Sunday, January 10, 2010

2to1: The Coalition to Preserve Choice - Annual Roe v Wade Fundraiser!

Please join us at The Hi Hat on January 22, 2010, from 5:30-8:00 PM, as we celebrate the 37th anniversary of legal abortion in the United States.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Nelson-Hatch Defeated in the Senate!

So it looks like the presence of 1,000 pro-choice activists DID have an impact on Capitol Hill! Nelson-Hatch was tabled in the Senate in a 54-45 vote. This amendment would have prohibited individuals receiving federal subsidies from buying private insurance plans that cover abortion and, would in effect ban the public option from covering abortion services altogether. It would also have allowed insurance plan administrators and those running the insurance exchanges to actively discriminate against insurance plans that offer abortion coverage.

As the health care reform bill moves to conference, it is important to keep the pressure on your Representatives and Senators to ensure that this type of harmful language is not present in the final bill. Please continue to contact Representative Langevin, Representative Kennedy, Senator Reed, and Senator Whitehouse. Let them know that while you appreciate their commitment to health care, it is important that women are not worse off after reform and with less benefits than they have now. If possible, contact Representative Kennedy and thank him for his dedication to women's right, despite continued harassment by Bishop Tobin.

Contact information for Rhode Island Senators/Representatives:

Representative Patrick Kennedy, 1st Congressional District

DC Office: (202) 225-4911
RI Office: (401) 729-5600

Representative Jim Langevin, 2nd Congressional District
DC Office: (202) 225-2735
RI Office: (401) 732-9400

Senator Jack Reed
DC Office: (202) 224-4642
RI Office: (401) 943-3100

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
DC Office: (202) 224-2921
RI Office: (401) 453-5294

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Representative Barbara Lee Tells It Like It is

Great video clip of Representative Barbara Lee (D, California, 9th district - Oakland) speaking out against Stupak.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Federal Lobby Day Update/Bishop Tobin on Hardball with Chris Matthews.

On Wednesday of last week, 2to1: The Coalition to Preserve Choice joined dozens of other groups (almost 1,000 people total!) in Washington, D.C., for a day of action and lobbying. Thank you thank you to our friends at Planned Parenthood of Southern New England for organizing a bus and letting me tag along. After an overnight bus ride, we had the opportunity to meet with Senator Reed's health staffer, Kate Mevis, Representative Jim Langevin and his health staffer Todd Adams, and Representative Patrick Kennedy and his health staffer Rachel Bisi. We will meet with Senator Whitehouse in the future if necessary. It was great to be in DC in the midst of the health care reform debate and be able to make contact with Rhode Island's Senators and Representatives in regards to keeping Stupak-like language out of the Senate bill.

One more thing..check out this video of Bishop Tobin attempting to defend himself and his attack on Patrick Kennedy.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Press Release Re: Stupak-Pitts Amendment

P.O. BOX 5863
PHONE (401) 461-8885

Press Release
Contact: Robin Dionne
Phone: (401) 461-8885 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 08, 2009


As a supporter of health care reform and an advocate for reproductive rights, 2to1: The Coalition to Preserve Choice is outraged by the passing of the harmful Stupak-Pitts amendment to HR3962. While we recognize the immediate need for health care reform, we are confident that it does not have to come at such a high cost to all women. We are truly disappointed that one of the anti-choice votes in support of this discriminatory amendment came from Rhode Island, a state where 51% of the population is female.

It is our hope that women will be better off after health care reform, rather than put in a worse situation with fewer health benefits than before. We believe in honest and equal treatment for women when it comes to health care, and we thank those, including Representative Patrick Kennedy, who are willing to stand up and support reproductive health openly.
We look forward to working in the future with legislators who consider the effects their votes have on women’s constitutional rights. Women’s reproductive choice has long been used as a bargaining chip in policy matters, and it is time for a change.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Ocean State Action Dance Party!

From our friends at Ocean State Action:

Friday, November 13: Join us at the Rock the Boat for Justice Dance Party!

On Friday, November 13th, Ocean State Action will bring together friends and allies to celebrate our accomplishments, rededicate ourselves to "rocking the boat" in the Ocean State - and, most important, to dance! We will also honor the 30 participants in this fall's New Voices campaign leadership program. The event is from 7-11pm at Rosinha's, 999 Main Street in Pawtucket (the Hope Artiste Village).
Tickets for the event are $25. We are also seeking sponsors at the $100 (First Mate), $200 (Captain), and $500 (Admiral) level. You can donate by clicking here or by going to our cause page on Facebook or by sending a check to Ocean State Action, 99 Bald Hill Road, Cranston, RI 02920.

Dance to the Music of our Guest DJs:-Representatives Joe Almeida and Ray Sullivan-Pat Quinn and Camilo Viveiros (SEIU/RI Jobs with Justice)-Karen Malcolm and Tom Sgouros (departing OSA leaders)-Pat Crowley, Brian Hull, and Matt Jerzyk (progressive bloggers)-Teresa Tanzi and Hannah Watson (RI NOW/American Medical Students)-David St. Germain and Nancy St. Germain (Healthcare activists)-Annie Costner and Ben Jones (environmental allies)

Join Our Growing List of Rock the Boat Sponsors (Call 463-5368 to sponsor)

Admirals: United Nurses & Allied Professionals

Captains: U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy * U.S. Rep. James Langevin * Mayor David Cicilline * Rep. David Segal * AFSCME Council 94 * District 1199 – SEIU * Lisa Guillette * Gursky Law Associates * * Susan Sweet * Tom Sgouros

First Mates: Sen. Frank Ciccone *Sen. Paul Jabour * Sen. Charles Levesque * Sen. Josh Miller * Sen. Rhoda Perry * Sen. Juan Pichardo * Rep. Edith Ajello * Rep. Frank Ferri & Tony Caparco * Rep. Chris Fierro * Rep. Art Handy * Rep. Edwin Pacheco * Rep. Amy Rice * Rep. Michael Rice * Rep. Deb Ruggiero * Rep. Anastasia Williams * Hon. Luis Aponte * Hon. Terrence Hassett * Hon. John Lombardi * Donna Becotte * Campaign Finance Officers/Brett Smiley *Josie Campbell * Chris Currie * DeLuca & Weizenbaum, Ltd. * Susan Feeley * Graduate Assistants United-URI * Chris Koller & Colette Cook * Kathy Kushnir * Phillip Koutsogiane * Becky Minard & Max Kohlenberg * NASW-RI Chapter * Craig O’Connor & Lauren Goddard * Planned Parenthood of Southern New England * Providence Teachers Union * RI Federation of Teachers * Marti Rosenberg * Teresa Tanzi * United Service and Allied Workers

Friday, November 6, 2009

Abortion and Health Care Reform.

Bart Stupak is willing to undermine health-care reform—blocking the landmark bill from even coming to a vote—in order to impose an abortion ban on women in the reformed health system. His proposal would take away coverage from women who already have it. Watch this video, and then click here to fill out the form that will allow Naral to contact your member of Congress.