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Why I Can No Longer Support Current HealthCare Reform Legislation

Reading through my blog archives, any reader will infer that I am a major proponent of healthcare reform legislation. Not only have I spoken out in support of a strong and robust public option, I have trashed any Senator/House Representatives who fail to put the American public’s health as priority; whether in siding with insurance companies, drug companies and various other industry special interests or being a Republican/NeoCon.

As an insider, I have a special perspective on this issue, one which has enabled me to know personally the financial predicament of the insured, mostly caused by run-away insurance costs and steadily diminishing coverage. I know, first hand, how truly fucked up this country’s insurance system really is. With this in mind, I have donated to, written about, volunteered for and re-tweeted countless pro-reform causes because I know how important this is. It is safe to say I have proven myself to be one of healthcare reform’s most ardent and devoted supporters.

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Call for Papers: "Postsocialism, Transformation and Gender"

Dr. Heike Kahlert & Dr. Sabine Schäfer

9 November 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the historical starting point of the political and social transformation of the former socialist societies in Eastern and Central Eastern Europe, and the starting point for the German re-unification in 1990.  While in the (early) 1990s, the discussion was still intense on the unification of two patriarchal systems and the alleged lead in gender equality in Eastern and Central European countries vis à vis the Western neighbours, it seems to have become somewhat more quiet in the perspective of women and gender studies regarding state and consequences of transformation and respective gender effects. Deadline for abstracts: November 30, 2009.

By now, from a gender perspective, the historical importance of the rivalry of the systems and the post-socialist constellations in East and West are hardly understood.  At the same time the question arises what effects the new political situations have on politics of equal-ity and gender relations – in Germany the current strengthening of the left on the far side of the Social Democrats, and in some transformation states like Poland and Hungary a strengthening of the political right.

The new German journal GENDER. Zeitschrift für Geschlecht, Kultur und Gesellschaft that also publishes English contributions, dedicates the issue “Postsocialism, Transformation and Gender” (vol 3/2010) to these correlations and is asking for original contributions from the social sciences and humanities not yet published.

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From Corporations to the Street: How Political Rhetoric on Rape Fuels Sexual Violence on The Street

CBS News with the disturbing report: 15 year old girl gang raped by up to 20 people after homecoming dance.

Let that sink in for a moment. Gang Raped by 20 People.

Earlier this year, Senator Al Franken from Minnesota introduced an amendment, that prohibits companies to contract with the US government if they barr their employees from obtaining legal justice in the event they are raped.   The amendment passed, however  30 Republican men decided this wasn't a government issues, and voted no.  From this bitter sweet development, came a deluge of commentary from inside the beltway that used some of the most explicit and hurtful rhetoric, often times blaming the victim of rape and attempting to remove blame from the Senators who voted no by rationalizing some sort of corporate structure which allows rape, because the government should stay out of the personal lives of said corporation's employees.

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New agreement boosts role of grassroots women

UN-HABITAT has signed a milestone agreement with the Huairou Commission to strengthen the involvement of grassroots women in projects and programmes for better housing and sustainable urban development. The agreement signed Monday on World Habitat Day strengthens areas of existing work, and also ventures into newer areas, such as information technology.

A highlight of the Memorandum of Understanding is a commitment to collaborative working on the creation of a grassroots women’s web portal on human settlements. The portal will enable grassroots women’s groups to network and exchange information on strengthening policies and programmes for gender equality in towns and cities.

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Gender Advocates Keep a Close Eye on Climate Talks

By Lynette Lee Corporal

BANGKOK, Sep 29 (IPS) - After nine months of a rollercoaster ride pushing for a gender perspective on climate change, advocates are finally beginning to reap the fruits of their labour.

Amid dire predictions from various quarters that they will not make much of an impact on the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit scheduled for Dec. 7 to 18, representatives of the Global Gender Climate Alliance (GGCA) are nonetheless keeping their hopes high that their hard work in the last several months will pay off.

GGCA is a network of non-governmental and intergovernmental organisations as well as United Nations agencies working to ensure that climate change policies at the global, regional and national levels are gender-responsive.

Already the Alliance is watching closely the ongoing talks at the second to the last round of climate change negotiations before the December summit — otherwise known as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP) 15 — which are currently underway in the Thai capital.

The Bangkok climate change conference, which opened Monday and will conclude on until Oct 9., is being attended by some 4,000 delegates from 177 countries. The last round will be held in Barcelona, Spain on Nov. 2-6.

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The Separation of Church & State as an LGBT Issue

I have been sitting here for days, thinking about the state of queer rights in this country.

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Gender, climate change linked together in Danish torch ceremony

Women suffer the most from consequences of climate change. Gender issues must be considered as we react to climate changes. Today UNDP Administrator Helen Clark made a commitment to focus on gender and climate change as she received a MDG3 Torch from Danish Minister of Development Cooperation Ulla Toernaes.

“Gender and climate changes are closely interlinked. One example being women facing greater challenges collecting water at wells as climate changes cause more severe droughts. Women and girls play a significant role in agriculture in many developing countries – agriculture being one of those areas likely to be affected the most by climate changes according to UN. An agreement on climate changes should recognize women’s position and special needs. For that I am very delighted that Helen Clark today as she received the Torch accepted to focus on gender and climate,” says Ulla Toernaes.

Receiving the MDG3 Torch Helen Clark committed UNDP to advocate for women with regard to climate change and to raise their voices in the negotiations leading up to COP15 to secure that women’s needs and perspectives are to be taken into consideration as well.

“Today I accepted commitments to focus on gender issues in negotiations prior to COP15. Together with partners in UNEP, IUCN, and WEDO, we in the UNDP will support delegates from the developing countries on gender issues and climate change. In UNDP we will also support female environment ministers taking the lead on a wide range of activities. UNDP will also continue its efforts to secure equal economic possibilities for men and women in the world’s poorest countries,” UNDP Helen Clark said.

(UNDP News)

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Transgender and Statism

Transgender (pronounced /trænz?d??nd?r/, from (Latin) derivatives [trans <L, combination form meaning across, beyond, through] and [gender <ME <MF gendre, genre <L gener- meaning ki

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