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Defeat :::::: Anti Woman Agenda :::::::: a repost from 2013

NARAL Pro-Choice America

Want to know the kind of world we live in? We live in a world where extremist groups actually brag about becoming a “political machine” to be able to more effectively marginalize and actually endanger women who don’t agree with them.

The Susan B. Anthony List is one such group. And this organization is raising millions of dollars to test its power in Virginia’s 2013 gubernatorial race — with the intention of electing a slate of anti-woman candidates in 2014. And we know this will only lead to even more horrific state-level anti-choice laws in states across the country.

We have to match them dollar for dollar  to protect women, to protect choice, and to protect our constitutional freedom. Will you help us stand up to the SBA List and other anti-choice organizations like them?

SBA List’s positions are like a greatest-hits collection of anti-choice, anti-woman zealotry. They’ve called Todd Akin “an excellent partner.” They said they supported former Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s comments about pregnancy from rape that “life is always a gift from God.” They even defended Virginia’s forced ultrasound bill.

The SBA List is raising millions of dollars to elect a governor in Virginia who will try to pass even more extreme laws. And it’s coming for states across the country.

I’m trying to stop them. Will you help me stop them, and protect choice at all levels?

Ilyse G. Hogue President, NARAL Pro-Choice America

Season’s Greetings … NMAAHC

National Museum of African American History of Culture
Season's Greetings
National Museum of African American History of Culture
As you reunite and celebrate with your loved ones this holiday season, I want to thank you for all that you have done to help build the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
With your support, 2013 has been a great year for the Museum. The future museum site is a frenzy of activity as we continue to raise the walls and support columns. To date, we’ve collected over 23,000 artifacts including two large pieces — a Southern Railway railroad car (segregated) and a guard tower from Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola — that will be a part of our inaugural exhibition on segregation.  All of this progress is thanks to friends like you.
I wish you and your loved ones peace and joy this holiday season and into the New Year.

Lonnie G. Bunch Sincerely, Signature Lonnie G. Bunch Director

It’s in the numbers


It’s all about numbers.


Elections may seem complicated, but they’re really just a simple math problem. We know 80% of Washington voters support making our state safer by extending criminal background checks to all gun purchases. We’re going to need 50% + 1 of the votes next year for something called I-594.

Slam dunk, right?

Not so fast. We also know our opponents will do everything they can to scare and confuse voters.

To make criminal background checks a reality, we need to reach out to millions of voters to let them know what I-594 will do — and to defeat the scare tactics and misinformation the gun lobby will use to intimidate folks into voting against a measure that even gun owners overwhelmingly support.

That takes a lot of work, a lot of planning, and a lot of support from thousands of committed people just like you.

Thanks to the generous support of more than 2,500 donors we are in good shape — but to keep on track, we need 594 more to stand up for a safer Washi‌ngton by Novem‌ber 22.

We’ve set a goal of recruiting 594 donors by November 22 — click here to contribute $3, and help ensure that we have the resources to make Washington safer!

594 donors by 11/22/2013 to help us get 1,600,000 votes in 2014.

Those are the kind of numbers we’re dealing with — and we need your help to get there.

Thanks in advance!

Zach Silk
WA Alliance for Gun Responsibility

Luz Maria Hernandez, Immigrant Rights Activist

My name is Luz Maria Hernandez. I am 75 years old.


My name is Luz Maria Hernandez. I am 75 years old. I am a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. It was my granddaughter who urged me to get involved in the immigration reform movement — and together, on September 12, we were arrested in Washington to demand Congress pass reform with a path to citizenship.

I was not afraid of facing arrest, because I face a much more real and desperate fear: missing out on the lives of my children. Although I’ve obtained my residency, my children have been waiting in Mexico for years to have their visas approved so that we might be reunited. Immigration reform is not about border security or jobs or “getting in a line” — it is about families who have been separated by deportations, or live each day dreading that, like me, they will be separated from their loved ones for years.

You have been a committed activist to the fight for immigration reform, and now I want to ask you to join us in shaping the next phase of the campaign by participating in a non-violent direct action training happening in your community. Together, our communities will make history for the rights and dignity of all immigrant families. Click here to join the below action. Send an RSVP email with your name, location, and the best number to reach you to my friend Grecia, a national field organizer.

Non-Violent Direct Action Training Saturday, October 26th, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Seattle, WA

I will do whatever it takes to help those that suffer as my family has suffered, but I am only one person. That is why I am asking you to take action with me, to make a difference.

Stand with me.

Sí se puede,

Luz Maria Hernandez Wisconsinite

the Arctic Sunrise

As I write this, two activists have been arrested after attempting to occupy a Gazprom oil platform in the Russian Arctic to stop it becoming the first company to produce oil from the icy waters of the region. Gazprom is Shell’s new partner in crime, with plans to wring every drop of oil from this fragile environment.
We’re determined to stop them, but our peaceful protest was met with aggression from the Russian Coast Guard, who fired at least 11 warning shots at our ship and threatened our activists with knives and guns. The situation is still developing, but we need to show these brave activists that our 3.8 million-strong movement is behind them.
Click here to send a message of support to the activists in the Russian Arctic.
Save The Arctic
Yesterday morning, five inflatable boats set off from the Arctic Sunrise towards Gazprom’s platform. The Russian Coast Guard, which seemed to be under orders to protect the oil giant’s dangerous rig, responded quickly with disproportionate use of force. Two activists were stopped before they reached the platform, and although two more did successfully climb onto the rig, shots fired by the Coast Guard meant they could not stay long.
These are the kinds of lengths that the Russian authorities will go to protect the interests of oil companies. But we will not be intimidated into silence. We’re doing this because someone has to stop the insane race of companies like Shell and Gazprom to extract oil from the melting Arctic. Together we’re going to draw a line in the ice to say: “You go no further.”
You’ve already taken the first step to save the Arctic by joining our movement. Last Sunday thousands of us in 75 cities and 30 countries took to the streets in the biggest event in defense of the Arctic in history. Now I hope you will send a message to the activists in the Russian Arctic, letting them know that you’re thinking of them and supporting them. I can tell you from experience, it makes all the difference. 
Tell the activists in the Russian Arctic you believe in what they’re doing.
Thanks so much!
Ian Duff

Arctic Campaigner          Greenpeace Canada