A Wisconsin teacher refused to accept an award from Rep. Paul Ryan during a ceremony last week, saying he couldn’t do so “in good conscience” because of the Republican congressman’s politics.
Al Levie, a high school social studies teacher in Racine, Wis., was one of three recipients of a Martin Luther King Jr. humanitarian award during a celebration honoring the late civil rights leader. Ryan, who represents the district, was on hand to present congressional recognitions to each award winner, the Kenosha News reported:After Ryan spoke, Levie criticized the congressman’s policies before being walked off the stage. Levie had earlier stated that he would like to see collective bargaining restored in Wisconsin, fair immigration reform and a fair tax system among other suggestions.
In a video of the ceremony, Ryan is seen stepping from behind the podium to hand the award to Levie, who backs away and instead turns to speak to the audience. His words aren’t audible, but according to the video’s captions he said, “I can’t in good conscience accept this award, as a humanitarian, Paul Ryan stands for everything I don’t believe in.”
"Oh come on," one person is heard saying.
"For the kids!" someone else adds.
"I would not accept the award from Paul Ryan because Paul Ryan is a lackey for the 1 percent," he said. "Paul Ryan had no business at a Martin Luther King event, it’s totally hypocritical. On the one hand he votes to slash health care, while on the other hand, King dedicated his life and he died for it, for people to have adequate healthcare, to have adequate jobs."
"King made it very clear that he was on the side of working people," he continued. "Ryan on the other hand, he has absolutely no affinity for the working class and for him to come to an event where somebody of King’s stature was honored is wrong."
Al Levie is a hero for standing up to low-life Congressscum Paul Ryan and telling him to pike off.
H/T: Yahoo! News
Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier decided to make an unconventional pitch on the House of Representatives floor Thursday to defend food stamps. Speier used a cooked steak, a bottle of vodka, and a can of caviar to point out members of Congress who had large numbers of SNAP program recipients in their districts but opposed the program. The Congresswoman pointed out many of the same members of Congress took trips around the world with large stipends for food and lodging.
“In my district, California 14, we have about 4,000 families who are on food stamps, but some of my colleagues have thousands and thousands more,” Rep. Speier said. “Yet, they somehow feel like crusaders, like heroes when they vote to cut food stamps. Some of these same members travel to foreign countries under the guise of official business. They dine at lavish restaurants, eating steak, vodka and even caviar. They receive money to do this. That’s right, they don’t pay out of pocket for these meals.”
Speier went on, using particular examples of members of Congress who went on sponsored trips and spent large amounts of money on food and lodging.
“Let me give you a few examples: One member was given $127.41 a day for food on his trip to Argentina. He probably had a fare amount of steak,” she said.
“Another member was given $3,588 for food and lodging during a six-day trip to Russia. He probably drank a fair amount of vodka and probably even had some caviar. That particular member has 21,000 food stamp recipients in his district. One of those people who is on food stamps could live a year on what this congressman spent on food and lodging for six days,” she added.
Men would prefer if feminist activism was the way women are already socialized to be: passive, placating, male appeasing, self-blaming and overall, submissive.
"you should be nicer!" is basically saying "you should do your activism in a way that i can ignore more easily!"
This is how I feel ALL THE TIME.
Cool, so is Amy Poehler going to publicly pull her support from Auti$m $peak$ and support an organization truly run by and for Autistics?
Did she ever apologize for appropriating Native American culture?
I hope she does.
But that doesn’t taint this message.
On the heels of Pope Francis’ groundbreaking remarks faulting the Roman Catholic Church for being overly focused on homosexuality and abortion, news has emerged that the pontiff ordered the excommunication of a priest who advocated for women’s rights and gay marriage.
Just parking this here, since I’ve seen a lot of people gushing over how awesome this dude his for making vague comments that could be construed as not quite as bigoted or hateful as the previous pope’s. Please note that he NEVER said he was for full civil and human rights for women and LGBT people.
Here in the US, at least, the church has been trying to interfere with secular law (see: their bullshit around healthcare and reproductive rights, their insistence that it should be okay for them to bar gays and lesbians from adopting children, etc.). The church is using its doctrine as a justification for its efforts in denying civil and human rights to certain populations. IDGAF what anyone believes or what any church preaches. I care when they take active steps to hurt me and mine.
Their efforts have hurt me and mine in direct and very personal ways.
And this is why I still don’t trust the new pope.
Wendy Davis (via rhrealitycheck)
Just because I want Wendy Davis to be president.
—-Nieves quickly continued the “senseless argument” after the priest said he was “saddened that any elected official would reduce himself/herself to name calling.” Nieves accused liberals of being “bullies” and then questioned whether the priest supported a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy. When the priest replied that he supported reproductive rights and opposed the death penalty, Nieves wondered whether liberals like the priest were suffering from a mental illness.
“A person commits a heinous crime, the kind we hear about in the news, and they are not allowed to be executed but an innocent baby who is wrapped in the comfort of his/her mother’s womb – Having been created by God – can be literally ripped apart, viciously murdered, and this ‘Man of God’ supports it?!?!?!” Nieves wrote.
Nieves continued to argue with the priest for another 30 minutes, writing that an abortion to save the life of the mother was “a matter of convenience” and that the priest made him sick.
Yeah, this guy. He’s in your vaginas, ladies. Please vote him out. Now.
Here’s his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nievesteam
Here’s his official profile: http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/members/mem26.htm
Here’s the local media you need to contact to publicly shame him: http://www.newstribune.com/mailform/letter_to_the_editor/
A case before the Mississippi Supreme Court could lead to jail time for unintentional pregnancy loss
This is terrifying. And I fear this is the future we are facing without legal abortion.
The cause of any given miscarriage or stillbirth is difficult to determine, and many experts believe there is no conclusive evidence that exposure to drugs in utero can cause a miscarriage or stillbirth. Because of this, prosecuting Buckhalter opens the door to investigating and prosecuting women for any number of other potential causes of a miscarriage or stillbirth, her lawyers argued in a filing to the state Supreme Court—”smoking, drinking alcohol, using drugs, exercising against doctor’s orders, or failing to follow advice regarding conditions such as obesity or hypertension.” Supreme Court Justice Leslie D. King also raised this question in the oral arguments last month: “Doctors say women should avoid herbal tea, things like unpasteurized cheese, lunch meats. Exactly what are the boundaries?”
This is the epitome of politicians, doctors, and the general public in our vaginas! We can now be punished for no reason other than our bodies couldn’t carry a pregancy to term.
We can be in legal trouble for something we have no control of.
For those of you who wonder why feminism and the right to keep unwanted intruders out of my body matters, this is why.
These are just some of the latest attacks on your vagina.
The Texas Legislature has passed a 20 week abortion ban, despite Wendy Davis’ heroic fillibuster.
Fairfax, Virginia has passed a sort of zoning ordinance that will accidentally close all but one abortion clinic in the city. Because those abortion protesters are so annoying, we should close the clinics. That sounds logical.
North Carolina, when they couldn’t add abortion restrictions to Sharia law, added them to motorcycle legislation. The only upside to this is that it has given us the funny twitter hashtag #motorcyclevagina.