Breaking: Trans and Cis Women Shut Down Traffic in Seattle Over Quota to Fill Detention Center

August 3, 2015

Seattle, WA- “Trans and/or Women’s Action Camp (TWAC)” in solidarity with NWDC Resistance and the Not1More movement to end detentions and deportations, at this moment is doing a civil disobedience action to bring attention to ICE presence in downtown Seattle.TWAC will be calling attention to ICE, located on 1000 Second Ave where they have a large presence and headquarters, and their local quota that guarantees a minimum of 800 beds to be filled at the immigration jail in Tacoma (aka Northwest Detention Center) operated by Geo group corporation. This quota is built into the contract between ICE Seattle and Geo and motivates the agency to round up immigrants in the area. The contract fuels the recent anti-immigrant politics in Congress that exposes the real intentions of  Republicans and Democrats who both introduce and pass bills to scapegoat immigrants and exploit family tragedies. Both parties are guilty of criminalizing immigrants further while sustaining the detention and deportation system; one of the most corrupt institutions in the country.

TWAC is bringing attention to the inhumane treatment of transgender detainees at all detention facilities, including the one located in Tacoma.

On women’s health, Clinton compares Republicans to ‘terrorist groups’

Updated 6:47 PM ET, Thu August 27, 2015 |


Cleveland (CNN)Hillary Clinton compared Republican presidential candidates who hold conservative views on abortion and women’s reproductive rights to “terrorist groups” in a Cleveland speech on Thursday.

During a riff where the candidate name checked Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Clinton said Republicans are “dead wrong for 21st century America.”

“Now, extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups, we expect that from people who don’t want to live in the modern world, but it’s a little hard to take from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States,” Clinton said. “Yet they espouse out of date, out of touch policies. They are dead wrong for 21st century America. We are going forward, we are not going back.”

Clinton regularly hits Republicans on women’s rights but Thursday’s line was a departure from her usual talking points.

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“I would like these Republican candidates to look the mom in the eye who caught her breast cancer early because she was able to get a screening for cancer or the teenager who didn’t get pregnant because she has access to contraception,” Clinton said. “Or anyone who has ever been protected by an HIV test.”

Clinton told the audience of around 2,000, according to Case Western Reserve University, that she takes “it a little personal when they (Republicans) go after women.”

 “This is happening all over the country, even here in Ohio,” she said. “Programs and services women use to take care of themselves are being cut down.”

Bush said in a Tweet that the remarks were a sign of Clinton’s misplaced priorities.

“.@HillaryClinton compares pro-life Americans to terrorists, but defends despicable PP treatment of unborn? Her priorities are totally wrong,” Bush tweeted.

Republicans were quick to pounce on Clinton’s comments and called for her to apologize.

“For Hillary Clinton to equate her political opponents to terrorists is a new low for her flailing campaign,” said Allison Moore, press secretary for the Republican National Committee. “She should apologize immediately for her inflammatory rhetoric.”

“Hillary Clinton just said a significant portion of Americans are the same as ‘terrorist groups’ simply because they disagree with her,” added Amelia Chassé, press secretary for America Rising PAC, an anti-Clinton opposition research group. “That is outrageous, even for a desperate politician slipping in the polls. It’s the clearest sign yet that Sec. Clinton will say or do anything to win.”

A national poll released Thursday showed Clinton leading the Democratic field with 45% support, as well as topping several GOP candidates in head-to-head matchups.

Women’s Equality Day: VOTE for Candidates who do not degrade women!

Women’s Equality Day: 95 Years Ago Women Were Granted The Right To Vote, Today Women Of Color Are An Extremely Important Voting Bloc

Aug 26, 2015 | By

Today marks 95 years since the certification of the 19th amendment, which granted women access to vote. In recognition of the historic achievement, President Obama declared today Women’s Equality Day. Women’s Equality Day recognizes all the ways that persisting gender inequality affects women today, from the gender wage gap to equal access to the ballot box.

A new analysis by the Center for American Progress looked at the influential role women—especially women of color—play in our elections. The 19th Amendment paved the way for women to vote, but until the Voting Rights Act was enacted in 1965, many women of color were still prohibited from voting. But in the relatively short amount of time since then, even amidst attacks on voting rights at the national and state level, women of color have become an incredibly influential voting bloc.

Here are a few facts to illustrate the growing influence of women of color:

  • In the 1964 presidential election, 1 in 20 voters was a woman of color. By the 2012 election, more than one in six voters was a woman of color. This increase in the proportion of women of color voters is due to two factors in particular. First, the Voting Rights Act had an extremely significant impact on the ability of people of color to exercise the right to vote. Second, American women of color make up a much higher portion of the overall population today than they did in 1964. And this demographic shift is projected to continue: people of color are expected to make up about half of the eligible voter population in 2052.
  • African American women in particular are especially engaged voters who are more likely to be registered than any other demographic group. In 1966, 60 percent of African American women were registered to vote compared with 71 percent of all other eligible voters. In 2012, the share of African American women registered to vote had jumped to 76 percent while the registered share of all other voters remained static. African American women’s share of all registered voters has grown to a point where they are now more likely to be registered than any other demographic group.
  • More African American women reported voting in 2012 than any other racial, ethnic, or demographic group. In 1964, before the passage of the Voting Rights Act, 58 percent of African American women reported voting. In 2012 that number grew to 70 percent and women of color played a crucial role in the outcome of the presidential election.

BOTTOM LINE: Despite having faced significant hurdles throughout American history, women of color have become one of the most influential voting blocs and their power will only continue to grow. Equal access to the ballot is vital to the health of our democratic society. We need federal voting rights protections to help repair the damage done by the Supreme Court in Shelby County v. Holder, the case that gutted the Voting Rights Act, to ensure everyone is guaranteed equal access to the ballot box.

In celebration of Women’s Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day, Aug. 26, commemorates women’s right to vote throughout the United States, and women in Oregon have even more to celebrate on this year’s 95th anniversary. Unlike other states that block voting, especially for women, our state’s new “motor voter” registers all people who get driver’s licenses and allows them to choose a political party or opt out if they don’t want to be registered.    
Lawmakers in many other states have passed new laws or strengthened old ones to restrict voting — especially female, low-income, and racial/ethnic minority voters. State legislators mandated photo IDs, reduced the number of voting days, limited voter registration and closed voting on weekends. Only Oregon expanded voting to all citizens through a combination of the “motor-voter” voter registration bill and Oregon’s vote-by-mail law, shared only by Washington and Colorado.    
Two years ago, the Supreme Court overturned part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which allowed greater discrimination through state restrictive voting laws that had begun to balloon in 2010. Lawmakers assumed that non-voting citizens are Democrat and progressive and knew their e• et: one state legislative leader bragged that a voter ID law would deliver his state for Mitt Romney in 2012. During the current year, at least 113 bills to restrict voting were introduced or carried over in 33 states. Of the 36 states passing laws requiring identification at the polls, 32 states still have these laws in e• ect, and North Carolina’s law is scheduled to go into e• ect in 2015. Almost two-thirds of the states have laws to prevent citizens from voting.
A federal circuit court has stated that 600,000 people in Texas couldn’t vote because of the stringent voter ID law. A large percentage of disenfranchised voters is female because the law required current identifi cation to have the exact same name on birth certifi cates. Women who changed their names when they were married did not meet this standard. About 90 percent of women change their names when they marry. Fixing the problem cost up to $42 and required up to 250 miles of travel. Poor women had to decide whether to get a voter ID or feed their children. Texas is also illegally refusing birth certificates to infants born in the United States of immigrant women, causing serious problems when these infants reach voting age.
A frequent argument is that voter IDs stop voter fraud. Yet a 2012 report shows that this fraud occurs in 0.000002 percent of votes cast. Far more fraud comes from voting o• cials and computers, unrelated to new laws.
On Women’s Equality Day, Oregonians should take pride in its groundbreaking law that promotes voting instead of restricting this constitutional right. After the Oregon law passed, 17 other states introduced similar bills to simplify voter registration. The New Jersey Legislature also passed automatic voter registration with other reforms such as online registration and early voting, but Gov. Chris Christie said he may veto the bill.
Within the last century, women have gained far more rights than voting — opening a bank account, borrowing money, having credit cards in their own names, divorcing, expanding career opportunities for both married and single women, buying contraceptives, joining the military, participating on juries, being leaders in some religions, etc. Not until a Supreme Court ruling in 1971, however, did women have equal rights with men in owning property and obtaining employment. That same year, Congress proclaimed Aug. 26 as Women’s Equality Day because, as the resolution stated, “the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States.”
Women have still not achieved equality to men in areas such as jobs, pay, the workplace, sports, technology, job promotion, costs of items and services and protection from violence. Toward that end, the Central Oregon Coast chapter of the National Organization for Women honors the people of the past who have fought for women’s rights and continues to lobby for complete gender equality.
Nel Ward is a member of the Central Oregon Coast chapter of the National Organization for Women. She lives in Newport.
Newport News Times, Friday, August 21, 2015

Aerial Pesticide Spraying Community Meeting

Lincoln County Community Rights and its allied organization Citizens for a Healthy County present: “Drift: A Community Seeking Justice” a short film created by U of O students about the Gold Beach accident involving herbicide spray of a neighborhood. This event will be held Thursday August 27 at 6:30 pm at the local PUD Public Meeting Room 2129 North Coast Hwy 101 Newport(across from Safeway). This is a fund raiser event for Citizens for a Healthy County. This group has filed a local initiative to ban aerial spraying in Lincoln County.

This event will have several speakers that will discuss the harm inflicted on the community of Gold Beach in October 2013 and what we can do about it. The public will also be invited to discuss how aerial pesticide spraying has affected the lives of your family, friends and neighbors. Come join us and learn how citizens are using local lawmaking to exercise our right against involuntary poisoning by industrial logging practices.  Industrial logging cuts ten times more timber in Oregon’s coast range than the Forest Service and douses every clear cut with poisonous chemicals. These practices threaten our community’s health by contaminating our wildlife, fisheries and publicly owned water.

Citizens for a Healthy County is seeking to change this harmful practice in Lincoln County by a Citizens Initiative filed July 6, 2015.This initiative has been challenged and we need money to make sure this important ballot measure gets to the voters. This event is free to the public but donations to assist in support of the initiative are urgently needed. Contact Citizens for a Healthy County by email: or by phone 541.961.6385.

To see a copy of the ordinance as filed with the county please go to our website.
For more information about the aerial spraying incident in Gold Beach check out this story in High Country News.

For more information about your local group working to stop aerial spraying in Lincoln County see website at

Please forward this email to your network of friends and family. This is really important that we all come together as a community.

Citizens for a Healthy County