Here are 10 things to be very, very happy for this July 4th:
1) Americans serving our country at home and abroad. 1,452,939 Armed Service members,80,000 AmeriCorp members, and 9,095 Peace Corp volunteers and trainees are serving our country, at home and abroad. I do love our troops!!
2) Americans speak out against sexism. After two female legislators were banned from the Michigan House floor last week after saying “vagina” during a debate about an anti-abortion measure, an estimated 5,000 people gathered at the state capitol for a reading of “The Vagina Monologues.”
3) Occupy Our Homes is saving people from foreclosure. Occupy Our Homes, an outgrowth of the Occupy Wall Street movement, has helped senior citizens, veterans, and disabled Americans facing foreclosure, stay in their homes.
4) Women have greater access to contraception. In a huge victory for women’s health, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that most employers will be required to cover contraception in their health plans, along with other preventive services, with no cost-sharing such as co-pays or deductibles.
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