I speak about how the Biden administration is handling the baby formula crisis, the need to fight against racism, and the need to vote.
I speak about the necessity of voting and being engaged in the political process, and of the danger to women’s right to abortion and the rights of workers.
I speak about the need to protect the rights of LGBT kids, the need for intelligent sex education, and the need to defend abortion rights.
There have been protests in front of the residences of justices of the US Supreme Court, following the leak of the decision to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, upholding the right of the woman to have a safe abortion-as there should be. These protests and demonstration have been entirely peaceful-but protestors have been admonished by news pundits to NOT protest, with the old lame excuses of “It’s counterproductive” and “it makes the cause look bad.” https://crooksandliars.com/2022/05/justice-alito-safety-women-be-damned
Nonsense! Like I said, the protests have been peaceful, and Supreme Court justice, like every other public official, has to held accountable for their actions while in office, and answerable to the public. The rights of a woman to have a safe, medically-correct abortion is being threatened, and Republican-dominated state legislatures have bills on tap to restrict the ability of women to have an abortion down to zero. And we’re supposed to be quiet about it? We can’t stand up for our rights? How can you be quiet about something so serious?
Social change is not a kid’s game; it takes the dedicated work of activists over the decades, even centuries, of affect any improvement in the rights of formerly marginalized people. We must know the urgency of this situation, and being good little boys and girls will get us nowhere. We must assert ourselves in our work to preserve abortion rights and all other rights. and get in the face of those who would take them away.
Voting sure helps; the Pennsylvania primary election is next Tuesday, May 17, and I urge you to PLEASE get out and vote in massive numbers-the stakes are high, and the danger is real.
I speak about the leaked Supreme Court decision ending Roe v. Wade, and the need to defend reproductive rights.
It’s happened-the Supreme court is deciding to put an end to Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 decision that prohibited states from passing laws preventing women from attaining abortions. (https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/02/supreme-court-abortion-draft-opinion-00029473) Justice Samuel Alito produced a draft decision that declared that Roe “was egregiously wrong from the start,” and “an abuse of judicial authority,” adding, “The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision”.
The idea is, supposedly, to return the question of abortion to “the people’s elected representatives,” meaning the state legislatures, such as in Texas, Mississippi, and Oklahoma, that have pass the most draconian and restrictive laws preventing women from having an abortion-like the Texas snitch law, where, if you report someone having an abortion after a certain number of weeks, you can receive a bounty of $10,000.00.
And, of course, the anti-abortion conservatives believe that would be the end of abortions. Not at all! Abortions will continue, but in back alleys and basements, in the most dangerous conditions; or else women would have to do it themselves, which bleach and coat hangers.
NO, the issue is NOT settled. We won’t take it. It’s the right of a woman to control her body and her life. To me, the anti-abortion crusade is a passive-aggressive assault on women daring to run their lives and seek equality; it has nothing to do with saving the baby-they could care less about what happens to the child after birth. I’m a man, therefore I can’t get pregnant, and so I wholeheartedly support abortion and reproductive rights. I urge you to do the same, by getting out there and voting, to elect pro-reproductive rights candidates to office.
I talk about the recent poll by Ipsos-NPR about education, and the need to have intelligent discussion about race, gender identity, and sexuality in schools.