Monday, October 19, 2009

DV & Monserrate


NEWS FROM STATE SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER New York State Senate, 26th District STATEMENT FROM SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER IN RESPONSE TO HIRAM MONSERRATE’S CONVICTION "I believe Hiram Monserrate should not remain in the Senate, and for the sake of his constituents, the institution of the Senate and the Democratic party he should resign immediately based on the seriousness of his violent crime. Being an elected official is an honor and a privilege, not a right. As a state legislator , the voters give you the power to decide what laws all 19 million of us live under. And as such we are obligated to hold ourselves to the highest standards of our laws. The justice system has determined that Mr. Monserrate has violated our laws and is guilty of a very disturbing and violent crime against a woman. Domestic violence is a scourge on our society, and an issue which I believe requires us to speak out. Only through speaking out can we work to prevent more violence, support survivors, end the stigma and fear that victims deal with, and advocate for stronger penalties for those who believe they are above the law and violate another human being. The Senate is exploring our institutional legal options now that the Courts have ruled, but haven’t yet issued a sentence. For me, the length of the sentence does not matter – domestic violence is domestic violence, guilt is guilt. Therefore, I believe Hiram Monserrate should not remain in the Senate."

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

MIA: Real Health Care Reform

Health care reform should be to help people not companies --real health care reform that would * help those who get denied insurance--such as victims of domestic abuse (see;
* the public option necessary for many with chronic health care issues such as HIV & AIDS (see;
*health care reform would not include drive by major operations (its not take two breasts and call me in the morning);
* health care reform would cover all people--using the ER as a clinic is very expensive:
*health care should not cause foreclosures;
* health care insurance should be disconnected people's jobs--it keeps people hostage to jobs.

Monday, October 5, 2009


Questions raised by Roman Polanski's (re-) arrest:
Is a rape a rape when committed years ago? Is a rape a rape when the rapist is reknowned? Is a rape a rape when the raped is a 13 year old seductress? Is a rape a rape when the victim says move on? Is the crime of rape a crime against the state? Is a rape a rape, and always a rape?

And, Don't get me started on Letterman. . .

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Women's Autonomy & the Healthcare proposal

Once again, women's healthcare is being compromised--a woman's body is her body--regardless of class or income: decisions about it should be made by her, and when it comes to health/medical issues by her doctor. The current health care proposal being tauted by Republicans and anti-choice Democrats basically says that anyone one who might get federal subsidies that would allow them to buy their health care, can NOT purchase a health insurance plan that covers abortions.

Abortions are legal, there are many reasons why women seek/need to have this medical procedure done, Women need to be able to make ALL their own health care decisions.

I wonder if these health care proposals that disallow for elective abortions allow for Viagra and its ilk, breast implants or even all forms of birth control --want to limit the number of abortions, provide adequate, easily available birth control and sex education!

Today's NYT editorial on Abortion & Healthcare: