Happy New Year! Almost…
Hal had me on to break down the year, both the good and the bad. We cited pieces from Robin Marty “Repro Wrap: End of the Year, End of the Clinics” and Media Matters “Know Your Role And Shut Your Mouth: How Conservatives Treated Women in 2013”. I also mentioned the extremely important investigative piece by Adele Stan on how there is no longer (if there ever was) a line between “social” conservatives and “economic” conservatives. Her piece Anatomy of the War on Women lays out the Koch brothers, et al and their funneling of money to groups like Americans United for Life.
We also talked about how the Democrats finally got it together and changed the filibuster rules for judicial nominees. If you nodded off, WAKE UP because this is huge. This recent Majority Report segment with Cliff Schecter gives you more if you missed the story or didn’t get how important a 90 seat swing in our judiciary is the most important thing to happen in 2013: The Dems Finally Go Nuclear.
Finally, go to Lady Parts Justice to find out how Lizz Winstead and Revolution Messaging are following up the Texas Women Forever telethon. I’ll be involved in this campaign to call out awful politicians and register voters ahead of the 2014 midterms. We must — and can! — prevent another 2010-style Tea Party victory lap!
Note about the meme/picture selection: I loved everything about NARAL hiring Ilyse Hogue as their president in 2013 even before I had the chance to get to know her a little. She unapologetic about reproductive justice, doesn’t parse words and has made the organization simultaneously focused on the bigger picture and the personal narratives that advance issues surrounding abortion care.
I couldn’t agree more with her quote, delivered in Texas during the special legislative session that catapulted Wendy Davis to national fame. The far right-wing may think they’re winning in the short term — victories that do affect real people’s lives. However, they have mobilized women and their allies. They better fasten their seat belts for 2014…
Enhanced audio: HSRP 12/28/13
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