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Planned Parenthood Defunding: Women’s Health Care In Political Crosshairs

Planned Parenthood Defunding: Women’s Health Care In Political CrosshairsPlanned Parenthood Defunding: Women’s Health Care In Political Crosshairs

A rizona Republican Sen.  Jeff Flake hosted a town hall last week in an effort to meet with constituents, but was met with a measurable amount of hostility from folks in the audience. Deja Foxx , a teenager, and activist drew raucous applause after challenging Flake and the Republican Party on a decision to defund family planning centers like Planned Parenthood .

Deja approached the microphone during the town hall Thursday and took direct aim at the President Donald Trump signing a bill into law that would deny Title X funding to family planning centers.

Deja, who identified herself as a young person of color, said that places like Planned Parenthood provide low-income patients with healthcare and no-cost birth control options that she and others would not be able to obtain. Also last week, New Jersey Sen. Leonard Lance was similarly criticized for his support of the new law.

Alencia Johnson of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America joined   Roland Martin   on NewsOne Now  last week  via Skype from Orange County, Virginia. Johnson shared her views on why resistance to the GOP’s harsh stance against family planning centers has become robust in recent days.

You’ve seen that women are at the core of this resistance because they are fed up with women’s health care being in the political crosshairs. So young women, women of color, women who are speaking out for the first time are showing up at town halls and letting their elected officials know that they disagree with their lack of support of funding for Planned Parenthood ,” Johnson said.

Watch  NewsOne Now  with  Roland Martin , in its new time slot on TV One .

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Obama Delivers Message Of Encouragement To Chicago At-Risk Youth

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F ormer President Barack Obama took time on Sunday to meet with at-risk young men and boys in Chicago ahead of his first major speech after leaving office, ABC News reports.

Obama delivered an uplifting message at the roundtable meeting with Create Real Economic Destiny, an organization that provides job skills training and employment opportunities based in Chicago’s south side where Obama started as a community organizer.

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Spokesman Kevin Lewis says Obama listened to the young men’s stories and shared some of the challenges that he faced growing up. Obama “was optimistic about their potential to positively contribute to their communities and support their families because of the services provided in the program,” Lewis said.

Lewis added that the former president and first lady plan to work with similar organizations through the Obama Foundation and the My Brother’s Keeper initiative.

Obama is schedule to speak Monday at the University of Chicago to young community leaders and organizers.

SOURCE:   ABC News , Associated Press

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Kamala Harris Gets Big Thumbs-Up At First Town Hall Meeting

C onstituents have roughed up Republicans, and even some Democrats, at recent town hall meetings. But that’s not the case for California’s freshman senator.

The Sacramento Bee reports that Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) received lots of cheers Friday at her first town hall meeting. Harris’ constituents are pleased with her tough stance against the Trump administration and with her voting record.

A mostly progressive crowd of about 800 people gathered at Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles to hear their senator’s report on Washington and to ask her questions.

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Harris, who’s getting a lot of buzz as a potential 2020 presidential candidate, vowed to oppose President Donald Trump ’s budget agenda if it includes public spending for a wall along the Mexican border. She also promised to fight the president’s anti-immigration policies.

“We are not going to buy into this administration’s fear mongering and vilifying whole communities of people,” Harris told the crowd. “I’ve personally prosecuted everything from low level offenses to homicides. I know what a crime looks like and an undocumented immigrant is not a criminal.”

Harris warned her constituents that Trump’s Justice Department plans to revitalize the war on drugs, which ravished communities of color through mass incarcerations.

“We need to watch this [Attorney General] Jeff Sessions , who is talking about resuscitating all this. We have come too far to go back, to go backward on fundamental criminal justice issues, like whether or not this is a public health matter or a criminal justice matter,” she stated.

Indivisible, the liberal group organized nationally to resist Trump’s agenda, has criticized some Democrats at town halls for being too passive. But Indivisible gives Harris high marks.

Stephen Carcieri of Indivisible Los Angeles told The Bee that he likes Harris:  “She’s been pretty good on the votes.”

“Progressives have no objection at all to what she’s doing,” added Barry Rosenbaum of Santa Monica.

SOURCE:   Sacramento Bee

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