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Advocates launch multi-state legal challenge against abortion restrictions, lambast congressional 'witch hunt' against providers, more

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  • Key stakeholders in women's health praise a legal challenge against abortion restrictions in three states, blast a congressional panel targeting abortion providers and more.
  • "We are going to fight back state by state and law by law until every person has the right to pursue the life they want, including the right to decide to end a pregnancy." -- Raegan McDonald-Mosley, chief medical officer at Planned Parenthood, discussing three lawsuits filed by the organization and other advocacy groups against abortion restrictions in Missouri, North Carolina and Alaska. In the lawsuit, the advocacy groups cited the Supreme Court's continued affirmation of women's right to abortion care, as well as the high court's recent ruling in Whole Woman's Health vs. Hellerstedt, which struck down medically unnecessary abortion restrictions in Texas (Women's Health Policy Report, 12/1).
  • Related: Special Project | The War on Women- Is Donald Trump’s Cabinet Anti-Woman?
  • Special Project | Hatewatch- The Terrorists Among Us

Women's Health Policy Report, National Partnership for Women and Families

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Stop%20the%20War%20on%20Women%20graphic_0.jpgDecember 8, 2016 | "This purely partisan witch-hunt against researchers and doctors has caused affirmative harm." -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), the top liberal lawmaker on a panel targeting abortion providers, discussing a report released by the panel's liberal members. The report refutes claims made by conservative members and criticizes how conservative lawmakers have conducted their investigation. For instance, the report debunked claims that abortion providers profited from fetal tissue donations and found that conservative lawmakers issued 42 subpoenas in violation of House rules, among other allegations (Women's Health Policy Report, 12/6).

"The majority of Americans, including [President-elect Donald] Trump's own voters, support access to health care at Planned Parenthood and want abortion to stay legal and safe." -- Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, pledging to keep the organization open amid conservative lawmakers' plans to defund Planned Parenthood next year. Propelled in part by Trump's election, conservative lawmakers in 2017 plan to target Planned Parenthood funding, ban abortion care at 20 weeks, make the Hyde Amendment permanent and ensure conservative appointments to the Supreme Court (Women's Health Policy Report, 11/30).

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Women's Health Policy Report is a publication of the National Partnership for Women and Families. Founded in 1971 as the Women’s Legal Defense Fund, the National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization located in Washington, D.C. Today, we promote fairness in the workplace, reproductive health and rights, access to quality, affordable health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family.

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Special Project | The War on Women- Is Donald Trump’s Cabinet Anti-Woman? Susan Chira, New York (NY) Times / National Partnership for Women

Consider their positions on these issues.

 

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Special Project | Hatewatch- The Terrorists Among Us, William Saletan, Slate <http://www.slate.com>

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  • Forget Syria. The most dangerous religious extremists are migrants from North and South Carolina.
  • Related: Advocates launch multi-state legal challenge against abortion restrictions, lambast congressional 'witch hunt' against providers, more

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Deep Reservations About the “Anti-Trump” Movement by Caleb Maupin

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  • Are you satisfied with the left remaining an isolated book club of middle class bohemians? Or do you actually want a new America?
  • Related: Berkeley protesters just fell into the most obvious trap imaginable. Again.

Caleb Maupin, Dandelion Salad 

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January 20, 2017 | Open Letter to J20 Protesters

Dear J20 Protesters, 

These are not emotionless times in the United States of America. Anger is running high all across the country. If you have a moment, I urge you to calmly please consider just a few things I have to say. I’m not a Trump supporter, but I have some deep reservations about the “Anti-Trump” movement.

First, you are absolutely right to be offended, angry, and triggered by Donald Trump’s words, and his victory in November. The statements he has made about about immigrants, Muslims, and women are unacceptable. His calls for massive deportations and his support for the police despite their record of brutality is not something any progressive can support.

Caleb Maupin, Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad 

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Berkeley protesters just fell into the most obvious trap imaginable. Again, Melissa B. Warnke, Los Angeles (CA) Times 

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  • What happened at Berkeley wasn’t heroic or principled; it was disorganized, and pathetic.
  • Related: 'People Have the Right to Take to the Streets'

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Berkeley protesters just fell into the most obvious trap imaginable. Again.

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  • What happened at Berkeley wasn’t heroic or principled; it was disorganized, and pathetic.
  • Related: 'People Have the Right to Take to the Streets'

Melissa B. Warnke, Los Angeles (CA) Times

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Raised%20Fist%20Power%20to%20the%20People.jpgWednesday, February 8, 2017 | An attention-thirsty bigot came to speak at UC Berkeley last night (I refuse to say his name), at the request of the College Republicans. He couldn’t have asked for a better evening. What was originally billed as a peaceful protest quickly turned violent. The bigot didn’t end up speaking to a crowd of several hundred students. Instead, he spoke to a crowd of millions, during an extended interview on Fox News and a series of rants on his Facebook page, where he claimed he’d been evacuated from the campus.

I chose to cover neither the bigot’s speech tonight nor the protest. He has a single card in his deck; I’d seen it before. But when I heard that Sproul Plaza, the campus square half a mile from my house, had descended into chaos, I tuned in. And here’s what I saw: Protesters shouted obscenities; they threw firecrackers and bricks at police; they shattered windows; they set a large fire in the middle of campus; they pummeled a man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat until he bled. Police fired rubber bullets at and deployed tear gas on the crowd after issuing multiple warnings for protesters to leave the area. Students then danced to “We Found Love in a Hopeless Place” and “Drunk in Love” while raising their middle fingers.

Melissa B. Warnke: Contributing writer, Los Angeles (CA) Times' Opinion, , covering politics, violence, gender. 

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'People Have the Right to Take to the Streets', Janine Jackson <>, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

Janine Jackson interviewed Mara Verheyden-Hilliard about the inauguration protests for the January 27, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

'People Have the Right to Take to the Streets'

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Janine Jackson interviewed Mara Verheyden-Hilliard about the inauguration protests for the January 27, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

Janine Jackson, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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http://fair.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Mara-Verheyden-Hilliard.png Mara Verheyden-Hilliard: “It is not a crime to be in proximity to other people who break the law in conjunction with First Amendment activities. It is not a crime to be reporting on protests going on, even if portions of those protests become violent.” (image: WTTG/WDCA)

January 31, 2017 | Janine Jackson: A spontaneously organized rally in opposition to Trump’s proposed travel ban for people from Muslim-majority countries packed Washington Square Park here in New York January 25, just days after millions took part in women’s marches around the country, those coming the day after thousands demonstrated at Trump’s inauguration. As this administration proceeds, more and more people are feeling driven to show resistance in some visible way, including taking part in street protests, which makes the treatment of protesters by law enforcement and the courts—always critical—a front-burner concern.

What should we learn, then, from the mass arrest of protesters and journalists at the inauguration, and the decision to bring felony riot charges against them? Mara Verheyden-Hilliard is an activist and attorney. She’s co-founder and executive director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund. She joins us now by phone from Washington, DC. Welcome to CounterSpin, Mara Verheyden-Hilliard.

Mara Verheyden-Hilliard: Thank for you having me.

Janine Jackson is the program director of FAIR, and the co-host and co-producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin—a weekly program of media criticism airing on more than 150 stations around the country.

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On Defending Medicare, The Best Defense Is A Good Offense, Demanding Medicare For All Now.

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It is not enough to demand that Medicare not be cut. That is what Bernie is calling on us to demand right now, which is fine as far as it goes. But to really protect Medicare at all our strategy must be to demand more. We must demand that it be expanded instead. That means Medicare for all. Now.

The Pen

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January 1, 2017 | On health care as in so many other areas, the best defense is a good offense. Even if you believe that so-called Obamacare is a swell thing, even if all you are interested in doing is defending it, the best way to do that is to go on offense and demand something better, which is Medicare for All. 

The Republican agenda is not just to disable the so-called Affordable Care Act (ACA). They want to privatize Medicare, that is, to cut profit taking middlemen in on the action, and to gut Medicaid. God forbid that the health of our disadvantaged fellow citizens should be in the national interest of the health of all of us. This is now epidemics start. 

The Pen: Advocacy for peace and justice

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