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Tuesday
Sep252012

Scott Brown Apologizes for Staff Tomahawk Chants Against Elizabeth Warren

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Anne is reading …

Just out from the New York Times, Senator Scott Brown — who yesterday expressed a more cavalier “boys will be boys” attitude about the racist actions of his staff members — has issued a statement saying that he “regrets” what he considers “unacceptable” behavior of his staff members who participated more than once in the tomahawk chops and Indian war whoops at campaign rallies.

The mockery of Elizabeth Warren for embracing her Cherokee Indian heritage has brought a demand from the Cherokee nation that Brown apologize. As Rachel Maddow reminds us, Scott Brown has never proven for a moment that Warren has lied about her heritage. He only says that she doesn’t “look” that she has Cherokee blood. Brown attacked Warren in his recent debate on this issue.

The principal chief of the Cherokee Nation had asked the senator to apologize for what he called the “downright racist” gestures of Brown supporters at a campaign event Saturday in Dorchester, Mass.

Related reading: Where Did the Tomahawk Chop Come From? Slate

Cherokee Nation Demands Brown Apology

Principal Chief John Bakers, official head of the Cherokee nation, issued a statement today denouncing the “disrespectful actions” of members of Sen. Scott Brown’s staff.

The rally show above took place in Boston on Monday.

The conduct of these individuals goes far beyond what is appropriate and proper in political discourse. The use of stereotypical ‘war whoop chants’ and ‘tomahawk chops’ are offensive and downright racist. It is those types of actions that perpetuate negative stereotypes and continue to minimize and degrade all Native peoples,” Baker said. “The individuals involved in this unfortunate incident are high-ranking staffers in both the senate office and the Brown campaign. A campaign that would allow and condone such offensive and racist behavior must be called to task for their actions.

Related Reading: Marcia Dawkins: Elizabeth Warren and the Politics of Racial Passing Huffington Post

Elizabeth Warren’s Claims

The neutral Christian Science Monitor shares with readers the story of what is known about Elizabeth Warren’s claims to have a Cherokee heritage.

In May 2012, The Atlantic wrote an in-depth story Is Elizabeth Warren Native American or What?

Warren’s claims to Cherokee status rest on the assertion that her great-great-great-grandmother O.C. Sarah Smith was Cherokee. Earlier this year the New England Historic Genealogical Society issued this statement which was a clarification about Warren’s ancestry.

NEHGS has not expressed a position on whether Mrs. Warren has Native American ancestry, nor do we possess any primary sources to prove that she is. We have no proof that Elizabeth Warren’s great-great-great-grandmother O.C. Sarah Smith either is or is not of Cherokee descent. Our initial research indicated that various members of Ms. Warren’s extended family made references to being Cherokee, citing secondary sources, but we advised that additional research on the subject was needed.

Tuesday
Sep252012

Camilla Akrans Creates Pure Artistry with Anja Rubik for Numéro #137 October 2012 

Photographer Camilla Akrans creates spectacular images of Anja Rubik in ‘Hors Cadre’, a sensually voluptuous fashion editorial for Numéro #137 October 2012. Editorial continues in Private Studio.

Monday
Sep242012

California & New York Allow Nurses & Health Officials To Administer Birth Control in Schools & Communities

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Anne is reading about birth control in big cities … 

California governor Jerry Brown signed legislation this weekend that allows registered nurses to dispense hormonal contraceptives to women under a standardized procedure.

The law “also allows RNs to dispense drugs and devices upon an order by a certified nurse-midwife, a nurse practitioner, or a physician assistant while functioning within specified clinic settings,” according to a news release from Brown’s office.

The new law, signed by Governor Brown at Planned Parenthood’s Los Angeles headquarters in South Los Angeles, will take effect on Jan. 1.via LA Times

Think Progress writes that due to a shortage of physicians in California, women are often unable to schedule timely appointments to obtain the birth control prescriptions they need.

Birth Control in City Schools

New York City is expanding its pilot program that will distribute morning-after pills and other contraceptives to high school students, reports the New York Times.

“In New York City, over 7,000 young women become pregnant by age 17 — 90 percent of which are unplanned,” Alexandra Waldhorn, a health department spokeswoman, said. “We are committed to trying new approaches, like this pilot program in place since January 2011, to improve a situation that can have lifelong consequences.”

The program called Catch or Connecting Adolescents to Comprehensive Healthcare program began with 5 schools in January 2011 and is now operating in 13 schools.

New York is among 21 states and the District of Columbia that allow all minors access to contraceptive services, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group in Washington that supports abortion rights. But because of a court decision in the early 1990s, some form of parental notification and the right to opt out is required at school.

Related: IUDs, Implants Urged for Teen Girls’ Birth Control Huffington Post

American Feminism: History of Right to Choice

The march to contraception and abortion access in America is analyzed in a new book ‘All in the Family: The Realignment of American Democracy’ Since the 1962. Salon publishes an excerpt.

In the late ’60s and ’70s, women’s advocates cast the female body as a site of political struggle, the place where the intimate and personal became the legal and public and where the personal became the political. In doing so, they put forward reproductive rights as a bedrock of female citizenship. Abortion and forced sterilization emerged as the key issues. Across the country in the early 1960s, state laws prohibited virtually any form of abortion, turning hundreds of thousands of ordinary women each year into criminals, and dozens of states coerced women into sterilization procedures.