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TRESSIE MCMILLAM COTTOM: CITIZENS NO MORE: I grew up choosing where and how I work because Roe v. Wade gave me many of the same basic rights of personhood as men, for example. Millions of women have, to different degrees, been able to do the same. With Roe v. Wade toppled, we do not have the same rights in all labor markets. In a global market, an empowered worker is one who can migrate. With Dobbs, women cannot assume that we can safely work in Idaho the same way that we can in Oregon or Washington. I cannot negotiate wages or time off with an employer with the same risk profile as those who cannot become pregnant. An employer who offers lower pay in a state with abortion care indirectly benefits from women’s inability to take our labor on the open market across the nation. Thanks to a rogue court, women’s lives are now more determined by the accidents of our birth than they were a week ago. By the same token, if a woman wants to migrate from a Gilead state to an abortion-friendly one, she's going to have to compete with many other women seeking to do the same, like some warped game of musical chairs. Until I read this editorial, I had not considered this economic angle. Which is another reason why elevating women's voices is so important.
https://www.wral.com/citizens-no-more/20351416/

You asked

Here are links to candidate web pages. These are must win priorities.

US Senate:
Cherie Beasley

NC Supreme Court:
Sam Ervin
Lucy Inman

NC Senate:
Sydney Batch
Mary Wills Bode
Rachel Hunt
Valerie Jordan
Marcia Morgan

And here are my bets in the NC House:
Terrence Everitt
Amy Block Deloach
Christy Clark
Diamond Staton-Williams

This list is from Jane, Janet, Nancy and James, with consultation from many friends and influencers. It's a good list at the top for sure. NC House names are more or less my personal favorites.

Who else are you supporting?

It’s now or never

Last week Jane and I donated a full year’s worth of our retirement savings to pro-choice candidates in North Carolina. Specifically to ten individuals in important and winnable races.

The truth is, we’d rather die a year earlier than live out our lives under the Tarheel Taliban.

It’s now or never. Give whatever you can. Do it today.

How many "smoking guns" do we fricking need?

I'ma let Rob Schofield take the wheel while I talk Evil Steve down from his precarious perch:

As noted in States Newsroom reporter Jacob Fischler’s remarkable and detailed report, the sworn testimony of a top aide to Trump’s former chief of staff — North Carolina’s own Mark Meadows — made clear that, among other things, Trump became completely unhinged on the day of the insurrection. According to Cassidy Hutchinson’s riveting and compelling testimony, Trump even went so far as to: urge the admission of armed attendees to his infamous pre-insurrection speech, defend demonstrators calling for the assassination of Vice President Mike Pence, and physically assault a Secret Service agent in a bizarre attempt to commandeer the presidential limousine.

Repeatedly, Hutchinson’s sworn testimony made clear that, if he wasn’t already, Donald Trump became a raving and dangerous maniac on January 6, 2021 and played a key role in instigating and sustaining a deadly assault on democratic government that was one of the worst events in American history.

Donald Trump has broken so many laws it's impossible to list them all. Many of them were money-related (fraud & tax evasion), some were textbook RICO violations (threatening Georgia's Sec State to "find" votes), and some were crimes against our very nation (seditious conspiracy, treason, etc.). And it didn't take Hercule Poirot to figure that shit out, either. His guilt is obvious, even to the slowest of the slow. It's time for indictments. I'm not confident a jury will find him guilty, because 30% of our population is bat-shit crazy. But it needs to happen anyway.

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