Saturday, June 29, 2013

(Almost) Everything You Wanted to Know About the TX Special Session But Were Afraid to Ask...

**ATTENTION: POST WILL BE UPDATED AS MORE INFO BECOMES AVAILABLE, SO PLEASE CHECK BACK FREQUENTLY.**

This post was not created in conjunction with any official pro-choice organization, although the information listed below IS pro-choice.


Ongoing List of Events Across the Country - please feel free to contact me if any additions or changes need to be made.


Where to Watch the 2nd Special Session

Texas Legislature Rules 

Bills in Question

Special Session Explanations & FAQ

Contact Info, etc. For Texas Legislature Members

Contact Info for Media and Public Figures

Food, Rides, Accommodations, etc.

People with Disabilities (PWD)
  • If you are a PWD at the Capitol, please keep me informed on accessibility issues.  Due to a fibro flare, I am live-streaming and live-tweeting from home, so I don't have this first-hand knowledge.
  • You can share your story about how this legislation will affect you by emailing occupywheelchair(at)gmail(dot)com. These stories will be shared on a PERSONAL live stream, and I will share the link once I get it!

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Media & Celebrity Twitter Handles

UPDATE 3: Here's some more general info regarding the 2nd special session.

UPDATE 2: Hi WaPo readers!  Apparently my post was linked in one of their articles!

UPDATE 1: Attention non-Texans! Please feel free to customize this list to include your own local media, etc. All I ask is that you list me as the original source somewhere in your post. Now go out and KICK SOME ASS! :)

If you'd like to make sure the media and/or your favorite pro-choice celebrity knows about our recent and upcoming actions, here are some Twitter handles you might find useful.

You can find twitter handles for Texas House and Senate members here.

**Please feel free to contact me on Twitter at @tootwistedtv or via email at virginia(at)tootwistedforcolortv(dot)com if you have info to add or corrections to make! I will post updates as I receive them.**


NATIONAL MEDIA

INTERNET MEDIA

POLITICAL FIGURES

CELEBRITIES

CELEBRITIES WHO SUPPORTED TEXAS SB5 EFFORTS


AUSTIN LOCAL MEDIA

DFW LOCAL MEDIA

HOUSTON LOCAL MEDIA

SAN ANTONIO LOCAL MEDIA

CORPUS CHRISTI LOCAL MEDIA

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Saturday, June 22, 2013

HB60 News Coverage & TV Appearances - VIDEO


UPDATES (newest to oldest):


  • You can stream Sunday's legislature session here.
  • I had to split my original post into two separate ones. Click to view Part 1 - LINKS.
  • You can watch Thursday's hearing online here.

You may have heard about bills relating to women's health and abortion in the Texas Legislature over the past week or so.  We are primarily concerned about SB5, HB60, and HB16.  Jessica Luther has some GREAT info on why these bills are antiquated and disgusting, so go read this and this and then come back here.

Did you read it?  Ok.

So...what happened Thursday night??  Well, it was pretty amazing....in fact, it even trended on Twitter!


PERSONAL VIDEO

This video from Dan Solomon is from 12:25am Friday morning (YouTube is being difficult and only letting me load one of the videos. Click on Dan's name to go to his YouTube page and watch the other one).  Committee Chair Cook had just left the room with over 200 people still waiting to give testimony.  This was their reaction (the committee was reconvened until 3:45am).


This video is an extended version of the same incident, made by Pedro Villalobos.


NATIONAL VIDEO
(Note: Tweets announcing coverage are/will be replaced when video becomes available.)

Video from the June 21 episode of "All In With Chris" on MSNBC.

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Video from the June 21 episode of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC.

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Video from the June 22 episode of "Melissa Harris-Perry" on MSNBC.

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TWEETS ANNOUNCING NATIONAL COVERAGE

Karen Finney of "Disrupt with Karen Finney" on MSNBC (no website yet, surprisingly enough) confirms she will be discussing HB60 on Saturday.



If you have any additional news stories or confirmed national TV coverage, please feel free to contact me on Twitter at @tootwistedtv or email me virginia(at)tootwistedforcolortv(dot)com.

DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS Y'ALL! (And yes, I'm aware of how cheesy that sounded.)

Friday, June 21, 2013

HB60 News Coverage & TV Appearances - LINKS

UPDATES (newest to oldest):

  • You can stream Sunday's legislature session here.
  • I had to split my original post into two separate ones. Click to view Part 2 - VIDEO
  • You can watch Thursday's hearing online here.

You may have heard about bills relating to women's health and abortion in the Texas Legislature over the past week or so.  We are primarily concerned about SB5, HB60, and HB16.  Jessica Luther has some GREAT info on why these bills are antiquated and disgusting, so go read this and this and then come back here.

Did you read it?  Ok.

So...what happened Thursday night??  Well, it was pretty amazing....in fact, it even trended on Twitter!


NEWS STORIES

It appears some of these links have been updated to reflect the AP story. I am posting them in this order per NARAL TX's account of which stories went up first as the hearing unfolded last night.

Here are some other links (in alphabetical order):


PERSONAL TESTIMONY

You can watch Amanda Hernandez's original testimony here.

STORIFY


If you have any additional news stories or confirmed national TV coverage, please feel free to contact me on Twitter at @tootwistedtv or email me virginia(at)tootwistedforcolortv(dot)com.

DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS Y'ALL! (And yes, I'm aware of how cheesy that sounded.)

My letter to Rep. Jason Isaac (TX, District 45)


Dear Rep. Isaac,

I am writing to ask you to please vote against HB60 and HB16.  Here is my story.

In 2010, at the age of 29, I was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lung). Although I recovered after a week in the hospital, I was informed by doctors that all hormonal birth control would be contraindicated for the rest of my life.  That meant I had to be taken off the Pill (which I had been on for 9 years) and I cannot choose other hormonal options, such as Nuvaring, IUDs, Depo shots, etc. Even Progesterone-only methods have been discouraged for me.  Basically, my only options WITHOUT risking my health are condoms, diaphragms, sterilization (for me or my husband or both) and abortion.

The fact that I'm married but don't want kids (helping to raise 3 younger siblings and a stepdaughter is enough for me!) means I don't want to be pregnant. EVER.  My husband and I decided that we do not want children of our own.

To further complicate matters, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in early 2011. Although fibro manifests itself in many different ways for different people, mine causes daily excruciating pain in my back which often migrates to my limbs. On my absolute worst days I cannot grasp a toothbrush or bathe myself without assistance.  Being pregnant while having fibro would be AGONY.

Now, some may bring up health exceptions for abortion and the like. But in 2013, not all doctors even recognize fibro as a valid medical condition! So even though I have an actual debilitating illness, I don't feel the "health exception" is sufficient enough to cover people like me.

Therefore, I believe abortion should be available as a VALID LEGAL MEDICAL PROCEDURE WITHOUT RESTRICTIONS and should be accessible to as many people as possible.

Texans' actual lives depend on this vote. I beg you to consider the well-being of ALL your constituents and vote against these bills.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Proper Secrets by Rachel Francis


  • Name: Proper Secrets
  • Author: Rachel Francis
  • ISBN: 9780985834647
  • Genre: Paranormal Romance
  • Publisher: Smith Publicity
  • Publication/Expected Publication: February 1, 2013

As a Jane Austen/Brontë sisters fan, I have to say I really enjoyed this book.  I am generally somewhat skeptical of historical fiction (The Other Boleyn Girl - need I say more?), but Ms. Francis was very upfront that her story was NOT historical fiction and actually took place on a sort of alternate timeline.  That is to say, the setting and characters closely mirrored that of Regency era England, but the names of places and general government structure were entirely of Ms. Francis's creation.

I thought Emily Worthing was a strong female main character.  She took it into her mind that she would not marry (which, in this time period, also meant no children of course) and was none too shy about her position.  As someone who remained unmarried for a long time (and is still personally childless, although I have a stepdaughter), I admired her assertiveness in maintaining her so-called "spinsterhood" and not allowing people to tell her "oh you'll change your mind eventually."

I expected the friendship between Emily Worthing and Elijah Wingrave to be a fairly typical, Austen-esque relationship; however, there are a few twists and turns they must navigate that completely took me by surprise.

The fact that I personally identified with Emily may make me biased, but I would highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone, especially if you love the more classical (rather than steamy) romances!

**Please note that I did receive a free copy of this book via Netgalley.**

January Justice by Athol Dickson


  • Name: January Justice
  • Author: Athol Dickson
  • ISBN: 9780985430283
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Publisher: Author Author Inc.
  • Publication/Expected Publication: November 21, 2012

I really wanted to like this book.  I really did.  The basic plot is intriguing - a man (Malcolm Cutter) is dealing with the tragic (and drug-induced) death of his client while also attempting to solve a kidnapping case from seven years ago.

Unfortunately, Dickson's writing style in this particular book just did not appeal to me.  Normally, I love getting as many details as possible so I can fully picture the scene in my head; however, the author seems to take this to an extreme.

For example...I have never been to Los Angeles, and I imagine the majority of people who read this book probably never have either, so some general location markers are probably in order.  However, when describing how Cutter travels from point A to point B, Dickson gives specific details, such as (and this is paraphrasing) "I turned right on [x street], then left on [y street], and then bore left on the access ramp to get on the 5.  Then I took..." etc etc.  In a book billed as suspense, this level of detail used consistently throughout the story definitely interfered with the flow of the narrative.

I would still recommend this book, but only to those readers who prefer detailed scene descriptions and slower-paced suspense.

**Please note that I did receive a free copy of this book via Netgalley.**