Saturday, 4/28/12, Public Square

Women (and men) will march and rally today in state capitals and major U.S. cities against the recent attacks on women and in defense of women’s rights.

This initiative, started by two women on Feb. 19 with a Facebook page titled, “Organizing Against the War on Women,” has caught fire with angry women all over the country.  The response was immediate. By the next morning, almost 500 women had asked to join and organize for April 28 in their states. As of April 15, the group has 21,300 members and organizing centers in all 50 states.

Among its four basic action goals are “to inform women and men, the public, policymakers and media about issues from our life experience as women,” and to nurture intergenerational networks of women, so we can recognize and respond to the range of issues women experience across their lifespan, and fulfill our full potential as women and as human beings in our society.”

National endorsements for the April 28 mobilization include such groups as the Coalition of Labor Union Women, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Catholics for Choice, the National Organization for Women, Code Pink — Women for Peace, and the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.



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12 responses to “Saturday, 4/28/12, Public Square

  1. Freedomwriter

    I am in a van headed to Topeka to march on the capital. Spirits are high! If you can’t be in Topeka today make it a point to speak to at least one other person today about reproductive rights. Support Women and our right to unrestricted health care. Trust women to make their own reproductive decisions!

  2. I’m sure everyone has heard by now the way the republican-dominated House chooses to pay for keeping college loan rates low is, once again, on the backs of women. No one is surprised. It’s always the women the republicans target first! Followed closely by the most vulnerable of our society. People don’t matter to republicans.

    • indypendent

      I always have to shake my head when I hear Boehner and Gang demand that any spending be offset by budget cuts. Where was this rule when the Republicans had total control from 2000 to 2006?

      • The ones I have to sit on myself to keep from laughing at are those that don’t understand most of today’s debt is due to the policies of Bush2. Two massive tax cuts that build debt into perpetuity, two wars that he kept “off the books,” and an unpaid for expansion of the Medicare drug program. Yes, the spending for same has continued under President Obama, but all those costs were initiated long before he ever took office. Of course by the time President Obama took office the entire economy was in such shambles continued government spending was a necessity.

        We’re improving. It’s too slow and the unemployment rate is a particularly worrying problem, but one foot in front of the other has made slow but steady progress and our economy is better today than when President Obama took office.

  3. If there is no War on Women, why are there 55 rallies against the war on women today? Today is the day we make history by marching for women’s rights across the country because enough is enough!

    Republicans say there is no war on women, even as they criminalize miscarriages and make birth control an issue of presumed sexual promiscuity instead of a health issue. They’ve ham-fisted our uteri, our dignity and our rights and it has to stop.

    Watch several of the protests —

  4. Sign the petition if you’re a little more than furious that the Republicans would take money from women’s preventative healthcare — in fact, preventative health care for everyone, all ages and sexes — than from their buddy’s oil companies to fund the lower interest rates for students.

  5. “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to accept what is true.”
    Soren Kierkegaard

  6. Remember in 2008 when right wingers said no American could in good conscience vote for Obama because he had no military experience?

    Well, now he has years of battle tested experience where he has overseen the capture and death of dozens of high level terrorists including Osama Bin Laden.

    The whole argument about military experience is out the window now. Indeed, the same people who less than four years ago told you not to vote for Obama because of his lack of experience are now telling you to vote for someone with no experience.

    Right-wing hypocrisy.

  7. Freedomwriter

    350-400 women, men, and children marched on Topeka today. Wichitans were well represented. Word of this event drew groups from across the state and from other states sympathetic to our struggles here in Kansas.
    30 people came from Miami County Kansas (the Paola, KS area). Their county officials turned down federal money that provided needed healthcare services for women in Miami County. Citizens angry over this blatant disregard for the needs of low income women, rallied citizens in their county and raised the money needed to provide this care for the upcoming fiscal year. However, this money came with a warning for the county commissioners responsible for voting down the funding for these services. They were told THAT THEY WOULD put that money back in the budget next year or THEY WOULD BE VOTED OUT OF OFFICE. The citizens of Miami County Kansas present a model of citizen activism that should inspire all of us. Because of their efforts, women in Miami County will have low cost and no cost healthcare for one more year.

    One of the protests signs offered the following assessment: “If you are not outraged yet, then you are not informed.” Spread the word, it’s time to stand up and say, “Hell no! You will not take my rights away!”

    • Thank you, thank you, thank you for being there, for sharing your experience… Thank you!

      I can hear the naysayers now — (laughing) 350 people (laughing)

      I truly hope there were many, many like me who couldn’t be there, except in spirit. Guess we’ll see this fall. They say a woman brought you into this world and we sure can vote you out this fall. 🙂

      This lunacy has to be stopped! The republicans and their corporate persons must be defeated!