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IWillVote Gala Brings The Democratic Party’s Heavy Hitters To Atlanta

 

(Atlanta, GA) – The IWillVote Gala was back in Atlanta…and what an event by the Democratic National Committee.  Vice President Joe Biden took charge immediately by putting his support behind Women’s Rights and condemning Abortion Laws as certain states move to try and control what a woman does with her body.

Biden stressed once again that it’s time for us to restore American Politics and even the playing field when it comes to education and economic opportunities. He also touched on voter suppression, infrastructure and foreign interference. Uncle Joe had to leave out early because his Granddaughter is graduating.

But, attendees were further charged by Rev. Al Sharpton who didn’t bite his tongue when he challenged citizens (primarily black) to be more cognizant about voter interference plots aimed directly at them and to be blunt..being a complete waste of space as a human being. As Sharpton kept it real…  he encouraged people to brag less about their titles and material possessions and more about what they’re doing to help other people. Sharpton’s speech was so rousing, he received a standing ovation.

Afterwards, Sharpton mingled with an excited crowd that included Rev. Jesse Jackson, Representative Maxine Waters, DNC Chair Tom Perez, Representative Lucy McBath, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms and more.

The Honorable Stacey Abrams was the keynote speaker of the evening closing the Gala out with an impactful speech that focused on the influence Georgia’s population and underrepresented demographics have on elections.   She highlighted Georgia’s Latino, lack and illennial involvement and what that could mean heading into the 2020 election.

The Honorable Beto O’Rourke also laid out parts of his platform; but like Joe Biden he let it be known that regardless of who would be on the Democratic ticket, he would be supportive of the party and the movement.

The IWillVoteGala also featured DNC Chair Tom Perez, Sonya Halpern, Dekalb County CEO Michael Thurmond, Congresswoman Lucy McBath, DNC Assistant Treasurer Lorna Johnson and Vice Chair Michael Blake and DNC Associate Chair Jamie Harrison. Congressman John Lewis was slightly ill and didn’t make it.

The DNC launched IWillVote in 2018 as an unprecedented new campaign with four initiatives: Commit to Vote; Voter Registration; Voter Education and Protection; and Get-Out-The-Vote. Under the IWillVote program, the DNC, in partnership with state parties and organizations, reached over 50 million voters during the midterm elections to engage, educate, and mobilize them to vote for Democrats up and down the ticket.

The party is certainly in a strong position as we move toward 2020.

 

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Walt Disney Company CEO Says It Will Be Difficult To Keep Filming In Georgia

(Anaheim, CA-AP) — Walt Disney Company’s CEO says it will be “very difficult” for the company to continue filming in Georgia if a new restrictive abortion law goes into effect. Bob Iger said that many people will not want to work in that state after it passed a law that bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

In some cases that could be as early as the sixth week of pregnancy. Disney filmed blockbusters “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Endgame” in Georgia. Iger made his comments in an interview with Reuters.

He said he doesn’t see how it’s practical for them to continue to shoot there. The state’s law faces legal challenges.

Supreme Court Strikes Down IN Abortion Law

(Washington, DC-AP) — The Supreme Court is striking down part of an Indiana abortion law signed by then-Governor Mike Pence. Today, the High Court affirmed the lower court ruling that invalidated part of the law that prohibited abortion because of the gender, race or disability of the fetus, such as Down syndrome.

The Supreme Court did uphold a portion of the law that required the fetal remains from abortions be buried or cremated. Pence signed the bill into law three months before then-candidate Donald Trump selected him to be his running mate in 2016.

Pro-Choice Abortion Rallies Planned Across The Country Today

(AP) — Rallies in support of a woman’s right to an abortion are being held in every single state today. At noon local time, advocates will be at various locations across the nation to speak out against abortion bans and to promote reproductive freedom.

The hashtag-stop-the-bans movement is being sponsored by groups like the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.

Pro-choice advocates say women of color and low-income women are the particularly affected by these bans

Democratic Candidate Buttiegieg Asked About Late-Term Abortion

(Claremont, NH-AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttiegieg says he trusts women on whether to have late-term abortions. During a Fox News town hall last night, the South Bend, Indiana mayor deflected a question about late-term abortions.

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace asked Buttiegieg if he believes there should be any limit on a woman’s right to an abortion at any point in their pregnancy. The candidate said the debate over abortion has “gotten so caught up in where you draw the line.

I trust women to draw the line.” Buttiegieg said fewer than one-percent of abortions in the U.S. are performed during the third trimester of pregnancy

Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Bill Clears Louisiana Senate

(Baton Rouge, LA-AP) — The Louisiana House is the next stop for legislation that would ban abortions in the state once a fetal heartbeat is detected. That usually happens six weeks into a pregnancy.

The legislation authored by Democratic Senator John Milkovich won Senate approval yesterday on a 31-5 vote. Even if it becomes law, it won’t take effect until similar legislation approved in Mississippi wins the approval of a federal appeals court.

Teen Sues Alabama Clinic Over Aborted Fetus

(Huntsville, AL-AP) — An Alabama teenager is suing an abortion clinic for terminating his unborn child without his consent. A Madison County judge recognized “Baby Roe” as a plaintiff in 19-year-old Ryan Mager’s lawsuit against the Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives.

Mager says his girlfriend aborted the six-week fetus against his wishes in February of 2017. He then sued because Alabama law recognizes the personhood of a fetus. The teen’s attorney says he believes the case could make it to the Supreme Court.

Ireland To End Abortion Ban In Landslide Vote

(Dublin) – Voters in Ireland are deciding by a landslide to lift the country’s strict abortion laws. The votes are being counted in a referendum to repeal Ireland’s 8th Amendment that ban’s abortion.VGG5ZANPZJCXXEVY5KIZQHNPSEOpponents of repealing the amendment have already conceded, saying there’s no prospect that Ireland’s abortion ban would be retained. Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Twitter last night that it looks like Ireland will be making history today.

The government proposes to allow abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy with later terminations allowed in some cases.

Iowa’s New Abortion Law Sparks Controversy

(Des Moines, IA) – The state of Iowa’s new law that effectively bans all abortions after six weeks of pregnancy is sparking controversy. Governor Kim Reynolds says she’s expecting a fight from the higher courts.

The Iowa law prohibits abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is usually around six weeks. It’s the most restrictive abortion law in the nation and Iowa Planned Parenthood has vowed to file a lawsuit against the governor for signing it into law. Unless a court challenge delays or stops the law, it will go into effect July 1st.

Governor Signs Fetal Heartbeat Law

(Des Moines, IA) – The fetal heartbeat bill is now law. Republican Governor Kim Reynolds signed the measure this afternoon at the Capitol. The law prohibits abortion after six weeks or once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

It is considered the most stringent abortion law in the country. The new law is expected to be met with court challenges from Planned Parenthood and the ACLU of Iowa.