Protest outside the presidential debate at Hofstra University LI, NY!
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 5 p.m.
Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. (Long Island)
Gather at the corner of Hempstead Turpike/Fulton Ave.
and California Ave./Hofstra Blvd.
"I believe in free enterprise. I don't think the government should be telling people what you pay and what you don't pay."
- Todd Akin
Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), the Senate candidate that made the claim that the victims of "legitimate rape" can force their bodies to avoid pregnancy, also thinks it's fine to pay women less than men. Using a defense of "free" market as his reasoning, he has voted against such things as the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which made it it easier for women to challenge unequal pay. WORD is continuing to circulate our petition demanding his immediate resignation.
The Republican Party is openly running on a program to strip women of our rights. But will the Democratic Party guarantee that they won’t surrender women’s basic rights as they have consistently done, acting as if we are simply a bargaining chip in the game of politics? This keeps happening and women’s rights are being destroyed step by step at the federal, state and local level.
This is what we're up against. It's time to fight back!
Women's rights are not up for debate. Women refuse to be excluded from the decisions that affect our lives. As the candidates debate domestic and foreign policy for an audience of millions, we will demand full abortion rights, end budget cuts, affordable healthcare, childcare and maternity leave, equal pay, and more.
WORD (Women Organized to Resist and Defend) will be joining with many other progressive organizations to be in the streets of Hempstead, N.Y. (Long Island) outside of Hofstra University before and during the Oct. 16 Presidential Debate. It's time to stand up and fight back! Gather at 5 p.m. at the corner of Hempstead Turpike/Fulton Ave. and California Ave./Hofstra Blvd. in Hempstead, N.Y.
WORD will be helping to coordinate transportation from New York City to Hempstead. For more info, contact WORD NYC at firstname.lastname@example.org or 347-292-WORD (9673).