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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:48 AM
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International Women's Day: A tribute to Hillary for her work to achieve equality for all women:
Edited on Sat Mar-08-08 11:55 AM by rodeodance
March 8, International Women's Day: A tribute to Hillary for her International/National work to achieve equality for women.


See:
http://www.internationalwomensday.com/about.asp


This is from a past posterThanks to pathansen
Please add information.

Forum Name General Discussion: Primaries
Topic subject Critical Reasons Why Women Need to Vote for Hillary Clinton
Topic URL http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph ...
4626978, Critical Reasons Why Women Need to Vote for Hillary Clinton
Posted by pathansen on Sun Feb-17-08 05:44 AM

Even if you don't agree with me, please read the following:

Together with Attorney General Janet Reno, Clinton helped create the Office on Violence Against Women at the Department of Justice
SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillary_Clinton

Hillary Clinton has also been a prominant international leader speaking out against Violence Against Women world wide:

Hillary Clinton traveled to 79 countries during this time, breaking the mark for most-travelled First Lady held by Pat Nixon. In a September 1995 speech before the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, Clinton argued very forcefully against practices that abused women around the world and in China itself, declaring "that it is no longer acceptable to discuss women's rights as separate from human rights" and resisting Chinese pressure to soften her remarks. She was one of the most prominent international figures at the time to speak out against the treatment of Afghan women by the Islamist fundamentalist Taliban that had seized control of Afghanistan.<149><150> She helped create Vital Voices, an international initiative sponsored by the United States to promote the participation of women in the political processes of their countries.
SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillary_Clinton

She has also spoken out strongly against mutilation of Muslim girls. I understand around 95% of young Muslim girls in Africa are mutilated, the equivalent of male castration, and without pain killers.

BILLS HILLARY HAS SPONSORED JUST IN THE LAST YEAR TO HELP WOMEN:
SOURCE: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?id=300022&ta ...

S. 1240: Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies Act of 2007
S. 2415: Protection Against Transmission of HIV for Women and Youth Act of 2007
S. 1816: National Women's Rights History Project Act
S. 1800: Compassionate Care for Servicewomen Act
S. 1075: Unintended Pregnancy Reduction Act of 2007
S. 766: Paycheck Fairness Act

If you look at the same very record in the last year for Obama, I found no bills to help women.
SEE: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?tab=bills&id ...

If you study more about Hillary Clintons background, you will also notice that throughout the last 35 years she has been a strong advocate for protecting not just women but children, the sick, and even animal protection groups give her excellent ratings. Children, animals and often sick people are not able to vote. These facts indicate to me a lot about her true character: a highly compassionate person who cares about the vulnerable being abused

....

http://www.irishecho.com/newspaper/story.cfm?id=18626


Hillary's Irish Legacy
Prominent backers cite relevant role in peace process
By Ray O'Hanlon
rohanlon@irishecho.com

In early February 1992, as the race for the American presidency was hitting high gear, Mary Robinson made the first official visit to Belfast by an Irish president.

Robinson had made her way north to meet with community workers and women's groups.
..

Hillary Clinton would share Mary's Robinson's interest in the empowerment of women and in giving support to those women's groups who were working for a better future for all the people of the North.


"Anyone criticizing her foreign policy involvement should look at her very active and positive approach to Northern Ireland and speak with the people of Northern Ireland who have the highest regard for her and are very grateful for her very active support for our peace process," Hume concluded in his defense of Hillary's Irish legacy.


Not surprisingly, some of the senator's most vocal defenders have been women activists from Northern Ireland.


In a series of statements compiled by labor and fair employment advocate Inez McCormack, Clinton was lauded for her "decade-long support" of the peace process.
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RaleighNCDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:53 AM
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1. Yet when push came to shove, she voted against banning clusterbombs.
When a politician will undercut her life's work for a temporary political advantage I have to wonder about her motives for all of it.
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dchill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:00 PM
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4. Gaining political advantage...
is NOT undercutting her life's work - it IS her life's work.
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:30 PM
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14. Hillary deserves recognition for her work on women's equality on this important day.
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Donna Zen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:02 PM
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5. She also voted against banning landmines
n/t
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dchill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:53 PM
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21. Obviously, cluster bombs and landmines...
do not violate women's rights.
:puke: :sarcasm:
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HooptieWagon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:21 PM
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11. Union-busting at WalMart
I wonder how many women employees at Walmart appreciate having their right to organize fought by the Walmart Board of directors, of which Hillary was a member. Did she speak out then in favor of working class women?... or did she go along with the corporate interests?
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:38 PM
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16. "she struggled to change the rigid, conservative culture at Wal-Mart,"


In Mrs. Clintons complex relationship with Wal-Mart, there are echoes of the familiar themes that have defined much of her career: the trailblazing woman unafraid of challenging the men around her; the idealist pushing for complicated, at times expensive, reforms; and the political pragmatist, willing to accept policies she did not agree with to achieve her ends.

Did Hillary like all of Wal-Mart practices? No, said Garry Mauro, a longtime friend and supporter of the Clintons who sat on the Wal-Mart Environmental Advisory Board with Mrs. Clinton in the late 1980s and worked with her on George McGoverns 1972 presidential campaign.

But, Mr. Mauro added, was Wal-Mart a better company, with better practices, because Hillary was on the board? Yes.

Mrs. Clinton was not Mr. Waltons first choice for a woman on the board. That honor belonged to an executive at Nordstrom, the upscale department store. But Nordstrom opposed its employees sitting on a competitors board, so Wal-Mart turned instead to the 39-year-old Mrs. Clinton. They offered her about $15,000 a year for her time, generally four meetings a year.

.But if her circumstances made her a natural choice for the board, her often liberal beliefs did not and she struggled to change the rigid, conservative culture at Wal-Mart, achieving modest results.

Early in her tenure, she pressed for information about the number of women in Wal-Marts management, worrying aloud that the companys hiring practices might be discriminatory.

The data she received would have been troubling: by 1985, there was not a single woman among the companys top 42 officers, according to In Sam We Trust, the 1998 book about Wal-Mart by Bob Ortega.

John E. Tate, who served as a director with Mrs. Clinton from 1988 to 1992, recalled that by her third board meeting Mrs. Clinton had announced that you can expect me to push on issues for women. You know that. I have a reputation of trying to improve the status of women generally, and I will do it here.


http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/20/us/politics/20walmart...
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:58 AM
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2. K
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:59 AM
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3. K! and R!
Edited on Sat Mar-08-08 12:00 PM by bigtree
:applause:
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:04 PM
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6. :-)
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Lucinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:05 PM
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7. Thanks very much rodeodance!
Edited on Sat Mar-08-08 12:08 PM by wlucinda
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:41 PM
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18. You are more organized than I am:-)
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Lucinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:33 PM
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25. It's self defense. All the good stuff drops off, so now I'm bookmarking and
adding to my journal so I can kick, and have link references. :D
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:43 PM
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27. yes, ---i should to. someday
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Gore1FL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:05 PM
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8. At least those
in large non-caucus states who don't work for Obama.
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Arkansas Granny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:06 PM
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9. K & R
:hi:
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:05 PM
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22. :-)
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Rock_Garden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:06 PM
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10. You're right on target with this one, Rodeodance. K&R!
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 05:46 PM
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38. ;-)
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:21 PM
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12. Hillary Celebrates Women's History Month:

http://blog.hillaryclinton.com/blog/main/2008/03/06/155...


Hillary Celebrates Women's History Month
by Ann Lewis, Senior Advisor
3/6/2008 10:59:22 AM

"Women's History Month is a time to reflect on the progress that women have made in our country, and also recognize that the journey is not over," said Hillary Clinton. "During this campaign, I have renewed my commitment to addressing challenges that women and families face across the country. I am honored to have support from so many women in this election, and I will continue to work hard for their votes."


http://blog.hillaryclinton.com/blog/main/2008/03/06/155...

As a lawyer, advocate, First Lady, and senator, Hillary has fought for issues important to women here at home and around the world for decades. Hillary's historic statement at the United Nations Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 that "women's rights are human rights" still echoes worldwide. As Senator, she enacted legislation to designate the Kate Mullany House, home to one of America's first women labor leaders, a National Historic Site and introduced legislation to create a Women's History Trail in upstate New York, home of the first Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York, the launching site of the 72-year struggle for women's suffrage.

Hillary knows that women still earn less than men for doing the same work. That's why she has championed legislation to increase women's economic empowerment, such as the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would help close the pay gap that costs families an average of $4,000 a year. Hillary's legislation will increase penalties for violating the Equal Pay Act, provide women with more information about their rights, and create voluntary guidelines to show employers how to evaluate jobs and eliminate unfair disparities. As First Lady, Hillary worked to expand access to microcredit to help women in developing countries start their own businesses.

Hillary has also fought to ensure that women get to make the most personal of life decisions, and that they have access to the full range of reproductive health care. She spearheaded an effort to provide greater access to family planning, contraception, and full sex education, and waged a three-year, ultimately successful battle to convince the Food and Drug Administration to approve Plan B, emergency contraception, for over-the-counter use. She strongly opposed the nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito, calling them the greatest threat to Roe v. Wade in history.

As President, Hillary will continue to champion the causes that she has fought for her whole life, and that matter to women. She'll make a major commitment to early child development programs, including home visiting for all at-risk new moms, expanded quality child care, and guaranteed access to pre-K. She'll enact affordable health care for everyone that will put a priority on making sure families get access to the screenings and prevention initiatives they need to stay healthy, and catch disease early when it does strike. She'll launch a major campaign to recruit and retain excellent teachers, double the college tax credit, and require colleges to lock in tuition rates years in advance so families can plan. She'll set a big goal of making paid parental and caregiving leave available to every parent by 2016; expand the Family and Medical Leave Act to employees of business with 25 employees or more; and make 7 sick days a year available to every full-time worker. And she'll protect Social Security and create 401(k)s with a generous federal match for every worker to ensure that families have a secure retirement.
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RaleighNCDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:52 PM
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29. She also backed, and continued for years to support, NAFTA
which is the immediate cause of the massive influx of immigrants across the border, with the resultant increase of human trafficking, and the ten-fold increase in forced prostitution of Hispanic women by those traffickers. They promise to pay the trafficker $5000 to get them across the border, then are forced to work the debt off in brothels.

A real victory for women, there.
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:55 PM
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30. Ohio voters were smart. They were not duped by BO's distortions on nafta.
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RaleighNCDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 02:20 PM
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32. OK, ignore the evidence. That's what I expect from Hillary supporters.
Obama has nothing to do with this - you're talking about Hillary, and women's rights. So am I.

Every brothel the police have shut down in this county for the past 5 years was run by traffickers, and staffed by Hispanic women who were held in virtual slavery - some had not been out of the house in a couple years.

NAFTA created a FEW manufacturing jobs in Mexico, while it DEVASTATED the Mexican agricultural sector. It took a couple years after implementation for the results to be felt, but it DIRECTLY caused the massive influx of Mexican immigrants. And THAT created the demand for Mexican prostitutes.
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 05:05 PM
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34. Then he should have given a clear NO instead of doing the weasle card
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amborin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:58 PM
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31. Obama has praised the results of Nafta and approved the new accord with Peru
though he conveniently did not vote either way on it

and...no, Nafta is not the immediate cause of a massive influx of folks across the border....if anything, Nafta has created new manufacturing jobs in Mexico....

you need to study up...some history and depth....

for starters, Nafta was implemented 15 yrs ago......

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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:22 PM
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13. "women's rights are human rights" still echoes worldwide.
http://blog.hillaryclinton.com/blog/main/2008/03/06/155...

As a lawyer, advocate, First Lady, and senator, Hillary has fought for issues important to women here at home and around the world for decades. Hillary's historic statement at the United Nations Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 that "women's rights are human rights" still echoes worldwide. As Senator, she enacted legislation to designate the Kate Mullany House, home to one of America's first women labor leaders, a National Historic Site and introduced legislation to create a Women's History Trail in upstate New York, home of the first Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York, the launching site of the 72-year struggle for women's suffrage.
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:37 PM
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15. Last I heard women's equality was not a Hillary victory. It was a
woman's victory. There were a lot of us out there. And women are far from equal in this world.
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:39 PM
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17. Who said it was a victory. She has worked over the years to achieve equality.
Edited on Sat Mar-08-08 12:40 PM by rodeodance


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15. Last I heard women's equality was not a Hillary victory. It was a

woman's victory. There were a lot of us out there. And women are far from equal in this world.
judi
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:47 PM
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19. A champion for women:

http://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/women /

A champion for women:

Hillary's historic statement at the United Nations Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 that "women's rights are human rights" still echoes worldwide. As a lawyer, advocate, First Lady, and senator, Hillary has fought for issues important to women here at home and around the world for decades.

Today, despite the progress women have made, they earn only 77 cents for every dollar men earn -- and women of color earn even less. Hillary is leading the charge in the Senate to strengthen equal pay laws and end pay disparities between men and women. She introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act to strengthen the penalties associated with wage discrimination, to ensure that the federal government sets a higher standard, and to increase oversight of employers. Hillary has also worked to increase access to capital and other support for women-owned businesses.

When it comes to each woman's ability to make the most personal of life decisions, Hillary has stood firm as an advocate for a woman's right to choose. She has expanded access to family planning services, including for low-income women. She spoke out forcefully against the Supreme Court's April 2007 decision that -- for the first time in decades -- failed to recognize the importance of women's health.

Hillary has worked to empower women throughout the world, especially low-income women. She has advocated for access to microfinance programs that enable women to start their own businesses and spoken out strongly against the tragic practice of sex trafficking.

As president, Hillary will continue her lifelong fight to ensure that all Americans are treated with respect and dignity.

Ready to Lead

Hillary has fought the relentless and insidious efforts by far-right Republicans to limit the protections of Roe v Wade, while also working hard to expand access to family planning services.

Hillary has seen what happens when governments try to control a woman's reproductive health decisions. Whether it was Romania under a dictatorship saying you had to have children for the good of the state or China saying you had to have only one child for the good of the state, governments have dictated the most private and important decisions that we as individuals or families can make.

She has championed the Prevention First Act, which expands access to family planning services for low-income women, requires health insurance companies to cover contraception, and provides a dedicated funding stream for age-appropriate, medically accurate, comprehensive sex education.

As First Lady, she helped pass the Family and Medical Leave Act and helped found the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancies, which established and achieved a goal of reducing teen pregnancies by one-third between 1996 and 2005.

In partnership with Senator Patty Murray, Hillary waged a successful three-year battle to get the Food and Drug Administration to accept the overwhelming recommendation of the medical community and make Plan B (the "morning after" pill) available over the counter.

Hillary's work to empower low-income women has changed lives. She fought for the elimination of school fees, which prevent poor children in some countries from attending school, and for investments in health care and education for women and girls. And she helped found Vital Voices, a not-for-profit organization that continues to work to support women's leadership around the globe.
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:48 PM
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20. " She has advocated for access to microfinance programs""
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TheZug Donating Member (886 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:07 PM
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23. How about help for young women being sexually harassed by her employer?
Like Monica Lewinsky.

Oh, yeah---shhhh.
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:42 PM
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26. you forget--Monica was a grown woman.
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TheZug Donating Member (886 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 05:39 PM
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37. And so therefore such an unequal relationship is okay? That's not what I recall feminists saying.
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 05:50 PM
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40. Go find some reaseach on this and post it.
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Medusa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:09 PM
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24. Hillary's instructions for women on how to get ahead:
suck off your husband's resume and claim his experience as your own. Play victim and complain about sexism when above does not work. :eyes:
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:45 PM
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28. You have been Misinformed. So, no thank you for your contribution.
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CampDem Donating Member (364 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 04:07 PM
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33. Thank you so much for posting this rodeodance
I live in Alaska and work as a social worker.

Rethugs at state and federal levels have ensured that social programs have been cut and slashed down to nothing here. Women, children and homeless people have never had it worse.

Many of our rural communities and villages have no access to police locally to report violence and sexual response teams/mental health professionals are stretched over hundreds of miles.

Our sexual assault rates are 3 times the national average and childhood sexual abuse is 6 times higher (and rape is horribly under reported in rural communities). Native women in some villages don't leave their home without car heart overalls on, but not because of the cold. You see, it is more difficult for the rapist to assault the women if they have overalls on.

Oh, and forget about providing mental health services or drug/ETOH treatment. If people in Anchorage (population 284,000) are lucky they may land one of our 8 detox beds that remain after the recent closure of our largest detox facility.

Alaskan people simply cannot afford any more rethug rule.
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 06:23 PM
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43. sorry to hear about that. I truly believe she will help out in these situations.
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zabet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 05:28 PM
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35. K and R!
Thanks for posting this!

:yourock:
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 06:19 PM
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42. ye becha
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BlackVelvet04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 05:29 PM
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36. K&R
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 05:49 PM
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39. Together with Attorney General Janet Reno, HRC helped create the Office on Violence Against Women"
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libbygurl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 06:09 PM
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41. K & R! nt
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 10:40 PM
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44. ;-)
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chill_wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-09-08 12:32 AM
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45. Accordingly, Saint Hillary should return tainted money taken from Rezko/IPA swine.
Edited on Sun Mar-09-08 12:40 AM by chill_wind
Even more ideally, she should have never accepted it.



Dear Senator Clinton:
We, the undersigned small business owners from across the country are deeply offended that you continue to accept campaign contributions from top officials of a business consulting company, International Profit Associates (IPA), Buffalo Grove, IL., that defrauded us. As we struggle in federal court via a civil racketeering lawsuit to recover the thousands of dollars this company took from us illegally, you continue to use political donations that might have come directly from our pockets.

We also are appalled because you accepted the money amid dark clouds of fraud allegations, a criminal past by the companys founder, and one of the largest sexual harassment lawsuits ever filed by the federal government.

We are trying to fight back against this company and you, Senator Clinton, are enabling it. We ask that you immediately donate to charity the more than $150,000 the New York Times says youve accepted from IPAs top officials, a figure that includes a ride on IPAs corporate jet and a donation from a high school age son of an IPA official.

Surely, now, in the wake of the Norman Hsu scandal, your political staff will turn up the background weve known about for some time, including:

IPA is being sued by the federal governments Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for widespread sexual harassment. In a New York Times article May 7, 2006 titled, Rubbing Shoulders with Trouble, and Presidents, EEOC lawyer Diane Smason called the allegations probably the most egregious ever filed by the agencys Chicago office. She said the investigation found that sex harassment is the standard operating procedure for this company. That case is pending in U.S. District Court.

 The Illinois Attorney Generals office has acknowledged publicly that it is investigating IPA for alleged fraud.

 The Better Business Bureau says IPA has an unsatisfactory record based on reoccurring complaints that total 427 in the last three years. The BBB has issued alerts in various states to warn businesses that IPA was soliciting work there.

 The company founder, John Burgess, is a convicted criminal, according to numerous published reports. He was convicted of attempted grand larceny and of soliciting a 16-year-old prostitute, those reports state. He was disbarred as a lawyer in New York state in July 1987 for failing to answer charges which involved perjury, larceny, a conviction for patronizing a 16-year-old prostitute, possession of drugs and engaging in a pattern over a six-year period of lies and deceit, according to The Lawyers Fund for Client Protection of New York state. Burgess also is named as a key defendant in the sexual harassment lawsuit.

 The companys attorney, Myron Mike Cherry, also a contributor of yours(Clinton's), has been identified in published reports as Individual H in the Illinois criminal indictment of businessman Antoin Tony Rezko. Cherry has acknowledged in published reports that he was the conduit for some of the IPA campaign contributions.



 Already, politicians across the country have returned donations from IPA because of the companys checkered past. Illinois Senator Barack Obama, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle and former Wisconsin Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager are among those who have returned contributions from IPA.

We have made our fraud allegations in a federal racketeering lawsuit pending in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

Mrs. Clinton, we see from published reports that you have identified yourself as a champion for womens rights and an advocate for small business owners. We cannot fathom, in light of those self-labels, how you could possibly accept campaign contributions from a company accused by the federal government of sexually harassing scores of women and one that has left behind a long trail of fraud complaints from small business owners. Do you believe the 114 women who were allegedly sexually harassed at IPA are not telling the truth about that harassment? Do you believe the Better Business Bureau is wrong? Do you think the state Attorney General is unjustified in her investigation of IPA?

We believe this is our concern because the campaign contributions you continue to accept came from the money that we believe was taken from us illegally. We do not believe you should continue to further your political career with such tainted cash.

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Clinton donor named in Rezko trial/criminal indictment
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