Persist to Resist – 15Apr24

Got Jury Duty? We’re still here after the eclipse ‘rapture’, but women in Arizona have been rolled back to 1864… Biden wipes out more student debt, notching the total up to $153 Billion. OJ’s outta juice and the Orange Cult Leader’s outta time as the next ‘trial of the century’ starts Monday.

Meanwhile, Johnson kisses the ring at Mar-a-Lago and sets up Big Lie 2.0. Is underestimated VP Harris our secret weapon in Roevember? Or will a Middle-East sparked WW3 threat change the entire equation?

What explains the insistent pull of Roe v. Wade? Abortion law expert Mary Ziegler argues that the U.S. Supreme Court decision, which decriminalized abortion in 1973 and was overturned in 2022, had a hold on us that was not simply the result of polarized abortion politics.

Rather, Roe took on meanings far beyond its original purpose of protecting the privacy of the doctor-patient relationship. It forced us to confront questions about sexual violence, judicial activism and restraint, racial justice, religious liberty, the role of science in politics, and much more.

To that end, in this history of what the the Roe decision has meant, Ziegler identifies the inconsistencies and unsettled issues in our abortion politics. She urges us to rediscover the nuance that has long resided where we would least expect to find it—in the meaning of Roe itself.

Mary Ziegler is a leading authority on the legal history of the American abortion debate. She often shares her expertise with news outlets around the world. She is a 2023-2024 Guggenheim Fellow and Martin Luther King Professor of Law at UC Davis. Her fellowship will support research for a book on the history of the U.S. fight over fetal personhood that is under contract with Yale University Press.

Her most recent book is Roe: The History of a National Obsession. The book considers why Americans have been preoccupied with Roe even after commentators across the ideological spectrum criticized it and the law moved beyond it.

Jennifer Lopez is far more than just an immensely talented triple threat entertainer. Over her career, J. Lo has embodied the tenacity, hustle, and determination that defines women’s empowerment in the modern age.

From her humble Bronx roots, Lopez refused to let any obstacle derail her burgeoning showbiz dreams. Her unrelenting drive and self-belief drove her to keep auditioning until she landed her big break as a Fly Girl dancer on In Living Color.

Lopez then leveraged her pop culture impact to build a business empire that’s earned her the title of one of America’s most influential celebrities.

Lopez forged her own path, exemplifying the self-determination and empowerment every woman deserves to attain. Her tenacity, business savvy and status as a global star have made her an aspirational figure for overcoming doubters and societal limitations.

Right before the now famous quote, during the interview with Glamour mag in 2010, J. Lo said, “It’s an amazing thing to push yourself and to accomplish a goal like that.”

She continued, “I feel if in your mind you can do it, you can do it.”  This was before she went on to pole dance at the Super Bowl halftime show in her 50’s and rekindle her romance with her soulmate Ben Affleck.

Now she’s getting ready for an epic tour this summer fresh off of putting her own story out there with her series ‘This is Me’ and her new Sci-Fi thriller, ‘Atlas’.

Founded in 2008, Abortion Care Network (ACN) is the national association for independent community-based, abortion care providers and their allies. Together they work to ensure the rights of all people to experience respectful, dignified abortion care.

Independent abortion clinics collectively provide the majority of abortion care in the United States. They operate in the most hostile states and compassionately provide care to individuals and families with the fewest resources. Yet today there are 32% fewer brick-and-mortar indie clinics than there were a decade ago.

ACN’s members are local providers including small business owners, non-profits, women’s health centers, and family planning clinics. They also include academics, journalists and advocates.

Together they work to bring exceptional abortion care to communities throughout the United States. ACN is the only organization in the nation dedicated to independent abortion care providers and the communities they serve.

Thus, Abortion Care Network drives the movement to de-stigmatize and normalize the abortion experience.

Support ACN and help abortion providers to be accepted and recognized as an essential part of health care.

Finally, as a community, ACN are committed to accountable leadership and building broader movements for reproductive, social, and economic justice.

Representative Ruben Gallego is the pro-choice Senate candidate in Arizona. He wants to level the playing field for working families and ensure that all Arizonans have the same shot at the American Dream that he did.

The son of immigrants from Colombia and Mexico, Ruben enlisted in the Marine Corps, and deployed as an infantryman to Iraq, where his company saw some of the heaviest casualties of the Iraq War.

Ruben’s military service motivated him to seek public office to protect future military endeavors. His goal is to ensure that the military are never again sent into harm’s way without a plan and caring for those service members when they return home. Ruben has been fighting hard for veterans and Arizona’s working families ever since.

In Washington, Ruben has distinguished himself as a leading and trusted voice on issues of national security. He is the highest-ranking Latino on the House Armed Services Committee and Chairman of the Intelligence and Special Operations Subcommittee. There he authored the Intelligence and Special Ops budgets for FY2022 & 23, thus securing billions of dollars for national security.

Ruben will never forget the opportunities this country has given him to escape poverty and make a difference in the lives of Arizonans. But he also knows that the American Dream is falling further and further out of reach for many Arizona families.

Gallego is the only major Democrat in a race that will help determine control of the U.S. Senate.

Arizona’s Supreme Court ruled that a near-total ban on abortions from before it was even a state is enforceable! Under that law, felony charges can be brought against anyone who performs or assists an abortion. The one exception to the prohibition is to save a woman’s life.

Proving they really are in the 1800’s, Arizona Republicans thwarted a vote to repeal the ban while Democrats chanted “shame.”

The new ban will be much worse than the current 15-week ban and providers risk being jailed for 2-5 years.

Abortion rights groups have collected more than enough signatures to put abortion rights on the ballot in Roevember.

So, will the court’s ruling motivate pro-choice Arizonans to the polls? “I think this changes everything,” Democratic AZ Attorney General Kris Mayes said. “I think it supercharges the ballot initiative and it supercharges the elections of all pro-choice candidates.” Mayes has also said that she will not prosecute abortion cases in the state.

VP Harris visited the state, since abortion is one of several issues heating up in the battleground state, including immigration, election integrity, and gun control.

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