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August 18 2012 March on D.C. For More Info See:http://www.wearewoman.us/ To Coordinate With Others See Our State Forums: http://bit.ly/stateforums
Mission

Organizing women across the United States to march on Washington, D.C. on August 18th, 2012

Mission Statement

Our mission is to bring national attention to the ongoing war on women’s rights being fought by conservative representatives in federal and state legislatures throughout the country. We believe that women have the right to control their own bodies, make their own decisions about healthcare, receive equal pay for equal work, and be treated with respect by the men and women who represent them in their own state houses and in Washington. Women are not a special interest group seeking special privileges; we comprise 50% of the population, and we are citizens deserving of the same freedoms and protections awarded to our male counterparts. We Are Woman supports the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and the restoration of all the rights that have been limited or destroyed by governors and other legislators across the nation. It is our goal to bring thousands of men and women together at the Capitol on August 18th, 2012, to tell our politicians, “No more!” We are strong, powerful, loving and brave. We are America. We Are Woman.

Description

We are a group of people from different backgrounds and different locations in the country who are joined together in a common cause. We no longer want to sit quietly as decisions are made that affect our lives and bodies without our say or consent. We want to be seen and heard. We will be taking this time to research and reach out as effectively as possible; doing all that we can to ensure out march is well organized and successful. If you would like to sign up to help us in this effort please send an email to: Volunteer@wearewoman.us and we will contact you shortly.

General Information
Do you need to coordinate rooms or rides to the August 18th We Are Woman march on Washington? We just set up state forums as a tool for you to use. Click Here > http://bit.ly/stateforums

We are marching for Rights affecting:
Our bodies
Our health

Our families
Our livelihood
Our future
Women’s rights are human rights.

Our Goals and Inspirations
Erin Nanasi of Mad Mike’s America helped to craft the following:

Since November of 2010, over 1,100 pieces of legislation have been introduced that have nothing to do with jobs or the economy or solving any real problems in America. These 1,100 pieces of legislation are all about one thing: ending women’s rights as we know them.

Birth control, health care, the right to choose, attaching stigmas to single mothers, reducing or eliminating WIC, SNAP and Medicaid: All of these have been the focus of the new Congress and State Legislatures. From Missisippi to Michigan, governors have been treating women more like livestock to be regulated than human beings to be respected.

We Are Woman is inspired by those 1,100 pieces of legislation. We are inspired by plans for the National Women’s History Museum. We are inspired by the hundreds of emails we receive every day, joining with others all over the country to stand shoulder to shoulder and shout, “NO MORE”. We are inspired by Mary Wollstonecraft, Abigail Adams, Phyllis Wheatley, Margaret Fuller, Sojourner Truth, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Blackwell, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Sarah Winnemucca, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Ida B. Wells, Jane Addams, Mary McLeod Bethune, Carrie Chapman Catt, Margaret Sanger, Inez Milholland, Alice Paul, Frances Perkins, Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Chase Smith, Rosa Parks, Betty Friedan, Coretta Scott King, Gloria Steinem, Shirley Chisolm, Barbara Jordan, Sandra Day O’Conner, Wilma Mankiller, Geraldine Ferraro, Nancy Pelosi, and Hillary Clinton. We are moved by the stories of women who fought, often beaten, sometimes killed, for equal rights, voting rights, and the right to protect our own health. We are called to action, complacent no longer.

The goal of We Are Woman is to draw national and worldwide attention to the facts. In just the past two years, we have seen 1,100 pieces of anti-woman legislation, have heard women being called “sluts” and “prostitutes,” have seen birth control attacked, Roe v Wade threatened, and the rise of personhood laws that criminalize miscarriages and demonize women. The facts are clear: This is a war on women, and we will fight back. We Are Woman is firm in our resolve and committed to a non violent protest and march on Washington, DC. In order to be heard, we need not be violent and we must not be destructive; we will be more effective if we are the polar opposite of the new Congress and State Legislatures.

Message from Erin Nanasi
Posted Monday 2-20-12

Last week, I made a video for Mad Mike’s America called “We are Warriors.” I named it that in reference to Liz Trotta’s incredibly ignorant and hateful comments on Fox about women being raped in the military, and her accusing feminists of wanting to be warriors and victims at the same time. I read from a script I wrote, because when I’m really angry, it’s hard to just shoot from the hip, so to speak.

When I was writing the script, an idea popped into my head. Why not march on Washington DC? Why not show these misogynists and Dominionists and haters of women exactly what warriors we really are? The Suffragette Movement changed America, the Equal Rights Movement changed America, why can’t this generation change America? Why not? So, in the video, I call people, all people, not just women, to march on Washington. I posted the video, Mad Mike approved it, and I went to sleep.

When I woke up the next morning, I realized what I had done. I had pretty much just begun organizing a march on Washington DC. So, I named it, combining the We Are Legion idea with the Helen Reddy anthem “I Am Woman.” I emailed my husband as soon as I had a date; he responded gleefully with “ROAD TRIP!” Today, I created The We Are Woman March on Washington DC, April 28th, 2012 Facebook page. My dear friend and fellow writer/activist/snark master, Lee Golden (he is Golden in so many ways) immediately volunteered as an admin, we posted a few photos, details and writings, and have at last count, 8 likes. I expect that number to rise (hint, hint).

See Erin’s video “We Are Warriors”
http://youtu.be/ZlPUbGvD3oY

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All the freaky people make the beauty of the world!
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wrong end of the stick

Pit Bulls Get The Wrong End Of The Stick

By Amber Keiper

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I find it fascinating how incredibly powerful the written word can be. It has been known to start wars – and end them; to inspire hope – or spread despair.

Yes, words can help or hurt us (and others) making what we say and what we write very tricky business. As the saying goes, “The pen is mightier than the sword.”

In recent years, quite a lot of words have been negatively written in the media about the pit bull breed. They say the breed is vicious, unpredictable and a threat to the public. There have been tragic cases of pit bulls attacking children, other animals, even their own owners. Some of these incidents have even resulted in the death of the victim and/or the dog.

I am not saying these stories are not true – unfortunately, they are. What I am saying is, “Where are the positive stories about pit bulls? Are there even any?”

I don’t know if it’s just me, but it seems like the bad publicity that pit bulls have received seems to be very one-sided. Being the investigative reporter that I am, I decided to do some digging to uncover the whole truth…to find out if there is a good side to this “dangerous” dog breed.

I wasn’t disappointed.

“Brave Pit bull Saves Woman From Train”
May 2, 2012 – Shirley, Massachusetts:

Three years ago, Boston police officer, David Lanteigne decided to get his mother, Christine Spain (who suffers from alcoholism) a canine companion – Lilly, a beautiful pit bull rescue. On Wednesday, May 2nd Christine fell onto the tracks of an oncoming train. Her loyal dog, Lilly frantically tried to pull Christine off the tracks, saving her life. While Christine was uninjured, Lilly, suffered major trauma and eventually had to have her front right leg amputated but she survived. Officer David was so grateful and was quoted as saying, “We saved her life, and she saved my mom’s life.”

“Pit Bull Saves Owner From Home Invasion”
March 31, 2012 – Graniteville, Staten Island, New York:

Imagine you’re at home when suddenly you hear the doorbell ring. You look out the window and see a man in a FedEx delivery uniform. He says he has a package for you. Right when you’re about to open the door, the man forces his way inside your home brandishing a gun.

This is exactly what happened to Justin Becker and his twelve year old pit bull, Kilo. Luckily, Kilo leapt into action and took a bullet to the head, saving his owner from the intruder. Both dog and owner lived through the ordeal. When asked what he thought of his dog, Justin exclaimed, “He’s a hero. He saved my life. He went to protect me and he did his job.”

“Pit Bull Saves Woman From Beating and Kidnapping”

April 8, 2009 – Holland, Michigan:

33-year-old Steven Schumacher was arrested and charged with felony first-degree home invasion and misdemeanor domestic violence – all with the help of Blitz the pit bull. “I didn’t think he had it in him, but I guess he did,” said Blitz’s owner of the incident.

Steven broke into his estranged wife’s house and assaulted her then dragged her out of the house onto the street. All the commotion alerted a neighbor and her 2-year-old pit bull, Blitz. The dog broke free of his owner and headed right towards the attacker, frightening him into letting go of his wife who ran for safety. Thought the dog never actually attacked him, Steven gave himself up and was promptly arrested without further incident.

So there you have it. These three stories of pit bulls saving the day have shown that they are not the dangerous villains that many make them out to be. These dogs can be loyal, brave, loving, and protective companions

So then – why the bad rap?

If I could offer my opinion: I think it has a lot to do with the way these dogs are being raised. Backyard breeding for the purpose of producing fighting dogs, lack of obedience training, improper socialization training, as well as the general public’s stereotypes and misinformation about the pit bull breed can all be attributed to the bad reputation and mistreatment of these great working dogs.

What do you think about this controversial subject? Are pit bulls dangerous? Do they deserve the bad reputation that they have?

I invite you to continue the conversation on our blog: www.barfworld.com/blog.

Amber Keiper is the Marketing Assistant and Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc.. She and her husband have two former rescue animals that are now healthy and proud “BARF brats” – a terrier mix named Chewbacca (“Chewy”) and a tabby mix named Chiquita (“Chiqui”). For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet monthly e-zine at www.barfworld.com. 

transforming nonviolent movements

“Transforming nonviolent movements do not start in Washington or state capitols or with politicians — they start with individuals like us in our homes, neighborhoods, communities, parent and civic associations, congregations, schools and in Freedom Schools which teach and model social justice, empower children and young adults to make a difference, and spark a love of learning, service, and civic activism for life.” – Marian Wright Edelman

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