Cross post from GD
The Stand With Planned Parenthood event I attended yesterday for #PinkOutDay was a raging success! The organizer, Jan, did such a fabulous job! Besides the planning, signs, signup sheets, coordinating everything, she had a member of the media there. She was even able to lend me a Pink jacket. I believe it belonged to another volunteer named Mary. (I don't own anything pink.)
There was such a great turn out. I would guess there were 30 volunteers. Considering this isn't the big city and it was in the middle of a work day, I think that's amazing!
The responses we received were overwhelming positive. One woman shouted from her car to one of the male volunteers, "our vaginas are more regulated than guns!" We had people honking, giving the thumbs up, showing their excitement and support with waves, smiles and the occasional shout out from the car.
There were truckers who enthusiastically blew their horns, which always got other drivers to join in.
This was near a high school, during lunch. Though few of the kids even made eye contact with us old folks, a few showed interest and support.
My favorite part was when a couple of fireman drove their fire truck by. They blasted their horn while giving us the thumbs up! Go fireman! Unlike the motorcycle cops that refused to acknowledge us.
Here are some pictures of the event
Group picture. Taken at the end so some people had already left.
Jan, the event host, with one of the dedicated volunteers
My absolute favorite picture of one of the most enthusiastic volunteers. Just love it!
My favorite sign being held by one of my favorite volunteers there.
That's Bob, who took most of the pictures I'm posting. My pictures suck in comparison to his.
Just a portion of the corner we took up.
Finally, me, standing on the corner begging for honks.
All in all, I felt like this was a great success. I know moveon.org and NARAL will be posting about how well this #PinkOutDay went across the country. But we have Jan to thank for putting this event together. For doing it so well and for making everyone there feel important. Jan and the other volunteers in Fremont, thank for allowing me to join you in this fight to save Planned Parenthood.
The most important thing we can do is; to squelch the lies, and shout out the unending benefits that so very many people, all across the country, receive from Planned Parenthood.
Here's some links to good information:
Truth about the bullshit video Carley lies about. Truth posted on du http://www.democraticunderground.com/10027209290
Mother Jones article, The War on Women is Over and Women Lost
New York Times article, Missouri Finds for Planned Parenthood
It's been raining here for about an hour. Ago nice, soft, steady rain. Just what is needed so it soaks in the ground.
Actual puddles in the street!
Oklahoma will execute an innocent man at 3:00 p.m CST on Wednesdayunless the U.S. Supreme Court steps in now. That's why MoveOn members gathered outside the Supreme Court tonight to send this simple message: Save Richard Glossip.
In their emergency petition to the U.S. Supreme Court today, Richard's lawyers wrote, "New evidence, not fully considered by any court, shows that Mr. Glossip is innocent of the murder for which he faces execution."1
Check out the photo of tonight's last-minute appeal for justice, and then share it right now on Facebook. Together, we can draw more attention to the gross injustice that's set to occurand just maybe help convince the Supreme Court to stop the execution. There's very little time left, and we can't stop fighting for Richard's life.
Not on social media? Can you forward this email to five friends?
Richard was sent to death row on the word of one manwho bragged about setting him up.2
Justin Sneed confessed to the gruesome murder at a motel, but he said Richard hired him to do it. In exchange for testifying against Richard, Sneed avoided the death penalty himself and now is serving a life sentence in a medium-security prison.3
But for 18 years, Richard hasn't had the resources to hire lawyers to prove his innocence. Only now is a team of pro bono lawyers working on his caseand what they've found is breathtaking, including witnesses who say that Sneed bragged about framing Richard and that Sneed acted alone. And the latest? The state has been intimidating those witnesses, even arresting one at gunpoint.4
Yet, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals yesterday ruled 3-2 to deny Richard's final appeals, and Gov. Mary Fallin continues to refuse to act.5
Hundreds of thousands of people across the country have added their name to petitions. Thousands more have made phone calls to key decision makers. And now time is up. We have one last chance to save an innocent man.
Please share tonight's photo right now on Facebook, and ask your family and friends to share it as well.
Thanks for all you do.
Mark, Ben O., Brian, Matt, and the rest of the team
1. Glossip petition to the U.S. Supreme Court, September 29, 2015
2. "The Only Witness Against Him Bragged About Setting Him Up. Now He Is About To Be Executed," Think Progress, September 14, 2015
3. "What Happened in Room 102: Oklahoma Prepares to Execute Richard Glossip," The Intercept, July 9, 2015
4. "Why Is Oklahoma So Eager to Kill Richard Glossip Tomorrow," The Intercept, September 29, 2015
5. "Oklahoma court denies Richard Glossip's request for a stay of execution," The Washington Post, September 28, 2015
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From my beloved grandmother, whom I miss dearly:
"The more there'll be said about it, the more there'll be said about it."
"Convince a man against his will, he'll have the same opinion still."
"Birds of one family, agree it's is an awful sight, when children of one family, fall out and chide and fight."
"Senator Bernie Sanders is the only candidate running that is, and has consistently been for, the marginalized people of this nation."
Ok, she died in 1987 so I made the last one up. But she would say it if she were here.
Damn! Forgot the most important one:
"Suspicion haunts the guilty mind."
What has gone down has done nothing but:
Make my resolve stronger to help elect the the only candidate that is truly for the disenfranchised, the marginalized, the minorities, the unions and the 99% -Senator Bernie Sanders
Show me that friendship means nothing to some people, that the total disrespect shown and outright lies told about people, is indicative of what certain campaigns are truly about. Which just increases my resolve to elect the only candidate that is truly for the disenfranchised, the marginalized, the minorities, the unions and the 99% - Bernie Sanders
That we must move forward, fight the bullshit, ignore the idiocy and the liars and help elect the only candidate that is truly for the disenfranchised, the marginalized, the minorities, the unions and the 99% - Bernie Sanders
That they have proven who has supporters that are just truly evil and we need to elect the only candidate that is truly for the disenfranchised, the marginalized, the minorities, the unions and the 99% - Senator Bernie Sanders
So, let's do what we do best, get off our asses and work hard to elect the only candidate that is truly for the disenfranchised, the marginalized, the minorities, the unions and the 99% -Senator Bernie Sanders
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