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FIRED! 2016 for having an abortion..or using birth control..or getting pregnant…reminder


Friend of Reproductive Rights …

Ben Betz, People For the American Way

Right Wing Watch

Congressional Republicans seem to think that workers are the property of their employers!

They want to reverse DC’s reproductive health non-discrimination law — making it so women could be fired for having an abortion or using birth control — because they say that kind of discrimination is a business owner’s “religious freedom!”

Please stand up to this outrageous extremism and tell Congress: hands off the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act!

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First, I ask that you read this whole email, just so you can get a full appreciation for what’s going on here, and how absolutely appalling this example of right-wing extremism is that I’m about to share with you. (And, of course, your voice is also needed in response.)

The Washington, DC City Council recently passed the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act. The law protects workers from being fired or punished by their employers for things like having an abortion, using contraception, or getting pregnant out of wedlock. Or for having a family member (spouse or dependent) engage in the same.

Congress has the authority to reverse local laws passed by the District of Columbia — which itself is a fundamentally undemocratic arrangement, but that’s a story for another email! — and now Republicans in the House are looking to use this authority to repeal the DC law.

Please speak out against this now (then keep reading)!

This repeal is a threat to every woman, and every family with a woman, in DC. Additionally, the driving force behind this Republican intervention represents an urgent national threat to women, to LGBT people, and to the principle of religious liberty.

That’s because at the same time Republicans in Congress are taking their anti-choice attacks to frightening levels, they are escalating the right-wing trend of hijacking “religious liberty” to justify discrimination.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said that Republicans believe the DC law unconstitutionally violates the religious freedom of employers because it “forces employers to hire and retain individuals whose beliefs regarding reproductive health decisions are different from what the employer advocates.”

Ummm, yeah! That’s the entire point of living in a free country! For a group of people who love to talk about “freedom” as much as they do they do, they really, really don’t get it.

In fact, it seems that Republicans think the definition of “freedom” is exclusively reserved for the freedom of businesses to own their employees and control every aspect of their lives.

Anyone who loves the First Amendment and values true religious freedom should be outraged. As should the people Republicans want to make vulnerable to discrimination.

Thanks for making it through this. If you are as incensed about this as I’d expect, please help by spreading the word after you take action.

Thanks!

— Ben Betz, Online Engagement Director

birthright birthers citizenship economy and austerity …


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just another continued rant on citizenship … from 2013 … 2019

 

I thought Republicans had finally grown up and swept the birther issue under a rug somewhere safe.  That seems to have lasted for only about two Romney flip-flops or more since he’s back in congress now. It is apparent that quite a few Republican members of Congress and some Governors continue to tell Americans that birtherism, the War on Women and their Rights to… (You fill it in), are without a doubt much more important than their constituents.  I would be happy to see Republicans in Congress, actually do the people’s business, as the current group works for 190days a year or less and have passed few bills, well that trump gift tax passed but Mnuchin just announced that we’bout to run outta $$ in September if the debt ceiling isnt’ rasied. Think about this, trump has only been in office for 2yrs and the Treasury dept is financial trouble? what the what? Bad enough that trump has deemed monica crowley as his choice for Treasury Sec. who was a fox contributor,lobbyist,foriegn agent of the Ukraine committed plagerism and probably has no exerience in finance.   Yet, despite everything the Republicans have done, our economy is on the mend. Come on you have to know it’s  Thanks to President Obama; though slow, our economic recovery is happening without austerity measures though all the filibustering Mitch McConnell and his comrades continue to engage in against progress; austerity was and still is the word and mission of the new Republican nationalists. While some Americans, seemingly had the wool pulled over their eyes continually. The ugly truth began to leak out at town hall meetings and finally a smidge of buyer’s remorse set in as actual plans received a 2nd look and was rejected, but now what with the 115th congress this path to their economic prosperity still deserves a whole lot of scrutiny from ALL voters because once implemented it looks like only the 1-3% will be happy. And being ignorant can’t be blissful by any stretch of the imagination.

In between all the confusing economy noise, the Republican Party continues to reach new lows in desperate behavior. While birtherism on its face is funny at times because who really takes this stuff serious …right.  Nevertheless, the topic, subject … stupid things conjured up through ideology continues to be added to the conservative conversation and list of ‘Religious Conscience’ though some call it religious instinct.

We should all wonder if religion, consciousness, and or instinct should be allowed in the same sentence – conscious thought, considering what Policies the current group of white nationalists seem to be throwing at Americans calls on a response so prepare repair and put on your marching shoes. The War on women, immigration, workers, minorities, students, voter rights and religious freedom are Republican issues. The slap of reality, or the rude awakening is … with so many states trying or passing strict negative conservative legislation against the middle and lower class cloaked in big bright new ideas on that path to prosperity that representatives and speaker Paul Ryan pushed became a trifecta reality.  The ryan agenda lasted only but a minute after several bumps up down hills and while he did help push through a tax gift things fell apart right before ryan’s eyes. It was apparent  trump took an extreme right turn had a few tantrums pushed them aside and now chaos hate and some feel an abuse and misuse of power is the face of the republican party … then racism birtherism raised it’s ugly head … again!

The political Party of NO, the Republican Party of the 21st Century is no longer our parent’s conservative party foe.

We all have to know; that the path conservatives want us all on could destroy our democracy.

I will admit,  I usually consider any conservative pledge laughable -until that ” Purity Pledge” from a group named N.O.M. popped up. Common sense if any available, tells you that a pledge to hurt others or exclude them is beyond offensive right, yet, it got signed by all the socially conservative candidates for President.  It says to, among other things commit to practicing exclusion and lest we pay attention to their choice of words “purity.”  This thing, written long before trump took office, is not only archaic but this extremely conservative organization wants, “Signers to pledge: never to engage in pre-marital sex or extramarital affairs, end all viewing of pornography and gambling, never to marry a person of the same gender, and never to “favor any government action that would allow for civil unions of people of the same sex”. I don’t know if all Republicans agree with this purity pledge, we all know that a whole lot have been reported charged or resigned from congress… are failing the Norquist pledge.  And that “family values platform” which also covers birther issues no less, suffice it to say that conservatives behaving badly and that cliché, “do as I say not as I do; comes to mind as most if all are not that pure, if you get my drift. If you believe in social conservatism you will be voting against your own best interest in any election and likely controlled by extreme right policies and that is sad.

The commonality between birthers, birthrights citizenship certainly has to be economy, and austerity or the lack of it or any of the combinations out there …believe this … the latest comments coming from social conservatives are code for and against “the other”.  It should make us all stop and reassess not only the beliefs of these conservatives voted into positions of power and Public Service but we must all challenge them, their oath, and the public servants they profess to be. We all know this group has managed to get away with attacking women, gays, the undocumented and minorities with legislation that will has disenfranchised them in some way. We must remember the past like when voters crossed into Blunt territory – pun intended and luckily, blunt was put out. I wonder if anyone else wonders or imagines how often these fools must meet plan and cover each other on the local state and federal level. Republicans used to decry they want smaller Government yet their current legislation policies include controlling half the population while enjoying enormous tax breaks… again, remember the house of bush and what happened when he gave friends tax breaks? It bares reminding that anything done to one part of our system effects another…our system is interlocked thus anything done adversely affecting our economy’s has a great chance of forcing us into austerity

In the fight for election 2016, it was not clear to all what trump stood for, but as the weeks months and now 2yrs have passed; it was obvious that you only needed to wait until 3am …because it could change. I don’t know about you but i have a different understanding about how a potus should behave or be and it isn’t  that guy that gives regular nasty speeches, or vile racist media coverage,  smacking his lips, slurring his words and spewing a whole lot of inaccurate statements to his audience about Real Americans and has done much nothing but flip flop toward the 1% since Jan.20.

I don’t know if Trump will do two terms but given all his babbling …his comments on Race, Gender, the poor or low income and Immigrants should not be ignored or forgotten at the Voting Booth. If not for the sake of our nation but for the next generation of what will definitely be … a more diverse group

The sole mission of this Republican Party of No – is to turn back the clock …It is beyond offensive and will affect all our families past present and future

 

Nativegrl77

500 year old forest cleared for 4-day event … Tell the Olympic ski Committee to STOP !


Despite public pressure, Olympic organisers cleared a portion of Mt. Gariwang for a ski slope. We are pushing the IOC to commit to upholding principles of sustainability so that this type of devastation never happens in the name of the Olympics again.

A 500 year old forest is being clear cut to make way for Olympic ski facilities that will be used for a four day competition! The International Olympic Committee has mandated these games as “Green Olympics”, let’s hold them to it and save the ancient forest. Sign then share on Facebook, Twitter, email…everywhere:

Sign now

We have a choice to make:

Preserve a 500 year old ancient forest, home to four threatened species, 

or

Clearcut the ancient forest for an Olympic ski competition.

It seems like a no-brainer. And it should be. But right now, Olympic organisers in South Korea are tearing down a forest, with trees half a millennia old, to make room for new ski facilities.

It’s shortsighted, illogical and worst of all, irreversible. Once the precious forest is gone, it’s gone forever. But we can stop them from clearcutting for an Olympic sized resort. The International Olympic Committee laid down a mandate that this event should be a “Green Olympics” built and operated by principles of sustainability. If we launch an enormous global outcry from every country participating in the Winter Olympics, we can shame the International Olympic Committee to living up to their ideals.

Join this urgent campaign and Avaaz will deliver our voices directly to the Olympic Committee offices. Sign then share on Facebook, Twitter, email…everywhere:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/save_ancient_korean_forest_loc/?biEWLbb&v=64804

Pyeongchang, South Korea won the bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics, and to hold just two ski events, they are clearcutting the world’s largest expanse of Wangsasre tree, while devastating one of the last remaining habitats of four vulnerable animals: the Eurasian Otter, the Leopard Cat, the Marten and the Flying Squirrel.

This place has been considered sacred in Korea for hundreds of years and the mountain has long been protected. But to win the Olympic bid, the government removed the protection. Now, huge scars have been carved into the mountains, and developers are moving fast to clear cut enormous areas of forest to create a massive ski resort.

There is no reason for this — the Games could take place in another city like Muju, and that could save $138 million! The International Olympic Committee’s own environmental standards outline sustainable development for the Games. It’s time to hold them to account for turning a blind eye to Pyeongchang’s destruction, and demand they uphold their own rules.

It’s unconscionable to think of thousands of 500 year old trees felled for a few winter Olympic races. What’s been torn down can never be replaced. But if enough of us raise our voices we can stop them from expanding it, and ensure that the Olympics never destroys our global wonders for the games again. Join the urgent call:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/save_ancient_korean_forest_loc/?biEWLbb&v=64804

Forests are the lungs of our world, vital to the clean air and stability of our shared planet.  Time and again, Avaaz members from across the world have come together to protect these treasures. From thousands of us chipping in to purchase a corridor of Borneo rainforest to winning major battles to protect the forests of Amazon, Aceh and Australia, Avaaz has shown that when we come together, we all win. Let’s do it again.

With hope and determination,

Dalia, Jooyea, Mais, Nataliya, Alice, Emily and the rest of the Avaaz team

PS – This campaign was kicked off by Avaaz member Koh I Jiseon. If there is something you want to start a campaign on just click here to start a petition:  http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/start_a_petition/?cl=8563517316&v=64804&biEWLbb

MORE INFORMATION

Olympics Construction Scars Sacred Korean Mountain (VOA)
http://www.voanews.com/content/olympics-construction-scars-sacred-korean-mountain/2844122.html

Korean officials criticised for “neglecting duties” and “abusing authority” during Pyeongchang 2018 preparations (Inside the Games)
http://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1027154/korean-officials-criticised-for-neglecting-duties-and-abusing-authority-during-pyeongchang-2018-preparations

What to do with Pyeongchang venues after the 2018 Olympics? (The Hankyoreh)
http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_national/679070.html

Event sharing for Pyeongchang Olympics could save more than $300 million (The Hankyoreh)
http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_international/681410.html

Richard Pryor Statue Unveiled in His Hometown of Peoria, Illinois


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Richard Pryor statue unveiled in Peoria, IL. (Photo: Instagram) Richard Pryor statue in Peoria, IL. (Photo: Instagram)

According to comedyhype.com, legendary comedian and actor Richard Pryor finally had his statue placed and presented in his hometown of Peoria, Illinois. Yesterday, with his son Richard Pryor Jr. and many fans in attendance, the 7-foot 1/2 statue of Pryor holding a microphone was unveiled. In September of 2014, the now members of the Black And Brown Comedy Get Down tour helped raised the final funds to complete the new statue.  To see video of the unveiling, click here.

article by Lori Lakin Hutcherson (follow @lakinhutcherson)

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