Today is Women’s Equality Day. Exactly 95 years ago today the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, was certified as law. (The holiday was created by Congress in 1972.) That was a huge milestone in this country’s history. It sped up progress toward equality, which is still too slow.
We as a society have come a long way since then but still have a long way to go. We have Title IX but no Equal Rights Amendment; universal unpaid family leave but no mandated PAID family leave; women in previously male-only fields but males still predominate; women earn more college degrees but less money; more women politicians but the vast majority are still white men. In short,men still control the corridors of power.
It is insane that women do not have equal power, especially in this country, the United States. It is time that government and business ceased to be men’s clubs. Passing the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) would be a start. One person told me that it is a sledgehammer, but,in my opinion, we badly need a sledgehammer on women’s rightsin this country. On this Women’s Equality Day we must reflect on that and on the future we are creating.
The Evidence Keeps Pouring In: Capitalism Just Isn’t Working – NationofChange. -this article says it all. The current world capitalist system only benefits the rich. It is allowed to continue because believers in the free market religion continue to blame governments for everything going wrong and assert that a pure free market system has never been tried. Seriously? The Era of trusts in the late nineteenth century was as free-market as you can get.
Trusts were the result of lack of government regulation. Large businesses filled the vacuum and controlled politicians even more than they do now. They created sweatshops and conspired to keeps wages low and work weeks long. Only unions and government regulations stopped them.
We have lost an icon. The great Julian Bond, civil rights activist and state legislator, passed away yesterday. May he rest in peace and may his legacy continue.
http://www.gallup.com/poll/184577/favor-path-citizenship-illegal-immigrants.aspx A new Gallup poll, accessible by the preceding link, shows tha 65% of the people in this country favor a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. How can anyone justify NOT granting them citizenship? How can the House “GOP” contingent justify their policy of denial to appease their base?
The undocumented, many of whom have cases for asylum because they fear for their safety if they are deported, have suffered for too long. They should no longer be forced to hide. It is past time they were given a chance to become citizens.
http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/tell-gov-rick-scott-and?mailing_id=30577&source=s.icn.em.cr&%3Br_by=236359&r_by=319868 This is a petition to tell Florida rogue Governor Rick Scott to veto the bill that would force colleges and universities to allow concealed weapons to be carried anywhere on campus. This is outrageous and reckless. It would turn institutions of higher education into analogs of the Wild West. This should not happen and it should not be forced down the institutions’ throats. They do need to be dictated to by politicians pandering to the National a Rifle Association. Please sign the petition.
Ask Your U.S. Legislators to Oppose Cruel ‘SHARE Act’! | Action Alerts | Actions | PETA. – This is an important petition. The so-called SHARE Act is the worst bill I have ever heard of. It panders to everyone who either hunts or makes money off animals. It actually forces wildlife managers to put hunting and business decisions above all others. This irresponsible garbage shows what happens when Republican’s gain control of Congress. We must put as much heat as possible on the scum who support this travesty. It is imperative that it be stopped.
Today is the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. This landmark legislation helped to level the playing for African Americans in the South somewhat until the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a vital portion of the law, the majority claiming that the South is changed.
The South has, to the contrary, not changed enough to stop trying to disenfranchise African-Americans, most notably with ID requirements that have a similar effect to the nefarious poll taxes of the Jim Crow era. These laws are justified by a fraud problem that is nonexistent. This situation is a travesty.
The time has come restore the franchise once and for all to those, particularly minorities, who law been blocked from voting by the law and its application. This restoration starts with three measures:
- Restore the Voting Rights Act – This has been proved in congress and blocked by Republican’s who need to be turned out of office.
- Automatic Registration – People become registered voters when they become citizens or turn 18. Oregon has just made such a procedure the law of the land. This eliminates duplication, saving both the government and voters money and time. This makes easier for all citizens to vote and for the government to prevent fraud.
- Franchising ex-cons – it is high time that we stop disenfranchising felons who have been released. Whether they are paroled or finished their sentences, if they have done their time, they have done their time, and it makes no sense to keep punishing them. This would have a huge impact since so many African-Americans spend time in prison.
These are just the beginning. We also need to have a holiday for voting so people do not have to rush out to vote during lunch hour or on the way home or on the way to work. Voting should be fair for everyone, not just those who are wealthy enough to overcome the obstacles.