Taking an electric and eclectic stand against anti-abortion violence,Primus, Fishbone, Face to Face, No Doubt, The Geraldine Fibbers,Possum Dixon, Weapon of Choice, and Stone Fox performed during the Feminist Majority's Rock for Choice Roe v. Wade anniversary show at the Hollywood Palladium on January 21st.
San Francisco based Stone Fox started the night with a roar of powerful female voices. Two years ago they helped organize their own satellite Rock for Choice show in the Bay Area. Also from the Bay Area, headliners Primus shared their quirky brand of rock and roll.
Joined on stage by Mavnard Keenan from the Los Angeles arena rock band TOOL, Primus performed an
unforgettable version of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song.
Carla Bozulich from Ethyl Meatplow debuted her new band the Geraldine Fibbers. Now playing her own brand of countrified rock, Carla continues to be an outspoken feminist voice in the music community. Leading the call to action was Angelo Morey from Los Angeles' Fishbone, demanding that kids get involved and make their voices count for women's rights. Face to
Face, an up and coming Orange County based group, announced their plans to put out a single benefiting Rock for Choice with East Coasters the Mighty Mighty Bosstones.
In response to the brutal murders by an anti-abortion extremist in Brookline, MA, concert goers signed large scrolls expressing outrage. A plea for a continuing
investigation of anti-abortion violence addressed to President Clinton and Janet Reno was also circulated. Thousands of young people were encouraged to register to vote, get informed and get active in the fight to defend their reproductive freedom.
The January 21st sold-out concert helped raise critically needed funds for the Feminist Majority's abortion rights work.
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .
10/30/2014 UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case - The United Parcel Service (UPS) is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case.
UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception. . . .