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Darius Simpson & Scout Bostley’s poetry slam performance “Lost Voices” gives a voice to voiceless women & black men

I don’t like to throw around the phrase “must see!” much but this video, in my opinion, is something everyone should watch. It will only take three minutes of your time but this poetry slam performance by Darius Simpson & Scout Bostley says more about how women and minorities experience our society than any book or movie ever could.

Pay attention to the very beginning and note that they swap microphones before they start.

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Something to know before the "morning after"

Something to know before the “morning after”

On March 3rd, State Senator Bert Johnson (D, MI-02) and three other Michigan Democrats introduced Senate Bill 172 requiring the state health department to provide information about “emergency contraception,” otherwise known as the “Morning After” pill. The bill was referred to committee with no further action at this time, and probably not at any time under the current GOP-dominated legislature that consistently shows itself to have a narrow, authoritarian, and restrictive view of human reproduction.

The language in the bill is specific about educating the public as a means of avoiding abortions as well as unplanned pregnancies and doing it safely by using the FDA-approved “morning after” pill.…

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Colorado proves it's not about stopping abortions, it's about controlling women

Colorado proves it’s not about stopping abortions, it’s about controlling women

I’ve long believed, as do so many others, that the forced birther movement, which claims to be about “saving lives”, is little more than a subterfuge for their real aim: controlling women. Why else would they go after contraception time and time again? Why else would they want to defund Planned Parenthood that prevents more unwanted pregnancies and abortions than the ones they perform?

Now we have definitive proof from Colorado Republicans.

Colorado has had a program running since 2009 that helps poor women get long-term, reversible contraceptives. The results were clear. Teen pregnancies dropped a whopping 40% and the number of abortions dropped 35% between 2009 and 2012.…

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Theocratic Republican Tim Walberg brings religion into government to harm women

Theocratic Republican Tim Walberg brings religion into government to harm women

Michigan state lawmakers Cindy Gamrat, Gary Glenn, and Todd Courser are openly theocratic, regularly expressing their desire and their intention to bring their religion into government, using their personal interpretation of the Bible to make laws and policy in our state. But the three of them have a mentor in this effort: 7th District Congressman Tim Walberg. A former Baptist minister and Bible salesman, Walberg has always been an opponent of the idea of separation of church and state.

His theocratic desires recently got national attention during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on a rather unprecedented decision by Washington, D.C.…

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"With firm Reliance on Divine Providence," Cindy Gamrat discovers Republicans have different rules for men & women

“With firm Reliance on Divine Providence,” Cindy Gamrat discovers Republicans have different rules for men & women

After I wrote about tea partier Cindy Gamrat being tossed out of the Republican caucus last week, MIRS new service posted a piece that quoted a Republican source saying that Gamrat’s Facebook post wasn’t the only reason she got the boot. “There’s been a whole series of issues with Rep. Gamrat that have got Republican members complaining to leadership and others for a while,” the Republican said. “This last event is just one more in a long line.” When I read that, I updated the post.

Gamrat read about MIRS reporting and was astonished to find out that her Republican colleagues would drum up a phony excuse simply to shut her up.…

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Republicans try to convince their followers that THEY are the ones supporting wage equality for women

Republicans try to convince their followers that THEY are the ones supporting wage equality for women


This past week, as we celebrated Pay Equity Day, the day that women would have to work through in 2015 to make the same as men for doing the same job they both worked in 2014, Michigan Republicans made a laughable attempt to convince their followers that it’s Democrats – and Hillary Clinton, in particular – who are against wage equality and that it’s Republicans who are looking out for women.

This is the graphic they posted on their Facebook page:

The image was accompanied by this wharrgarbl:

Women have transformed the American economy and they should receive equal pay for equal work.…
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UPDATED: Michigan Republicans boot tea partier Cindy Gamrat from caucus for saying the same things as Todd Courser

UPDATED: Michigan Republicans boot tea partier Cindy Gamrat from caucus for saying the same things as Todd Courser

Yesterday, I wrote about a diatribe posted to Facebook by tea partier Todd Courser where he referred to subsidized daycare as “gubmint child’s care centers” & “government re-engineering centers”. In that same bizarre screed, he also said this:

It takes you…Calling all true pro-lifers! Lots of reasons to vote against this coming budget, it cuts road funding (you heard me right), it of course increases Medicaid funding, more money for gubmint child’s care centers (government re-engineering centers), increases child dental, more for education and more expanded government; BUT one particularly egregious reason for pro-lifer’s to both stand against it and vote against it is that it funds Planned Parenthood – Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the country and has no business getting funding from our state government!…
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UPDATED: Michigan Republicans strip gender-based wage gap facts from "Pay Equity Day" resolution

UPDATED: Michigan Republicans strip gender-based wage gap facts from “Pay Equity Day” resolution

That button there on the right belonged to my mother. She was an ardent feminist and, in fact, took me to my very first political protest when I was in high school; an 85,000-person strong march in Chicago in 1980 demanding passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. 59¢ cents was how much women made for the same job a man was paid a dollar to do.

In the 35 years since then, that number has barely risen and today stands at roughly 77¢ – just 18¢ more than it was in 1980. At that rate – about a half a penny a year – to paraphrase Laurie Anderson, it will be the year 2059 before they make a buck.…

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“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” is more than a movie, it’s an opportunity

What I thought was going to be a review of the premier of the documentary that made its Michigan debut on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at the Maple Theater in Bloomfield, MI, titled, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is turning more into a testimonial in many ways. Many deeply personal ways.

Director/Producer/Writer Mary Dore was in attendance for the premier on Sunday and I had the great fortune of meeting her and actually getting a chance to visit with her for a short while before the film. That was a gift unto itself. I was actually honored to be asked to host this amazing event that sold out to more than 300 people.…

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Michigan Republicans get right on further degrading a woman's right to seek healthcare

Michigan Republicans get right on further degrading a woman’s right to seek healthcare

We knew it was coming. It was only a matter of when. That “when” was yesterday. Yesterday was when ultra-conservative Republican legislator Thomas Hooker introduced House Bills 4145 and 4146.

HB 4145 is a one-sentence bill that says, “Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the Department of Community Health, all other State departments, and all State agencies shall not allocate State funds through grants or contracts to entities that engage in any of the activities described in Section 1(1) [of Public Act 360 of 2002.]”

PA 360 lists two things in Section 1(1):

  1. Performing elective abortions or allowing the performance of elective abortions within a facility owned or operated by the qualified entity.
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