i love shoes, feminism, equality, gender nonconformity, activism, and calling out the patriarchy. i am the former president of the jackson area national organization for women http://jackson.nowms.org and currently an intern at planned parenthood.
i have a blog with a lot of varying themes http://ladylamia.wordpress.com but i wanted something that was strictly for my activism and feminism, so here you are!
the views and opinions expressed in these blogs are my personal views and opinions, they are not the official positions of the national organization for women (NOW), planned parenthood, or any other organization that i am or have been affiliated with.
The campaign working in support of the Personhood Amendment has launched a fake website to attack the Political Action Committee working against the ballot measure that would redefine the word person in the state Constitution. “Yes on 26” is using the site to call out Mississippians for Healthy Families’ registered officers Nsombi Lambright of the ACLU and Kay Scott of Planned Parenthood. The site attacks the organizations for their position on abortion rights.
…But on Nov. 8, birth control could become illegal in the state of Mississippi; yet another unintended consequence of Initiative 26. This so-called “Personhood Amendment” will change the legal definition of the word “person” in Article 111 of the state constitution to include “every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof.”
“Personhood” is on trial today, as the JFP is reporting:
Jackson Attorneys Robert McDuff and J. Cliff Johnson will stand before the full Mississippi Supreme Court today at 1:30 p.m. and explain why a ballot initiative giving rights to microscopic human eggs amounts to an illegal modification of the state constitution.
The plaintiff attorneys, who are working on behalf of two Lafayette County residents, oppose a 2-year-old effort by Personhood Mississippi to collect more than 130,000 signatures affirming a personhood-rights ballot issue. The organization successfully submitted the signatures to the secretary of state’s office in February 2010, and the issue is scheduled for the November ballot…
Follow the link to read the whole story in the Jackson Free Press.
this is a sad thing, whether or not it was suicide. the question that i have is, why isn’t more of an investigation being done to put people’s minds at ease? there are questions and it seems that they could easily be answered rather than simply closing the case as a suicide. a young man’s memory needs to be honored, whatever the cause of his death. it seems odd to me that someone would choose to commit suicide by hanging themselves outside from a tree.
please be warned that the photos on this article are graphic.
The body of Mr. Carter, 26, was found Dec. 3 hanging from an oak tree in the predominately White North Greenwood area of Leflore County. The young man lived in neighboring Sunflower County, located several miles away…
Ms. Powe, who is based in Birmingham, Ala., is the spokesperson for the victim’s family. “A crime scene was never established. They never roped the scene off and this has not been treated as a crime. There is no reason to believe that he would commit suicide. We appreciate attention being brought to this because we need an outcry from the people,” she said…
“There are a lot of unanswered questions. He reportedly had rope in his pocket but didn’t have anything to cut it with? Why wasn’t the scene of the crime blocked off? That tree limb is nearly 12 feet high. I’m 6’2 and I can’t see how I could maneuver to do that so how could a boy his height hang himself like that?” asks Mr. Jordan, who is also a Greenwood City Councilman.
Please visit the website to read the full article.
Very disappointing, to say the least. It’s also disappointing that the CL calls “personhood” simply “anti-abortion” because it goes so far beyond that one issue.
A Hinds County judge has ruled in favor of allowing an anti-abortion initiative on Mississippi’s 2011 ballot.
“(The initiative) has received more than the required amount of signatures to be placed on the ballot and the Constitution recognizes the right of citizens to amend their Constitution,” Judge Malcolm Harrison ruled in an order signed today.
The ballot initiative would allow voters to decide whether Mississippi’s Constitution should be amended to define life as beginning at conception.
Supporters of the “personhood” amendment gathered more than 106,000 signatures to get it on the ballot in 2011.
The lawsuit, filed by two Oxford women, had argued that the initiative process cannot be used to rewrite the state Bill of Rights — which they said the personhood amendment would do.
The case is expected to be appealed to the state Supreme Court.
Andre Cooley, a corrections officer for juvenile detainees at the Sheriff’s Department in Forrest County, Mississippi, was fired when his supervisors discovered that he was gay.
On June 14, 2010 while at home and off-duty, Andre called 911 after his boyfriend became physically violent. One of Andre’s supervisors was among the officers responding to the call and learned at that time of Andre’s sexual orientation. The day after the incident, for which Andre was identified in the police report as the “victim,” Andre learned that despite having an exemplary record, he was being fired from his job. When Andre asked if he was being fired because he was gay, he was told “yes.”
Most people in Mississippi who work for private companies have no legal protections from employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. But because the Forrest County Sheriff’s Department is a governmental entity, the Constitution protects Andre and other employees from anti-gay discrimination. The ACLU is suing the Forrest County Sheriff’s Department, Chief Bolton, Sheriff Billy McGee and Staff Sergeant Brannon for violating Andre’s equal protection and due process rights guaranteed under the Fourteenth Amendment.
just when i thought mississippi could not get worse… this is disgusting! i’m absolutely ashamed to live here at the moment.
“We’re going to propose the Arizona law, pretty much word for word, except for the conditions that would be dictated by the uniqueness of our border compared to Arizona’s,” Wade said.
earlier in the article:
“When those people race across the border looking for jobs, they ain’t coming to Bully’s Soul Food Shack to get a job,” local radio talk show host and black Mississippi Tea Party supporter Kim Wade told the Jackson Free Press. “They’re being employed by white people. And after they get their amnesty and their voting privileges, they’re going to vote for their people, just like blacks did and whites did and everybody else, and you’ll see the Hispanics siding with the white majority to provide the damn jobs, and blacks will be out looking crazy, talking about ‘how come we don’t have any jobs.’ Well, that’s because you gave your damn positions to the Hispanics.”
“those people”? really? apparently racism knows no racial boundaries.
Normally i wouldn’t post something like this, but the battle for choice is so important here in the south. women have to travel hours to get to clinics, sometimes out of state, and spend money on gas & lodging in order to obtain a safe and LEGAL abortion. the restrictions that legislature puts on a woman’s right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy become more and more obtrusive each session, but that doesn’t matter to many women who do not have the resources to travel to a clinic that may be two or three hours away.
planned parenthood southeast is on the front lines here, working hard for women. this is a mississippi issue, because for some women in our state, the birmingham clinic may be closer to them than the one remaining clinic here in jackson. for feminist and activists in other areas, it is hard to fathom what it is like to be a pro-choice activist in the south. we are the definitely a minority, in a place where religion permeates the workplace, schools, politics, and many public domains it should not. a woman’s decision on what to do with her own body has nothing to do with religion or politics; but that doesn’t stop the religious right from pouring money into making sure that it’s going to be as difficult as possible for women here to exercise their LEGAL RIGHT to an abortion.
every dollar that is raised by feminists in the south is met with countless dollars from the antis. if you can donate even $5 to planned parenthood southeast to help the birmingham clinic, i urge you to do so. if you would like to catch a glimpse of what it is like for women in mississippi and alabama, watch “the last abortion clinic” online at PBS. even living here and doing the work that i do, this documentary stunned me.
An email from Planned Parenthood:
$8,000. That’s how much it will cost Planned Parenthood Southeast to update eight security cameras at our Birmingham health center.
In today’s tough economy, we know that so many of you are cutting back. And so are we. We are careful with every dollar we receive from our supporters, but we’re also committed to protecting the safety and well-being of our staff and clients. Join us in ensuring that they are safe.
This weekend, Priests for Life have organized a so-called “Pro-Life Freedom Ride” from Birmingham to Atlanta, complete with rallies and vigils outside our health centers, and we want to be ready with updated security cameras for our Birmingham clinic.
Our current cameras are outdated and need to be replaced. New ones will serve as a powerful deterrent to violent behavior.
No organization does more to help women and couples prevent unintended pregnancy and plan strong, healthy families. Your gift will mean that our clients and staff don’t have to fear for their safety, and that our facilities are protected from vandalism and damage