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Posted by: thepinetree on 06/21/2017 07:25 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 06/21/2017 07:25 AM
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Local Women Stage Handmaid’s Tale Protest at Rep. Tom McClintock’s Town Hall Meeting in Jackson

Jackson, CA...On Monday, June 19, Sierra foothill residents staged a powerful silent protest at Rep. Tom McClintock’s Argonaut High School town hall meeting in Jackson, California. Dressed in the red robes and stark white bonnets featured in the 1985 Margaret Atwood novel, The Handmaid's Tale, a dozen women, ages 12-70, walked into the center of the gym in pairs to protest McClintock’s tenure in office and his voting record. During his time in the House, McClintock (R-CA) has voted against pay equity for women, protections against sexual harassment and discrimination, and the Violence Against Women Acts of 2009 and 2013.

“History has its eyes on you,” said a hand-painted banner unfurled by two women accompanying the handmaids. The silent handmaids included Foothills Rising co-founders Kate Hege of Amador City and Amber Hoiska of Ione, “Who Are We McClintock? Calling Group” founder Alisa Jaffe Holleron of Fiddletown, and members of Indivisible. Foothills Rising is based primarily in Amador and Calaveras Counties.

"The autocracy, the lack of democracy, the things that are happening to women, the things that are happening to the environment, and the dystopian future presented by that novel are issues we have to worry about today," said Foothills Rising Co-Founder Steve Wilensky of Glencoe, a former Calaveras County supervisor. Wilensky acted in the role of the chauffeur at the protest, in another nod to the novel, which has recently been adapted into a 2017 Hulu television series.

The action and costumes were Hege’s brainchild. On Monday evening, she said, “Tonight, we showed Tom McClintock what local organizing looks like.” Her mother-in-law, Amy Turner, a fourth-generation Amador County resident, hand sewed the dozen robes and bonnets in Amador City. Before the women walked silently into the crowded gymnasium, Foothills Rising members distributed a handout explaining the correlation between misogyny and autocracy.

Foothills Rising seeks to foster community-building, participation in local government, presence in state government, and pressure on the federal government through community organizing. The group’s next open, public meeting is Sunday, June 25 at 3pm, in the Mokelumne Hill Town Hall. The guest speaker will be Congressional candidate Roza Calderon, one of four female opponents McClintock is facing in 2018. Other announced candidates include Regina Bateson, Rochelle

Wilcox and Jessica Morse. Jack Garamendi, Calaveras County Supervisor, will also be speaking to the group about “Running for Local Office and why you should do it.”

A link to video footage of the silent protest is on YouTube at:

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-06-21 07:31:41   By: Anonymous
Get a life people and take those lamp shades off of your heads. Go do something constructive like drugs and alcohol.

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    Re: Merit Wages
    Posted on: 2017-06-21 09:03:20   By: Anonymous
    All wages should be paid on Merit not your sex. You want that top wage you bust your @$$ and show the top dogs you are worth that top wage. Millions of women do it yearly and do not cry about it like the Liberal Progressive Democrats do.

    How big are your balls to go after what you want is the question every last Liberal Progressive Woman out there should be asking themselves not sitting around with their hands out expecting anything just be given to them.

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      Re: Merit Wages
      Posted on: 2017-06-21 14:49:21   By: Anonymous
      These ignorant protesters smell of hypocrisy!
      Check out this exposing article from today's news.

      Home Politics
      By Jillian Kay Melchior
      June 21, 2017

      Progressive Democrat members of Congress have rallied around the Raise the Wage Act, which would raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2024. But they may want to fix a glaring income inequality issue in their own offices first.

      Of the nearly 190 Democrat members of Congress co-sponsoring the $15 minimum-wage legislation, the vast majority don’t pay their own interns a penny. (WHAT!?!?)

      The analysis, conducted by the right-of-center Employment Policies Institute, found that only 10 of the co-sponsors of the bill offer their interns any compensation whatsoever, usually in the form of a stipend.

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        Re: Merit Wages
        Posted on: 2017-06-21 19:37:28   By: Anonymous

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-06-21 07:37:50   By: Anonymous
What foul riders had been attached to those bills? Many good bills are used pass bad legislation

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-06-21 07:43:47   By: Anonymous
That takes protesting to another level!! Very cool ladies! I tend to back Tom but your protest was a breath of fresh air in today's political climate

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BLue Lake Springs..
Posted on: 2017-06-21 11:30:40   By: Anonymous
Probably more idiots from BLS!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-06-21 11:37:26   By: Anonymous
Whack Jobs. Get a Life.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-06-21 11:42:55   By: Anonymous
Maybe its time to bring back witch burning.

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    Posted on: 2017-06-21 18:47:08   By: Anonymous
    maybe it is time for hillbilly burning you stupid f--k

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      Posted on: 2017-06-21 19:37:43   By: Anonymous

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Posted on: 2017-06-22 11:38:28   By: Anonymous
Silent Protest based on the best seller was the perfect way of making an impact Monday night. I applaud each of you and thank you
Mr. Wilinsky

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    Re: Excellent
    Posted on: 2017-06-23 12:02:09   By: Anonymous
    I've got a silent protest for you , pull my finger

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