Monday, March 22, 2010

Did you know...

Supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment march down Pennsylvania Avenue, Aug. 26, 1977.
by findingDulcinea Staff

I am so proud to stand with students today!

With Sociology Club students at the March in March Rally today at California's State Capitol.
Molly and I at the March in March Rally

I'm often asked how I will raise my daughter to be an activist. As with most things, living the example is the best education. I take my daughter to most all events that I attend. In her two and a half years she has gone to every vote I have cast; to Take Back the Night rallies to watch me speak; to walk with students at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk and fundraiser; to rallies and protests against ballot measures that prohibit marriage equality; to Martin Luther King Jr. community celebrations; and today she attended the March in March rally for education at the state Capitol in California. We marched, we rallied, we chanted. My baby girl chanted "Si Se Puede" and made my heart sing and since coming home from the rally today she has been running around the house yelling "No More Cuts!" and "Power to the People!" with her fist in the air. I imagine the day she'll come out of her room with self-made signs protesting some injustice she believes her dad and I have imposed (like bed time, for example).

We had many conversations today about activism and why we go to rallies. What it means to stand up and raise our voices. How people can and do make change. I'm not sure the true extent she understands it all, and yes, I am choosing for her the issues we focus upon. But as I responded to a reporter today, I take my daughter to these events so she grows up knowing that people do act, that change can happen, and that her voice is important. So that when she is older and finds an issue that impassions her, she will know that activism belongs to her.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Californians...See You Tomorrow

March in March

I will march, will you?

Health Care Reform...just not for women

The Democrats are rejoicing. Many of my progressive friends are tweeting and facebooking their excitement. I am disgusted. And frustrated. And exhausted. Once again we see 'progress' gained on the backs of women. Once again women are told to sit back and wait...that steps forward count even if they leave women behind. The arguments to passing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are so similar to the many we've seen in the past (uhm...ya like the right to vote)--something is better than nothing. Unless you are female in this country. A country where 87% of counties have no abortion provider. Where women travel extended distances-cross county, city, and state lines--and have to cross picket lines just to get the care they need. And now this nation claims victory and reform but we are no where near health care for all. This bill further stigmatizes women who not only have predict the possibility of abortion but request special and separate coverage from their employers (don't we have something in the Courts about separate is not equal??); allows for higher premiums for women when women already pay an estimated 65% more in out of pocket medical costs; restricts care to immigrants; and provides no real public option or single payer system (despite many accounts that countries with Universal health care actually have fewer abortions...shouldn't that be a motivator to these law makers who argue for less abortion, as if it has anything to do with over 90% of them!)

I just can't celebrate. I can't settle. I can't support a measure that leaves women behind...again.

For your reading pleasure....
Michael Moore's Letter: My Congressman, Bart Stupak, Has Neither a Uterus Nor a Brain ...a letter from Michael Moore
NOW statement: Health Care Reform Victory Comes with Tragic Setback for Women's Rights

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Love Your Body

Sierra College will host its 4th Annual Love Your Body Week, next week, March 22-25, 2010. Lots of great speakers and workshops planned. Click here for more information.

In addition to coordinating the event, I'll be presenting a workshop entitled Taboo: The Politics of Women's Blood. I'll explore the historical roots of menstrual taboos and rituals and investigate current day attitudes--do taboos and rituals about menstruation still exist today??

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Kathryn Bigelow is the first woman to win an Oscar for best director

Tonight, herstory is made...Kathryn Bigelow won an Oscar for her film, The Hurt Locker, becoming the first woman ever to win an Oscar for Best Director. Woo Hoo!