January 23, 2017 § 2 Comments
These are not normal times. These are extraordinary times. And extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.
When you have a spokesperson for the president of the United States wrap up a lie in the Orwellian phrase “alternative facts”…
When you have a press secretary in his first appearance before the White House reporters threaten, bully, lie, and then walk out of the briefing room without the cajones to answer a single question…
When you have a President stand before the stars of the fallen CIA agents and boast about the size of his crowds (lies) and how great his authoritarian inaugural speech was….
These are not normal times.
The press has never seen anything like this before. The public has never seen anything like this before. And the political leaders of both parties have never seen anything like this before.
What can we do? We can all step up and say simply and without equivocation. “A lie, is a lie, is a lie!” And if someone won’t say it, those of us who know that there is such a thing as the truth must do whatever is in our power to diminish the liar’s malignant reach into our society.
There is one group of people who can do a lot – very quickly. And that is Republicans in Congress. Without their support, Donald Trump’s presidency will falter. So here is what I think everyone in the press must do. If you are interviewing a Paul Ryan, a Mitch McConnell, or any other GOP elected official, the first question must be “what will you do to combat the lying from the White House?” If they dodge and weave, keep with the follow ups. And if they refuse to give a satisfactory answer, end the interview.
Facts and the truth are not partisan. They are the bedrock of our democracy. And you are either with them, with us, with our Constitution, our history, and the future of our nation, or you are against it. Everyone must answer that question.
November 13, 2016 § Leave a comment
The state of New York has a proud legacy as the progressive capital of the nation, and that is more important today than ever before.
As New Yorkers, we have fundamentally different philosophies than what Donald Trump laid out in his campaign.
So let me be absolutely clear: If anyone feels that they are under attack, I want them to know that the state of New York – the state that has the Statue of Liberty in its harbor – is their refuge.
Whether you are gay or straight, Muslim or Christian, rich or poor, black or white or brown, we respect all people in the state of New York.
It’s the very core of what we believe and who we are. But it’s not just what we say, we passed laws that reflect it, and we will continue to do so, no matter what happens nationally. We won’t allow a federal government that attacks immigrants to do so in our state.
We are a state of immigrants.
We are the state that raised the minimum wage to $15.
We are the state that passed Paid Family Leave.
We are the state that passed marriage equality.
We are New York, and we will stand up for you. And on that, I will never compromise.
Count on it.
November 11, 2016 § 1 Comment
I know it’s Veteran’s day and I know I should take a break from the political posts, but this election was so different than any other. I’ve been trying to understand my deep depression that I feel right now and it finally hit me this morning. In 2000 when Bush was elected there was a foreboding feeling of the same darkness, but that was before 9/11, The collapse of our economy, Newtown, ISIS, The Iraq war, Orlando and the list goes on. At a time when we need a strong steady leader to reassure us — our country elected a mad man with no legislative experience. By not allowing the usual Press that follows a President Elect around to document history he has added to the insecurity I’m feeling. We can’t allow him to shut the press out.
A photo by my father.
November 8, 2016 § Leave a comment
We’re wearing white today to honor the suffrage movement and the women that came before who fought so hard for us to have the right to vote.
White was the official color of the Suffrage movement.
Leading supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment march in Washington on Sunday, July 9, 1978, urging Congress to extend the time for ratification of the ERA. From left: Gloria Steinem, Dick Gregory, Betty Friedan, Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman, D-N.Y., Rep. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., Rep. Margaret Heckler, R-Mass. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)
October 10, 2016 § 2 Comments
Bob Schieffer “This is what they do in Banana Republics, this is the United States of America.”
October 8, 2016 § 2 Comments
The last presidential race my mother’s Obama signs were stolen. This election she’s not taking any chances.
October 2, 2016 § 1 Comment
Fabulous post that’s gone viral on Facebook. Remember the young woman a while back who posted on Tumblr why she wasn’t a feminist? Women’s history needs to be taught in school. It hasn’t been that long. — Know your history.
For all of you younger women who turn up your noses at feminists and feminism….a few things to remember….and yes…Please look at the dates….those are correct. Shocked? Without us old women feminists, our mothers and grandmothers who were also feminists…..you wouldn’t even be able to own a credit card. Maybe that would have been a good thing….?
This post has been shared an incredible number of times in the week since I put it up.
But why share without using this information to further inform and create something positive for all of us?
That…..will require your help.
After reading this list through, could all of you women who were around back then please share some of your stories of what life was like before women in the US (and in other countries too if you’d like) had gained our hard-fought basic human rights?
Most of us who were born before the 1970’s know this list is nothing more than a drop in the bucket. I didn’t even mention things like car loans, mortgages, or the right to sit on a jury. Did you know that until 1975 women didn’t have the right to sit on a jury in all 50 states?
Please….Comment. Tell your stories.
Let the younger generations know how recent these changes are. Remind too some of us who lived in those times yet still seem to need reminding how different life used to be for women just a very short time ago.
This is an important election year. Women’s rights are again at stake as never before.
Remind everyone that we will never go back to making women weak again…….
10 Things Women Couldn’t Do In 1971…
1. Get credit cards in their own names.
The Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974 gave women that right. The law forced credit card companies to issue cards to women without a husband’s signature.
2. Legally get an abortion.
The seminal Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade, which protected a woman’s right to choose, didn’t happen until 1973.
3. Access the morning after pill. Or birth control.
The FDA first approved emergency contraception in 1998. The morning after pill didn’t become available over the counter until 2013.
1965 The Supreme Court (in Griswold v. Connecticut) gave married couples the right to use birth control.
It wasn’t until 1972 The Supreme Court (in Baird v. Eisenstadt) that single women’s access to birth control was legalized in all 50 states.
4. Be guaranteed they wouldn’t be fired for getting pregnant.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 added an amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, specificyng that employers could not discriminate “on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.”
5. Marry another woman.
Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2004. That right wasn’t extended to all 50 states until 2015. For the pitifully pedantic…….that right did include men.
6. Fight on the front lines.
Women were first admitted into military academies in 1976. And in 2013, the military ban on women in combat (tied to a Pentagon rule from 1994) was lifted by Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta. Prior to 1973 women were only allowed in the military as nurses or support staff.
7. Take legal action against workplace sexual harassment.According to The Week, the first time a court recognized office sexual harassment as grounds for legal action was in 1977.
The 1986 case of Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson, was first time the Supreme Court recognized “sexual harassment” as a violation of Title VII.
8. Decide not to have sex if their husbands wanted to.
Spousal rape wasn’t criminalized in all 50 states until 1993.
9. Obtain health insurance at the same monetary rate as a man. Sex discrimination wasn’t outlawed in health insurance until 2010. Until then, insurers regularly charged women more than men for even the most basic insurance.
10. Keep your husband who had been convicted of spousal abuse from owning a gun. Voisine v. United States, 579 U.S. ___ (2016), was a United States Supreme Court case in which the Court held that reckless misdemeanor domestic violence convictions trigger gun control prohibitions on gun ownership. In other words, until this year, the man that was convicted of beating the crap out of you and your children was still allowed to own a gun and keep it in your house if you decided to still live with him. In his house if you managed to get out.
BTW: In 1880, a few years before this photo was taken? the age of “consent” was set at 10 or 12 in most states, with the exception of Delaware……….where it was 7.
Feminism…..It’s not just for other women. Know your history.