Infinite solidarity with these protesters!
A grassroots protest of a controversial women’s health care bill passed by the state Senate this week brought hundreds to Richmond to the state Capitol grounds March 3, and ended with the arrest of 31 people on the Capitol steps.
The demonstration was in response to a bill that originally required a transvaginal ultrasound for women seeking abortions– and which quickly became a national controversy and target of derision among satirists including Saturday Night Live.
After Governor Bob McDonnell signaled his discomfort, House Bill 462 was modified to require a less-invasive abdominal ultrasound and passed the Senate this week and awaits McDonnell’s signature.
Supporters say the measure helps women make a more informed decision; opponents say the ultrasounds are medically ineffective, a thinly-veiled attempt to thwart a woman from obtaining an abortion.
Organizers from a group called Speak Loudly with Silence, which led an estimated 1,200 women in silent protest on the Capitol grounds nearly two weeks earlier, estimated the crowd of Saturday’s attendees at 900.
The Daily Show website was under construction this morning and it reminded me how corporate Jon Stewart’s parent company is. I still think he and Colbert are brilliant, but one can only speculate how they’re handcuffed by being a part of the fourth largest media conglomerate in the country—Viacom. The largest shareholder in Viacom is Sumner Redstone. Redstone is worth $9 billion and is also the majority owner of CBS corp, which split from Viacom in 2005.
Why do you think Stewart has mocked Occupy Wall Street?
Is it a rule that all Romney supporters must wear blue-collared dress shirts. Wouldn’t want to be thought of as “white collar.”
This photo tells you everything about the mood at Mitt Romney’s Michigan headquarters tonight. Here’s the candidate’s third cousin, Miles Romney, dancing near the candidate’s lectern here in Novi, Mich., after it was announced the ex-Massachusetts governor won Arizona (Photo by Gerald Herbert/AP)
Protestors flood into Zuccotti chanting “Whose park? Our park!” Also heard: “we’re baaaack” & “I forgot my tent
- via Andrew Katz - @katz
Obama to hold fundraiser at former Dallas Fed Deputy Chairman’s house. Tickets cost $35,800 a pop.