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The Real Reason Republicans Keep Pushing Transgender Bathroom Bans

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GOP politicians are  devoting a lot of thought to seats ― but not toilet seats, legislative seats. These discriminatory bills don’t protect citizens, they protect politicians. Here’s how.

Matt Baume, Huffington Post

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Panic%20in%20the%20Bathroom.jpg03/01/2017 | Bathroom bills have been popping up in state after state — you know, the laws that say transgender people can’t use a bathroom unless it matches their birth certificate. In other words, you can’t pee unless you show your toilet papers.

Why are we suddenly seeing so many of these? The politicians pushing them claim that they just want to protect people. And you know what? They’re right ― stopping trans people from using the bathroom will protect people. But not the people they say.

Lawmakers claim that their bills will stop predators, and protect children.

Matt Baume: Seattle-based writer & storyteller

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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

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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.
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‘I won’t be part of a white-woman kumbaya march’: Portland NAACP drops support of anti-Trump protest

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Women protesting Donald Trump (Lucy Westcott)

  • Women’s marches across the country, including the march in Washington, D.C. — also scheduled the day after Trump’s inauguration — have received similar criticism about a lack of inclusion. Organizers of the Washington march have since released a platform of guiding and defining principles that seek to make the movement inclusive of a variety of issues women face.
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Erin Corbett, Raw Story

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Stop%20the%20War%20on%20Women%20graphic.jpg13 Jan 2017 | Portland’s Women’s March against President-elect Donald Trump has been criticized as a march for white women, leading the NAACP of Portland to drop its endorsement of the march, the Willamette Week reports.

“I didn’t want to be part of the march if it was going to be a white-woman kumbaya march,” the group’s president Jo Ann Hardesty said of the march, which will be held on Jan. 21 along with other women’s marches across the country.

Erin Corbett is a New York-based journalist, originally from Chicago. Her writing interests include immigration, detention, national security, and reproductive justice.

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Unexpected Alliances, Alexander Posekian, Left Side of History

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The Women’s March on Chicago Announces Post-Inauguration March and Rally

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  • Where: Petrillo Bandshell, Grant Park, Chicago, IL
  • When: Saturday, January 21, 2017 @ 10 AM
  • Learn More: womens121marchonchicago.org
  • January 3, 2017 | Join the Veterans Contingent in the Women's March on Washington!
  • Related: Special Project | The War on Women- Is Donald Trump’s Cabinet Anti-Woman

The Women’s March on Chicago

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Stop%20the%20War%20on%20Women%20graphic.jpgDecember 22, 2016 | The First Amendment is alive and well in Chicago, as thousands of women and their allies will brave the cold to rally downtown on January 21 in solidarity with others around the world who defend and further women's rights. The Women’s March on Chicago honors women’s marches planned for Washington D.C. and dozens of other U.S. cities on January 21, the day after the presidential inauguration, to make their diverse voices heard by a new administration.

Chicago marchers will stand together for women’s civil liberties and rights and to signal that their diverse communities are the strength of our country.

“We are the women of Chicago. We are varied races, ethnicities, ages, religions, sexual identities, economic situations, politics, and countless other diversities, and we will share space on January 21 to protect our rights and our humanity,” said Liz Radford, one of the organizers. “We are marching to voice protests and concerns because our rights, safety, and values are at stake. The mission of this march is to connect, protect, and activate in our communities.”

Organizers have received conditional approval from the Chicago Park District to convene at 10 a.m. at Petrillo Bandshell in Grant Park. More information on the march route and concluding rally location will follow.

“We are actively spreading the word throughout Chicago and the suburbs to recruit marchers and supporters,” said Lisa DeSantiago, one of the organizers. “We are here for equality and justice - everybody in this group wants it and will fight for it."

The grassroots effort started in mid-November 2016 when several women met online and felt compelled to combat the divisive rhetoric of the presidential campaign. In five weeks, more than 22,000 interested marchers have connected online. Nearly 10,000 people registered with the official Facebook page of the event within 48 hours of the launch earlier this week.

For more information, please visit the website: womens121marchonchicago.org, or go to the Facebook page: womensmarchonchicago.

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Join the Veterans Contingent in the Women's March on Washington!, Veterans for Peace

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Will YOU be in Washington D.C.?  Let us know!

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Susan Chira, New York (NY) Times / National Partnership for Women

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Stop%20the%20War%20on%20Women%20graphic.jpgDec. 7, 2016 | Donald J. Trump’s campaign was dogged by accusations of misogyny. Now his cabinet is shaping up to be one of the most hostile in recent memory to issues affecting women, advocacy groups for women say. Tax credits for child care and the prospect of paid maternity leave are exceptions to a host of positions that could result in new restrictions on abortion and less access to contraception, limits on health care that disproportionately affect women and minorities and curbs on funding for domestic violence, as well as slowing the momentum toward raising the minimum wage or making progress on equal pay.

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Susan Chira is a senior correspondent and editor on gender issues for the New York Times.

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