misters: ([ ⚡ ]feminism)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment

Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

if this bill passes, every time the word "person" is used in a law, it will include fertilized eggs. that means that all of the following will be outlawed:
- abortion
- the morning after pill
- IUDs
- stem cell research and any related medicines
- drug testing on cloned human tissues and cell lines (including established cell lines)
- cloning of human organs for transplant and research into such
- IVF and storage of frozen blastocysts

we cannot allow this to happen. please, please, please do whatever you can to stop this bill.
misters: (2NE1☀takin care of business)
normally I'd post something like this to my political filter* but I think this is important enough that everyone should read it.

the "Do"s and "Don't"s of handling your privilege, as written by [livejournal.com profile] shiplizard. this comment is in response to this question about how to act as a privileged person by [livejournal.com profile] karmaschild, which inspired a lot of good answers as well as some wank (because, well, it's sf_d). the original question was about race (i.e. how a white person should behave when in a discussion about race), but the linked comment expands on that a little and really is general enough to apply to any privilege.

so you should all read that and keep it in mind whenever you're interacting with someone who may not be as privileged as you are, or even with someone who is/is moreso. recognizing privilege is, imo, one of the most important things you can do to improve yourself, and this comment breaks it down into something that's very comprehensible and easily rememberable.

in other news, I'm going to go see Inception again today! in honor of this, I'm going to rec you all my favorite thread from the kinkmeme: Inception as Princess Bride, starring Eames as Buttercup and Arthur as Wesley and etc. it's so good~

*to new friends: a while back I did a poll** about what filters people on my flist would want to be on. you're all currently on a tinychat filter and a fandom filter, but that's it.
**if that link doesn't work correctly (as in doesn't allow you to vote), you can go to the original entry here instead. the entry also explains what each filter means if you're confused.
misters: (『dbsk』let me drink my sorrows away)

also seriously, lol at the newspaper's cover story today. WHY DOESN'T OREGON'S LEGISLATURE LOOK LIKE OUR POPULATION? because as ~liberal~ and ~indie~ as we like to say we are, we are just like everyone else and old white people are still in charge of everything. that's why.
misters: (『hiro mizushima』practice random acts)
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I've never been to KFC (no wait, I've been twice. well, I avoid it as much as possible) or Wal-Mart as a sort of...avoidant protest against their policies. I'm currently also not buying any Coke products when I remember ;_; because their company is involved in some sort of...civil war? idk, I'm trying to find the post Katie made about it but having no luck.

also, can I just say that the Cassies' boycott of SM is pretty much the dumbest thing ever? there are better ways to do what you're trying to do, kids.

note to self to email Kioni.


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