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Massive Crowd Gathers For Reading Of Vagina Monologues At Michigan Capitol

Massive Crowd Gathers For Reading Of Vagina Monologues At Michigan Capitol | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By Judd Legum, Think Progress


After two female legislators were banned from the Michigan House floor last week after saying “vagina” during a debate about an anti-abortion measure, a massive crowd has gathered at the state capitol for a reading of “The Vagina Monologues.” There are an estimated 5,000 people in attendance.

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New Hampshire Governor John Lynch Vetoes So-Called "Partial Birth" Abortion Ban

New Hampshire Governor John Lynch Vetoes So-Called "Partial Birth" Abortion Ban | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by ROBIN MARTY, RH Reality Check


New Hampshire Governor John Lynch has vetoed the state's attempt to make illegal a non-existent procedure created by anti-choicers and known now as "partial birth abortion," saying that due to a federal ban, a state ban is unnecessary.


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Glenn Beck launches an 'anti-Glee' show as he claims hit series 'has no values'

Glenn Beck launches an 'anti-Glee' show as he claims hit series 'has no values' | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Former Fox News firebrand Glenn Beck announced he has plans to take on America's favorite musical program with a singing and dancing television show of his own.

 

[Glenn Beck certainly is anti-Glee, given that he's this generation's perennial doomsayer... MC]


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9-year-old’s lunch blog gets banned by politicians, then unbanned by internet outrage

9-year-old’s lunch blog gets banned by politicians, then unbanned by internet outrage | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JESS ZIMMERMAN, GristList


Remember Martha Payne, the Scottish 9-year-old whose blog documenting her pathetic school lunches shamed local pols into allowing kids unlimited fruits and vegetables? Well, they decided they weren’t going to be pushed around by a little girl anymore, and sent word that she was no longer allowed to take photographs of her food.


What they didn’t count on was being pushed around by a little girland her legions of internet fans, including Jamie Oliver. So now the council is photographing its words, then eating them. Martha’s blog,Never Seconds, lives on.


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Dad's Day: Fathers of all kinds are more involved in lives of their kids

Dad's Day: Fathers of all kinds are more involved in lives of their kids | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By Benjamin Mueller / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


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Whether from within the home or outside it, by choice or by circumstance, men like Mr. Davis, of East Hills, are reinventing what it means to be a dad. With more women in the workforce and parenting expectations changing, fathers are increasingly showing up to doctor's appointments and parent-teacher conferences. The amount of time fathers spend with their children has almost tripled since 1965, statistics show.


In both traditional and nontraditional households, dads are stepping into active, nurturing roles.

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Shaking off stereotypes

Jonathan Pletcher of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, who specializes in adolescent medicine, remembers coming home from school as a child with a fable about fatherhood. A dad returns from the field and says to his wife, "Oh, you have it so easy. You just stay inside all day." And so they change roles. The house quickly becomes a disaster.


"It'd be nice to make that fable obsolete so we don't get stuck in those roles. It's not good for kids to have to fit themselves into these very rigid roles."


When dads shake off the old rules of fatherhood, picking up proficiency in braiding as well as home repairs, children enter adolescence knowing they can be whatever kind of person they want to be.


"You're open to define the world and life any way you want," Mr. Yeo said. "You're not stuck in this paradigm that's handed to you by society."


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How Will Rodney King's Death Affect Today's Stop and Frisk March?

How Will Rodney King's Death Affect Today's Stop and Frisk March? | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by STEVEN THRASHER, The Village Voice


The reminder of police brutality couldn't be clearer, the timing couldn't be more creepy: as many New Yorkers prepare to join the NAACP's Silent March to End Stop and Frisk, Rodney King was declared dead.


Today's march is against stop and frisk, but it's also against police profiling. Trayvon Martin's father (who joined Ramarley Graham's father in a pre-march event last night) and Rodney King can attest that, harsh as stop and frisk may seem, New York City does not have a monopoly on police profiling. It's a national, generations long issue.

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[Profiling is just another form of disenfranchisement. Would you expect these men and boys to be voters? We will not be whole as a nation until all people are judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. -jkl]

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Michigan protesters: You can’t say it? Don’t legislate it! | The Raw Story

Michigan protesters: You can’t say it? Don’t legislate it! | The Raw Story | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By Eric W. Dolan, The Raw Story


During a so-called SlutWalk in Detroit on Saturday, protesters mocked the Michigan legislature for silencing a female representative who said the word “vagina” while debating bills that would restrict reproductive rights.


“If you can’t say it, don’t legislate it,” hundreds of protesters shouted as they marched down the street.


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Women are Watching

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The coming elections will determine the futures of us all - sisters, mothers, grandmothers, daughters, aunts, and best friends.


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The Occupy Caravan: Dispatch From Reno

The Occupy Caravan: Dispatch From Reno | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by MICHAEL LEVITIN, occupy. com


As the Occupy Caravan roars east, organizer and Occupy.com editor Michael Levitin will be filing dispatches from the road.


[Reno resident Cathy Blane] “We’ve got nothing. We went through all of our savings, our children’s college education savings, we sold our jewelry and cashed in coins—we had to liquidate anything that had any value, anywhere we could cut, just to stay afloat,” she said. “Nobody knew it was going to last this long. My husband went from making $100,000 a year down to nothing overnight.


Humanitarian crisis. The words seem almost too big, too foreign-sounding, to have relevance at home. Yet that’s exactly what Reno, with its blown-out numbers of unemployment and foreclosures, is clearly in the middle of. So what is to be done in a crisis like this one—call it something other than it is, and pretend that it isn’t happening?


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Panetta Salutes Gay Troops

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by PAULINE JELINEK, The Huffington Post


Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Friday thanked gay and lesbian military members for their service, as the Pentagon prepares to mark June as gay pride month with an official salute.


In a remarkable sign of a cultural change in the U.S. military, Panetta said that with the repeal last year of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law that prohibited gays from serving openly in the military, gays and lesbians can now be proud to be in uniform.


"Now you can be proud of serving your country, and be proud of who you are," Panetta said.


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Moderate, Independent Women Voters: Women's Issues Are Economic Issues

Moderate, Independent Women Voters: Women's Issues Are Economic Issues | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JESSICA PIEKLO,

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EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics held a conference call and webinar with EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock, WOMEN VOTE! Director Denise Feriozzi, and Democratic pollster Lisa Grove, and members of the press to announce new research into moderate, independent women voters in battleground states. The results confirm that a Republican agenda of attacking women’s rights is not only alienating women voters, it’s actively turning them against the party.


For this election cycle, EMILY’s List’s research focused on moderate, independent, women without college degrees. These findings are the first round of that work and the results of targeted online focus group discussions. The women surveyed made it clear they feel Washington is out of touch with their lives. They believe Congress is broken, ineffective, mired in obstructive partisanship – and the images they attached to that were largely male. They’re incensed at the intrusion on women’s health and believe the wrong issues are being prioritized.


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Exclusive: Adelson's Pro-Romney Donations Will Be 'Limitless,' Could Top $100M - Forbes

Exclusive: Adelson's Pro-Romney Donations Will Be 'Limitless,' Could Top $100M - Forbes | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By Steven Bertoni, Forbes


Forbes has confirmed that billionaire Sheldon Adelson, along with his wife Miriam, has donated $10 million to the leading Super PAC supporting presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney–and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. A well-placed source in the Adelson camp with direct knowledge of the casino billionaire’s thinking says that further donations will be “limitless.”


Adelson, who has built Las Vegas Sands into an global casino empire, will do “whatever it takes” to defeat Obama, this source says. And given that Adelson is worth $24.9 billion–and told Forbes in a recent rare interview about his political giving that he had been willing to donate as much as $100 million to his initial presidential preference, Newt Gingrich–that “limitless” description telegraphs potential nine-digit support of Romney. [MORE]

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We want a woman to moderate a Presidential debate!

We want a woman to moderate a Presidential debate! | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Ultraviolet


Did you know that it’s been more than 20 years since a woman moderated a presidential debate? Three high school girls started a petition to make sure that trend ends this year. But they need our help!


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Birth Control's Journey Through History Starring Pillamina

Birth Control's Journey Through History Starring Pillamina | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JACQULINE M, WomenAreWatching


Last year, Pillamina was on a mission to make birth control with no co-pay a reality under the new health care law — and she succeeded! But despite last year’s victory, politicians and opponents of women’s health are still trying to take birth control away, inspiring Pillamina to make her triumphant return.

PIllamina has been present for almost every important moment in women’s history — access to birth control has made a huge difference for women and families both in the United States and around the world. We thought we’d take a trip down memory lane and trace PIllamina’s journey through the last 52 years. Slideshow!

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I call these American Values.

I call these American Values. | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JAY BRANSCOMB, Liberal Values, Facebook

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I want my vote to count, and every other individual citizen's vote needs to count. Count each individual human citizen's vote equally.
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Coalition Of Mayors Passes Pro-Choice Resolution

Coalition Of Mayors Passes Pro-Choice Resolution | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By Laura Bassett, The Huffington Post


The U.S. Conference of Mayors, a non-partisan organization made up of representatives from about 1,200 cities across the country, voted on Saturday to pass a resolution in support of women's reproductive rights and funding for Planned Parenthood.


The resolution outlines the numerous efforts by state and federal lawmakers over the past several years to restrict women's access to abortion and family planning services, including attempts to mandate ultrasounds before abortions, defund Title X and Planned Parenthood, ban abortions after 20 weeks, jeopardize access to birth control, compel the Internal Revenue Service to audit rape survivors who have abortions and allow hospitals to refuse emergency abortion care to women. The mayors promise to fight back against these efforts in the future and speak out on behalf of their female constituents.


The resolution "affirms the importance of women’s reproductive rights" and "urges Congress and the states to pursue a positive agenda that reaffirms fundamental rights and improves women’s access to safe and comprehensive reproductive-health care."


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Michelle Obama Shares Personal Struggles During Commencement Speech

Michelle Obama Shares Personal Struggles During Commencement Speech | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JONATHAN J. COOPER, The Huffington Post


Drawing on memories of her childhood and early career, Michelle Obama told Oregon State University graduates Sunday to live life for themselves, not for anyone else.


The first lady spoke at the invitation of her older brother, Craig Robinson, the head men's basketball coach at Oregon State. The siblings grew up in a working class family with high expectations, and both chased successful and lucrative careers – Robinson in finance, Obama in a prominent law firm.


Eventually, both left their lucrative jobs for other passions. Obama went to work for the Chicago mayor, Robinson to coach basketball.


Obama also advised graduates to keep in close touch with the family and friends who are important to them, saying she never missed a chance to tell her father she loved him before he died from complications of multiple sclerosis. She fought tears as she recalled her mother's assurances that her father was proud to be her dad.


Obama was awarded an honorary doctorate in public health for her work as first lady on fighting childhood obesity and improving health. She held up the diploma and mouthed, "Go Beavs," a rallying cry for Oregon State Beavers' athletics.


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[Full disclosure: Oregon State University is my alma mater! jkl]

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‘Nuns on the Bus’ take on Ryan budget - Video

‘Nuns on the Bus’ take on Ryan budget - Video | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

THE LAST WORD, msnbc.com


Sister Simone Campbell leads a group of sisters on a mission to preach against the Ryan budget its impact on the poor.


[Mr. Limbaugh can't begin to bring it, compared to the Sisters! jkl]


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Whose house? Our house! Whose vagina? Not yours, Mr. Speaker: ACLU

Whose house? Our house! Whose vagina? Not yours, Mr. Speaker: ACLU | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project


Apparently, things are getting a little heated out there in Lansing. Yesterday, despite massive public opposition, the Michigan House of Representatives passed an omnibus abortion bill (which we told you about here ) that could, among other things, shut down clinics that provide safe, legal abortions and end medication abortions throughout the state. Decorum was shattered. Gavels were struck. But not because lawmakers passed an extreme and dangerous law; a law that so clearly threatens the health and lives of all Michigan women. No, because Rep. Lisa Brown – that saucy minx – talked about her hoo-hah. Testifying against the bill, she told the Speaker "I’m flattered you’re all so interested in my vagina, but no means no." Today, she and Rep. Barb Byrum (who reportedly shouted the word “vasectomy” out of turn) have been banned from speaking on the floor of the House.


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Obama Administration Announces New Immigration Policy

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Feminist Majority Blog


The Obama Administration announced today that it will no longer seek the deportation of young illegal immigrants without criminal records who came to the US as children, and instead allow them to apply for work permits, effective immediately. [MORE]

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Connecticut State Panel Declares Abortion An Essential Health Care Procedure

Connecticut State Panel Declares Abortion An Essential Health Care Procedure | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Women scored a major victory in Connecticut against those who would dictate what they can or cannot do with their own bodies. (Finally, a legislature that stands 4 women's right 2 make decisions 4 her body!)


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I just realized this is an Addicting Info story. John Henry warned me about these people. I'll be sure to find a primary source and promote that later.
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Nuns on the Bus

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About the Tour


As Catholic Sisters, we are missioned to stand with people in need and to be witnesses for economic justice.


Jesus said, "You will be my witnesses not only in Jerusalem but throughout Judea and Samaria, and indeed to earth's remotest end." (Acts 1:8)


The Ryan Budget and Your State


As Catholic Sisters, we must speak out against the current House Republican budget, authored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). We do so because it harms people who are already suffering.


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Senators Suck Up to Jamie Dimon, Get Paid for It

Senators Suck Up to Jamie Dimon, Get Paid for It | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by GEORGE ZORNICK,  The Nation


Jamie Dimon testified before Congress on Wednesday, and demonstrated who is really in charge.


His bank’s influence runs deeper than even the donations given to a majority of the committee and visits to the Treasury. JPMorgan also employs at least eight lobbyists that used to work on the Senate Banking Committee, and one current committee staffer used to work for the bank.


This aggressive lobbying and donation strategy was, as yesterday’s hearing demonstrated, a successful hedge of a different kind—one that seems to be protecting the bank’s backside after steep losses in both the balance sheet and public perception. Several protesters erupted into chants of “Stop foreclosures now” and “This man is a crook,” but were quickly escorted out by US Capitol Police and arrested so the hearing could begin.


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[I guess we, the collateral damage of smarty pants gamesmanship, are supposed to be grateful that instead of paying taxes JP MORGAN CHASE gets to fund Congress and hire lobbiests while we scratch for crumbs. I don't buy it, Mr. D, and neither do the rest of the women who get to eat your dust. jkl]

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Michigan State Rep Barred From Speaking After 'Vagina' Comments

Michigan State Rep Barred From Speaking After 'Vagina' Comments | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by EYDER PERALTA, NPR News Blog


During a heated debate on the floor of the Michigan state House, Rep. Lisa Brown made an impassioned speech against a bill that seeks to put new regulations on abortion providers and ban all abortions after 20 weeks. 


"And finally, Mr. Speaker, I'm flattered that you're all so interested my vagina, but 'no' means 'no.'"


The Detroit News reports that today Brown the House Republican leadership did not allow her to speak on a bill about the retirement of school employees.


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[Apparently there is no war on women but there is a delicate sensibility on the well funded side of the argument that cannot face exposure to medical terminology regardless of how often medical science is the subject of legislative action. jkl]



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