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To put it bluntly: the amendment undermines health care for women and everyone else

Sometime this week, Senator Blunt’s amendment to the transportation bill that addresses the contraception issue will be taken up by the Senate. The Blunt Amendment allows employers and insurance companies to refuse to cover any health care service required under the new health care law if they object to it on the grounds of their […]

What the contraception issue is and is not about

In politics the most important thing is to understand what the argument is and is not about. So let’s get clear about the dispute over the administration’s decision that contraception should be covered free of charge by all employer provided health insurance plans. This issue is not about freedom of religion. It is about providing […]

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-02-19

I'm at World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut St, Philadelphia) w/ 5 others # Suppose a Catholic business person confesses to voluntarily providing insurance for contraception. What would the penance be? # Has a Catholic business person ever been called out by the church for voluntarily providing insurace for contraception? #    Send article as […]

Having fun while doing good or managing activism fatigue

Introduction Last weekend I appeared on a panel at the PA Progressive Summit called Don’t Stop Believing: Managing Activism Fatigue. The panel was created by three psychologists who thought that it would helpful for activists to get some advice about managing the stress, anxiety, and  exhaustion that often leads to burnout. I was asked to […]

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-02-12

Repeal PA state-sponsored "Year of the Bible" #signon # I'm at Cafe Loftus (136 S. 15th Street, Walnut, Philadelphia) # Stop Voter Suppression in Pennsylvania #signon #    Send article as PDF   

Catholics, Contraception and President Obama

The Catholic Church claims that President Obama’s decision to require health insurance plans to include contraception violates its First Amendment right to freedom of religion. What Freedom of Religion Means This claim rests a mistaken understanding of that freedom. The freedom of religion clause protects our right to practice our own religion. That means the […]

Why I’m with Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz

Nate Kleinman, a former staffer for Josh Shapiro and activist with Occupy Philly, has decided to challenge Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz in the Democratic primary. I know Nate a little and he seems like a decent, smart guy. But I think he is making a terrible mistake. Normally I would just ignore his challenge, since I […]

Fighting for Our Health

Fighting for Our Health

During the 18 months of the Health Care for America Now (HCAN) campaign in support of what became the Affordable Care Act, I gave over a hundred speeches to thousands of activists who were working us in Pennsylvania. I frequently concluded my speeches this way: “Who is most responsible for the most popular domestic program […]