Mississippi Personhood Amendment

Originally posted by james_nicoll</lj> at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by soldiergrrrl at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by twbasketcaseat Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by gabrielleabelleat 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.


With friends like these in high places, who needs terrorists? We'll just grow them at home...

I know, I know, if they came from that country, even a generation ago, let's ban all the potential terrorist people of color! I thought we didn't do thought crimes here.

Maybe this is why he's worried?

 Look, if you don't want people to hate White people, then go about treating everyone equally. Not only does it prove that the difference is only skin deep, but it's part of the constitution you've sworn to uphold.

I know, I know, it's the littlest things that piss me off.

Oh, and can we please, please; Sell the parts of Mexico that Texas now owns, back to the Mexicans?
Some Texans need to figure out how to be a tad more neighborly.

Daily Kaos

So Yeah.

"But that's not all. In addition to the ten who voted against final passage, and additional four voted for the Stupak-Pitts coathanger amendment: Snyder, Hill, Driehaus, and Space.

So of that list of the 18 most endangered Democrats, the only ones who didn't cast a shitty vote Saturday night were Grayson, Kilroy, Shea-Porter, and Periello.

And that's just the 18 most endangered, expand out to other competitive races, and it gets uglier. This is where the bulk of the DCCC's money is going to go -- supporting Democrats who didn't just vote against the party's most important piece of legislation in decades, but also threatened to vote against it if the legislation didn't get in the way of a patient and her doctor (along with obviously hypocritical Republicans) on a LEGAL procedure.
From Kos:
..."So here's the bottom line -- skip any donations to the DCCC. Their first priority is incumbent retention, and they're (necessarily) issue agnostic. They'll be dumping millions into defending these seats. Instead, give to those elected officials who best reflect your values."

Admittedly, the guy who runs the dailykos has an agenda, that is a democratic party of Democrats, and he swears too much for my taste, and he's ex-MIL and he lives in Berkeley or thereabouts, so you could say...
but don't bother. The guy gets it right most of the time and he's worked too hard to not beat all the worst of those labels down; he does something I've never seen before and was entirely needed, and he's done it incredibly well. He's one of the best things I've ever seen on the 'net, consistantly.
So, let me put it this way: If you have this thing for a democracy, and you want to get involved, there's a website for you, and it's DailyKos & its sister site, CongressMatters.
What? You're a Republican? Yes, so? Lots of work to do.

In an effort to rebrand, CitiApartments is now First Apartments

And likely the L in Last Apartments, is Laramar, as the lender UBS, is giving most of their CitiApartment buildings to Laramar as they go into foreclosure. The good news being that Laramar isn't an owner, so they've no vested interest that we know of, to kick tenants out, unlike CitiApartments thug tactics.

But Secondly, and most importantly, if someone you know, someone you don't know, anyone is looking for a place to live "First Apartments" isn't a safe company for them to go with.

Tell your strangers, they need to know, and you know, they're your neighbors.

-rm -ls

Radical Militant Librarians


I love that a Federal agent felt the need to use three exclamation points.

So, no, there's no real Guild, as yet:

What I'm going on about: Librarians fought back

Yes, they're still fighting, because unfortunately, the renewal of the Patriot Act, included the gag orders.

Front lines, the kindly person who is your research librarian.
I spent a huge amount of time in my local libraries as a kid, they raised me to believe in an America that chooses not to do these things, because they can figure out what's right, or wrong and how to stay on the side of right. I know that sounds nuts, but let's use this as an example.
UK Judges understand democracy

""The suppression of reports of wrongdoing by officials in circumstances which cannot in any way affect national security is inimical to the rule of law," Lord Justice Thomas and Mr Justice Lloyd Jones ruled. "Championing the rule of law, not subordinating it, is the cornerstone of democracy." "In our view, as a court in the United Kingdom, a vital public interest requires, for reasons of democratic accountability and the rule of law in the United Kingdom, that a summary of the most important evidence relating to the involvement of the British security services in wrongdoing be placed in the public domain in the United Kingdom."

I see this as an indictment of the U.S.A. We're the ones who should be championing this, not because we're spossed to be champions, but because this is the basis for everyman, not the superman, but the Clark Kent, we're not to be pulling people off the street into dungeons.
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