Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Help Out The Oglala Sioux Tribe

From ginmar's livejournal, re: President Fire Thunder's decision to open a Planned Parenthood clinic on tribe lands in South Dakota:

Great news!
From kathrynt who called President Fire Thunder of the Oglala Sioux herself here is the contact info.

She says......
I called the Office of the President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of Pine Ridge, and spoke with Ms. Fire Thunder herself. (In case you haven't seen it, this is in reference to (this news article*)

If you want to mail donations to the reservation, you may do so at:

Oglala Sioux Tribe
ATTN: President Fire Thunder
P. O. Box 2070
Pine Ridge, SD 57770

OR: and this may be preferred, due to mail volume:

PO BOX 990
Martin, SD 57751

Enclose a letter voicing your support and explaining the purpose of the donation. Bear in mind, the Pine Ridge Res is not exactly dripping with disposeable income, so do consider donating funds directly to the tribe as well as specifically for this effort.

For email contact, you can contact the president at:

firethunder_president AT NOSPAM yahoo DOT com
cc:vbush AT NOSPAM oglala DOT org

That is Ms. Fire Thunder's personal email address; I have received permission to post it here. For the sake of record keeping, do cc: the listed address on all correspondence; that's her official secretary.

She was frankly kind of surprised that a white girl from Seattle was calling to express support, and even more surprised that the news had spread so far so fast. She's likely to get deluged with screaming hate mail soon, so get your support in fast. Send email with good thoughts if you can't send money.

ETA: Yes, please, dear God, link it anywhere and everywhere!

*I added this part myself to create the link to the news item

Monday, March 20, 2006


Since I'm, once again, pressed for time here:

"Silent Struggle: A New Theory of Pregnancy" - Carl Zimmer - My biggest problem w/this article is that, within the article, pregnancy's referred to as a "two-person operation". No, pregnancy is the ongoing work (until birth/miscarriage/abortion) of one person - the mother. Can you tell that I really really don't like assigning the term "person" to a fetus?

"House GOP Bans County Health Clinics From Providing Birth Control" - Fired Up Missouri - Let's quit pretending that the fundamentalists will pack up and go home after they ban abortion; they're aiming for birth control, too. Like many feminists and pro-choice activists have said for years: these people are concerned about something...but it ain't wee lil' baybeez.

"Red state women speak: How abortion restrictions affect them, their daughters" - Melissa McEwan - Especially read this if you're one of those "oh, let'em ban abortions! The red staters'll flock to the Democratic Party then!" people.