Author: State Rep. Stacey Newman

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Missouri Does It Again – Governor Vetoes 72 Hour Abortion Delay Bill

FINALLY!   Good news for women’s reproductive justice this week. From Missouri even! During the last week of session in May, women from all over Missouri filibustered outside the Capitol for 72 hours straight – protesting the 72 hour abortion delay bill moving quickly to the Governor’s desk. Women stood outside (a little chilly at times) and manned a podium for the entire 72 hours, letting the legislators INSIDE know that women need not be penalized and shamed. Today Governor Nixon did the right thing (unlike SCOTUS earlier this week) and vetoed the horrendous, demeaning and downright mean bill. CHEER...

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Missouri Made National News for Something Right. YES!

YES! Did you see that the city of St. Louis made national news from coast to coast yesterday?  Did you happen to see the front page of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Thursday? I’m STILL beaming with pride and joy. St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial Board said it best, “HOLY CHUTZPAH!”  Actually they borrowed the phrase from Rabbi Susan Talve who participated in the news making event. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay joined four LGBT couples Wednesday evening as they were married and their marriage licenses signed by the City Recorder of Deeds. Before the ceremonies took place, Mayor Slay stood by...

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“Legis-Lady”: Madison’s Day at the N.C. Capitol

Earlier this year, ProgressWomen paired a group of young women politicos throughout the country with a progressive legislator in their state and invited them to get to know each other via our project, “Legis-Ladies”. Madison Kimrey, a 12 year old activist from Burlington, North Carolina not only introduced herself to State Senator Mike Woodard but last week spent an entire day shadowing him at the NC State Capitol.     My friend/colleague Sen. Woodard is a progressive champion who consistently stands up for reproductive justice and voting rights.  My young friend Madison is a progressive activist who speaks for voting rights, LGBT equality, reproductive...

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#Yes, All Men…Why We Need Men to be Feminists Too.

Powerful response from a father and his son on #Yes, All Women campaign that we’ve all seen explode around the universe.  Finally!  Men that get it are understanding that it will take ALL of us to correct and STOP gender harassment, inequity and violence. Make sure you show this to your own father, brother, boyfriend, husband, partner and son. We NEED this campaign to continue.  Our lives are at stake. ————————- by Charles Blow, Op-ed Columnist for the New York Times, June 1, 2014 As I drove my son back to college last week, where he’ll take a summer chemistry...

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Women Power = #YesAllWomen

In Case You Missed All of This…. Never again think that women don’t collectively have the power to change the world.  According to Think Progress, the hashtag #YesAllWomen was trending at a rate of 51,000 per hour at it’s peak following the Isla Vista mass shooting Friday evening. Feminists’ Inspiring Online Response To A Misogynist Mass Murderer by Rebecca Leber – Think Progress, May 25, 2014 Deep-rooted misogyny appeared to play some role in Elliot Rodger’s shooting rampage that left seven people dead near Santa Barbara University on Friday night. A video showed Rodger wanted to “punish” the women “who’ve ignored...

Cecile Richards, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation

Missouri Women ‘Filibuster’ Abortion Bill, Wendy Davis-Style

 UPDATE:  The Missouri Women’s Filibuster began last Monday May 14 at 2pm  and ended  72 hours later on Thursday May 17 at 2pm.      Very early Tuesday morning the Senate Democrats  took a GOP leadership deal  and HORSE-TRADED  the 72 hour bill, HB1307 away.   They agreed to stand down their filibuster and the Senate then voted 22-9 to pass  it.  The  House voted Thursday 111-39 and sent the bill to Governor NIxon’s desk. The governor has 45 days to take action on HB1307, once he received it. I am so proud of everyone who participated including Ryann Summerford,...