NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Upholds Temporary Ban on Wisconsin Anti-Abortion Law

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The Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal today by Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to overturn the temporary injunction against a Wisconsin law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic. Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin signed the bill into law in July 2013.  The requirements […]

NEWSFLASH: Abortion Providers’ Privileges Reinstated

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Two Texas doctors—Lamar Robinson and Jasbir Ahluwalia—had their admitting privileges reinstated last week at the University General Hospital in Dallas (UGHD). Their privileges were revoked in late March for performing legal abortions at clinics independent of the hospital. Texas’s House Bill 2 (HB2) took effect in November 2013, requiring that abortion providers have admitting privileges within […]

NEWSFLASH: Obama Plans to Sign Executive Order Prohibiting LGBT Job Discrimination

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The White House announced today that President Obama plans to sign an executive order that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This is a huge step forward in protecting the rights of LGBTQ federal employees, particularly because the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which was passed inthe Senate […]

NEWSFLASH: Obama Eases Student Debt, But Senate Blocks Loan Bill

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In an effort to help combat the nationwide student debt crisis, President Obama on Monday signed an executive order to help ease the burden of student loan payments. Seventy-one percent of those earning a bachelor’s degree graduate with debt, which averages $29,400, according to a White House press release. The presidential memorandum directs secretary of […]

Seattle Goes to the Mat for Minimum Wage

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The Seattle City Council last week unanimously approved an increase in the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, the highest in the nation. That’s more than double the current federal minimum of $7.25. This news represents a huge victory for low-paid workers, the majority of whom are women. The increase will be phased in […]

Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize Cancelled in Wake of Brunei Protests

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Looks like the Dorchester Collection of hotels, owned by the Sultan of Brunei, is being reminded that homophobia and misogyny is never en vogue. The Dorchester Collection had to cancel the fashion prize that it awards to rising designers each year amidst controversy that has surrounded the hotel group since the sultan decided to enact […]

NEWSFLASH: One More Reason Why Military Women Need More Protection from Sexual Assault

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Though lawmakers such as Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) have done much in the past year to bring the issue of military rape to the forefront of the U.S. Congress, a recent case of sexual assault in the Army shows that there is still a lot of work to be done. Staff Sgt. Angel M. Sanchez, […]

NEWSFLASH: 101 McDonald’s Workers Arrested in Huge Protest

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Between 1,000 and 2,000 McDonald’s employees and labor rights supporters flooded McDonald’s headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., on Wednesday, just hours before the company’s annual shareholders meeting. Chanting slogans such as “No Big Macs, No Fries, Make Our Wage Supersize,” the protestors called for a $15-an-hour wage and the right to unionize. But as they […]

NEWSFLASH: Beverly Hills Condemns Sultan of Brunei; More Groups Boycott Hotels

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International outrage surged this week over the Sultan of Brunei’s new Taliban-like laws, which will see gay men and lesbians stoned to death and women who have abortions publicly flogged. The Beverly Hills City Council unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday condemning the laws and urging Brunei to divest its ownership in the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel. Reads […]

NEWSFLASH: Fast-Food Workers to Strike Worldwide!

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At a press conference outside a Manhattan McDonald’s this morning, the group Fast Food Forward announced that workers around the globe will undertake a one-day strike on May 15 to push for higher pay and workers’ rights. The 15th is a perfectly symbolic day to strike, as the strikers’ pay goal is $15 an hour. […]