Mom’s Clean Air Force Twitter Party

Dec 13, 2011 by

Moms Clean Air Force

Thursday December 15th our friends at Clever Girls Collective will be hosting an historic twitter chat sponsored by the women at Mom’s Clean Air Force featuring EPA administrator Lisa P Jackson.

This is an amazing opportunity for MOMocrats readers to actually ask first questions about one of the issues that effects all of us, air quality.

Currently, there are no national limits on the amount of mercury and other toxic air pollution released from power plant smokestacks. The toxic air pollutants from the coal and oil fired plants have numerous and serious health effects, especially on children. Research has shown that Mercury harm’s children’s developing brains, including effects on memory, attention, language, and fine motor and visual spatial skills.

The other toxic metals found such as arsenic, chromium and nickel are known to cause cancer. Not to mention the damage Mercury and many of the other toxic pollutants causes our nation’s lakes, streams, and fish.

This is just a handful of the reasons why the EPA’s proposed Mercury and Air Toxics Standards rule will have a huge impact on our health, the air, the economy and even jobs.

The EPA estimates the value of the improvements to health alone total $59 billion to $140 billion by 2016 by preventing thousands of premature deaths and tens of thousands of heart attacks, bronchitis cases and asthma attacks. Meeting the standards created by the rule would also create new jobs such as building, installing and operating the equipment to reduce the harmful emissions of mercury and other toxics.

Got questions? Well join the Clever Girls Collective community Q & A session with Administrator Jackson where you can get your air quality-related questions by her! They’ll also be discussing clean air—how pollution has affected you and your family sharing tips for ways you can help ensure we leave a legacy of cleaner air to future generations. They’ll also be offering prizes throughout the hour — including Moms Clean Air Force prize packs and gifts.

Moms Clean Air Force Twitter Event ft. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson on Thursday, Dec 15 at 12pm PT/3pm on Twitter! Use the Tweetgrid here:http://bit.ly/uJeZ26

Follow: @momsCAF, @lisapjackson, @clevergirlscoll—and hashtag #momsCAF

RSVP here to let us know you’re joining the event

Please spread the word with your networks by tweeting this out:

Join us! Moms Clean Air Force Twitter Event w/ EPA Admin @lisapjackson! 12/15 @ 12 P/ 3 ET! Fab prizes! #momsCAF RSVP http://bit.ly/mcafrsvp

This is a sponsored MOMocrats post written as part of the Clever Girls Collective campaign for greater awareness of Mom’s Clean Air Force.

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Lessons Learned in Healthcare Reform

Mar 21, 2010 by

IMG_5090 On Friday, after I picked my son up from school, we quickly
walked home and had a quick snack. The kids knew we were headed to the library
so they ate fast and then started collecting the library books that were due.
Then I changed my shirt to one with a U.S. Flag on it. The kids asked why I had
changed. I told them because we were going somewhere else before the library.
We were going to a rally.

I was taking the kids to their first real rally in support
of health care reform. Our neighboring Congressman over in Pleasanton, Jerry
McNerney
, is one of the members of Congress who had yet to decide whether he
would be voting for or against the health care bill. Members of both sides of
the debate were coming out to let the congressman know how we felt.

My kids are certainly no strangers to politico talk. They hear it a lot around the house and are no strangers to C-span, but taking them to a rally was something I’d never done before. Passing healthcare reform is an important moment in our country’s history and I wanted my kids to be able to say they were part of it.

In the car I gave them the very simplified version of the health care debate and let them draw their own conclusions. My son instantly was confused and wanted to know why people don’t want other people to be able to go to the doctor. I didn’t have to push my own political opinions on him. Because even at 7 he gets the very basic bottom line of the debate. Which is that everyone should be able to go to the doctor when they need to.

When we joined the crowd my son quickly got into it. He held up his sign, chanted and even took a pen from my purse to write “pass the bill” and “helf cer now” on his sign.

The following night Congressman McNerney announced that he would indeed be voting yes on the bill. My son was over the moon, “See mom,“ he said “Good guys always win.”

Then tonight Congressman McNerney, along with 218 other members of Congress, passed health care reform.

Of all the things that will come from the passing of this bill the one I will always remember most is the lesson my son learned. Because he learned that sometimes when you use your voice to speak out strong and speak out loud, people listen.

And sometimes those people who heard you will go to Washington and vote to give your family their healthcare back.

And he learned that, yea; sometimes the good guys do win.

Meghan Harvey like to talks about herself and her kids, maybe too much, over atMeg’s Idle Chatter.

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I Could’ve Been a Felon… In Utah

Mar 5, 2010 by

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I live in California. I’m a mom with kids in public school and am self-employed. For quite sometime now I’ve been pretty upset with my home state of California. I’ve joked and thought seriously about leaving. Financially we are broker than broke, our education system is just about the worst in the whole country and in 2008 we totally slammed the entire gay community. But last week my heart was full of love for this broken state I live in. So full in fact that I stepped outside onto my suburban California Street and kissed me some California pavement. Thank God I don’t live in Utah, I said to myself.

Why the hate on Utah? Well because I have a chronic genetic disorder known as a balance translocation. But for quite a few years I didn’t know I had that disorder. In fact for the first half of my married life my disorder was lovingly referred to as “chronic miscarrier” or “habitual aborter.”  Such lovely medical terms and labels I wore with much shame and disgrace. In fact you might as well wove a scarlet letter A on my chest. Over the years I had six miscarriages or “spontaneous abortions.” But before genetic testing determined the cause of my miscarriages (something that very few habitual aborters are ever lucky enough to find) I blamed myself. And last week the Utah state legislature tried to pass a bill that would make miscarriages in some instances a felony (including skiing and crashing while pregnant if the crash caused a miscarriage).

I smoked. Granted I quit each time I found out I was pregnant, but I was a smoker. I was careful at work, but I know that there were times I probably should have been more careful. I went to loud clubs a couple times. I even went and saw AC/DC once while I was pregnant. I didn’t always eat right (mucho Taco Bell cravings) and with each new pregnancy my stress level increased dramatically. Deep down I knew these things didn’t cause any of my miscarriages, at least I think I knew. But I really questioned myself. Did I do something wrong? What could I have done different? And with each passing miscarriage, I felt worse. I even had one careless and clueless co-worker tell me after one miscarriage “Well, next time you’ll know to be more careful.”

I didn’t write about this bill in Utah earlier in the week because it was too much for me to fathom. Every time I tried to write about it all I could do was imagine what it would have been like to have an officer show up at my home while I was rolled up in a ball in my bed suffering a miscarriage and serve me with a warrant.

And even now all I can think of to say to the Utah State legislature is, how dare you?

How dare you for ever running for public office.

How dare your constituents for ever voting for you.

And heaven help anyone who votes for you again.

Do the writers of this bill understand that a women who suffers an abortion, whether it be it God’s will or her own, is suffering?

Do I need to go down to Utah and tell the legislature the excruciating emotional and psychical pain that I felt with every single miscarriage? Do I have to read to them the pages from my journal that asked God why I was being punished? Do I have to paint a picture of the guilt I felt? Do I need to explain to them what it is to be a human being? Because as far as I can tell, they don’t have a clue.

At any rate, God bless California. Where I can lose an unborn child without fear of being arrested. And where, as a woman, I am free to live my life and make choices based on what’s best for my family and me. Unless of course I’m gay and want to get married. But hey, that’s a different story…

Now this bill may have been withdrawn and rewritten in the last day. They may have removed some of the more absurd aspects of the bill (for example staying in an abusive relationship, falling down stairs or drinking alcohol, and other “reckless” acts such as skiing) but wording still remains that criminalizes a woman’s “intentional” act to cause a miscarriage. Which still leaves way too much room for error.  The House passed this revamped version of the bill earlier today and it will move to the senate Monday.

The fact that this bill exists scares me to my very core, revamped or not.

When Meghan Harvey isn’t researching ways to impeach the entire state legislature in Utah she is blogging about the two miracles of her life on Meg’s Idle Chatter.

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Martha Coakley and The New Contender

Jan 20, 2010 by

In 2000 one of my all time favorite movies came out. The Contender stars Joan Allen as a female Senator tapped by the President to become the next Vice President of the United States after the current VP passes away. She then undergoes the long and painful vetting process where sordid details from her past come to light possibly causing her the job.

The sordid details? Pictures of her taking part in some sexual antics while in college at the age of 19. She takes the high road refusing to answer to the allegations one way or another, because they have no bearing on who she is today. In the years since this movie has come out I’ve come to love it more. It forces people to take a serious look at how women in politics are scrutinized and treated in a way men will never be.

I was completely disheartened over Martha Coakley’s loss in Massachusetts last night. How or why she lost is something we can speculate over and over again, but we won’t ever really know. Was the campaign not fought hard enough from the beginning? Was it because she wasn’t able to raise the same kind of money Scott Brown was able to raise, a constant problem for female candidates? Were people sick of the current state of affairs in Massachusetts or maybe wanting to stop health Care Reform any way they could? Or was it because she a woman?

Like I said, no one will ever really know for sure. But there is one thing I DO know. Had Martha Coakley posed nude for Cosmo, she never would’ve been able to run. In fact who’s to say she would’ve ever made it as Attorney General. Because a woman posing nude would spark the inevitable name-calling, questions of her morality and of her ability to hold office. But men don’t face that kind of scrutiny. Massachusetts proved that last night.

If you are a woman running for office or thinking of running for office, please don’t let Martha Coakley’s loss cause you to doubt your ability to win. Because you can. There has never been a better time for women to rise up. We are over half the work force, research has shown that we make better politicians; we strive to protect our children, our environment, and the world around us.

We are the change and the end to partisan bickering. We are the ones to make sure education is the top priority and that fairness and equality finds it’s way to every single American. Ladies, we ARE the true Contenders.

Let Martha Coakley’s loss be your reason to run.

This post is a cross-post from WomenCount.org

Meghan Harvey is the New Media Producer & Host for WomenCount Radio, she can also be found blogging at Meg’s Idle Chatter.

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Where are all the Republican Women?

Nov 25, 2009 by

Personally I avoid Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh like the plague. If I’m in the mood for hypocrisies, conspiracy theories and hate rhetoric I can usually find a good Hollywood blockbuster that will not only deliver but be much more entertaining and much easier on the blood pressure. So when I heard about both hosts referring to United States Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La) as a prostitute, as much as my blood pressure did rise, it wasn’t exactly a huge surprise. Being respectful and showing regard to common decency have never been strong suits for either man.

What gets me is the reaction from Republican women. I know you’re probably asking yourself, what reaction? Which is my point. There hasn’t been one. Not a thing. Conservative women, specifically Republican Women who actually serve in Congress have nothing to say about blatant sexism against one of the few female colleagues they have? How about Sarah Palin? She has been at the losing end of some of the worst sexists treatment from media in recent history, yet she has nothing to say about calling a Senator a Prostitute?

The reason Senator Landrieu is being called such offensive names is because she offered to vote in favor of moving ahead with health care debate on the Senate floor, (she did not promise to vote for the bill itself, just the vote to move it along) in return for $300 million in federal aid. Federal Aid for Louisiana. Is there really one person in this country who doesn’t think Louisiana needs federal aid more than we need to put off the debate on health care? I wonder how all the people in New Orleans who are still trying to rebuild, who are still without a home, who are still looking for help after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina feel about comparing Senator Landrieau’s deal with a whore? I’m guessing not good.

I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised, after all it was last month that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was told she needed to be “put in her place” by the National Republican Congressional Committee. The Huffington Post tried in vain to contact fifteen female lawmakers (fourteen from the House or Representatives) as well as two Republican women’s issues groups to get their response to the very sexists statement made about Speaker Pelosi. Not one was willing to provide a statement.

Yes, there were many Democratic women who refused to stand up for Sarah Palin during the media frenzy that occurred during the 2008 Presidential election and the year since because of her politics. But there were many who did. There were many women who put politics aside and made sure their voices were heard when sexism came into play.

But where are female voices from the right? Is sexism not an issue for all of us? Doesn’t Senator Landrieu deserve the respect and defense of her fellow female lawmakers regardless of what side of the aisle they’re on?

Don’t all women?

This is a cross-post from the WomenCount blog.

Meghan Harvey is the New Media Producer for WomenCount and can also be found blogging at Meg’s Idle Chatter.

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