Karen Frankenstein published Our Most Diverse Panel Yet - September 22, 2020 in Candidate Information 2020-09-25 11:54:21 -0400
A diverse group of Democratic House candidates running to flip Red seats Blue spoke to a global audience on September 22nd on why they chose to run in 2020, the experiences they will bring to Congress and the key issues that voters want addressed. There was universal agreement that the concern they hear most often is healthcare reform, particularly now that the Covid pandemic is spreading further across the country. You can listen to the discussion on the Global Women’s Caucus Facebook page here.
In this fourth online panel for this election cycle, the Global Women’s Caucus hosted its’ most diverse panel yet:
Desiree Tims is running in Ohio District 10, a swing district which Obama won in ’08 and ’12 and Trump won by less that 1% in ’16. Desiree is a lawyer and will be the first African-American and the first woman to represent the district. She told us that access to affordable healthcare is a critical issue for voters, as is creating jobs and ending gun violence. Desiree spoke of wanting to “… fight for the people” unlike
AAPI and You
Help us develop the AAPI Caucus by letting us know what types of events they would like to attend and what issues they would want us to address. This caucus is your caucus, so we want to know what you think! We’ve put together a short survey and would appreciate it if you could fill it out here.
The AAPI Caucus has a message for all Americans living overseas. But just as importantly, our message comes in many languages! Get out the vote with us - share our multilingual videos with your friends and family. Whether you speak English, Khmer, Mandarin, Korean, German or Spanish at home, make your voice heard and VOTE!
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Karen Frankenstein published THE SAD STATE OF WOMEN’s HEALTH CARE in Reproductive Justice 2020-08-03 03:50:59 -0400
Save this for later…. just in case
How to Get an Illegal Abortion
I’ve been helping women outside of the US get safe illegal abortions for years.
Throughout Latin America, Africa, and parts of Asia, abortion remains highly restricted yet commonplace. While many, especially young and marginalized women, still resort to sharp objects or dangerous cocktails, there are now safer options than in the pre-Roe days.
Many Americans already lack practical access to legal abortion due to onerous restrictions in a number of states. Millions more would join them if abortion was decided at the state level.
So if you are thousands of miles from a legal abortion, what are your options, short of crossing a border?
Here is what women in developing countries do, and how professionalized medicine in the US would make it easier for me to get an abortion in my adopted home, the most conservative state in Mexico, than in my native state of North Carolina. It’s time to start preparing for the worst.
The New and Improved ‘Back-Alley’ Procedure
Most surgical abortions in the first or second trimester do not require an operating room thanks to the invention of the Manual Vacuum Aspirator (MVA). Think a giant syringe with a blunt plastic tip. Clinicians are trained to use it by sucking seeds from a papaya.
MVA is also used for incomplete miscarriages, so is available to clinicians no matter what the legal status of abortion. In developing countries, private clinics and even public hospitals routinely use MVAs to perform illegal abortions off the books- for those who can pay.
How many clinics or hospitals in the US will be willing to risk being shut down for performing illegal abortions? Probably none, since abortion clinics are closing all over the country when they can’t comply with new operating restrictions. How many clinicians will be willing to put everything on the line to do an abortion in their guest bedroom? Likely some, but not nearly enough.
How many would teach lay people on a papaya? Networks of women who perform illegal abortions have happened before - learn more in this podcast. Sound like a risk you are willing to take? Then buy a speculum, and if you live in the tropics, plant a papaya tree. Just in case.
DIY - there’s an app for that
The other way women in developing countries have safe abortions is by taking misoprostol, a pill that causes uterine contractions. The drug was developed to treat ulcers and pregnancy was labeled as a contraindication; women in countries with restricted abortion but lax perscription enforcement quickly caught on to the practical uses of this side effect. It leaves no trace and looks clinically like a miscarriage.
Hesperian, publishers of the “Where There Is No Doctor” books, now has an app on how to use pills for abortion. The Dutch organization Women On Waves, who used to have to sail women into international waters to perform abortions, is now reaching many more on the web with mail-order pills.
Taking misoprostol is easy - the problem for Americans is how to get it. It’s not going to be OTC at CVS anytime before hell freezes over, and mailing it outside of the health system is illegal. Some Texan women have long been crossing into Mexico to buy it at pharmacies. Will misoprostol soon be moved by cartels, available from your corner drug dealer? It could fit between the gaps of Trump’s border fence...
Next time you are in a country without strict pharmaceutical controls, pick up a few boxes of misoprostol (also commonly known by its brand name, Cytotec) for your ‘ulcer’. Just in case.
If becoming part of an underground abortion network or a misoprostol drug smuggling ring makes you nervous, Make sure you request your absentee ballot at votefromabroad.org and VOTE!
August 3, 2020
The Reproductive Justice Team
Karen Frankenstein wants to volunteer 2020-08-04 10:42:59 -0400
The Democrats Abroad Asian American Pacific Islander Caucus is looking for your support at global, national, and chapter levels. Here is more information about opportunities to volunteer with our different working groups. Let us know how you want to get involved, by checking off the working groups you're interested in the form below.
Communications & Outreach
Help reach new caucus members and share stories of Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders living abroad. This working group curates our caucus’s online presence (web, social media, email) and promotes events, activities, and issues.
Country Committee Guidelines
Help coordinate with, support, and organize with Democrats Abroad's 40+ country committees to establish an AAPI caucus at the country and chapter levels.
The AAPI community is large and diverse, which means there is also a wide range of issues impacting our members. Help us identify and educate our members about these different issues.
Events in a Box
To help local AAPI caucuses, we are preparing pre-made events that caucus leaders at the country and chapter levels can use for events to bring their members together. Volunteers can help create an event based on issues identified by the Issues Working Group and find ways to facilitate discussions.
Organize speaking events with prominent members of the AAPI community. This could include these roles:
- Coordinate event with the Global Communications & Global AAPI Co-Chairs
- Zoom training with Global IT
- Liaise with speakers and plan logistics
Welcome to the DA France National Caucus page. We have created this space to share news, events, and ideas within the caucus communities of our members in France.
Karen Frankenstein published Turning Tragedy into Political Change in American Women 2020-07-11 12:01:32 -0400
“We are powerful because we have survived.” Audre Lorde, a self-described “Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet” wrote these words in her book, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches. Women have made an art of turning tragedy and despair into meaningful change and transformation of their communities, states, countries, and, indeed, the world. Many of these women have looked unspeakable tragedies in the eye and instead of pulling into themselves, launched campaigns or organizations to bring about change.
Representative Lucy McBath, a Democrat, ran and won in Georgia’s 6th district on a platform of gun violence prevention after her son, Jordan Davis, was murdered in 2012 by a white man at a Florida gas station. Shortly after Jordan’s murder, McBath joined with a group of other mothers who had lost children to gun violence or police violence to form Mothers of the Movement. Then she became national spokeswoman for Moms Demand Action, continuing her work on gun-violence prevention policies and education. When this didn’t bring about change fast enough, she ran against Karen Handel, a Republican and NRA A-rated and backed candidate. McBath won, and in addition to supporting a number of gun-violence prevention policies, in June of 2019 she introduced H.R. 3076, the Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2019--a law that allows family or law enforcement to petition the court to temporarily remove firearms from a person who presents a danger to themselves or others. This law, if passed, will save lives--lives like Jordan’s.
Stacy Abrams, after having the governor election stolen from her due to voter suppression, launched an organization called Fair Fight. Fair Fight is dedicated to fair elections and turning out the vote for 2020. Abram’s turned her defeat into a movement against voter suppression, which will hopefully have tangible positive outcomes for voters in 2020.
After living through homelessness as a child and losing family members to the opium epidemic, Rosemary Ketchum became West Virginia's first transgender elected oficial. Ketchum, who served as a director at a mental health center said, “Running for office was never in the plan for me. I didn’t know what that would look like or how I would fit into that world.” But she kept focused on local issues of poverty, homelessness, and substance abuse and won as a city councilwoman in Wheeling, WV.
This article profiles just three of the many women who have turned hardship into political action and reform. They stand with other women such as Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani assassination attempt survivor, Nobel prize winner, and activist fighting for girls’ education; Greta Thunberg, Swedish climate activist; and Emma Gonzalez, Parkland school shooting survivor and gun-violence prevention activist. We, as women, turn tragedy and heartache, and loss into change. We reach deep into our hearts and know that our tragedy doesn’t have to be another woman’s tragedy, and we work toward positive change. The 2018 election saw more women running for office than ever before, backed by woman-led organizations and activists knocking on doors, phone banking, and having hard conversations with voters; 2020 will be no different. When we use our stories and our talents to take on the system, we can win.
Karen Frankenstein published The War on Women - MS Magazine in Reproductive Justice 2020-07-11 10:06:34 -0400
This is a very interesting article, correctly entitled: THE WAR ON WOMEN. It describes the reproductive justice strategy of the current Administration.
As you can see, the current Administration it is doing all it can to restrict or if it can, eliminate, our reproductive rights
Karen Frankenstein published Take action before mid-February 2019 in Medicare for All 2020-04-28 06:45:32 -0400
We are asking for your urgent action to support our gold standard Medicare for All bill.
Right now Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington) is quietly rewriting the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act. The original legislation, based on the advice of the Physicians Working Group to create a universal public healthcare system in the US, is the gold standard of single-payer legislation. In its place, Rep. Jayapal is drafting new legislation under the National Improved Medicare for All banner and her staff have admitted the rewritten legislation will be weaker than its predecessor.
A single-payer healthcare system is both possible and morally imperative in a great country like the USA, but in order to achieve it, we must stand up and demand a strong bill.
We have just a few days to weigh in before the Medicare for All re-draft is finalized and released in mid February. Here's what you can do:
Call Rep. Pramila Jayapal today at +1 202 225 3106 and tell her to preserve the original provisions of the Medicare for All bill by:
- Prohibiting for-profit providers and buying their facilities.
- Putting everyone into the new system at once.
Permitting the participation of all people in the United States.
[For more information on these demands see http://healthoverprofit.org/letter-to-congresswoman-jayapal-protect-everyones-health/ ]
- Sign this petition to all House members asking them to expand Social Security and Medicare for All. Then call your representative and ask them to support both bills.
- Check with your local DA chapter to see if they are participating in a Medicare for All Day of Action in February. Click here to contact your Country Committee Chapter, or search for them on Facebook.
- Join our new closed Facebook group for the Democrats Abroad Medicare for All Working Group. There we'll be organising and posting more actions for you to participate in.
There are are currently unprecedented levels of public support for Medicare for All and we need to mobilize to keep the momentum going!
- Call Rep. Pramila Jayapal today at +1 202 225 3106 and tell her to preserve the original provisions of the Medicare for All bill by:
Karen Frankenstein published News from the House - November 16, 2019 in News 2019-11-17 05:54:04 -0500
The House was busy this week especially with bills pertaining to Veterans... Here are the bills that were passed. However the one about citizenship was taken off the floor and hopefully will be considered at a later date.
H.R. 4803 – Citizenship for Children of Military Members and Civil Servants Act (THIS BILL WAS PULLED FROM THE FLOOR BY DEMOCRATICLEADERSHIP AND THEREFORE NOT CONSIDERED)
H.R. 3537 – Veteran Entrepreneur Training Act (PASSED THE HOUSE BY A VOTE OF 424 TO 1)
H.R. 499 – Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act (PASSED THE HOUSE BY A VOTE OF 423 TO 0)
H.R. 3734 – SERV Act (PASSED THE HOUSE BY A VOTE OF 421 TO 3)
H.R. 1615 – VA-SBA Act (PASSED THE HOUSE BY A SIMPLE VOICE VOTE)
Global IT Team; Global Caucus Coordinator; AAPI Caucus Steering Committee
Global IT Team, AAPI Steering