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{ LINK: New bills in Alabama would grant personhood at the 'moment of fertilization' | The American Independent }

Alabama lawmakers last week introduced three heavily-sponsored bills that in concert would change how a person is defined in the state and potentially make abortion in all circumstances illegal.

Senate Bill 301, introduced by Sen.  Phil Williams (R-Cherokee, Etowah), is a proposal to amend the Alabama Code of 1975 to change the definition of the term “person” to mean : “any human being from the moment of fertilization or the functional equivalent thereof.”

Williams’ bill — read for the first time last Tuesday — has 18 co-sponsors and has been referred to the Senate committee on Health.

Rep. John Merrill (R-Tuscaloosa) filed an identical personhood bill in the House on Thursday, House Bill 405. But taking a step further from just amending the state’s legal code, Merrill also filed House Bill 409, which is a ballot proposal to amend the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, so that every time the word “person” is used in that document it would include “‘all humans from the moment of fertilization.” If HB 409 goes forward, Alabamans would have the opportunity to vote on this amendment either in special election at the end of the year or in 2012.

These bills, which have been referred to the House Health committee, both have 31 co-sponsors, which, according to the attorney Ben DuPré of the Foundation for Moral Law, is “astounding” and a good indication that the laws will pass. DuPré and the national organization Personhood USA helped draft the earlier versions of the legislation, though several anti-aboriton rights groups, such as Alabama Citizens for Life, have backed the bills.

“We must protect all Alabama children,” said Sen. Williams in a Personhood USA statement. “At the same time we have to send a message that Alabamians value the sanctity of life. Every heartbeat is as important as the next.”

(Source: thecurvature)

{ Tumblr people, please read this: }

aliceihavebeen:

Whenever disaster strikes, tumblr has always been good about spreading the word and raising awareness.. but it seems like all is silent right now when it should be loud.

People in Mississippi and Alabama are suffering from the worst tornado damage in history here.  Nearly half a million people are without electricity and already the death toll has reached 35.  Now this may not sound like all that much, especially compared to the horrific tragedies bestowed upon Japan.  But people here are still suffering nonetheless. 

Pay attention please.  We deserve it just as much as anyone else.

{ LINK: Obama declares Ala. emergency after deadly storms }

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has declared an emergency in Alabama after a wave of tornado-spawning storms swept across the state Wednesday, killing at least 58 people.

In a statement released late Wednesday, Obama said he had spoken with Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and approved his request for emergency federal assistance, including search and rescue assets.

The president and first lady Michelle Obama offered condolences to families affected by the storms and commended “the heroic efforts of those who have been working tirelessly to respond to this disaster.”

The White House declaration authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts in Alabama.

More than 70 people in four states have been killed by the storms, including at least 15 in Tuscaloosa, home of the University of Alabama.

(Source: caraobrien, via theoceanandthesky1)

{ LINK: @DreamActivist Alert: TAKE ACTION IN ALABAMA! }

iyjl:

URGENT!

Alabama’s Governor just signed House bill 56 into law.  Think how bad the Arizona and Georgia bills have been, this bill is worse than all of them. 

We need you to take immediate action to help stop the implementation of this bill.  Sign the petition asking the Obama administration to step in.

Just to give you a sense of how bad this bill is, here are a few bullet points:

- Bill bans undocumented youth from all colleges and universities

- Bill requires all K-12 school children to prove immigration status

- Bill requires parents of children to sign an affidavit with school as to their own immigration status

- Bill requires implementation of E-Verify across the state

This measure needs to be stopped! Sign the petition to tell President Obama to step in and stop this law!

PLEASE SHARE THIS PETITION WITH AT LEAST 5 FRIENDS

http://action.dreamactivist.org/alabama/

shit, sorry i didn’t notice this earlier.  please do this and/or pass it around if possible.

[image at link: kid with short straight black hair holding up a sign that reads: “We are the future of America; STOP your racism”]

(Source: dreamactivist.org , via dreamactnow)

{ LINK: [petition] Stop HB 56 and the Criminalization of Immigrants in Alabama | United We Dream }

WARNING: talk of systemic racism/anti-immigrant bigotry.  that said, this is really important — please read/sign/reblog if you can.

[…]

Alabama officials are doing everything possible to drive immigrants out of town by making their lives impossible to live.

The law would ban undocumented students from college, and even worse, would legalize racial profiling by licensing local law enforcement, hospitals, teachers, landlords, hospitals to become ICE agents. In addition, it would even require K-12 school administration to ask for proof of citizenship from its students.

[READ MORE AND SIGN PETITION]

{ Derrick Mason is scheduled to die in Alabama tonight }

meloukhia:

The judge in his case has requested clemency, not least because he had inadequate legal representation which led to the suppression of mitigating factors in his case

And again, for those who say that the death penalty in the United States is not about race—Derrick Mason is a Black man accused of killing a white woman. 

You can contact Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to ask him to reconsider his denial of clemency in this case. 

please do this/pass this around if possible.

EDIT: ALSO, (from here [link]), the Gov’s switchboard phone number is (334) 242-7100, and his fax number is (334) 353-0004.

here’s thecurvature’s phone anxiety advice, if it helps (link).

and here are some online free faxing websites [up to 2 faxes a day for free]:

(Source: se-smith, via thecurvature)

{ Derrick Mason is scheduled to die in Alabama tonight }

re-reblogging for added phone and fax numbers, and fax- and phone-related links:

numol:

meloukhia:

The judge in his case has requested clemency, not least because he had inadequate legal representation which led to the suppression of mitigating factors in his case

And again, for those who say that the death penalty in the United States is not about race—Derrick Mason is a Black man accused of killing a white woman. 

You can contact Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to ask him to reconsider his denial of clemency in this case. 

please do this/pass this around if possible.

EDIT: ALSO, (from here [link]), the Gov’s switchboard phone number is (334) 242-7100, and his fax number is (334) 353-0004.

here’s thecurvature’s phone anxiety advice, if it helps (link).

and here are some online free faxing websites [up to 2 faxes a day for free]:

(Source: se-smith)

{ Derrick Mason is scheduled to die in Alabama tonight }

IMPORTANT!  re-reblogging again because when i called the Gov’s office, the person who answered said he’s not likely to change his mind and that it’s now up to the Supreme Court to decide.  PLEASE, IF YOU CAN, fax the Supreme Court of Alabama and urge them to grant a Stay of Execution to Derrick Mason.  their fax number is (334) 229-0522.

and here are some online free faxing websites [up to 2 faxes a day for free]:

numol:

meloukhia:

The judge in his case has requested clemency, not least because he had inadequate legal representation which led to the suppression of mitigating factors in his case

And again, for those who say that the death penalty in the United States is not about race—Derrick Mason is a Black man accused of killing a white woman. 

You can contact Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to ask him to reconsider his denial of clemency in this case. 

please do this/pass this around if possible.

EDIT: ALSO, (from here [link]), the Gov’s switchboard phone number is (334) 242-7100, and his fax number is (334) 353-0004.

here’s thecurvature’s phone anxiety advice, if it helps (link).

[snip]

(Source: se-smith)

{ Derrick Mason is scheduled to die in Alabama tonight }

…and again, because i noticed this Execution Alert on facebook (link), full of talking points.  i figured they might help with contacting the Gov. OR the Supreme Court (contact details for both are below this quote):

Please contact Governor Robert Bentley and ask him to stay this execution until the U.S. Supreme Court has heard arguments in the AL Cory Maples case on October 4th and has ruled on it. Derrick Mason’s case has issues that are very similar to this case and a positive ruling would affect his case. Filing deadlines were missed due to ineffective assistance of counsel. The Alabama Supreme denied the request to stay setting a date until after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled!

[…]

Suggested Talking Points for Derrick Mason

1. Grant stay pending outcome of cases to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in October addressing issues very similar to Derrick Mason’s.

2. Witnesses at the last execution noted visible signs of distress from Eddie Powell, yet nothing has changed in the execution protocol. Expert testimony from the medical field, as well as from the pharmaceutical maker of the drug state unequivocally that pentobarbital is not effective as an execution drug.

3. Alabama has no clear and carefully documented execution protocols.

numol:

IMPORTANT!  re-reblogging again because when i called the Gov’s office, the person who answered said he’s not likely to change his mind and that it’s now up to the Supreme Court to decide.  PLEASE, IF YOU CAN, fax the Supreme Court of Alabama and urge them to grant a Stay of Execution to Derrick Mason.  their fax number is (334) 229-0522.

and here are some online free faxing websites [up to 2 faxes a day for free]:

numol:

meloukhia:

The judge in his case has requested clemency, not least because he had inadequate legal representation which led to the suppression of mitigating factors in his case

And again, for those who say that the death penalty in the United States is not about race—Derrick Mason is a Black man accused of killing a white woman. 

You can contact Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to ask him to reconsider his denial of clemency in this case. 

please do this/pass this around if possible.

EDIT: ALSO, (from here [link]), the Gov’s switchboard phone number is (334) 242-7100, and his fax number is (334) 353-0004.

here’s thecurvature’s phone anxiety advice, if it helps (link).

[snip]

(Source: se-smith)

{ LINK: Derrick Mason has been executed. }

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