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Yep, signed. And gonna spread (if you'll pardon the pun) as far as I can.

Originally posted by [ profile] myrrhmade at Reproductive Rights
Originally posted by [ profile] noodledays at Reproductive Rights
Originally posted by [ profile] tinylegacies at Reproductive Rights
Originally posted by [ profile] mountain_hiker at Reproductive Rights
A star-studded cast wants you to sign!


The Bill of Reproductive Rights is an effort by the Center for Reproductive Rights to deliver a thundering statement—backed by hundreds of thousands of signatures from concerned citizens like you—to the U.S. Congress and the President that they must guarantee and protect reproductive rights as fundamental human rights and stop the attacks by politicians who want to take those rights away.

Draw the line! Sign the Bill of Reproductive Rights!

rowangolightly: (LibertySitting)
Some smart women have finally gotten completely fed up. I know some of you don't do Facebook but there is no denying that FB is where the action is at the moment.

You know about the War on Women, right? (IF not, what rock have you been under?)

So yeah, go here and sign up if you're tired of men telling you what you can and can't do with your own body or if you're sick of this whole situation. And yes, men are just as welcome in this group as women are.

Something has GOT to be done, and a bunch of us are going to do it.

Don't piss off women, that's all I have to say.

And I had the *best* laugh this morning when my friend Patrick Neas commented, "Now, honey, don't let this web site go puttin' crazy ideas in your pretty little head."

HAHAHAHAHA! So funny. And as I replied, "TOO LATE!"
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Originally posted by [ 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?

- 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.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

Rowan's addition: I don't necessarily buy the flawed logic that says, "OMG, they're *all* going to do it just because this one state does" but it does set the precedence. This IS a most serious and egregious bill, especially as the Mississippi Attorney General is going to sign it. I'm appalled and disgusted and thoroughly willing to believe that His Dishonor, the Governor of Kansas would go for such a bill in a heartbeat.
rowangolightly: (Pissed Off Grania)

“Kansas State Representative Pete Degraaf said in a House debate that women should "plan ahead" for being raped and added that planning for rape is similar to having a spare tire on one's car. Rep. DeGraaf's terrible analogy is deeply offensive and disrespectful to all victims of sexual assault. He should apologize.”

Please go and sign if you haven't already from seeing this on my Facebook. It needs to be Kansas people, primarily.

Not that it'll actually do any good, unfortunately. There's no way to get this asshat out of office and as a friend already said, "Hardly worth it, since we'd just get another like him."
rowangolightly: (LibertySitting)

Amen. *tears*
rowangolightly: (LibertySitting)
This needs signatures quickly:

Go here and read and if you agree, sign the on-line petition. I have. Here's what it basically says:

The landmark federal lawsuit challenging Prop 8, Perry v. Schwarzenegger (also known as the Olson/Boies case) is about to go to trial starting Monday, January 11. The presiding judge, Chief Judge Vaughn Walker and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit are deciding on whether a pool television camera should be allowed to televise the trial, given the unprecedented interest in the proceedings. Judge Walker is encouraging the public to submit comments on the issue, and set a deadline of Friday to receive comments.

This is your one chance to urge Judge Walker and the 9th Circuit to do the right thing in the name of equality, transparency and accountability.

Join the Courage Campaign Institute and CREDO Action and sign this letter to Judge Walker. Optional: Please add your own personal comments. We will personally hand-deliver your comments. DEADLINE: Friday 9 AM.

To the Honorable Judge Vaughn Walker:

We are writing to insist that the trial of Proposition 8 be televised to the public. In any democracy, openness and transparency are necessary to the proper functioning of our courts. Americans have the right to know what is being said and argued in their courts, and allowing cameras in the courtroom to broadcast the trial is the best, most efficient way to provide the transparency to which we are entitled.

This case presents issues that are very important to the public, and will affect millions of people. However, only a tiny fraction will ever be able to watch the trial in person. By televising the trial, the public will be able to see for themselves the arguments and evidence presented by both sides, and will therefore have more confidence in the outcome of the trial.

Justice is blind, but the public is not, and should not be blind in this case. We urge you to uphold the public's right to view this important trial on television.
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... in the "putting your money where your mouth is" category.

This will change where I stop to eat, for starters. What I note to buy or not buy, for seconds.

In the red zone for eating establishments:
Bob Evans? no! *mourns*
Cracker Barrel
Carrabba's Italian Grill

Yes to:
On the Border
Starbuck's (!)
TGI Friday's
Longhorn Steakhouse
Olive Garden
Red Lobster

Yes to:
Pepsi and CocaCola
Anheiser Busch
Clorox which owns (really? wtf?) Hidden Valley & KC Masterpiece (Rich, you sold out!)

Eh to:

No to:

UPS vx. FedEx (that was a no-brainer for me anyway, and I usually use USPS ship from home anyway, unless April's workin')

Yes to:
Anything Clorox

No to:
Harley Davidson

I could go on, in fact, I have. But I WILL be printing this off and digesting it for use as I buy stuff. I do believe that spending our money wisely, with those who DO promote liberal social issues and NOT spending (and telling them not, and why not) funds with those who are socially backward or dangerously conservative, works.

The more of us who practice that sort of conscious economy and choice, the more the message will get through.


Oct. 25th, 2009 11:22 am
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Political activism first thing on Sunday:

Go tell Scholastic magazine to stop censoring books and stories; "the publisher is censoring a book that depicts a girl character with two moms because they consider it offensive and inappropriate for children, preventing it from appearing in its Scholastic Book Fairs. These are the same book fairs that have reach to millions of schoolchildren nationwide. By censoring the book, Scholastic is sending the discriminatory and harmful message to children everywhere that same-sex relationships and gay/lesbian parents are wrong and should be hidden from sight.

The book in question is Lauren Myracle's new book Luv Ya Bunches, which features one character that has two moms. One of Scholastic's justifications for censoring the book is that they wanted to avoid letters of complaint from anti-gay parents.

This is offensive, wrong, and exactly the opposite of the message of tolerance we should be sending to children.

Tell Scholastic today that you are outraged by its decision and demand that they stop censoring gay-friendly books immediately.


Apr. 9th, 2009 06:15 pm
rowangolightly: (LibertySitting)
What next, Big Brother? Ya bunch of this is really gonna make people and flights that much safer.

You're damn right there'll be a big stink about this!
rowangolightly: (Grania!)
...when we were in California this past August, [ profile] 5rings and I went to the Starry Plough Pub in Berkely for a session.

In my post after we returned, I mentioned a song that Shay Black started the group jamming on that he'd just been sent from Ireland. I do believe that we were there for the first sing-through of it. I remember that I started a harmony and Shay flashed me a grin for doing that and how much fun it was and how much everybody enjoyed it.

A bunch of verses have been added since the first time I heard it live at the Starry Plough (and OH what a nifty pub that is!) And yes, this is the guy from whom I got accolades for singing "Lass of the Low Country" when the did a song part of the session. Glad I didnt' know who he was then; I'd misheard his name as "Jay"...if I'd known he was a member of THE Black family, I'd never have been brave enough to sing it!

(Thanks Mark, for posting this!)
rowangolightly: (LibertySitting)
My impression of the Inauguration and all the events is that everybody's hopeful, ready to get to work...together. Nobody's saying, "We've won, boo to you losers" but rather, "Ok, now it's time to become neighbors, get to know one another, work together." We REMEMBER the lessons that have been learned, the tough stuff that got us into this but we're HOPEFUL for the first time in a long time.

Yes, this is a tough time, it ain't just gonna go away. But, we will prevail TOGETHER through keeping up the resolve and the belief in the principles and ideals that make us great.

Nobody expects a miraculous quick fix but EVERYBODY seems hopeful, jubilant and ready to work together. Together, that's the ticket. Inclusiveness...

It's a new day, it certainly is.

And then there's this (ganked from MarcGunn):

Moments ago, in his first official act since taking the oath of office, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation, calling on Americans to serve one another and our common purpose on this National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation. Check it out below, or read it on the proclamations page.


- - - - - - -



As I take the sacred oath of the highest office in the land, I am humbled by the responsibility placed upon my shoulders, renewed by the courage and decency of the American people, and fortified by my faith in an awesome God.

We are in the midst of a season of trial. Our Nation is being tested, and our people know great uncertainty. Yet the story of America is one of renewal in the face of adversity, reconciliation in a time of discord, and we know that there is a purpose for everything under heaven.

On this Inauguration Day, we are reminded that we are heirs to over two centuries of American democracy, and that this legacy is not simply a birthright -- it is a glorious burden. Now it falls to us to come together as a people to carry it forward once more.

So in the words of President Abraham Lincoln, let us remember that: "The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 20, 2009, a National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation, and call upon all of our citizens to serve one another and the common purpose of remaking this Nation for our new century.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.


Jan. 20th, 2009 10:46 am
rowangolightly: (LibertySitting)
I can say with absolute certainty that this is the first time I've ever watched an Inauguration with a hankie in my hand.

I'm thrilled to be able to watch this momentous occasion.

(But I'm frying eggs during the benediction...I can't watch the homophobe pray.)

But please, stop making such a big deal out of him being black; he's QUALIFIED, SMART AND much more than just black.

AND having classical music at the inauguration makes me SO VERY happy! Yo Yo Ma playing his cello with a big ol' grin on his face, Itzak Perlman serenely playing and (wish I knew) the lady on (keyboard?) and the black guy playing

The address was brilliant, utterly brilliant. I feel so proud and so hopeful. No, he's not the Messiah and has a hell of a tough job ahead. BUT, his words inspire a realistic hope that we don't have to, SHOULD NOT lower our values or our expectations but rather, roll up our sleeves and get to work, together.

HELL, yeah!
rowangolightly: (Bear Hug)
My dear friend, Byron T Bear, is an awesome bear. He not only delightfully entertains and makes people happy at events, he is a bear conservationist, first and foremost.

He is concerned and so am I. I have learned a lot about bears from my dear friend. Did you know that bears eat primarily bugs? *nods* We have more than our fair share of bugs in this state, let me tell you. And the idea of allowing people to shoot aroujnd a feeding station is just repugnant. Is that hunting? No, it's like shooting fish in a barrel! Disgusting.

The state government is about to allow a bear hunt, and they are conducting hearings with this item on the agenda. They seem to be misrepresenting the statistics in order to encourage bear hunting. So ignorant folk come to the meetings and stand up and say, "It's a good idea to shoot bears." No. Bears aid the environment in multiple ways...please read on.

It's a BEAR! )

Quoting Byron again: "With a small population of bear, Oklahoma shouldn't even yet consider a hunt. I heard stated that over 300 instances of predation and then pointed out that those instances occurred over the entire 18 years of records, and the official had to fess up that, yes, there are only a few cases a year. Those are generally bears getting into pet food, there's been not a single chicken, not a single apiary which has been gotten by bears in Oklahoma in 18 years. The fact is there has been little predation, only one case of serious predation where a hog was killed and the bears fates were death by Wildlife official.

I spoke but I was only one voice and required to state I was from a bear conservation group, after my voice was four other voices saying 'its a good thing, lets shoot the bears' seriously, that is what was said verbatim. So, now it must go before legislation, this is where it will take much more effort to influence the legislators that it is in the best interest of the state to proceed very carefully when considering bear as a game animal.

They will still take input until the 16th and have a way to do that online on the oklahomawildlifedepartment website. Please, bears help the ecosystem, promote new growth, get rid of insect infestations, spread seeds of fruit bearing plants. Make one of the meetings, they will only last about an hour. If a loud voice isn't heard, bears will likely be decimated in the state and it can take ten years to recover from the manners they wish to conduct this hunt in.

They are going to allow you to have baiting stations, let you sit and choose among the bears who will be within a few yards of the hunter trying to eat the bait and the hunters can shoot just like shooting fish in a barrel, a 'Turkey Shoot' . I've said my part but there were others who were just saying 'a good idea, let's hunt the bears'"

SO, here's what you need to do: call the ODWC. The number is (405) 521-3852 for the wildlife controlled hunt office. Beginning Monday and until the 16th they will take public input over the phone. Ask that they define a bear legal for hunting over 75 pounds. Ask that they take away the feeding stations ten days before a hunt. Ask them why they are allowing bear hunting in the first place....

[Edit: if you want to go read about it on his blog, he's here on LJ as [ profile] byron_bear]
rowangolightly: (LibertySitting)

We're all for strengthening the safety standards of mass-produced toys, clothes, and accessories made in China, and banning toxins like phthalates and lead. But this year, congress passed the ill-conceived Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act, ( a law which goes into effect in two months and will absolutely decimate the small toy manufacturers, independent artisans, and crafters who have already earned the public trust. The very same ones that we often feature here and in our yearly special edition gift guides.

With this act going into effect February 10 2009 so many people we love will be affected: Moms who sew beautiful handmade waldorf dolls out of home, artists who have spent decades hand-carving trucks and cars out of natural woods, that guy at the craft show who sold you the cute handmade puzzle--even larger US companies who employ local workers and have not once had any sort of safety issue will no longer be able to sell their goods. Not without investing tens of thousands of dollars into third-party testing and labeling, just to prove that toys that never had a single toxic chemical in them still don't have a single toxic chemical in them.

This is a short-sighted and ridiculous set of regulations, clearly written with some kind of knee-jerk response and without any thought to how this will affect small business owners. Please consider writing your senators, or voting it up at
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Found this over at [ profile] gamera_spinning's and whole-heartedly agree with him.

Short version: Campbell's bought two two-page advertisements in the December and January issues of The Advocate, which features a lesbian couple and their son, and apparently the Catholic Church thinks this is going to destroy the fabric of civilization and the folks at are apparently asking folks to call Campbell's to protest their "supporting the homosexual agenda".

Here's the nonsense over at Catholic Forums, wanting folk to contact the CEO of Campbell's to pressure him to take the ads down. I don't think so.

You can see the oh-so-horrific ads here:

Already sent off my email to this man in support of his advertising choices!
rowangolightly: (LibertySitting)
Interesting reading...

(While I don't normally post this sort of thing, I thought it might be helpful to some of you who live by credit cards.

Yeah, tell me again why the bail-out was such a good idea?

from Monday Morning )
rowangolightly: (LibertySitting)
...been this excited/nervous/edgy about election outcomes, ever, I think.

OMG, 333 electoral votes for Obama. He got PA and it's looking like he's got OH. But there's only 35% of precincts reporting so far.


OMG!!!! WE WON! I haven't been this happy since Bruce and I decided to get married! ::tears::


Nov. 4th, 2008 01:47 pm
rowangolightly: (LibertySitting)
Yep, I voted. I was number 503 in our little precinct in this little hick town in which we live. That's a lot to have already voted at 10:30am. The parking lot of Emmanuel Southern Baptist (and lightning didn't even strike when I walked into the building!) was packed and I waited in a short line; the first time ever for me there.

I saw quite a few young people, four native people and one black family in line and felt like cheering. Usually it's just middle-aged white people that I've seen there voting.

It gave me hope even for this red (necked) state in which I live. It made me both hopeful and proud that so many are getting out and caring.

I'm wearing my "I voted" sticker proudly.

Now I'm gonna go finish this chair and then make the two stage signs for Faire this weekend.
rowangolightly: (LibertySitting)
Please, whatever you think; whatever you believe or hope...go vote tomorrow.

It DOES matter.

I'll admit that I'm quite nervous about it. Living in Oklahoma, with only 7 electoral votes and with how conservative a state this is, I still refuse to believe that my vote nor the votes of my like-minded friends don't matter.

It DOES matter. Every single one of us who exercises our hard-won right to vote matters. George Carlin was wrong; it wasn't bought and sold out years ago. If we give up hope and give up caring, we're only adding to the problem.

I refuse to believe that as a nation we're blind enough and stupid enough to vote in four more disastrous years of bad leadership.

This is the most important election in years. I'm just afraid that too much optimism in the pre-vote numbers mean that some folk just won't bother to go vote and none of us can afford that.

There isn't anything more important than going to vote tomorrow.
rowangolightly: (LibertySitting)
I may not always support every single thing the ACLU does (as a middle-of-the-road independent with liberal leanings) but this one I am totally behind. Truly, fundamental to everyone's rights in this country is the right to be legally married to the beloved of their choice. Think of it this way; nobody falls in love with a gender, but rather with a person. Why does same gender marriage have to squick so many people? This is simply a human right; gay marriage in no way threatens nor jeopardizes "regular" marriage.

Here, please read this, especially those of you who live in California:
a letter from a Puertan-American man )


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