April 25, 2017

Reproductive Rights: An Economic Issue

The New York Times on Sat April 22, 2017 ran a front page article titled: “Economic Issues Versus Abortion Rights”. It describes an election for Omaha Mayor as “pitting abortion rights activists against economic populists” and is threatening party unity. The issue is a Democratic candidate who opposes abortion rights for women. The question is posed, “should a commitment to …

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April 13, 2017

I’m here. What are you going to do?

The sculptor of the famous Wall Street “Charging Bull” wants the “Fearless Girl” sculpture that now stares it down to be removed, saying it has “changed the meaning of his work and distorted his message. “It’s really bad,” sculptor Arturo Di Modica, 76, told reporters, his voice thick with emotion and barely audible. “She’s there attacking the bull.” The 50-inch …

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April 11, 2017

What it Means to be a Gentleman

Last Week, it was reported that Mike Pence never dines with women alone, nor does he attend functions without his wife if alcohol is being served. Mona Charen, our current–day Phyllis Schlafly self-hating anti-feminist columnist thinks this is a good thing. She says it’s a “gentlemanly standard of behavior”. She wrote in Sunday’s Arizona Republic that “feminists who demand respect …

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April 5, 2017

Equal Pay Day

Today is Equal Pay Day. Women working full time in the US were typically paid 80% of what men were paid in 2015 (and the pay gap was much worse for women of color.) Today, April 4, is the day in 2017 that it took women to equal the pay men earned working Jan-Dec 2016. Women have to work an …

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March 29, 2017

Freedom Schools

ASU recently launched a transdisciplinary academic unit, The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, a “unique effort to prepare a new generation for leadership service.” The effort is supposed to encourage constructive political discourse.  ASU says the program “seeks to advance our understanding through independent thinking, scholarly debate, factual argument, and clear, honest communication of research and policy …

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March 24, 2017

Freedom of Speech

Recently a controversial billboard was put up in Phoenix showing Donald Trump with dollar signs and swastikas. A reader complained to the Arizona Republic that if the artist had used the face of say, Angela Merkel (Chancellor of Germany) instead, her friends that are defending the Trump billboard as free speech and art would be outraged. I agree with her; …

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March 17, 2017

Reclaiming Motherhood

Iowa Congressman Steve King recently told CNN: “We need to get our birth rates up or Europe will be entirely transformed within a half century”. People complained about this because of the racism it implies- we need more white babies. Yes, this is horribly white supremacist thinking, but it’s the sexism in the comment that leaves me breathless. The brazen …

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February 8, 2017

Gender does matter

Female Police Chiefs seem to be on the rise in the US. When Anne Kirkpatrick recently assumed the role of Chief for the Oakland Police Department, she was of course asked about being a woman in this traditionally male role. And predictably, like most women leaders, she played her gender down, I’m assuming because she thought this would make her …

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January 19, 2017

Reminder for everyone on the eve of the inauguration

I just want to remind everyone on the eve of the inauguration that it is our right and duty as Americans to speak up and stay true to our values. Disagreeing with our leaders is not disrespect; it is our job to stay informed and vigilant and involved in our government- to make sure that America is a place that …

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January 14, 2017

Be aware of HB2120

Everyone needs to be aware of HB2120, a bill currently being proposed by AZ Republicans in our legislature, banning the teaching of Social Justice in our schools: https://www.theguardian.com/…/arizona-schools-social-justic… This fact that a bill like this can even be proposed should be making everyone’s blood run cold. This bill is completely un-American, exclusive, and dangerous to our Democracy and our freedoms. …

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