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Ok, I haven't been an active poster on LJ in I don't know how long, but I felt this deserved the attention.

Originally posted by james_nicoll at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
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Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

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FIRST POST ON MY BRAND NEW COMPUTER! SHE IS SHINY AND BLUE AND HAS DRAGON DESIGNS AND HER NAME IS RIVKA. (I have already been laughed at three times for having a Jewish computer, and I don't care.)

I am still in the process of setting her up, but to everyone on my friendslist, I have a plea. I am going to visit my mother's (conservative, Republican) parents this week, and will be internetless for that time. Please give me prompts? I am guaranteeing nothing, because I don't actually know how busy I'll be there (apparently, I get to be designated driver, since my grandfather can't drive anymore, and I do have to actually spend time with them, thus my going there), but if you give me a prompt, I will try to write you a drabble/ficlet.

You know my fandoms - primarily McFly and HP, but I seem to have fallen into bandom, and I can probably be convinced to write Narnia, Ros&Guil, Good Omens, History Boys, or whatever else your twisted minds come up with. For those of you interested, I will also offer up my classical obsessions, so you can prompt me with mythological characters (e.g. Jason and Orpheus) or, you know, Alexander and Hephaistion, or whomever. Or whatever else you want to prompt me with, so long as I know who the characters are - I will not have internet to attempt research.

So, go over to my fic journal here and:

1. Give me a pairing (or just a fandom, if you want gen), and an actual prompt. The prompt itself can be a word, a phrase, or whatever, but it has to be an actual prompt, do not just give me a pairing. The more you give me, the more likely I am to write what you want.

2. I leave on Tuesday, and have to be at the airport early afternoon. I will try to check comments as late as possible, since this is sort of last minute, and the more prompts I have to focus on, the less likely I am to go insane, but please try to get any prompts in before noon EST on Tuesday, September 1.

Seriously, people, I will need something to do with my spare time while I'm there, and reading/writing fic seems to be the thing that keeps me sane in that house.

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So, for anyone who knows me, we have probably had at least one conversation that somehow ended up being about safe sex - whether in real life practice or in fiction writing. At some point, a few of these conversation came to revolve around the idea of setting up a livejournal community dedicated to safe sex - again, both in real life practice and in fiction writing - because, let's face it, a lot of people have no idea what they're doing. So murderofonerose and I have spent far too much time trying to figure out how to set it up, and how to run it, and all that fun stuff, so that people can ask questions and suggest topics on everything from proper condom usage to STIs vs. STDs to why breathplay is so hot. There were some inappropriate jokes along the way (as is to be expected), and some crazy moments of icon-finding, and a good bit of flailing, but we're finally set up!

ANYWAY, this is my roundabout way of telling everyone to go check out our shiny new comm at better_safe. Questions and discussion topics are welcome, and the more people involved, the better. (So if anyone wants to pimp for us, we will love you forever!)


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