The Last 5 Years Have Been Terrible for Abortion Rights

Of all the abortion restrictions enacted in the nearly 43 years since Roe v. Wade, 27 percent have become law in the last five years, according to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute. That’s the largest number of restrictions enacted in any five-year period since the Supreme Court decided Roe. While states cannot legally deny […]

NEWSFLASH: Planned Parenthood Shooting Suspect Says He’s a “Warrior for the Babies”

After an armed, hours-long standoff with police outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo. late last month month, Robert L. Dear was arrested; later, during talks with law enforcement, he spoke of “baby parts.” Now, the suspected shooter has declared his own guilt in court and seems to have made clear his motivation for […]

Amazon Announces Big Benefits for New Parents

Corporate giant Amazon unveiled an updated parental paid leave policy Monday, extending benefits to over 200,000 employees. According to the company’s revised policy, full-time workers who have been with the company at least one year will receive six weeks of paid parental leave, regardless of gender or whether they are birth or adoptive parents. That means birth […]

NEWSFLASH: Trial of Police Officer Accused of Assaulting 13 Black Women Begins

The trial of former Oklahoma City Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw begins today. Holtzclaw faces a total of 36 charges, six for first-degree rape. All of Holtzclaw’s alleged victims are African American women. In pre-trial hearings, prosectors argued that Holtzclaw targeted vulnerable women—including sex workers, those with addictions and women with active warrants—in his crimes, knowing they’d fear […]

NEWSFLASH: LGBT Californians Make Legal Strides

Wednesday Oct. 7 marked a big day for LGBT Californians. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed into law four bills that protect same-sex families, LGBT students and more. Each of the four bills targets a different flaw in existing law: AB 959, authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D), requires certain state health and social service agencies to collect sexual […]

California Domestic Violence Survivors Gain New Protections

On October 1, the first day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed into law a bill granting domestic violence survivors the legal right to transfer their cell phone numbers out of accounts controlled by their abusers. Currently, many wireless providers require account holders to grant permission to anyone wishing to transfer a […]

Everything You Need to Know About Sandra Bland

“Once I put this baby in the ground, I’m ready…This means war.” These were the words spoken by Geneva Reed-Veal as she eulogized her late daughter, Sandra Bland, last week. On July 10, 28-year-old Bland was pulled over by police in Prairie View, Texas for allegedly failing to signal before changing lanes. According to police, she became […]

NEWSFLASH: N.Y. Fast-Food Workers to Get $15 Minimum Wage

“You cannot live and support a family on $18,000 in the State of New York, period,” said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) this week. “That’s why we have to raise the minimum wage.” And so they are, at least for fast-food employees working at chains with a minimum 30 U.S. locations. On Wednesday, New […]

Gay in the Workplace? EEOC Says Your Job is Safe

On Thursday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act bars employment discrimination based on sexual orientation—a move that will hugely advance the rights of lesbian, gay and bisexual workers in all 50 states. Until now, many states still legally allowed businesses to fire workers because of their sexual orientation. At […]

Trans People May Soon Serve Openly in Military

By early next year, transgender individuals will likely be allowed to serve openly in the military, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said Monday. The Pentagon is putting together a working group that will conduct a six-month investigation to ensure that lifting the ban on openly transgender service members will not impact the military’s effectiveness. If the investigation is successful, […]