I'm taking a class this term in #ReproductiveJustice and I have got to say, it's really eye opening how narrowly we look at it as a society. Almost all of the focus is on abortion (currently the hot button issue in #Oregon) but there is so SO much more to it!
From my own personal experience as an advocate for #ReproRights this course has forced me to step back and come to terms with how "white" my views have been and how even when focusing on access to reproductive options, it's been a focus on white middle class women. 2/n
Even during times when the focus was on people of color, the solutions that were given used white cis women as the standard. When talking about poverty, it was the poverty of white cis women. Access? Same thing. People of color were often an afterthought. 3/n
I have been totally transparent that I support women candidates.
I created #FlipItFemale (I think--parallel generation happens on here a lot).
Women are 52% of the US population and 15% representation.
If there are 2 progressive candidates and one is female, #vote her.
Right now women are in a literal fight for our lives against the Trump-led #GOP juggernaut that wants to eviscerate every protection based on sex that women have fought for for decades like #EqualPay#ReproRights & #TitleIX.
We need women in Congress.
We've been told #FlipItFemale is "identity politics" when it's actually majority politics. White men are the minority--why do they wield all the power?
Men with lesser resumes and experience than women rise because of structural #misogyny.
On the 170th anniversary of the Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls where suffragists proudly proclaimed that "all men AND women are created equal," it's sad we're still striving to achieve that vision. It's why I introduce the Equal Rights Amendment every Congress, and...
...why I proudly voted for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that President Obama signed into law, and continue to work to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to bolster enforcement of our pay discrimination laws so my daughter & granddaughter don't face the same wage gap my mother did
Brett Kavanaugh is one of the most cravenly partisan choices Trump could have made. He’s been called the “Forrest Gump of Republican politics,” as he seems to always show up in high-stakes, far-right political battles and conspiracy theories.
Kavanaugh doesn’t believe that a sitting president can be indicted, and believes presidents should have wide latitude to hire and fire special counsels. His nomination could shield Trump from facing accountability for his crimes and corruption.
I'm one of a few million Americans awake when we should be sleeping because of the pain of #cancer or some other chronic illness.
Adding to our sleeplessness is knowing #healthcare is under threat. We may not be able to afford it due to the #GOP's actions.
My parents were Civil Rights workers. My father was a Freedom Rider. As a small child I was taught the legacy of #MLK.
I watched people invoking MLK on Monday. Not in defense of #votingrights or in outrage over how the #SCOTUS ruled on two pivotal cases on gerrymandering.
MLK wasn't being invoked for #votingrights but for Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who lies to America every day about policies that could very well kill me & others.
Policies that are hurting millions.
Policies that have kept me a citizen without equal rights in my own country.
We really need to talk more about #abortion as an option for women.
It's hard to say this and hard to hear it for many, but just because you discover you are pregnant doesn't mean you must carry that pregnancy to term. Your decision will last the rest of your life--and the rest of the life of any child you decide to carry to term. #abortion
And no, I am not advocating #abortion.
I'm advocating thinking about parenthood & all it entails.
Because once you have a child, you can't just walk away from that life.
And women/girls are talked into maintaining pregnancies every day.
More discussion would change that.
In the flurry of attention to #KevinWilliamson, there's been zero mention that the exchange that resulted in Williamson's firing from @TheAtlantic was with the insufferable editor of @NRO, Charles Cooke, who agreed 100% that women should be executed for having abortions.
"I would totally go with treating it like any other crime up to and including hanging,” Williamson said.
Cooke quickly concurred: “I absolutely agree.” (see @Shareblue for more of this exchange)
Whither comment from @NRO either affirming they are fine with hanging women or no?
In February I had a testy exchange with Cooke who called me "stupid" for calling him out for being the first person to attack David Hogg. Note that because he's a white guy with a British accent, neither he nor @NRO received any internet penalty except, apparently, from me.
I am fortunate in that I’ve never had family members who have been victims of gun violence. But my community has many. As the former chief federal law enforcement officer in our state, as a veteran, and as a 10th generation New Mexican…
...I've witnessed gun violence in our state and community in all its gruesome horror. It has decimated communities, torn apart families, and ripped a hole through the fabric of our children’s lives. And they are never the same. We know we need to take action.
But we cannot fully address the problem if we don't first understand its full scope. Ending gun violence isn’t just about making it harder for certain people to access weapons. Gun violence has socioeconomic, racial, and gender elements that cannot be ignored.