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‘Lift her up’ campaign launched to counter ‘Lock her up’ chant
The Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters launched a campaign in response to the "lock her up" chants against Rachel Notley at the Alberta legislature last weekend.
By Allison Bench

The Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters has launched a campaign in response to the chants of “lock her up” against Rachel Notley at the Alberta legislature last weekend.

The Lift Her Up campaign was launched Friday. It calls for Albertans to stand up against bullying rhetoric and sexist or violent language towards women.

“It’s really a response to what we saw happen on the steps of the legislature last weekend,” said Jan Reimer, executive director of Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters.

“The whole way of portraying women who are leaders, women who are in positions in power, there really needs to be something in response to that.”

The “lock her up” incident happened last weekend at an anti-carbon tax rally organized by Rebel Media, an online news outlet.

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Alaska becomes the second state to officially recognize indigenous languages

Dedicated supporters staged a 15 hour sit-in until the early this morning, when the measure passed the Alaska Senate on an 18-2 vote.

“Our language is everything. It’s the air we breathe. It’s the blood that flows through our veins,” said Lance Twitchell, a professor of Native Languages at the University of Alaska Southeast

HB 216 would add the state’s indigenous languages to a statute created by a 1998 voter initiative, which made English the official language of Alaska. While the bill is largely symbolic, Twitchell said it’s important to recognize all languages as equal.

“That’s all we want is equal value,” he said. “And there’s nothing wrong with standing up and saying that. It takes a lot of courage to do that. And it takes a lot of something else to try and go against that.”

Many elders who attended the sit-in recalled being punished as children for speaking their first languages. Irene Cadiente of Juneau said her teachers would hit her with a ruler when they caught her speaking Tlingit.

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I AM GOING TO KEEP TELLING ABOUT THIS UNTIL PEOPLE PAY ATTENTION

BASICALLY THIS BILL CAME SO OUT OF NOWHERE THAT REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS ACTIVISTS DIDN’T ATTEND BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T EVEN KNOW IT WAS HAPPENING
THIS IS IN ADDITION TO THEIR ANTI-ISLAMIC BAN OF SHARIA LAW WHICH COULD POTENTIALLY PREVENT PEOPLE FROM BEING LEGALLY MARRIED IF THEY WERE TO DO SO IN A MOSQUE AND ACCORDING TO THEIR CUSTOMS BECAUSE IT FALLS UNDER SHARIA
THEY SNUCK THESE LAWS IN BEFORE A HOLIDAY HOPING THAT NO ONE WOULD NOTICE

IT’S TIME TO PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT IS HAPPENING IN NORTH CAROLINA

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“A group of four men recently introduced a bill into the New Hampshire State House of Representatives that would make it a misdemeanor for exclusively women to show their nipples.

HB 1525-FN, sponsored by State Reps. Brian Gallagher, Peter Spanos, George Hurt, and Josh Moore, would amend the state’s public indecency, indecent exposure, and lewdness laws to include the following clause:

‘[A person is guilty of a misdemeanor if:] Such person purposely exposes his or her anus, or if a woman, purposely exposes the areola or nipple of her breast or breasts in a public place and in the presence of another person with reckless disregard for whether a reasonable person would be offended or alarmed by such act… This section shall not apply to the act of breast-feeding.’

On Tuesday afternoon, state Rep. Amanda Bouldin posted a link to the bill on her Facebook, along with a comment expressing her disapproval, ‘YES, all the sponsors are men. And Republicans. So much for ‘smaller government’….’” Joanna Rothkopf, The Slot/Jezebel

“A debate over public nudity in the New Hampshire State House took a dark turn on Tuesday when male lawmakers made disturbing comments about breasts toward their female colleague on Facebook.

State Rep. Amanda Bouldin (D) wrote a post on the social media website expressing her opposition to a proposed bill in New Hampshire that would make it a misdemeanor for women to expose their nipples in the state. Bouldin wrote an open Facebook message to the sponsor of the bill, State Rep. Josh Moore ®, saying that he should scrap the bill or at least exempt new mothers who are breastfeeding.

‘The very least you could do,’ Bouldin wrote, ‘is protect a mother’s right to FEED her child….’” Laura Bassett, The Huffington Post

“I spoke with Bouldin about these unapologetically misogynistic attacks on Wednesday while she and her daughter scraped ice off her car windshield.

‘The idea that a man can be topless because his nipples aren’t sexual is bizarre,’ Bouldin told me:

‘I certainly find men’s nipples sexual! If men being topless wasn’t sexual, they’d have to take off their pants to attract any women. We know that topless men are sexual. But apparently only topless men are allowed to display their sexuality. Women are not.’

Bouldin was unfazed by her colleagues’ harassment and plans to fight the bill in 2016. She sees the battle as a feminist issue.

‘We shouldn’t be introducing new legislation that only applies to women,’ she said. ‘If we had any laws that started with the sentence ‘women should not,’ they should have been repealed by now.’” Mark Joseph Stern, Slate

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Some photos NET News intern Johnnie Adcox took at the Nebraska Capitol. The Legislature’s natural resources committee was holding a hearing today on special session LB1, a bill introduced by Sen. Annette Dubas of District 34 that would give the Nebraska Public Service Commission authority to approve or disapprove proposed pipeline routes.

For more, tune into NET Radio at 5:30 p.m. central for Fred Knapp’s report from the Capitol, or listen online.

Dear fellow Christians,

Imagine, for a moment, that you live in a country based on Jewish ideals (we won’t even get into the fact that the U.S. isn’t actually, and never has been, based on Christian ideals). Jews believe that eating pork is wrong. The Torah tells them that God doesn’t want them to do that. So, this country outlaws pork. NO ONE can have any bacon. Not even you, Christian person, because you live in that country. You HAVE to obey laws based on a religion you don’t follow. You cannot have delicious ham, pork chops, pork tenderloin, pork rinds, or FREAKING BACON because another religion makes the laws. Wouldn’t you be kind of miffed?

So imagine how much more miffed you would be if you couldn’t marry who you love because of a religion you didn’t follow. Marriage is, to most people, much more important than bacon.

Don’t tell people how to live if they aren’t hurting you. Why can’t we just shut up, stop shoving our religion down the throats of people who don’t want it, stop making ourselves look like big dumb jerks, and let them be happy?

I live in Alabama, and I am so ashamed of how we must look to the rest of the country right now. Please know that we aren’t all like Roy Moore. I love you all, and support equal rights and freedoms for everyone.

“I first ran for Congress in 1999, and I got beat. I just got whooped. I had been in the state legislature for a long time, I was in the minority party, I wasn’t getting a lot done, and I was away from my family and putting a lot of strain on Michelle. Then for me to run and lose that bad, I was thinking maybe this isn’t what I was cut out to do. I was forty years old, and I’d invested a lot of time and effort into something that didn’t seem to be working. But the thing that got me through that moment, and any other time that I’ve felt stuck, is to remind myself that it’s about the work. Because if you’re worrying about yourself—if you’re thinking: ‘Am I succeeding? Am I in the right position? Am I being appreciated?’ – then you’re going to end up feeling frustrated and stuck. But if you can keep it about the work, you’ll always have a path. There’s always something to be done.”

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For the fifth time in our country’s history, and for the second time in the past 16 years, the winner of the popular vote lost the presidential election. It is time to abolish, or at least reform, the outdated electoral college, so that it will never again undermine the will of the American people.

You can sign this petition to abolish the electoral college via Constitutional Amendment: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/abolish-the-electoral-6

However, enacting a Constitutional Amendment could be very difficult because it requires the approval of 2/3rds of Congress and ¾ths of the 50 state legislatures. Thankfully, there are other ways to enact a national popular vote, since the “winner-take-all” practice of awarding electoral votes is not actually in the Constitution. It can be changed state by state. Time to start the movement by contacting your legislators and making your voice on this issue heard. Visit www.nationalpopularvote.com to start learning about and acting on this important issue.