Jul 262007

With thanks to Common Dreams for the wisdom to post this very relevant piece of history:
Statement on the Articles of Impeachment delivered July 25, 1974, House Judiciary Committee by Congresswoman Barbara Jordan:

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

Mr. Chairman, I join my colleague Mr. Rangel in thanking you for giving the junior members of this committee the glorious opportunity of sharing the pain of this inquiry. Mr. Chairman, you are a strong man, and it has not been easy but we have tried as best we can to give you as much assistance as possible.

Earlier today, we heard the beginning of the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States: “We, the people.� It’s a very eloquent beginning. But when that document was completed on the seventeenth of September in 1787, I was not included in that “We, the people.� I felt somehow for many years that George Washington and Alexander Hamilton just left me out by mistake. But through the process of amendment, interpretation, and court decision, I have finally been included in “We, the people.�

Today I am an inquisitor. An hyperbole would not be fictional and would not overstate the solemnness that I feel right now. My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total. And I am not going to sit here and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction, of the Constitution.

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 July 26, 2007  Posted by on July 26, 2007 Comments Off on The Courage to Impeach: Who Will Be the Next Barbara Jordan?
Jul 252007

According to the San Francisco Chronicle,

“Dozens of common household cleaning products contain hidden toxic chemicals linked to fertility disorders in lab animals, according to data gathered by a women’s research group.A type of glycol ether is frequently found in popular cleaning products such as Windex Aerosol, Formula 409, Lemon Fresh Pine-Sol and Simple Green All Purpose Cleaner, says the report released today by Women’s Voices for the Earth, a Montana-based nonprofit working to eliminate or reduce toxic chemicals in the home.”

The cleaners in question contain the chemical ethylene glycol butyl ether  (EGBE), an ingredient in many household cleaners although it may be hard to figure out which ones contain it since the companies that make these products aren’t required to say what they contain.

Of course the Soap and Detergent Association (who knew) claims that their products are perfectly safe.  Uh huh.  In the meantime, consider vinegar with a dash of soap, cleans darn near anything.

 July 25, 2007  Posted by on July 25, 2007 Comments Off on Ingredient in Household Cleaners Linked to Fertility Disorders
Jul 252007

What is wrong with this story, let us count the ways…

“A paedophile from Merseyside who raped a 13-year-old girl and made her pregnant has been jailed at Liverpool Crown Court for seven-and-a-half years.

They had sex on later occasions and she became pregnant while still 13 and gave birth to his child.”

First off, this is a misuse of the word pedophile (and no that is not a mis-spelling above, just an English newspaper). There is nothing loving about rape. And the word pedophile comes from a Greek word that means to love children. Secondly, there is no equivalence between having sex and rape. Having sex implies consent, rape is a crime, and an unspeakably heinous one when it involves a child). And as activist Jennifer Drew points out, the child that the victim gave birth to is not “his child”,

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 July 25, 2007  Posted by on July 25, 2007 Comments Off on “Paedophile jailed for raping girl”
Jul 242007

See below for an exciting opportunity to help support expanded airtime for WBAI’s Joy of Resistance feminist radio show. I am very excited about this because I have appeared as a guest on this program and also because they have used content from our blog on their news segments. By supporting this show, it will help show that there IS support for feminist radio and make continuing expanded airtime a reality!

This Thursday, July 26, between 3 and 6 PM, Joy of Resistance: Multicultural
Feminist Radio @ WBAI (99.5 FM) will offer a 5-CD set of recordings from The
SisterSong Conference: Let’s Talk About Sex, as part of the WBAI Summer
Fundraiser. The program will be hosted by Maretta Short and Fran Luck.

In June, the largest gathering ever of Women of Color coming together to
organize around sexuality and reproductive issues, took place in Chicago:
the SisterSong Conference: Let’s Talk About Sex. According to Loretta Ross,
National Coordinator for SisterSong: This was the largest women of color
gathering in reproductive justice history; women of color and our allies
came to this conference to formulate a plan for a pro-sex, pro-choice,
pro-family reproductive justice movement that is organized by women of color
and based on our needs.

We are proud to announce that Joy of Resistance was able to locate a
complete set of recordings of this historic conference (the next best thing
to having been there) and for a $100. pledge of support for the station,
listeners will receive a gift of this 5-CD package that includes:
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 July 24, 2007  Posted by on July 24, 2007 Comments Off on Help Support Expanded Airtime for Feminist Radio Show
Jul 242007

Can we assume that when a white male Republican member of Congress tussles with the Capitol police that they get trashed in the media the same way that former Rep. Cynthia McKinney did?

“After arguing with a Capitol police officer and reaching to touch the officer’s nametag, Rep. Christopher Shays Friday apologized for acting “in a way I know was not appropriate.â€?”

Don’t hold your breath. But in the meantime, catch this video,  of McKinney addressing the Green Party. If you think another U.S. is not possible, think again.

 July 24, 2007  Posted by on July 24, 2007 Comments Off on When White Male Republican Members of Congress Have a Run In with the Capitol Police