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…


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…


Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-02-19

I'm at World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut St, Philadelphia) w/ 5 others http://t.co/U7bTNinx # Suppose a Catholic business person confesses to voluntarily providing insurance for contraception. What would the penance be? # Has a Catholic…


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…


Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-02-12

Repeal PA state-sponsored "Year of the Bible" http://t.co/EYkFnd5b #signon # I'm at Cafe Loftus (136 S. 15th Street, Walnut, Philadelphia) http://t.co/NAyLlCn8 # Stop Voter Suppression in Pennsylvania http://t.co/luewoxq0 #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…


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,…


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…