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- Indian Supreme Court Expands Abortion Rights While America Goes Backwards
The Indian Supreme Court ruled today that abortion would be legal for all women up to 24 weeks of pregnancy, a change from the existing law that discriminated against single women by giving them only 20 weeks to make that decision. Imagine that! A country that is often chastised for its poor treatment of women, female foeticide, gender imbalance, and crimes against women nevertheless enshrines in its laws more freedoms than the supposedly most developed country in the world, the United States of America. Here, the evangelical wing of the Republican Party completed its takeover of the Supreme Court with the appointment of Justice Barrett, and now the activist judiciary has dealt a crushing blow to the individual freedom of American women with the Dobbs decision that left reproductive freedom to be decided by the states. Predictably, state after republican state has been enacting draconian laws against abortion, to the point that even medically necessary procedures are being denied women till they are on the operating table, dying. What has been sanctioned by the US Supreme Court by the repeal of Roe V. Wade is likely to become federal law if Republicans take back Congress. This is not hyperbole. This is the stated intent of several prominent Republican leaders. And it will happen, along with bans on contraception, gay marriage and other individual freedoms allegedly against Biblical teachings unless each one of us pledges to vote and get our friends and family to vote. It's time for all of us to insist that our adopted country have at least the same rights as our home country, unless we want a worse future for ourselves, our daughters, and granddaughters. To support TSB's efforts to elect pro-women representatives in Congress and the Senate, please consider joining our outreach efforts here or donate here.
- It's World Contraception Day - Will a Republican Government Ban It?
Contraception is widely considered one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century. The benefits of contraception include improved health and well-being, reduced global maternal mortality, health benefits of pregnancy spacing for maternal and child health, female engagement in the work force, and economic self-sufficiency for women. Best of all, access to contraception prevents that cherished bugaboo of conservative leaders and Republican politicians. So why are we hearing rumblings that banning contraception may be on the table? The PEW Research Center reports that some states are already considering it. From the article: In Missouri, Republican lawmakers are going after the emergency contraception known as Plan B, as well as intra-uterine devices (IUDs). Idaho state Rep. Brent Crane said he would hold hearings on legislation banning emergency contraceptives and possibly IUDs as well. A Louisiana House committee passed a bill saying that “human personhood” begins at the point of fertilization, an interpretation that critics say could potentially be used to outlaw Plan B drugs, IUDs and perhaps other forms of birth control. Even if these state lawmakers are currently regulating certain medications which deal with the implantation of fertilized eggs (an ultra strict definition of pregnancy) these rulings are draconian, with the side effect of making providers and pharmacies reluctant to prescribe these medications which in some instance are life-saving and in others prescribed for several other diseases not associated with reproductive care. Given the Republican lack of concern for life after birth, it is clear that these initiatives have at their heart a Biblical desire to control women and turn them into baby machines, as well as a careless disregard for their lives. If we don't want America to turn into another Republic of Gilead from the Handmaid's Tale, we have to come out and vote for Democrats at every level. We hope to see you at the ballot box these midterms to save all women from this oppressive tyrannical vision of an American future. To support TSB's efforts to elect more progressive candidates, donate here.
- The Republican Plan For Your Children Should Have You Worried
If you thought the completely made up controversy over Critical Race Theory was the bottom of the barrel as far as your child's education was concerned, today comes the news that at the National Conservative Conference, an annual meeting of conservative politicians, thinkers, and religious leaders, the attendees pushed for a move towards dissolution of the separation between church and state and introduction of religion in public education. A statement of principles signed by the conference members said “Where a Christian majority exists, public life should be rooted in Christianity and its moral vision, which should be honored by the state and other institutions both public and private..." From the article on NBC News about the conference comes this other nugget: The Bible, the signatories agreed, should be taught as a source of “shared Western civilization in schools and universities.” It is tempting to think of this particular issue as one that the GOP has picked up purely to drive their faithful to the polls. Sadly, it appears that today's Republican party has been completely taken over by the evangelical movement that espouses a devotion (if selective) to Christian theology and takes (parts of) the Bible literally. Republicans have already refused to consider any measures to keep children safe in school other than having more armed guards and arming teachers(!). Even in the wake of a complete breakdown in law enforcement at Uvalde, there seem to be no new ideas from the GOP except guns, guns, and more guns. Republicans have also refused to protect children from the consequences of sexual attacks on them, as was seen in the case of the 10-year-pregnant child from Indiana who had to travel to a different state for an abortion. In Florida, Republicans are thinking of backing out of the National School Lunch program because it does not allow discrimination against any child due to race, gender, or sexual identity. Then there is the concerted attacks across the country on books that teach our children factual history. The Florida Education Department took exception to a set of mathematics textbooks, saying that they had elements of social-emotional learning that were not appropriate for the curriculum. Taken as a whole, this paints a really worrying picture for the future of public education in this country should Republicans come to power, both at the state level and at the federal level. It appears that the sanctity of life they tout so much stops at birth, and from then on, children are to be kept hungry, indoctrinated with Christian religious principles, and left to fend for themselves against shooters and sexual predators. Is this the America we want for our children? An America where they will have fewer rights, be more unsafe, and have fewer opportunities and prospects because of inferior education? If we don't want this future to come to pass, let's pledge to vote Democrat in the upcoming midterms and all future elections so our kids can have the same American dream that we came here for. To help TSB efforts to elect more progressive candidates, donate here.
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- Mobilizing South Asian American Voters to Elect Democrats | Theyseeblue
What You Can Do Today: Urge Congress to Raise the Debt Ceiling Write your U.S. representative and senator today and urge them to pass legislation to raise the debt ceiling. Don't let them risk our jobs and benefits. Click the button to see our letter and instructions on contacting your elected lawmakers. CONTACT CONGRESS Virginia's 4th Congressional District Special Election on Feb. 21 Click candidate's image for more information on her campaign. State Sen. Jennifer McClellan is the Democratic nominee for the 4th Congressional District in Virginia. She will face Republican Leon Benjamin Sr. in the Feb. 21 special election. The seat became open following the death of U.S. Rep. Donald McEachin on Nov. 28, 2022. Check back with They See Blue about what our local chapter and organization plan to do to support Sen. McClellan. Pennsylvania State House and Senate Special Election on Feb. 7 Click candidates' images for more information on their campaigns. 27th Senatorial District Patricia Lawton 32nd Legislative District Joe McAndrew 34th Legislative District 35th Legislative District Abigail Salisbury Matthew Gergely Wisconsin's State Senate District 8 Special Election on Feb. 21 Click candidate's image for more information on her campaign. Jodi Habush Sinykin There are a number of other special elections taking place around the country, including Georgia, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Louisiana and Florida. We'll update when we can but for more information about the other races visit Ballotpedia . Elected Lawmakers of South Asian Origin Since 1991, when Kumar Barve became the first Indian-American elected to a state legislature, the political participation of Americans of South Asian origin has only grown across the local, state and federal arenas. In 2023, there are at least 38 elected Democratic lawmakers of South Asian origin in state legislatures and five in Congress. They See Blue's mission is to get Democratic lawmakers elected, not necessarily those of South Asian origin. But we do celebrate that Democrats of South Asian origin are increasingly running for office — and winning — to represent our values, concerns and goals by participating in the political process. We've put together a list of those elected lawmakers serving this year with a link to their contact information. We will update this list as we get new information. VIEW THE LIST Postcarding during the 2022 midterms Postcards from the Edge Play Video All Videos Watch Now Share Whole Channel This Video Facebook Twitter Pinterest Tumblr Copy Link Link Copied Share Channel Info Close They See Blue in the News READ THE STORY Reprinted by permission from New India Abroad In the News: Co-founder Rajiv Bhateja quoted in The Quint about Asian Americans as key votes in pivotal races. READ THE STORY Watch and hear TSB leaders talk about what's at stake in the 2022 midterms. LISTEN They See Blue ® ABOUT US Grassroots organization for Americans of South Asian origin Engage voters in democratic process Mobilize to elect Democrats in all races FEATURED Chapters Resources Join Us Voter Info YouTube Latest Blog Post Achievements by President Biden and the Democratic Congress in 2021-2022 ( Hover over the boxes to get a snapshot and click for more information ) Supreme Court Nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson is confirmed by Senate April 8. She is the first Black woman on the high court. Jobs More than 6.6 million jobs were added in the first 12 months of Biden's presidency, the strongest of any president in their first year. Infrastructure The $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was enacted Nov. 21, 2021. Read about its potential benefits. Juneteenth June 19 is now a federal holiday to honor the end of slavery in Texas, three years after the Emancipation Proclamation. American Rescue Plan $1.9 trillion package includes stimulus payments; boost in jobless benefits; state, local and school funding among other benefits. Anti-lynching Law The law was passed in March 2022 after 200 previous attempts to codify such legislation. It makes lynching a federal hate crime. Jobless Rate Unemployment shrunk to 3.6% at the end of March 2022, just above the half-century low of 3.5%. Postal Reform The Postal Service Reform Act will continue mail service 6 days a week and revamp postal worker benefits. Reversing Trump-era Policies In his first 100 days in office, Biden reversed some policies like stopping the southern border wall construction and instituting environmental and diversity policies.
- Chapters | They See Blue
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