Graphics from Mother Jones: Now That’s What I Call Gerrymandering!
President Obama answers Marlin Stutzman (R-IN).
Stutzman apparently believes that his salary of $174,000,
free taxpayer funded healthcare, and grueling 6-9 month work year is not payment enough. And even though he is still being paid after shutting down the government, Stutzman said: “We’re not going to be disrespected. We have to get something out of this…I don’t know what that even is.”
SN: in 2010 Stutzman was investigated for campaign finance allegations
When you hear friends talk about “makers” and “takers,” who are they talking about?
Thanks Forward Progressives for the graphic. http://on.fb.me/16AKkTR
I fact-checked this. It’s not quite true. THE REALITY IS ACTUALLY WORSE. The US is missing between $410-$500 billion in tax dollars from 2010. In that same year, we spent roughly $64 billion on SNAP benefits. That means tax evasion is costing about six to eight times more than the food stamp program. So where are the laws to crack down on tax evasion to fix the deficit?
I’ve known people where their families didn’t have a lot of money, or even a little. Their school lunches where their only meals in the day. Think about that. They voted to take away their only meal.
I have gone to a grocery store with my roommate and bought tons of pasta, peanut butter, bread, and ‘box meals’ the night before major school breaks, divided them into bags and boxes and then ‘casually’ asked kids throughout the day if they would mind taking them off my hands because I was going home for break and wanted to clean out my pantry.
Because I know that my babies LITERALLY depend on school for steady meals. One of the richest countries in the goddamn world and I’m sending peanut butter home with my students so they won’t go to bed hungry over Christmas break.
Fuck you, GOP.
Rev. Pat Bumgardner of the Metropolitan Community Church of New York at today’s DOMA/Prop 8 rally at the Stonewall Inn, to huge cheers from the crowd. (via gaypocalypse)
FUCKING THANK YOU
YES. We made two steps forward, but also took two steps back. We must not forget about the Voting Rights Act just because we defeated DOMA. Racism is a queer issue too.
The Case For An $11 Minimum Wage
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Minimum wage would be up to at least $10.10 by now if it weren’t for the Republican majority in the house. As as long as they keep that majority, minimum wage will go up never.
I would argue it needs to be higher, but $11/hr would be a really nice boost to get me out of my parent’s house.
Though, restaurants will STILL find a way to give you $3/hr.
White dudes have this thing where they believe your best friend in the world can have opposing political ideas. You’re supposed to be able to have healthy debate and disagreeing shouldn’t harm your friendship.
That’s gross and stupid. Its really easy to say that when all your disagreements are theoretical. Its easy to say when none of the laws passed actually effect your life. Fighting with your best friend about corporate regulations, school charters, educational funding, abortion, health care, voting restrictions, drug laws, taxes and all sorts of stuff is cool and lively because none of it is going to actually leave you in a bad spot.
Its different for the rest of us. I can’t be friends with you if you think I shouldn’t be allowed to vote. We can’t be friends if you think my friends shouldn’t have the ability to designate whatever gender they want and have that be legally recognized. We can’t be friends if you think I don’t deserve health care. Or if you think native children should be ripped away from their cultures and people. We can’t be friends if you think closing down health care clinics in an attempt to end safe legal abortions is a good thing.
All these theoretical political ideas and lively debates effect real people, and I won’t be friends with someone who disagrees with me on them. Because disagreement means you don’t see me or a whole bunch of my friends and family as human beings worthy of rights and respect.
Today the Senate will vote on s. 744, the immigration reform bill. While the bill is not all that we hoped it could be, and while we still have a long fight ahead of us to ensure that immigration reform is fair and accessible to women, now is the time for us all to urge our Senators to vote YES on s. 744, to pass the bill out of the Senate and continue to move immigration reform forward.
Please call your Senators TODAY at 800-490-2010 and ask them to vote yes on s. 744.
As it currently stands, the bill contains a road map to citizenship for millions of people who have long lived in the shadows. It includes important workers rights protections, an end to the family visa backlog, a provision that would allow deported parents to reunite with their families, protections for survivors of violence, an accelerated path to citizenship for dreamers, and other positive changes to our immigration system that will improve the lives of millions of women and families.
As we shift our attention to the House, and eventually to conference committee, We Belong Together will work with our partners and policy makers to make it very clear that immigrant women and other supporters will not tolerate an even weaker bill. We will be pushing to ensure that women have an equal opportunity towards a pathway to citizenship, that their basic human and due process rights are respected, and that border communities do not bear the brunt of misguided last minute compromise in the Senate. We will protect and improve upon core provisions in the Senate bill that affect women, children and families. We will keep fighting to keep immigration reform as humane and inclusive as possible. Immigrant women, our communities, and our country deserve no less.
Thank you for taking action TODAY, and for helping us take this big step forward as we continue to work for immigration reform that is fair for women and our communities.
Hoy el Senado votará por el s. 744, el proyecto de ley por la reforma migratoria. Mientras que el proyecto de ley no es lo que esperábamos y mientras que tenemos una gran lucha por delante para asegurar que la reforma migratoria es justa y accesible para las mujeres, ahora es la hora para exigir a nuestros Senadores que voten SÍ en el s. 744 para pasar el proyecto de ley en el Senado y seguir avanzando la reforma migratoria.
Por favor llamen a sus Senadores HOY al 800-490-2010 y exíjanles que voten sí en el s. 744.
Con la situación actual, el proyecto de ley contiene un camino hacia la ciudadanía para millones de personas que han vivido en las sombras. Incluye protecciones importantes para los derechos de los trabajadores, un fin a la lista de espera de visas familiares, una provisión que dejará a padres deportados reunificarse con sus familias, protecciones para las sobrevivientes de violencia, un camino acelerado hacia la ciudadanía para los soñadores, y otros cambios positivos a nuestro sistema de inmigración que mejorara la vida de millones de mujeres y familias. En preparación a poner nuestra atención a la Cámara, y eventualmente al comité de conferencia, Nos Mantenemos Unidos trabajara con nuestros aliados y legisladores para dejarlo bien claro que las mujeres inmigrantes y aliados no soportaran un proyecto de ley aún mas débil. Estaremos empujando que las mujeres tengan una igualdad de oportunidades al camino hacia la ciudadanía, que sus derechos humanos básicos y de debido proceso sean respetados, y que las comunidades fronterizas se lleven la peor parte de un acuerdo equivocado de ultimo momento en el Senado. Protegeremos y mejoraremos las provisiones centrales en el proyecto de ley del Senado que impactan a las mujeres, niños y familias. Seguiremos la lucha para mantener la reforma migratoria la más humana e inclusiva posible. Mujeres migrantes, nuestras comunidades y nuestro país merecen no menos.
Gracias por tomar acción HOY y por ayudarnos a tomar este paso grande adelante mientras que continuamos a trabajar por la reforma migratoria que es justa par alas mujeres y nuestras comunidades.
I posted this on FB and thought I’d share publicly:
The burden of living in a “time on two crosses” (Bayard Rustin)…Some of us are dealing with bittersweet complexities today as trans and queer people of color, whom applaud the monumental victory of DOMA being struck down yet go home to communities of color who must continue to deal with the blatant racism of our voting process, upheld by the SCOTUS ruling against the Voting Rights Act.