Monday, March 08, 2010

International Women's Day

Celebrate the one day they allow us by learning what you can about CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. It's been precisely 200 years since brave women protested being locked into sewing, sweat shops in NYC. Because the cause was picked up by the Socialist Party, it was dismissed as anti-American. Can you say national health care reform, kiddies? Anyway, we are still barely one step from the cave, concerning our inalienable rights, and with a Congress still largely manned by aging, white Puritans, we are taking steps backward. (Thanks to the folks at godhatesprotestors for the excellent photo.)

The tragedy is that, because our own Country is loathe to sign this petition, committed countries have seen that as a reason to back out of providing women with the same protections men have always enjoyed. Our health care, our lack of attending to our poorest, our aging, our uneducated makes us no more than a Third World Country.

On a lighter note. the brave marchers in AL, marking the anniversary of Civil Rights' Bloody Sunday, have decided to form a Coffee Party in opposition to the Tea Baggers. It's too funny, but it's also the truest effort we've seen lately to speak candidly about Medicare for All, education for every child (No Child Left Behind has been anything but!), and the fact that we, of all countries, should acknowledge that there is no such thing as an illegal immigrant on these shores. If this Party is serious and comes to fruition, I will join it! Screw yer tea, Tories!

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