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Sat Jun 16, 2012, 06:12 AM

Vaginas Take Back the Capitol! Michigan Action

Short notice, but you have more time to plan this road trip than the House gave for debate on the issue.

Vaginas Take back Michigan Capitol

Lansing – On Monday, June 18th, Michigan Senators and Representatives will be joined by Tony Award winning playwright and V-Day Founder/Artistic Director Eve Ensler as well as local activists and actors for a special performance of Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues on the Michigan Capitol Steps. The performance, which will take place between 6pm and 8pm, is part of an organized response to the recent banning of Michigan State Rep. Lisa Brown from publicly speaking in the House. On June 14th, Rep. Brown was banned by Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas and House Republicans for using the word “vagina” during a debate on a bill that puts new restrictions on abortion providers. Brown, who voted against the legislation, told supporters of the bill, “I’m flattered you’re all so concerned about my vagina. But no means no.”

“For 14 years at V-Day, we’ve seen the power of saying the word ‘vagina.’ We’ve seen how it’s freed women from their shame and empowered them to break the silence and become leaders in their communities. By saying the word ‘vagina’ and making it okay to say the word ‘vagina,’ we take away the humiliation, and fear, and myths that often surround it,” stated Ensler. “Censoring a woman for saying a word that is a body part that 51% of their constituents have is a repression that we have not and should not ever witness in this country.”

Sen. Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D- East Lansing), Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor), Rep. Barb Byrum (D- Onondaga), Rep. Stacy Erwin Oakes (D-Saginaw), Rep. Dian Slavens (D- Canton Township), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D- Detroit), Rep. Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield), Rep. Vicki Barnett (D-Farmington Hills), and Rep. Joan Bauer (D-Lansing) will perform along with Ensler and local actors.

“I look forward to joining these powerful women from across the nation in sending a message that we are proud of ourselves, proud of our bodies and proud of the message that we have to offer,” said Senator Whitmer, the highest-ranking woman in Michigan Government. “I want my two daughters to know that their Mom and countless other women stood up for them as they grow into the next generation of strong women.”

more at the link...
http://whitmer.senatedems.com/news/article/vaginas-take-back-michigan-capitol

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Reply Vaginas Take Back the Capitol! Michigan Action (Original post)
livvy Jun 2012 OP
MichiganVote Jun 2012 #1
longship Jun 2012 #2
no_hypocrisy Jun 2012 #3
enough Jun 2012 #4
spartan61 Jun 2012 #7
enough Jun 2012 #10
livvy Jun 2012 #11
AlbertCat Jun 2012 #5
Rosa Luxemburg Jun 2012 #6
amb123 Jun 2012 #8
Lint Head Jun 2012 #9
livvy Jun 2012 #12

Response to livvy (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 06:24 AM

1. K&R

 

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Response to livvy (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 06:27 AM

2. Do you think Gov Snyder is paying attention?

This thing is blowing up pretty big. Along with the war on women rhetoric, and the fact that MI Republicans doubled down big time, Snyder may feel pushed into a corner.

So what does he do?

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Response to livvy (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 06:31 AM

3. Send your bouquets to Governor Snyder:

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Response to livvy (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 07:51 AM

4. For those of us who can't get there, an e-mail or phone message sent on the same day

would be a good way to support this. The message only has to have one word!

MI HOUSE SPEAKER James Bolger
Email: JamesBolger@house.mi.gov

Phone: (517) 373-1787
Toll Free: 877-BOLGER-1



MAJORITY FLOOR LEADER JIM STAMAS
Email: JimStamas@house.mi.gov

Phone: (517) 373-1791
Toll Free: (800) 626-8887

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Response to enough (Reply #4)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 08:44 AM

7. My e-mail to Bolger and Stamas

And just what would you want me to call the body part that you find so offensive? I believe the correct term for it is VAGINA. And what about your body part called a PENIS? Shall I call it a dick, weiner, pickle, or some other obnoxious word? Why don't you just grow up?

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Response to spartan61 (Reply #7)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 09:55 AM

10. You said it. "Grow up" is right. (nt)

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Response to enough (Reply #4)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 05:59 PM

11. My, my, my. I like this very much!

Hope you don't mind if I share this idea on the FB action page. I like the way you think!

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Response to livvy (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 07:57 AM

5. Vaginas Take Back the Capitol!

 

AHHHHHHHH!

I want a visual on that.


I find this hilarious... not in a snarky kinda way but in a wonderful way. I love it.

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Response to livvy (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 08:29 AM

6. Will the world's media be there?

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Response to livvy (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 09:18 AM

8. The New Battle Cry: FREEDOM FOR VAGINAS!

FREEDOM FOR VAGINAS!
FREEDOM FOR VAGINAS!
FREEDOM FOR VAGINAS!
FREEDOM FOR VAGINAS!

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Response to livvy (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 09:54 AM

9. Good old vaginalantism is needed some times.

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Response to Lint Head (Reply #9)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 06:00 PM

12. LOL! n/t

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