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This is so not OK! I mean, unless they really want the number of deaths in their state to skyrocket (both from miscarriages and from women who don't receive medical abortions solely to save their lives) and feel a need to fill their jails with women being charged with manslaughter. Actually, the later would certainly account for why the state Attorney General approves of this plan, especially if he receives political donations from for-profit jails. . .

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] digitalsidhe at Mississippi Personhood Amendment Close to Passage
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment:

Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

  1. Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.
  2. If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.
  3. You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.
  4. Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.





You know this entry was originally posted at http://digitalsidhe.dreamwidth.org/841573.html, right? You can comment there using OpenID, even if you have no Dreamwidth account (plus you'll get my niftier userpics!)... but commenting here is okay, too.
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So. . . I don't know what to think of this post regarding the Occupy movement. Thus I ask for your opinions: what do you think?
brynndragon: (A Very Spider Xmas)
Dear News Media and lots of other people,
Our president, despite being black, is not a magic negro. He's not going to advise BP CEO Tony Hayward with earthy wisdom and cunning insight that will allow Tony to stop the leak and save his soul (and by extension the souls of all of us rich mostly-white Americans who use oil every goddamn day). Stop being pissy about that.
brynndragon: (A Very Spider Xmas)
Dear News Media and lots of other people,
Our president, despite being black, is not a magic negro. He's not going to advise BP CEO Tony Hayward with earthy wisdom and cunning insight that will allow Tony to stop the leak and save his soul (and by extension the souls of all of us rich mostly-white Americans who use oil every goddamn day). Stop being pissy about that.
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Want to know what the hell they actually passed Sunday night? Here ya go
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Want to know what the hell they actually passed Sunday night? Here ya go
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One last thing: apparently Google did *not* give Buzz to all Gmail users. In particular, people who have special privacy protection such as The Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (e.g. people whose schools are providing them with Gmail accounts for e-mail) were not even given the option of using Buzz at all, much less auto-Buzzed and auto-follow(ed/ing). The implications of that are pretty ugly, crossing the line from stupidity to malice - someone at Google told the team there *was* the potential for privacy violation and they went ahead with it anyway for people who don't have legal protection against such violation.

What does that tell me? That we the general public should be asking for a law to grant us privacy protection rights in a similar fashion. It saddens me that a freakin' law needs to be made, but it would be difficult to find a more clear-cut example of the difference between having legal protection and not having that protection. I am going to contact Kerry, Brown, and Capuano about this.
brynndragon: (Rosie)
One last thing: apparently Google did *not* give Buzz to all Gmail users. In particular, people who have special privacy protection such as The Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (e.g. people whose schools are providing them with Gmail accounts for e-mail) were not even given the option of using Buzz at all, much less auto-Buzzed and auto-follow(ed/ing). The implications of that are pretty ugly, crossing the line from stupidity to malice - someone at Google told the team there *was* the potential for privacy violation and they went ahead with it anyway for people who don't have legal protection against such violation.

What does that tell me? That we the general public should be asking for a law to grant us privacy protection rights in a similar fashion. It saddens me that a freakin' law needs to be made, but it would be difficult to find a more clear-cut example of the difference between having legal protection and not having that protection. I am going to contact Kerry, Brown, and Capuano about this.

Haiti

Jan. 21st, 2010 03:11 pm
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I haven't said anything about the earthquake on Haiti, because what do I have to say that would be new and interesting? Thankfully there is someone who is doing so, and they have really cool t-shirts too.

Also, if you're like me and before the earthquake your knowledge of Haiti was sadly limited to Clinton turning away the boat people, here's some background.

Haiti

Jan. 21st, 2010 03:11 pm
brynndragon: (Default)
I haven't said anything about the earthquake on Haiti, because what do I have to say that would be new and interesting? Thankfully there is someone who is doing so, and they have really cool t-shirts too.

Also, if you're like me and before the earthquake your knowledge of Haiti was sadly limited to Clinton turning away the boat people, here's some background.
brynndragon: (A Very Spider Xmas)
Colbert was right - we just sent this message to the country about healthcare: "I got mine, Jack, you can suck it."

(So tell me again why people voted Coakley over Capuano back in the primary? Seriously, WTF?)

ETA: I'm sorely tempted to get this t-shirt. (men's version)
brynndragon: (A Very Spider Xmas)
Colbert was right - we just sent this message to the country about healthcare: "I got mine, Jack, you can suck it."

(So tell me again why people voted Coakley over Capuano back in the primary? Seriously, WTF?)

ETA: I'm sorely tempted to get this t-shirt. (men's version)
brynndragon: (The Pru)
No, seriously, if you live in Massachusetts you can actually have an impact on the outcome of the special senate election going on right now. So vote already!

ETA Commentary on today's election from my friend's list:
If Progressive, Liberal, and Reform Democrats Stay Home Today...
Today's election: Martha Coakley
brynndragon: (The Pru)
No, seriously, if you live in Massachusetts you can actually have an impact on the outcome of the special senate election going on right now. So vote already!

ETA Commentary on today's election from my friend's list:
If Progressive, Liberal, and Reform Democrats Stay Home Today...
Today's election: Martha Coakley
brynndragon: (A Very Spider Xmas)
It was not my journal, so I did not go off on the person who felt sorry for the California Supreme Court judges because they were going to get vitriolic hatemail for "doing the right thing", namely upholding Prop 8. But this is my journal, so here I can say what I would not say there.

You are concerned for those who might receive bad words on a piece of paper because of the decision made today. But what about those people who can not support their loved ones in sickness and in health, in life and even in death? What about the people whose families can now be torn apart because they did not make the deadline cast in lots last November? What about the man who will not sleep restfully not in anticipation of backlash but in the knowledge that the state constitution he vowed to uphold has been irrevocably damaged and he couldn't stop it? Rest assured, he will receive hatemail as well for having the audacity to suggest that the majority can not be allowed the tyrannize the minority, as proclaimed in the Equal Protection Clause of the California constitution. In fact, hatemail and vitriol were inevitable; those who support your view are no more virtuous than anyone else. But by ruling to uphold Prop 8 they also ensured great suffering for tens of thousands of their fellow Californians. I would hope they'd lose more sleep over that than over anything the mailman might bring to their door.

Yes, I know that was far too polite a response to such asshattery. But a string of expletives makes for boring reading. Thankfully the sentiment has already been spoken far more eloquently than I would have been capable of mustering.
brynndragon: (A Very Spider Xmas)
It was not my journal, so I did not go off on the person who felt sorry for the California Supreme Court judges because they were going to get vitriolic hatemail for "doing the right thing", namely upholding Prop 8. But this is my journal, so here I can say what I would not say there.

You are concerned for those who might receive bad words on a piece of paper because of the decision made today. But what about those people who can not support their loved ones in sickness and in health, in life and even in death? What about the people whose families can now be torn apart because they did not make the deadline cast in lots last November? What about the man who will not sleep restfully not in anticipation of backlash but in the knowledge that the state constitution he vowed to uphold has been irrevocably damaged and he couldn't stop it? Rest assured, he will receive hatemail as well for having the audacity to suggest that the majority can not be allowed the tyrannize the minority, as proclaimed in the Equal Protection Clause of the California constitution. In fact, hatemail and vitriol were inevitable; those who support your view are no more virtuous than anyone else. But by ruling to uphold Prop 8 they also ensured great suffering for tens of thousands of their fellow Californians. I would hope they'd lose more sleep over that than over anything the mailman might bring to their door.

Yes, I know that was far too polite a response to such asshattery. But a string of expletives makes for boring reading. Thankfully the sentiment has already been spoken far more eloquently than I would have been capable of mustering.
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Go Maine!

New Hampshire, it's your turn.
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Go Maine!

New Hampshire, it's your turn.

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