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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 12:10 PM
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14 Democratic Congresswomen Will Fast to Protest Against Budget Cuts For Hungry Women and Children
http://thinkprogress.org/2011/04/13/women-fast /

This week, Congress will vote on the last-minute, bipartisan budget deal that promises about $38 billion in cuts that, according to several economists, will knock a full point off U.S. economic growth. Republicans successfully extracted wide-ranging cuts on health care, job training, education, law enforcement, and nutrition assistance to women and children.

In response to the severe budget cuts that would disproportionately target the poor and the hungry at home and abroad, 28 Members of Congress are joining 35,000 Americans in former Congressman and Ambassador Tony Halls Hungerfast an effort launched March 28 to demand that the budget deficit not be balanced on the backs of the vulnerable. In protest of the severe cuts being proposed to poverty-focused international assistance programs which largely hurt women and girls globally who represent 60 percent of the hungry worldwide, 14 Democratic congresswomen will fast this week:

Fasters are demanding that the budget deficit not be closed by slashing programs targeting the vulnerable at a time of economic distress. In particular, Women Thrive co-launched this effort to draw attention to the severe cuts being proposed to poverty-focused international assistance programs, which will largely hurt women and girls globally. Women are the majority of the poor and 60 percent of the hungry worldwide.<...>

The women members fasting this week are Representatives Karen Bass (D-CA), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Susan Davis (D-CA), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Donna Edwards (D-MD), Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Laura Richardson (D-CA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Terri Sewell (D-AL), and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA).

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Ignis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 12:11 PM
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1. K&R
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bullwinkle428 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 12:13 PM
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2. Every one of these women shows more courage than that
pathetic little turd Ryan ever could in his entire lifetime.
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 12:14 PM
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3. Rep. Tony Hall was the best. Gleefully recommended!
Thanks for posting this... I am calling each one of these Rep's offices, to thank them for their participation.

This is extraordinary, and astounding.

:applause:
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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 12:23 PM
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5. And I've yet to hear a damned thing about this on the msm
Disgusting. :grr:
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 12:28 PM
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6. OR, on "progressive" media! Do you REALLY think Rachel and Hartmann et al will be covering this????
Do you really think this is going to get much attention on DU?

Thread after thread listing "progressive" priorities, and rarely is poverty even alluded to at the bottom of the list.

We are being Dennis Millered.
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Scuba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 12:19 PM
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4. Wisconsin LOVES our Dem 14............
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joneschick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 12:31 PM
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7. kick recommend and shared. thank you
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