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#Nerdland answers “What’s at stake in this election?”

Sara Kugler, @sarakug
November 5, 2012

“Women’s right to choose”

http://youtu.be/YQlxsHLyseA

“It’s always about foreign policy”

http://youtu.be/jjBHbc5xuWM

“Immigration reform”

http://youtu.be/HZ_L8dKm0_0

“Everything”

http://youtu.be/S378Fq8jQHY

“Supreme Court justice appointment”

http://youtu.be/2B9B_sEpbW0

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Election Perspectives: Dr. Tim McCarthy, Part 2

Sara Kugler and Morgan Franklin
@sarakug and @morganmfranklin
November 5, 2012

We asked Dr. Tim McCarthy, Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School, about coalition building in our current political moment and about what’s at stake in this election. This is part two of his response.

How do Voter Challenge Initiatives, such as voter I.D. laws and mandates restricting the ability of citizens to vote outside of an “Election Day” window, affect the state of American elections, and by extension, American democracy.

The United States has a long history of attempting to deny or suppress the right to vote. The recent voter I.D.…

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Election Perspectives: Dr. Tim McCarthy, Part 1

Sara Kugler and Morgan Franklin
@sarakug and @morganmfranklin
November 5, 2012

We asked Dr. Tim McCarthy, Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School, about coalition building in our current political moment and about what’s at stake in this election. This is part one of his response.

What is at stake for women of color in this election?

So much. When it comes to the fundamental rights of citizenship for historically marginalized and disfranchised groups—women, people of color, immigrants, LGBT folks, the poor and working-class (in other words, the majority of Americans)—the choice this election season could not be more clear. Neither candidate is perfect, by any means, but as I have written elsewhere, I’d much rather be struggling for justice in Barack Obama’s America than fighting for my life in Romneyworld!…

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Election Perspectives: IWES, Part 2

Sara Kugler and Morgan Franklin
@sarakug and @morganmfranklin
November 3, 2012

We asked the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies, or IWES, about coalition building in our current political moment and about what’s at stake in this election. This is part one of their response.

women ethnic studies

In your opinion, what has been the portrayal of women of color in this year’s election narrative?

  • Non-existent
  • Pervasive and harsh stereotypes, particularly mammy, sapphire, and jezebel, that have been seen across socioeconomic status from the “welfare queen” to Michelle Obama
  • Illegal immigrants
  • These stereotypes from society cause some dissection/disconnection among women of color- Internal vs.
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Election Perspectives: IWES, Part 1

Sara Kugler and Morgan Franklin
@sarakug and @morganmfranklin
November 3, 2012

We asked the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies, or IWES, about coalition building in our current political moment and about what’s at stake in this election. This is part one of their response.

women ethnic studies

What is at stake for women of color in this election?

Health care, access to care- The issue of health care is a huge one for women of color in this election:

  • 1 in 5 women, ages 18 to 64 are uninsured- that’s approximately 19 million women (Kaiser 2012); 1 in 4 non-elderly women has gone without or delayed needed care because they could not afford the costs (Kaiser 2011); Half of US births are paid for by Medicaid (Kaiser 2012)
  • Even though women have long life expectancies, women suffer from chronic disease and disability at higher rates than men (IOM, 2011)
  • Uninsured individuals are more likely to have inadequate access to care, get a lower standard of care when they are in the health system, and have poorer health outcomes (Kaiser 2012)
  • Obtaining insurance is often difficult for women because their employer may not offer insurance benefits or they are part-time; pre-existing conditions and gender rating (Kaiser 2012)

The issue of health care is a huge one for women of color in this election


ACA/Medicaid Expansion/Health Insurance Reforms

  • Very different viewpoints between the presidential candidates- President Obama’s ACA legislation is set to begin in 2014, while Romney believes health care reform is a state’s issue and would offer opt-out waivers to state’s and eventually repeal Obama’s ACA legislation
  • ACA/Medicaid Expansion would require insurance through medicaid, private insurance, or state health insurance exchanges that includes coverage for doctor visits, hospitalization, preventive screenings and wellness services, contraceptives, prenatal and maternity care and newborn care, mental health and substance abuse disorder services, and prescription drugs- all of which are services for women that have not been uniformly covered by individual plans in the past.
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Election Perspectives: Gwainevere Hess


We asked Gwainevere Catchings Hess, the President of Black Women’s Agenda, Inc, about mobilizing marginalized voters, coalition building, and what’s at stake in this upcoming election.

1) What is at stake for women of color in this election?
There are a number of issues at stake for women of color in this election, most importantly affordable education, healthcare coverage, abortion rights, equal pay for women, contraception coverage, increased taxes that impact the middle class (of which a large percentage is female led) households, jobs, and the continuing of social programs. It is the hope, aspirations, and trust that their lives will be enriched not just with tangibles but the intangibles as well.…

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