NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Says “No” to Kansas Abortion-Rights Foe

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It couldn’t have happened to a more deserving fellow. Phill Kline, the former attorney general of Kansas, won’t be getting back his license to practice law for at least three years, thanks to a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. The court upheld, without comment, the decision made last fall by the Kansas Supreme Court […]

NEWSFLASH: Congresswoman Announces Plan for New Campus Rape Legislation

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Sexual assault is rampant on college campuses across the U.S. As we wrote in the winter/spring 2014 issue of Ms., one in five women students will be assaulted during her post-secondary career. The good news is that lawmakers are taking action to stop campus rape: Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) announced earlier this month plans for federal […]

NEWSFLASH: Fast-Food Workers Protest Wage Theft

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Fast-food workers nationwide have come together this week to protest wage theft at chains including McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s. Protesters report having been pressured to work while off the clock, purchase restaurant-related items, such as dish-washing liquid, out of their own pockets and work overtime without proper compensation. The rallies took place across the […]

NEWSFLASH: University of California Creates New Guidelines After Facing Sexual Assault Complaints

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The University of California has created new guidelines for campus administrators to report sexual assault. They are now required to report more types of violence and harassment, provide more support to victims and create harsher punishments for perpetrators. The Clery Act already requires such actions of the university, but UC has also addressed issues that […]

NEWSFLASH: Texas Abortion Restrictions Close Down Three More Women’s Health Clinics

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Since Texas passed House Bill 2 last summer, which placed new restrictions on abortion services, women’s health centers have been closing down across the state. Only 19 of the 44 clinics that provided abortions three years ago are still in operation, and last week three more had to close. Two were located in the Rio […]

NEWSFLASH: Facebook Offers Gender Options and Neutrality

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Facebook released 50 new gender choices for users last week. Users can now express their gender from male or female to pan-sexual, androgynous, trans*, gender-fluid, etc. On Facebook’s Diversity page, the social network posted that it had worked with leading LGBT advocacy organizations to accurately depict multiple gender options: When you come to Facebook to […]

80,000 March in North Carolina Against Radical Right Agenda

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It was a proud day for this Raleigh native. On Saturday, a crowd of riled-up citizens estimated by the North Carolina NAACP to be upwards of 80,000—the largest such gathering in the South since the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march—headed to the state Capitol to protest the extremist policies of North Carolina’s GOP-controlled legislature. Black […]

NEWSFLASH: Freedom for Pussy Riot? UPDATE: Yes!!!

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UPDATE: A prisoner amnesty bill passed in the lower house of the Russian Parliament yesterday, and today Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the two jailed members of Pussy Riot would be among those freed soon (no exact date was given). Of course it’s not like he realized what horrifically punitive treatment they have received […]

NEWSFLASH: Yes, Virginia!

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In a recount of the too-close-to-call November 5 state election, Democrat Mark Herring has come out the victor in the race for Attorney General against Republican Mark Obenshein. Democrats also won for governor (Terry McAuliffe) and lieutenant governor (Ralph Northam) in the November balloting. The anti-choice Obenshain had introduced legislation that would have required women […]

U.S. Supreme Court Abandons Texas Women

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It looks like the women of Texas won’t be getting an 11th-hour reprieve from the U.S. Supreme Court. The country’s highest court decided this week, on a 5-4 vote, that it will not block a recently enacted anti-choice provision that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. That provision—which is extremely […]