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Bits & Pieces: The War on Women & More

By Rachel L. West. MSW, LMSW
The Political Social Worker

From the war on women to the use of social media by elected officials; these are a few of the bits & pieces that caught my eye this week:

How Legislators Can Embrace Social Media
The National Conference for State Legislators (NCSL) has an interesting article on how legislators can best employ social media.

The media are very fractured right now,” says Senator Duff. “I have to find many ways to communicate with my constituents.” In particular, Duff says social media allows him to reach more of his younger constituents. “Interacting with high school and college students on Facebook and Twitter helps them understand their government better. And if this helps keep them engaged, I think that’s great.

You can read the article here on NCSL’s online magazine.

Social Entrepreneurs Unsure of how to Incorporate
The New York Times has an article on the difficulties some social entrepreneurs have in deciding how they should incorporate their business. The article features a case study and explores options.

Equality in the Media & Entertainment Industry
Julie Bowen has written an insightful article on Social Work Helper, What Does Equality Mean in the Media and Entertainment Industry.

The Role Grassroots Advocates in The War on Women
Bolder Advocacy has written a piece on the role grassroot advocates played in Texas State Senator Wendy Davis’ legendary filibuster. The article covers the actions taken by non-profits, including the use of social media (e-advocacy campaign) and enlisting constituents to tell their personal stories.

Nonprofits and their supporters put the eyes of the world on Texas,” says Austin-based Jason Sabo, a consultant to progressive nonprofits. “From the outset Sen. Wendy Davis recognized the depth of support for her efforts. Nonprofits were a critical part of the infrastructure that spread the word about what was happening at the Texas Capitol.

You can read the post here.

California Prison Sterilized Female Inmates without Consent
According to Salon a new report has found that female prisons in California were sterilized without the state’s consent and without providing proper information to the women.  You can read the article here.

2013 May be one of the Worst Years for Reproductive Justice Advocates
The Guttmacher Institute has a report on the number of anti-choice legislation that has been passed at the state level this year.

In the first six months of 2013, states enacted 106 provisions related to reproductive health and rights; issues related to abortion, family planning funding and sex education were significant flashpoints in several legislatures. Although initial momentum behind banning abortion early in pregnancy appears to have waned, states nonetheless adopted 43 restrictions on access to abortion, the second-highest number ever at the midyear mark and is as many as were enacted in all of 2012.

You can find the report here on the Guttmacher Institute’s website.

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Posted by Rachel L. West

In addition to being the founder of The Political Social Worker blog, I am a consultant. My consulting practice offers advocacy and community outreach solutions to nonprofits, social good organizations, and private practitioners. Additionally, I offer career coaching to macro social work students and professionals.

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