Don't petition the White House, Use Change.org

Don’t petition the White House, Use Change.org

Nov 18, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
Secessionists. I first want to say thank you for finally learning something from history. The last time so many desired to rid themselves of a tyrannical president they declared war on the Union. Thus, your use of a peaceful means through petitions on the White House’s site is commendable. Furthermore, each state now finds themselves represented by a petition and signatures from people possibly wanting to secede from the United States. Texas leads the way with more than 100,000 people asking the White House to address the issue. This is the same state governed by Rick Perry who drummed up his base of supporters with calls for seceding prior to his Republican bid for President. The irony seemed lost on him. Governor Perry is obviously not a viable option to lead the cause. He hardly put up a fight against a weak group seeking his party’s nomination. I also question...
The Country Moved to the Left Last Night

The Country Moved to the Left Last Night

The whole campaign season did not just depend upon the presidential race that finally came to an end last night. Yes, the country voted clearly to give Barack Obama another four years in the White House. He received more than 50 percent of the vote and won handily in the electoral college. Yet, it is what happened down the ballot that shows the nation’s move toward progressive values. It appears that Democrats will pick up a couple seats in the lower chamber but the real change happened on the senatorial level. Voters said no way to Republicans Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock after they attempted to scapegoat women and downplay the trauma of rape and sexual abuse. Furthermore, women won in Massachusetts, North Dakota, Hawaii, and Wisconsin for their first terms. All four of them will be more progressive legislators than their predecessors. In Wisconsin Tammy Baldwin will be the...
Republicans, Rape, Life, and Control of Women

Republicans, Rape, Life, and Control of Women

Oct 24, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
During last night’s Indiana Senate debate the Republican candidate, Richard Mourdock, did more than stick his foot in his mouth. I believe life begins at conception. The only exception I have for to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother. I struggled with myself for a long time but I came to realize life is that gift from God, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape. It is something that God intended to happen. Mourdock joined a club made exclusively of Republicans but a club that seems to be growing as the November election nears. Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh made a reprehensible comment about exceptions for the life of the mother following his debate. “There is no such exception. With modern technology and science, you can’t find one instance.” Complete crap as this woman explains. Of course who can forget Missouri...

Darcy Burner: Wants Abortion Issue Out of the Closet

Jun 14, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments

I posted this up earlier today on Daily Kos and it made the recommended diary list. That’s feels pretty awesome! Either way I thought I would share it here as well.

I wrote on Tuesday about the first attacks from the right claiming that Darcy Burner’s Netroots Nation Keynote cheered abortion. Lies, pure and simple. Sadly, the attacks are growing from local writers and if you have ever met Darcy you know she is not backing down!

Let’s stand up with her and tell society that there is no shame in having an abortion.

Last night I received an email from Darcy’s campaign with the subject line – Shame. Fear. Courage. Inside, it said exactly what I want to hear from a Congressional Representative as it speaks to my heart that The Political is Personal.

How do we overcome fear and shame in order to change things?

Last week I spoke to a few thousand people at Netroots Nation about Going on Offense in the War on Women. I wanted to open a discussion about power – about what it would take for us to build a world where the equality of women is a reality rather than a bargaining chip. In a portion of the speech about abortion, I talked about how conservatives shame women into silence about the decisions they have made. That silence leaves a void which allows women to be dehumanized.

I asked the women in the audience who were comfortable with coming out of the closet about the fact they’ve had abortions to stand. Then I asked those who were willing to support these women and every woman like them to stand as well. Thousands of people were standing. I said, “This is how we change the stories in people’s heads.”

We are not alone. Nobody should be allowed to shame us into silence, to demand we live isolated and unable to talk about the decisions we’ve made, whether easy or hard.

We can choose to elect people who will stand for something – who will lead our fights for justice and dignity. Please join us.

Right afterwards, a right-wing blogger posted an attack, changed my words, and distorted the message of courage and community into one of coercion and shame.

They want us to be ashamed so we will be silent.

We need dialogue, not distortions. We need to empower, not silence. We need more leaders who will stand up.

Let’s go back to the attacks that Darcy currently faces. From Joel Connelly at SeattlePI:

Abortion is usually viewed as a private, at times agonizing decision for a woman and loved ones. Not, apparently, by congressional candidate Darcy Burner, who had a memorable — some would say, memorably off-putting — moment before a national progressive bloggers meeting last weekend.

“If you are a woman in this room, and statistically this is true for about one third of the women in this room, if you’re a woman in this room who has had an abortion and is willing to come out about it, PLEASE STAND UP,” Burner said in a voice that could open a wall safe.

A moment later, as some women in the Providence, R.I., Netroots Nation audience rose, Burner doubled down with a second message: Give ‘em a cheer.

Um, no. That’s not what happened. People cheered for solidarity of reproductive choice. We stood to stand in the face of the hatred and shame that the right-wing has cast on women who have exercised their choice.

From KIRO FM:

Is abortion something to be cheered? That’s the question many are asking after three-time Eastside congressional candidate Darcy Burner raised plenty of eyebrows when she called on women at a conference in Rhode Island who’ve had an abortion to stand up and cheer.

I could continue and show you the right-wing blogs and their vicious attacks on Darcy (and the pro-choice movement at large) but why spread their hateful words.

Burner explains her motives for the speech and the request for people to stand up:

“The people who don’t want them to be able to stand up, who don’t want people to stand with them, are the people who are trying to shame them into silence and it’s long past time we stopped giving into them,” she said.

She is right. We must stop giving into the right-wing smears, attacks, and vitriol. We lose when we do not stand up and stay strong. Darcy Burner’s congressional run is just one of the fronts for us to fight… a vital front and that we can all do something for. Please consider donating to her campaign and say there is no shame in having an abortion.
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Darcy Burner wants the abortion issue out of the closet once and for all. Because as she told me:

“The closet is where we keep the coat hangers. I definitely want women out of it!”

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