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...Women and Poverty Interview with Gwendolyn Mink, author and activist, conducted by Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus
Leading Democratic Presidential Candidates Ignore Issues of Women and Poverty

Interview with Gwendolyn Mink, author and activist, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

In a recent national survey conducted by the Lifetime women's television channel, 85 percent of women said a candidate's position on violence against women would impact their vote in the upcoming presidential election. Eighty-two percent cited equal pay and women's health issues as a priority, and 76 percent chose access to affordable childcare. Unfortunately, the candidates are barely addressing any of these issues.

The websites of almost all the candidates pay homage to these and other gender-specific issues, but on the campaign trail they are all but silent about them. At a forum last summer sponsored by the National Organization for Women, the only candidates who attended were Howard Dean, Dennis Kucinich, Al Sharpton and Carol Moseley Braun. Dean, Kucinich and Joe Lieberman were the only candidates to participate in a women's forum held in New Hampshire just before that state's primary. Frontrunner John Kerry and his rivals John Edwards and General Wesley Clark were all missing in action.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Gwendolyn Mink, author, activist and member of the Welfare Made a Difference Campaign. Mink is particularly concerned with the impact of current economic policies on poor women who are recipients of welfare funds under the Temporary Aid to Needy Families, or TANF, program. She charges that in Sen. Kerry's appeal to military veterans, he has totally ignored pressing gender issues. Mink comments more favorably on the positions of Dean and Kucinich.

For more information on issues of women and poverty, call the Welfare Made a Difference Campaign at (212) 894-8082 or visit their website at

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Gender issues or hundreds of issues are not going to mean jack shit if bush is reselected. People, we are not going to get a prince charming for president, so please get off the anal/mentality, and see what is happening. You can focus on any number of issues and get fixated, and totally miss the boat. So, what, are you not going to vote for the democrat if he doesn't come out with a stong focus on what you want him to focus on? Imagine this: 4 more years is going to be nothing less than the full rise of the 4th reich. There will be staged "terror" attacks, FORCED VACCINATIONS, QUARANTEEN FOR THOSE WHO REFUSE, MILITARY CHECK POINTS, ACTIVISTS DISSAPEARING, A FULL SUSPENSION OF THE CONSITUTION AND A FULL BLOWN NIGHTMARE THAT IS GOING TO MAKE THINGS AS THEY ARE NOW "THE GOOD OLD DAYS". Do you get the point? We are on the verge of a full on military police state, and we are either going to see the larger picture or do what "liberals" often do which is get totally anal about their favorite cause and miss the bigger picture. So, great, Leiberman was at the event. Did you want him president (before he fortunately dropped out) just because he showed up to support your cause.

None of this is going to matter if these criminals are relected.

IMO we should be focusing on the overall violence that this administration is perpetuating on all of the planet, and all of us. Not just woman, not just Arabs, but EVERYONE.

No one is going to be worse the shrubco. on the issues of gender, poverty, or anything else. It will be miracle enough considering all the factors if the Democrat nominee wins, with bogus elections and all.
So, the reality check is that if the democrat, wheoever his is does NOT beat Shrub, we are in for our worst nightmare. None of this is going to make a rat's ass difference if he is reselected.

And no democrat could possibly be WORSE than Schrub, right???

Get it?

The survival and safety of EVERYONE is at stake.

See the larger picture. Thanks.


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