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Will the second part of the California Dream Act become law? ›

One of two measures that make up what’s referred to as the California Dream Act was released from suspense in a state Senate committee today, and is expected to go to the Senate floor next week for a vote. But unlike AB 130, a companion bill that was recently signed into law, the bill known as AB 131 faces slimmer odds of success.

Both measures aim to make it easier for undocumented college students to pay tuition. AB 130 allowed these students access to previously unavailable privately funded scholarships. AB 131 would grant them access to publicly funded financial aid, the same kind of financial aid now available to students who are U.S. citizens and legal residents. Although undocumented students can qualify for in-state tuition if they meet state residency requirements, they are still barred from public financial aid programs, such as Cal Grants.

[…] Unlike the federal Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, neither of the California bills proposes a path to legal status.

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sisterhoodispowerful:

keepyourboehneroutofmyuterus:

Agreed.  Can I get some memes of the people listed here?  We need more Defenders of the Uteri to populate this Tumblr. 
mymanyuntoldstories:

I’m sorry but this man does not deserve all the cookies for just being a decent human being.
There are others in congress who hold the same beliefs.
Here is an excerpt from a NARAL article which lists the representatives that stood against HR 3 on March 3 (thus not the only ones):
Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, the committee’s ranking member, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York led the charge against the “Stupak on Steroids” bill. Rep. Nadler called the bill, which manipulates the tax code to advance an extreme anti-choice agenda, “an unprecedented attack on women, families, and their rights under the Constitution.”Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida called out an earlier version of H.R.3 that would have redefined rape as a “violent act against women.” Although the bill’s sponsors caved to public pressure on that issue, H.R.3 still poses a grave threat to women’s access to critical care.Reps. Zoe Lofgren of California and Hank Johnson of Georgia voiced their opposition to the anti-choice leadership’s attacks on women’s health care. Rep. Conyers proposed an amendment to the bill that would have protected Washington, D.C.’s right to use its own money to pay for abortion care for low-income women. This amendment was rejected.Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois proposed an amendment to ensure that women could access insurance that covers their reproductive-health needs. This amendment was rejected. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas proposed an amendment that would have protected a woman’s access to abortion care in situations where it’s necessary to protect her health. This amendment was rejected.Rep. Judy Chu of California proposed an amendment clarifying that hospitals may not allow women in need of life-saving abortion care to die. This amendment was also rejected.
WHY IS IT THE WHITE MAN WHO GETS RECOGNIZED?
Oh wait, racism and sexism.


This has definitely crossed my mind a few times during the Anthony Weiner tumblr love-fest. Yes, the man is a snappy talker and I certainly appreciate his efforts but he doesn’t get a giant gold star just because he gets it.

Dr. Judy Chu is my rep! I like Weiner for his snark, but kudos to all the reps that actually give a crap about us.

sisterhoodispowerful:

keepyourboehneroutofmyuterus:

Agreed.  Can I get some memes of the people listed here?  We need more Defenders of the Uteri to populate this Tumblr. 

mymanyuntoldstories:

I’m sorry but this man does not deserve all the cookies for just being a decent human being.

There are others in congress who hold the same beliefs.

Here is an excerpt from a NARAL article which lists the representatives that stood against HR 3 on March 3 (thus not the only ones):


Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, the committee’s ranking member, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York led the charge against the “Stupak on Steroids” bill. Rep. Nadler called the bill, which manipulates the tax code to advance an extreme anti-choice agenda, “an unprecedented attack on women, families, and their rights under the Constitution.”
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida called out an earlier version of H.R.3 that would have redefined rape as a “violent act against women.” Although the bill’s sponsors caved to public pressure on that issue, H.R.3 still poses a grave threat to women’s access to critical care.
Reps. Zoe Lofgren of California and Hank Johnson of Georgia voiced their opposition to the anti-choice leadership’s attacks on women’s health care. 
Rep. Conyers proposed an amendment to the bill that would have protected Washington, D.C.’s right to use its own money to pay for abortion care for low-income women
This amendment was rejected.
Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois proposed an amendment to ensure that women could access insurance that covers their reproductive-health needs. 
This amendment was rejected. 
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas proposed an amendment that would have protected a woman’s access to abortion care in situations where it’s necessary to protect her health. 
This amendment was rejected.
Rep. Judy Chu of California proposed an amendment clarifying that hospitals may not allow women in need of life-saving abortion care to die. 
This amendment was also rejected.

WHY IS IT THE WHITE MAN WHO GETS RECOGNIZED?

Oh wait, racism and sexism.

This has definitely crossed my mind a few times during the Anthony Weiner tumblr love-fest. Yes, the man is a snappy talker and I certainly appreciate his efforts but he doesn’t get a giant gold star just because he gets it.

Dr. Judy Chu is my rep! I like Weiner for his snark, but kudos to all the reps that actually give a crap about us.

(via slutever--forever)

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[California] State attorney general seeks resumption of gay marriages ›

Kamala Harris has asked that marriages resume for same sex couples while we await some final results from the Prop 8 fiasco. But the best part of this story is the following:

The president of the Family Research Council, a Washington-based advocacy group that opposes same-sex marriage, said Tuesday it suspected the government was colluding with lawyers in the Proposition 8 case.

Tony Perkins, the group’s president, pointed out that lawyers for the two California couples asked the 9th Circuit to lift its stay just a few hours after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the administration’s new position on the federal act.

Perkins asked the government to provide records of any contact the Justice Department might have had with the attorneys.

“Even the appearance of collusion between the Department of Justice and litigants is highly damaging to the rule of law in America,” Perkins wrote.

LOL, Tony Perkins!

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#lolz

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Justice = Love: Contact information for a few of our country's Xenophobic politicians ›

pantslessprogressive:

Below is contact information for two of the elected officials who spoke at this protest in Yorba Linda, CA against the ICNA Relief, a hunger prevention program which just happens to be a Muslim organization. From their site: “We are a Muslim organization and feel the responsibility to help and support the needy as our religious responsibility”. If you haven’t seen the video yet, please do so now.

Congressman Ed Royce

From the video: “They call it multiculturalism, and it has paralyzed too many of our fellow citizens to make the critical judgment we need to make to prosper as a society.”

Washington office:

2185 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

phone: (202) 225-4111

District office (recommended for letters):

1110 E. Chapman Ave, Suite 207

Orange, CA 92866

phone: (714) 744-4130

No email address; just online submission form, which states they won’t respond to non-constituents.

Deborah Pauly, Villa Park CA Councilmember

Email: dpauly@villapark.org

City Council phone number: (714) 998-1500

From the video: “As a matter of fact I know quite a few Marines who will be very happy to help these terrorists to an early meeting in paradise.” Again, this is referring to the ICNA Relief group, which helps and raises money for women’s shelters and serves as a hunger prevention program.

As a side note: It’s disgusting beyond belief when citizens spew this vile hatred, but it’s even worse when politicians - elected officials with easy access to microphones and the ability to influence public policy - spread their Islamophobic diatribes. This is why I have provided their information.

Here’s the info for Gary Miller, the last official speaking in the video.

Washington Office
2349 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515 
Phone: 202-225-3201

Brea Office
1800 E. Lambert Road
Suite 150
Brea, CA 92821
Phone: 714-257-1142

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caraobrien:

soupsoup:

cajunboy:

Of all the jaw-on-the-floor videos taken at tea party rallies and protests and such, this is by far the most revolting I’ve seen. Like, stomach-turning, blood pressure rising revolting. Ladies and gentleman, this is the tea party at its worst.

This literally brought me to tears. These people are beyond despicable.

This is horrific. I just don’t understand this shit. 

Welcome to fucking Orange County. This is the town over from mine (or at least it was until I thankfully moved out last week!). The last congressman, Gary Miller, was my congressman. Absolutely sickening. Every single elected official in this video should be fired, starting with Deborah Pauly. If one single Muslim person is harmed in Yorba Linda she should be brought up on charges. WTF is wrong with these people?

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As a Member of the Judiciary Committee, it is my intention to introduce legislation that will once and for all repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. My own belief is that when two people love each other and enter the contract of marriage, the Federal government should honor that. I opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. It was the wrong law then; it is the wrong law now; and it should be repealed.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein: House Dems To Push Legislative End To DOMA (via corruptpolitics)

Good! Can’t wait for this to finally be repealed.

(via rightsandhumanity)

Feinstein! Hooray for my senator!

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California Supreme Court To Issue Prop 8 Decision Next Week ›

he State Supreme Court have announced that they should have a decision on whether or not they’ll rule on standing by next week. This is getting complicated.. see the details below.

Ok, so here’s where we’re at. The 9th District Court needs to decide on whether or not the defense (prop-Prop8 people) have standing to continue appealing Judge Walker’s ruling without the support of the State. The 9th District doesn’t want to make that decision on their own, so they sent the question to the State Supreme Court for their opinion.

The Supreme Court is saying that by next week they’ll decide on whether or not they will give an answer to the 9th District Court. So their ruling won’t be a ruling on the standing question, but on whether or not they’ll look at the case.

If the Supreme Court says they’ll look at the case, then we’ll wait for them to issue an opinion which the 9th District will use in making their decision. If 9th District then rules that there is no standing, they will dismiss the case and marriage will become legal in California only. If 9th District rules that the defense DOES have standing, then they’ll next decide whether or not Judge Vaughn Walker made the right decision in striking down Prop 8.

[…]

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rabbleprochoice:

I wrote out what I said because I tend to get nervous when I do this. So this is what I’ve said, but I’ve redacted information about my representative so you can insert yours right in.

I have some comments for [my representative] about a bill that was introduced in the House on January 20th. 
(The person you speak to will probably say okay)
The name of the bill is the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act and I would just like to say that I am extremely disappointed in [my representative’s] support and co-sponsorship of this bill. As a woman, I find it absolutely appalling that [my representative] supports this bill considering that it is redefining rape in a way that I am entirely uncomfortable with.
I would ask [my representative] to think of his wife and what this bill would mean for her or his future granddaughters if they were to ever, God forbid, be drugged and raped. This bill is worded in such a way that if they needed abortions there would be absolutely no assistance for them and I am not comfortable with punishing rape victims for being raped under any circumstance. I’d like to let [my representative] know that I am a registered voter and I vote in every election and that this is not something I am willing to overlook when I’m at the polls the next time he is up for re-election. Finally, I am quite sad that [my representative] would support this bill as it is stepping on women’s rights and reproductive justice. As a female voter, I expected him to care a little more about his female constituents and their reproductive rights. Thank you.
(Once you are done, the aide you speak to will probably ask for your name, address, and phone number, say thank you, and say something along the lines of being sure to pass the message along)

If you don’t like how I worded this or it’s too long for you I recommend hitting these major points:
Mention the name and the date of the bill you are talking about.
Mention that you are a registered voter and that you vote regularly.
Explain that you are uncomfortable with the wording of this bill and what it would mean for rape victims.
Ask that your representative think about their children being raped (yes, this is a personal subject, but we’re going to PUNISH rape victims, make it personal) and being left without any help or support for their care.
Be sure to try and stay calm, do not use expletives (it can be hard, my voice wavered quite a bit, do not feel embarrassed or scared, it’s their job to listen to your concerns and they aren’t going to yell or be aggressive with you).
Love,
Rabble

My rep looks like Chuck Norris AND he’s a co-sponsor. I’m contacting him anyway, but next I’ll be prepared to send in letters to my local paper about how Congressman Chuck Norris hates women. Ugh.

rabbleprochoice:

I wrote out what I said because I tend to get nervous when I do this. So this is what I’ve said, but I’ve redacted information about my representative so you can insert yours right in.

I have some comments for [my representative] about a bill that was introduced in the House on January 20th. 

(The person you speak to will probably say okay)

The name of the bill is the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act and I would just like to say that I am extremely disappointed in [my representative’s] support and co-sponsorship of this bill. As a woman, I find it absolutely appalling that [my representative] supports this bill considering that it is redefining rape in a way that I am entirely uncomfortable with.

I would ask [my representative] to think of his wife and what this bill would mean for her or his future granddaughters if they were to ever, God forbid, be drugged and raped. This bill is worded in such a way that if they needed abortions there would be absolutely no assistance for them and I am not comfortable with punishing rape victims for being raped under any circumstance. I’d like to let [my representative] know that I am a registered voter and I vote in every election and that this is not something I am willing to overlook when I’m at the polls the next time he is up for re-election. Finally, I am quite sad that [my representative] would support this bill as it is stepping on women’s rights and reproductive justice. As a female voter, I expected him to care a little more about his female constituents and their reproductive rights. Thank you.

(Once you are done, the aide you speak to will probably ask for your name, address, and phone number, say thank you, and say something along the lines of being sure to pass the message along)

If you don’t like how I worded this or it’s too long for you I recommend hitting these major points:

  • Mention the name and the date of the bill you are talking about.
  • Mention that you are a registered voter and that you vote regularly.
  • Explain that you are uncomfortable with the wording of this bill and what it would mean for rape victims.
  • Ask that your representative think about their children being raped (yes, this is a personal subject, but we’re going to PUNISH rape victims, make it personal) and being left without any help or support for their care.
  • Be sure to try and stay calm, do not use expletives (it can be hard, my voice wavered quite a bit, do not feel embarrassed or scared, it’s their job to listen to your concerns and they aren’t going to yell or be aggressive with you).

Love,

Rabble

My rep looks like Chuck Norris AND he’s a co-sponsor. I’m contacting him anyway, but next I’ll be prepared to send in letters to my local paper about how Congressman Chuck Norris hates women. Ugh.

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Arcadia [CA] suspends controversial coyote-trapping program ›

ARCADIA - Less than six months after reinstating it, City Council members voted unanimously to suspend a program that traps and kills coyotes in residential neighborhoods.

The program, which has caught at least 20 coyotes since August, drew constant fire from residents and animal rights’ activists, who argued there are more effective ways to deal with the foraging creatures.

Good news for the coyotes; bad news for me and the Only Living Dachshund in Orange County as I am thinking of moving to Arcadia. Will have to take precautions to protect the dog from coyotes apparently.

#animal rights

#california

Girl kills pimp & is sentenced to prison for life ›

fuckyeahgenderstudies:

dancingferaldreamer:

Sixteen-year-old human trafficking victim Sara Kruzan was sentenced to life in prison without parole when, in a desperate act to escape captivity, she shot her pimp.

What is injustice? This.

This is completely unjust. Please read this woman’s story and sign the petition urging the Governator to release her. Sixteen years in prison for what amounts to an act of self-defense is far, far too long.

(via rightsandhumanity)

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