I don’t know that I ever intended for this to be a forum for my political opinions, but the last few days have left me despondent, and I feel it’s duty to educate people. The rights of learners, workers, women and individuals are in serious danger on a state and federal level. I won’t preach, but rather provide information on how to stand up and have your voice heard:
- I Stand with Planned Parenthood
The U.S. House of Representatives has just voted to bar Planned Parenthood health centers from all federal funding for birth control, cancer screenings, HIV testing, and other lifesaving care.
It is the most dangerous legislative assault in our history, and it cannot go unanswered. We — Planned Parenthood and the three million women, men, and teens who are at risk of losing access to basic care — need you to stand united with us now.
Sign our open letter to every single representative in the House who voted for this cruel, unconscionable, unthinkable law, and to every senator who still has a chance to stop it.
- Reject the Marriage Amendment
On Tuesday, February 15, 2011, the Indiana House of Representatives voted 70-26 to pass HJR-6, the proposed marriage discrimination amendment to Indiana’s constitution. The Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee is now poised to hear testimony on the measure.
Instead of offering solutions to the real problems Indiana families are facing, proponents HJR-6 are taking time on an unnecessary and damaging amendment to our Constitution, infringing on people’s human dignity.Stand up for Equality! Let the Committee members know that this is WRONG for Indiana families, WRONG for Indiana businesses, and WRONG for Indiana!
- Tell Wisconsin: Don’t Sacrifice Employee Rights
On Friday, the Governor of Wisconsin announced a plan, to be voted on later this week, to dismantle the collective bargaining rights of state employees and to force state employees to take a sharp pay cut to help pay for benefits. The sweep of this cost-cutting plan got it onto the national news. As if this wasn’t bad enough, Walker has also threatened to call the National Guard on striking workers. Public employees — and many supporters — are rising up in outrage over this. It’s time to stand up and tell Walker and the rest of the government that these actions are not acceptable.
Several state senators are currently listed as being “on the fence” about this vote. Any pressure we can put on them is key. This petition is targeted specifically at them and the Governor. Let’s try to get 1,000 signatures by the end of this week.
- Advocacy urgently needed: Keep pushing Congress to strike down Garrett amendment
Amendment #35, submitted by U.S. Rep. Scott Garret (R-NJ), seeks to zero out the Institute of Museum and Library Services, eliminating all federal funding in the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). Message to Your Representative: Libraries are essential to every community, and federal funding is critical for ensuring library resources and services remain available to their constituents.
LSTA supports all kinds of libraries including school, academic, and public libraries. Public libraries are the primary source of no-fee access to the Internet and are active in assisting the public with online job searches, e-government services, and lifelong learning.
UPDATE: I’ll mark this as a minor victory, but we still have a long way to go Advocacy works: Garrett backs down on amendment to zero out IMLS
If any of these issues are important to you, please take a moment to speak up and be heard. Don’t let your rights be taken away from you