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27 February 2011 @ 08:00 pm
louder than sirens, louder than bells  
Yesterday I attended the Stand Up for Women's Health rally for Planned Parenthood in Foley Square, NYC! I had a really good time, I think I like rallies! I like yelling and cheering and wearing a theme color and being justifiably angry about things! So I thought I'd post a few of the highlights here, to spread the rally spirit. :D


For anyone who needs a little catching up (lol, I am not an expert so this is only from my own recent catching up!), last week the House passed the Pence amendment which seeks to terminate Title X, a U.S. government program that provides for family planning services. About $315 million is spent in total, with $75 million going to Planned Parenthood. This money subsidizes the cost of HIV tests, birth control pills, various cancer screenings and more, things that might otherwise be inaccessible: whether to those who have a low-income, to those without insurance or even to those who can't consult their usual physician for whatever reason. Note: none of that money goes towards abortions, which rely on private funding only. While the GOP has repeatedly framed this as a budget concern, um, $315 million is not going to weigh heavily on a 3.82 trillion dollar budget. This is nothing short of a values issue and a direct attack on women's health and women's rights in this country, something we really cannot stand to give an inch on. Next up is the Senate vote, which a lot of people are optimistic will shoot this down, but it is vitally important to make our voices heard in this moment. HENCE: RALLY!

Now because a serious cause is still an occasion for an ~outfit~, here's what I wore that day! :DD

I was so psyched to see the image color of the rally was hot pink! I used to not be a fan of pink but in recent years, I have embraced hot pink in particular. I seriously pulled out almost all the pink in a wardrobe, I only have one other shirt and a dress. :) My nails were Heli-yum by China Glaze and those are shorts, not a skirt, with leggings under my tights for warmth. The necklace is honoring the image color of the Walk for Choice which was held right beforehand and also my great-grandmother! Both my great-grandmother and my grandmother were fierce supporters of women's reproductive rights and attended rallies on this very same subject in the 1960s. Although it's kind of ridiculous that I'm back fighting almost the same fights, I felt very connected to my family history that day and so I wore a pendant that my great grandmother had made. :) Unfortunately it was cold and I had to wear my coat almost all of the time, so very few people got to see my outfit as intended. Except for you, my dear flist. ♥


I meant to attend the Walk for Choice beforehand but I got a late start. I thought I could just find them for the second half... but then my train on the subway got turned into an express so I couldn't get off at the local stop I wanted and just got off at Union Square and walked the two miles to the rally myself. Oops, I am not a planner. XD

IMPORTANT:
I did not even bring a camera, so none of these photos are mine! Also since this is only for my flist, I haven't gone through and credited them individually. All photos come from either this great report here or the group pool on Flickr. Sorry for my jerkishness!


It's hard to really get across the scale of the event in pictures! Foley Square was definitely completely packed and there was a good amount of people on the steps of the Court House. I'd say a thousand and two but who knows!










So many people spoke that I have a hard time remembering who was particularly awesome (and who didn't know how to speak into a mic properly) but I'm pretty sure Jasmine Burnett here was one of the people I found really stirring and badass. :D



Nellie McKay! Unrelated to the rally, Val is a fan of hers so it's exciting that I saw her! I most remembered her fondly as the woman with the uke and pretty voice. I had no idea she was so physically lovely too since my view was blocked at that point! I definitely need to stalk her a bit now. :)


Congressman Anthony Weiner! I definitely had an "oh shit the internet is here" moment when he took the stage and everyone cheered a bit louder, thinking everyone has this takedown fresh in their minds. However it might just be that he is popular in NYC! Anyway, he was awesome and made a joke about his own last name and was pissed off which works so well for rallies. :DD


John Darnielle a.k.a. The Mountain Goats! I was so excited that he came! I've been listening to The Mountain Goats for like seven years now and I've never seen them in concert because I am terrible about checking tour schedules and just eeeee! That said, a lot of people seemed confused especially since his songs are kind of specific and yet oblique so they don't exactly translate to protest songs. XD But I was happy!

Signs! There were actually a ton of hilarious ones, I just didn't immediately see them on the internet. I applaud you, witty sign-makers! Never have I found dick jokes to be so funny. ♥

Hahaha, I think this was the most lolarious sign of the rally because it's hard to beat a giant penis. XD









Why, I do believe that awesome lady is wearing a Jayne hat! :DD (Also, if you didn't get the reference, Boehner is the current speaker of the House of Representatives and is in fact, a dick.)





LOLOL, I stood directly behind the person who made this sign and I have to say it was one of my favorites. ♥





It really was cool how diverse this rally felt too! There was actually a lot more men there than I thought there would be and mixing in with all the hipsters in their 20s, there were plenty of people that seemed like they might have attended similar rallies in the '60s. It was just very uniting to look at the crowd.






If there was one thing this rally stressed, it was that we must convince other people that their rights are seriously in danger. We cannot take for granted what previous generations have achieved, we cannot assume our rights will be there when people are actively looking to take them away. Right now. If you live in the U.S. and haven't already, please think of signing this petition put together by Planned Parenthood. You can contact your Senator and send them a form letter here at NARAL, a great way to make your voice heard quickly. Also you can look here to find your Senator and send them an e-mail on the subject, if you can fly without a form letter. :)
 
 
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katmillia on February 28th, 2011 01:05 am (UTC)
Oh man I'm so proud that you went to this, I wish there had been something near me. Also, YOU LOOK ADORABLE WHAT IS THIS SERIOUSLY CAN YOU STOP BEING SO CUTE PLZ. ♥ Your pictures are amazing, what a great time, I loved reading the signs!!
Top: Comics: [HQ & Ivy] Cheap and evil girlstopazera on February 28th, 2011 01:38 am (UTC)
I'm proud I went too! It was definitely worth a trip into New York City for and it felt really good to support something I believe in so strongly. :) It's too bad we can't all live near central locations at times like this, so I thought I really better make it! :DD

Weren't the signs great? There were even more than shown here that made me laugh or want to cheer. It makes me happy that our side of the debate can write a mean sign. ♥

You're still making me bluuuush~ (but I appreciate it so much, awww!) Thanks, bb! It's so fun to show off here when I have an outfit I think is cute. It's rare that someone compliments you in real life but the internet is so sweet. ♥
madisonfink: Ashita no Kioku clockmadisonfink on February 28th, 2011 01:34 am (UTC)
As the above comment stated I am so proud you went to this, I wish there was a rally near me that I could also attend.

Your outfit! I'm so jealous of your clothes, they're so awesome, you're awesome, you're cute...did that come out creepy? ♥!!

Top: 嵐: he shall be my squishytopazera on February 28th, 2011 01:42 am (UTC)
I'm glad I went, to represent all the people that I'm sure didn't even have the chance to go to one of these! Your internet support is totally important too. ♥

What, that totally didn't come out creepy! Don't you know I welcome your love? Now who is creepy, ha! ;) You continue to be too sweet but I will take it! ♥♥!! And yes, I am lucky clothes-wise! I have accumulated a lot of stuff I like, slowly but surely. :)
madisonfink: Aiba-chan smilingmadisonfink on February 28th, 2011 02:23 am (UTC)
*Needs an Ohmiya icon to show my love but here have a smiling Aiba-chan~*

♥~!!

And we can be creepy together? 8Db ♥ One day I hope my collection will be as awesome~

Last night I had a dream I went to an Anime con cos I was meeting up with you and I was cosplaying as MC Kamiyama it was awesome!
animefreak42animefreak42 on February 28th, 2011 02:13 am (UTC)
Ohhh, that's so awesome that you went! And your outfit is adorable, it's too bad more people didn't get to see it. My first thought when I saw the pics was
"WOW she must have been FREEZING" so I'm glad you were wearing a coat most of the time, even if it hid the adorable underneath. :D

I think my favorite poster here might be the "It's 2011 WTF" one. It's such an unfortunate truth that we've been through this all already. The budget argument makes absolutely 0 sense and the fact that complete falsities are being perpetuated through FOX News has me at the point that despite the fact that I am very non-violence about things, I would probably kick Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly in the crotch area and/or punch them in the face if I ever had the misfortune of running across them in person. D:
Top: FF: She's very well-mannered.topazera on February 28th, 2011 05:53 am (UTC)
It was an awesome event! I was just glad to be there.

My first thought when I saw the pics was
"WOW she must have been FREEZING" so I'm glad you were wearing a coat most of the time, even if it hid the adorable underneath. :D

Aw, thanks for your concern, bb! Dammit winter! I do not own any pink coats, cooperate a little! :D I wound up taking off my coat and standing like that for about ten minutes before saying "Yeahhhh, not practical". A hat was even added after the rally went over time. XD

I think my favorite poster here might be the "It's 2011 WTF" one. It's such an unfortunate truth that we've been through this all already.
SO true. I saw that sign and was just struck, sort of wanting to both laugh and cry. It's ridiculous that this is still even an issue, it's ridiculous that we have to fight so hard not to slip back 50 years. Especially when the world is falling apart in so many: the environment is collapsing, we're faaar too dependent on oil, we're invested in wars we should have never been in and corporations basically control our lives and the government, even if we don't realize it. AND THIS IS THE SHIT WE STILL NEED TO DEAL WITH?? *deep breath*

I would probably kick Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly in the crotch area and/or punch them in the face if I ever had the misfortune of running across them in person. D:
They do so much active harm by spreading misinformation, a kneel to the crotch would be like the gentle flutter of a butterfly in comparison. I am with you. D:
i lost to a hamburger...: a:hna - YUM.littlealex on February 28th, 2011 03:12 am (UTC)
yay for you! I have been following this - in that "I watch The Daily Show" kind of way - and it's all a little ridiculous. I mean, like you said, your grandparents fought for this stuff, don't Republicans see that it's a little crazy that they're trying to take it away? I mean, sure, be against abortion and don't want public funds to go to that, but then at least WORK IT OUT that the public funding that goes to Planned Parenthood doesn't get used for abortions. Or argue for Planned Parenthood to separate their abortion services entirely from the rest of what they're doing. Don't be a douche and take away ALL public funding for something that is essentially a PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE. If you want to be against public health services being publicly funded, that's another round of asshattery.

Blah.
Top: 嵐: I've made a huge mistaketopazera on February 28th, 2011 06:05 am (UTC)
Yay for doing something! I really want to try and do things more often, especially off the internet now. This was a good experience. :)

Yeah, I think I only have about The Daily Show level knowledge myself but the The Daily Show is a good source for the basics on a issue so I don't find that bad. XD

I mean, sure, be against abortion and don't want public funds to go to that, but then at least WORK IT OUT that the public funding that goes to Planned Parenthood doesn't get used for abortions.
I know. It's just ridiculous and so galling to me that they are pulling this shit, because this is exactly what already happened in 1970. Part of Title X going through in the first place was the stipulation that none of the funds would be used for abortion. Now, when the Republicans feel they are really the majority, they are pushing to cut all women's health which really goes to show how the abortion debate isn't just about abortion, it's about punishing and controlling women's choices at all levels. Honestly I think a lot of this is the current Repub (and conservative religious) thinking that everything falls into good or evil and since PP provides abortions, they are an evil to be fought. Even in light of all the good they do. GAH.

If you want to be against public health services being publicly funded, that's another round of asshattery.
Oh god, I don't even want to get started on that viewpoint. XD
i lost to a hamburger...: a:ans - attack aiba time!littlealex on March 1st, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
I honestly have no idea how any woman could stand with the Republicans on this one. I mean, abortions, whatever, I get that there's a moral and religious difference of opinion there, but all womens' health? Come on. If you can't see how that is regression, there is something seriously wrong.
fadedelegance: Badass Livfadedelegance on February 28th, 2011 05:31 am (UTC)
Oh my God, you have no idea how much I respect you for that!

I would LOOOOOOVE to be part of a rally. Abortion/reproductive rights are something I feel extremely strongly about.

I am so sick of the House's bullshit. It needs to stop.
Top: FF: She's very well-mannered.topazera on February 28th, 2011 06:18 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you! I really didn't do very much except show up and vocally show my support (I'm always surprised by how many people don't yell in a crowd until other people do but it's human nature I guess! :D)

I would LOOOOOOVE to be part of a rally.
I hope you get a chance to someday! I mean, really, I hope that you don't even need to all the battles are won within the next month but realistically, I think this movement is going to need as many people as can show up to show up for many years still. :/

Abortion/reproductive rights are something I feel extremely strongly about.
Yeah, agreed. This just hit really close to home for me. I believe extremely strongly in environmental protections and restricting corporations in pretty much every way possible... and yet this is the first real rally I've been to outside college. Imagining these freedoms disappearing, it just really gets your butt out the door.

There is so much bullshit, I can't even. The budget crisis is being uses to cram all sorts of outrageous legislation down our throats. And I honestly cannot believe some of the things that have support. I really do feel like the country is just fucked.

It's nice to hear the support! We really need to just keeping cheering each other on to do whatever we can. When we're facing people motivated by the kind of fervor we're facing, we have to remain well-reasoned but get angry.
ardently blueaoihikari on February 28th, 2011 09:44 am (UTC)
GIRL YOU ARE LOOKING SO FIERCE! XD XD XD

And what a fine cause to rally for too. THE SIGNS ARE AWESOME! And lol the dick one. XP heart1
peaches in the creases of a plastic bag: je: DAIJOUBU?phrenk on February 28th, 2011 12:53 pm (UTC)
AWESOME POST. Concise due to time-constraint but my love is boundless! You are awesome.
Otai: gekiumaotai on February 28th, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)
*is here to say you looked great and i like your clothing*