Donna Dees, the organizer of the Million Mom March, wrote a great piece on organizing a march and political action. I bow to this woman. I admire her tone. She is sardonic, yet she went out there and organized the mother of all marches. I thank her. If she needs any help, like in drawing or getting her coffee or something like that, I hope she gets in touch with me. Thank you to Tom G for sharing this essay.
Last week Pope Francis announced that priests can absolve women who had abortions of their sin and reverse their excommunication if they confess and are contrite for having said abortion. Any thoughts? Our web editor Deanna was raised Catholic and had some thoughts. “If I believed what the Pope believes, I’d see it as a bold and compassionate/merciful move. As someone who doesn’t believe, I don’t see what the point is other than reiterating that women who have sex and have abortions are sinners. It depends on belief in one’s guilt.” Do rapists and pedophiles get excommunicated, too?
There was an interesting study done regarding women’s feelings, mainly guilt and relief, after having an abortion. Turns out less women feel guilt, and more women feel both relieved and that they made the right choice.
“Arguments that abortion causes women emotional harm are used to regulate abortion, particularly later procedures, in the United States. However, existing research is inconclusive. We examined women’s emotions and reports of whether the abortion decision was the right one for them over the three years after having an induced abortion.” Methods
“We recruited a cohort of women seeking abortions between 2008-2010 at 30” and followed up with them for three years with “semiannual phone surveys to assess whether they felt that having the abortion was the right decision for them; negative emotions (regret, anger, guilt, sadness) about the abortion; and positive emotions (relief, happiness).” Conclusions
Women experienced decreasing emotional intensity over time, and the overwhelming majority of women felt that termination was the right decision for them over three years. Emotional support may be beneficial for women having abortions who report intended pregnancies or difficulty deciding.”
There are many, many people and groups that have contributed the welfare of laborers. Chicago, our hometown, has its fare share of labor history. Today we’d like commemorate a favorite story of the women of the Bread and Roses strike of 1912 who demanded not just fair wages but the ability to enjoy art and beauty, too.
BREAD and ROSES
Celebrating Labor Day, and the unions that gave us the weekend. Labor organizer (and suffragist, socialist, feminist) Rose Schneiderman in a speech in 1911: “What the woman who labors wants is the right to live, not simply exist — the right to life as the rich woman has the right to life, and the sun and music and art. You have nothing that the humblest worker has not a right to have also. The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too. Help, you women of privilege, give her the ballot to fight with.”
In the 1912 Bread and Roses strike in Lawrence MA, thousands of immigrant textile workers went on strike after their wages had been slashed. “The true heroes of this strike were the women of the city of Lawrence. Women’s neighborhood associations were focused more the womanhood than ethnic identity, and thus became more inclusive and unifying which significantly helped the IWW to organize the striking workers and their families. Women also were prolific forces on the picket lines. They were better than the men at finding scabs who were attempting to cross picket lines, and were often more militant than their male counterparts.” From the Massachusetts AFL-CIO website.
I have been looking for a new career. In fact, I am a chronicle seeker of a new options. It runs in the family.
We all studied the want ads assiduously. I was part of a suit in the early 70’s to desegregate the want ads. The Chicago Sun-Times had a set of Classified Ads for women and one for men. As I recall, the suit was successful and disappointing: men could not apply to be secretaries and be paid more than women who were secretaries, and women would still not get STEM jobs.
Potholes are a part of life for Chicago drivers, even this late into the summer. So much so that rather than deal with the court hassle of disgruntled drivers and their car damage, the City of Chicago has created a system for drivers to file claims for pothole damages.
In the meantime, some artists have kept busy with filling street blemishes for the “City That Works.” Bad Girl Christina P. shared the work of graffiti artist Wanksy of Manchester, UK, who draws penises around British potholes to aid avoidance. Maybe he could assist Chicago artist Jim Bachor when he fills Chicago potholes with mosaics of ice cream.