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Sunday
Apr292012

Obama & The Clintons Cement Ties for 2012 Election | Senate Renews Violence Against Women Act

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Forging Political and Policy Ties

Bill Clinton may be President Obama’s most important ally in his re-election campaign, in a burying of the ax that formally leaves behind the bitter days of the 2008 Democratic primary between Obama and Hillary Clinton. Huff Po quotes Terry McAuliffe, “a close adviser to both Clintons and one of the most ardent protectors of their political brand”:

“It makes absolutely clear that, to the extent that there were different wings of the Democratic party, there is now one wing of the Democratic party,” said Chris Lehane, a Clinton backer. “And it’s the president’s party.”

 

Senate Renews Violence Against Women Act

Fifteen Senate Republicans joined 51 Democrats and two independents to approve the stalled Violence Against Women Act with amendments that now expand the law to explicitly provide protection to gays, illegal immigrants and Native Americans.

New York Sen. Charles Schumer called today on House Republicans to renew the bill. Republicans are working on their own version of the bill, without the added protections for new constituencies not covered under the expiring act.

“I want to say, to the small group in the House of Representatives moving to stop this bill. Stop it. Pass this bill,” Schumer said, calling the renewal a “no brainer.” Schumer added that the House version doesn’t even contain the word “women”, writes the NY Daily News.

Last month Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance urged support for New York State’s Aggravated Domestic Violence Bill, reports the NY Daily News.

“As a result of outdated New York State domestic violence laws, a serial abuser who hurts his victim for the 100th time can receive the same sentence he did for his first conviction — a maximum of one year in jail for an A misdemeanor, the same crime level as not paying a subway fare. That is not justice for victims.”

DFR on Religion

The Atlantic asks if Catholic Schools should be able to fire teachers over fertility treatments.

Emily Herx was a popular literature teacher at St. Vincent de Paul School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, until she used her medical leave for in vitro fertilization. Herx lost her job and says a church official called her a “grave, immoral sinner.” When she appealed to Fort Wayne Bishop Kevin Rhoades, he told her IVF was “an intrinsic evil, which means that no circumstances can justify it.” The federal government saw things a bit differently. Herx filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and won — paving the way for a civil lawsuit.

Reverend Richard Sparks argues that the confusing “minefield” of Catholic teaching is more about Church teachings than politics. Perhaps, but in either case, it’s about bishops’ power over women.

Pope BenedictFaith and Analytical Thinking Skills

Researchers Will Gervais and Ara Norenzayan publish research experiments designed to measure the relationship between individual with strong analytical thinking skills and a person’s faith.

Prior research has suggested that religious beliefs are rooted in intuitive processing. In this new research, published in Nature, the authors conclude that there is a significant positive correlation between faith and analytical thinking skills. via Chicago Tribune

Related articles:

Georgetown University President: We Will Continue Providing Birth Control To Our Employees ThinkProgress

With High Premarital Sex and Abortion Rates, Evangelicals Say It’s Time To Talk About Sex Huff Po

We Are All Nuns Nicholas D. Kristof for NYT

Bishops Play Church Queens as Pawns Maureen Dowd for NYT

Iowa View: U.S. nuns are under attack from the pope The DesMoinesRegister.com

The Politics of Faith and American Exceptionalism Mugambi Jouet for Huff Po

Monday
Apr232012

Foreign Policy Magazine's First Sex Issue | From the Middle East to America, Why So Few Women Leaders?

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The current issue of Foreign Policy is devoted to sex. That would be females. No, no. Foreign Policy hasn’t gone the way of Playboy. Instead the April issue is dedicated to the consideration of how and why sex — in all our understandings of the meaning of the word — is so relevant in global politics.

Women missing from peace talks and parliaments, sexual abuse and exploitation institutionalized and legalized in too many places on the planet, and a U.S. policy that, whether intentionally or not, all too frequently works to shore up the abusers and perpetuate the marginalization of half of humanity. Women’s bodies are the world’s battleground, the contested terrain on which politics is played out. We can keep ignoring it. For this one issue, we decided not to.

Articles include:

Why Women Are a Foreign Policy Issue by Melanne Verneer

Why To They Hate Us? by Mona Eltahawy

The Ayatollah Under the Bed(sheets) by Karim Sadjadpour

The Startling Plight of China’s Leftover Ladies by Christina Larson

The Most Powerful Women You’ve Never Heard Of

Men rule the political world: Women make up just 20 percent of the world’s parliaments and constitute about 17 percent of cabinet positions. Foreign Policy asks: “Why aren’t there more women leaders, and is there any hope of change?” The magazine interviewed top female leaders around the world about the biggest obstacles for aspiring female politicians, and how they can be brought to the negotiating table. Presidents and vice presidents, cabinet secretaries and members of Congress all participated. Question: if 95 countries in the world have instituted quotas for women in governing, is it time America installs quotas, too?

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The parishioners of Our Lady of the Lake gave their pastor - the Rev. Tim Clark - a standing ovation for not supporting the repeal of same-sex marriage (courtesy of Our Lady of the LakeSeattle’s Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church saluted the Rev. Tim Clark with a standing ovation on Sunday when he announced that the parish would not gather signatures to support a referendum to repeal same-sex marriage. The parish is the sixth in Seattle to opt out of the petition drive instigated by Archbishop J Peter Sartain. Six parishes in the Seattle have joined the refusal. Unlike other bishops, Sartain left the decision of whether or not to support the gathering of signatures against gay marriage to individual pastors.

In St. Paul-Minneapolis, Archbishop John Nienstedt is pressing an amendment to the state constitution saying that marriage is only between a man and a woman.

In a fiery letter to priests that also condemned no-fault divorce and cohabitation outside of marriage, Archbishop Nienstedt said he would brook no public dissent from any priest in the archdiocese, writes the Seattle PI.

Archbishop Nienstedt has sent 400,000 anti-gay DVDs to Catholics in his diocese. Students wearing rainbows at a diocesan mass are refused communion.

Rap Sheet

Women Directors| No movies by women will compete at the Cannes Film Festival this year, writes Melissa Silverstein at Women and Hollywood. Last year there were four.

HBO Girls| Alison Willmore asks what are we mad at Lena Dunham and HBO’s Girls over today. Her list includes the show’s name; not representing the sisterhood; racist; and nepotism. Jezebel’s Dodai Stewart agrees, writing that the show reminds her of what her ’60s hippie parents have always told her: “If you’re not part of the solution you’re part of the problem.”

Wisc. Dems on Walker| Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk was joined last week by state Reps. Christine Sinicki of Milwaukee and Chris Taylor of Madison in sending a letter to Repubican governor Walker asking for an explanation of why he repealed the state’s equal pay law. Falk, who is running against Walker in the recall, cited a lack of any lawsuits filed against the bill as Republicans have claimed.

Gingrey, Burgess, Paul and Roe delivered around 17,000 babies during their medical careers. | AP PhotosRepublican OB-GYNS in Congress| “We’re all Southern, conservative, and pro-life,” said Phil Roe of the four OB-GYN members of the House. “Loudmouthed and red-necked is also a good way to describe us.” Read on at Politico.

Sunday
Apr222012

Anne Enke To Debut GlamTribale Jewelry Collection In Support of Planned Parenthood & African Girls

GlamTribale.com comes soon to Anne of Carversville

 

In honor of Earth Day, 2012, I want to share with readers design prototypes from our Gaia Collection at GlamTribale.com. No later than June 15, 2012, our new shopping website will open for preview business, offering a spectacular collection of jewelry designed by me and Philadelphia artist Cat Horn.

GlamTribale represents the beginning of a new journey, one in which I leverage the reputation and values of Anne of Carversville to support myself financially, while we extend our Smart Sensuality purses by doing good and helping others.

Our opening statement will include 10-12 collections inspired by goddesses, with each piece developed around mythology and women’s history, while promoting female-centric values.

Global Goddesses on the Move

Each piece of jewelry in our GlamTribale collection is designed with components from a minimum of three continents to emphasize the migration of humanity across the globe and the interconnected nature of our lives. Our Mami Wata Collection will follow the slave routes out of Africa to Brazil and beyond.

Presently, we estimate that components are 80% made of recycled, refuse or natural materials in fair trade shops around the world. Our shipping materials will be eco-friendly with complete transparency in their origins.

Fair Trade Wages and Values

The jewelry will be assembled in Philadelphia, Pa by a team paid fair trade wages. Not knowing what to expect in terms of volume, we will work with a largely free lance staff throughout 2012. It is our goal to create hourly wage jobs, job security and a benefit package for our workers in 2013.

10% of Revenue Donated to African Girls and Planned Parenthood PA/USA

Philanthropy that supports women’s causes is very important to me personally.

When I first conceived GlamTribale, I assumed that 10% of our revenues would go to purchase sanitary supplies for young girls in Africa. Because so many young women in Africa don’t have access to sanitary napkins, they miss a week of school each month and often drop out over the humiliation of accidents and teasing by boys. It remains my goal that 5% of GlamTribale revenues will support young women in Africa.

As a second wave feminist, it’s inconceivable to me that the Catholic bishops and social conservatives would be dedicated to shutting down Planned Parenthood across America and specifically in Pennsylvania, one of the original shining star American colonies.

Nevertheless, it is the goal of the Vatican, Catholic bishops and many evangelical groups to destroy Planned Parenthood, the primary source of healthcare and family planning for poor women in America.

Prepared to help lead a new wave of feminism in America, I appeal to the multitude of Republican women who were the original founders of Planned Parenthood, their daughters and granddaughters, to join me in supporting Planned Parenthood PA/USA with another 5% of GlamTribale revenues.

GlamTribale.com is a project for ALL women of conscience and heart, not only Democratic or progressive women. We must join hands together in a refusal to return to the dark days of no rights to contraception or controlling our family planning in America. ~ Anne Enke

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