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Tonight’s musical selection is “Even If I Don’t” by Rachael Yamagata.

Wire Hangers on a Tree

Women hung wire hangers with messages for Rick Perry on a tree today, despite resistance from State Troopers. They were delivered to Perry later.

I’ve been invited to speak tonight at 9pm Central (about the time of this post) on a feminist radio show called “The F-Word.” You can tune in live at Riverwest Radio. The show lasts about 45 minutes.

Did you hear about the 49 people arrested today at Moral Monday at the North Carolina Leg? From

More than four dozen people were arrested Monday evening in a protest by the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP – its third consecutive week of protests and arrests – outside the Senate chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly.

In what state NAACP President Rev. William Barber II is calling “Moral Mondays,” an estimated 175 people showed up to speak out against what the civil rights group and other activists say is a Republican-backed regressive agenda on social programs, voting rights, education and tax policy – actions that disproportionately hurt the poor and minorities.

This week’s protest focused on labor rights and tax reform. Republicans have pitched plans to lower corporate and income taxes by broadening sales taxes, which critics argue disproportionately hurts the poor. They’ve also pushed for new bills further weakening labor unions in a state that already has so-called right-to-work laws.

Tying the struggle in North Carolina to the one in Texas, the North Carolina legislature passed an Abortion (Mis)Education bill recently, reports the San Francisco Chronicle:

A bill requiring North Carolina schools to teach that abortions and other activities put women at risk of later premature births passed the state House on Thursday.

Lawmakers approved the bill mostly along party lines after Republicans agreed to an amendment calling abortion and other dangers “risks” rather than “causes” of premature birth. The two parties dispute the scientific basis for linking abortion to later preterm birth, which can lead to developmental complications and even the death of the infant.

The bill already passed the Senate, which will have to approve the House’s changes. The bill won some Democratic support in the Senate after Republicans agreed to broaden the list of risk factors from induced abortion to include smoking, alcohol consumption, drug use and inadequate prenatal care.


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Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and