Sunday, May 31, 2009

Gynechologist Assasinated as He Enters His Church This Morning

Dr. George Tiller has been shot and killed at his Wichita church.

The shooting happened around ten o'clock Sunday morning at the Reformation Lutheran Church.

Full article here:

More to come on this one I'm sure.

We've already been warned that the wingnuts were out there buying more guns. So far, they've been killing their own families. Now...I hope the FBI is all over this one and soon.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Do you know a Woman Leader? Are YOU a Leader?

The Coro Center for Civic Leadership is currently looking for the region’s outstanding women leaders to join the upcoming group of Women in Leadership (WIL). Women in Leadership is a twelve-week, part-time, evening training program designed for high-achieving women with demonstrated leadership experience in the private, public, or non-profit sectors.

Coro is currently looking for nominations of the regions inspiring women, if your co-worker, friend, or sister is a woman that leads, please consider nominating her for this exciting program. If you are looking to take on a leadership role, network with a group of women, and affect positive change in the region – consider applying to this exciting program!

To learn more about the Women in Leadership Program please visit or contact Misti McKeehen at 412.258.2676. Nominations are welcome and encouraged. Please contact us to nominate a woman today. All applications for WIL XIII are due July 31, 2009.


i love this poem so i'm sharing. happy friday all:

Phenomenal Woman

by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Local trained campaign staffers?

If you're interested in this topic and/or local politics, please join the Run, Baby, Run group:

My latest concern, which I haven't heard/read about is the dearth of locally based, trained, experienced campaign staff.

I posted my thoughts on this situation on the Run, Baby, Run yahoo group, please go there if you'd like to chime in.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Hey Society Ladies ...

We are up to nearly 50 bloggers! Plus, we just passed our 2 year anniversary.

I'm trying to make sure all Society bloggers are subscribed to the Society google group. If you did NOT receive the test email I sent out tonight, please email me sue @ and tell me what your blogspot name is so I can get you signed up.


Celebrate Pride: Meet and Greet the Indigo Girls

What better way to celebrate Pride than a concert and meet n' greet with the most awesome lesbians in the musicverse? Few other LGBTQ musical groups embody the spirit of Stonewall Pride better than this iconic twosome.

The event benefits the Lambda Foundation of Pittsburgh which has given away nearly a million dollars to local LGBTQ organizations, big and small. This organization has been part of nearly every LGBTQ initiative, project and program over the past 25 years. And they've done it a few thousand at a time.

Tickets for the nearly sold out show and the meet and greet are $77.00!

More information on the tickets are here.

But wait ... you can enter to win a FREE pair of tickets for the meet and greet and the concert courtesy of Lambda and the Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents. Just go here to enter!

City of Pittsburgh Stimulus Oversight

Councilman Peduto is working towards getting a citizens' committee set up to oversee where the fed's stimulus money is spent in our fair city. This is a good idea.

I suggest we email all of council and remind them that "citizens" includes both female and male. This will, hopefully, prevent an all MALE committee from being formed, (see Rendell, Governor).

Yes indeedy, most council members are hip to the fact that TWO genders make up Pittsburgh's citizens, but they don't always take any kind of diversity into consideration when appointing people to commissions, committees, what have you.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Pittsburgh Flicks - Movie Making in the 'Burgh

As a Pittsburgh woman blogger with way too much time on her hands, I've started a new blog about one of my favorite interests, movie making. However, I've focused the new site, Pittsburgh Flicks on the movies that have been made, are being made and will be made here in Pittsburgh. Hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Natalia Rudiak in City Council District 4

Media Contact:
John Fournier, Campaign Manager


Natalia Rudiak Wins!
To Speak at 9:30

May 19, 2009—Natalia Rudiak is expected to address a crowd of supporters and volunteers at 9:30 this evening. Preliminary shows that Rudiak has won the race for Pittsburgh City Council District 4 with Patrick Reilly placing second and Anthony Coghill placing third.




It's 2:30 p.m., do you know where your vote is?

If it's nowhere, you've got til 8 p.m. to get it in the ballot box.

I'm Gloria Forouzan and I approve this message. And, yeah, I know we don't use ballot boxes anymore, so sue me.

i was saying this before the economy tanked.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Oh. My. God -- the Marriage Amendment is back

File this under wtf.

Five states have marriage equality. Two more are on the cusp. Dan Onorato embraces the homos here in Allegheny County.

But Blair County wants to revisit the marriage amendment.

Meanwhile, the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law finds that marriage equality pays. It pays Mass to the tune of $111 million over four years. Without destroying a single heterosexual marriage.

For crying out loud. Look out for signs saying the Post-Gazette endorses the marriage amendment.

Join Steel City Stonewall Democrats today. Please.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

I got a horse right here, her name ain't Paul Revere

Rachel Alexandra won the Preakness today.

She's the first filly to win the Preakness in 85 years.

I've never watched any of these horse races (I work in politics, get enough of the allusions there).

But I wish I would've watched today's race.

WAMO format flip

Citing the market, WAMO will flip to an all-religious format.

Great. Not only to do we lose the only progressive voice on the radio, we get Focus on the Family to replace it.

I'm Sue Kerr, the Post-Gazette endorsed blogger.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Who do you endorse?

My 2009 endorsements, in alphabetical order (and, for the record, I approve this message):

Susan Banahasky, District Judge, (district consists of the 6th & 9th wards: Polish Hill, lower & central Lawrenceville). To volunteer/donate:

Susan’s Facebook page: “Banahasky for District Magistrate”:’

Barbara Ernsberger, for Commonwealth Judge, statewide office

Hugh McGough, Court of Common Pleas, Allegheny County

Bill Peduto, Pittsburgh City Council,
Also worth a look, Bill’s new site,

Natalia Rudiak, Pittsburgh City Council,

Sunday, May 10, 2009

The National Women's History Museum

Hi Contributors of the Pittsburgh Women's Blogging Society,

Hope this note finds you doing well and enjoying the Spring weather. We were in touch last fall about The National Women’s History Museum’s efforts to secure a permanent home on the National Mall. The legislative fight continues this year as Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) re-introduced The National Women’s History Museum Act (H.R. 1700) with bipartisan support on March 25, 2009.In the meantime, the Museum continues to operate online. At this time, the Museum’s staffers are working on two cyber exhibits – one on women in film and one on African-American women. The Museum wants to hear from YOU what subject they should cover next in their cyber museum.

If you have suggestions for potential exhibits, please visit their blog ( and leave a comment with your recommendations. You might see them come to life in the very near future!

Warm regards,

Erin Skinner,

on behalf of the National Women’s History Museum

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Yard Sign Thuggery

There's lots of jokes, especially from political campaign crews coming into Southwestern PA from other parts of the US, about our penchant for yard signs.

In recent days, Natalia Rudiak, City Council candidate and Susan Banahasky, District Judge candidate, have had many of their yard signs stolen.

If you've ever worked on a grassroots campaign you know how hard a grassroots candidate works to raise each dollar. Organizing volunteers for unsexy, arduous tasks such as distributing yard signs is also a major enterprise.

Yard sign thuggery happens every election season. It speaks loudly about how little the opponents' supporters value democracy, private property and basic rights.

If you live in either of these women's districts, please keep in mind the nature of their opponents' "supporters".

Yeah, I say 'Go for it', judge them by the company they keep.