Podcast — July 3, 2018 at 11:54 am

Assume Roe Dead – with special guest abortion rights journalist & activist Robin Marty


“If we wait until Roe is gone, it will be long past too late.”

That’s Robin Marty‘s warning for anyone who cares about reproductive rights in America or anyone who just pretends to care about them to impress their Twitter followers.

This may have been the worst week for non-billionaires since Trump became president and it’s no accident. We’re witnessing the culmination of a 50-year-long plot to roll back the advances of the last half century and destroy the labor movement that helped make them possible. Anthony Kennedy’s strange connections to the Trump family and the perfect timing of his resignation sparked a wave of interest in a vast conspiracy. But the worst collusion always happens right in front of our eyes. We’re facing the end of our basic rights as we found them. And we’re going to have to rebuild our politics if we’re going to be able to compete with a relentless right that has figured out how to turn government into a multilevel marketing scheme where only the rich get the calls answered and their promises kept.

Robin Marty is a freelance reporter and an abortion access fanatic. She is the author of Crow After Roe: How “Separate But Equal” Has Become the New Standard In Women’’s Health And How We Can Change That, a book that details how eleven states have passed anti-abortion laws explicitly written to provoke a repeal of Roe v. Wade. Robin is putting together an access guide for life after Roe v. Wade. But more importantly, she needs YOU to understand that life after Roe begins now.

Robin Marty is a reporter who covers abortion rights and the attacks on a woman’s right to safe legal abortion. She is the author of Crow After Roe, that details how eleven states have passed anti-abortion laws explicitly written to provoke a repeal of Roe v. Wade.

Robin Marty on Twitter: @RobinMarty

Robin Marty’s Patreon – PLEASE SUPPORT BADASS ACTIVISTS! – patreon.com/posts/19733968

Robin Marty at Huffington Post: What To Do When ― Not If ― Roe Vanishes

Homework: Read this tweetstorm:

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In our interview with Robin, she mentioned a U.S. Supreme Court decision that essentially says that police can’t interfere with a person – even to act on that person committing a crime – while that person is praying. It starts on page 6. Robin had this to say to us about it off-air:

This is what we think is going to be used to end the FACE act – as long as the antis are in continual prayer they can’t be removed. So they’ll stay in front of the doors or inside the clinics until they are shut down. And you have folk in Michigan already trying it.

She’s right.

The Good:
This past weekend saw nearly 750 rallies all across America, the fourth or fifth such national and international protests against the Trump administration since he took office.

Ralph Ellis at CNN: A plea heard across America: Families belong together

Phil McCausland, Patricia Guadalupe and Kalhan Rosenblatt at NBC News: Thousands across U.S. join ‘Keep Families Together’ march to protest family separation

Doug Stanglin and Marina Pitofsky at USA Today: In 50 states, hundreds of thousands protest immigration policy, with focus on midterms

The Bad:
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court made America a “Right to Freeload” nation by deciding the Janus v. AFSCME case in favor of the corporations. In his piece at The New York TimesSupreme Court Labor Decision Wasn’t Just a Loss for Unions — Noam Scheiber tells us that this doesn’t just impact unionized workers:

The Supreme Court decision striking down mandatory union fees for government workers was not only a blow to unions. It will also hit hard at a vast network of groups dedicated to advancing liberal policies and candidates.

Some of these groups work for immigrants and civil rights; others produce economic research; still others turn out voters or run ads in Democratic campaigns. Together, they have benefited from tens of millions of dollars a year from public-sector unions — funding now in jeopardy because of the prospective decline in union revenue.

“If the progressive movement is a navy, they’re trying to take out our aircraft carriers,” said Ben Wikler, Washington director of the liberal activist group MoveOn.org.

Stockholm Syndrome victim Mark Janus at The Washington Post: Why I took my case over forced union dues to the Supreme Court

The Shrugly ¯\_(ツ)_/¯:
Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth told CNN’s State of the Union, that Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s trouncing of a Democratic Party stalwart, Joe Crowley, isn’t likely to happen in other areas like the Midwest. “Coming from a Midwestern state, I think you need to be able to talk to the industrial Midwest,” she said. “You need to listen to the people there in order to win an election nationwide.”

Ocasio-Cortez herself doesn’t necessarily disagree. “Can everyone run the way that I run? No, because I’m running like a rep. from the Bronx with Rikers Island in the district, whose community is half immigrants,” she told Salon. “Not everyone can do the things that I can do because not everyone is representing a community like my community. But, I think all in all, some shade of what we’re doing can be done everywhere in America.”

Charlie May at Salon: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to be a progressive alternative for New York Democrats

Tom McCarthy at The Guardian: Ocasio-Cortez politics will not win in Midwest, says Duckworth

LOLGOP at Eclectablog: Progressive policies are so popular even a fake Democrat could win on them

GOTMFV Hack-of-the-Week
Put together a Voters Guide for the General Election which gives people an easy way to connect with voters at their doors in a low-stress situation while helping Democratic candidates.

Washtenaw County’s 2016 Voters Guide is HERE. (NOTE: The actual Voters Guide was much higher quality and printed on newsprint to stand out from other campaign literature voters received.)

Despite assurances from the state government and Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration, Flint schools will be providing bottled water for students when school opens in September.

Ron Fonger at MLive: Flint schools plan to start next year with water jugs – not drinking fountains

The show notes for Episode 2 of The GOTMFV Show are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2018/07/assume-roe-dead-with-special-guest-abortion-rights-journalist-activist-robin-marty.html

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Music clips
Intro and transition music: You Dress Like an Asshole by Not The 1s
Flint Water Crisis Update intro: Unclaimed by Mike Wagner/Total Strangers
Outro music: Complain (from the movie Bob Roberts) by David Robbins & Tim Robbins