For anyone interested, Hillary, Bill and Chelsea Clinton will host a “Solutions for Pennsylvania” Rally tonight from 8-11 pm on Penn Campus. For more information and to RSVP visit: http://www.hillaryclinton.com/actioncenter/event/view/?id=13362
During my third year at college I took a course called “Christian Marriage and Family”. The class, offered at my Catholic university, was taught by a priest and covered such topics as friendship and dating, sex—before and after marriage—and sexuality, family planning, abortion, and contraception. Our professor, who was totally awesome and the most open-minded priest I’d ever met, encouraged us to ask questions and debate the course’s teachings. I argued in one of my term papers that artificial contraceptions, such as condoms, should be more openly and readily available in high schools. I pointed out that many teenagers, for many reasons, have sex, get pregnant and need abortions; condoms offer a chance of preventing the pregnancy in the first place, thus negating the need for abortions.
It’s family-planning services, plus honest, comprehensive information about sex, that prevents the unintended pregnancies that create the need for legal abortion. […] So now, with not enough fanfare, comes congressional legislation promoting contraception, comprehensive sexuality education and research. […] One of [the supporters] is our own U.S. senator, Bob Casey, a co-sponsor of the Unintended Pregnancy Reduction Act. Casey is unswerving in his religion-based view against legal abortion but has courageously parted company with the Catholic position against contraception, as well as the policies of his father, who as governor blocked state funding for contraceptive services.
The Unintended Pregnancy Reduction Act is “a bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to expand access to contraceptive services for women and men under the Medicaid program, help low income women and couples prevent unintended pregnancies and reduce abortion, and for other purposes.” This is a huge!
As someone raised Catholic, I’d learned that abortion is wrong, but so is condom use. In high school, so many of my peers were having sex, against the teachings of our churches, our families, and our educators. I, and many of my classmates, believed that as a sin, abortion far outweighed condom use; why not just use condoms? God would probably forgive that more easily, right? Now it looks like there are a whole lot of pro-life advocates with the same theory.
(article via Philadelphia Will Do)
On January 7, 2008, Philadelphia’s newly elected Mayor, Michael Nutter, hosted an open house at City Hall starting at 4pm, EST. Let me tell you folks – I haven’t seen lines that long since the infamous Tea Cup ride during my trip to Disney World more then a decade ago. I waited 3.5 hours in line to congratulate and shake Mayor Nutter’s hand. It was well worth the wait.
In the last two days I’ve gotten calls from Michael Nutter, Ed Rendell and several other lesser known politicos, all reminding me that today, Tuesday, November 6th, is Election Day. We’re already halfway through the day, but in case you missed every other reminder, don’t forget to go to your polling place and cast your vote. If you don’t know where your polling place is, head over the Committee of Seventy’s website, they have a searchable database of all the polling places.
If you’re looking for any other last minute information about the election, the candidates or for returns later tonight, make sure to take a peek at the Great Expectation site, they have a ton of good information.
Drexel University is hosting a debate between seven presidential hopefuls for the democratic bid — Clinton, Obama, Biden, Dodd, Edwards, Kucinich and Richardson. While the debate (starting at 9pm EST) is closed to the general public, Senator Hillary Clinton will be joined by General Wesley Clark to promote debate visibility from 4:30p – 9p EST.
I spent the bulk of the day sitting on a hard wooden pew at the Bright Hope Baptist Church, listening to politicians sell their messages. I was impressed by the friendliness that existed between Michael Nutter and Chaka Fattah, since they only just recently were adversaries. I was taken with what a good, concise speaker Sen. Hillary Clinton is. I experienced a moment when I could actually conceive of her as President. My first impression of Rep. Dennis Kucinich was that he bore a striking resemblance to Mr. Rogers, but I was quickly disavowed of that impression once he started talking. I was charmed by Sen. John Edwards’ honesty and his ability to say that eliminating poverty is “the cause of his life.”
I’m including an almost-two minute long clip of Rep. Kucinich speaking. It starts out mild and then becomes increasingly impassioned, to the point where he had the entire audience on their feet, cheering with the excitement they felt as he shared his vision.
During the period of time while we were waiting for Sen. Clinton to arrive, the national President of ACORN continually called different regional representatives up to tell their stories. This story was told by a woman from Philadelphia, who joined ACORN to work for paid sick time.
“I’ve been a health care worker for 19 years and I would work sick. I would put a mask over my face and keep seeing my patients. One day, I knew my daughter was sick but I couldn’t afford to take the time off. I gave her some Tylenol and sent her to school. The nurse called and by the time I picked her up, she was feverish and chilled. My daughter said, ‘you love your job more than you love me.’ No parent should have to choose her child over her paycheck.”
A few minutes before the forum was supposed to start, a column of ACORN workers and volunteers filed past the press section, stopped and started chanting. For a few minutes we were bathed in choruses of “The people united will never be defeated” and “No justice, no peace.” They then continued up towards the choir loft to the right of the pulpit, forming an atonal singing group that seems perfectly appropriate for a political gathering. Their passion and intensity is appealing.
Rev. Kevin Johnson, the senior pastor at Bright Hope, was called up to open the gathering with a prayer. Once they were able to find him, he gave a gem of a mini oration, spinning a pretty little analogy about the black and white keys on the piano playing together.
I’m currently sitting in the press section (a first for me) at the ACORN Presidential Candidate Forum at the Bright Hope Baptist Church in North Philly with a bunch of other local bloggers. Over the course of the day we’ll be hearing from Sen. Hillary Clinton, Rep. Dennis Kucinich and Sen. John Edwards, as well as a slew of more local politicos (Rep. Chaka Fattah and Mayoral front-runner Michael Nutter). I’ll be posting throughout the day, or as long as my battery holds out.