Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- "Shut Up and Know Your Role!" 2013 Break Down (12/28/13)

Happy New Year! Almost…

Hal had me on to break down the year, both the good and the bad. We cited pieces from Robin Marty "Repro Wrap: End of the Year, End of the Clinics" and Media Matters "Know Your Role And Shut Your Mouth: How Conservatives Treated Women in 2013". I also mentioned the extremely important investigative piece by Adele Stan on how there is no longer (if there ever was) a line between "social" conservatives and "economic" conservatives. Her piece Anatomy of the War on Women lays out the Koch brothers, et al and their funneling of money to groups like Americans United for Life.

We also talked about how the Democrats finally got it together and changed the filibuster rules for judicial nominees. If you nodded off, WAKE UP because this is huge. This recent Majority Report segment with Cliff Schecter gives you more if you missed the story or didn't get how important a 90 seat swing in our judiciary is the most important thing to happen in 2013: The Dems Finally Go Nuclear.

Finally, go to Lady Parts Justice to find out how Lizz Winstead and Revolution Messaging are following up the Texas Women Forever telethon. I'll be involved in this campaign to call out awful politicians and register voters ahead of the 2014 midterms. We must -- and can! -- prevent another 2010-style Tea Party victory lap!

Note about the meme/picture selection: I loved everything about NARAL hiring Ilyse Hogue as their president in 2013 even before I had the chance to get to know her a little. She unapologetic about reproductive justice, doesn't parse words and has made the organization simultaneously focused on the bigger picture and the personal narratives that advance issues surrounding abortion care. I couldn't agree more with her quote, delivered in Texas during the special legislative session that catapulted Wendy Davis to national fame. The far right-wing may think they're winning in the short term -- victories that do affect real people's lives. However, they have mobilized women and their allies. They better fasten their seat belts for 2014…

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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- MI Dodges Democracy With "Rape Insurance" Bill (12/14/13)

Michigan subverted democracy this past week via "citizen petition" -- a way for 4% of the population to go around a ballot initiative that would never pass and a governor who has vetoed similar legislation already. Why did they do that? To mandate that women must decide in advance if they wanted to have abortion care coverage on their insurance, even in cases of rape and fetal abnormality.

Robin Marty covered it at Care2 -- As Michigan Passes 'Rape Insurance' Bill, One Senator Tells of Her Own Sexual Assault -- and Talking Points Memo covered the democracy head fake -- Michigan Legislature Passes Controversial Abortion Insurance Bill.

Hal and I discussed the broader implications, the fact that Michigan may be alone on the democracy subversion angle, but it certainly isn't alone on the insurance restrictions for abortion care.

And I got a little love for being a co-producer, co-writer, social media director, media promoter, fundraiser for #20 on Policy Mic's 28 Most Iconic Feminist Moments of 2013. Wait'll they get a load of 2014…

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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 8:19am PST
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