Rivas, Kelly

Kelly F. Rivas is a Senior Policy Consultant at Jim Gonzalez & Associates, LLC. She is co-founder and President of the Fem Dems of the Sacramento Region where she encourages pro-activism guided by feminism's core principles of inclusion, equality and diversity. She is also the Media Director of the non-profit REAP (the Renewable Energy Accountability Project).

"Enough is Enough”: New Group Unites to Challenge the “War on Women”

By Kelly Rivas

On Saturday, April 28, 2012, in cities and Capitols across America, a new and growing movement will march and rally to Unite Against the War on Women.  April 28th will be a day for Americans to loudly denounce the ongoing attacks on women from the extreme right as well as to honor the diversity and continued fight for the freedom of women.

All across the country, through legislative proposals, government regulations, and political rhetoric, a war is being waged against women, our bodies, our rights and our freedom. Arizona is making the use of birth control without employer permission a fire worthy offense. Birth control is covered in 28 states, Viagra is covered in all 50. Rape victims must undergo vaginal probing before seeking an abortion in TX and PA and last year, Topeka, Kansas decriminalized domestic violence. Currently over 400 similar bills are being considered federally and within states including the current debate on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (S. 1925) in the U.S. Senate.