“…she stopped paying close attention to his words and when at red lights, examined the rain drops spattering on the windshield so intently that she almost stared right through them. Each drop seemed stuck on the glass, until another drop landed on it and they rolled down the window together, ending in a climactic splash.”
Sara: College class of 2012 (English major, Gender and Sexuality Studies minor), looking for work/applying to grad school, writer, clarinetist.
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Last night, I was at WIN’s YWA awards, and the keynote speaker was Cecile Richards. Cecile Richards.
She was awesome.
To ignorant protest lady:
Motherfuckers were blocking both sides of the street earlier this morning, and apparently it was even worse before I got there, to the point where a coworker had to convince them to let her get into our building.
This time, though, there were clinic escorts and a handful of counter-protesters, and they have a tumblr!
I hiked over through the aggressive, awful people to the counter-protesters and offered to go buy them some coffee or hot chocolate. They declined, but I signed up on their list, gave them a donation, got a bunch of stickers, and also got a card with all of their now-ish events on it!
Some of the windows in the building next to the Planned Parenthood also had messages of prochoice support!
multiple groups came and went all day, and will likely continue to do so for a few days. :(
(Referring to this.)
Not far from where I am, there’s a huge crowd surrounding a Planned Parenthood.
Because it totally makes sense to intimidate people out of general and reproductive health access because that’s really productive and not at all disgustingly invasive and shitty.
I’m pretty upset.
IN BETTER NEWS: the guy who spent all of the inauguration ceremony ruining it for everyone BUT the people he was actually mad at by yelling random anti-choice bullshit near where we were standing has been banned from DC!
One of the forums I lurk has a really interesting politics sub-forum, and I saw this getting linked a lot. It seems to go back to 2006 (the source i’ve linked is as far back as I can trace it via google, for full disclosure) but it’s pretty much the best thing i’ve seen that counters that particular pro-life argument (“ABORTION IS MURDERING CHILDREN”).
Tonight, right now, over two thousand infuriated Irishmen and Women have gathered outside the Dáil in protest over the death of Savita Halappanavar, who died of septicaemia in Galway University Hospital after she had a miscarriage. They protest over our governements failure to legislate for the X Case.
This was a protest organised over a matter of hours. The response has been overwhelming.
Ireland needs a change. All these people are there to voice this chance.
Did this Kristen person miss this, or something? Because I think it’s the kind of stuff she might take issue with, just a hunch:
and I feel so incredibly insulted and appalled.
It was call from some PAC or other that was targeted to Latinos.
As a side note, that in itself is pretty interesting, given my family. See way below for more info.*
The voicemail was full of extremist lies. Not extreme rhetoric or extreme views, but outright lies.
Some highlights and my takedowns:
1. Accusing Obama with having something to do with spiriting thirteen-year-olds off to have secret abortions.
Yeah, no. This is some weird, wild fantasy. Here’s a map showing the rules for minors seeking abortions in the United States:So in most states, this is completely impossible: people could bring teenagers to clinics all they wanted, but they wouldn’t be able to obtain abortion services for them without some parent involvement.Secondly, even in the states that do not require parent involvement, the presumably small number of thirteen-year-olds seeking abortions (for example, since 61% of people seeking abortions already have one or more children, it doesn’t seem likely that many of them are so young), the ridiculous logistics that would be involved in secretly taking them to abortion clinics, and the fact that kidnapping is illegal, just to start with, already make this story absolutely ridiculous.All in all, it’s a bizarre fabrication.
Hmm, which policies hurt women? (Info comes form here.)
- The educations improvements, like improvements to Head Start, and the Race to the Top high school programs, which benefit girls (and all children, really)?
- The Opportunity Tax Credit and the continued distribution of Pell Grants, which help with going to college?
- Young women being able to stay on their parents’ health insurance until they’re 26?
- The Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which makes it possible to fight for equal pay?
- The fact that President Obama capped income-based federal student loan payments and kept interest rates low, which makes it much more manageable and far less crippling to pay back student loans?
- The fact that health insurance must now cover birth control and preventive care, adding up to an incredible amount of direct savings over a lifetime, and making it more possible for women to control their reproductive health, and therefore to plan their lives?
- The fact that healthcare reform bolsters maternal and prenatal care for women who do choose to have children?
- The fact that Obama would preserve Medicare and Social Security benefits, programs which have been instrumental in lowering the poverty rate among seniors (including, of course, older women)?And which ones kill babies?
- …yeah, I can’t think of anything to put here, even jokingly, since terminating a pregnancy does not, in fact, have anything to do with killing babies, since babies are what you have upon giving birth.
- Unless they’re accusing the president of raiding hospital nurseries with a dagger in hand? In which case…yeah, no, still not true.
Reasons why this pisses me off:
- Ah yes, all Latinos are ultra-traditional. Which is why most tend to vote Democratic.
- Ah yes, faith = voting Republican.
- Ah yes, all Latinos are the same.
- Ah yes, we can feed Latinos idiotic, wild lies, and of course those gullible, ignorant slobs will believe it, and vote like we want!