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High school principal George Aulenbacher should be ashamed of himself.
First, Aulenbacher and his school district decided to subject his students to a misleading “abstinence-only” program. And then he threatened student Katelyn Campbell when she spoke out against it. To make matters even worse, right now the Kanawha County Board of Education is siding with Principal Aulenbacher.1
This is no way to treat a brave young woman who’s speaking out for what’s right.
Help us put pressure on the Board of Education to censure Aulenbacher, and tell them that students need comprehensive sex education. Your message today will go directly to the Kanawha County Board of Education and superintendent of schools, where it can make a big impact.
Aulenbacher’s school recently brought in an “abstinence educator” who says taking birth control can lead to becoming “sterile or dead.”2
Katelyn fought back against these outrageous lies. She talked with the local newspaper, and even went on CNN.
How did Aulenbacher respond? He tried to shut her down. Katelyn says Aulenbacher called her into his office to berate her, even threatening to call her future college to tell them she has “bad character” and is a “backstabber.”3
At a Board of Education committee meeting last night, it’s been reported that members of the board stuck up for Aulenbacher and the misleading “abstinence-only” program.
It’s ridiculous that a principal would threaten a student like this, and absurd that the Board of Education would stand for it. Tell the Board of Education to censure Aulenbacher and provide students with comprehensive sex education.
Katelyn knows, like we do, that teens need accurate information about abstinence and birth control so that they can make responsible decisions that are right for them. One in four teen girls has an STD, and one third of young women will become pregnant before they’re 20 years old. These young women need information that will keep them healthy.
I applaud Katelyn for speaking out for what she knows is right. She deserves our respect and encouragement, not threats and intimidation.
Thanks for standing up for Katelyn and helping make choice real for young people like her.
You helped spark a national conversation on gun violence that’s dominating headlines everywhere from CNN1 to the New York Times2 to the Washington Post.3
Hundreds of TV broadcasts, radio shows, newspapers and blogs are reporting on our new ad in which Aurora survivor Stephen Barton calls on both presidential candidates to put their words of condolence into action. Here’s just a sample:
“[I]n the midst of the clutter, one amazing ad cut through. It is called ”Demand a Plan” and is a simple plea by Stephen Barton, who was shot in the face and neck during the Aurora attack, to confront the plague of gun violence.”
–Eliot Spitzer, Slate.com4
This coast-to-coast coverage wouldn’t be possible without people like you helping to get the word out.
Will you make a special donation to help keep up our momentum and get our ad in front of even more Americans?
We’ve already broken through wall-to-wall presidential campaign coverage. Now let’s take full advantage of this incredible moment to make sure even more Americans hear our message and join our call to Demand A Plan.
Thanks for all your help getting us here,
Mayors Against Illegal Guns
 Debate ad demands gun plan from candidates, CNN, October 1, 2012  Aurora Victim Pushes Gun Issue With New Ad, The New York Times, September 30, 2012  Colorado shooting victim wants candidates to address gun violence during presidential debates, The Washington Post, October 1, 2012  The Amazing Campaign Ad That Should Cut Through the Clutter, Slate, October 2, 2012
My little girl only lived 9 short years. She filled them with an infectious happiness and curiosity for life — dancing, singing in her church choir and even becoming the only girl on her Little League baseball team, “The Pirates.” I loved coaching her in baseball and miss it every day.
Her life was cut short, alongside five others, by the shooting in Tucson, Arizona. Losing Christina-Taylor devastated our family. No parent should have to go through the horror we experienced.
That’s why I agreed to share our story as part of CNN’s “What Keeps You Up at Night” series on major election issues – if it can help prevent another mass shooting like the one that robbed my family of our daughter, I’ll tell it every chance I get.
I’m a gun owner myself, and I know we’re not doing enough as a country to keep guns out of the wrong hands. So I’m glad CNN is giving this urgent issue the national attention it deserves. I hope you’ll join me in making sure the two candidates for president do the same.
Father of a Tucson victim
It’s coming! The all-important first Obama-Romney debate is just days away. We’ll have previews and features but we need to know what YOU will be watching for.
The topics for this first encounter will be:
Please help us by adding your questions/ideas in the COMMENTS. And share this so others can join the conversation!
We’ll also offer links to Causes stories relevant to issues raised in the debate as they emerge. For starters here are links to some of our topic pages: Voting Rights, Health Care, Government, Economy, Jobs, War on Women, Women, Civil Rights , Climate Change ,LGBT Rights, Education, Energy , Economy , Science , Animal Rights
Here’s the whole schedule – but please, scroll down and send us your ideas!
October 3, 2012 in Denver, CO Topic: Domestic policy. Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time - Moderator: Jim Lehrer (Host of NewsHour on PBS), who will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the topic.
October 11, 2012 in Danville, KY Vice Presidential - Topic: Foreign and domestic polic. Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time Moderator: Martha Raddatz (ABC News Chief Foreign Correspondent)m who will ask an opening question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the question.
October 16, 2012 in Hempstead, NY Topic: Town meeting format including foreign and domestic policy Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time – Moderator: Candy Crowley (CNN Chief Political Correspondent) This debate is a town meeting; citizens (undecided voters chosen by Gallup) will ask questions of the candidates on foreign and domestic issues. Candidates each will have two minutes to respond, and an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate a discussion.
October 22, 2012 in Boca Raton, FL Topic: Foreign policy Moderator: Bob Schieffer (Host of Face the Nation on CBS) The format for the debate will be identical to the first presidential debate and will focus on foreign policy.
Now that both parties have wrapped up their conventions, the presidential election is just two months away. ThinkProgress will make sure you don’t miss a thing. Here are three important posts from this week:
Igor Volsky Deputy Editor, ThinkProgress
|This week is about examining some basic media flaws. From whatThe Wall Street Journal refuses to disclose,Newsweek‘s aversion to factchecking, CNN pushing right-wing extremism, and more.John Whitehouse Twitter: @existentialfish
Top Editors Call For The Wall Street Journal To Tell The Truth About Rove
The Wall Street Journal publishes a weekly column by Karl Rove. In the midst of a campaign to build a “permanent” conservative majority, Rove co-founded a super PAC that Vanity Fair says will spend over a billion dollars this election cycle. But to Rupert Murdoch’s Journal, Karl Rove is just a guy who used to work for George W. Bush. Despite it being standard practice,the Journal refuses to disclose Rove’s super PAC role. When asked by Investigative reporter Joe Strupp, newspaper editors across the country denounced the Journal‘s practice of non-disclosure: http://mm4a.org/PCsB7H
Newsweek Exemplifies Media Vulnerability
Respected economists like Brad DeLong and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman noted gross factual inaccuracies in Niall Ferguson’s Newsweek cover story.Newsweek took no responsibility for any inaccuracies though,casually admitting that they don’t even fact checkthe articles they publish. Against a backdrop of shrinking newsrooms and layoffs, I explained how the conservative echo chamber exploits such vulnerabilities: http://mm4a.org/RAlguR
Media Ignore Record Ice Melt
Scientists last week announced that this year’s Greenland ice melt has shattered all previous records. The lead scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center told Media Matters‘ Jill Fitzsimmons “I absolutely think the media should cover this more, along with the record-breaking pace of Arctic sea ice loss for the summer.” And yet this story received no mention at all by any broadcast network, cable news network, or major newspaper. Find out what the media isn’t telling you about the increasing pace of climate change: http://mm4a.org/Pudk8Z
Elephants In The Room
Fox distorted President Obama’s remarks tying business success to “this unbelievable American system” that happens to include government spending on infrastructure. Independent fact checkers thoroughly debunked the Fox-fueled ‘you didn’t build that’ smear. Jon Stewart mocked Fox for the self-evident distortion. The Republican National Committee on the other hand adopted the distortion as a theme for this year’s convention. And wouldn’t you know – Fox praised the RNC for doing so. But as Eric Hananoki noted, the Convention is being held in an arena built by Florida taxpayers: http://mm4a.org/NFDfOM
A panel discussion on a Fox business show was entirely about how the poor are a burden on the wealthy, with a panelist wondering: “Why can’t we make someone embarassed” for being on welfare?
CNN’S RIGHT-WING BLOGGER PROBLEM
Follwing Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin’s claim that is is “really rare” for victims of “legitimate rape” to become pregnant, CNN’s Erick Erickson and Dana Loesch excused the comments. Eric Boehlert analyzed CNN’s decision to mainstream the views of right-wing extremists:
As part of the right wing’s quixotic quest to attack President Obama over the Osama bin Laden raid, the right-wing echo chamber is promoting Richard Miniter’s book on the raid. Simon Maloy examined how Miniter gets basic factual details wrong, like dates: http://mm4a.org/OuRzGX
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