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(no subject) [Nov. 28th, 2006|06:13 pm]
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Open letter to people of all nations who value human life:

I made a tragic mistake to appoint Jewish Family Services
(414-390-5800 www.jfsmilw.org) of Milwaukee as a 3rd party to mediate
in decisions regarding my mother's health care. I thought they would
be a part of my family. When I took my mother to the hospital several
weeks ago to get medical help, I could not imagine that on one of my
daily visits I would arrive and find that she had been transferred
elsewhere. Only by chance I was able to find out that she had been

Just now I have been notified by Ruth Hospice (414-607-4700) that I
may only see her 15 minutes during the business day with 3rd party
supervision and I an not allowed to feed her. They are killing my
mother and I cannot even be there to hold hold her hand. She only
speaks Russian and can't even tell them to stop hurting her.

Friday, I I took my mother from the hospice to Froedtert Hospital
emergency in Milwaukee. The doctors said that her ONLY LIFE
PRESSURE MEDICATION. They stabilized her condition and said she could
even go home.

I tried to go to community leaders and they don't know how to force
their opinion on Jewish Family Services. I received the assistance of
a one influential attorney. He had spoken with the President of the
Milwaukee Jewish Federation (414-390-5700 www.milwaukeejewish.org),
and relayed to me their promise to allow my mother to remain in the
hospital if I told them which hospital she was in and if I would not
go to the media with this story. I was given false promises again!
Nothing has happened. This evening I arrived to visit my mother and
she had been KIDNAPPED BY JFS (414-390-5800 www.jfsmilw.org) and taken
back to the Ruth Hospice (414-607-4700). I had again been lied to and
deceived. Now, for unknown reasons this attorney's hands are tied.

Milwaukee needs to know the unethical and grossly unjust situation
that is happening to my mother under the "guardianship" of the Jewish
Family Service (414-390-5800 www.jfsmilw.org) . This organization
has decided on it's own, without consulting with any family members to
sentence my mother to a premature death by denying her medications and
refusing to allow her family to take her to receive proper medical

PATIENTS AND is aHolocaust survivor. She wants to live. My son, her
grandson Paul, will be married in 3 months and she wants to live to
see the wedding and his children. No one has the right to deny my
mother this happiness. Jewish Family Services (414-390-5800
www.jfsmilw.org) has no right under G-d to short circuit my mother's
life so she cannot celebrate this occasion.

We are not in Russia anymore. We came to Milwaukee, WI 27 years ago
and left behind inhumane and degrading treatment of that former
Regime. In Milwaukee inhumane and degrading treatment is termed
compassion. My mother survived the Nazis and the Communists, only to
be killed "peacefully" at the hands of Jewish Family Services
(414-390-5800 www.jfsmilw.org).

I thank all who have helped so far, but it is not enough. Please
forward to as many people as possible and make your voice heard. If
you have any contacts at the media, government or anywhere I beg you
to do all you can to pressure JFS (414-390-5800 www.jfsmilw.org ) not
to let my mother die such a tragic death. Your help can save my
mother from being murdered by Jewish Family Services.

May our all merciful G-d help you 10 fold for your help.

Inna Lebedinsky
Milwaukee, WI
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The Kerry-Feingold Amendment [Jun. 20th, 2006|02:53 pm]
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[mood |accomplished]

I just signed on as a citizen co-sponsor of Senator Feingold's resolution to redeploy our troops out of iraq. Please join me by signing this petition:

**Click Here**

With your help, we can begin to make real change.



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Federal Anti-Gay Amendment Approved For Senate Vote [May. 18th, 2006|11:16 am]
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[mood |dorky]


He's so fabulous he deserves to be an honorary gay man.

Here's why:

In a late move Wednesday the committee meeting was moved from a public hearing room to a restricted-access room in the Capitol. The President’s Room is not open to the public and does not have enough chairs for every Senator on the committee to sit.

Debate was short but intense. At one point Committee chair Arlen Specter (R-Pa) and Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) became embroiled in a shouting match when Feingold accused Specter of writing discrimination into the Constitution.

"I don't need to be lectured by you. You are no more a protector of the Constitution than am I," Specter shouted.

"If you want to leave, good riddance!"

UPDATE: "I've enjoyed your lecture, too, Mr. Chairman," replied Feingold, D-Wisconsin, who is considering a run for president in 2008. "See ya."

ATTENTION MR. SPECTER: Ehem. *Cough* Ehem.

Upon taking office, Senators-elect must swear or affirm that they will "support and defend the Constitution." The president of the Senate or a surrogate administers the oath to newly elected or re-elected Senators. The oath is required by the Constitution; the wording is prescribed by law.

Here's some further information about the proposed amendment in its current form (pulled from the first link on this post):

The proposed amendment would bar same-sex couples from marrying, block courts and state legislatures allowing gay marriage, nullify marriages already performed in Massachusetts - the only state in the country where they are currently legal - and according to critics possibly block civil unions and override domestic partner laws.

The amendment was introduced by Senator Wayne Allard and reads: "Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman."

The second sentence, which could be used to broaden the scope to include civil unions and partner benefits, could be removed before the issue comes to a full Senate vote. Some GOP amendment supporters have indicated they would vote against the measure if the sentence remains.

Either way, any amendment blocking gay marriage is being fought by most Democrats and LGBT civil rights groups.

I feel it bears repeating. I. LOVE. (<3). SENATOR. FEINGOLD!!!!!

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New Progressive Patriots Video! [Apr. 19th, 2006|01:28 pm]
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[mood |chipperchipper]

Fresh from Texas, I present to you:


I like the fun surprise at the end.

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Feingold At The End Of The Rainbow [Apr. 12th, 2006|08:24 pm]
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[mood |chipperchipper]

I found this article today, and while it may only apply to a few of us in this group, it is a showing of further supporters for Russ.

Feingold At The End Of The Rainbow

by Wayne Besen

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If we show ourselves to be feckless and unable to rally support, it will be the last time in the foreseeable future that a legitimate presidential contender takes a risk to support our full inclusion in the American dream.

Quite frankly, if we let him down, we don't deserve further support. Feingold has laid on the train tracks, and we must be equally courageous by seizing control of the train and driving it on a new track. For if a powerful bloc of progressives and GLBT advocates join forces to put Feingold in a position to win the Democratic nomination, the world will take notice and backing marriage equality won't seem like political suicide to so many candidates.

Realistically, it will be an uphill battle for Feingold to win the nomination. But now might be a rare moment where the senator could pull off an upset. As a crusader for campaign finance reform in the age of Jack Abramoff, Feingold can offer himself as the candidate who can clean-up corruption in Washington. His motion to censure President Bush for illegally wiretapping Americans makes him appear almost prophetic, as new scandals roil the Bush administration by the day.

Most important, Feingold appears reasonable and presidential on television. One can easily imagine him in the Oval Office with his finger near the button. He is attractive and articulate with a thoughtful array of public policies that are innovative, yet mainstream. His Midwestern sensibility also connects with voters in the crucial Great Lakes region.

Pooling our resources for Feingold in the primaries is a wise move that will allow our community to show its strength and send the message that we will not be taken for granted. And, it will not hurt the Democratic Party's chances against Republicans in the general election, since the community can rally behind the eventual nominee if Feingold comes up short.

A thoroughbred has announced his support before the presidential horserace has even begun. It is now our moral responsibility to ride him to the end of the rainbow, where we might just find a pot of gold in Feingold.

©365Gay.com 2006

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Sunflowers for Russ [Apr. 5th, 2006|06:43 pm]
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[mood |tiredtired]

As a show of support and solidarity for Russ' censure motion, a group of avid supporters have come up with the idea of sending Russ sunflowers. This is geared to be a physical display of support vs. financial donations which some argue are 'invisible'.

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Feingold Announces Support For Gay Marriage [Apr. 4th, 2006|06:05 pm]
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[mood |pleasedpleased]

I love this man. I love him so much I want to give him a never ending hug.

Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) has come out in favor of marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples.

In a meeting with constituents in Kenosha County in his home state, Feingold was asked if he supported a proposed amendment to the Wisconsin constitution to bar same-sex marriage and civil unions.

The measure was cleared last month and will be put to voters in November.

“The proposed ban on civil unions and marriage is a mean-spirited attempt to divide Wisconsin and I indicated that it should be defeated,” Feingold replied to the questioner.

“It discriminates against thousands of people in our communities – our co-workers, our neighbors, our friends, and our family members. It would single out members of a particular group and forever deny them rights and protections granted to all other Wisconsin citizens. It would also outlaw civil unions and jeopardize many legal protections for all unmarried couples, whether of the same or the opposite sex. We shouldn’t enshrine this prejudice in our state’s Constitution.”

Feingold later went on to express his support for the right of gays and lesbians to marry.

"Gay and lesbian couples should be able to marry and have access to the same rights, privileges and benefits that straight couples currently enjoy,” Feingold said.

“Denying people this basic American right is the kind of discrimination that has no place in our laws, especially in a progressive state like Wisconsin. The time has come to end this discrimination and the politics of divisiveness that has become part of this issue.”

Feingold holds listening sessions in each of Wisconsin’s 72 counties every year.

His position was hailed Tuesday by LGBT rights groups.

"Senator Feingold's public support for marriage fairness is the type of leadership this country so desperately needs and deserves," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.

Senator Feingold is taking a common-sense step toward fairness. He understands that America is at its' best when all members of our society are treated equally."

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force called the position "principled".

"Senator Feingold's announcement today is more than an important step forward in the struggle for equal rights. At long last, progressive and fair-minded Americans have a leader taking the ethically and morally correct stand for marriage equality — no equivocation, waffling or hairsplitting," said NGLTF executive director Matt Foreman.

Gay Democrats embraced the Senator's remarks.

"Americans are quickly moving towards full support for marriage equality, and we are seeing a new generation of Democrats emerge whose leadership will help turn that support into law," said Jo Wyrick, of National Stonewall Democrats.
(Emphasis mine.)

Now this is why I love Russ; not only for his stance on this particular issue, but also because it shows how Sen. Feingold is unafraid to take a stance on a very divisive issue. I'm so proud of my senator.

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Feingold Invited to Defect from the Dems [Mar. 28th, 2006|06:20 pm]
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I have a new found respect for The Green Party. I'm not saying I'm ready to join their ranks...but I respect them nonetheless.

The Wisconsin Green Party supports Senator Russ Feingold's introduction of Senate Resolution 398, calling for the Censure of President Bush for illegal wiretapping.

"We know that Senator Feingold is not getting much support from Democrats or Republicans for this minimal request for accountability, " said Bob Poeschl, Co-chair of the Wisconsin Green Party. "We would welcome Senator Feingold into the Green Party - a party that defends the Bill of Rights and the civil rights of Wisconsin citizens, and holds our President and other elected officials accountable. The Democratic Party's silence on Feingold's censure is the latest manifestation of its unwillingness to stand for even the most basic of principles - those upon which our nation was founded."

"Senator Feingold has long stood for safeguarding the civil rights of the American people," said Rae Vogeler, Green candidate running for Senator Kohl's seat in the November, 2006 election. "Censure is a tool of accountability in the Senate, and is a good first step. We support the resolution of censure, but call upon Feingold to go one step further, and support Rep. John Conyers' demand to investigate President Bush for impeachable offenses. We call upon Wisconsin members of the House of Representatives to introduce Articles of Impeachment, which is that body's recourse when our President threatens our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

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The link to their official posting on this topic can be found here.

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Another Great Censure Article [Mar. 26th, 2006|01:34 am]
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Picked up this article from The Progressive Patriots Fund website.

Indeed, last Sunday, Democrats had to endure the additional embarrassment of hearing William Kristol, the editor of The Weekly Standard and a key conservative opinion-maker, announce on Fox News Sunday that Senator Feingold “is smarter than the Democratic Congressional leadership” and “deserves credit for taking a principled stand.” What’s more, Mr. Kristol argued, “I think he’s winning this debate …. As long as the charge is out there [that President Bush has broken the law] and is unrebutted, it helps.” And while Mr. Kristol by no means endorses Mr. Feingold’s aims, he “is making his case coherently. He’s an impressive politician.”

This really is a great write up. I just had to pick my favorite paragraph. I love it when GOP commentators can't help but acknowledge the savvy of our favorite U.S. Senator.

Plus, they have a rather cool image of Feingold on their front page.

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Together Again [Mar. 26th, 2006|01:20 am]
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- As violence continued to plague Iraq on Saturday, two U.S. senators visited the country and asked leaders to overcome political obstacles and form a long-awaited national unity government.

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, was joined by Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wisconsin, as he said that he was "guardedly optimistic" that Iraqi leaders could form a government "within weeks."

"I come away with the impression that the Iraqi leaders understand the sense of urgency that we have conveyed to them," McCain said. "We all know the polls show declining support amongst the American people, and we feel that it would be important to have a government, not only for American public opinion, but for the Iraqi people to have a government they can identify with and rely on."

McCain gets all the media attention in this article. I wonder if Russ had anything to say during his visit. Anybody come across any statements, etc?

Do you suppose they chose to travel together? I don't know how Senate travel plans are made.
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