Tag Archives: women’s issues

International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day!

Here is an article on how IWD started:  The First International Women’s Day

Reuters has a "follow the sun" live blog that is  following events and news for IWD.

Read the Green Party’s Platform (currently under revision) on Social Justice which includes Women’s Rights.

Women who have miscarriages now at risk….

The big news of Utah’s Legislators yesterday was the passage of HB12 Criminal Homicide and Abortion, which will make women criminally liable for intentional miscarriages.  The subjective nature of the bill brings potential harm  to women in this state.

Planned Parenthood of Utah, in its memo sent out yesterday after the vote, stated that:

During the floor debate, both Senator Margaret Dayton and Representative Wimmer refused to support an amendment that would provide protections for victims of domestic violence! The bill is now going to the House of Representatives for the signature of the Speaker and will then move to the Governor for his signature.

The refusal to support the proposed amendments leaves the door open for women who have natural miscarriages or miscarriage due to domestic violence open for prosecution.  The bill is punitive in nature and provides no practical options to prevent or to assist women with unintended pregnancies.

Another abortion bill, HB200 Informed Consent has passed the Utah House and is currently before the Senate.  This bill is aimed at requiring clinics to give a detailed description of the ultrasound images if the woman seeking an abortion asks for the information (which, by the way, woman can already do….).  See my previous post on that bill here.

(cross-posted to Utah Legislature Watch)

A Bill That Makes Sense? C’mon!

(cross-posted to Utah Legislature Watch)

Rep. Jen Seelig, D-Salt Lake City has a piece of legislation in store for this year’s session that will assist women on Medicaid with family planning.

Rep. Jen Seelig, D-Salt Lake City, says she will sponsor legislation in the upcoming session of the Utah Legislature to extend family planning services, including birth control, to two years following childbirth for women on Medicaid. The federal government would pay 90 percent of the cost. The bill may include a provision to extend the service to all families with annual incomes up to 185 percent of the federal poverty level.

The article points out that private insurance pays for similar services to women and that women on Medicaid should also benefit.  Further, since most unwanted pregnancies occur with teens due to Utah’s archaic law that prohibits teens from obtaining birth control, teen women should also benefit from such services.

The CDC cites statistics about pregnancy at its page,  Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS)

babies born as a result of unplanned pregnancies are more likely to be unhealthy at birth, more often are below-normal birth weight and have to be cared for in costly intensive-care hospital units.

Rep. Seelig’s bill makes sense.  This population of women are in need of family planning services and should be able to receive them.

National Women’s Caucus of the Green Party of the United States

Distributed by the Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org

National Women’s Caucus of the Green Party of the United States

For Immediate Release
Monday, September 29, 2008

Morgen D’Arc, Spokesperson, 207-761-7797, morgenizer@yahoo.com
Linda Manning Myatt, Spokesperson, 248-548-6175, lmmyatt@wowway.com

Green Party National Women’s Caucus challenges NOW to support the historic McKinney/Clemente presidential campaign

WASHINGTON, DC — The National Women’s Caucus (http://greens.org/gp-uswomen) of the Green Party of the United States has sent an open letter to the National Organization for Women (http://www.now.org) urging support for the Green Party’s presidential ticket. The text of the letter is appended below.

The letter cites Green nominee Cynthia McKinney’s six terms in Congress and her unmatched dedication to the principles of equality and human rights championed by NOW. The National Women’s Caucus emphasizes the historical role that alternative parties have played in the struggle for women’s suffrage and rights, and notes that NOW has failed even to recognize the significance of America’s first national campaign by two women of African descent: Ms. McKinney is African American and running mate Rosa Clemente is Black Puerto Rican.


National Women’s Caucus of the Green Party of the United States

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Dear National Organization for Women leadership and members:

The National Women’s Caucus of the Green Party of the United States is dismayed that your recent endorsement of Senator Barack Obama for President of the United States did not acknowledge the first all-female ticket in recent U.S. history. Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente are running for President and Vice President, respectively, on the Green Party ballot line.

Cynthia McKinney served six terms in the U.S. Congress and two terms in the Georgia General Assembly. She is a global human rights and peace activist with a substantial voting record supporting women. Rosa Clemente is a community organizer and journalist who was one of the founders and primary organizers of the first national Hip Hop political convention. Their “Power to the People” campaign goal is to ensure that public policy reflects the Green Party values of ecological wisdom, social justice, grassroots democracy, and nonviolence.
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Send a donation to Planned Parenthood in Sarah Palin’s name

Someone sent me an email stating that she had made a  donation to Planned Parenthood, with great satisfaction,  in 
Sarah Palin’s  name.  
A Planned Parenthood donation is tax deductible, where a political  donation isn’t.  And here’s the good part: when you make a donation to PP in her  name, they’ll send her a card telling her that the
donation has been made in her  honor. 
Here’s the link to the Planned Parenthood
Go to donate, then honorary gifts. 
You’ll need to  fill in the address to let PP know where to send the"in Sarah Palin’s honor"  card.  
I suggest you use the address for the
McCain campaign headquarters,  which is:

McCain for President
1235 S. Clark Street, 1st  floor
Arlington ,  VA  22202
Feel free to send this along to  all your women friends as well as your men 
friends and urge them to do the  same.

Alsakan Women Protest Palin

Mother’s Day: Reclaiming and Standing With women Globally

Arise then…women of this day!  Arise, all women who have hearts!  Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!Say firmly:”We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,For caresses and applause.  Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn  All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.  We, the women of one country,Will be too tender of those of another country  To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.” From the bosum of a devastated Earth a voice goes up withOur own. It says: “Disarm! Disarm!The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”Blood does not wipe our dishonor,Nor violence indicate possession.As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war,Let women now leave all that may be left of homeFor a great and earnest day of counsel.Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the meansWhereby the great human family can live in peace…Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,But of God -In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly askThat a general congress of women without limit of nationality,  May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenientAnd the earliest period consistent with its objects,To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,  The amicable settlement of international questions,  The great and general interests of peace. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if on some distant Mother’s Day, the wishes of Julia Ward Howecould be fulfilled and the human race could celebrate a day when, all over the world, nomother would have to mourn the death of her child lost in war or terrorist attacks… To all of the mothers whose children are fighting in wars – and to mothers whosechildren are growing up with wars raging around them or with terrorism threatening theirsafety… Wishes of strength, peace and hope for this Mother’s Day…

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we are standing for the world's children and grandchildren, and for the seven generations beyond them. We dream of a world where all of our children have safe drinking water, clean air to breathe, and enough food to eat. A world where they have access to a basic education to develop their minds and healthcare to nurture their growing bodies. A world where they have a warm, safe and loving place to call home. A world where they don't live in fear of violence - in their home, in their neighbourhood, in their school or int heir world. This is the world of which we dream. This is the cause for which we stand.

Please stand with us for five minutes of silence at 1 p.m. your local time on May 11, 2008, in your local park, school yard, gathering place, or any place you deem appropriate, to signify your agreement with the statement below.  Please stand at a different hour with a different time zone if 1 p.m. is not your preferred time.We ask you to invite the men who you care about to join you.  We ask that you bring bells to ring at 1 p.m. to signify the beginning of the five minutes of silence and to ring again to signify the end of the period of silence.  During the silence, please think about what you individually and we collectively can do to attain this world.  If you need to sit rather than stand, please feel free to do so.  Afterwards, hopefully you and your loved ones can talk together about how we can bring about this world.


Female Blogger Contest

Women's Voices. Women Vote.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Women’s Voices. Women Vote is honoring women in the blogosphere, through our Women’s Voices Making History contest.

We’re inviting people to nominate their favorite female bloggers through March 21. After the nominating period, we will list the top 10 female bloggers at www.wvwv.org and ask you to vote for your favorite.

Check out the form and vote for your favorite blogger today, and encourage your readers to do the same. We’ve created a button for your site that will take your readers directly to the voting form.

Click here to nominate your favorite female blogger today!

Thank you-

Sarah Johnson
Communications Director
Women’s Voices. Women Vote


Today is the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. It’s also National Blog for Choice Day

There are still folks and factions out there who want the government to dictate what a woman can do with her body. It’s not right. A woman’s body is hers and no entity or individual has the right to dictate what a person does with/to her own body.

Green Party Speakers Bureau

Yesterday I received a call from the Green Party of the United States Media Team which issued an invitation to me to be on the GPUS Speakers Bureau.  I was interviewed on tape last year by the national media team at the GPUS Annual National Meeting in Tucson, AZ.  I also was a speaker at the GPUS Women’s Caucus Press Conference (link to video clip) at the same National Meeting.

I want to accept.  I need more confidence, though.  And I way need more knowledge on issues which I continually strive to do through reading, listening and talking to people. 

Thinking out loud:  I’m not always a confident speaker unless I have a script.  But then what can give me more confidence than just jumping in and doing it?  I am told that I present myself well at events where I give speeches. 

When I ran for Salt Lake County Council in 2006 my issues were varied, but primarily focused on women’s issues and transportation.  I can speak passionately about those issues and want to learn more about those issues so I can serve as a more informed speaker.

I’m inclined, then, to accept.

To be continued…….