Progressive commentary from Gainesville, Florida, once called the Berkeley of the South. Potano was the chief of and the only known name of the Native American tribe inhabiting the area around what is now Gainesville at the time the Europeans arrived.
Tell Congress that you #StandWithPP – Draw the Line. – This is a petition to tell Congress that you stand with a Planned Parent against attempts to defund it. Republican’s are using scurrilous allegations drawn from edited video footage to justify eliminating funds for a vital organization.cancer
Planned Parenthood provides essential reproductive health care for women. It also provides other care such as cancer screening. Only 3% of its budget goes to abortions. It is a vital health resource for women.
The pro-life movement has had a vendetta against Planned Parenthood for decades. They have outdone themselves recently. The have edited footage of PP officials discussing removing organs from aborted fetuses to make it look like they were callously talking about making money off of these body parts. This is disgusting.
I realize pro-lifers are passionate about their conviction that life begins at conception. That does not, however, justify grossly distorting the truth. They do not seem to care what the facts are. They argue what they want to argue regardless and alter the truth to fit their narrative.
This must stop. We must make it clear to Congress that we will not stand for such tactics any longer. please sign the petition.
The Republican Party has controlled congress for five months and already they are attacking sex education programs and drastically increasing abstinence-only programs. This is de approach trimental, and must stop.
Studies show that sex education works and astinence-only sex education does not. Studies showing the abstinence-only approach working were done in conservative rural areas where sexual activity is low.
Reducing teen sexual activity is vital, but it must be done according to science. Abstinence-only sex education is a waste of time and money.
This article from Alternet is very apt as the Republicans, now in control of the Senate, have begun their attack. Cutting Social Security benefits, repealing “Obamacare”, wreakenig of regulations forbidding scientists from advising the EPA on their own work. This is a continuation of right-wing jihad against government. A coalition of right-wing Christian fundamentalists and worshippers of the supposed “invisible hand” of the market joined forces back then to eliminate everything that doesnot operate either for profit or for “God.” Progressives must stop bickering and band together to fight this menace.
This time Republicans have gone too far. This latest outrage must be the last. Shutting the government down unless they get their way is not only abominable, it is childish. Those big babies do not deserve their seats in congress. We must all rise up and remedy this appalling situation now and for all time.
First, we put the pressure on the right-wing fools who got us into this mess. Send them tons of petitions, e-mail, and tweets demanding that they end the shutdown until they comply or vomit their last meal, which ever comes first. I, for one, will send at least one email each day.
Secondly, we do everything we can to lay these clowns off the way they have caused federal workers, and perhaps some in the private sector, to be laid off. Support their opponents. Make the shutdown artists sweat buckets and perhaps defeat some of them.
Third, we must end once and for all the system of gerrymandering that has allowed the GOP to etch a majority for their party in the U.S. House of Representatives into the landscape. In particular we must end the practice of politicians drawing district lines at all levels of government. We must create and fight for alternatives. A panel of judges and/or academics is one possibility.
Finally, we must end the dominance of money in our, and it should be ours, political system. Redoubling the effort to repeal the wretched SCOTUS decision in the Citizens United case is urgent. That is just the beginning. We must restore the finance reform laws that said court has been gutting for 39 years and then go further: full disclosure by both candidates and contributors, limits on corporate contributions, no corporate contributions without the approval of the stockholders, stricter limits on lobbying, among other things. We must be relent less about this from now on. The time has come to sweep the halls of government clean.