Today I am posting Joanne Mattera’s post. I want to share it with you. It’s the best!
Dear 20- and 30-Something Sisters,
You have had access to contraception and the
oppportunity to control of your own bodies for as
long as you have been alive.
The stories of back-alley deaths from illegal and unsafe abortions are just “stories” to you, fortunately not reality. There has been some real progress made in wage parity, a pushing back of the glass ceiling, job options, and attention paid to sexual harrassment in the workplace. And, men–you good guys–you have wives, sisters, mothers, cousins, friends and girlfriends whose lives are better now. (Your own lives are better now, too. It’s not just women who end up responsible for an unplanned child.)
To any sane person, rape is a physical violation that is a punishable crime. There are no “degrees” of rape. There is no “legitimate rape.” Let’s make sure right-wing male legislators don’t try to institute their Medieval ideas.
You have options that previous generations of women worked (and some died) to achieve. The struggle, la lucha, does not stop with you. Pick up the relay baton already and do your part. Agitate, demonstrate and vote Democrat down the line.
Want to honor the legacy of Ted Kennedy in the U.S. Senate? If you’re in Massachusetts, vote for Elizabeth Warren.
Want to support a lesbian for U.S. Senate, and help maintain the majority there? In Wisconsin, Tammy Baldwin is your woman. Here are her priorities: jobs, families, workers, small businesses..
Not sure whom to vote for? Emily’s List has a great website that allows you to see the pro-choice, pro-equality candidates in every state.
And if you’d like to know more about women of color in politics or about women already serving, click on the boldfaced phrases for information from Rutgers University.
As for the economy, stick with the presidential candidate who pulled us back from collapse, not the one from the party that got us there in the first place (and whose “five-point plan” is a D: defer, denigrate, destroy, digress, and disregard).
Please vote to give our president, Barack Obama, four more years with a Congress that will work with him to work for us.