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President Obama Will Expand Overtime Pay to Millions of Americans
President Obama is proposing a plan this week to broaden overtime pay that is expected to affect millions of Americans in the working class, especially women. In an Op-Ed written for and published by the Huffington Post, President Obama summarized what he called a successful week for Americans.

National Portrait Gallery Honors Dolores Huerta
Feminist Majority Foundation board member and lifelong feminist activist Dolores Huerta was honored by the National Portrait Gallery last night as the first Latina person to have a featured exhibition at the museum. Huerta is an active defender of civil rights, farm workers' rights, women's rights, and immigrant rights, and has been for over five decades.

Women's Rights Activists are Suing the Kenyan Government for Reproductive Rights
A woman in Kenya is suing the Kenyan government for failure to provide safe and legal abortions, which caused her daughter - a 15-year-old rape victim - to suffer a kidney failure after undergoing the procedure illegally. Currently, there are four petitioners on the case: the mother of the survivor, the Federation of Women Lawyers-Kenya, and two other women's rights advocates.

Community Members, Advocates, and Celebrities Stand in Support with Bree Newsome
On June 27, at about 6:30 AM, Bree Newsome scaled the flagpole at South Carolina's Statehouse and removed the confederate flag.

Supreme Court Ruling Prevents Gerrymandering in Arizona
In a 5-4 decision delivered by Justice Ginsburg this morning, the Supreme Court upheld Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, allowing the use of independent state commissions that draw federal congressional districts, taking that power away from the state legislature. This gives states an opportunity to deal with partisan gerrymandering by giving an independent commission power to draw federal congressional districts. In 2000, Arizona voters amended their constitution, shifting the responsibility of drawing congressional districts, previously held by the state legislature, to a panel called the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.

The Supreme Court Just Saved Texas Abortion Clinics
The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 today to put a temporary hold on a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that would have closed all but 9 of the state's abortion clinics in Texas. The order from the Supreme Court comes in response to an emergency request filed by women's health care providers on the behalf of Texas women earlier this month asking the Court to stay House Bill 2, which would have taken effect as law on Wednesday.

Supreme Court Declares Marriage Equality a Constitutional Right
In a 5-4 decision delivered by Justice Anthony Kennedy this morning, the Supreme Court of the United States declared that same-sex couples fundamentally have equal protections under the Constitution. The Supreme Court held that the Fourteenth Amendment requires all 50 states to both license a marriage and recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex.

President Obama Delivers Moving Eulogy in Charleston
The nation is remembering the nine victims of the Emanuel AME Church mass shooting this week, as President Obama gave an unforgettable eulogy for State Senate Reverend Clementa Pinckney. President Obama knew Reverend Pinckney personally, meeting him during his 2008 election campaign.

Supreme Court Decides: Obamacare Lives
In a momentous victory, the US Supreme Court today upheld the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and protected access to health insurance for millions of families and individuals. In its 6-3 decision authored by Chief Justice Roberts, the Supreme Court ruled in King v.

The Supreme Court Fair Housing Ruling is a Civil Rights Victory
The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, just upheld the use of disparate impact claims under the 1968 Fair Housing Act, which bans housing discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin. This case ruled that a plaintiff does not need to prove intent to discriminate- a standard that is nearly impossible to meet.

Marc Benioff Wants Women to Have Equal Pay and Opportunity at Salesforce
Marc Benioff, the CEO of Salesforce, has laid out a plan to ensure equal pay and equal hiring at the global cloud-based software company. Women Surge, a new program he's instating, is aimed filling gendered gaps in pay and Salesforce's team, as well as pushing women into other opportunities such as leadership positions and important meetings. "My job is to make sure that women are treated 100 percent equally at Salesforce in pay, opportunity and advancement," Benioff said.

Confederate Flag Debate Intensifies in Wake of Charleston Shooting
Politicians, retailers, and activists are taking part in a push in South Carolina to have the Confederate flag removed from the grounds of the state Capitol.

Senate Narrowly Approves of Vote for Fast Tracking the TPP
The Senate voted this morning to advance consideration of trade promotion authority, also known as "fast track" authority, for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), barely getting the 60 votes necessary to continue the bill. The cloture vote, which was needed in order to proceed with a vote on fast track authority for the TPP, was narrowly passed at 60-37.

The Fifth Circuit Has Put Texas Abortion Clinics in Crisis
The US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to suspend a ruling upholding harmful anti-abortion provisions from June 9, despite an emergency request filed by women's health care providers asking the Court to "preserve abortion access for all Texas women." The Texas Appeals Court previously stated that forcing a woman seeking abortion care to leave the state does not pose undue burden.

Planned Parenthood Cleared to Apply for License in New Orleans
The Louisiana health department has allowed Planned Parenthood to apply for a license to provide abortion services in New Orleans, backtracking on a previous rule that barred the organization from opening a clinic in the city. In January, under the administration of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) issued a letter to Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast refusing to allow its new state of the art clinic in New Orleans to perform abortions on the legal "excuse" that it did not show a need for a new facility to perform abortions in Louisiana.

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