Tuesday, March 21, 2017

From our Orange County Caucus Sisters


Are you angry yet?  If not, you should be!

Since the inauguration, we have struggled to keep up with all the events and meetings.  And, and of course, keeping up with Trump's rantings on Twitter. As a result of the fallout from the election, people are angry and they want to be more involved in the political process. We have more citizens stepping up to run for office than ever before.  I couldn't be happier to see so many citizens who are engaged enough that they are taking time out of their busy schedules to rally at their Congress person's district office and attend meetings to strategize.

As you are well aware, several bills have been introduced that will destroy social programs, eliminate the EPA, de-fund Planned Parenthood, and repeal the Afordable Care Act.  We have our work cut out for us!  And that's why  we need you to join us for our monthly meetings and join NWPC OC or renew your membership!   Below is a sampling of the bills that NWPC is concerned about:

HR 610 - Vouchers for Public Education
HR 899 - Terminate Public Education
HR 370 - Repeal Affordable Care Act
HR 354 - Defund Planned Parenthood
HR 147 - Criminalizing Abortion

Join NWPC OC for our monthly meetings to strategize, hear what the experts have to say, and write letters (at the conclusion of each meeting) to our Representatives. 

Upcoming Meetings & Events
NWPC OC has FOUR (and counting) great events coming up that we want you to know about.

March 21:
  Visit our table at the Orange Coast College Resource Fair between 10 am & 2 pm.  2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa.
March 22:  Join NWPC OC for the Monthly Members' Meeting, featuring Special Guest Speaker, Ana Gonzalez, Public Affairs Advocacy Manager with PPOSBC.  The meeting will be held at the home of Lisa Gallagher in Anaheim - address given upon registration.  Visit our Event page for details and to register.

April 22:
  Join NWPC OC and Represent OC at OCEA, 830 N. Ross St., Santa Ana, for a Panel Discussion with Elected Leaders and Campaign Organizers.  If you are a candidate in the 2018 election cycle, you won't want to miss this!  Download the flyer or visit the Event Page for details and to register.

April 26:
  Join NWPC OC for the Monthly Members' Meeting, featuring a Panel Discussion with experts who work with Sexual Assault victims.  The meeting will be held at the Duck Club in Irvine.  Download the flyer or visit the Event page for details and to register.
Sherri Loveland: NWPC OC

NWPC OC · PO Box 14133, Irvine, CA 92623-4133, United States

Thursday, March 9, 2017

How These States Are Fighting to Protect Reproductive Rights

How These States Are Fighting to Protect Reproductive Rights

Feb 08, 2017

Amid uncertainty over the future of reproductive health care coverage in the U.S., some states are going on the offensive.
President Donald Trump has pledged to repeal the Affordable Care Act — citing a potential replacement in the next year or so — but hasn't been clear on whether the new law will retain access to birth control without co-pays. Although Trump's nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court is unlikely to lead to an immediate repeal of Roe v. Wade, the president has long cited the possibility that adding an anti-abortion rights judge to the court could reverse the ruling. In response, some states that favor current laws regarding birth control and abortion care coverage are introducing bills that could keep access intact should changes happen.
"There are states all around the country that have their eye on what is happening at the national level, and looking at what can we do in our state," says Lorie Chaiten, director of the women's and reproductive rights project for ACLU of Illinois.
Legislators in Oregon introduced a bill in January called the Reproductive Health Equity Act (House Bill 2232) that is intended to ensure insurance providers in the state cover contraception without copays, even in the event that the Affordable Care Act is repealed. It would also ensure similar coverage for reproductive health care services like sexually transmitted disease screenings and abortion. It also prohibits insurers from discriminating against a person based on their gender identity.
The Illinois Abortion Law of 1975 currently states that if the Supreme Court ever overturns Roe v. Wade, abortion will become illegal in the state. House Bill 40, which was introduced by legislators in January, seeks to repeal that provision in the law. It also seeks to ensure that women using Medicaid and State Employee Health Insurance will have abortion coverage.
“If the Supreme Court ever overturns Roe, immediately in the state of Illinois all abortions become illegal and criminalized,” Illinois Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, who introduced House Bill 40, told the Chicago Sun Times. “To get ahead of what might be a nightmare scenario for women in this state, we should strike those words. We need to be ready in case the worst happens, the unthinkable.”
New York
In late January, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a ballot amendment that would put women's right to an abortion in the state constitution. The governor announced his plan at a rally in support of Planned Parenthood, arguing New Yorkers should have the right to vote on the issue. Through this process, access would remain in place in the event that Roe v. Wade is overturned or changed by the Supreme Court. The proposal hasn't been formally drafted yet.

Gretchen Carlson: The Time Is Now for Women to Run for Office

Gretchen Carlson: The Time Is Now for Women to Run for Office

Feb. 23, 2017

Left or right, now — not later.

I watch very few mini-series but lately I’ve been transfixed by The Crown on Netflix. Apart from the brilliant acting and the fascinating storyline of a young Queen Elizabeth, I’m sure it’s also subconsciously helping me deal with my Downton Abbey withdrawal.
In a recent episode, the Queen, still in her twenties, dresses down a much older, revered and respected Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill for not notifying her when his health had deteriorated to the point of possibly being incapacitated.
Her script: You chose to withhold information from me … a decision that feels like a betrayal. Your breaking of that trust was irresponsible and might have had serious ramifications for the security of this country…. Is your health better now? I would ask you to consider your response in light of the respect that my rank and my office deserve. Not that which my age and gender might suggest.
Emphasis mine.
It’s at this point the viewer truly understands the power of the throne and, more importantly, that Churchill realizes that the Queen is ready to rule.
And, it got me thinking.
Could it be that Great Britain’s monarchy, sometimes ridiculed and seen as politically impotent, has had a major impact on the way the British people have come to revere women in top positions? Having seen women in powerful roles, such as queens, are the British more likely to accept a woman in a top position like, say, Prime Minister?
They’ve had two: Margaret Thatcher and now Theresa May, which of course is better than we’ve done, with our zero.
A recent study out of New York University, the University of Illinois and Princeton University suggests that by the age of six, girls in this country across all socio-economic and racial lines become “less likely than boys to associate brilliance with their own gender and are more likely to avoid activities said to require brilliance.”
The research followed 400 children between the ages of five to seven within various studies. In one part, some of the children were told a story about a person who was “really, really smart” and then asked to guess whether that person was a man or a woman. Five-year-olds picked their own gender, but six- and seven-year-olds of both genders were more likely to pick men.
So what happens to change a girl’s world perception between the ages of five and seven? And how does that affect the career choices of young women? As one researcher involved in the study put it, “[T]hese new findings show that these stereotypes begin to impact girls’ choices at a heartbreakingly young age.”
Is that one of the reasons why we haven’t elected a female President?
Luckily, I had a mom who told me, from a young age, that I could be anything I wanted to be. She instilled in me a sense of confidence and belief that I’m passing along to my own kids. Who knows if simply being told to believe in yourself is enough to break through the stereotypes. In my case, it didn’t hurt, but it probably wasn’t the whole story.
That’s why I hope that in this incredibly divisive political environment, more women will choose to run for political office. Our time is now.
The past year proved that America desperately wanted an outsider to take center stage, but more importantly it proved that any of us can aspire to make the leap of faith and give it a try. While young women previously may have considered themselves unqualified for political office, the election of President Donald Trump, who had never held public office, counterintuitively took down some preconceived barriers to candidacy – for everyone. He did it and so can you.
It’s good to hear that some groups across the country are seeing a surge in young women planning to run for office. We need that.
While the number of women in Parliament went up by approximately a third in the 2015 election cycle — with Members of Parliament now 29% women, up from 23% — women here didn’t make any gains in Congress. The number of women in both the House and Senate remains unchanged at 104, meaning women here only make up about 19% of Congress.
Now is the time to seize the day — like Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May — by encouraging our girls to be anything they want to be, and to run for any political office, including the highest office in the land. Just like Queen Elizabeth who, as a young woman,demanded respect above and beyond what her gender and age traditionally may have warranted, we deserve the same respect some 70 years later. Let’s work together to see our own Madam President.
Gretchen Carlson is a former anchor on Fox News and an advocate for workplace equality and the empowerment of women
FROM: http://motto.time.com/4680476/gretchen-carlson-women-should-run-for-office-now/

Quote from Hillary

"Every issue's a women's issue, so stand up, resist, run for office, be a champion."
— Hillary Clinton emerging from her post-election hiatus on Snapchat

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

50 Women Who Made American Political History

50 Women Who Made American Political History

March 8, 2017

Celebrate these trailblazers

The history of women in American politics is just as long as that of the nation as a whole. Even in the days before the Constitution guaranteed women the right to vote, many tried hard to make a difference as best they could — and succeeded, not only by breaking glass ceilings and proving that women could handle the job but also by introducing important legislation, standing up for their fellow citizens’ rights and much more.
Whether they held office at the local and federal level, whether they were appointed to the most high-profile jobs in politics or to a role many would never hear about, and even if they merely ran and lost, each made her mark. Some of them wielded their influence in the nation’s earliest days and others have only recently been elected to office. And, of course, that history is still being written by many women who have yet to make it to the history books.
It would be impossible to sum up the complete role that women have played in the history of American politics, especially considering the many female activists and thinkers who, though excluded from public office by nature of their gender, made a difference in the evolution of the nation’s governmental and political narrative.
But here, for Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, TIME takes a look back at 50 influential women — specifically, women who ran for, were appointed to or married into a role in the U.S. government — who have helped define the history of American civic life.

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