Defeat :::::: Anti Woman Agenda :::::::: a repost from 2013

NARAL Pro-Choice America

Want to know the kind of world we live in? We live in a world where extremist groups actually brag about becoming a “political machine” to be able to more effectively marginalize and actually endanger women who don’t agree with them.

The Susan B. Anthony List is one such group. And this organization is raising millions of dollars to test its power in Virginia’s 2013 gubernatorial race — with the intention of electing a slate of anti-woman candidates in 2014. And we know this will only lead to even more horrific state-level anti-choice laws in states across the country.

We have to match them dollar for dollar  to protect women, to protect choice, and to protect our constitutional freedom. Will you help us stand up to the SBA List and other anti-choice organizations like them?

SBA List’s positions are like a greatest-hits collection of anti-choice, anti-woman zealotry. They’ve called Todd Akin “an excellent partner.” They said they supported former Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s comments about pregnancy from rape that “life is always a gift from God.” They even defended Virginia’s forced ultrasound bill.

The SBA List is raising millions of dollars to elect a governor in Virginia who will try to pass even more extreme laws. And it’s coming for states across the country.

I’m trying to stop them. Will you help me stop them, and protect choice at all levels?

Ilyse G. Hogue President, NARAL Pro-Choice America

Season’s Greetings … NMAAHC

National Museum of African American History of Culture
Season's Greetings
National Museum of African American History of Culture
As you reunite and celebrate with your loved ones this holiday season, I want to thank you for all that you have done to help build the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
With your support, 2013 has been a great year for the Museum. The future museum site is a frenzy of activity as we continue to raise the walls and support columns. To date, we’ve collected over 23,000 artifacts including two large pieces — a Southern Railway railroad car (segregated) and a guard tower from Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola — that will be a part of our inaugural exhibition on segregation.  All of this progress is thanks to friends like you.
I wish you and your loved ones peace and joy this holiday season and into the New Year.

Lonnie G. Bunch Sincerely, Signature Lonnie G. Bunch Director

Roe V Wade 40th Anniversay 2013


That’s the first word that comes to mind when we think of the amazing strides for women’s health and rights we’ve made together this year. Those strides wouldn’t have been possible without your dedication, your passion, and your willingness to do what it takes to protect women’s health and rights, time and time again.

So as we say goodbye to 2013, we’ve put together a little something to celebrate the best moments — and say thanks for everything you do.

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If you’re having trouble with these images, click here.
1. We celebrated the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade:
Celebratory cheers
And worked to protect and defend every woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, no matter where she lives:
Defending our rights
2. We cheered on Wendy Davis as she led a one-woman filibuster against Rick Perry’s dangerous abortion law:
One-woman filibuster in Texas
She took a stand for all Texas women, and it was amazing. But what was even more inspiring? The thousands who stood with her, in Texas and across the country:
Crowds in the Texas Capitol
3. Millions of women went to fill their birth control prescriptions and saw this on the receipt:
$0.00 Receipt
The ACA covers preventive care with no copay under all plans — meaning women get birth control with no out-of-pocket cost. Many women now have access to affordable birth control for the first time ever. There’s really only one response to that:
Dancing, dancing, dancing...
4. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies will no longer be able to charge women more than men for health insurance…
Or deny women coverage for a “pre-existing condition” like pregnancy…
And basic preventive care like cancer screenings and well-woman visits are covered without a copay too. Yep, more happy dance:
Happy dance!
5. Perhaps best of all, thanks to your support, we helped nearly three million women, men, and young people across the country get the care they need — no matter what:
Care. No matter what.
And as we look ahead to the New Year, we’re so proud and grateful to know we have people like you standing with us, whenever and wherever we need you. So we have just one thing to say:

Koch brothers take aim at veterans – a repost

Every summer, hundreds of veterans head to Bristol Bay, Alaska to earn a living as commercial fishermen.

It’s not easy work and it separates them from their families — again — but in this tough economy it pays well and takes care of things back home.

Unfortunately, two foreign mining companies with connections to the Koch Brothers are trying to dig a mine near the Bay that would destroy these jobs and lay waste to the environment.

Because of our unique voice as veterans and military-family members, we were asked to take action on this issue. It was a no-brainer.

VoteVets has written a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency as part of their “public comment” period, and we’d love it if you added your name to ours. You can do that here:

Bristol Bay is one of those places where you can still find true solitude while catching salmon and hunting moose and game birds.

It’s a place where many veterans travel as tourists, earn a living as fishing guides, professional fisherman, or work on the shore supporting the fishing industry.

Thanks for joining me in defense of their jobs.

Jon Soltz
Iraq War Veteran and Chairman

SHARE: Good guys vs. Bad guys

Chances are, you have at least one relative who doesn’t have all the facts on guns — and that still won’t stop them from raising their opinion at the Thanksgiving table this year.
One of the most common arguments I run into is that the only way to stop a “bad guy” with a gun is a “good guy” with a gun. But reality isn’t like an old Western flick.
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Kevin Call, Mayors Against Illegal Guns