April 8 1864 – The U.S. Senate passed the 13th Amendment (S.J. Res. 16) by a vote of 38 to 6.


The 13th Amendment:

· After the decisive battle of Antietam in September, 1862, when the Union beat the Confederate troops, President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring that all slaves in the rebelling states were free as of January 1, 1863. Lincoln’s speech changed the tone of the Civil War from a battle about the rights of states versus the rights of the central government. The Civil War became about ending slavery once and for all. Lincoln realized that the Emancipation Proclamation was symbolic. He began lobbying Congress to amend the U.S. Constitution to end slavery.

· April 8, 1864 – The Senate passed the Thirteenth Amendment

· June 15, 1864 – The House of Representatives initially defeated the 13th Amendment by a vote of 93 in favor, 65 opposed, and 23 not voting, which is less that two-thirds majority needed to pass a Constitutional Amendment.

· January 31, 1865 – The House of Representatives passed the 13th Amendment by a vote of 119 to 56.

· February 1. 1865 – President Abraham Lincoln signed a Joint Resolution submitting the proposed 13th Amendment to the states.

· December 18, 1865 – Secretary of State William Seward issued a statement verifying the ratification of the 13th Amendment.

· The first bill introducing the anti-slavery 13th Amendment was introduced into the House of Representatives by James Mitchell Ashley (Ohio), on December 14, 1864, nearly a year after President Lincoln issued the final executive order for the Emancipation Proclamation.

· The Senate Judiciary Committee drafted the final language for the 13th Amendment. The language of amendment is simple. It is written in two sections.

· Section I of the 13th Amendment states; “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

· Section II of the 13th Amendment states; “Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

Why does trump want to allow Employers to deny Women Birth Control


just another ongoing rant …

A trump idea and or a  allowing employers to coverage as part of their health insurance for any religious or moral reason is beyond my understanding, especially since this attitude is bumping up against 98% of the women in this country who choose and use reproductive products sometime during their lives … including Catholics! btw

Does this guy know, do republicans in Congress know or care about the statistics regarding “unsafe abortions?”

It would be nice for voters to know if these people even care why providing an affordable safe place for any health procedures because Planned Parenthood is not just about abortions  …planned
parenthood allows women&men btw to get help, referrals,  information and or procedures provided by a doctor.  And FYI: No woman advocates for abortion but there are legit reasons to exercise your rights and no person should get in between a woman and her doctor …we should all want women to have a choice, preferably use any and all safe birth control for family planning and what seems to be left out of all of this … Not that anyone needs a reminder but sometimes republicans seem to need them quite often

… hey folks, it takes two to engage in sex so what part or role do men have in any of this nonsense, are folks just plain’ole stupid or is it a higher standard that republicans seem to push upon women?   It makes you wonder if republican men don’t think about having to experience any of this ish because most feel  ….well, as of late politicians show it with comments on the floor of Congress then vote the reality of their privileged lives …   Not how the average American is living in this era of trump

just my opinion ~ Nativegrl77

DEEP DIVE: How Georgia’s gerrymandering threatens reproductive rights


 

Friend —  

You’ve probably heard us talk a lot about how All On The Line’s fight for fair maps will directly affect our progress on the issues that we care about: Health care. Climate change. Economic opportunity. Preventing gun violence.

But we want to show you, too.

So we’re going to start bringing you Deep Dives into what’s happening in states across the country: How gerrymandering allows for extreme legislation or stands in the way of progressive ideas, or how a state with fair districts is able to actually represent the will of the voters.

First up? Georgia, where House Bill 481 — otherwise known as the “Heartbeat Bill” — is threatening reproductive rights, thanks to a gerrymandered state legislature.

What is the “Heartbeat Bill”? HB481 is a proposed new law pushed through by a gerrymandered majority in the state legislature that would prohibit abortions after doctors can discern a fetal heartbeat — something that happens around six weeks of pregnancy, before some women even know they’re pregnant. If passed, it would be one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.

Is that what Georgia voters want? Not even close. Almost 7 in 10 Georgia voters believe abortion should be legal, and 56% of Georgia voters — a 2-to-1 margin — say they’re less likely to vote for a politician if they support legislation that criminalizes abortion.

So why did state representatives push it through? Because Georgia’s legislature has been gerrymandered to the point where its elected officials are no longer responsible to the people in their districts. They know they can’t be held accountable for extreme votes like these.

How did it pass? By a single vote (92-78 in the State House, needing 91). Imagine that vote in a state where just one more representative had to answer to a non-gerrymandered district — one that was moderate like the state itself, and not like the far-right policy he or she voted for.

What happens now? The bill will go to the desk of … new Governor Brian Kemp, who won the election last November by shamelessly suppressing votes: closing polling places, purging voter rolls, and stopping voter registration applications.

These are the consequences of our unfair system and unfair elections. It’s time to fix the system. Join the All On The Line team today.
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Angry? Us, too.

For all the progress we’ve made — electing better representatives, passing “fair maps” ballot initiatives, spreading the word about legal victories in states like Pennsylvania — there is a long way to go.

And every day we go without fair districts is a day that allows policies like these to become law and threaten basic rights and hold us back from progress.

That’s why we’ll keep shining a light on places like the Georgia state legislature, and work tirelessly to change things. We’ll do it together:
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Erika Sanchez
Digital Director, All On The Line