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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] old_blueeyes at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] twbasketcase at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by [livejournal.com 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.


perfection

Jun. 25th, 2011 12:16 am
mizzmarvel: (cedric! dude! - bellezzadiamore)
After the bows at Priscilla Queen of the Desert, one of the leads joyfully announced to the audience that 33 senators had voted to legalize same-sex marriage equality in New York.

What a freaking awesome moment.

iran

Jun. 16th, 2009 11:06 pm
mizzmarvel: (bat-starry night - poisonivory)

If you are reading this right now, you have more luxury than someone in Iran could ever hope for right now. If you are watching TV or a video on youtube, updating your status on Facebook, Tweeting, or even texting your friend, you are lucky. If you are safe in your home, and were able to sleep last night without the sounds of screaming from the rooftops, you need to know and understand what is happening to people just like you in Iran right now.



They are not the enemy. They are a people whose election has been stolen. For the first time in a long time, a voice for change struck the youth of Iran, just as it did for many people in the United States only seven months ago. Hossein Mousavi gained the support of millions of people in Iran as a Presidential candidate. He stands for progressiveness. He supports good relations with the West, and the rest of the world. He is supported with fervor as he challenges the oppressive regime of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

On Friday, millions of people waited for hours in line to vote in Iran's Presidential election. Later that night, as votes came in, Mousavi was alerted that he was winning by a two-thirds margin. Then there was a change. Suddenly, it was Ahmadinejad who had 68% of the vote - in areas which have been firmly against his political party, he overwhelmingly won. Within three hours, millions of votes were supposedly counted - the victor was Ahmadinejad. Immediately fraud was suspected - there was no way he could have won by this great a margin with such oppposition. Since then, reports have been coming in of burned ballots, or in some cases numbers being given without any being counted at all. None of this is confirmed, but what happened next seems to do the trick.



The people of Iran took the streets and rooftops. They shout "Death to the dictator" and "Allah o akbar." They join together to protest. Peacefully. The police attack some, but they stay strong. Riots happen, and the shouting continues all night. Text messaging was disabled, as was satellite, and websites which can spread information such as Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and the BBC are blocked in the country. At five in the morning, Arabic speaking soldiers (the people of Iran speak Farsi) stormed a university in the capital city of Tehran. While sleeping in their dormitories, five students were killed. Others were wounded. These soldiers are thought to have been brought in by Ahmadinejad from Lebanon. Today, 192 of the university's faculty have resigned in protest.

Mousavi requested that the government allow a peaceful rally to occur this morning - the request was denied. Many thought that it would not happen. Nevertheless, first a few thousand people showed up in the streets of Tehran. At this point, it is estimated that 1 to 2 million people were there. Mousavi spoke on the top of a car. The police stood by. For a few hours, everything was peaceful. Right now, the same cannot be said. Reports of injuries, shootings, and killings are flooding the internet. Twitter has been an invaluable source - those in Iran who still know how to access it are updating regularly with picture evidence. People are being brutally beaten. Tonight will be another night without rest for so many in Iran no older than I am. Tonight there is a Green Revolution.


For more information:
PICTURES:
here and here
NEW INFORMATION:
Here - near constant updates
Here - ONTD_political live post
ON TWITTER:
@StopAhmadi, @ProtesterHelp


دنیارابگوییدچطورآنهاانتخاباتمان دزدیده اند
Tell the world how they have stolen our election


- original post by [livejournal.com profile] one_hoopy_frood

go america

Jan. 20th, 2009 07:46 pm
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I, too, watched the inauguration today. Some people from work and I went down to a restaurant around the corner so we could see the swearing in ceremony on an actual TV. It was sort of wonderful to be around people all feeling the same hope and excitement, clapping and cheering and singing the national anthem together. It was lovely.

Meanwhile, across the street they were filming a scene from Law & Order. Not SVU, luckily, because if I'd seen Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, BD Wong, or pretty much any of the cast, I probably would have breached the fake police tape to hug them.

For the record, I didn't see any cast members, but then I'm not good at keeping track of who's in the cast after all these years. I did see a tourist anxiously ask a cop what the trouble was. Don't worry -- police recruitment centers, even burned-out ones, usually aren't the size of a children's bedroom. Nor are they located in the middle of intersections.

P.S. Now I have to retire my Ares icon!
mizzmarvel: (ares - entwashian and mizzmarvel)
I did not vote today.

It wasn't due to any lack of wanting to. I registered to vote in Ohio, and then I moved. I registered to vote in North Carolina, right under the wire, and then I suddenly moved to New York. Everything transpired too quickly to allow any time to arrange an absentee ballot, and it wasn't feasible to fly back to NC to vote.

And you know, it breaks my heart. I have always believed in the importance of voting, and NC is such a battleground right now that every vote very much counts. I'm happy to have my job and to be here - New York is an amazing climate to be a Democrat in, by the way - but I kind of wish it could have happened a few weeks later.

I'm sorry not to have participated.

But I'm so happy to be retiring this icon tonight.
mizzmarvel: (ares - entwashian and mizzmarvel)
By now, most of you are aware of the fact that Starbucks is giving away free tall coffees (just the regular kind, not anything fancy) to voters tomorrow, but if you're in the Seattle or New York area and are planning to vote (please do), I would recommend stopping by a Babeland location with proof of voting. They're giving away free Maverick penis sleeves or Silver Bullet vibrators to conscientious voters.

God bless America.
mizzmarvel: (namor's brave in water - coqalane)
Early this morning, I woke up to discover that I had been sleeping on my left arm for so long that it was completely asleep. Like, I could only move it by using my other hand. And then it took forever for the blood to get circulating again, and it felt all weird and dead-weighty, then needlepricky, and then just sore. My feet are prone to falling asleep, and very rarely I'll have a hand fall asleep, but to lose a whole limb was a new experience.

And also Slight tmi )

And in conclusion, Sarah Palin is a moron. Holy cow. She's a governor and can't figure out that easily hacked free email accounts - USED FOR STATE BUSINESS WHAT - are a bad idea? And that if you're going to include personal information in speeches, maybe they shouldn't be your password clue? This sounds like a drama I'd read about in the local news section, about a school board debacle, not about a potential VP. That woman is not quite ready for primetime, is all I'm saying.
mizzmarvel: (ares - entwashian and mizzmarvel)
I haven't been answering comments like I should because I totally suck. I have no excuse for it, and I'm sorry. I'm going through comments as far back as June and responding to some of them, so head's up if you get a reply to a comment you don't even remember making. I'm really trying to do better.

Speaking of which, um, two months ago I posted about my Grandma asking why I don't salute the flag, based on something my mom told her six years ago at my high school graduation. Apparently she'd been brooding on that for a while. Some people wanted to know how I responded, and I never answered comments because I suck (see above), so I'll just do it here.

What she meant, I think, was to ask why I don't say the Pledge of Allegiance. I've only said the pledge once since high school (and that was because a senator was standing right next to me, and I felt pretty much like a sell-out for doing it then anyway) because I'm strongly opposed to the addition of "under God." Basically, the Eisenhower administration decided that adding "under God" to the preexisting pledge would really set us apart from the godless Communists or something, and to this day it's totally okay to alienate Americans who don't worship the Judeo-Christian God or maybe don't worship any deity at all.

But, you know, it's not like it's in their faces or anything. Just, you know, something they have to deal with every single day they're in public school. And if they don't say the pledge, their peers think they're weird. What's the big deal?

So, okay, I obviously feel strongly about this. I actually got harassed for not saying it (by students and teachers), but I was never disrespectful. I stood for the pledge and simply remained silent; I never wanted to be a jerk about it. My not saying the pledge has nothing to do with a lack of patriotism - when I complain about the United States, it's out of love and a hope for its potential - but rather is out of respect for others.
mizzmarvel: (ares - entwashian and mizzmarvel)
The voting related thing I did today was actually register to vote in this state. I am a terrible person - I'm only just getting around to doing it after being here for seven months. I do actually feel incredibly guilty and stupid over this because it means I won't be eligible to vote on March 4th. And naturally, if my candidate doesn't win the state, it will be my fault as an individual.

Unrelated, but I'm watching Discovery Health Channel - big surprise - and you know, I have pretty liberal ideas about birth. Water birth? Neat. Birth at home with a midwife? How nice and intimate. Et cetera. But giving birth with the dolphins? I just can't get over the fact that that newborn was covered in dolphin pee water.
mizzmarvel: (ares - entwashian and mizzmarvel)
This kind of goes against everything I've learned during my entire course of study. I actually cringed upon reading the headline. But, you know, I'd rather have this museum, which I can choose to visit, than have my (non-existent) kids learn it in school. I would want my children to learn what I believe is right, but then, I guess that's the point of view of the creationists, too.

And while I'm talking about political issues that probably almost no one reading this will care about, Schwarzenegger. No, I did not vote for him, and while I still have deep doubts about someone cutting his political teeth on the role of governor, universal health care for the state would be really awesome. Way to go on the stem cell research stuff also.

I mean, I'm just not a person who should be without insurance. My psychology professor once said that pain is the body's way of telling you that something is wrong, and I have accordingly been tremendously paranoid about every little ache since. On TV, it was said that an adult's heart beats about 70-80 times per minute, so I immediately timed my pulse, got 89, and went, "Egad!" Soon I'm going to be a full-fledged hypochondriac, and what will I do without ready access to a doctor then?
mizzmarvel: (ares - entwashian and mizzmarvel)
Dear the rest of California,

Okay, it was kind of funny to elect Schwarzenegger the first time. Ha ha ha, the Govenator, whatever. It's cute, yeah. So what if he butt-groped some chicks? So what if he had exactly zero political experience? He was Conan! The Terminator! That, uh, guy from Jingle All the Way! Fun-ny.

But a second time?

WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU?

I mean, look. I will concede there being one hack actor who turned out to be a pretty decent Republican politician. If you think I'm talking about Ronald Reagan, that's pretty funny. I am, of course, actually referring to the late Sonny Bono, which is even funnier because it's true. Unless there's a major turnaround, I shan't be adding another to the list.

The good news is that I can still use this icon in good conscience.

Signed...okay, I'm done with this letter thing.

I'd never actually voted at the polls before tonight. It kind of sucked, but I think I saw two or three girls I went to high school with, the names of whom I cannot remember. Good to know I'm not the only live-at-home loser still hanging around the neighborhood.
mizzmarvel: (ares - entwashian and mizzmarvel)
(Got this from [livejournal.com profile] derien, both in helpful email and LJ forms!)

This week, the Senate is planning to quietly hold a vote that would pardon President Bush for breaking the law by illegally wiretapping innocent Americans.

The bill would let the administration off the hook for breaking the law and make it legal to wiretap Americans, in secret, without any oversight whenever they want to.

Democrats and some Republicans are holding strong against it, and if enough of us speak up we can stop it. Can you sign the petition opposing the Republican move to pardon President Bush for breaking the law?

http://pol.moveon.org/dontpardon/

Thanks!


Note this is a real petition, and does ask for your name and address in order to forward it correctly. Signing [livejournal.com profile] sparkleegurl92 is not really appropriate.

oc dems

May. 31st, 2006 11:54 am
mizzmarvel: (ares - entwashian and mizzmarvel)
Orange County historically votes Republican, despite being in a blue state. I read in the Register the other day that, even still, the county now has the third highest number of registered Democrats. Los Angeles, being ridiculously high-populated, has the most Democrats and the most Republicans.

I feel sort of...validated? I don't know. My view has always been somewhat skewed, because most of my family votes Democrat. There's a magnet on my grandpa's fridge with that stupid kicking donkey, for goodness sake. It wasn't really until high school that I realized not everyone in the area had views similar to ours.

But then, I'm registered with the Green Party, despite never having voted for a Green Party candidate. They most closely conformed to my political views...as an eighteen-year-old.

Meh...

Oct. 8th, 2003 06:44 pm
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I've spent the whole day with a big knot in my stomach over the election. It turns out that people whom I considered intelligent are all, "Woo, yeah Arnold!" This by itself is not upsetting, merely this attitude coupled with a complete lack of a good argument for WHY Arnold would be a good governor. One guy, from San Diego, said that it didn't really matter that he can't debate, since he won't be the one really running things anyway. Well, FOR FUCK'S SAKE. Since when did that become a good thing?!

Anyway, while working the yearbook picture booth, I started writing my all-new fic on a napkin. Just a couple paragraphs, but hey, it's something.
mizzmarvel: (Default)
Seriously, I'm getting rather sick of it. What is the point of voting when shit like this is inevitably going to happen? People are so easily swayed by the stupidest things. Bush is less boring personally than Gore, so he will be a good president. Oh look, we're at war and the economy's in the toilet. The economy in California is bad, and having a recall election so close to the regular election coming up will cost the state millions - billions - it does not have, but hey, we can have a snazzy movie star in chage, so let's go!

Here I thought that California was pretty cool because it's liberal. Apparently not, as long as shiny movie stars are involved! And seriously, I wouldn't care if a movie star was governor - Sonny Bono was actually a very able polititian in our state - as long as she/he showed evidence of being a decent polititian. Arnold has not - he refuses to debate for God's sake. That is a REALLY bad sign, people. Good speaches he has by the truckload, but obviously those aren't being written by him.

Democracy does not work because people are stupid. Simple as that. Humans are easily manipulated. Noted, this is not a pure democracy, despite what some (ill-informed, what a suprise!) people think. Yeah. But we present ourselves as democratic, which is bad enough. I mean, even the ancient Greeks, in the CRADLE of democracy, for the most part were wary about the whole deal. Most of them thought monarchies were the way to go. And not without good reason, as all the Greek democracies ultimately failed.

There's some food for thought.

Okay, rant done. At some point in the future, I'll probably regret this and be all "I *wuv* you democracy, kiss kiss", but at the moment I'm pissed (see "Mood"). It's very difficult to be a die-hard liberal in times such as these.

Oh God No

Oct. 7th, 2003 10:32 pm
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Guys. Guys. Davis has been recalled. Swarzenegger is going to be our governor.

I'm seriously about to cry.

FUCK YOU CALIFORNIA, THIS IS WHY I LEFT YOU IN THE FIRST PLACE.

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