Don’t Let SCOTUS Have the Last Word on Voting Rights

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In the Freedom Summer of 1964, several hundred students from across the United States traveled to Mississippi to register black voters in the face of discriminatory voting laws. This year’s 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer calls for a renewed focus on the obstacles U.S. citizens still face in securing the right to vote. Perhaps […]

What Was Achieved at the White House Summit on Working Families?

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The White House convened a summit this week, co-sponsored by the White House Council on Women and Girls, the Department of Labor and the Center for American Progress, to address the concerns of working families in the United States. Besides casting a national spotlight on families in the workforce, the immediate result of the summit included […]

The World Cup Women’s Bandwagon — Only for Sex Kittens

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Like millions of viewers around the world, I’ve spent my last few weekends glued to the TV, basking in the glow of riveting World Cup 2014 matches. I was one of many who called out sick from life between June 12 and July 13—sick with World Cup fever. For hardcore soccer fans, scheduling meals and […]

Will Peace Corps Volunteers Finally Receive Abortion Coverage?

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The Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved a proposal to allow federal health care to cover abortions for Peace Corps volunteers in certain situations. The proposal is included in the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, which next moves to a full-Senate vote. The proposal mirrors the language of the Peace Corps Equity Act, a stand-alone bill […]

Children, Families Protest at Capitol for Immigrant Rights

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The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) has issued a directive to President Obama and House Republicans: We want immigration reform now. In their Stop Separating Families campaign, the immigrant-rights coalition is giving legislators until June 28 to pass immigration reform legislation that halts the deportation of immigrant families. According to FIRM, June 28 “will mark […]

Street Harassment USA

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Hey, baby! Oh mami, come over here. Smile for me, sweetheart! Chances are, most of us have heard some variation of these catcalls. In fact, 65 percent of women and 25 percent of men in the U.S. have encountered street harassment, according to a recent study. Of the women surveyed, 57 percent experienced verbal harassment […]

Melinda Gates, and Why We MUST Talk About Abortion

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Reprinted from RH Reality Check. Read the original here. While they don’t bother putting her name on the Forbes list, by virtue of marriage Melinda Gates is the richest woman in the world. She proudly considers herself an advocate for family planning and women’s health. “I am focused on one thing,” she wrote in a recent blog […]

Protest Saturday: Misogynistic MRA Conference in Detroit

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This Saturday, a group of protesters in Detroit will rally in Grand Circus Park and march to the Doubletree Hotel, demanding that the hotel cancel the upcoming Conference for Men’s Issues. The conference, hosted by well-known men’s right’s organization A Voice For Men (AVfM) is set to take place at the hotel from June 26th-28th, […]

Medical Provider Says: Risk of Unsafe Abortion in Texas is Growing

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Often, patients wait five or six hours to see me. I don’t like the situation, but ever since the “privileges” requirement took effect Oct. 31, 2013, I have been the lone abortion provider for our Texas clinic. Lawmakers argued that requiring every provider to have hospital admitting privileges would make abortion safer. But the argument […]

Proposed Rule Change for High-Tech Migrant Workers’ Spouses Isn’t Enough

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On May 6, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a press release announcing it would extend work permits to the spouses of highly skilled immigrants in hopes of attracting and retaining these temporary migrant professionals. Since then, headlines such as: “H-1B visa spouses to get work permits soon” and “United States Changes Visa […]