We MUST reverse the slide in women’s reproductive healthcare rights. Our voices MUST be heard in Des Moines. I will fight for all of you. Thank you, Martha Hedberg!
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Extra special thanks to former state senator Jean Lloyd-Jones for her letter of support in the Gazette today! What an inspiration she is to our campaign!
“I have never voted for a woman just because she is a woman, although I believe more women in public office would be a plus. My vote is based on qualifications, experience and aptitude. Voters in state Senate District 37, a seat being vacated by Senator Bob Dvorsky, will have a chance to elect a uniquely qualified person, who happens to be female, in the June 5 primary election.
Janice Weiner stands out because of her education and experience. First, she is a lawyer, currently a rare and much-needed asset in the Iowa Legislature. Second, she has served in the U.S. State Department for 25 years, through Republican and Democratic administrations, representing our country at five embassies and two consulates general. In her last post, she was Consul General in Düsseldorf, Germany. She knows what it is to be a public servant, and to work with people from diverse backgrounds. Third, she has the temperament to be an effective leader in the Iowa Legislature. She is decisive, hardworking; always looking for a positive way to solve a problem.
She will be an effective diplomat and advocate for our community in Des Moines. I encourage voters to give this highly qualified candidate your serious consideration.”
The #NAMIwalks kickoff luncheon today was nothing short of inspiring. The people who spoke and shared their stories demonstrated just how important it is to have an organization like NAMI that creates community and advocates for mental health.
Earlier, I was fortunate to talk with Leslie Carpenter, an amazing woman, mental health advocate, and President-elect of the Johnson County NAMI board. Leslie’s tireless advocacy, together with her husband Scott, focuses on the need to help the seriously mentally ill. Thank you, Leslie. #RadicalEmpathy
Watch our discussion here:
Sen Janet Petersen is right. On all counts. I stand with and for Iowa women and girls. Stand with me!
Should this pass the Iowa House and be signed into law, women and girls will have fewer healthcare rights than livestock in Iowa.
The Iowa taxpayer will foot the bill for all the legal challenges to this unconstitutional bill. What OB/GYN would want to practice here?
Call every member of the Iowa House – switchboard: 515.281.3221. Stand up for and with women and girls. Stand up for and with the state of Iowa. Tell them to vote “no” on the fetal heartbeat bill.
“If not you, who? If not now, when?”
Determination. A call to action. It’s on each one of us individually and on us collectively. It is about caring enough for our children and their future to stand up and not give up. That pretty much sums up last evening’s vigil to end gun violence in Cedar Rapids.
1) Reject the narrative that nothing can be done.
2) Register and vote – vote out of office those who accept obscene amounts of money from the NRA and have done nothing more than offer vacuous “thoughts and prayers” after each gunman strikes. The grown ups are supposed to be there to make things better for our children, and not just (as too many teachers have been) as human shields.
3) Absolutely, improve mental health services, with an emphasis on services in our public schools.
4) Call your elected officials in Des Moines; oppose HJR 2009 that, if enacted, would make it nearly impossible to pass any gun safety regulations.
5) Demand that research into gun violence as a public health issue be funded.
6) Join and advocate – be it the Giffords Law Center; Moms Demand Action; Iowans for Gun Safety; Everytown for Gun Safety – they all have action lists.
7) Don’t give up.
This is not about taking away hunting, recreational and self defense weapons. The vast majority of Americans believe in common sense gun safety regulations – registration, training, keeping our kids safe (including preventing access to weapons for use in domestic violence and suicide, both epidemic).
Here is the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America pledge: “I pledge to support local, state, and federal candidates who will fight for common-sense laws to reduce gun violence.”
if not ME, who? If not NOW, when? #RadicalEmpathy
We have a mountain of work to do to support women and families. Passing this “bill” is not one of those. In addition to the minor problem of unconstitutionality, and apparently viewing Iowa’s women as guinea pigs in the attempt to push a test case up to the US Supreme Court, the “Fetal Heartbeat Bill”, if enacted, would cause the U of I’s OB/GYN program to lose accreditation. It would further reduce the availability of reproductive healthcare in the state.
I have talked to doctors who have said that this bill, combined with the de-appropriations bill that must pass in some form, would cause them to leave the state. A mere thought of an exodus of qualified professionals and the inability of our premiere medical school to educate doctors should ring alarm bells, if forcing women of all ages – including teens – to give birth does not already.
We have so many positive things to work on: improving access to reproductive health care, access to affordable daycare, and family leave, to name just a few – let’s focus on those and improve lives – and with them, economic development opportunities across Iowa!
I stand with and for women.
I stand with and for women who want access to birth control, and whose access to both birth control and women’s healthcare has been made so much harder by the de-funding of Planned Parenthood.
I stand with and for women whose right to control and make decisions about their own bodies should long since have been settled law.
And I stand with and for all of Iowa’s vulnerable people who are NOT getting the care and help they need because the majority in the legislature does not seem to care about them – Medicaid patients, especially the disabled, whose services are imperiled; those battling serious mental illness who have nowhere near enough dedicated beds and services they need; the elderly, whose nursing home ombudsman has been “de-funded” – and so many more.
Thank you, Sen. Janet Petersen, for standing up for Iowa’s women.
Let’s work together to help the Iowans who need our help RIGHT NOW!
Every other month, the Johnson County Democrats cook and serve the free lunch for those in the community who need it. It is truly enjoyable to work together as a group, and most of all, to talk to the good people we serve. I wish the need were not there, but as long as it is, we will be there, too. Thank you, Robin Roseman, for your organization of this, year in and year out.
I do not believe the death penalty is effective, I do not believe it is humane, I do not believe it is worthy of us as Iowans. I believe we have much more important priorities to address. I spent years of my Foreign Service career overseas advocating for human rights and serious judicial reform. Reinstating the death penalty is the precise opposite of an enlightened, modern judicial practice.
Two bills currently in the Iowa legislature – SF 335 and HSB 569 – would bring the death penalty to Iowa for the first time in well over 50 years. Why? This is not a state with a high rate of violent crime. Iowans are fortunate that heinous murders are rare. So when it happens, it shocks us to our core – as it should.
But I don’t believe in an eye for an eye. If prison is about retribution, then convicted criminals pay a lifelong price. If it is about restorative justice and rehabilitation, then they have a chance, even if they never again walk outside prison walls. And if the justice system has made a mistake, then there is a chance to correct it.
From a purely financial perspective (though I don’t see it as a purely financial calculus), it is cheaper for someone to spend their life in prison than try to execute them. The death penalty would further strain an already underfunded and under-staffed judicial system that has a constitutional duty to provide due process to all Iowans.
I believe we have other priorities. For example, how about kids who come to school hungry, who are – to use a euphemism – “food insecure”? How about the mentally ill? How about disabled Iowans whose benefits have been cut back by the managed care organizations? I believe our scarce budget resources should be put to use to help our people. Look forward, help our people – help our children. #RadicalEmpathy