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Campaign Catch-Up #22: Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

There’s a lot happening all the time in any election season. Get caught up on the campaign trail with our weekly round-ups! 


Updates from the Campaign Trail

+ The Supreme Court is open for business again! And that’s a stark reminder that the SCOTUS is at stake — and we can’t let Trump anywhere near it.

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+ The VP Debate! That happened! For 90 minutes, we got to watch Mike Pence try and fail to defend Donald Trump’s truths, stick up for policies that humiliate and denigrate women and chip away at their reproductive rights, and basically gaslight every single one of us.

You may hear that Pence won the debate — don’t listen. Tim Kaine fought hard, inserted issues of gender, class, and race into the conversation, and shamelessly defended abortion as a woman’s right.

+ Hillary Clinton wants women to stand up to Trump’s bullying and make it clear that sexism is unacceptable. Chances are, they will — at the ballot box.

+ Hillary has won nearly every newspaper endorsement in the general election, and this week didn’t break her streak. She picked up the support of The Tampa Bay Times, The Denver PostThe Nationand even The Atlantic — a publication that has previously only endorsed twice previously since its founding. (Chance the Rapper is also voting for her, so is LeBron James, just FYI.)

+ Bernie Sanders also came out swinging for Hillary this week in the Quad-City Times:

Our nation has struggled for centuries to combat racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination. The job of the next president is to bring us together, not divide us up. Sadly, Trump has made bigotry the cornerstone of his campaign. We cannot turn back the clock by electing a president whose “birther” conspiracy was a racist attack on our first African-American president, whose anti-immigrant rants have slurred Mexicans as “rapists” and “criminals,” who would ban Muslims from entering the country and who has called women “pigs,” “dogs” and “slobs.” Trump has been called “a race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot.” That’s not me talking. That’s Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham.

For those reasons and many more, Donald Trump must not become the next president of the United States. On November 8, the choice is clear. Hillary Clinton for president.

Another Feminist for Hillary

+ “These 10 women, all over the age of 75, can’t wait to vote for the first woman presidential candidate in American history.

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+ Hillary holds a 41-point lead over Trump with Asian-American voters. Forty. One. Percent.

+ Why Orton, a staffer, wore a Black Lives Matter shirt to Hillary HQ every single day:

In the few days before my t-shirts arrived, I found myself looking around the office and wondering what the response might be to my t-shirt campaign. I was prepared to quit or be fired if it came to that. But then I began to notice the numerous—and conspicuous—symbols of LGBTQ pride around the office. One of the most prominent: a large rainbow flag that hangs over one of the cubicle areas near the front entrance.

That flag helped me realize that if members of the LGBTQ community were brave enough to show their pride, there was no reason for me to be afraid to wear my “flag” on my chest.

When I began wearing my Black Lives Matter t-shirts, the outward response from my team— especially my immediate supervisors—and other staffers at the campaign was overwhelmingly positive. If there were any negative feelings about my t-shirt campaign, I was not aware of them.

Actually, as a result of my t-shirt campaign, I’ve had discussions that I may not have had, and I’ve learned things that I may not have learned about myself and others. But most importantly, I found the courage to assert my Blackness in my professional life.

+ There’s a bunch of big names partnering with People for the American Way to mobilize Latinx voters and keep Trump out of office. One of them is feminist legend Dolores Huerta:

In a press conference, Huerta said the anti-immigrant and anti-Latino rhetoric out of the Trump campaign could inspire more Hispanics to head out to the polls. She cited California’s 1994 Proposition 187, a measure that denied undocumented persons access to any public services such as emergency rooms, which she credits for turning California into a blue state.

“Hillary Clinton has made clear that she stands with us, from pledging to introduce comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship to laying out her plans for debt-free college, and Donald Trump continues to double down on mass deportation and lob insults at immigrant and Latino communities,” Huerta said.

Huerta made reference to the candidates’ running mates, who were to debate Tuesday night. She said Democrat Tim Kaine has a stronger record of supporting immigrant communities than Republican Mike Pence and criticized Pence’s immigration record and support for efforts to end birthright citizenship.

+ Plot Twist: Young people like Hillary Clinton a bunch.

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+ Ilyse Hogue talked to New York Magazine about what abortion means in this election. (Spoiler Alert: A whole lot.)

+ 11-year-old Marley Dias interviewed Hillary Clinton and it was everything.

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+ Hillary outlined her record and agenda on LGBT rights for the Philadelphia Gay News this week, making her the first major party candidate to ever write for a gay newspaper.

More than half a century ago, at Independence Hall, participants at the first Annual Reminder march picketed, chanted and sang. They did this to show their fellow Philadelphians that the LGBT community lacked fundamental civil rights.

In the decades since those protests, our country has come a long way. Marriage equality is the law of the land. This year, the last state law prohibiting same-sex couples from adopting was finally struck down. And President Obama signed an executive order protecting federal workers from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. We should celebrate that progress.

But the simple truth is that even now, in 2016, there are still too many states in America where LGBT people can be fired or evicted from their home because of who they are or who they love. Pennsylvania is one of them. Here, you can get married on Sunday and fired on Monday, just for being gay or transgender.

That goes against everything we stand for as a country.

Image Source: Adam Schultz for Hillary for America / via Pacific Standard
Image Source: Adam Schultz for Hillary for America / via PopSugar

+ An open letter to Latina millennials from Hillary herself:

As Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close, I want to take the opportunity to say thank you to the amazing, inspiring young Latinas I’ve met as I’ve crossed the country for this campaign.

Your generation is unlike any that has come before. You’re growing up at a time when you have an incredible opportunity to write our nation’s next chapter. Many of you are the first in your family to go to college or own your own business. You’re the daughters of trailblazers who broke barriers so you could pursue your dreams. You’re activists, entrepreneurs, and dreamers, and you know what it means to work hard and never let anything get in your way.

You’re the daughters of trailblazers who broke barriers so you could pursue your dreams.

From actors like Gina Rodriguez to DREAMers like Larissa Martinez, the high school valedictorian who came out as undocumented in her graduation speech, each of you is building the legacy we celebrate this month. And you’re doing it by writing your own story.

But despite all your hard work and success, there are still too many barriers holding you back. I see Latina students trying to get a college education, slammed with rising tuition costs and student debt. I see entrepreneurs eager to start new businesses, navigating too much red tape. I see mothers balancing work and family as best you can, but still struggling to find safe, affordable childcare.

We have our work cut out for us. And I’m confident we can take on these challenges, if we do it together.

+ Melissa McEwan is at it again:

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I could write an entire essay about why I love this photo. This very candid photo of a woman doing her job in an unspecial room, surrounded by scattered water bottles and the cords to various electronic devices and notices crudely taped to a wall.

This photo of an A student, immersed in her studies.

This photo of one of the most recognizable and admired women on the planet, sitting on a folding chair all on her own, in what has probably become a rare moment of quiet, so she can prepare to lead the free world.

This photo of a woman whose country has often been unfathomably cruel to her, doing her homework so that she can be prepared to be its leader, because she loves this country even when it doesn’t love her back, while its flag pokes into the frame from the corner, a symbol of the history, culture, industry, future of a great and struggling nation, stoically petitioning her from its perch above a dirty carpet in a small room.

This photo of diligent preparedness, demolishing ideas about voracious ego and ruthless ambition beneath a crumbling edifice of misogynist narratives about power-seeking women.

This photo of women’s work.

This photo of Hillary.

+ Tim Kaine wrote a piece for BET about what this really is: a civil rights election. 

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+ The fight isn’t over. Tell Sunday’s debate moderators to #AskAboutAbortion.

+ About #ThatMexicanThing…

+ Believe it or not, there’s still so much to say about Donald Trump’s sexism, and a lot more of it to uncover. Especially in light of his most recently noted disgusting comments, unearthed via leaked audio footage from 2005:

 

“I moved on her, and I failed. I’ll admit it,” Trump is heard saying. It was unclear when the events he was describing took place. The tape was recorded several months after he married his third wife, Melania.

“Whoa,” another voice said.

“I did try and f— her. She was married,” Trump says.

Trump continues: “And I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, ‘I’ll show you where they have some nice furniture.’”

“I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married,” Trump says. “Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look.”

At that point in the audio, Trump and Bush appear to notice Arianne Zucker, the actress who is waiting to escort them into the soap-opera set.

“Your girl’s hot as s—, in the purple,” says Bush, who’s now a co-host of NBC’s “Today” show.

“Whoa!” Trump says. “Whoa!”

“I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her,” Trump says. “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”

“And when you’re a star, they let you do it,” Trump says. “You can do anything.”

“Whatever you want,” says another voice, apparently Bush’s.

“Grab them by the p—y,” Trump says. “You can do anything.”

Closing Note

Technically notes, because I couldn’t choose just one.

Carmen Rios

Carmen is a writer, revolutionary, and social media guru living the dream in Los Angeles. She coordinates blog content for the She Wins campaign and is also the Digital Editor at Ms., Co-Founder and Managing Editor at Argot Magazine, Feminism Editor and Community Director at Autostraddle, and a Contributor at Everyday Feminism.