Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Join NOW's "Tits for an Ass" Campaign and Call on President Obama to Fire Alan Simpson
TAKE ACTION: Join our "Tits for an Ass" Campaign! For every $5 you send to the National Organization for Women, we'll deliver a baby-bottle nipple to the White House in your honor as we call on President Obama to relieve Simpson of his duties on the commission.
Alan Simpson has made no secret of his hostility toward Social Security. Now he has also come forward with a shockingly demeaning email that suggests the roots of his hostility may lie in sexism and ageism against the women who depend on Social Security to survive.
In a recent e-mail to Ashley Carson, Executive Director of the Older Women's League (OWL), Simpson said: "I've spent many years in public life trying to stabilize [Social Security] while people like you babble into the vapors about 'disgusting attempts at ageism and sexism' and all the rest of that crap." He contined, telling her to "take a look at the chart on Page 6 which I hope you are able to discern if you are any good at reading graphs."
Simpson concluded his sexist rant with the following:
"And yes, I've made some plenty smart cracks about people on Social Security who milk it to the last degree. You know 'em too. It's the same with any system in America. We've reached a point now where it's like a milk cow with 310 million tits! Call when you get honest work! Al"
TAKE ACTION NOW: Join our "Tits for an Ass" Campaign! For every $5 you send to the National Organization for Women, we'll deliver a baby-bottle nipple to the White House in your honor as we call on President Obama to relieve Simpson of his duties on the commission.
President Obama created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform by executive order, ostensibly to recommend legislation to eliminate the federal budget deficit by 2015. He named as co-chairs former Republican Senator Alan Simpson, a longtime foe of New Deal programs like Social Security, and Democrat Erskine Bowles, who advocated for risky privatization schemes in the 1990s.
Although Social Security has nothing to do with the federal budget deficit, Simpson has used his position as commission co-chair to attack Social Security from the get-go. On the very day the commission was created -- before it had even begun to gather facts about the budget deficit -- Simpson told Fox News: "We are talking about Social Security." A scant four days later, he reaffirmed to CNBC: "We are going to stick with the big three [Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid]."
Simpson has spent his entire time on the commission trying to convince the U.S. public that cutting Social Security benefits will somehow help reduce the federal deficit. That simply isn't so. Social Security has nothing to do with the federal budget deficit. Its financing is completely separate from general revenues. In fact, by law, Social Security funds are not permitted to be directly spent on government operations other than its old age, survivors and disability programs.
Oh, and that tired old saw that Social Security isn't solvent, and won't be there when most of us retire? That's not so either. Social Security is solvent all the way to 2037 because of steps taken back in 1983, which successfully prepared the system for the retirement of the baby boomers. And with very modest tweaking, the system can be solvent through 2084. (For more details, see the Social Security Trustees 2010 Report.)
The good news is that the people of this country are not fooled. They know that Social Security belongs to the workers who earned it, not to the government and certainly not to Alan Simpson's Fiscal Commission. Polls show overwhelming opposition to cuts in Social Security -- huge majorities of Democrats, Republicans, Independents, even Tea Party supporters don't want benefit cuts. And despite Simpson's cynical efforts to pit the young against the old, calling Social Security recipients "greedy geezers," huge majorities of young, old and middle-aged people say they don't support benefit cuts, now or in the future.
Here's what we hear Social Security-cutters like Simpson and Bowles are talking about:
For millions of women, the "three-legged stool" of retirement (pension, savings and Social Security) is already frighteningly wobbly. Less than one-third of women have pensions. Moreover, after a lifetime of wage discrimination, many women have little in the way of personal savings. The picture is worst for women of color. Almost half of single African-American women and Latinas aged 18 to 64 have zero or negative net worth, according to the Insight Center for Community Economic Development. Between the recession and the jobless recovery, millions more women have lost their jobs and their homes and have seen their savings and investments disappear. As a result of all of this, Social Security is the one thing that keeps millions of women from falling out of the middle class and into poverty.
Alan Simpson's abusive email to the executive director of OWL is only the latest example of his disdain for women as a class. His calculating attacks on Social Security recipients demonstrate that same disdain -- and with frightening consequences for millions of us.
Please join our "Tits for an Ass" campaign! For every $5 you send, we'll deliver a baby-bottle nipple in your honor to the White House as we demand that the president fire Alan Simpson.
Did you know that the name Ground Zero actually goes back over five hundred years? Grondaseero was an Algonquin word meaning "place where enormous metal trees will be hit by flying machines flown by Muslims."
Over time the name faded from usage. Instead the area became known as "downtown", "the World Trade Center", and "the porn district." Then, of course, came DEVINE CHANGE (Day EVerthing INstantly CHANGEd), when Americans discovered that not only had Osama Bin Laden attacked us, his fellow Muslims had occupied most of the world's oil producing regions. (Note: the Church of NineEleven is not anti-Islam.)
Islam is an evil religion that teaches its followers to hate America. For reasons that are not entirely clear, Muslims did not attack us during our first 215 years. We refer to this period of American history as "The Big Snooze", when Presidents Washington through Clinton daydreamed while our enemies patiently waited for the perfect time to strike.
Due to our generous nature, we did not respond to DEVINE CHANGE with a war against all Muslims – only most of their countries. From Afghanistan to Iraq to Pakistan to Yemen to Somalia, we've shown the Islamic world how a civilized nation goes about using airplanes to kill people.
Meanwhile, back in the homeland, Saint Rudy (blessed be his name) founded our Church on a few simple beliefs:
1) NineEleven is not a date. It's a way of life.
2) We are born fearful and angry and should strive to return to that pure natural state.
3) All races and creeds should form a brotherhood of man against Arabs and Muslims.
In recent years, the Church has gone through some hard times. Americans have disappointed us with their lack of enthusiasm for endless war against Islamo-petroleumism. The 2008 election almost broke our spirit entirely. Not only did people elect a man whose name rhymes with Osama, they didn't even give the Republican nomination to Saint Rudy (praised be he, a pox on his ungrateful children.)
But now things are looking up - thanks to Ground Zero. Who would have thought that a proposal to build an Islamic cultural center based on "multifaith dialogue" (yuck!) could turn so quickly into its glorious opposite? Oh NineEleven, you sure do work in mysterious ways!
Every day more Republicans come back to church. Democrats are quietly coming too, shuffling in the side door with a liberal two-step – "I believe in freedom of religion, just not here." Smile Democrats! Just because the Church doesn't allow you to sit up front doesn't mean NineEleven doesn't love you.
It gratifies us to see so many people refer to Ground Zero as "hallowed ground" for those who died there. However, we are afraid that this term is too limiting. Most of the Church elders - like Sister Sarah and Brother Newt – aren't actually connected to those who died that day. But that doesn't make us any less qualified to speak to the true meaning of NineEleven.
In fact, it makes us more able cast out the Judases in our midst: so-called "9/11 families" who oppose endless war. Someone who lost a loved one on DEVINE CHANGE probably wouldn't be able to scream "shut up!" at a Judas suffering the same grief. Brother O'Reilly could.
Besides, if Ground Zero is merely hallowed ground, than how can we expand our Church? NineEleven belongs to all Americans. If your town wasn't lucky enough to have a Ground Zero, you should be able to build your own - federally funded and Church administered. We'll call them Ground One, Ground Two, etcetera. And maybe they'll just happen to be located near Muslim houses of worship.
At this point, some of you may have voice in your head raising questions: Isn't this a little crude? What about freedom of religion? Here's how you can put that little guy on mute: Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and repeat these words: "Nine Eleven. Nine Eleven." Now picture the towers coming down. Forget all those burdensome facts you learned in the days and years after. That moment is the truth.
Okay, open your eyes. Did you feel the spirit of NineEleven? Welcome to the Church!
No? Then we'll see you in hell. Or prison, depending on the next election (good luck Sister Sarah!)
Monday, August 30, 2010
The primary election on September 14 is fast approaching and it's time to kick it into high gear to help elect pro-choice candidates this fall!
In the coming weeks, NARAL Pro-Choice NY will be holding a variety of events to educate voters about our endorsed candidates and get out the pro-choice vote before primary day.
Join them and help elect the pro-choice leaders we need and deserve in New York state!
Call other NARAL Pro-Choice New York members about their endorsed candidates:
- Tuesday, September 7, 6-9 p.m. (our office, Manhattan)
- Monday, September 13, 6-9 p.m. (our office, Manhattan)
- Tuesday, August 31, 5-7 p.m. – Subway flyering (Manhattan)
- September 11 & 12 – Knock on doors (multiple boroughs)
- Tuesday, September 14, any time – Primary Day (volunteer for a campaign)
Contact Rosie Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP or for more information. As always, training will be provided.
We need your energy and activism to ensure that pro-choice candidates are victorious this election season!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Finally, Hollywood does what it should have been doing all along: casting women in leading roles written for men. This is what happened with “Salt” (Tom Cruise was supposed to star but pulled out because the film too closely resembled “Mission Impossible”) and Angelina Jolie nailed the role perfectly as a female action hero who substitutes cleverness and skill for brawn.
The movie has grossed $109,895,105 to date, though Jolie has gotten slack for being “glacial” and exuding too much “iciness” But as Snarky’s Cinemachine writes in a Bitch Magazine review entitled “Evelyn Salt should smile more!,” “remarks regarding Evelyn Salt’s personality are not productive critiques of the film’s deficits, particularly when they are based on extremely flawed, essentialist notions of gender.”
Additionally, all movies have faults, and most also portray women as sex objects, so Salt’s suspension of reality and dismissal of Iran as a legitimate military threat (the faults I noticed) barely register.
This movie is not only worth seeing, it is worth paying for even if you’re seeing something else, since it tries to combat the Hollywood conventional wisdom that women are useful only insofar as they are hot. (Changing Hollywood’s depictions of women seems to be one of Jolie’s life missions and why, as Vanity Fair reports, she refused to play a Bond girl but offered to play Bond).
Now let’s cast men in roles written for women. Or at least think about why the idea of that sounds so preposterous.
In 2008, volunteers like you broke every record in politics -- you knocked on more doors, made more calls, and had more conversations with voters than any campaign in history.
Those conversations are what brought 15 million people to the polls for the first time, propelled Barack Obama to the presidency, and won majorities in the House and Senate.
In 2009 and earlier this year, Organizing for America volunteers like you used the lessons learned in 2008 to win historic victories reining in Wall Street and reforming a broken health care system.
But now we need to protect those gains and keep moving America forward -- which means we've got to get back on the doors, talking to voters about how important it is to vote this fall.
So we at OFA and others working to elect Democrats to Congress circled this weekend on the calendar and set a big goal: 200,000 doors knocked across the country in 48 hours.
OFA New York has set a goal of getting 6,032 of them -- and that means we need 201 volunteers in New York next weekend.
Can you find an event near you and RSVP to join us?
But we cannot go backward.
Health reform took a century-long fight to win. Its benefits are starting to help make sure families have the health care they deserve -- and you can bet this movement is going to protect what it's won.
Wall Street reform places the strictest new regulations on banks that they've faced since the Great Depression -- no wonder the Republicans are already saying they'll fight to repeal it, to make life easier for their special-interest friends.
To protect what we've won and keep the change coming -- from clean-energy legislation to immigration reform to putting more Americans back to work -- we're not done.
Which is why we need to keep fighting to get folks to the polls this fall.
We know -- from our own experience and research -- that nothing has more of an effect on voter behavior than real conversations. That's why OFA volunteers getting people to commit to vote -- on doorsteps and on the phone -- could well be the deciding factor in close races across the country.
I hope you can make it out, and be one of the 201 volunteers that OFA New York needs to hit its goal this weekend:
Thanks for all you do,
Monday, August 23, 2010
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010
|News from NOW-NYS|
For more information contact: Marcia Pappas, 518-452-3944
National Organization for Women NYS-PAC endorses Kathleen Rice for NYS Attorney General
ALBANY, NY (08/16/2010) NOW-NYS President Marcia Pappas reports that "the National Organization for Women-NYS PAC is proud to endorse Kathleen Rice (D) for NYS Attorney General. As Nassau County District Attorney, Rice displayed what feminists consider a stellar record in the fight for equality."
And the pride is mutual. Rice herself remarks: "I'm honored and humbled by the support NOW and its members have shown my campaign. I look forward to NOW playing an important role in our grassroots get-out-the-vote strategy over the next month. I am Long Island's first woman DA, and with NOW's help, I'm confident we will make similar history with this office at the state level. As Attorney General, I look forward to working with NOW to clean up Albany, to protect children and families, and to fight for our reproductive rights and for gender and pay equity in our communities."
In 2005 Ms. Rice's first bid for public office challenged a thirty-two year, anti-choice Republican incumbent. With Rice's victory, the pro-choice and women's rights community breathed a collective sigh of relief, knowing Rice would uphold the right to safe, legal abortion.
Under Kathleen Rice's leadership, the office of NYS Attorney General will expand its Civil Rights Bureau by adding:
1. deputy bureau chiefs for housing discrimination, employment discrimination, discrimination in schools, and LGBT issues
2. a statewide Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Compliance officer, overseeing and conducting analyses of NY government hiring practices
3. a coordinator of the Disability Rights Project-responsible for not only legal efforts, but also regular outreach to the disability community
4. a semi-annual auditing of state recognition of out-of-state and out-of-country gay marriages by a LGBT point person in OAG to ensure rights are protected
5. a review of state Stop and Frisk policies
6. an expanded Reproductive Rights Unit
Pappas concludes that "if elected, Kathleen Rice will be the first-ever female NYS Attorney General. and we are proud to be a part of that historical moment. NOW-NYS-PAC urges members and supporters to go to the polls on Primary Day, September 14th , 2010 to vote for Kathleen Rice ."
Help us elect feminists into public office. Donate to NOW-NYS PAC at
Monday, August 16, 2010
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