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Guys I'm lovin' the class of 2012! What a great concept!
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The Superfluous Pap Smear

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Stephanie Mencimer decries the annual ob-gyn exam requirement for oral contraceptives: Doctors regularly hold women’s birth control prescriptions hostage like this, forcing them to come in for exams that research is increasingly showing are too...
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Pennsylvania governor: Forced ultrasounds are ‘the way to go’ | The Raw Story

Pennsylvania governor: Forced ultrasounds are ‘the way to go’ | The Raw Story | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By David Edwards, The Raw Story


Republican Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is asserting that forced ultrasounds are “the way to go” if they stop women from having abortions.

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The Enlightened Middle Majority and Why “The Sides” Are Alienating Us

The Enlightened Middle Majority and Why “The Sides” Are Alienating Us | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by POKY PUPPY ADD IT AGAIN, BlogHer


Never in a thousand dreams, would I have imagined myself a political blogger. I may occasionally dangle my participles and I don’t know what up is. I’m literally the farthest thing from a political pundit, and I’m just as shocked as my 7th-grade English teacher, to whom I still owe a report on Greek mythology. I’m just a mom who wants to hear from someone who makes sense, who gets me. Until very recently, when “My Friends Think I’m The Only Liberal They Know. I Don’t Know What I Am” was featured on BlogHer, I wasn’t someone who wore her politics on her sleeve. Maybe because of my waffling party alignment, and maybe because I was never sure people would still love me after a debate. But the current political atmosphere no longer affords those of us in the middle the luxury to hide.


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We can no longer afford to be silent. Those of us who have never before considered ourselves activists have no choice but to stand up and be heard, and we must be counted. We must tell the politicians of this election cycle, and all those to come, that we are paying attention, and that we will not be ignored. That they may no longer take comfort in their "republican-ness" or in their "democrat-ness", but that they must pay attention to those of us in the Enlightened Middle Majority, stop being so divisive and find a way to promulgate change that really matters.


I still don’t know what that makes me, but I know this: Extremism will get no one elected. Listening and debating RESPECTFULLY, tolerance, being open to compromise and ideology that sees beyond black and white, those are qualities of the candidate who will get my vote, and the votes of many who count themselves in the Enlightened Middle Majority.


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A Message to Legislators: You Deny We Have Rights

A Message to Legislators: You Deny We Have Rights | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by SORAYA CHEMALY, RH Reality Check


This is the text of a speech given at the WomenUnite Rally in Washington, DC on April 28, 2012, one of 53 events that took place in 45 cities around the country. The marches recieved little or no national coverage, despite the fact that thousands of people participated in a grassroots movement of more than 50 events co-ordinated by volunteers in fewer than 10 weeks.


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[The speech ends:] We are here today because women have yet to be recognized as full citizens, with agency in both the private and public spheres. "Equal enough" is unacceptable. I close by asking you all to continue to speak loudly, in ways that boys and girls can hear and understand, in defense of girls' and women’s rights, to speak loudly when you encounter bias, sexism, misogyny.

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MN Governor Vetoes Second Anti-Abortion Bill


Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton vetoed on Monday the second anti-abortion bill that was brought before him this month. The bill, passed in the legislature 76-47, would require a doctor to be present during a medication abortion. Under a current program in the state, patients are able to take the medication necessary to induce an abortion with a nurse in the room while a doctor video-conferences.


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National Union of Women Workers Issues a Statement on May Day

National Union of Women Workers Issues a Statement on May Day | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

The National Union of Women Workers held an officially-sanctioned program celebrating female workers on April 26. A declaration supporting the demands of the female workers was read at the end of the program. The Declaration states the following:


International Labor Day, May 1st, is a reminder of heroic struggles of many workers during the course of history, who, from the very beginning, have been faced with acts of violence, terror and suppression by the imperial forces of the world.


Reactionary regimes, having the support of Western governments and using force, have enacted, enforced and applied discriminatory laws against women.

Even though young laborers, especially young women, comprise one of the largest and hardest-working segments of international society, it is sad to see that during the first decade of the 21st century, their rights are being severely curtailed, despite their enormous contribution toward the advancement of the world’s community. In the few instances where they are allowed to participate, they are continuously discriminated against. [MORE]

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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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May Day! May Day!

May Day! May Day! | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

WOMENOCCUPY


May Day started as a struggle for the 8-hour work day in Chicago in 1886. Many people have suffered and died over the past decade of economic injustice and wars. Let’s remember the words of labor organizer Mary “Mother” Jones, who lived in Chicago in 1886: “Pray for the dead, and work like hell for the living!”


You can join in the spirit of May Day in many ways: [MORE]

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Ballot Measures

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NARAL Pro-Choice America



Oklahoma wasn't the only state with antichoice ballot measure in the works. 


Do voters ever decide on issues related to a woman's right to choose? In many states, the answer is yes. Anti-choice groups put measures on the ballot to advance their agenda.


Upcoming Ballot Measures [HERE]

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Missouri - Unite Against the War on Women - Jefferson City march and rally - photos, part 3

Missouri - Unite Against the War on Women - Jefferson City march and rally - photos, part 3 | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by MICHAEL BERSIN, Show Me Progress


Part 3 of 3 of a photo essay, (links to parts 1 and 2 are on the page) showing participants, speakers, and signs. 


Approximately three hundred individuals from across the state gathered Saturday morning near the James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Building in Jefferson City for a march to a rally at the Capitol in support of women's rights. [MORE]

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Austin, TX: Unite Against the War On Women

Austin, TX: Unite Against the War On Women | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by EGBERTO WILLIES, EgbertoWilles.com


On April 28th it all came together. The work paid off. Thanks to the work of many in Houston three buses and a van along with hundreds carpooling left Houston Texas to the Texas Capitol in Austin for the War On Women Rally.  [MORE]

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Richmond, VA: Protesters rally for women’s rights

Richmond, VA: Protesters rally for women’s rights | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ANITA KUMAR, Washington Post


About 300 demonstrators gathered a few blocks from the state Capitol on a cold, rainy Saturday to continue their months-long protest against proposals they say restrict women’s rights.


Some protesters carried professionally printed signs that carried messages such as “Stop the War on Virginia Women.” Others waved more colorful, homemade posters: “Women’s Rights are Human Rights” and “Va. Gov. McDonnell. The Vaginal Probe Guy.”  [MORE]

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Empowered Feminism

Empowered Feminism | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

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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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Lunch with Louden Thursdays at noon PT

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Coffee Talk Radio


This Thursday's show will turn our attention to life after the Unite Women Rallies across the country. How do we move forward toward the the America we seek? How do we impact the social, economic, political, and religious challenges that we face every day as individuals and as communities? How do we support one another? These and more questions will be discussed and answered by you if you call in to 646-929-2495,  CHAT LIVE or POD CAST.



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Why Women Should Wage War on Big Money in Politics

Why Women Should Wage War on Big Money in Politics | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by BLAIR BOWIE, Huffington Post


They're warring for, against, on, and with us. They're assembling all-male expert panels, they're swamping our email accounts with fundraising requests, they're shouting on the airwaves. The pundits and late night comedians are going wild.


Meanwhile, real women are facing the realities of this political circus every day. We still have to make choices about and find ways to pay for birth control, we still confront glass ceilings, and we still face the threat of domestic violence.


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What's Really Behind the War on Women

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by TONI NAGY, The Huffington Post


In recent months there seems to have been a flood of polarizing and controversial articles related to mothering and so-called "women's issues." I find myself easily seduced by the sheer drama of the opinions expressed and drawn in by the subsequent backlash of women attacking women. But I am beginning to wonder if the inflation of articles on "Mommy Wars" is constructive. In view of the fact that this is an election year, it is pivotal to examine the agenda behind what is getting massive media attention. Considering that women are the country's majority, one could ask whether all the attentiveness towards ideological divisions among women is an attempt to impede efforts to unite them. 


I was recently alerted to an effort spearheaded by Stacy Morrison at BlogHer, who has created a forum where women can band together and discover what it is that they do and don't want from the political process and how to achieve their goals. Morrison believes that by aggregating basic facts demonstrating the true position of women's influence in the political arena, people will begin to "express the complexity and develop outreach to Republicans and Democrats that illustrates the tapestry of the female experience." She continues: "This initiative is a bipartisan effort to discuss the challenges of being a modern American woman and acknowledge the powerhouse that we are; the influence that we are. Women must refuse being treated as window dressing and allowing politicians to dictate the conversation that isn't relevant to what women are actually experiencing." [MORE]

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Take a Stand Against Sexual Violence

The Stanford Women's Community Center brings you a PSA about sexual violence. Get aware and get informed! All statistics came from RAINN or oneinfourusa.org. [MORE]

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Equal Pay: Will We Ever Get There? An Interview With Lilly Ledbetter

Equal Pay: Will We Ever Get There? An Interview With Lilly Ledbetter | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by MARTHA BURK,

Ms. Magazine Blog


There are a number of causes for the pay gap, including job segregation (so-called “men’s jobs” pay more than “women’s jobs”) and the fact that working moms are often seen as less serious or less reliable, despite solid evidence to the contrary.


But plain old sex discrimination plays a big part. Lilly Ledbetter found out the hard way after 19 years at Goodyear, when she learned she had been underpaid all along compared to men doing the same job. She sued–and won in lower courts. But the Supreme Court overturned 40 years of precedent when it ruled against her in the now-infamous Ledbetter v. Goodyear case, saying she should have complained earlier–even though she didn’t know about the discrimination.  [MORE]

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Activists Breathe New Life Into May Day

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by PETER DREIER, Huffington Post


Unlike the rest of the world's democracies, the United States doesn't use the metric system, doesn't require employers to provide workers with paid vacations, hasn't abolished the death penalty, and doesn't celebrate May Day as an official national holiday.


Outside the U.S., May 1 is international workers' day, observed with speeches, rallies, and demonstrations. Ironically, this celebration of working-class solidarity originated in the U.S. labor movement in the United States and soon spread around the world, but it never earned official recognition in this country. Since 2006, however, American unions and immigrant rights activists have resurrected May 1 as a day of protest. And this year, in the wake of Occupy Wall Street and the rebirth of a national movement for social justice, a wide spectrum of activist groups will be out in the streets to give voice to the growing crusade for democracy and equality. [MORE]

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Interview: Nuns Face Vatican Rebuke for "Radical Feminism"

Interview: Nuns Face Vatican Rebuke for "Radical Feminism" | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
The Vatican says the nuns have focused too heavily on social justice, while failing to speak out enough on 'issues of crucial importance.' Democracy Now!
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Catholic School Teacher Fired For Undergoing Fertility Treatments

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Feminist Daily News


An Indiana Catholic School teacher is suing the diocese because school officials allegedly fired her for undergoing in vitro fertilization in violation of the Church's teachings. Emily Herx, a teacher in Fort Wayne, Indiana, received favorable evaluations during her eight years of teaching literature and language arts at the Catholic school. When she learned she was infertile in 2010, she requested time off for IVF treatments and was granted the time. The school's principal told Herx, "you are in my prayers" and Herx took this as approval. However, when she requested time off for a second round of treatment in 2011, she was fired.  [MORE]

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Republicans Send In The Women To Speak Against Women

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by MIDDLE AGED WOMAN TALKING, Addicting Info


Who knew that Komen would trigger off a perfect storm of women on Facebook organizing for rights and reproductive freedoms. Who’d of thought it’d catch like a match on dry tinder, and that the women would stay with it, like each other’s pages, and build a thriving, ever-growing, on-top-of-the-issues lefty community that would successfully organize a nationwide march in just two months and be planning yet another. What I call the “Women’s Uprising of 2012,” is not dying down, it’s expanding; men have joined in, gays and witches and shamans have joined in, nuns and marines have joined in, and it’s gotten to the point that they, Republicans, can’t introduce, sponsor, co-sponsor, or pass any kind of anti-choice and other ALEC flavored legislation without EVERYBODY KNOWING through a weekly, even daily, deluge of emails, phone calls, and petitions from very angry human beings. Even Mitt Romney was quoted as saying, “we need to get the independents and we need to get the women.” I don’t know what the Republicans are going to do about the independents but the Young Gun Network has ridden in to deal with the women challenge and is busy orchestrating a shoot-out between the misunderstood, beleaguered, and besieged conservative woman and the feminist harridan, who is clearly set on destroying the family, family values, and America.


The Young Guns are to women what B.P. is to the gulf, what Montsanto is to organics, what Dudley is to Snidely. Founded in 2007 by the not so young Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, and Paul Ryan, the Young Guns are a physical manifestation of the extreme right-wing teachings of the Leadership Institute, and their rise to power is a testament to Blackwell’s political strategies.  [MORE]

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May Day Rising!

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by LAURA KACERE, feministcampusblog.org


The fight on May Day is a fight for economic justice; it is a fight for a better world.


When I was a kid, May 1st meant giving and receiving May Day baskets from my friends. Today it just means I have to pay my rent.


But for the world, May 1st signifies a beautiful fight – one that has for over a century stood for the rights of workers and an end to their exploitation.


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Boise, Idaho: Protestors want to do own family planning

Boise, Idaho: Protestors want to do own family planning | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by MIKE BUTTS, Idaho Press Tribune


About 90 protestors marched to the Statehouse Saturday with a message to politicians who want to place limits on abortion and access to birth control: We would rather do our own family planning.


Issues with which the group had concerns include the failed Idaho abortion ultrasound bill and another failed Idaho bill that would have given employers the right to deny birth control and other family planning services to employees as part of company health insurance plans.


“Personhood” legislation and amendments are being advocated for in state legislatures in attempts to criminalize contraception and family planning, according to the Boise group's press release.


Speakers at the rally also denounced women's lower earnings compared to men in comparable jobs both in Idaho and the country. But the focus of the march was on family planning options.  [MORE]

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