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Defeat the ‘War on Women’ rally, Sunday, New Paltz, 1 pm

  • New Paltz, NY in Peace Park (Village Hall if Raining)
  • DEFEAT THE ‘WAR ON WOMEN’: Demonstrations in support of women’s rights will take place in a number of U.S. cities Sunday, Aug. 26, the day before the Republican Party Convention in Tampa. (For the rally and march in New Paltz, N.Y., see item directly below.) The actions in such cities as Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Chicago are in response to a call for protests by a new activist/feminist organization titled Women Organized to Resist and Defend (WORD), which “is dedicated to building the strugg

    le for women’s rights and equality for all.” The organizers emphasize “Women and men of all ages, nationalities and sexual orientations are invited to join in this campaign.” Details about these protests and information about WORD is athttp://www.defendwomensrights.org/.From Ariana Basco, Donna Goodman, Elizabeth Gross, Margaret Human, Judith Karpova, Terry Leroy, Helaine Meisler, Joanne Steele, Barbara Upton:We are Hudson Valley activists who back the national campaign and support the local rally and march in New Paltz Aug. 26, beginning at 1 p.m. in Peace Park next to Village Hall (25 Plattekill Ave.). This will be followed by a march with signs through the downtown village district, returning to the park to end the activity. (In event of inclement weather, the rally will be inside the hall.)

    The last few years have seen a shocking number of right wing attacks on the rights of women, through anti-abortion legislation, campaigns against contraception, slashing of jobs and social services, and new heights of misogyny in ultra-conservative rhetoric. Now more than ever, a new, fighting women’s movement is needed to counter this right wing “war on women.”

    We support the Aug. 26 protests on the eve of the Republican National Convention being organized by Women Organized to Resist and Defend (WORD), a new organization that is dedicated to building the struggle for women’s rights and equality for all. WORD was initiated by women who have been active in the antiwar movement and the fight against racism, police brutality and in support of immigrant rights, as well as the movement for women’s rights.

    In a statement, WORD declared: “The Republican candidates in this year’s primary campaigns have been competing to see who can spout the most anti-woman rhetoric, even opposing exemptions to abortion restrictions in the case of rape or incest – all the while championing economic policies that slash social programs that poor and working mothers rely on.” While targeting the ultra-conservatives, WORD also demands that the Democrats start doing much more to support the rights of women.

    The main demands of the WORD event are:

    • Full reproductive rights now: Access to safe, legal abortion and birth control – on demand; healthcare that covers these services and access to it for all women; and the information we need to stay healthy, including an end to abstinence-only sex education in our schools.

    • Women’s rights in the workplace: Pay equity, maternity leave, an end to penalizing working mothers, and an end to sexual harassment at work.

    • Stop the budget cuts: Cutting federal and state social services, and eliminating public sector jobs, disproportionately punishes poor women, working women and women of color. Jobs, education, housing and healthcare are women’s rights.

    • Full equality and respect now: Fight racism, sexism and anti-LGBT bigotry. End violence against women. Stop the exploitation and commercialization of women in mass media. An injury to one is an injury to all!

    The New Paltz meeting will be chaired by Donna Goodman, an editor of the Activist Newsletter, which is sponsoring the local event. Donna is a Vice President of the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation and Co-chair, Women’s Rights & Concerns Committee, United University Professions, AFT Local 2190, AFL-CIO. In a statement distributed by WORD, she declared:

    “I am supporting the Aug. 26 national day of action because I know that all the rights women have won over the decades are the result of struggle. As a unionist, antiwar activist and retired public sector worker, I’ve seen our hard-won gains eroded by anti-woman legislation, budget cutbacks in education and social services, and biased court decisions. It’s time to re-energize a strong, united women’s movement that will fight back against the right wing, take back our reproductive rights, and win justice and equality in all areas that affect women’s lives.”

    Join us in New Paltz Aug. 26. Spread the word to your lists, your Facebook friends, your blogs, and all the groups you belong to. Help build a strong, independent, united women’s movement that will fight the right wing assault and protect women’s rights. For more information, or to volunteer, contact donna0726@earthlink.net <mailto:donna0726@earthlink.net> , or jacdon@earthlink.net.
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    WHAT’S THE ‘WAR ON WOMEN’ MEAN? The term “War on Women,” says the American Civil Liberties Union, “describes the legislative and rhetorical attacks on women and women’s rights taking place across the nation. It includes a wide range of policy efforts designed to place restrictions on women’s health care and erode protections for women and their families. Examples at the state and federal level have included restricting contraception; cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood; state-mandated, medically unnecessary ultrasounds; abortion taxes; abortion waiting periods; forcing women to tell their employers why they want birth control, and prohibiting insurance companies from including abortion coverage in their policies.”

    (This is not an official MoveOn function, but MoveOn Members will be present, including our MoveOn friends and Activists, Barbara Upton, Linda Abbott. If anyone is interested in car pooling with Bob Dorn, call 845 345 2160)
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Posted by on August 24, 2012 in politics

 

MoveOn meeting, August 29, @ 6:30

Hello to all,

Based on the responses I received, it seems that Wed., Aug 29 is the best date for a meeting. So I’m going to call it: 6:30 p.m. at my house (a little early for Marilyn, a little late for Padma, but a compromise). We have a date set for an event with Larry Parham of Citizen Action, to see the film “Priceless” about campaign finance reform and have some discussion, on September 19 at the Ted Stroehble Center in Monticello. So we need to plan publicity for that.

We will have a little ice cream/frozen yogurt refreshments, coupons sent by Ben and Jerry’s as a thank you for the work we did on the resolution (part of their “get the dough out” campaign), which I just received today with a little note.

Also, please be aware that Thomas Brown is leading a very vigorous recruitment campaign for voter registration and supporters of Obama in November, and perhaps even more importantly, to build support for Julian Schreibman, the progressive Democrat who is running for 19th District and has been endorsed by Maurice Hinchey. Schreibman will have a tough fight against Chris Gibson, the Republican incumbent whose district was melded into Maurice’s district.

The OFA team will be at my house this week, Mon-Thurs, from 4:30 till about 7:30 or so, to canvass in Liberty and build as much support as possible. Anyone is welcome to join us, get out in a walk around one of Liberty’s neighborhoods, meet some of the folks here and talk about what’s important to them. My house serves as a base, and we’ll wind up with debriefing and refreshments. If you have any questions, be sure to email me, or give me a quick call (393 4895).

Thanks, and I hope I see some of you this week, and all of you on the 29th.

(Kathie Aberman)

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2012 in 99% Spring, Official MoveOn Sullivan

 

Important SLAC meeting, Aug 31, 2012,

CLIMATE CHANGE? THE FUTURE OF OUR PLANET?

OFA SLAC Aug. meeting agenda

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Feel the Burn: Making the 2012 Heat Wave Matter Mark Hertsgaard July 25, 2012

(from The Nation, July 25, 2012)
I have been following this summer’s droughts and heat waves, one of the three worst in the last ten or so years, and so far the worst. I am extremely concerned as I am sure many of you all are about this, and the failure of this year’s “Durban Climate change convention’ in South Africa, to make any changes or headway in this dire situation.

Making 2012 Heat Wave matter

Summer 2012 has broken thousands of records, bringing misery and worse to millions of Americans. By mid-July the death toll was nearing 100, said Wunderground.com. That is certain to rise—not just because the forecast is for hot weather to persist but because, as in 2003, many heat wave deaths are epidemiologically traceable only well after the fact. Meanwhile, the United States is suffering the worst drought in fifty years, leading the Department of Agriculture to declare more than 1,000 counties—about one of every three in the nation—natural disaster zones. The reverberations will be global and may include violence.

 

A message from Kathie A.

Hi to All,

I hope everyone’s summer has been healthy and relaxing.  We’ve all been sitting things out for a while, but as the end of summer approaches, I feel the need to call us all together once again, to discuss what’s going one, and to decide what pressing issues need attention.
In June, we presented our Draft Resolution for an amendment to the constitution to reverse the effects of the Citizens United Supreme Court Case, and I am happy to report, in case you have not heard, that our resolution was adopted, unanimously, by the Sullivan County Legislature.  So, everyone who participated in this multi-month effort deserves thanks for the effort you put into it.
Some of us have been working for the Organizing for America campaign, not only to support President Obama, but to put our weight behind the candidate running in District 19, Julian Schreibman, who has been endorsed by Maurice Hinchey.  You may or may not agree, and you may or may not be at the point where you want to participate in this campaign, but we should have a discussion about it.
MoveOn, nationally, is supporting the Obama campaign, so I would like to call a meeting for sometime in the next week or two for us to get together and talk. My next two weeks are pretty full, so I guess at this point that means we are looking at the last week of August, beginning on August 27.  Please let me know if that date works for you, and if not, please suggest an alternate time, so we can narrow down a date that most of you will be able to make.
Thanks,
Kathie
 
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Posted by on August 8, 2012 in 99% Spring, Official MoveOn Sullivan

 

Richard Muller: Skeptical Scientist Converts, Says Climate Change Is Man-Made July 30, 2012

Skeptical Scientist Converts, Says Climate Change Is Man-Made July 30, 2012

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online

One skeptical climate scientist has changed his beliefs, and now says that human activity is indeed causing the Earth to warm.

Prof Richard Muller, who founded the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) project, admitted in a New York Times opinion piece on Saturday that he was a “converted skeptic.”

He admitted that a new study aimed at looking into climate change skeptics’ concerns helped alter his beliefs.

“Last year, following an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists, I concluded that global warming was real and that the prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct,” Muller wrote in the Times. “I’m now going a step further: Humans are almost entirely the cause.”

He said he was concerned by claims that were made by climate researchers who had not been entirely open with their data.

Muller gathered up a team of 10 scientists, including Saul Perlmutter, winner of this year’s Nobel Physics Prize for research showing the Universe’s expansion is accelerating, to confront the skepticism.

“These findings are stronger than those of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [IPCC], the United Nations group that defines the scientific and diplomatic consensus on global warming,” he wrote in the New York Times piece.

The team merged and collected 14.4 million land temperature observations from 44,455 sites across the world dating back to 1753. Previous research only went back to the mid-1800s and used a fifth as many weather station records.

They determined that over the past 250 years, records show that the Earth has risen by two and a half degrees Fahrenheit, including an increase of one and a half degrees over the most recent 50 years.

The temperature data from various sources was completely automated to help reduce human error during the research. The team concluded that despite their deeper analysis, their own findings closely matched the previous temperature reconstructions.

They analyzed the warming impact of solar activity, but found that over the past 250 years, the contribution of the sun has been “consistent with zero.”

“Much to my surprise, by far the best match came to the record of atmospheric carbon dioxide, measured from atmospheric samples and air trapped in polar ice,” Muller wrote in the Times. “While this doesn’t prove that global warming is caused by human greenhouse gases, it is currently the best explanation we have found, and sets the bar for alternative explanations.”

The BEST project has not yet been published in peer reviewed scientific journals, and one collaborator on the project declined to be named as an author of the research.

“Their latest paper on the 250-year record concludes that the best explanation for the observed warming is greenhouse gas emissions,” Judith Curry of the Georgia Institute of Technology told BBC. “Their analysis is way oversimplistic and not at all convincing in my opinion.”

“I don’t think this question can be answered by the simple curve fitting used in this paper, and I don’t see that their paper adds anything to our understanding of the causes of the recent warming,” she told the Guardian.

Although Curry is not yet a converted skeptic, Michael Mann, director of the Earth Science System Center at Penn State University, says this research just confirms what everyone else has already believed. He faced criticism from climate skeptics for his famous “hockey stick” graph.

He told BBC that seeing a study funded by the Koch Brothers “demonstrate what scientists have known with some degree of confidence for nearly two decades: that the globe is indeed warming, and that this warming can only be explained by human-caused increases in greenhouse gas concentrations.”

 
 
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