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Don’t just complain — DO something for health care reform

By: janinsanfran Thursday August 13, 2009 3:17 pm

Ronni Bennett at Time Goes By has put out a call:

Too many elders, who all have their own single-payer system that works quite well — Medicare — are being selfish in opposing reform for everyone else – I’ve got mine and screw you. But unless meaningful health care happens, Medicare will need to be cut way back and then elders will be among the underinsured — or even uninsured — too. … Health care reform is the most crucial element to economic recovery. If it does not happen, or if it is watered down too much to serve the corporate health care industries’ interests over people’s, only the rich will be able to afford health care. If that happens, I don’t want to have to say I sat back silently and watched it happen.

Polling suggests that too many of us are the skeptics whose unease with change creates the opening for the nut job tea baggers to do their raving.

Elders need to talk with elders about what reform means and why we need it. Write your post, visit Time Goes By and share your link. Can we get 100 posts, 200 posts…?

I’ll have mine up at Happening Here. How about you?

 

Afghanistan: A Luxury Obama Can’t Afford

By: janinsanfran Monday April 6, 2009 7:46 am

The most interesting tidbit of news that came out of the NATO meeting in Strasbourg didn’t come from Barack Obama. It is this unsourced admission quoted in the New York Times:

"No one will say this publicly, but the true fact is that we are all talking about our exit strategy from Afghanistan," a senior European diplomat said Saturday. "We are getting out. It may take a couple of years, but we are all looking to get out." He spoke on the condition of anonymity under diplomatic rules.

Europe is done with Afghanistan, while Obama is committing over 20,000 new troops for a total of 68,000. It seems reasonable to ask: why is the U.S. escalating rather than joining the exodus? Those of us who insist that further U.S. war-making in Afghanistan is a waste of Afghan and U.S. lives need to understand why as we work to build a peace movement.

Barack Obama does have an answer to that question. In the same article from Strasbourg, he is quoted saying:

"We want to do everything we can to encourage and promote rule of law, human rights, the education of women and girls in Afghanistan, economic development, infrastructure development," he

Lesbian activist ousted from HRC dinner

By: janinsanfran Sunday July 27, 2008 10:47 pm

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Last night the Human Rights Campaign Fund (HRC) held a fundraising dinner in San Francisco. Many local activists consider HRC a Washington Beltway outfit that rakes in liberal LGBT donations, but which betrayed part of its constituency last fall. HRC agreed then to exclude from proposed employment discrimination legislation (known as ENDA) protections for people whose gender presentation is not conventional. That is, HRC adopted the stance that it is fine to be gay — but just don’t be too queer. And certainly don’t expect legal protection if you are transgender or gender-transgressive.