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|Posted on February 12, 2014 at 3:06 PM||comments (186)|
On February 2nd I attended a fascinating public forum and had the pleasure and privilege of hearing a talk by Brittany Yelverton. Brittany is a Community Outreach Specialist for PPoGT and is quite remarkable to listen to. I learned a lot!
Her talk was entitled "Reproductive Justice in Texas: How a Moment Became a Movement", and it has just been posted on The Yewtubes, right here:
I encourage you to listen to Brittany spin the ever-sordid tale of Texas' troubled relationship with Planned Parenthood. It's got more drama than your mama...
With thanks for all you do,
|Posted on January 29, 2014 at 2:38 PM||comments (79)|
Oy vey iz mir...
According to Mike Huckabee (clearly the world's foremost expert on the subject of birth control), we women are "helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of government."
A fantastic response to this nonsense was written by our very own Cecile Richards, an ACTUAL expert. Enjoy!
Click here to make a donation to PP in protest of Huckabee's ridiculousness...
With thanks for all you do,
|Posted on January 23, 2014 at 1:12 PM||comments (2)|
Dearest Prom Goddesses,
A chill wind is blowing this January 23rd. Haters are out in force, steadily chipping away at our reproductive choices. The skies are gray, and there's a real chance it will get worse before it gets better...
One of our lovely prom goddesses has a great quote in her email signature; it goes something like: "It's not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain."
I. Love. That.
So let's dance already!!
Have I got BIG, BIG news for you today! This year's Prom will be hosted by...
THE NORTH DOOR!! (Also known as "TND" to the tragically hip. I, however, am not that cool.) This fantastic venue offers so many benefits to our Prom, I can hardly count the ways. Probably the most obvious is that it's INDOORS, so, no need to worry about freak cold fronts in May... Another is their delicious pizza kitchen! No desperately pounding the pavement this year to find a caterer willing to donate food for the event, and no one will have to volunteer to bring any food with them; we can all just show up and enjoy. Have a look at their menu!
Ready to get on the guest list? Do it here!
Prom season makes me happy. :-)
With thanks for all you do,
|Posted on May 7, 2013 at 5:25 PM||comments (162)|
This year we decided to honor two of our trusty volunteers who have helped us out a lot the past three years and not received much thanks -- our "Manservants", Chris and Brent!
Thanks for your support of Planned Parenthood, and for being such great helpers in our Prom effort, guys! Congrats to you both on this honor! Wear your tiaras with pride. :-)
Donation Tally News coming soon...
|Posted on April 24, 2013 at 3:34 PM||comments (416)|
|Posted on April 16, 2013 at 6:03 PM||comments (1006)|
Tune in to 91.7 FM at noon tomorrow (Wednesday the 17th) to hear my fun interview with Ken Casey and Matthew Johnson of the ReMIX radio show. (Each week the ReMIX hosts invite a guest or guests to share a memorable "mixtape" from their past and discuss the stories behind the music.)
The ReMIX guys and I will talk about musical inspirations, growing up in the special magic that was the '80s, exciting upcoming projects, and the importance of putting the toilet seat down for guests.
You can see a list of my "mixtape" songs here!:
(And yes -- there's a plug for the Prom at the end of the interview!)
Thanks for all you do,
|Posted on April 11, 2013 at 2:26 PM||comments (611)|
Found this beautifully-written piece by Maggie Gyllenhaal today, and thought you'd enjoy it!
In other news, I'll have an announcement next week about my upcoming radio interview on KO-OP radio.... Stay tuned!
Thanks for all you do,
|Posted on March 28, 2013 at 4:07 PM||comments (215)|
I thought I'd write a little bit about those marvelous Richards gals today:
On the recent anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, PPFA President Cecile Richards had this to say:
“The Affordable Care Act is the single biggest advancement in women’s health in a generation and is already making a big difference in the lives of women across the country. Women of all walks of life are starting to get both birth control and important well-woman checkups at no cost for the first time,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
“As the nation’s leading women’s health care provider and advocate, Planned Parenthood knows firsthand how important the Affordable Care Act is to women. When women have access to the full range of birth control options without a co-pay, they benefit, their families benefit, and we all benefit. That is why we’re so pleased that the Obama administration has been clear that insurance companies must cover the full range of FDA-approved types of birth control. We will continue our work to ensure that all women – no matter where they live or who their boss is – have access to these benefits,” said Richards.
Cecile's wonderful mother, Ann Richards, is the subject of a new book published by the University of Texas Press entitled Let the People In. I've got a copy of this book on my nightstand right this minute and am close to finishing it; it's a fantastic look at the meteoric rise of a truly fearless lady.
I remember being a student at UT when Ann Richards became our governor, and singing carols at the governor's mansion Christmas parties with the UT Concert Chorale. This book paints a behind-the-scenes picture of that time for me, and illustrates what a group of close-knit friends can do if they put their minds to something great. (Sound familiar, gals?)
Brady Dyer, who is the head of marketing over at the UT Press, has personally donated a copy of Let the People Inalong with a very sturdy UT Press canvas book bag for our raffle this year! (Thanks, Brady!) You can check out the current list of raffle items over on the home page.
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone, and thanks for all you do!
|Posted on March 11, 2013 at 3:05 PM||comments (470)|
If you're in your forties or older, you already knew it was true, but if you're younger than forty, you may take for granted how access to birth control has increased your earning potential. (I'm not knocking that; in fact, I think you SHOULD be able to take it for granted.)
A recent paper out of the University of Michigan illustrates the importance of access to birth control for women’s long-term earning potential. After cross-examining wage and education data for women born between 1943 and 1954, economist Martha Bailey estimates that one third of women’s wage gains since the 1960s were made possible by the Pill.
Here's the article from Forbes magazine, and if you're so inclined, here's the original paper published in the American Economic Journal.
Happy reading, and thanks for all you do -
|Posted on March 4, 2013 at 4:30 PM||comments (232)|
I was just doing a little poking around, looking for something to write about this week, when I came across a fantastic interview: The Daily Show's Jon Stewart interviews Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood and all-around champion of women's reproductive health and justice.
Have a look at parts 1 and 2 of this wonderful interview! Granted, it's from last March, so some of the topics of conversation revolve around the presidential primaries, but you will be tickled (and inspired) to hear what she has to say:
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Thanks for all you do, friends! Have a beautiful week!