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News Round-Up: Your Gift Bag of Important Links

December 16, 2008

Some things that have caught my eye recently:

The Add Your Voice campaign asking that Obama make Darfur a priority from day one. Send this message to our President-Elect:

Dear Mr. President:
As a candidate you promised “unstinting resolve” to end the genocide in Darfur. I urge you to keep that promise by making Darfur a priority from day one of your term to achieve:
* Protection of civilians from violence, starvation and disease
* Sustainable peace for all Sudan
* Justice for victims and accountability for perpetrators

The Add Your Voice website also features logos and tools for bloggers who write about the issue, the Be a Voice for Darfur blog, videos, and other information about the issue.

RHRC has a piece from Rep. Nita Lowey on why the Global Gag Rule should be repealed. They also have a good commentary on how the media treats health issues.

Finally, Emily Douglas at RHRC talks about the Advancing Reproductive Health and Rights in a New Administration document put together by repro health/rights advocates who didn’t necessarily mean for it to be released on the website (click the PDF link there to download). Emily and Scott pretty much nail it – open conversation is a good thing!

Kate Harding at Shapely Prose has some additional commentary on that non-diet soda “obesity tax.” Lots of great discussion there in the comments, too. Also, I can’t possibly share Kate’s Dear Oprah post with enough people, so just go on and read it if you haven’t already.

Renee at Womanist Musings has a great post on motherhood and the assumptions that go along with it, and wins the internet for asking this: Do I have an easy bake oven stashed somewhere in my vaginal opening that I was not aware of?

MADRE has an online store described thusly:

The products—from beaded jewelry made by women in Kenya to woven textiles made by women in Chiapas, Mexico—include all sorts of jewelry, household items, and clothing made by women around the world. The products range in style and quantity, but they all speak to the principle of helping to build sustainable sources of income in the communities where we work.

Pretty Bird Woman House (remember them?) needs some toiletries and other items if you’re gifting.

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health could also use your end of the year support.

While we’re talking about charitable giving, the National Women’s Law Center is helping women make sure they know what tax credits they’re eligible for.

Somebody sent me a link to their blog on abortion, which I believe was inspired by the What to Expect When You’re Aborting blog. Dear reader, I cannot find your message to save my life – please send it to me again, unless it is one of the two linked below, which I think it might have been. Meanwhile, Abortion Clinic Days refers us to Abortion Blog and Un-Expecting.

NARAL Pro-Choice America is doing this new Free.Will.Power campaign. They had a t-shirt design contest, and you can vote for your favorite here.

The Pro-Choice Public Education Project released a report, “On Our Terms: Young Women of Color, Reproductive Justice, and Activism.”

The Babeland folks did their own (NSFW) version of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)”

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