Protest greets Romney: We are women and we vote

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KIRKWOOD, Mo - "The majority opinion, the opinion of women, the scientific evidence - none of it matters to the right wing. None of it matters to Mitt Romney," Mallory Schwarz told the People's World, as about 50 activists protested the Republican presidential hopeful's campaign stop here at City Park.

"People are up-set," Schwarz, a student, continued. "We care about what is going on. We are women and we vote."

Schwarz also talked about Romney's "flip-flopping" and past support for reproductive rights, birth control and choice.

She said his ideas - and the other Republican presidential candidates' ideas - are "outdated" and "from the dark-ages."

Mitt Romney is currently the Republican presidential front-runner. And while Romney and Rick Santorum both won more delegate in Tuesday's primary elections, neither candidate is anywhere near clinching the 1,144 delegates needed to be the Republican presidential nominee.

Santorum's victories in Alabama and Mississippi and Romney's victories in Hawaii and America Samoa will likely force the nomination process to drag on for another few months, possibly until the Republican National Convention.

Additionally, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are still actively campaigning - claiming they represent the "real conservative base" - which will likely continue to demoralize the fiscal and social conservative factions of an increasingly divided Republican Party.

All of which bodes well for an energized and united people's movement headed by organized labor, people of color, women and students.

Additionally, the AFL-CIO and many individual international and local unions have already endorsed President Barack Obama and are actively beginning to make plans to mobilize hundreds of thousands of union members.

They plan on door knocking, phone banking, distributing worksite leaflets and talking to their neighbors about President Obama's stance on issues that benefit working families.

Bradley Harmon, president of the Missouri State Workers' Union (CWA-MSWU) Local 6355, told the People's World, "It is clear that Mitt Romney hates working people."

"He has said many times that he wants to establish a national right-to-work law and get rid of the National Labor Relations Board. He calls union leaders and members stooges and thugs," Harmon added.

"He couldn't make it clearer. He hates working people. He sees us as commodities," Harmon concluded.

Pamela Merritt, from Planned Parenthood, said, "We plan on holding those who aspire to high office accountable."

She said the Republican presidential candidates "feel entitled to make decisions for women."

"It is unbelievable that we are actually having a debate about birth control," she added. "Millions of women use birth control for various health reasons," not because they are "sluts or prostitutes," as Rush Limbaugh claims.

Both Merritt and Schwarz talked about the proposed bust of Limbaugh in the Hall of Famous Missourians. Schwarz called it "unconscionable" and said Limbaugh belongs in a "Hall of Shame."

And while Harmon was optimistic about the upcoming presidential elections, he also said, "We face a lot of challenges."

"It has been bad for working people for a long time. President Obama has helped make things better. We're making progress. People are getting back to work. The economy is getting better," Harmon said.

"But a lot of people have lost hope and Citizen's United means the right wing will pour more money into these elections than ever before."

"That just means we've got to educate our members and tell them what the real choices are," Harmon concluded. "We can't afford to let Romney win."

Photo: Schwartz, third from left. Tony Pecinovsky/PW

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  • I am so proud of young people who are out trying to make a difference for our country. Women's rights are so important and when men try to make decisions for women, it makes me feel "barefoot and pregnant". When I was younger I was so happy when R vs W passed, but now I wonder if it ever really did with all the flippant remarks,

    Posted by Donna Schwarz, 03/16/2012 4:13pm (3 years ago)

  • A pox on all the Republican candidates.

    Was there ever a more flawed set of candidates?

    Posted by Ronald Humphrey, 03/16/2012 6:31am (3 years ago)

  • Please come and send Mitt packing. Saturday at 10 pm at the Kirkwood community center show up and vote for my delegate slate. We are for ending corruption and corporate greed. Mitt has a core here and we need all the votes we can get.

    Posted by Jesse, 03/15/2012 6:18pm (3 years ago)

  • Boo!, Romney, your are so out of touch with women!

    Posted by michele, 03/14/2012 3:45pm (3 years ago)

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