WORD: Women Organized To Resist And Defend. Take Action for Women’s Equality Day. Week of Action; Sat., Aug. 23 – Fri., Aug. 29, 2014.


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Women Organized To Resist and Defend

 

 

WORD: Call to Action: Women’s Equality Day

 

Join Week of Action: Sat., Aug. 23 – Fri., Aug. 29, 2014

Take Action for Women’s Equality Day
Say NO to the Status Quo—Full Equality for All Women!
Full Reproductive Rights Now!
Free Marissa Alexander!
Equal Pay for Equal Work!
End Violence Against Women!

See an initial list of events

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Aug. 26 marks Women’s Equality Day—a celebration of the hard-fought struggle for women’s suffrage that was won in 1918. Today, almost 100 years later, women have made many gains in the struggle for equality. Almost 100 years later, the struggle for full equality continues.

 

There is much that has not been won. In 2014, women are still paid less than men for equal work; Latina women are paid 55 percent of what men earn, Black women 67 percent and white women 78 percent. Worldwide, 35 percent of women experience sexual violence. Society then sweeps sexual violence under the rug—shaming victims and protecting attackers.

 

Marissa Alexander’s case—among many others—highlights the contradictions of a society that punishes victims of abuse when they defend themselves. Marissa Alexander is a 33-year-old African American woman, mother, and survivor of domestic violence. Under mandatory minimum sentencing laws, Marissa was sentenced to 20 years in prison for defending herself against an abuser in the same state that let George Zimmerman walk free. Though the original sentence was thrown out by the judge, Marissa is still being prosecuted and State Prosecutor Angela Corey has announced she intends to seek a 60-year sentence. All charges against Marissa should be dropped! We must stand with Marissa, demand her freedom, and fight to end all forms of violence against women!

 

Recently, reactionary politicians and groups have targeted our reproductive rights—trying to overturn Roe v Wade through federal and state legislation that denies women the right to abortion, denies us access to birth control and criminalizes certain behaviors for pregnant women. There is an ongoing offensive to defund Planned Parenthood and other centers that provide not only reproductive health care, but also critical preventative health services. The latest attack has come in the form of the Supreme Court’s decision that Hobby Lobby’s owners’ religious convictions were more important than the reproductive health care of the women who work there.

 

Women’s bodies belong to no one but themselves. We should have the right to control our own bodies, and determine how and when we get pregnant and give birth. Access to abortion and birth control are part and parcel of reproductive health care—and shouldn’t be isolated from health care in general. Likewise, women look forward to the day when we are safe to walk down the street, and when our bodies are not objectified and commodified. We are struggling for a day when we are not paid less just because of our gender or more likely to live in poverty because of it.

 

That day is entirely possible. But is only possible if we organize and mobilize to challenge the status quo that perpetuates and institutionalizes inequality. Join WORD in building the struggle for full equality.

 

On Women’s Equality Day, WORD (Women Organized to Resist and Defend) will be holding speak-outs, forums and other actions to celebrate the gains demanding “Say no to the status quo—full equality for all women!” Join us in cities across the country betweenSaturday, August 23 and Friday, August 29, 2014. Attend an event in your city or organize one.

 

 

WORD: Women’s Equality Day: List of events

 

Join WORD on August 23 – 29 in a city near you or call an action in your city and add it to the list! Events are being added every day!

 

Event Listing:

 

Los Angeles, CA
WORD Forum: From Palestine To Murietta
Friday, Aug. 29, 7 p.m.
135 E. 3rd Street
Info: la@defendwomensrights.org or 323-394-3611

 

San Francisco, CA
Date/Time/Location TBD
Info: sf@defendwomensrights.org or 415-375-9502

 

New Haven, CT
Rally and Speak-out
Friday, Aug. 29, 5:30 p.m.
College and Chapel Streets
Info: ct@defendwomensrights.org or 203-787-8232

 

Albuquerque, NM
Full Reproductive Rights Speak-out
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 5:30 p.m.
UNM Bookstore
Info: abq@defendwomensrights.org or 505-249-1768

 

New York City, N.Y.
Train Outreach for Women’s Equality Day
Saturday, Aug. 23, 12 Noon
Meeting up at 2295 7th Ave, departing at 1 p.m.
Info: nyc@defendwomensrights.org or 347-292-WORD (9673)

 

To list your Women’s Equality Day event, email info@defendwomensrights.org.

 

Reportbacks from nationwide actions to demand justice for Marissa Alexander

Jacksonville Marissa March

 

Marissa Alexander faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 60 years in prison for defending herself during an attack by her abuser, shooting a single warning shot that injured no one. Earlier in June, Judge Daniel postponed Marissa’s trial, which had been set to begin on July 28, 2014. The trial was delayed in consideration of the effect of recent amendments to Florida’s racist Stand Your Ground law. This was the law that the State of Florida invoked to delay pressing charges against murderer George Zimmerman for 45 days.

 

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Reportbacks from nationwide actions to speak out against the Hobby Lobby Decision

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On July 3 – 13th, WORD chapters all across the country organized protests demanding that the Supreme Court overturn its decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. The ruling prioritizes a corporation’s “religious freedom” over an employee’s right to health insurance coverage, including coverage of contraception.

 

 

Read Full Report

 

 

WORD stands with immigrant children
By Gisela Santiago, WORD-LA organizer

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On July 23, the City Council of Bell, California, voted in favor of the Salvation Army’s request to receive federal funding to shelter around 150 immigrant children from Central America while the children wait to be deported. WORD activists and volunteers from Los Angeles attended the City Council meeting to speak in support of the initiative.

 

A majority of the residents were in favor of opening the Salvation Army’s doors to shelter these children, who would stay for about 30 days at a time while they await deportation, but there was a small group who opposed the proposal. It was surprising to see that the group of people who were against sheltering these children were mostly women, and mostly from the Latino community. To ignore the fact that immigration is not a women’s issue would be absolutely wrong.

 

Read Full Statement

 

 

WORD stands with the people of Palestine
Stop the massacre in Gaza NOW!

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Over the past month, Israeli has carried out an all-out aerial assault and ground invasion of Gaza, as the seven-year inhumane and illegal siege has continued.

 

Israel’s latest massacre in Gaza has killed almost 2,000 men, women and children. More than 8,500 have been wounded. Israel has carried out a nonstop military assault against an occupied people under the flimsy excuse of ending rocket fire from occupied land.

 

Read Full Statement

 

 

WORD stands with Latinas and their communities
Solidarity Statement for Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice 2014

Latina Week Of Action

 

WORD supported the recent Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice 2104, and will continue to work for change and fight for true justice. Below is a solidarity statement signed by WORD and other organizations.

 

We declare our solidarity with, and commitment to work alongside, Latinas, their families, and communities, as they struggle for reproductive justice and the recognition of their human rights.

 

Twenty years ago, a group of visionary Black women created the Reproductive Justice (RJ) framework, founding a transformational and culturally grounded movement for human rights and social change. Latinas across the country joined with Black, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and Indigenous hermanas in embracing this new reproductive justice framework. In the process, we reframed our organizing and advocacy to work across issues and identities while building the movement for dignity, justice, and self-determination for ourselves, our families, and our communities.

 

Read Full Statement

 

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If “I” Were God…….


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If “I” Were God…….

Every parent, family friend, babysitter or caregiver that leaves a child, toddler, baby, kid, infant, pet of any type….in a hot car in summer, unattended, for more than 30 seconds….would experience their genitals seize up and become set afire to reproduce the exact temperature of that vehicle that the moron in question, left the child, toddler, baby, kid, infant, pet of any type…..IN. In other words your crotch, penis, balls, vagina, would reach the temperature of 170° in seconds.

 

 

If “I” Were God…….

Any human responsible for lying 935 times to the American people, and in particular the stupid mindless drones who inhabit CongrASS, about the original wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, if these lying dumbasses were to ever open their mouths to offer “opinions and advice” to the current POTUSA….I’d immediately fill those mouths with camel feces. On camera. After which they would instantaneously be transported to Iraq to be face to face with a group of ISIS idiots.

 

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If “I” Were God…….

John Boehner would have a 4 inch penis growing from the middle of his forehead so he could jerk himself off instead of the American citizens whom he is supposed to work FOR, as his oath of office states, and not the Koch Brothers, special interest groups such as A.L.E.C., the NRAssholes or alcohol distributors.

 

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If “I” Were God…….

Harry Reid would have a pair of nuts growing from his chin, big, hairy, full balls, He would then possess what he lacks, so he could stand up on the Senate floor and fight for what THIS Black President needs from his number one Congressional point man. Instead of acting like a frightened 4 year old confronted with the monster under the bed.

 

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If “I” Were God…….

Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Ann Coulter, Pat Boone, Donald Trump, Joe Arpaio, Ted Nugent, Rush Limbaugh and a few others, they know who they are, would come see Me. Soon. They would not stay up here but for a few seconds as I read from the book of major fuck ups…..but I’d have them all visit Me before their final destination.

 

 

If “I” Were God…….

Elizabeth Warren would have a moment of complete clarity and realize the reason I put her down there, among the lost souls in the Senate, was so she could gain the necessary tools to become the first Female President Of The United States. Much why I inserted Barack into the Senate back in 2004. Get in the game Elizabeth….you know why I choose you. I got this, you have bigger loaves to share and fish to fry.

 

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If “I” Were God…….

Hillary Clinton and William Jefferson Clinton would vanish. On that same disappearing bus would be Tricky Tiny Dick Cheney, Lyin Still Unfitt Mitt Romney, Chuck Todd, Jake Tapper, Don Lemon, The Entire Fox News Staff, Wolf Blitzer, The Morning Joe folks, The Entire Fox News Staff, (did I say that already) The Koch Brothers, Millionaire mooks who believe money buys elections, and the following dumbasses: John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Louie Gohmert, Mitch McConnell, Mark Rubio, Ted Cruz….I already took care of that Cantor moron. I keep Chris Christie around cause ya’ll still need some comedic relief.

 

If “I” Were God…….

The 300 plus young Nigerian girls would be united with their families and the Boko Haram cowards who abducted them, would all be captured and sold into slavery, forced kicking & screaming into made marriages to men who care not what orifice they violate and used as indentured servants on a Clive Bundy spread.

 

 

 

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If “I” Were God…….

ANYone who utters the word “Impeachment” would immediately have his/her colon stuffed with fire ants and bed bugs….because dumbfuckery must be met with extreme pain and suffering when spread against MY chosen one, the anointed Barack Hussein Obama, and his immediate White House staff. Oh yeah, the word suit against Barack, will bring down upon it’s instigators a complete darkening of the skin to the tone of Black Strap Molasses.  You sue My Anointed One, yo do so as a Negro.

 

 

If “I” Were God…….

The very next human whom violates all My rules of creation and goes on a shooting rampage, will be guided, by Me, to the nearest rally and campaign event held by the NRAssholes, he will then proceed to shoot and kill all NRAsshole hierarchy and leadership executives. Or, if I’m that kinder, gentler God you speak of, I’ll just resurrect the original members of the Black Panther Party and send them into local Target stores armed with semi automatic rifles and THEN you will see some gun reform laws take effect on the chickenshit Senate/House floor.

 

Cause nobody wants to see Negro’s armed with the exact same weapons you now see caucasian dumbasses carrying in public places where there are children……do you.  If “I” Were God.

 

 

Evolve — Playthings

Published on Jun 25, 2014

Play things: kids find everything. Their play things….and yours. Have a gun? Lock it up.

 

 

 

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Op-Ed By President Obama: White House Summit On Working Families. POTUSA & FLOTUSA Speak At The White House Summit On Working Families.


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Op-Ed by President Obama on the White House Summit on Working Families

In an op-ed published on the Huffington Post, President Obama writes about the importance of today’s White House Summit on Working Families and his commitment to creating a 21st century workplace that works for all Americans.

 

The following op-ed by President Obama appeared on the Huffington Post.

 

Family-Friendly Workplace Policies Are Not Frills — They’re Basic Needs

 

Family-Friendly Workplace Policies Are Not Frills — They’re Basic Needs

 

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As President, my top priority is rebuilding an economy where everybody who works hard has the chance to get ahead.

 

That’s the subject of the first White House Summit on Working Families, which is taking place today. We’re bringing together business leaders and workers to talk about the challenges that working parents face every day and how we can address them.

 

Take flexibility — the ability to take a few hours off for a school play or to work from home when your kid is sick. Most workers want it, but not enough of them have it — even though studies show that flexibility makes workers happier and helps companies lower turnover and raise productivity.

 

Take paid family leave. Many jobs don’t offer adequate leave to care for a new baby or an ailing parent, so workers can’t afford to be there when their families need them the most. And the United States is the only developed country in the world without paid maternity leave.

 

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Take childcare. Most working families I know can’t afford thousands a year for childcare, but often, that’s what it costs. I recently got a letter from a woman in Minnesota whose kids’ preschool is so expensive it costs more every month than her mortgage.

 

And take the minimum wage. Nearly 28 million Americans would benefit if we raised the minimum wage to $10.10. And we’re not just talking about young people on their first job — the average worker who would benefit from an increase is 35 years old. Many have kids. And a majority are women. Right now, many full-time minimum-wage workers aren’t even making enough to keep their kids out of poverty.

 

Family leave, childcare, flexibility and a decent wage aren’t frills. They’re basic needs. They shouldn’t be bonuses — they should be the bottom line.

 

Parents who work full-time should earn enough to pay the bills and go to work every day knowing that their kids are in good hands. Workers who give their all should know that if they need some flexibility, they can have it — because their employers understand that it’s hard to be productive when you’ve got a sick kid at home or a childcare crisis. And talented, hard-working people should be able to say yes to a great new opportunity without worrying that their families will pay the price. Nearly half of all working parents surveyed say they’ve chosen to turn down a job not because they didn’t want it, but because it would be too hard on their families. When that many members of our workforce are forced to choose between a job and their family, something’s wrong.

 

Some businesses are realizing that family-friendly policies are a good business practice, because they help build loyalty and inspire workers to go the extra mile. JetBlue offers a flexible work-from-home plan for its customer-service representatives. Google increased its paid parental leave to five months — and the rate of women leaving the company decreased by half. Cisco lets their employees telecommute as needed, which they estimate saves them over $275 million every year.

 

And there’s a bigger economic case here, too. The strength of our economy rests on whether we’re getting the most out of all of our nation’s talent — whether we’re making it possible for all our citizens to contribute to our growth and prosperity. That’s the key to staying competitive in the global economy. Right now, we’re leaving too many people on the sidelines who have the desire and the capacity to work, but are held back by one obstacle or another. It’s our job to remove those obstacles. That’s what supporting working families is all about.

 

States are getting on board, too. California, Rhode Island and New Jersey give workers paid family leave. Connecticut offers paid sick days. So does New York City. Since I asked Congress to raise the minimum wage last year, 13 states have taken steps to raise it on their own.

 

But all Americans should get to benefit from these policies. That’s why we need to see some action here in Washington.

 

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I’ll work with anyone — Democrats or Republicans — to increase opportunity for American workers. But in this year of action, whenever I can act on my own, I will.

 

Today, I’ll sign a Presidential Memorandum directing every agency in the federal government to expand access to flexible work schedules, and giving employees the right to request them.

 

I’m calling on Congress to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, because too many pregnant workers are forced to choose between their health and their job. They can get fired for taking too many bathroom breaks, or forced on unpaid leave just for being pregnant. It’s inhumane, and it needs to stop.

 

And to help parents trying to get ahead, I’m directing my Secretary of Labor to invest $25 million in helping people who want to enroll in job-training programs, but don’t currently have access to the childcare they need to do it.

 

I take this personally — as the son and grandson of some strong women who worked hard to support my sister and me; as the husband of a brilliant woman who struggled to balance work and raising our young ladies when my job often kept me away; and as the father of two beautiful girls, whom I want to be there for as much as I possibly can — and whom I hope will be able to have families and careers of their own one day.

 

We know from our history that our country does better when everybody participates; when everyone’s talents are put to use; when we all have a fair shot. That’s the America I believe in. That’s the America I’ll keep fighting for every day.

 

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Obama: Paid Leave Basic Need, Not Bonus

 

 

 

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The White House Summit on Working Families {Full Summit}

 

 

 

Remarks by President Obama at the White House Summit on Working Families | June 23, 2014

 

 

A Letter to the President: Rebekah

 

 

 

The First Lady Speaks at the Working Families Summit

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks at the Working Families Summit

 

 

 

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Everytown For Gun Safety: Urge Your Senators To Help Save Women’s Lives


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Urge Your Senators to Help Save Women’s Lives

 

Every month, 46 women are shot and killed in the U.S. by a current or former boyfriend or spouse.

 

Here’s the reality: more than half of the women killed with guns in the U.S. are murdered by their partners. Every month, 46 women are shot and killed in the U.S. by a current or former boyfriend or spouse.

 

Gun violence in America is a domestic violence problem. We researched mass shootings between January 2009 and January 2013 and found that 57 percent of mass shootings involved the murder of a partner or other close family member.

 

But we know that common-sense gun laws will protect domestic violence victims and save lives. In states that require background checks, 38 percent fewer women are shot to death by intimate partners.

 

That’s why we’re pushing Congress and state legislatures to close the loopholes that make it easy for domestic abusers to get guns without a background check—common-sense changes that the gun lobby refuses to support. If abusers can simply go online and buy a gun, how can their partners ever be safe from harm?

 

We’re also working to prohibit stalkers from buying guns—and to make sure that convicted abusers don’t get to keep the guns they already own.

 

 

Demand Action – Zina’s Story

 

Zina was shot and killed by her abusive husband with a gun he should have been blocked from buying.

 

 

Everytown for Gun Safety Requiring a background check for every gun sale will save women’s lives.

 

 

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“We need to close loopholes in federal law that permit domestic abusers and stalkers to get their hands on guns.”

 

We urgently need to close loopholes in federal law that permit domestic abusers and stalkers to get their hands on guns.

 

Women are the target of far too many shootings in America. In fact, the majority of mass shootings in this country are domestic violence incidents. But there’s now important legislation in the Senate that will strengthen our nation’s domestic violence laws and help save women’s lives.

 

Sen. Klobuchar’s bill is called the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act, and it works in two key ways:

 

  1. It would add stalkers to the group of people prohibited from buying guns, which already includes the severely mentally ill and violent criminals.

 

  1. It would prohibit all domestic abusers from buying guns, including dating partners — not just spouses.

 

Sign this petition to urge your senator to co-sponsor S. 1290.

 

Senate: keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and stalkers. Please co-sponsor S. 1290.

 

I’m writing as a constituent to urge you to co-sponsor S. 1290, Sen. Amy Klobuchar‘s bill that would close loopholes in federal law that permit domestic abusers and stalkers to get their hands on guns.

 

This is an urgently needed piece of legislation that will save women’s lives. Most mass shootings in this country are in fact domestic violence incidents.

 

We need to do more to stop gun violence against women. I hope I can count on your support for this bill.

 

Signed,

 

Everytown for Gun Safety

 

 

Please sign this petition.

 

 

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Save The Babies. Save The Children. It’s Time For Gun Sense In America.

 

Published on May 29, 2014

Common sense gun reforms and responsible gun control laws are needed now. Whose child will be next? How many more have to die? Does your second amendment rights trump my U.S. Constitutional rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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