Keeping Score: Nancy Pelosi on ‘Fumigating’ the White House

In every issue of Ms., we track research on our progress in the fight for equality, catalogue can’t-miss quotes from feminist voices and keep tabs on the feminist movement’s many milestones. We’re Keeping Score online, too—in in this biweekly round-up.

This week: the death of civil rights activist and Congressman John Lewis; a pattern of misogyny among conservative thinkers; Rosie the Riveter is back at it; Greta Thunberg’s big donation; Army Reserve will be led by a woman for the first time ever; Cal State undergrads must take an ethnic studies or social justice class; Latinos became the largest group of accepted prospective freshmen at the University of California; women delaying pregnancy; and more.

5 Myths About the Protests in Portland

You’ve probably seen the images on TV or social media or in the newspaper. Portland is in chaos. Portland is being destroyed nightly by rioters and looters. According to right wing media, Portland needs federal intervention because local officials have lost control of the city.

But what’s actually happening on the ground in Portland?

Pearl Ricks: Race and Privilege are Major Gatekeepers to Abortion Care

The recent June Medical Services vs. Russo decision safeguarded the right to abortion access for vulnerable communities in Louisiana—but it was a small victory in the larger battle for abortion rights and access. Ms. talked to Pearl Ricks, Executive Director of the Reproductive Justice Action Collective, about the June Medical decision and the gatekeeping of abortion in the U.S.—and who it affects most.

“People in the South want to be able to access abortions—whether they ever get one in their lives or not. But who are the louder voices? Who are the ones most adamantly going out and voting?”

A Dangerous Pattern: How Immigrants Became Central to the Battle Over Congressional Reapportionment

In the administration’s latest attempt to influence the 2020 census and redefine who gets counted, a presidential memo signed on July 21, acts to selectively exclude unauthorized immigrants from being counted in congressional reapportion—weaponizing the census in a way that would only impact the allocation of congressional seats but maintain distribution of federal funding.
This would be the first time since 1790, when the U.S. census began, that non-citizens are excluded from official population counts used to apportion House seats.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown: “Trump Needs to Get His Officers Off the Streets”

Since their arrival in Portland, the federal officers deployed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have sparked national attention and outrage. The officers, along with the Trump administration, have entirely disregarded the desires of local officials, and have threatened the safety of numerous Portland protesters.

“We don’t have a secret police in this country. This is not a dictatorship” said Gov. Kate Brown (D-Ore.). “And Trump needs to get his officers off the streets.”

War on Women Report: Trump Wishes Sex Trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell Well

This week: Trump wishes Ghislaine Maxwell—a sex trafficker and close associate of Jeffrey Epstein—well. And says Epstein—a man accused of raping girls as young as 14 and operating a sex trafficking ring—is a “terrific guy” and “a lot of fun to be with.”

Republicans argue unemployment aid deters individuals from returning to work (at their jobs that no longer exist).

And Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) is retiring this year, leaving his misogynist comments as a final goodbye.

Here’s What You Need to Know About Recording the Police

As protesters continue to demand reform and accountability for officers, it is increasingly important and necessary to understand the legal right citizens and the press have to record and publish videos of police activities.

Cue: The NYU First Amendment Watch last month released “A Citizen’s Guide to Recording Police”—which breaks down the legal precedent behind our right to record law enforcement officers.

What’s at Stake: Your Family’s Child Care

About half of child care providers have been forced to close due to COVID-19, and many face the possibility of permanent closure. The COVID-19 pandemic could lead to a permanent loss of nearly 4.5 million child care slots, leaving millions of families without the child care they need to return to work.

Right now Congress is appropriating literally trillions to keep businesses afloat in a post-corona economy. Are families less important?