Fightback builds in U.S. against abortion bans

first_imgMomentum is building to overturn restrictive abortion laws passed by  right-wing-controlled state legislatures aiming to outlaw the procedure and punish those who have abortions and/or medical providers. Protests across the U.S. show militant opposition to the repressive, misogynist laws as people demand their legal and human rights to reproductive health care and personal autonomy.Thousands joined demonstrations in 500 cities on May 21, the National Day of Action to Stop the Bans, initiated by 50 organizations, including Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union and SisterSong. Other actions took place later that week. Demonstration participation has been multinational, multigender and multigenerational.The Day of Action, kicking off outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., emphasized that the majority of people in the U.S. support the court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. CBS reported on May 21 that two-thirds of those recently polled do not want the ruling overturned. The ACLU and Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit on May 24 seeking to quash Alabama’s recent virtual abortion ban, criminalizing doctors who perform the procedure. Highlights of demonstrations  A crowd gathered in downtown Syracuse, N.Y., to #StopTheBans on abortion access. Maurice Brown, a city resident, said, “Even though I’m not under attack, I’m still under attack. None of us will be free until all of us are free.” Planned Parenthood of New York City Action Fund, the New York Civil Liberties Union and other groups rallied in New York City’s Foley Square to support abortion access. NYC Power Assembly members carried signs reading: “Abortion is a Human Right! Reproductive Justice Now!” Workers World Party placards read, “End misogyny and patriarchy!” Nearly 200 pro-choice demonstrators in Philadelphia took over several blocks of the meridian on South Broad Street. Strong support came from Center City pedestrians and from drivers continually honking their horns. Young women, still wearing college graduation gowns, joined the protest. In Georgia, the struggle to ensure reproductive rights has not diminished despite signing of a “heartbeat” bill banning all abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. On May 21, hundreds of people gathered on the Capitol steps in Atlanta, where rally speakers, including elected representatives who opposed the bill, affirmed the fight would continue until reproductive freedom is guaranteed for all.Jalessah Jackson, Georgia coordinator of SisterSong, stressed: “We must talk about the central role that capitalism and white supremacy play in the  legislation that will disproportionately impact low-income communities and communities of color. These bills are about criminalizing communities.” She urged: “Connect with the groups here … who have been leading this fight — organizations led by Black women, by queer and trans folks.”  (SisterSong Facebook)On May 25, in a youth-organized act of resistance by #DoBetterGeoriga, thousands of people marched in blazing heat from Atlanta’s Capitol building to CNN’s offices. The chanting, sign-waving crowd showed the emergence of a new generation determined to continue the struggle against patriarchy and male dominance. In Jackson, Miss., 200 pro-choice activists at a May 21 rally heard Mississippi in Action Executive Director Valencia Robinson emphasize the fight must demand reproductive justice. When she asked the crowd, “Which side are you on?” they replied, “The freedom side!” Signs read: “Stand with Black women!” (Jackson Free Press, May 22) Three days later, U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves issued a temporary injunction blocking enforcement of Mississippi’s ban on early abortions. Close to 500 people, mostly youth, rallied in downtown Cleveland. Many of them held homemade signs, including “We are not ovary-acting” and “We won’t go back!” Ohio’s newly passed “fetal heartbeat” bill is set to start on July 1. Response was swift after Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed a bill on May 24 banning abortions after the eighth week of pregnancy, with no rape, incest or human trafficking exceptions. The next day, newly formed STL Pro-Choice Student Activists led hundreds of demonstrators through downtown St. Louis in the Protest for Reproductive Rights. Their theme: “This is everyone’s issue.” (, May 25)A multinational, multigenerational crowd of hundreds of people rallied at Houston’s City Hall on May 21. Organizers were African-American and Latinx representatives of the ACLU, National Latina Health Initiative and reproductive rights groups. A popular sign read, “Abortion is Health Care!” The crowd disrupted the City Council meeting with speeches and chants.About 500 demonstrators rallied at Seattle City Hall against misogynist attacks made by state legislatures. Initiated by Planned Parenthood, this lunchtime rally had a large turnout. Martha Grevatt, Dianne Mathiowetz, Jim McMahan, Betsey Piette, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Gloria Rubac and Brenda Ryan contributed reports.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Dirty Dozen Wilderness Hike Challenge

first_img2014 marks the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act, the legislation that established the National Wilderness Preservation System and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wildlands. Congress, through this Act, recognized the importance of Wilderness as a resource for generations to come.In celebration of this anniversary, The Southern Appalachian Office of The Wilderness Society wants you to get out and enjoy the Wilderness Areas near you!The Dirty Dozen Wilderness Hike Challenge is a chance for you to visit the wildest places that are preserved by The Wilderness Act. Log 10+ miles in 12 Wilderness Areas in the Southeast, show us and tell us about it, and you could win outdoor swag.The Challenge? Hike 10+ miles in 12 Wilderness Areas in the Southeast.Eligible states include: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia (Participants may piece together 10+ miles in a Wilderness Area over several shorter hikes, particularly if a Wilderness Area’s size does not permit a single 10-mile hike. They may consider round-trip mileage toward the 10+-mile requirement.)How to Join the Challenge:• Register to participate via the Dirty Dozen Hike Challenge online form at• Submit the Hike Experience Submission Form online for each hike you complete. This form must be submitted along with required photo for each of the Wilderness Areas you hike.• You will be asked to submit one photo for each Wilderness Area hike you complete. Send a photo of your hike: of you on your hike, or something awesome you saw along the trail. You can also submit additional photos with your Hike Experience Submission Form, which will be considered for our best photo prizes at the end of the challenge.TWS_hiking-shot_082914Some hike experiences and photos may be selected for inclusion on the blog and/or in Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine coverage throughout the year.A list of Wilderness Areas within the Southeast, including maps, and all hike challenge details can be found online at who sign up for the challenge will receive an official Dirty Dozen Wilderness Hike Challenge sticker. Those who complete the challenge will receive an embroidered patch and may be eligible for additional prizes.Connect!Check out experiences from other Dirty Dozen challenge participants, and share your wilderness moments on social media. On Twitter or Instagram, use #dirtydozenhikechallenge and #wearethewild, and like the hike challenge Facebook page to stay connected.Prize Winners:In addition to recognizing all of those who complete the Dirty Dozen Wilderness Hike Challenge, additional winners will be recognized in the following categories:• Finished First• Hiked the Most Miles• Hiked in the Most Wilderness Areas• Hiked in the Most States• Best Hike Photos• Most Creative Hike Experience DescriptionsA celebration event will be held to congratulate those who complete the challenge. Some of those who participate in or complete the challenge may also be featured in Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine throughout the year. Winner of the best hike photos and most creative hike descriptions will be recognized in Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine.tws_dirtydozen_graphic_v2last_img read more

Football News Euro 2020: Harry Kane Nets Hat-Trick As England Beat Montenegro To Qualify

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Harry Kane scored a hat-trick as England cruised to an emphatic 7-0 victory over Montenegro to seal their spot in the Euro 2020 finals. It was great result for England in their 1000th international game. However, the game will probably be most remembered for the Raheem Stering-Joe Gomez drama before the match and the booing of Gomez by parts of the Wembley crowd during the game. It was an unfortunate event that took some shine off from a good performance by the youngest England side in 60 years.Raheem Sterling, excluded from this game for attacking Gomez at St George’s Park on Monday, tweeted after the match to condemn it and emphasise that his team-mate was blameless in their confrontation.In the game, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain drilled in from Ben Chilwell’s cross in the 11th minute to score his first England goal since June 2017. Harry Kane then headed one inside to start his goal-scoring spree. He headed another one from another Ben Chilwell cross six minutes later made it 3-0. Marcus Rashford lashed in the fourth, after Harry Maguire’s header had been well saved by Mijatovic. Kane completed his hat-trick well before half-time.Montenegro switched to a five-man defence for the second half. However, England managed to find the sixth goal via an own goal. Substitute Tammy Abraham slid in from the cross of Jadon Sancho to get his first England goal.The Czech Republic joined England in qualifying for Euro 2020 from Group A by coming from behind to beat Kosovo 2-1. Elsewhere, France and Turkey made it to the Euro 2020 finals after the world champions came from behind to win 2-1 against Moldova. Turkey played a scoreless draw with Iceland finishing second in Group H.WATCH: Cristiano Ronaldo Scores Stunning Hat-Trick As Portugal Thump Lithuania 6-0 Cristiano Ronaldo scored his ninth international hat-trick as Portugal thumped Lithuania 6-0 in a Euro 2020 qualifier. This was the 55th hat-trick of his career. However, the defending European champions will have to wait to confirm their place at next year’s edition. Aleksandar Mitrovic’s brace kept Serbia’s hopes alive as they beat Luxembourg 3-2. Portugal are second with 14 points, one ahead of Serbia, and will qualify if they win in Luxembourg on Sunday. The Group B leaders, Ukraine, have already made the finals. last_img read more