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Scrap the lotto

Scrap the lotto | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by DAVID SIROTA, salon.com


Politicians encourage irresponsible gambling in order to avoid facing America's desperate need to raise taxes


In the days following the historic Mega Millions lottery, there’s been no shortage of drama. Rather than capping off a crescendo of excitement, the drawing ignited an explosion of who-won-it speculation. News organizations breathlessly reported the stories of false victors, lost tickets and state officials envisioning a revenue windfall from possible winners in their income-tax jurisdiction. Almost completely ignored in the hysteria was any examination of America’s problematic obsession with lottery mania...[MORE]

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Pentagon Releases Sexual Assault in the Military Report

Pentagon Releases Sexual Assault in the Military Report | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ADMIN, Feminist Majority Blog


The Pentagon released its annual report (PDF) on sexual crimes in the military last Friday, finding a slight increase in the number of sexual assaults. The number of sexual assaults in fiscal year 2011 increased by 1% from fiscal year 2010.


According to the report, in 2011 88 percent of the victims of sexual assault in the military were female. Most of the victims were low-ranking and under the age of 25. 31 percent of the assaults were charges of rape, 30 percent were aggravated sexual assault, and 25 percent were charges of wrongful sexual contact. The number of military personnel court-martialed for sexual assault has risen by 10 percent.


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Hillary Clinton Loses the Scrunchie in Colombia

Hillary Clinton Loses the Scrunchie in Colombia | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
The secretary of state lets her hair down in Cartagena -- leading to the inevitable Drunk Texts from Hillary meme. Getty Images Hillary Clinton is seriously having a moment. Her approval ratings are sky-high.
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Speaking of America with Don Manning

Speaking of America with Don Manning | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

In our first hour we will speak with Sarah van Gelder, co-founder and Editor of Yes! Magazine.


In the second hour we will hear from women across the US that are members of the "Unite Against the War on Women" movement. We will discuss among other things, the upcoming (April 28) national march.


The host and guests take your questions and comments live. Civil Discourse Lives on "Speaking of America" Monday evenings @ 8pm PST / 11pm EST.


Let's Talk About It! [HERE]


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From Hate to Love: Why "40 Days of Prayer" is Under Attack by the Christian Right

From Hate to Love: Why "40 Days of Prayer" is Under Attack by the Christian Right | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by CAROLE JOFFE, RH Reality Check


Below is a an interview with Reverend Rebecca Turner of Faith Aloud, conducted by Carole Joffe. Faith Aloud is a pro-choice religious organization which seeks to eliminate the stigma associated with abortion and sexuality, and to provide support to both women and providers. [MORE]

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Nebraska Governor Vetoes Bill to Provide Prenatal Care, Uses Planned Parenthood Scare to Try to Maintain Veto

Nebraska Governor Vetoes Bill to Provide Prenatal Care, Uses Planned Parenthood Scare to Try to Maintain Veto | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ROBIN MARTY, RH Reality Check


When "pro-life" Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman admitted that healthy babies aren't nearly as important to him as ensuring that undocumented women don't get any sort of doctor's care on the taxpayer's dime, much of the unicameral legislature decided to join together to overrule him. The legislature, led by anti-choice Republican Mike Flood, voted this session to return funding for prenatal care to the budget -- dollars that go even to pregnant illegal immigrants.


Heineman threatened a veto, but the unicameral knew it had enough votes to override, making the bill unstoppable.


But now, Heineman may have come up with the one way to peel off override votes -- threaten them with the specter of Planned Parenthood.[MORE]


[OMG, competing bigotries. JK]

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POSTCARD: Moms, Gas Prices, and Tax Loopholes

POSTCARD: Moms, Gas Prices, and Tax Loopholes | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JKL, Pointed Postcards,

Graphic by PAUL SMALLEY


Norquist Pledge signer Michele Bachmann, criticized the president today for gasoline prices, saying that because of him women would pay an additional $2000 this year at the pump, yet, she seems fine with oil companies having paid no taxes and even receiving corporate welfare. Last I checked, a good private school cost more than $2000 per year, and if the oil companies actually paid their taxes, my public school would be in fine shape.


Thanks for your concern, "working mom".  [MORE]

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CPAC: Cal Thomas Says Rachel Maddow The 'Best Argument' For Contraception

CPAC: Cal Thomas Says Rachel Maddow The 'Best Argument' For Contraception | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

video of CAL THOMAS, via Huffington Post


"I'm really glad...that you played the Rachel Maddow clip," Thomas said after the audience booed a bit, "because I think that she is the best argument in favor of her parents using contraception." As the audience cheered, he continued, "I would be all for that and all the rest of the crowd at MSNBC too for that matter."[MORE]

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We Are Warriors

by ERIN NANASI, Senior Columnist for MadMikesAmerica


If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others. - African Proverb.


 [Tell it like it is, Sister! JK]

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Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ANDY BOROWITZ, Facebook

"The only possible reason the Republicans have declared a war on women is they must think women have oil."

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The Spring of Our Discontent: Why Women Will Take to the Streets on April 28th

The Spring of Our Discontent: Why Women Will Take to the Streets on April 28th | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by BARBARA HANNAH GRUFFERMAN, The Huffington Post


So women will be the decisive factor in the presidential elections, huh? Well, listen up... we're steaming mad and we're going to march. But guess what? We're also going to vote. And that's why all you policy makers better pay close attention to what we have to say.


Last spring, I wrote "From Anger to Action: Why Women Must Get Mad" in which I pleaded with those who are sick, tired and frightened of the daily abuses of women and girls in this country, lack of jobs, pay inequity, toxic air, water and food, cuts in education and health care, wars that never seem to end -- and so much more -- to band together, stand up and say "Enough is enough." [MORE]


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Ann Or Hilary: Either Way, Motherhood Is a Dismal Financial Decision for American Women

Ann Or Hilary: Either Way, Motherhood Is a Dismal Financial Decision for American Women | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

It is "arguable" that one of the single worst financial decisions a woman can make in this country is to become a mother. Regardless of whether she gets paid for work that she does. And one of the most disastrous economic growth policies governments can pursue is to impede women's ability to plan their families and be paid fairly for their participation in the labor force. And yet this is exactly what the Republican party is dedicated to doing. The result of "secondary" in importance "social issues" is to ensure that stay-at-home or not, women pay and pay and pay for their reproductive choices or lack thereof. [MORE]

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Abstinence isn’t working

Abstinence isn’t working | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Earlier this week, when the CDC announced a record low in the teen birth rate, it listed two possible causes: “The impact of strong pregnancy prevention messages” and “increased use of contraception.” The Guttmacher Institute came out with an even stronger message: “The most recent decline in teen births can be linked almost exclusively to improvements in teens’ contraceptive use,” the organization said in a press release, which pointed to another CDC study for evidence.

But that hasn’t stopped conservatives from claiming that the drop is a result of, you guessed it, abstinence education and, paradoxically, an increase in abortions. [MORE]

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California Prosecutors Defend Detention of Teen Rape Victim

California Prosecutors Defend Detention of Teen Rape Victim | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

In a case that has pitted law-enforcement officials against advocates of victims’ rights, prosecutors in Sacramento County, Calif., have detained a 17-year-old girl for twice failing to appear in court to testify against the man accused of raping her.


“She’s afraid of confronting her rapist, and she doesn’t want to testify,” Ms. Franco said. “By imprisoning her it’s just punitive, punishing her for not wanting to testify, which is contrary to what Marsy’s Law stands for. She’s being bullied because she doesn’t want to do what the D.A. wants her to do. She’s having a horrible time in there. She’s in a place where they put criminals.”


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NH House Passes Three Anti-Choice Bills in a Month

NH House Passes Three Anti-Choice Bills in a Month | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by THOMAS, NARAL Blog for Choice

Wonder what New Hampshire's House of Representatives has been up to over the past month?


In the past month, the New Hampshire House has passed three anti-choice bills.
If you said it passed one or two bills restricting a woman's right to choose, sorry--you're underestimating the anti-choice politicians in the Granite State.


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Geithner Rebuts Romney on Women

Geithner Rebuts Romney on Women | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Timothy Geithner dismissed as "ridiculous and deeply misleading" recent comments from Mitt Romney that 92.3% of jobs lost during the Obama administration were held by women.
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International Women's Day AND Every Day

International Women's Day AND  Every Day | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

EDWARD S GAULT (thanks Meredith Goehring) 

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Under 35? Here's How You Were Disproportionately Screwed By The Recession

Under 35? Here's How You Were Disproportionately Screwed By The Recession | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by Think Progress via Upworthy

Found by intern KAYE TOAL


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Corporate Spy Switches Sides, Will Protest Grover Norquist Pledge on Tax Day, April 17

Corporate Spy Switches Sides, Will Protest Grover Norquist Pledge on Tax Day, April 17 | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by WILL RICE,

Coffee Party Commonwealth


Stand up to Grover Norquist!

Tax Day,

Tues. April 17, 2012,

12 noon
Grover Norquist’s Office
722 12th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005


More info: Stopthepledge.org


Want in on the action? Then join the Coffee Party Commonwealth project and 20 other groups this Tax Day, April 17, at noon to celebrate the patriotic duty of contributing to our nation’s strength through the tax system—and protest those who rig that system in favor of the wealthy and powerful, and against average Americans.  [MORE]

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Unite Against The War on Women March

by RED WOUND CIRCUS (extended credits at the end of the video), YouTube


The Unite Against the War on Women marches will still be held in each state and many local areas on April 28th 2012.

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Michigan Republican Calls Equal Pay For Women 'A Nuisance' That Should Be Repealed, Endorsed By Romney In 2010

Michigan Republican Calls Equal Pay For Women 'A Nuisance' That Should Be Repealed, Endorsed By  Romney In 2010 | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by Jr.STEPHEN D FOSTER, Addicting Info



Three years after Lilly Ledbetter, Republicans are still unable to support equal pay for women.


Pete Hoekstra is a former Republican congressman who is now running for a seat in the US Senate against incumbent Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow. During a campaign event on Friday, Hoekstra made it clear what he thinks about equal pay for women in response to a question asked by a voter attending the event.


Hoekstra was asked if he would work to repeal equal pay for women. Here is what he had to say.  [MORE]

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Should Iowa child support recipients prove they don’t do drugs?

Should Iowa child support recipients prove they don’t do drugs? | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JASON CLAYWORTH, Des Moines Register


Iowa parents who receive child support on behalf of their kids would be required to submit to drug tests as frequently as every six months under a controversial amendment to a budget bill that was laughed at and ultimately withdrawn today in the Senate.


The proposal came from Sen. Mark Chelgren, R-Ottumwa who said he was pushing the idea on behalf of an unidentified constituent who believed his ex was using child support money for illegal drugs.


A person paying child support under Chelgren’s proposal could require the recipient to a drug test every six months as long as they pay the costs.


Some Democratic senators openly laughed as Chelgren made the proposal.[MORE]

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Thank you, Mr. President

Thank you, Mr. President | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

FORMIDABLE REPUBLICAN OPPOSITION, Facebook

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Summer is Coming

Summer is Coming | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Summer is coming… if you’re a fan of George R. R. Martin, you may be confused. I’ve only read the first book, but that’s not why I’ve got the season all wrong, Before I was introduced to Eddard Stark, and his, “Winter is coming” foreshadowing, I was a single mom facing down summer. Though I haven’t read the whole series, I feel that my summer is akin to Stark’s winter, but I’m not about to take a long sword to the heartless zombies in my narrative… instead, I’d like to spark an honest discussion about women’s work that goes beyond the usual media fueled fight.

 

This week in the news, we’ve been exposed to some supposed cat fight between a wealthy, white, privileged, stay-at-home mother, and a working woman. I admit I haven’t had time to read the details because, with only a couple of months left, I’ve been working my butt off. Besides, didn’t we go through this with Hillary and the cookie-baking thing in the 90’s?

 

For those who have not parented four children, on their own, with no close family to provide free work, I would like to take a minute to explain my “summer is coming” perspective, and how, for working women (whether you are in the home or not), summer can wreck havoc on our lives - which points to the real problem women face in this debate.

 

To Begin

 

Summer is the reason I have not gone out and found a good paying office job with benefits. Many of my co-workers at Target have broached me about getting a better paying job. They want to know why I don’t waitress or why, with my writing and organizational skills, do I not work in an office? Tea Partiers and Libertarians want to know why their tax dollars are needed to help people like me.

 

I understand that motherhood doesn’t come with a salary, but why isn’t the work I do outside of a corporation taken into consideration??? Has everyone forgotten that there is no school during summer?  

 

I would love to earn money, especially working in areas that I am gifted, but I would also like someone to acknowledge that, as a mom, I already have a more than full-time career.  For the cost of hiring someone to do my home work, I would have to pay to go to work work.

 

I do not have a woman in my life - a sister or mother - who I can rope into working for free, and unlike any other job, my work, as a mom, seems to be worthless to our society, which provides far fewer safety nets for women's work.  So, I continue at a corporation, for poverty wages, that can handle my shortened availability during summer, federal holidays (of which there seems to be at least one per month), and bouts of flu. If I were in an office, I’d get fired if I walked in one morning in June and asked to do my Monday through Friday job on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

- For my friends, who are teachers, I'd like to insert a disclaimer: Public education provides way more than childcare in my book, but it is also the reason I survived fall and winter. Thank you! -

 

The Risk We Take

 

Like many women, I have a lifelong career. I got into the business when I was only 19, and I have paid my dues. Hours of backbreaking labor, that left my body scarred and contributed to a bad knee and lower back. Sleepless nights that didn’t go on for months, no… I’m talking years of getting a half hour of sleep, only to wake up, work for an hour and then, try to grab another half hour before the next shift started. It was brutal, and I haven’t even gotten into the financial risks. I had to go for years investing everything I made back into the “business.” I am a master of going without, and scrimping.  

 

How is the above any different from a corporate person who has paid his dues?

 

That said, I loved my career and I did everything I could to learn as much as possible, and make the best decisions. As a result, I became a very experienced, excellent mother. It was very difficult to make decisions that might jeopardize my investment, like hiring someone else to do my job, so I could take on more responsibility. Because I loved my work, I really didn’t want to do anything else, even though the demands of my society have nudged me in that direction.

 

For the first fourteen years, I had a partner, a financial backer of sorts (if we want to keep up the comparison)… but when the economy turned south, I had to take on more paid work, or face losing it all. Then, my partnership desolved, and now I really might lose it all.

 

Experience in Both Camps

 

As a woman who was a stay-at-home mom for the first ten years, I can understand why women want to work in the home despite the little pay/respect our society affords them for it.  I wonder, should the success of their work hinge on the success of their partners and the relationships they have with them?  Should our work in the home (work that is inevitable if we want to survive as a species) force us to take a hit if we go back to our careers?  Is that an ethical system?

 

There are some in our society who believe that women should not work outside the home... to them I ask: Is that really all our women’s work is worth? The hope that we can keep him happy; that his work will be successful; that she'll survive long enough to get a cut of her spouse’s social security before he dies; or that she'll make a good enough charity case if she doesn’t?

 

As someone, who in the last year has worked seven days a week and gone to school part-time, I also understand why women have to work. Summer is coming.  Summer is the reason why I cannot stop… I cannot rest. Summer is the reason why I am selling my car, Tempurpedic mattress (my most prized possession due to my dust allergies and bad back), my couches, and office clothes (items I mistakenly purchased without taking summer into account).

 

The Bottom Line

 

Summer is coming. Frankly, I am barely making it on my part-time job, and in two months, I will be forced to cut my hours.  My life is scary, but HBO is not about to do a series on it.  If parenting were any other line of work, this would be headline news ~ thousands forced to cut hours and work for free.  Even if I had a degree and a big salaried position,  summer is the season I, or someone in my family, is expected to work for less, or nothing.

 

Though the majority of children born in this nation are born to single women like me, it is assumed that we will find free labor, can afford to hire an employee, or will provide free labor ourselves.   We were the ones who made the decision to take on the risk. Right?

 

Except this system denies the cold, hard reality of the incomes of its employees.  Also, consider the reality that at least one-third of the children born in this nation, are not planned. This is a system that was set up to accomodate and benefit farmers.  Why can't we set up a system that benefits the work we do today?  Can we admit that we are no longer farmers?!  

 

Think of all of the future consumers and workers parents provide, yet, what happens when women cannot do enough, work enough, stay partnered long enough?  Sociologists can report on the disparity in the levels of poverty between women and men, and to what avail?

 

Why is it that women like me, who fail to do everything, are demonized by parties and politicians?

 

Yet, while I am over here being sold to the American people as the scum of this nation, show me a corporation that can't find a bailout, tax loophole, or a bankruptcy lawyer?

 

Yes, as women, we have choices (some of which are becoming more limited). Some of my critics say that I shouldn't have had children... is that ethical?  Should society take away the ability of poor women to bear children?  Should my children be taken from me and given to wealthy people, even though they were born before the financial crisis?  Or have we evolved enough to admit that I have more than one job... that what I do at home provides value?

 

I do not deny that we are ultimately responsible for our lives, but I also do not buy lies, and I do not deny the fact that women do a ton of work - work that greatly benefits this nation, at great risk and sacrifice to our financial security - for FREE! I hope that we can recognize all the work women do this SPRING! This SPRING gives me hope.  I hope we can have a real discussion… and this time, maybe a real fight for equality!

 

Please join the discussion about women's work and add your perspective, or debate mine, tomorrow 5pm-6:30pm ET on The Bottom Line.  Are you participating in the 99% Spring?  Share your experience tomorrow, as we check in with David to find out how his training went.  Please call in (646) 929-2495.  Thanks!

 

Most Sincere,

Jess

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J'nene Solidarity Kay's comment, April 15, 2012 2:57 PM
Brilliant. I'll be there, Jessica. You are my hero.