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Listen to the final debate tonight. Decide for yourself. Who is going to make positive changes that improves your life and the next generations?

I am working to help elect Barack Obama as the next President of the United States.

He is the right man for the job and he has a clear stance on issues that I care deeply about such as civil rights, reproductive freedom, and issues affecting children such as health care and education. Barack has committed himself to providing a brighter future for our children by working to achieve energy independence and fighting global climate change. I believe Barack will carefully consider issues, work to find peace around the world and put America back on the road to prosperity and happiness.

Check Barack’s position on your issues: http://www.barackobama.com/issues/

Barack is a good man and he will prove to be a fine President.

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Here’s some information about Barack’s experience:
- After college he spent 3 years working for churches on the South side of Chicago, helping communities devastated by steel plants closings
- First black President of the Harvard Law Review
- Created a voter registration drive that registered 150,000 new voters
- 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor
- 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people
- Chairman of the state Senate’s Health and Human Services committee
- 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people
- Sponsored 131 bills in the United States Senate
- Served on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran’s Affairs committee

Find out more here: http://www.barackobama.com/

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Volunteer for Barack

You can make calls from your own home – it’s easy and very important with only a few weeks left.
http://my.barackobama.com/modules/votercontact/login_signup.php

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Jews and Israelis for Barack

As a community organizer, law professor, state senator, and United States Senator, Barack Obama has embodied the Jewish community’s strongest values. Barack Obama knows our history — one of persecution and resilience in the face of tragedy, of hard work and devotion to education, a strong sense of community, and a deep commitment to our country.

His devotion to Israel’s security, to the U.S.-Israel relationship, and to Israel’s right to self-defense has always been unshakable. Barack Obama stands shoulder-to-shoulder with us on the issues that our community has consistently fought to defend, including choice, civil rights, health care and church-state separation.

http://my.barackobama.com/page/s/JFOvideo

I hope you will watch this video and hear from some of those in the Jewish community who have come to know Barack and his family over the years. Their support for him is testament to the strong connection he has forged with the Jewish community over many years.

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Stop the Hate Speach

John McCain and Sarah Palin have stopped talking about the issues, and have instead launched a strategy relying on fear-mongering, racial divisions, and hate. Together, we can show that Americans of all races won’t stand for this. I’ve signed onto ColorofChange’s open-letter calling out McCain and Palin. ColorOfChange.org will publish it this week. Will you join us?

http://www.colorofchange.org/united/?id=1665-243819

All of it plays on the much more sinister rumors in anonymous smear emails which claim Barack is Muslim, anti-American, and is somehow connected with terrorists. This strategy is powerful because Barack is Black, and it’s designed to make Barack’s race a disadvantage without appearing overtly racist.

As Americans of all stripes, we’ve seen how Barack Obama’s historic candidacy has moved our friends and family to have a more honest conversation about race in this country. It’s inspired a lot of people to step out of their comfort zone and confront racism in their own communities, with their friends, neighbors and families.

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Should it matter? No!

Act Today to Protect Women’s Access to Health Care!

Today is the last day for comments on the Health and Human Services regulations that could seriously undermine access to basic reproductive health services.

Because of the financial issues of the day I’m very concerned this will pass causing women to be at risk.

Please do one of the following by midnight on September 25th, 2008:
- Send an email to: consciencecomment@hhs.gov
- Go to the ACLU action page at: http://action.aclu.org/hhs_comment
- Go to the Planned Parenthood action page at: http://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/campaigns/240.htm

Updates:
Q&A in US News and World Report with Judy Waxman, vice president for health and reproductive rights at the National Women’s Law Center.

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal filed formally on behalf of a 13-state coalition to fight a proposed federal regulation that jeopardizes women’s access to birth control and other medically necessary health care services, particularly in cases of rape. Blumenthal led the states in formal comments filed today calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to abandon the proposed Provider Conscience Regulation.

Blumenthal said, “This rule could seriously endanger hard-fought patient and victim rights in Connecticut — including assurances that sexual assault victims are provided emergency contraception. It threatens to drastically discourage and even deter a woman’s right to choose. This proposed rule unconscionably puts personal agendas before patient care — protecting doctor objections, but failing even to acknowledge the rights of rape victims and others to access birth control and related vital health services. The federal government’s vague definition of abortion opens the door wide to dangerously broad interpretations that could block birth control access at hospitals, particularly in cases of rape.”
http://media-newswire.com/release_1074324.html

Details

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently proposed regulations that could seriously undermine access to basic reproductive health services — including birth control and abortion.
Instead of striking a careful balance between individual religious liberty and patients’ access to reproductive health care, the Bush administration has taken patients’ rights and their health care needs out of the equation.

This far-reaching proposal doesn’t need congressional approval. But, it can’t go forward without allowing for public comment. That’s where you come in.

The deadline for public comments is fast approaching — September 25 — and we have to generate intense opposition to these dangerous regulations.
Women are only able to further their education, have a successful career, support their family, and sustain their family size when they are have access to health care that is supportive and comprehensive.

If you want to read the government document you can find a link it at the bottom of this news release: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2008pres/08/20080821a.html

Please join the discussion and protect women’s rights to comprehensive health care. You can also join a Facebook group (search for: Protect women’s health) to continue the conversation.

You have to read it to believe it…

LA Times Blog on Sarah Palin and Princess Diana

Oh yeah, it wasn’t a fairy tale after all. Hmm…

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