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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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INTERVIEW: AFL-CIO’s Liz Shuler – Has the “American Dream” become the “Impossible Dream”?

The American Dream, according to, is defined as: the ideals of freedom, equality, and opportunity traditionally held to be available to every American, or, a life of personal happiness and material comfort as traditionally sought by individuals in the U.S.

I might suggest that, based on generational differences, the definition of the American Dream might be different from generation to generation. Clearly, though, at least in the world I live in, one has to wonder if it’s time to redefine what the American Dream is. I’m not suggesting that the ideas set forth at are necessarily wrong. At the same time, however, I am concerned that the way it’s defined doesn’t exactly fit into today’s model of what our communities are, what we seek for them to be, and more importantly, how we get there.…

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UPDATED: Michigan Dems take leadership role on women’s access to contraception and LGBT civil rights

Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer

This week, as Michigan’s legislature comes back to work, Michigan Democrats are taking a proactive leadership role on two critical issues.

First, Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer and House Rep. Gretchen Driskell (maybe we should call them “The Fighting Gretchens”?) announced that they will introduce legislation requiring companies who choose to deny women access to specific types of contraception based on the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision to notify existing and prospective employees of this fact:

“Whether or not a company’s reproductive health coverage is comprehensive can be an important factor for a family to consider when making decisions about a job prospect,” Rep.…
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Lisa Brown to headline Michigan V to Shining V party on Sept. 27

An all-star lineup of speakers and entertainers will engage and energize women’s advocates and voters at free event.

On Saturday, September 27, Lady Parts Justice is hosting a nationwide celebration of women, with official events and house parties in every state. The V to Shining V celebration will mobilize pro-women advocates — and send a clear message to elected officials that we’re united in voting out those who trample on women’s rights.

Michigan’s party will be extra-special, thanks to the presence of our own Lisa Brown, whose being silenced for using the word “vagina” on the state House floor was a catalyst for the creation of Lady Parts Justice.…

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INTERVIEW: Lizz Winstead on standing up for women, from V to Shining V

A conversation with the co-founder of Lady Parts Justice on feminism, grassroots activism and using humor to drive serious change.

Lizz Winstead is a woman with a mission. If you’re lucky enough to talk with her one-on-one, there’s no missing her fiery determination. She’s serious about changing the landscape of reproductive laws across the country that hold women back — and she’s doing it in a hilarious, super-fun way.

That, in a nutshell, is Lady Parts Justice and the first annual V to Shining V Paloooza happening across the country on September 27. For a primer,
check out my previous post

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Right to Health will educate, engage and empower Michigan advocates for women

This new organization will keep Michiganders informed about legislation that could be hazardous to women’s health.

Did you know that women in Michigan have to buy separate insurance for an abortion in case they’re ever raped or have a pregnancy that endangers their health — and that women who buy individual insurance on the private market can’t purchase that insurance at any price? Or how about pending legislation that would give healthcare providers the right to refuse you medical treatment or services if they have a religious or moral objection to the care you need?

You may know about legislation like this, but plenty of other Michiganders don’t.…

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Save the date: Join Lady Parts Justice for fun activist events nationwide on Sept. 27

Michigan is one of the states throwing a public party — or you can get an LPJ party kit and host your own bash.

Are you sick of watching politicians trample all over women’s reproductive rights and the choices they make about their bodies? Do you want to elect officials who actually think women should be treated equally and with respect? Then plan to join a Lady Parts Justice V to Shining V event near you on September 27.

Created by top comedians, writers and performers including co-founder Lizz Winstead, Lady Parts Justice is “a national movement using humor & outrage to remove bodily autonomy-hating LOCAL politicians in 2014 & beyond.”

If you’re a regular Eclectablog reader, you know why there’s a need for women and men to stand united against the barrage of anti-women policies popping up all over the country.…

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