guide to: Issues and races to watch, election day 2010

picture-4Two years after placing President Obama in the White House with a burst of national ebullience, we are greeting decision 2010 in a decidedly different national mood. Americans continue to be affected by the recession, despite it meeting its official end since the last election cycle.  Despite the economy dominating the election,  many other important issues will be influences when the country heads to the polls. Here are some things and people to keep in mind and spread the (last minute!) word about!

On the ballot in Colorado is Amendment 62, also known as the Fetal Personhood Amendment.  The initiative would give constitutional rights to fertilized eggs, severely limiting women’s access to birth control and abortion.  Though similar initiatives have been defeated in the past, it is critical that advocates for reproductive freedom not become complacent, and continue to spread awareness of the ongoing efforts to undermine women’s reproductive rights.

In Washington state, staunch supporter of immigrant, women’s and worker’s rights, Patty Murray, is threatened by Dino Rossi, who is pro-life, anti-gay marriage, and received only a 6% approval rating from the Washington State Labor council.

In Arizona, Proposition 107 would roll back equality efforts by banning affirmative action in statewide and locally administrated government agencies.

Gubernatorial candidates in 20 different states support strict anti-immigration measures, similar to the infamous Arizona law.

These issues are just a sampling of the human rights issues which will be impacted by this election. Remember that the most important thing you can do is VOTE! After the election is decided, we will continue to keep an eye on these pressing issues, so that however they are affected by the election results, we can continue to advocate for causes that are important to us. We hope you’ll join us!

November 2, 2010 by Ava
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