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AFT President Randi Weingarten shares her personal story and her truth about being raped

Three years ago, I I wrote about being sexually assaulted by a doctor when I was ten years old. It was a story that I had kept to myself for decades and the decision to share it came after I came to the realization that our national conversation about rape and sexual assault was a complete train wreck. Two years later, not much has changed in that regard. Because it’s such a disaster, many sexual assault victims are afraid and/or unwilling to tell their own personal stories about their experiences.

But these experiences are truths. They are real and they are all around us yet they go largely unheard because victim-shaming is such a tragic reality.…

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The cure for the common cause

The past three weeks I have been involved in a project that is irrelevant to this discussion save the fact that it gave me time to think. The work I was doing allowed me time to clear my thoughts and to allow a stream of consciousness that maybe I didn’t realize I needed, but I did.

We are a few weeks out of the election, which was a disaster for Democrats in Michigan and around the country. It is what it is. It won’t change, so get over it.

What I am about to propose to you is easy. I mean very easy.…

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INTERVIEW: Democrat Kristy Pagan – This millennial is ready for prime time

This is the second in a four-part series with women who are running for the Michigan State House of Representatives. With your help and votes, they can win and change the face of politics in Michigan. I believe in all of them and I want you to as well.

When I hear names like Rashida Tlaib, Sarah Roberts, Gretchen Driscoll, and Debbie Stabenow, I think strong, independent-minded strategists. Political forces that have led by example and have bucked the system and the political will of mostly men to not only win in the elections game but also provide amazing insight, voice and SOLUTIONS to problems that have plagued us all.…

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Michigan Democrats introduce bills to protect women’s health

Legislation would safeguard not only the life of the mother, but also the health of the mother in a problem pregnancy.

There are many troubling aspects to the Michigan law requiring women to buy a special insurance rider to cover abortion services, but the most upsetting to me is the fact that there is no exception for the health of the mother — only the life of the mother. In fact, her life must be at imminent risk for the law’s exception to apply. The risk of a permanent health issue or disability doesn’t qualify.

Three Michigan Democratic State representatives have introduced legislation to change that, along with other aspects of the law that are physically and emotionally harmful to women.…

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Who are the real soldiers on the war on women?

The Obama Presidency has been fraught with examples of how society in the United States is not ready for prime time. The Obama Presidency began with him signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act . This sent a clarion call to the country that he was serious about equality on many fronts. Since that day he has been effective in dealing with issues that many Progressives wanted to see addressed and changed. Eliminating the obvious discrimination of the military policy with regard to “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” was a monumental achievement and a day for deserved celebration by the LGBTQ community.…

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Republicans attempt to woo women voters in 6 states (incl. Michigan) with “The most sexist Republican ad of the year”


The “College Republican National Committee” has a new web ad targeting voters in six different states, each aimed at supporting a Republican gubernatorial candidate, that Time magazine is calling “The Most Sexist Republican Ad of the Year”. The ad features young women shopping for a wedding dress and, well, I can’t really put this sort of unmitigated sexism into words. Watch for yourself. Here’s the one for Michigan featuring our very own governor Rick Snyder:

Pretty high production values for a group of college kids, eh? And they released six different versions, too.

Here’s what Time had to say about the ad:

In case there is any debate about whether 1) Republicans really want young women on board for the midterms and 2) they’re confused about how to do it, the College Republican National Committee ad for Rick Scott will settle the question once and for all.…
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The anti-women strategies the Michigan GOP didn’t want you to hear

The War on Women is alive and well in Michigan. Don’t let Republicans try to tell you otherwise.

Hot on the heels of the successful pro-women V to Shining V event in Detroit, the Michigan Democratic Party has released shocking recordings of Michigan Republicans saying what they really think about women.

Well, it’s honestly not all that shocking. But the recordings reveal lawmakers saying how they really feel — and how far they’ll go to deny women their rights. And that should concern everyone.

Michigan Republicans are keen on making “personhood” the law of the land, a move even Mississippi voters rejected in 2011, and that would make many popular forms of birth control illegal.…

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V to Shining V: Detroit Lady Parts Justice party proved that Michigan stands with women

If Michigan gets this kind of turnout on Election Day, pro-women candidates will win big.

Michigan’s first annual V to Shining V event was a smashing success! Held at the Park Bar on September 27, this official Lady Parts Justice gathering brought in talent from across the country, along with some of Michigan’s strongest advocates for women.

The nearly sold-out gathering drew women and men of all ages who enjoyed a great party — and some great information about voting on November 4th. A nationwide event, V to Shining V will be an annual opportunity to celebrate women and, even more important, mobilize people to get out the vote to elect more pro-women candidates.…

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Michigan Democrats introduce bills to improve women’s access to healthcare

Bills would require insurers to offer the abortion rider women must purchase separately to have coverage under state law.


If Michigan is going to force women to buy a separate abortion insurance rider in case they’re ever raped or must have an abortion to protect their health — or simply to exercise their constitutional right to choose — the least the state can do is to require every insurer to offer women this rider. Without the availability of insurance coverage, the cost to women and their health is just too high.

That’s the idea behind legislation introduced by State Senator Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) and state Representatives Pam Faris (D-Clio) and Sarah Roberts (D-St.…

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Don’t miss the Detroit Lady Parts Justice V to Shining V party on Saturday, Sept. 27!

Come celebrate women, have some fun and take action to vote out anti-women candidates in November.

It’s going to be a heck of a bash — and Michigan is going to make some noise about elected officials who are bad news for women on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 2-5 p.m. at the The Park Bar in Detroit. The goal is to educate and empower voters to take action to elect pro-women candidates on November 4 and say “no thanks” to candidates who want to squash women’s rights. And have big fun in the process. I mean, there will even be Eunice the Uterus cookies!…

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