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Viva Las Vegas!

I'm off to Las Vegas with Senor Feminista to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary! I'll leave you with my usual list of what I've written elsewhere: Awearness blog: And Tango goes to the Pride Parade From Pin-up to Role Model? How Will We Remember Michael Jackson? What is Justice? What does the future hold for feminism? Why Letterman and Palin Owe Us All an Apology Are Women's Clubs Discriminatory? Obama Will Support Marriage Equality Once Congress Gets Around to It Betsy Ross Behind Bars Bitch blog: Featured Mom Blog: This Woman's Work And Tango goes to the Pride Parade Belated Father's Day post Family road trip...To the NOW Conference How my dad made me the feminist I am Cartoons and the commercialization of childhood And a reminder that I do have some scheduled posts at both Awearness and Bitch, so you won't have to miss me! Wish us luck at the slots.


I have no idea why my template keeps messing up everyone. I'm going to try to find a new template for this baby because well, it's pissing me off. I changed the font so you can read it, but if the template bug fixes itself, you won't be able to read it again. ack!! And if you are a blog designer...leave a comment. I may need to speak to you soon. Thanks for reading folks!

EVENT: Children and Suicide

I can't make this event, but if you, please report back! Can't wait to see the film. You should also note that Kevin Roy of ABC7 is hosting this event. He won an Emmy a few years ago for a segment on his own trial with the suicide of his mother. Should be a great event. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* HBO and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Host Chicago Premiere of the HBO Documentary Film “BOY INTERRUPTED” on June 26 Filmmaker Dana Perry will attend and participate in Panel Discussion What: In the wake of recent suicide deaths involving children and teens in Cook County, HBO and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), will host a preview screening of the HBO Documentary Film “BOY INTERRUPTED” with special guest, filmmaker Dana Perry. The screening will take place the night before the AFSP’s National Out of Darkness Overnight walk, an 18-mile walk from sunset to sunrise to raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention,

Girls just wanna have a nap!

I'm not one for all the LOLCats stuff, but me thinks I need one to describe today. Whooooweee! The day started off by being named one of the top Latina/os to know in Chicago . Quite an honor, especially since I get to share it with the husband. Then I had an op-ed published at on Sonia Sotomayor's decision to quit a women's group: As a vocal feminist, my opinions are often antagonistically questioned at parties and backyard barbecues. What is it about wanting to support women and women's rights that makes others, especially men, so uncomfortable? I find myself asking this same question in light of U.S. Supreme Court justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor's recent decision to leave a women's networking club. And then of course still dealing with the blow back from discussing that Palin supporters were in attendance at the NOW Conference and what that might mean for the organization and feminism itself. All of this then gets me off of my very tight writing

The day after...

Thanks to everyone who has linked here about the NOW conference, even those of you who I don't agree with. I think it is a healthy thing to have a debate over issues. I do want to make one thing very clear - I do not think that Terry O'Neill is a Palin supporter. I have no idea. There have been comments flying in the blogosphere and Twitter that the Palin people were a rumor. I took pics of at least one of them . One of the women I took a pic of has a blog that has ripped Kim Gandy for having NOW support Barack Obama. Now some might say, "Hey we're Clinton supporters!" But if you truly supported Hillary Clinton and what she stands for, I can't see how or why you would trash Barack Obama or vote for McCain. Furthermore, I don't see how trashing Kim Gandy and Ellie Smeal is productive. They came together VERY early in the primary race to endorse Clinton. Again, far earlier than I would have preferred. I wanted to see the endorsement taken to the conference

Sunday at NOW 2009

This isn't a live blogged post. The election is over and Terry O'Neill is the next President of NOW. Terry was a VP when I was on the board. I respected her leadership style and her as a feminist. I am excited to see what she brings to our organization in this time of change. I say that not as a diss to her or her slate. I say that because we can all see around us that things are changing. We need to continue to move forward in order to get anything done. The Sarah Palin supporters swung this election. The election was certainly close enough - less than 10 votes separated the two slates. Then again, if Latifa's supporters had been able to bring just a handful of additional supporters, we'd have an entirely different picture to discuss. The Palin people out organized us, plain and simple. There are things I won't say here. I know far too many people are reading this and that this is my professional blog not just a personal blog. But I will say that I feel like Ch

Live blog: 2009 NOW Natl Conference - Plenary V

Scheduled to speak: Rev. Dr. Katherine Ragsdale , Dr. Julianne Malveaux and Kim Gandy **edited on Sunday, June 21, 2009** sorry to anyone who came to view a live blogging of this session. I made an executive decision to skip this plenary for many reasons. One of which had to do with getting dinner early so I could vote early and then the kid and I could hit the pool. The other was that my arms and hands were tired. Of course I do wish I had attended, not just for the speakers, whom I heard were excellent. But because apparently, from what I gather, Kim Gandy was asked about a handout that was circulating that showed NOWs finances plummeting. She said that it was a product of Sarah Palin followers. I was told it was from the O'Neill campaign. Someone told me they heard that Kim said that anyone backing the O'Neill campaign were Sarah Palin backers. Again, I did not attend this event. I doubt that Kim said everyone who backed the O'Neill campaign were Sarah Palin supp

Live blog: 2009 NOW Natl Conference - Candidate Speeches

Officer Tickets: NOW is the Time slate Feminist Leadership NOW slate Latifa Lyles for President Terry O'Neill for President Sonia Ossorio for Executive Vice President Bonnie Grabenhofer for Executive Vice President Janice Rocco for Action Vice President Erin Matson for Action Vice President Liz Gilchrist for Membership Vice President Allendra Letsome for Membership Vice President Voting will take place on Saturday, June 20, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the National Conference in Indianapolis, Ind. <a href="" >Natl NOW Conf: Candidate Speeches</a>

Live blogging the National NOW Conference

I have four live blogging sessions set up thru CoveritLive for the conference. They will publish here a few minutes before each plenary starts. I'll still be on the road during the first plenary. * Plenary II at 5:15 PM EST. Scheduled to speak: Barbara Ehrenreich, Lulu Flores and Danna Smith, Woman of Action Award * Plenary III at 9:00 AM EST. Candidate Speeches * Plenary IV at 1:45 PM EST. Political Institute. Scheduled to speak: Jennifer Brunner & Hon. Gwen Moore * Plenary V at 4:45 PM EST. Scheduled to speak: Rev. Dr. Katherine Ragsdale, Dr. Julianne Malveaux and Kim Gandy I may live blog some of the workshops and the candidate gatherings, but it's doubtful. Those may get more action on the twitter feed. Also, since the kid is coming with who knows what will happen. Wanna see how I enjoyed past conferences? I've reposted my thoughts from my old dead blog for the 2007 , 2006 and 2005 conferences.

This week

has been great! Last week the kid finished kindergarten and doesn't start summer camp until next week, so I took this week off. We've had a lot of fun just hanging out together. Today we went to the Shedd, but so did a million other people, so we decided to go hang out in Grant Park and Millennium Park. We ran into one my former bosses, which was great. She's a wonderful woman and for nine months was a fabulous mentor. The kid ran around in the Crown Fountain. Then we hit the comic book store. It was a great day. I also upgraded to the Palm Pre and still trying to get the hang of it. Tonight I finally synced up my Palm Desktop with the Pre, which is kinda scary since now everything lives in a super secret online account and my phone. I keep comparing it to the Palm Treo, which I adored. But it was getting old and getting quite wonky. So I hope that everyone's been having a fabu week too! I'll be liveblogging the National NOW conference here or over on Twitter.

National NOW Election

I'm endorsing Latifa Lyles and her slate in this weekend's NOW election and here is why: I have worked with Latifa in the past and she is always great to work with. I haven't worked on huge projects with her, but even small stuff matters. She was also a very welcoming face when I spent one year on the National Board back in 2003-2004. Every membership organization I know of has seen a drop in membership numbers, so that we have as many as we do have is testiment to Latifa's hard work, especially with online membership. The fact that she is young (33) and a woman of color does not mean that's why I'm supporting her. But it does put the exclamation mark on my endorsement! Not to mention that Sonia is also a woman of color. She chose Sonia Ossario as her Executive Vice-president. Does her name sound familiar? It should, especially if you are in NYC. " She has appeared on MSNBC, Hannity & Colmes, the Glenn Beck Show, Impacto Nacional and other national an

Where I've been...

I really need to write up some of the amazing things I learned at the National Council for Research on Women's conference. I sat thru 3 hours of feminist economics! Until then, I'll leave ya with links to where I actually have been blogging: Girl w/Pen: Science Grrl : Why Does Progress for Women in Science & Engineering Sound So Threatening? Bitch Magazine: * Carlos Zambrano: Stay at home dad? * Congratulations, it's a girl and you're a liberal! * Anti-abortion Mommy Blog Hoax Exposed AWEARNESS blog: * Can We Call It Terrorism Now? * The Loss for Abortion Protesters * NASCAR on the Basketball Court

What the hell happened to blogs? To my blogging?

Despite being in demand for blogs and other things, I'm feeling a bit worn out. And it's not just the work. I love the work. I'm lucky because most of the time when I sit down to write, I can. It's like my brain knows that I have a limited amount of time to write and purges when I sit down to the laptop. I feel bad when I hear my professional writing friends who have all day to write and get writer's block. But I'm thankful that the Goddess gifted me with my purging brain. But I'm also overwhelmed with trying to keep up with reading all the fabu blogs out there. I seriously need to purge my Bloglines subs. I keep hitting clear on the same blogs - sadly some that I've read for years! That's the downfall for being online for so damn long! I have a lot of "old" favorites. I also just emailed a friend today about being wistful for the days when we just wrote, vented & ranted to each other rather than pitched each other. The days when get

One last post before I go...

Why is it that we have to rely on the fucking sports section to read an all-out-rip on Da Mayor ? The City of Chicago, led by Mayor Daley and a vast and tumorous army of aldermen and bagmen and yesmen and opportunists and spineless, parasitic political-machine halfwits of forms never seen outside the roiling cesspool of governmental slop-trough greed, has proven itself unworthy of something as potentially delicious and fulfilling as the 2016 Olympic Games. Bravo Telander!

And you're in charge of my mail...

It's travel season again folks! On Wednesday I head out to NYC to attend the National Council for Research on Women meeting . Then I whip back home on Friday to speak at the Mujeres Del Cambio: Women of Change panel. Until then, I'll leave you with my most recent AWEARNESS blog posts as well as news that I'm guest blogging over at Bitch Magazine for the next two months. WOO!! Yes, that does mean that this neglected blog will be even moreso. But do come and visit me over at Bitch . Are Dads Second Class Parents? Is Being a Bad Mom a Status Symbol? Sotomayor's Race Problem Are We Waiving the Diversity Flag Over Sotomayor's Qualifications? Dr. Tiller Assassinated in His Church

Dr. Tiller

While I wrote something quickly for AWEARNESS on Dr. Tiller, I have purposely taken a few days to write something here. I received the word over Twitter just as I was ready to take my daughter to see "Cinderella" with her BFF, J. I was floored, shocked, but not surprised. I think we all knew that Dr. Tiller had such a target on him that it would be a miracle if he was able to retire. I'm not a grab your gun and take up arms kinda gal. But I am a grab your friend and use your voice kinda gal. Many people have written about Dr. Tiller in the past week, but here are some of my suggestions: RH Reality Check : They have a great Dr. Tiller round-up section full of news, opinion and whatever falls in the middle. I am Dr. Tiller : In the same vein of " I'm not sorry " where women share their abortion stories comes a site where abortion providers are telling their story. The George Tiller Memorial Abortion Fund : While almost every pro-choice organization has s