The Biggest Liberal Protest Of 2013 In 35 Photos & Video

Nel Ward wrote about this in a recent blog.  Here is an opportunity to see it in pictures (some great protest signs!) and video.

pRALEIGH, North Carolina — To little national fanfare, the largest liberal protest of 2013 took place on Monday this week in North Carolina, with thousands in attendance and hundreds getting arrested. For weeks, faith leaders in the Tar Heel State have gathered every Monday to give voice to women, the poor, and other groups under […]/p

via The Biggest Liberal Protest Of 2013 In 35 Photos & Video.

Christians Respond to SCOTUS DOMA Ruling

Nel's New Day

The repeal of DOMA has filled the news during the past week, with Christians taking a big part in responding to the news that the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Congressional law mandating marriage to be between one man and one woman.

An Arizona reader of the blog sent me the following communication from her church. She also said that St. Augustine’s Church “rang the church bells … and all the bells and gongs they could find.”

Dear People of God,

I rejoice, along with our LBGT brothers and sisters, over the Supreme Court decisions this morning. Our country has come one step closer to that freedom and justice are for all its citizens. Many LBGT people I know who are my age have commented that they would have never believed that equality under the law would happen for them “in our lifetime.” I can only begin to imagine the…

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Wendy Davis Warns Texas Republicans, “The eyes of Texas, the eyes of the country, are watching”

June 30, 2013
By Anomaly
State Sen. Wendy Davis responded to Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s insinuation that she should remember her own mother chose not to abort her was “a terrible personal thing to say,” on ‘Face the Nation’ Sunday.

Davis said, “I’ve been in the political arena for some time, and it takes a lot to offend me. But what I was offended about was the statement it makes on behalf of women throughout the state of Texas. I think it showed disregard for the fact we all we each own our own personal history, we make choices and have the opportunity to take chances that present themselves to us. What this is about is making sure that women across the state of Texas have the same opportunity to make those choices and have the same chances that I had.”

“They mismanaged the clock terribly last time, and they also ran roughshod over a lot of our senate rules and traditions to try to ram this bill through,” she added. “And they’ll probably be a little bit smarter about how they try to move this bill in this next session starting on Monday.”

Davis continued, ”But, what they now have to confront is that the eyes of Texas, the eyes of the country, are watching and they are going to be held accountable for the decisions that they make in this process. And if people continue to see that their voices are being ignored I think we’re going to see a long-term sustained response to that in the state of Texas.”

Watch courtesy of CBS and “Face the Nation”: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3460_162-57591684/wendy-davis-gov-perry-bullying-women-to-step-up-political-ladder/

LGBT History Month 2013: Reflections and Work Yet to Be Done

Social Justice For All

AlbusDumbledoreAs we celebrate the last day of LGBT History Month, I am reflecting on the victory of the Death of DOMA, the tepid Supreme Court Decision regarding Prop 8, and the work yet to be done towards full equality for the LGBT community.  The striking down of DOMA does not mean that LGBT folk are no longer targeted or marginalized. Of course, the marginalization is even worse for people of color who are also LGBT.

Sadly, when I shared my Death of DOMA article on a social work social media page, most of the comments I received were from “Christian” social workers that were defending DOMA and acting as if they were victims because they were afraid to come out as Christians.  Really?  REALLY?  When was the last time a bunch of folk committed suicide because they are Christians? When was the last time in the United States people were…

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Thousands To Rally In Texas With Senator Wendy Davis On July 1 | Liberals Unite

Monday should be a pretty exciting day to watch American democracy at work. Much of the country’s media will be focused on the State Capitol in Austin, Texas where thousands are expected to show up and rally for women’s reproductive rights.

This past week, Senator Wendy Davis began a 12-hour filibuster against the anti-abortion Bill SB5. Along with the support of the pro-choice supporters in Texas, women’s rights organizations from around the country, and those of us watching live around the world, we witnessed a roaring stand-off that eventually killed the bill and made a bit of political history. Days later, Governor Perry not only called for a second session on the bill, (par for the GOP) he also made insulting and demeaning attacks towards Senator Davis while speaking at national right to life conference.

What Perry may not have realized at the time was, his anti-choice/ant-women tactics and words, would set off a backlash that’s about to make his huge U.S. Presidential Primary Debate blunder, look like a bad high school test grade. Bless his little heart. He’s about to get blown off his Texas seat, along with all the other Republican lawmaking misogynists and ‘gynoticians.’ You would think the 2012 elections would have been enough for them to learn not to mess with women. Bye-Bye Red Texas. Hello, Blue State.

Another exciting aspect of this event is the solidarity it seems to be creating between women rights groups around the country:

“While women’s reproductive rights are being challenged in many states across the country and now in the U.S. House, what has taken place in Texas has brought tens of thousands of women and organizations together in this fight. UniteWomen.org- Texas is working with so many new and long established groups standing together to make our voices heard. Other states are watching and are not only standing with Texas, but re-energized to engage in their own states as well.” – Patricia M. Gil, Executive V.P. of Operations and Texas resident.

Listed below are Women’s Rights Organizations And Facebook Groups To Visit/Join/Support:

NARAL

Planned Parenthood

National Abortion Federation

UniteWomen.org

NOW

Occupy Austin

One Million Pissed Off Women

Fight Laws Against Women (FLAW)

Faith Action for Women in Need

The Lilith Fund

Catholics for Choice

Many of the above will have their own meeting places and times. Here is the main rally scheduled by StandWithTexasWomen.org:

What: Stand Up For Women Rally

Where: South Steps, Capitol

When: 12pm

Bring: Hat, Signs, & Sunscreen

RSVP: Stand Up Monday

 

The rally will immediately be followed by organizing opportunities in the Capitol including:

Letter writing

A Signing Book for Wendy Davis

Citizen Lobby Training

An area to share YOUR best local organizing ideas

Standing with Texas women is something we can do across the state.

You can:

Host a watch party of Senate and House proceedings

Join a statewide phone bank to target key Legislators

Write a letter to the editor explaining how clinic closures could affect your community or pointing out other critical issues facing the state such as education, water planning, and healthcare that our state government needs to address.

Visit your Legislator’s district office

Local Texas Branches/Groups:

Texas Women’s Coalition

Turning Texas Back2Blue

Capital Area Democratic Women

What Happens in Texas

Occupy Austin

GetEqualTX

Planned ParenthoodTexas

Austin Chapter of NOW

NARAL Pro-Choice Texas

UniteWome.org TX

Yes, on Monday, our thoughts will be deep in the heart of Texas. Here’s to reigniting the fire, and here’s to using that fire to unseat every lawmaker that messes with women’s rights.

via Thousands To Rally In Texas With Senator Wendy Davis On July 1 | Liberals Unite.

Gregory Accuses Journalist of ‘Aiding and Abetting’

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When Tim Russert was the host of NBC’s Sunday morning political show, Meet the Press, he was so respected that the network added his name to the name of the program. Moved from chief of the NBC News’ Washington bureau to take this leadership in 1991,Russert moved the program’s length from 30 minutes to an hour and initiated in-depth interviews following his extensive research. Russert used old quotes or film clips inconsistent with the guests’ more current statements and then ask them to clarify their positions. In 2008, the year he died, Time named Russert one of the most 100 influential people in the world.

After his death, the respected Tom Brokaw acted as an interim appointment before David Gregory became the permanent host. His conservative bias was obvious from the beginning when he interviewed Mark Sanford, the South Carolina governor just come back from Argentina, that he called the…

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Article on Texas Masturbation Bill a “Satire”.

So many have asked to see this SATIRICAL piece which I pulled because it was “satire” and totally not true.  I am reposting it here to give you a laugh (we all know that this is not something that the Republican men in the Texas legislature would ever let pass):

Texas legislature fails on abortion, passes masturbation bill

Politics June 26, 2013 Comments: 96

Texas legislators successfully pass pro-life bill.

Texas legislators successfully pass pro-life bill.

Coming down to the final minute as Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhearst forced Sen. Wendy Davis to end her filibuster, the legislature was unable to pass a widely decried abortion bill. The legislature was able to accomplish another aspect of their pro-life agenda though, a ban on male masturbation.

One Texas lawmaker joyously announced after the passing of the measure, “this marks a milestone for the pro-life movement! We must protect the unborn any way we can; I’m very proud that my fellow legislators voted to protect life, even in its earliest stages!”

The new measure will go into effect on January 1, 2014 which will make many forms of male masturbation illegal. Exceptions include sperm donations, which now must only be performed at a designated hospital facility.

New rules will also require men to sign an agreement when obtaining prescription erectile dysfunction medication which indicates they will not use the medicine for any purposes other than sexual intercourse with a woman.

Amendments added to the bill also require a permit to obtain and possess male sexual toys which could be used to assist people in violating the new law.

Those found in violation of the new law could be sentenced up to two years in prison.

Many legislators who voted in favor of the bill also voted in favor of a bill debated just prior to speed up executions in the state. Legislators were hopeful they would be able to have time to pass another bill which would have nullified Obamacare, the federal legislation in which many are decrying as government getting in between people and their doctor and making healthcare decisions for people.

By: George M. Spooner
George may be contacted via email at tribuneheraldnews@gmail.com

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