Teachers Face Backlash Over Black Lives Matter Posters

As the new school year begins in the midst of the pandemic, students and teachers are adjusting to a multitude of changes, with districts nationwide shifting to distance learning systems. But in addition to coping with remote instruction, many teachers are trying to address the summer of protests for racial justice in their classrooms. And some of them are being persecuted for it.

COVID-19 Vaccine: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know

Rather than coordinating a coherent, scientifically-based national strategy to combat the global, COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump is hedging his bets solely on the quick release and acceptance of a vaccine. There are lots of questions surrounding the potential of a COVID-19 vaccine, and some warranted concern for what to expect when options come along: How far are we from a vaccine? Will the vaccine be safe and effective? Will I be able to get the vaccine once it’s approved?

Let’s tackle some of the most common ones.

Age is More Than a Number: High Infant Mortality Among Births to Teen Mothers

Infants born to teens under age 19 are more likely to die in the first year of life, compared to those born to women over age 20, new data shows. There are clinical reasons why infants born to teen mothers have higher death rates in their first year. But, our policies and health care system also fall woefully short when it comes to making sure pregnant and parenting teens get the services they and their children need.

If we truly want to reduce deaths among infants born to teen mothers, here’s what we need to do.

The Educational Value of a Black Teacher

The coronavirus is offering a chance to ‘reimagine’ education, but if the new landscape doesn’t include efforts to recruit and retain more Black teachers, reform will be a farce.

If the purpose of education reform is to boost students’ academic outcomes, reduce suspensions, raise expectations, and even recruit (less racist) teachers into the profession, research suggests that increasing the number of Black teachers should be part of any serious strategy.

#MeToon: How Courageous Feminists United to Reshape the Animation Community

Fundamentally, the catalyst driving #MeToon was the group of courageous women who empowered one another to speak out.

#MeToon has not only advanced strategies for resisting the prevalence of sexual harassment in Hollywood, but also demonstrated how allies such as trade unions can actively promote social equality. Together, women and their allies drew a line—in bold—and the animation industry seems to be getting the picture.

Rabbi Hara Person: Why Progressive Faith Leaders Must Defend Reproductive Rights

Ms. recently spoke with Rabbi Hara Person—chief executive of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and self-proclaimed “reader, writer, feminist and challah-baker” —about politics, women’s rights, and the role of faith-based leaders in 2020.

“We need to make sure people hear that there is no such thing as the one religious perspective or the one faith perspective on reproductive rights—we need to say loudly and clearly that there is a progressive religious voice on these issues as well as the right wing religious voice that they regularly hear. “