On June 20th, in a much-welcomed victory, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman introduced a lawsuit to â€œprotect women from abuse and intimidation outside of a reproductive health clinic in Queens.â€ If successful, it would create a cushioning of 16 feet outside of the clinic to guarantee women have the freedom to exercise Â their constitutional right to access reproductive healthcare without the intimidation and harassment that has become far too familiar.
This is a much-needed, celebrated win for the women of New York. We commend the Attorney General for his continued support and empowerment of women when too few officials are willing to stand up for basic human rights.
In the time of Trump, this is exactly the kind of action that is imperative, now more than ever. We hope AG Schneidermanâ€™s action will inspire others in cities and states across the country to follow New York Stateâ€™s top law enforcement officerâ€™s lead.
Read more about AG Schneiderman’s action to protect the rights of women to safe access.
On May 23, 2017, join us for an educational forum to discuss the national reproductive rights landscape as it has changed since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, and how the Trump Administration has already impacted women’s health choices. We will examine what it mean for abortion to be a state’s rights issue and where, exactly, New York State fits into the equation.
This forum is being co-sponsored by WCLA – Choice Matters & the Ethical Culture Society of New York.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Ethical Culture Society of New York
2 West 64th Street
New York, New York 10025
On April 4, 2017, NYS Senator Persaud introduced an amendment to the NYS budget that proposed emergency funding for Planned Parenthood if and when the federal government cut funding to the organization.
In her comments, Senator Persaud detailed the need for the services and the people who rely on them.
All 8 IDC members voted against the amendment to fund Planned Parenthood.
What does that mean? It means that they – joining forces with the Republicans – voted to deny women necessary healthcare services.
All 8 IDC members voted against women of all colors; against women of all ages; women of all religious affiliations; against women of all ethnicities – they voted against all women.
The IDC members clearly displayed their total disregard for the women of New York State!
** 8 NYS Democrats, who comprise the IDC (the so-called Independent Democratic Conference), have aligned themselves with the Republican Party of Trump, and govern with them. They have deliberately turned the duly elected Majority Party, the Democratic Party, into the Minority Party, and have catapulted the Party of Trump, the Republican Party, into the majority. No progressive legislation can come to the floor of the Senate until these 8 return to the Democratic Caucus, or are replaced.
One of the most challenging aspects of resisting oppressive regimes is working to ensure that your dollars arenâ€™t fueling the powers youâ€™re trying to resist.Â Â In a capitalist country, where the dollar often speaks loudest, itâ€™s imperative that we spend our money with businesses that do not support â€“ or better yet actively work against â€“ the powers seeking to strip us of our rights.
So this new series ofÂ posts looks to inform you of the businesses you might currently patronize whose top representatives are actively supporting the Trump administration, and to provide you alternative businesses with better track records.
Put your money where your mouth is and move your purchases to businesses that arenâ€™t actively working to strip your rights away.
SHOP at REI
NOT atÂ L.L. BeanÂ
L.L. Bean heiress Linda Bean is one of 50 family members who own and run the outdoors supply store. BeanÂ spent the 2016 election season fundraising and donating to Donald Trumpâ€™s political action committee. She is a member of the companyâ€™s board of directors, and has longtime ties to the Republican party. Bean personally donated $60,000 to the Making America Great Again LLC.
This donation flew largely under the radar until Trump himself tweeted a thank you to Bean for her support. While the LL Bean PR department rapidly got to work, insisting that the other family members had no such ties to Trump, and thus the company was not deserving of backlash for Linda Beanâ€™s actions, she remains a vocal member of the board, and a staunch supporter of racist, misogynistic, bigoted candidates.
SHOP HERE: REI
REI has long held a sterling reputation as a fair employer, environmental advocate, and all-around excellent retailer of outdoor sporting supplies – AndÂ since the Trump inauguration, their progressive voice has only gotten louder.Â Shortly after Trumps signed his initial travel ban, CEO Jerry Stritzke sent a letter to his co-op employees:
â€œOver the course of the first week alone, weâ€™ve witnessed actions that conflict with our co-op values on issuesÂ including climate, the environment, womenâ€™s rights and the singling out of individuals based on nationality and belief,â€ Stritzke writes. â€œThese issues are core to the health of the outdoors and the ideals of our nation.â€ â€œWe are an organization, and a country, built on inclusion,â€ he continues. â€œWe believe we are better when we come together, when we are open and when we are welcoming. Accordingly, we do not support the executive order issued by the President on Friday regarding immigration. I have reached out personally to all employees currently in the immigration process to ensure they have the support they need.â€
Stritzkeâ€™s words echo the history of actions of REI. The company leads volunteer programs around the world, helping to maintain parks and reduce the effects of climate change and human presence.Â Â While we donâ€™t know how he votes, Stritzkeâ€™s active stance against a hallmark of Trumpâ€™s platform is a great reason to move your business to REI, to support an ethical employer with progressive ideals. Here is a link to REI (coupons & all!)
NYS Senators & IDC leading members Klein, Savino & Carlucci to be pro-choice BUT refuse to sign on as co-sponsors of the Reproductive Health Act*.
Just like you can’t be “a little bit pregnant”, you can’t be “a little bit pro-choice”. You cannot pick & choose civil rights. It’s all or nothing.
These 3 IDC traitors want women to vote for them, so they lie.
*They say, “We’re Pro-choice.” BUT they do not support women having 21st century medical care.
*They do not support giving New York women the full constitutional protect guaranteed by Roe v. Wade.
*They do not support putting abortion care in the health code.
*They support keeping abortion in the penal code.
Because of them, if Astorino, or his equivalent, becomes governor, it will be easy to “tweek” the law and, potentially, end up prosecuting women and their doctors.
(You say that can’t happen here, but remember we also did not think Trump and his anti-choice, sexually abusive mentality would end up in the White House.)
(*The Reproductive Health Act would guarantee New York women 21st century medical care, and the full constitutional protection of Roe; plus it would put abortion in the health code where it belongs, and remove it from the penal code.)
Call Klein, Savino & Carlucci and Demand They sign on as Co-Sponsors of the Reproductive Health Act!
Governor CuomoÂ has proposedÂ a New York State constitutional amendment codifyingÂ Roe v. WadeÂ in State law.
That sounds great. But hereâ€™s the problem: this process would take four years at the very least. (And thatâ€™s only if we get rid of theÂ IDC!)
Why? Because passing a constitutional amendment into law is a very lengthy process. Â **Each house of government, the Senate and the Assembly, must pass the legislationÂ twiceÂ â€“ one time in two different elected sessions; **Then, and only then, the proposed amendment can be put on the ballot for a public vote.
But hereâ€™s the reality and the truth.Â This constitutional amendment will NEVER make it to the floor whileÂ theÂ 8 rogue DemocratsÂ of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) remain aligned with the Republican Party of Trump and govern with them. The IDC has deliberately turned the duly elected Majority Party, the Democratic Party, into the Minority Party, and have catapulted the Party of Trump, the Republican Party, into the majority. Because of these 8, our New York State Senate has failed to do the business of the People for which they were elected.Â In a nutshell, these 8,Â whoÂ are more concerned with personal power than party andÂ principle, sold out their constituents and Â including and specifically the women of New York State.
Given Trumpâ€™s nomination ofÂ Judge Neil M.Â Gorsuch, the original author of the Hobby Lobby decision, to the Supreme Court, we need Governor Cuomo to demand these 8 rogue Democrats return to the Democratic Caucus. There is no time to waste!Â Trump is doing everything in his power to turn the clock back on women.
If these 8 â€œDemocratsâ€ did their jobs and put women first, hereâ€™s how we could get this done immediately: NY State Senate Minority Leader, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, rightfully be the Majority Leader, has sponsored a law — the Reproductive Health Act — that would do immediately what the Governor is proposing toÂ take years to do. The Senate would then go on to make the Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act (CCCA) law, and pass a budge that would provide for Planned Parenthood and neighborhood clinics.
Today marks the 44th anniversary of the U.S Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, which recognized that women have a constitutional right to have control over their own bodies.
Before Roe was decided on January 22, 1973, women fought for years for the right to have a safe, legal abortion. In Chicago, there was J.A.N.E., a secret group of primarily women who refused to stand by as women died in dirty back-alley abortions. Other women provided an â€œunderground railroadâ€ for those who needed to travel to get an abortion. Women, just as with the Suffrage Movement, courageously battled for years.
Yesterday, women stood together again in cities across the nation and countries around the world – and this time, some men stood with us. We will not stand idly by as our rights are trampled upon.
Here in New York, we officially launched our campaign, Make New York State a Reproductive Rights Sanctuary â€“ and Governor Cuomo recognized it by announcing a contraceptive coverage administrative action that serves as a stopgap measure until we can get the Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act (CCCA) passed by the New York State Senate. (The Assembly passed CCCAÂ last Tuesday.)
Please note, an administrative action is NOT adequate. Like a presidentâ€™s Executive Order, it can be wiped away by a successor, just as we are witnessing Donald Trump act on his commitment to undo President Obamaâ€™s Executive Orders.
NowÂ the New York State Senate Must JoinÂ the Assembly in Standing up for All Women and pass the “Comprehensive” Contraceptive Coverage Act!
Together, like allÂ who fought for Roe and for the right to vote, we stand united.
We are calling on the Governor to use the powers he demonstrated when he got the Senate to pass Marriage Equality, and Safe Gun and Anti-Fracking Legislation. Governor Cuomo mustÂ convince the seven rogue Democrats of the IDC to return to the Democratic Caucus, so that they can do what they were elected to do — the People’s Business.
On January 21st, New York will proudly join the international community to march in supportÂ of Choice Matters’ values.
WeÂ will be there defending women’s reproductive rights, and calling on our NYS Governor, Senate and Assembly to make New York a Reproductive Rights Sanctuary State.
Reproductive justice will be more important than ever in the coming years. As other states fall to extreme anti-choice legislation, and Roe v. Wade is likely to be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, we must make our state, New York, a sanctuary for women to receive the care they need and deserve.
We will meet at the start location: Dag Hammarskjold Plaza 833 1st Avenue New York, NY 10017 at 11 a.m. on January 21st, 2017.
Permits have been obtained throughÂ the 17th Precinct Community Affairs office.Â This historic and peaceful event is open to the public and we ask you to join us.