1962 non-fiction book, Silent Spring. Carson, a female scientist and writer, brought the detrimental effects of DDT (short for dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) and similar toxic pesticides to the attention of the public. In her book, she outlines how DDT not only destroys the balance of the ecosystems where it is sprayed, but how it affects the human body--disrupting the endocrine system, as well as causing respiratory and neurological illnesses like Parkinson's and asthma.


Because of Silent Spring, non-scientists finally started to take an interest in the environment, paying more attention to the sensitive ecology and corporate interests of chemical company-funded research. Before the book’s release, there was no government agency tasked with protecting the environment. Within eight years of its publication, the Environmental Protection Agency formed and the United States celebrated the first Earth Day. Finally in 1973, in direct response to the book, the federal government banned DDT (with an exception to fight a bubonic plague scare in California in 1979).


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The Bottom Line with Jessica English Sundays at 5 pm ET

The Bottom Line with Jessica English Sundays at 5 pm ET | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

For our best show yet...  Two really amazing guests for one super interesting coversation - join The Bottom Line with Jessica English, this Sunday, April 22, 5-7pm ET!  With Columbian prostitutes, women's protests fueled by Limbaugh's comments, and cuts to food stamps in the news, our guests offer an interesting discussion on prostitution and political identity.  

 

As women (and men) across the nation gather next week to bring attention to the War on Women, Cathy Kolwey, a writer and seminarian, shares her experience volunteering at an organization of  women helping the women, who are victimized by a horrible war... a war enslaving 27 million people worldwide - sex trafficking and the sex trade.  80% of those victimized are women, half of whom are children - Kevin Bales of Free the Slaves, and the US Dept of Justice.          

 

Also joining us, Jose Leonardo Santos, an engaging anthropologist, who wrote an intriguing commentary on political identity and how it affects our actions.  Jose brings an anthropological point of view on gender roles in societies to our show, so he will weigh in on that topic, but he is also ready to discuss the ideas in his article.  Please bring your comments and questions.

 

Both of our guests are fabulous, but this will not be a discussion without your questions, thoughts, and points of view, so please invite your friends to listen and call (646) 929-2495.    

 

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Missoula Woman Recalls First Earth Day In Washington D.C.

Missoula Woman Recalls First Earth Day In Washington D.C. | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by KEVIN MAKI, NBCMontana.com


 42 years ago America set aside a day to honor our planet. For one Missoula woman, Earth Day's every day, but 1970 has special ties. [MORE]

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Body confidence and the new political line on beauty

Body confidence and the new political line on beauty | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

From across the pond

by SUSIE ORBACH, guardian.co.uk


Negative body image is now taken seriously as an issue, as this week's awards ceremony at the House of Commons showed.


The beauty companies, the fashion houses, the diet companies, the food conglomerates (who also of course own the diet companies), the exercise and fitness industry, the pharmaceutical and cosmetic surgery industries combine, perhaps inadvertently, to create a climate in which girls and women come to feel that their bodies are not OK. We have moved from a position in which the joys of decoration have turned into a command of transformation and the production of a body that can fit.


So it is extraordinarily significant that MPs understand the importance of challenging the hurt and damage caused by industries that purport to help. In holding an awards ceremony this week on the Commons terrace and inviting key players from fashion, beauty, education and media who have bravely struck out against the virus of body hatred, they not only commended those who are developing antigens. In condemning the commercialisation of the body, MPs were taking a political and an ethical stance. They were insisting on the importance of transforming the circumstances that are robbing our children of their childhoods.


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How Many Minimum Wage Hours Does It Take To Afford A Two-Bedroom Apartment In Your State?

How Many Minimum Wage Hours Does It Take To Afford A Two-Bedroom Apartment In Your State? | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Ever wonder how people manage to get by on minimum wage?  In many states, its more than 88 hours per week.  No wonder our economy is sluggish.  Way too many Americans can barely afford shelter, let alone consumer products that drive our economy. Check out the damage in your state.  [MORE]


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The ironing lady

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This just in: men are selfish layabouts


The Economist


There is truth in the idea that chores go to the lower-paid partner. But cause and effect are unclear. Do women do more because of lower pay, or might their careers suffer from a disproportionate burden at home? Evidence that only men’s preferences seem to matter suggests the second explanation should not be swept under the carpet.


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Obama Salutes Wounded Warriors' Bike Riders

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Associated Press via Huffington Post


President Barack Obama has cheered on 22 injured service members who spun their way around the South Lawn of the White House in specially built bikes, part of a Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride to raise money and attention for their cause.


The riders, including two brothers and a blind female Army captain, rode bicycles of all shapes, some hand-cranked and others tandem. The president sent them off with a horn blast. 


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The War on the Poor: The Potential Impact of the Proposed Budget Cuts by Republicans

The War on the Poor: The Potential Impact of the Proposed Budget Cuts by Republicans | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ED SCHULTS, MSMBC, Huffington Post


The Republicans are waging war on the poor in America. And just like the war on women, they want to pretend it doesn't exist.


But it's real. And millions of the most vulnerable Americans are being targeted.


Eric Cantor is complaining about poor Americans who don't pay income tax. But he leaves out all the tax that they do pay. The working poor have payroll taxes. Some pay about seven percent of their wages to Social Security and Medicare taxes. In every state except Vermont, the poor pay a higher percentage on state and local taxes. There are other taxes like sales taxes, property taxes and gas tax. But Eric Cantor still says taxes should go up on these Americans opposed to the super rich.


This war is not new. It has been going on for years. But it really stands out this week. In a span of a few days, Republicans chose to protect the rich by voting down the Buffett Rule in the Senate. Now, they are attacking the most vulnerable. It's no surprise the Republicans have chosen this man as their standard bearer.


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