Persist to Resist – 20May24

Gag me with a red tie!  Sycophants line up at the Orange man’s trial while Cohen testifies how humiliating it was to go to jail for him.  Too bad the Red Tie Brigade weren’t listening..   Presidential debate schedule set – will they do a diss track battle?  I hope Biden channels Lamar..

Meanwhile, Senator Menendez and Justice Alito both blame their wives..  Whereas Harrison Butker’s Medical Physicist Mom has the worst Mother’s Day ever.. Colorado and South Dakota qualify abortion measures for Roevember so are added to our target list for #TurntheMuthasOut!

Meg Wolitzer is the New York Times–bestselling author of The Interestings, The Uncoupling, The Ten-Year Nap, The Position, The Wife, and Sleepwalking.

Her latest electric novel is not just about who we want to be with, but who we want to be. We all yearn to be admired by someone we admire. But sometimes it can also mean entry to a new kind of life, a bigger world.

Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a central pillar of the women’s movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer—madly in love with her boyfriend, Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she can’t quite place—feels her inner world light up. And then, astonishingly, Faith invites Greer to make something out of that sense of purpose, leading Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds toward and away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory and the future she’d always imagined.

Charming and wise, knowing and witty, Meg Wolitzer delivers a novel about power and influence, ego and loyalty, womanhood and ambition.

The Female Persuasion is about the flame we all believe is flickering inside of us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time.

At its core is a story about the roles of guide and follower, and the desire within all of us to be pulled into the light.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a pioneering jurist, brilliant legal mind, and advocate for gender equality. Throughout her career as a litigator, judge, and finally as a Supreme Court Justice, RBG played a pivotal role in advancing women’s rights.

Ginsburg’s impact began in the 1970s when she strategically executed a series of cases before the Supreme Court dismantling laws that treated women differently than men. Her well-crafted arguments persuaded the all-male Supreme Court to recognize gender discrimination as denial of equal protection. Her victories changed laws which had favored men and discriminated against women seeking jobs, financial benefits, and opportunities.

As the founder of the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project, Ginsburg’s vision was for the law to treat men and women as individuals, not based on archaic gender stereotypes about their roles and capabilities.

As justice, she authored key opinions expanding and protecting women’s rights in areas like reproductive healthcare, equal opportunity in education and the military, and pay equity in the workplace. Her powerful dissents also laid the groundwork for future progress.

Ginsburg deconstructed laws that denied women autonomy over their lives and bodies. Her lifelong fight for equality and women’s dignity established her as a hero of feminism and American civil rights.

We owe RBG a debt of gratitude even if her biggest downfall was not knowing when to quit..

The Jewish Abortion Access Coalition (JAAC) is a national coalition that mobilizes the Jewish community to advance reproductive freedom. The National Council of Jewish Women launched JAAC in 2021. They recognized the growing need for education, deeper strategic coordination, and collaboration among Jewish organizations that support abortion access.

JAAC brings together national organizations to advance a Jewish vision of reproductive health, rights, and justice. Now, more than ever, we need Jewish moral leadership to speak out for reproductive health, rights, and justice.

Reproductive freedom is a Jewish value. The Jewish tradition permits the termination of pregnancy, and even requires it when the pregnant person’s life is at stake. Rabbis and other clergy can help lead the fight for reproductive health, rights, and justice by educating their communities.

JAAC believes communities should be places where anyone who has, or may ever, terminate a pregnancy feels loved and welcomed. And they should be places where we understand the importance of fighting for reproductive health, rights, and justice for everyone.

We must not remain idle while barriers to health care place any individual’s health, well-being, or autonomy at risk. The American narrative about religion and abortion has long ignored Jewish voices — and it’s past time for that to end.

Adam Schiff is a proven leader who has taken on the toughest challenges facing our nation. Adam continues to be on the frontlines of the fight for the heart and soul of our democracy. He has dedicated his life to public service, and to California, and is a progressive champion.

From fighting for affordable housing, to defending our democracy – Adam has delivered real progress. His efforts have helped lower health care costs for working families, and led efforts to protect our planet.

Adam led the first impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump and secured the first bipartisan vote ever to impeach a sitting president. He also served as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and member of the January 6th Committee. Adam was on the front lines of the struggle to preserve our democracy and uphold the rule of law.

Adam has become one of Congress’ most effective leaders by bringing people together to get results. For example, health care access and lower prescription drug costs. But also initiatives to invest millions of dollars in infrastructure in order to modernize bridges, airports, and roads.

He is running for the U.S. Senate because he knows that leaders need to work together to get the economy working for everyone.

For women in the state of Georgia, being pregnant can be potentially life-threatening. Georgia has among the highest rates of maternal mortality in the United States. Coupled with strict abortion laws that limit reproductive choices, women’s health is endangered.

What are the reasons? Many areas in the state have limited access to prenatal care. High rates of poverty and lack of health insurance coverage also contribute. In addition, a prevalence of underlying conditions like obesity and hypertension are factors. Georgia’s struggling rural hospitals and OB/GYN deserts further compound the problem for many expectant mothers.

Georgia also has some of the most severe restrictions on abortion access in the country. The state banned most abortions after around six weeks of pregnancy, before many women even know they are pregnant. Only limited exceptions for cases like rape, incest, physical medical emergencies, or lethal fetal abnormalities are allowed.

The restrictions also force women to continue high-risk pregnancies involving severe fetal deformities. The inability to safely and legally terminate a pregnancy can have devastating consequences.

For a state already struggling to protect mothers, Georgia’s extreme abortion laws are only further endangering women who become pregnant. Health experts warn that denying access to safe abortions will undoubtedly lead to more maternal deaths and injuries.

Progressive Turnout Project (PTP) is the largest voter contact organization in the country, specifically dedicated to mobilizing the Democratic Party and defending democracy.

Their mission: rally Democrats to vote: PTP is soley focused on mobilizing Democrats and defending democracy.

PTP is part of a proud tradition of progressives using data and behavioral science to hone campaign strategy. Accordingly, they use existing research and run their own experiments.

Grassroots-Funded – By pooling grassroots financial support, they are building the kind of early, local field campaigns that previously only presidential campaigns had been able to afford. As a result, PTP’s field programs have increased voter turnout by up to 10.4%.

They are also updating the Democratic playbook by testing new ways to reach voters where traditional canvassing fail. This includes recruiting and training new organizers and funding grassroots voter contact groups. They also empower their volunteers to write millions of postcards to swing state voters.

Get involved and make your voice heard! Find phonebanks, canvasses, and other ways you can help elect more Democrats up and down the ballot.

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