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Pro-Choice and Pro-Voice

Posts tagged racism

Mar 26 '14

nitanahkohe:

U.S. attorneys declined 50 percent of the Native American cases deferred to them between 2005 and 2009, of which 67 percent were sexual abuse and rape related, according to the Native American Bar Association. [source]

Mar 26 '14
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Mar 21 '14
"It’s just, I think, sad when a political party — my political party — has so lost faith in its ideas that it’s pouring all of its energy into election mechanics. And again, I’m a guy who understands and appreciates what we should be doing in order to make sure every vote counts, every vote is legitimate. But that fact is, it ought to be abundantly clear to everybody in this state that there is no massive voter fraud. The only thing that we do have in this state is we have long lines of people who want to vote. And it seems to me that we should be doing everything we can to make it easier, to help these people get their votes counted. And that we should be pitching as political parties our ideas for improving things in the future, rather than mucking around in the mechanics and making it more confrontational at the voting sites and trying to suppress the vote."

Sen. Dale Schultz (R) who called out Wisconsin GOP politician for supporting voter suppression efforts (via Think Progress)

Schultz added that the suppression was “just plain wrong,” adding, “It is all predicated on some belief there is a massive fraud or irregularities, something my colleagues have been hot on the trail for three years and have failed miserably at demonstrating.” The GOP-controlled Assembly has already passed a similar bill.

2011 study by the non-partisan Brennan Center found just seven cases of voter fraud in Wisconsin’s 2004 election, out of three million votes cast — a fraud rate of just 0.0002 percent.

(via occupywatchdog)

This obstruction is national policy by now. Voter suppression couched in voter I.d legislation is invariably a Republican initiave

(via invisiblelad)

Voter suppression is directly linked to reproductive rights. It’s not a coincidence that people who support reproductive and other human rights over states’ and big businesses’ rights - women, people of color, people living in poverty - are overwhelmingly targeted by these laws. It is the reason these laws exist.

Mar 2 '14
Mar 1 '14
winnememwintuvoice:

Remember Loretta Saunders – the latest person on a long list of murdered and disappeared Indigenous Women.

winnememwintuvoice:

Remember Loretta Saunders – the latest person on a long list of murdered and disappeared Indigenous Women.

Mar 1 '14
ncapablog:

The South Dakota House passed a bill that would ban abortions based on the sex of the fetus, also called “sex-selective” abortions, according to an article in Mother Jones.
Lawmakers claim the bill is necessary because Asian immigrants, who they say don’t value woman and girls, are coming to their state. The Asian American community grew more than 70 percent in South Dakota in the last 10 years, according to the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF).
In the Mother Jones article, Stace Nelson, a Republican state representative running for the U.S. Senate, is quoted as saying, “Many of you know I spent 18 years in Asia … And sadly, I can tell you that the rest of the world does not value the lives of women as much as I value the lives of my daughters.”
NAPAWF launched a campaign today to take action to stop the passing of the bill, HR 1162. 

"The racism and the stereotypes and the stigma is laid so bare here," said Miriam Yeung, executive director of NAPAWF, told Mother Jones. The group has long argued that that sex-selective abortion bans perpetuate negative stereotypes about Asian American women. “We’ve been saying that these bills are wolves in sheep’s clothing. But in this case, I think the wolf has left off the sheep’s clothing.”

NAPAWF asks you to sign their petition here: “Don’t let South Dakota pass a racist anti-abortion bill!”
Follow @NAPAWF on Twitter for more information and graphics like the one posted above.

Just when you think anti-choicers have reached peak absurdity, they manage to prove you wrong.

ncapablog:

The South Dakota House passed a bill that would ban abortions based on the sex of the fetus, also called “sex-selective” abortions, according to an article in Mother Jones.

Lawmakers claim the bill is necessary because Asian immigrants, who they say don’t value woman and girls, are coming to their state. The Asian American community grew more than 70 percent in South Dakota in the last 10 years, according to the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF).

In the Mother Jones article, Stace Nelson, a Republican state representative running for the U.S. Senate, is quoted as saying, “Many of you know I spent 18 years in Asia … And sadly, I can tell you that the rest of the world does not value the lives of women as much as I value the lives of my daughters.”

NAPAWF launched a campaign today to take action to stop the passing of the bill, HR 1162. 

"The racism and the stereotypes and the stigma is laid so bare here," said Miriam Yeung, executive director of NAPAWF, told Mother Jones. The group has long argued that that sex-selective abortion bans perpetuate negative stereotypes about Asian American women. “We’ve been saying that these bills are wolves in sheep’s clothing. But in this case, I think the wolf has left off the sheep’s clothing.”

NAPAWF asks you to sign their petition here: “Don’t let South Dakota pass a racist anti-abortion bill!”

Follow @NAPAWF on Twitter for more information and graphics like the one posted above.

Just when you think anti-choicers have reached peak absurdity, they manage to prove you wrong.

Feb 25 '14
"As black feminists from the ’70s onward sought to expand racial, gender and economic equality for women of color, they found themselves being left out of mainstream conversations about equal pay and reproductive rights. Their stories were left untold in a women’s rights movement, led by mainly white women. Tired of being silenced and fueled by an international movement for human rights, they began the reproductive justice movement to bring to light the fact that communities of color lack access to basic healthcare and pregnancy options, including the opportunity to raise our children with dignity. They demanded that our stories be heard, and their demands still affect how we think about policy today."

Whitewashing reproductive rights: How black activists get erased

Never forget, it was black women who developed “reproductive justice" and a black woman who coined "intersectionality.” Black women have long been at the forefront of civil rights and social justice movements, yet it’s our white activists who get the spotlight.

Feb 17 '14
"One of the other escorts, an African-American woman a few years older than me, got the worst (and funniest) of the protesters’ wrath. They yelled the debunked line about Planned Parenthood and eugenics at her and demanded to know how she could participate in the killing of black babies. They yelled this at the African-American patients who came in as well, and several of them just laughed it off. I don’t think the forced birthers have figured out yet that this line of attack tends to backfire on them—that in light of our country’s long, troubling history of trying to control African-Americans and trying to control when and how they could reproduce, they generally don’t like it when white strangers try and tell them what to do on this subject."
Jan 29 '14
Jan 17 '14

smokeweird:

bebinn:

After reading an NPR segment featuring a cheery grandmother as the face of anti-abortion protestors, clinic escort Erin Matson decided to show the truth behind the innocent facade. Click through for more first-person accounts of anti-choice harassment and terrorism.

I heard “be a man” shouted a lot. Old white men telling scared young women of color that the clinic kills black babies. (As if those racist pieces of shit cared one iota about black lives aside from how much they can control them.) Old white men — all of the protesters I ever saw were white — following these scared women back to their cars, pushing leaflets into their shaking hands and berating their boyfriends and husbands in front of their children. A lot of very off-key hymn singing.

Anti-abortion protesters are the scum of the earth.

Dec 30 '13
"Race is not a biological category that naturally produces health disparities because of genetic differences. Race is a political category that has staggering biological consequences because of the impact of social inequality on people’s health."
Dorothy E. Roberts, Fatal Intervention (via lamaracuya)

(Source: todoelajo)

Dec 3 '13

An update on the Italian woman who was forced to give birth

redlightpolitics:

Yesterday I posted about the Italian woman who was forced into a C Section because, according to British Child Services, she had suffered a mental breakdown. In my post, I said that I had heard similar stories about migrant women (not the forcible birth but the involvement of Child Services because their motherhood skills are questioned more often than their White counterparts). I had no data about the Italian woman in question so I did not feel comfortable speculating about her ethnicity. However, for the past 24 hours I have been monitoring a number of Italian news sites in the hopes that more info about the woman becomes available. English speaking media is behind its Italian counterpart in updating the development of this story. A moment ago I finally found what I had suspected. Via Repubblica (translation from Italian mine):

“I want my daughter back, I am suffering like an animal. I was forced into a C-Section without my consent. The day of the forced delivery I thought they were moving me from one room to another while I kept saying I wanted to return to Italy. Then I was sedated and when I woke up, she was gone. She was taken away from me.

Speaking like a wounded mother, Alessandra Panchieri, 35 years old, from Chainciano. She is the woman who suffers from bipolar disorder whose daughter was taken away in Essex, England. […]

The baby’s father, who is from Senegal, and an American relative of mine, Indra Armstrong, were both available to take care of the child but the British social services have ignored this. Why? Why did nobody help me?”

And there you have it. The baby’s father, who was willing and available to take care of the child, is from Senegal.

ETA: On Twitter, Rosa linked me to the court ruling. As I had speculated, turns out the father was an undocumented migrant as well:

Her mother is A. She is an Italian national. Her father is B who is a Senegalese national, he is currently living in Italy. His situation is unclear, as I understand it he travelled there under a student visa, at least on one version, and is an over-stayer. He certainly has no status in Italy and he is unable, as I understand it, as a result of his status, either to leave Italy at all , and is certainly not able to come to the United Kingdom. 

This is what happens to children of color born from an undocumented parent. Given away like the spoils of the Empire, to decide their fate and future. 

I was expecting this. I kept reading more details of this case in hopes that something would click, but the more you learn about it, the less sense it makes. Horrifying.

Oct 26 '13
Oct 15 '13

Anonymous asked:

Because white women should totally be appropriating Aztec religions!!!

Nope, they definitely shouldn’t! What’s great about Take Back Halloween! is that they have costumes sourced from so many different cultures and countries; no matter your background, you can almost certainly find a badass lady to emulate. Unfortunately, such a comprehensive resource also makes it very easy for white women (who either don’t know better, or don’t care) to appropriate sacred and important aspects of other cultures.

TBH! has a section on their About page about ethnic stereotype costumes, but no mention of appropriation. I think it’d be great to reach out to the creator, Suzanne Scoggins, to request some information on the issue be posted on the site. Her email is on the About page, and she’s on Twitter, too.

I would highly recommend everyone taking some time to read about cultural appropriation before deciding on a costume. My Culture Is Not A Trend and Native Appropriations discuss appropriation of Native American culture, and Gypsy Appropriations is about the Romani people, while This Is Not India has a great post on…you guessed it: appropriation of Indian culture. Those are good places to start, but there are tons more resources out there. All you have to do is Google.

Thanks for the message, anon.