Monday, September 27, 2004
We had a nearly-illegal amount of fun together this weekend. We didn't do a damn thing special.
We cruised around, looking for yard sales. We cleaned out her car trunk. We saw two, dollar movies: Cat Woman and The Terminal. We shopped a dollar store. We went to her job and worked on one of her projects.
I guess the reason it was so much fun was because we really enjoy each other.
Oh, we bicker and whine. We --literally-- poke each other in the eye and step on each other's feet. We get paranoid about each other's motives and meanings.
Each of us has had her heart, mind, spirit and body broken by stupid, cruel, selfish, cold-blooded people. We have every reason in the world to be suspicious and distrustful.
But we come to our senses reasonably quickly. We talk until we understand each other, no matter how angry or hurt we might be.
She's my best friend. In fact, she's the best friend I've had in many years.
And I'm still crazy in love with her. A gesture, a look in her eye, that lower lip pout, a phrase... it doesn't take much for me to be all gushy.
I'm so the luckiest girl in the world.
There's so much I can't write in these dang blogs yet.
But you'll have to just take my word for it: she's a miracle.
And funny as hell.
When we first moved in, my old cat, Mugwart, peed in her closet a few times. He's old, sick and not-quite-right in the head. And he's stubborn. He likes to pee in the shower. Her closet is right outside the bathroom door; guess he thought it was a shower.
Well, one night, she was hanging her bag in her closet. She said, "It's been two days since anybody peed in the closet."
Just then, her bag fell off the hanger and startled her. It holds her pager, cell phone and other stuff she needs for her job. So, it startled her and it made her laugh.
So hard, she peed on the floor!
I was standing right there and just fell out, laughing... which made her laugh more...which made her pee more...
Every now and again, when I want to tease her, I just quietly say, "It's been two days since anybody peed in my closet." And we bust up laughing.
Friday, September 24, 2004
Saturday, September 18, 2004
Consulate General of Israel
To the Southwest
Israeli GLBT Activist Noa Sattath to Visit Albuquerque
September 20, 2004
Ms. Noa Sattath is chairperson of the Jerusalem Open House, a GLBT group in
Jerusalem, Israel. She has been a board member of the JOH since 2001. � She
is a founder and leader of the women's group in the Open House and
participated in the organizing committee of the first two pride parades in Jerusalem.�
Noa is the head of the WorldPride committee and a member of the programming
and fund raising committees in the Open House. As a board member she is
responsible for activities and volunteers for the JOH and initiated several
Noa will be discussing the following topics:
* ����GLBT life in Israel �
* ����Judaism and Homosexuality
* ����Israeli and Palestinian GLBT life in Jerusalem
* ����2005 World Pride Parade in Jerusalem
THE WOMEN OF WAL-MART
Geri L. Dreiling, AlterNet
A gender discrimination lawsuit offers a glimpse inside the
nation's largest private employer and its treatment of
women. It ain't pretty.
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
This Saturday, join thousands of volunteers in a �massive mobilization to get out the women's vote on November 2nd. �
See this week's
Dear MoveOn member,
Women's voices could make all the difference this November. Together, we are 51% of America, and single women in particular are now one of the most progressive demographic groups in the country. Yet 50 million of us didn't vote in the last election.
This Saturday, women (and men) everywhere will join in a National Women's Election Action Day. Thousands of volunteers will take to the streets to register, recruit, educate, and mobilize voters to ensure that women stand up and are counted in this election.
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Volunteers will participate in voter contact activities such as phone banking, door-to-door canvassing, campus organizing, activist trainings, and registering voters. The National Women's Election Action Day is being organized by America Votes, an unprecedented coalition including virtually every major progressive advocacy organization in America. It will be an amazing day.
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Women's voices are more important than ever this year. Please sign up now to take part in this Saturday's historic mobilization, at:
And to further highlight this fantastic week of outreach to women voters, last night, 50 women leaders gathered at the Apollo Theater in New York City to launch a media campaign called "50 Million Women Count! 50 Women Ask 50 Million More: �Use Your Voice & Vote!" � The leaders who were there included: Planned Parenthood President Gloria Feldt, Eve Ensler, Gloria Steinem, Vanessa Carlton, Toni Childs, Kate Clinton, Rosario Dawson, Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Gina Gershon, Hazelle Goodman, Jehmu Greene of Rock the Vote, Charlotte Martin, Shiva Rose, Isabella Rosellini, Marisa Tomei, Marie Wilson, Carrie Olson & Marika Olson and myself from MoveOn, and many other women activists and volunteers. A special, commemorative photograph was taken of this event. Download it here;.
Together, we'll make an incredible difference this Saturday. See you there!
--Laura Dawn and the whole MoveOn PAC team
Tuesday, September 14th, 2004
Women Should Vote Because:
* We are 51 percent of the population, and with this majority voice we CAN influence the direction of critical policies important to us -- like childcare, choice, personal safety and economic security, and a healthy environment.
* We are not effectively exercising our hard-earned constitutional right. 22 million registered unmarried women did not vote in the last election. And more than 50 million eligible women -- married and unmarried -- are not even registered to vote.
* A poll last year of some 3,000 women of diverse backgrounds conducted by the women’s voting project Women Voices Women Vote found that 65 percent of the women polled believe this country is going in the wrong direction.
* Based on the findings of a recent survey by Business and Professional Women USA, retirement security, job opportunity, good schools and housing costs are all of HIGHER importance to women than homeland security.
* Voting statistics among all women can be improved. According to the U.S. Census bureau, in 2000, some 30 percent of eligible women were not registered to vote.
* Registering is only half the battle. Almost half of registered unmarried women don't vote. If they turned out in numbers, unmarried women would be the largest voting bloc and would be the deciding "X" factor in close elections.
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