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Ray Jasper is about to be unjustly executed under Texas’s racist Law of Parties. Take the time to read his brilliant, insightful, heart-breaking letter. It may be his last living statement. As Michelle Alexander wrote on her FB page, “If he is not worthy of life, none of us are.”

A Letter From Ray Jasper, Who Is About to Be Executed
4 March 2014 | Ray Jasper was convicted of participating in the 1998 robbery and murder of recording studio owner David Alejandro. A teenager at the time of the crime, Jasper was sentenced to death. He wrote to us once before, as part of our Letters from Death Row series. That letter was remarkable for its calmness, clarity, and insight into life as a prisoner who will never see freedom. We wrote back and invited him to share any other thoughts he might have. Today, we received the letter below. Everyone should read it.

Ray Jasper is about to be unjustly executed under Texas’s racist Law of Parties. Take the time to read his brilliant, insightful, heart-breaking letter. It may be his last living statement. As Michelle Alexander wrote on her FB page, “If he is not worthy of life, none of us are.”

A Letter From Ray Jasper, Who Is About to Be Executed

4 March 2014 | Ray Jasper was convicted of participating in the 1998 robbery and murder of recording studio owner David Alejandro. A teenager at the time of the crime, Jasper was sentenced to death. He wrote to us once before, as part of our Letters from Death Row series. That letter was remarkable for its calmness, clarity, and insight into life as a prisoner who will never see freedom. We wrote back and invited him to share any other thoughts he might have. Today, we received the letter below. Everyone should read it.


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So when is the auction that will offer people the chance to kill members of this “safari club” in the name of gun rights?

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(23 Oct. 2013) — A Texas hunting group will auction off the opportunity to kill a member of the endangered black rhino species, arguing that the money raised will be used to fund conservation efforts.

The Dallas Observer reported on Wednesday that the Dallas Safari Club (DSC) has obtained permission from both the Namibian government and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to auction off the special permit during its January 2014 convention.

Only 5,055 rhinos are still living in the wild, with about 1,800 of them in Namibia. The Telegraph reported in March 2013 that, though poaching attacks on the species had become a relative rarity, local officials were wary of a resurgence.


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Next up: Texas lawmakers move to ban all sexual acts that do not lead to immediate reproduction.


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Now we just need someone in Texas to immortalize the words, “I’ll give you my tampon when you pry it from my cold, dead hands [or vagina].”


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"Guns don’t kill people; tampons kill people."

I have a new slogan for the NRA, inspired by the recent nonsense at the Texas Capitol:

"Guns don’t kill people; tampons kill people."

(I actually heard a libertarian defend this by saying, “I haven’t heard of anyone throwing a used gun at legislators, but I can’t say the same about tampons!”)


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Guns and fetuses have more rights than women in texas.

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 July 15th National Day of Action to Defend Abortion Rights
We won’t go back! Anti-Choice politicians are robbing women and girls across the country of basic health care rights. We are losing access to safe abortions, STD testing, cancer screenings and more!  We are fighting well-funded battles against choice in Texas, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Ohio.  Rallies and marches are already beginning to be organized across Texas for the 15th. Let’s organize rallies for choice across the nation. WE TRUST WOMEN!  If you are planning a protest, feel free to use the post section of this page as a starting point for your plans. When your event page is up and running, let us know, and we’ll promote it!!! To sign and to view the list of signatories including Judith Butler and Jim Hightower check out: 
http://www.change.org/petitions/pro-choice-america-join-a-national-day-of-action-on-july15th
Here is the list of local event pages so far. If you want to start a rally in your area, start a page, contact us, and we’ll promote it. Please remember to tell all your friends and get them to sign on!!!
DALLAS: https://www.facebook.com/events/484683924943211/
CORPUS CHRISTI https://www.facebook.com/events/477295429026286/
AUSTIN https://www.facebook.com/events/166843946830616/
DENTON https://www.facebook.com/events/145747762290282/?ref=3
PORTLAND https://www.facebook.com/events/143650162503100/
DC https://www.facebook.com/events/210442459111315/
SEATTLE https://www.facebook.com/events/1392588820954145/ (Wearing orange on July 13th, hoping to have a second event on July 15th. Anyone interested in attending a second event on the 15th, let us know!)

July 15th National Day of Action to Defend Abortion Rights

We won’t go back! Anti-Choice politicians are robbing women and girls across the country of basic health care rights. We are losing access to safe abortions, STD testing, cancer screenings and more!

We are fighting well-funded battles against choice in Texas, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Ohio.

Rallies and marches are already beginning to be organized across Texas for the 15th. Let’s organize rallies for choice across the nation. WE TRUST WOMEN!

If you are planning a protest, feel free to use the post section of this page as a starting point for your plans. When your event page is up and running, let us know, and we’ll promote it!!!

To sign and to view the list of signatories including Judith Butler and Jim Hightower check out:

http://www.change.org/petitions/pro-choice-america-join-a-national-day-of-action-on-july15th

Here is the list of local event pages so far. If you want to start a rally in your area, start a page, contact us, and we’ll promote it. Please remember to tell all your friends and get them to sign on!!!

DALLAS: https://www.facebook.com/events/484683924943211/

CORPUS CHRISTI https://www.facebook.com/events/477295429026286/

AUSTIN https://www.facebook.com/events/166843946830616/

DENTON https://www.facebook.com/events/145747762290282/?ref=3

PORTLAND https://www.facebook.com/events/143650162503100/

DC https://www.facebook.com/events/210442459111315/

SEATTLE https://www.facebook.com/events/1392588820954145/ (Wearing orange on July 13th, hoping to have a second event on July 15th. Anyone interested in attending a second event on the 15th, let us know!)


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An Open Letter About the Events in Texas:

The nation stands at the edge of a historic reversal.  Hard won gains of the women’s rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s are about to be turned back with devastating results for women across the country.  Abortion, already a barely accessible right for most women, is now being made extinct as conservative politicians attempt to press their advantage in certain states in opportunistic fashion.

But the problem we face is deeper.  In Texas, the legislature has used every legal (and some illegal) trick in the book to make sure that the pro-choice majority is not heard.  The current legislation under consideration represents some of the most draconian limits on abortion rights ever.  And instead of allowing normal democratic procedures to resolve the issue, the legislature has relied on a rigged process to force the bill through. A few examples are worth mention: every procedural objection that was made to Wendy Davis’s historic filibuster; the refusal to hold state-wide hearings to allow affected communities to testify about the consequences of the legislation; the intentional misreporting of how many people testified in opposition to the legislation; the years of gerrymandering which make it nearly impossible for the legislature to reflect the real wishes of the population; the organizing of “special sessions” to push through legislation.

The current legislation is too important to allow these deficits in the democratic process to go unchallenged.  The bills in Texas would close down the overwhelming majority of clinics which provide abortions and thereby eliminate all of the ancillary services those clinics also provide – STD testing, family planning, health care.  That some of these clinics are also the only places where low-income, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals are able to get health services means that this legislation will disproportionately impact the most vulnerable members of society.

We believe that the legislative process is stacked against those of us who believe that abortion rights are a necessary part of a woman’s ability to control her own body and make decisions about her own health.  As a result, it now becomes necessary to take action outside of the legislative process.  We firmly believe that if we were to stand up and be counted, the pro-choice forces in this country will outnumber the forces of reaction.  It is in this vein that we call on all people who believe in a woman’s right to choose to stand up and be counted.

We propose that marches and rallies be organized in every city in Texas on July 15th in order to show just how deep the pro-choice sentiment actually runs.  In Austin, we will be rallying at 8 pm at the Texas Capitol.  But as these attacks against choice are not limited to Texas, we invite all those who stand for choice to join us in a national day of solidarity on July 15th.  We believe it is possible to win back our rights, but only if we take a stand in the way that people have been standing for their rights in Brazil, Egypt, and Greece: by understanding that popular protest has the ability to change what a narrow minority of people impose under the fiction of legality. 

Signed,

Tithi Bhattachrya, Associate Professor of History, Purdue University  

Tiffani Bishop, GetEqual TX Central Texas Lead  

Brian A. Bremen, Associate Professor of English, University of Texas at Austin

Susan Briante, MFA, PhD, Associate Professor, Creative Writing Program, University of Arizona

Heather Busby, Executive Director, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas

Judith Butler, Maxine Elliot Professor of Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley  

Mia Carter, Associate Professor of English, University of Texas, Austin  

Indrani Chatterjee, Associate Professor of History, University of Texas, Austin

Dana Cloud, associate professor of Communication, University of Texas, Austin  

Bug Davidson, Director of Homoscope Film Festival   

Anton Ford, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Chicago  

Montserrat Garibay, National Board Certified Teacher, Vice President for LULAC Council 4859, Austin,
Texas  

Susan Sage Heinzelman, Associate Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies, University of Texas, Austin  
Rosemary Hennessy, Director, Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, Rice University  

Jim Hightower, editor of The Hightower Lowdown, former TX Agriculture Commissioner  

Heather Houser, Assistant Professor of English, University of Texas, Austin

Madeline Hsu, Associate Professor of History, University of Texas, Austin  

Alison Jaggar, Professor of Distinction, Philosophy and Women and Gender Studies Research
Coordinator, University of Colorado at Boulder College  

Katie Kane, Associate Professor of English, The University of Montana

Deepa Kumar, Associate Professor of Communication, Rutgers University  

Holly Lewis, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Texas State University  

Bryan McCann, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Louisiana State University

A. Naomi Paik, Assistant Professor of American Studies, University of Texas, Austin

Sharmila Rudrappa, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Texas, Austin  

Cynthia Valadez-Mata, Jr. , League of United Latin American Citizens - District 7 Director  

Snehal Shingavi, Assistant Professor of English, University of Texas, Austin  

Lindsay Smith, Houston Feminist Movement  

Kathleen Stewart, Professor and Chair of Anthropology, University of Texas

Susan Stryker, Director, Institute for LGBT Studies and Associate Professor, Gender and Women’s
Studies University of Arizona

Sherry Wolf, author, Sexuality and Socialism; editorial board, International Socialist Review.

Keeanga Yahmatta-Taylor, author of Rats, Riots and Revolution: Black Housing in the 1960s, Texas native  

Lijun Yuan, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Texas State University, San Marcos  

Dave Zirin, Sports Editor, The Nation Magazine  

GetEqual TX 

NARAL Pro-Choice Texas


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July 15: “Take the Capitol!” Stand with Texas Women!

Texas women raising hell …


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As a friend writes, “These proceedings were hurting for a bit of snarky truth dropping.”

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http://www.change.org/petitions/pro-choice-america-join-a-national-day-of-action-on-july15th

An Open Letter About the Events in Texas:

The nation stands at the edge of a historic reversal.  Hard won gains of the women’s rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s are about to be turned back with devastating results for women across the country.  Abortion, already a barely accessible right for most women, is now being made extinct as conservative politicians attempt to press their advantage in certain states in opportunistic fashion.

But the problem we face is deeper.  In Texas, the legislature has used every legal (and some illegal) trick in the book to make sure that the pro-choice majority is not heard.  The current legislation under consideration represents some of the most draconian limits on abortion rights ever.  And instead of allowing normal democratic procedures to resolve the issue, the legislature has relied on a rigged process to force the bill through. A few examples are worth mention: every procedural objection that was made to Wendy Davis’s historic filibuster; the refusal to hold state-wide hearings to allow affected communities to testify about the consequences of the legislation; the intentional misreporting of how many people testified in opposition to the legislation; the years of gerrymandering which make it nearly impossible for the legislature to reflect the real wishes of the population; the organizing of “special sessions” to push through legislation.

The current legislation is too important to allow these deficits in the democratic process to go unchallenged.  The bills in Texas would close down the overwhelming majority of clinics which provide abortions and thereby eliminate all of the ancillary services those clinics also provide – STD testing, family planning, health care.  That some of these clinics are also the only places where low-income, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals are able to get health services means that this legislation will disproportionately impact the most vulnerable members of society.

We believe that the legislative process is stacked against those of us who believe that abortion rights are a necessary part of a woman’s ability to control her own body and make decisions about her own health.  As a result, it now becomes necessary to take action outside of the legislative process.  We firmly believe that if we were to stand up and be counted, the pro-choice forces in this country will outnumber the forces of reaction.  It is in this vein that we call on all people who believe in a woman’s right to choose to stand up and be counted.

We propose that marches and rallies be organized in every city in Texas on July 15th in order to show just how deep the pro-choice sentiment actually runs.  In Austin, we will be rallying at 8 pm at the Texas Capitol.  But as these attacks against choice are not limited to Texas, we invite all those who stand for choice to join us in a national day of solidarity on July 15th.  We believe it is possible to win back our rights, but only if we take a stand in the way that people have been standing for their rights in Brazil, Egypt, and Greece: by understanding that popular protest has the ability to change what a narrow minority of people impose under the fiction of legality. 

Signed,

Tiffani Bishop, GetEqual TX Central Texas Lead

Mia Carter, Associate Professor of English, University of Texas, Austin

Dana Cloud, associate professor of Communication, University of Texas, Austin

Bug Davidson, Director of Homoscope Film Festival

Susan Sage Heinzelman, Associate Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies, University of Texas, Austin

Alison Jaggar, Professor of Distinction, Philosophy and Women and Gender Studies Research Coordinator, University of Colorado at Boulder College

Holly Lewis, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Texas State University

Cynthia Valadez-Mata, Jr. , League of United Latin American Citizens - District 7 Director

Snehal Shingavi, Assistant Professor of English, University of Texas, Austin

GetEqual TX

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http://www.change.org/petitions/pro-choice-america-join-a-national-day-of-action-on-july15th


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This Is What Happens When Old Sexist Men Try To Take Away Women’s Rights In The Dark Of Night

Watch this whole video from start to finish. AMAZING! The People’s Filibuster shuts down the bigots in Texas!


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