Congress Tries Again to Protect Survivors of Military Rape

Congress is challenging top brass' the handling of sexual assault.

The statistics on sexual assault in the U.S. military speak volumes. Nearly one in three servicewomen are raped while serving, twice the rate of the general population. Nearly 90 percent don’t report the assaults, however, and the few cases that get reported are rarely prosecuted. A year after the documentary The Invisible War drew widespread […]

Women’s Peace Groups Oppose Drones


On a warm day this past September, 75-year old Edith Cresmer stood with a clipboard outside the New York Public Library by an 11-by-8-foot replica of a weaponized military drone. She collected petition signatures, spoke with passersby and pushed for a ban on all unmanned government aircraft—especially those that kill. A member of the Granny […]

Nuns Prove Sisterhood Is Powerful


Every Friday since 2007, a group of nuns has stood outside Broadview (Ill.) Detention Center praying with families of immigrant deportees and eventually boarding the buses taking them to the airport. A scene from the new documentary Band of Sisters shows one nun, probably in her 60s, step in front of a police officer who’s […]

NEWSFLASH: Bureaucracy Shows Its Baby Bump

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Dependence on government assistance is the norm for most couples who unintentionally become pregnant. A recent study from the Guttmacher Institute shows two-thirds of them turn to public insurance programs such as Medicaid, nearly twice the rate of people who intended to have kids. State and federal governments spent $12.5 billion dollars in 2008 to […]

Anti-Sodomy Laws: Still Unacceptable


Recently, the Supreme Court threw out Virginia’s attempts to reinstate a state law criminalizing anal and oral sex, putting a spotlight on similar legislation across the United States that targets homosexuality. Although the Supreme Court ruled such laws unconstitutional 10 years ago, citing rights to privacy and equal protection, at least two states–Kansas and Oklahoma–specifically […]

LGBPTTQQIIAA+ — How We Got Here from Gay

Bisexual activists Margo Rila, left, and Maggie Rubenstein in 2002.

Gerard Koskovich, a curator at the The GLBT History Museum in San Francisco, remembers when the term LGBT first came about (the 1990s), and has seen it spread around the world to describe lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Today’s the perfect time to recall the acronym’s origins, since it’s the start of National LGBT History […]

Marissa Alexander Gets New Trial


A Florida woman currently serving 20 years in prison for firing a shot in the vicinity of her abusive husband will get a new trial–but she can’t claim protection under the state’s infamous “stand your ground” law, an appeals court ruled Thursday. No one was hurt in the incident, but mandatory sentencing laws required Marissa […]

Due Respect: Minimum Wage Now Covers Home Caregivers


The U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday it will extend the federal minimum wage and overtime protections provided by the Fair Labor Standards Act to direct-care health workers, who are among the lowest paid employees in the country. The inclusion, which goes into effect January 1, 2015, will benefit nearly 2 million people, 90 percent […]