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Originally posted by [ profile] gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

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Made a list of all the 5mls of BPAL that I have right now. 
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Originally posted by [ profile] acelightning at Signal Boost: Dear GOP - You are killing people!
Passed along from many people - original post by [ profile] suricattus.
This is not MY personal story... that will come later.
There is a move afoot in the nation -driven by the GOP - to repeal the new health care laws, to protect corporate interests, to defend against fear-mongering (and stupid) cries of "socialism!", and to ensure that people are forced to choose between keeping a roof over their heads or getting necessary health care.

This movement is killing people.

Think I'm overstating the fact?

Ask the friends and family of writer/reviewer Melissa Mia Hall, who died of a heart attack last week because she was so terrified of medical bills, she didn't go see a doctor who could have saved her life.

One person. Not the only one. That could have been me. Yeah, I have access to insurance -- I live in New York City, which is freelancer-friendly, and have access to freelancer advocacy groups. Through them, I can pay over $400/month ($5,760/year) as a single, healthy woman, so that if I go to the hospital I'm not driven to bankruptcy. But a doctor's appointment - a routine physical - can still cost me several hundred dollars each visit. So unless something's terribly wrong? I won't go.

Someone who lives in a state where there is no Freelancer's Guild or MediaBistro to put together an insurance plan for freelancers? Someone who has been laid off or downsized, and can barely make ends meet? SoL.

That could be you. That could be your best friend. That could be someone you've never met. That could be any of us - because there are people out there who think that taking care their neighbor is someone else's problem.

No. It's our responsibility. All of us, together. As a nation.

EtA: Nobody is trying to put insurance companies out of business. They will always be able to offer a better plan for a premium. We simply want to ensure that every citizen - from infant to senior citizen - doesn't have to choose between medical care, and keeping a roof over their heads, or having enough to eat.

We're trying to get this to go viral. Pass it along:

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 Public Service Announcement:

If you're a Russian spambot, or even a real Russian person who doesn't post in English, please don't add me!

I'm sure you're not reading this, but let me just say that I hate being added by people just for the sake of populating their friends lists. 

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 Just cut several people who don't post and I suspect don't read anymore. If you feel like you shouldn't have been cut, lemme know. 
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Putting together my reading list for the summer to hopefully be in a better spot for proposal writing come Fall. So far I requested these at the library:

So here's the full list. I suppose the order will depend on what I can get from the library and how much depressing non-fiction I can handle before I go batty.
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There are way too many awesome valentines day cards on etsy, and I don't even really like valentines day. So here's a post with my favorites since I don't really have a excuse to buy anymore since I already got mine!

Cards )
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I adore this tshirt!

I'd never wear just because it's too much text for a tshirt, but it's still brilliant.
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oh man, if I ever needed a hobby of some sorts I would learn to make amigurumi. How is this not the cutest thing ever?

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Finally reading for pleasure! Into chapter 4 of Richard Wilkinson's The Impact of Inequality: how to make sick societies healthy. It's a great book discussing the importance of psychosocial factors and income inequality on health outcomes. I really recommend it! Here's one passage I particularly liked so far:

The reason why having an older car, a smaller freezer, or a less smart phone is related to health is not because they have direct effects on health; it is because of the social stigma attached to lower material standards. Second-rate goods seem to tell people you are a second rate person. To believe otherwise is to fundamentally misunderstand the pain of relative poverty or low social status.

Spot on! The point is not absolute poverty, the point is relative poverty and how that fucks us up. He has great commentary on how the rise in mental disorders is correlated with economic growth and income inequality.
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This video totally made me cry a little

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ok and how awesome is it that zoe keating did the music for the entire movie As if I didn't love her enough already.


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