“When I listen to lawmakers demonize migrants and reduce them to numbers, I am reminded of the days I spent managing a migrant shelter in New Mexico and the people I met there. … I know from firsthand experience that the children and parents at our border right now are not national security threats. They are families faced with no good choices who made the incredibly tough decision to leave a dangerous situation for an equally dangerous journey in hope of finding safety.”
Protecting asylum seekers is a woman’s issue of the first order.
Asylum seekers in and of themselves are not a “crisis” for the U.S., nor is an increase in the flow of undocumented immigrants generally—as long as the resources are made available to humanely manage the flow of people.
The most widely cited statistic in this year’s voting rights debate is that 361 bills to restrict access to the polls have been proposed in 47 states. But the same progressive think tank that made that calculation has also tallied 843 bills that set out to expand voting access.
The For the People Act, if passed by the Senate and signed into law, will be the most expansive voting and civil rights legislation in a generation and is already the most consequential anti-corruption bill brought to the floor of the U.S. House.
The U.S. Delegation to CSW65 is a historic turning point in U.S. political leadership and marks the first time the U.S. will be represented at the session at the White House level, and the first time two women of color have co-led the delegation: Vice President Kamala Harris and U.N. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield.
Plus, meet the historic eight non-government advisors joining the U.S. Delegation who are changing the game.
On Wednesday, the U.S. House voted to remove an arbitrary timeline for Equal Rights Amendment’s ratification. Feminists celebrated the fact that the U.S. is one Senate floor vote away from adding the ERA into the Constitution, “so that the current generation and all future generations will not face persistent sex discrimination, but rather will have new opportunities under the law.”
Addressing a mostly virtual annual session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the U.N.’s key advocate and protector of women’s rights since 1947, Harris—the first woman to rise to the vice presidency—presented a broad view of rights and freedoms held by the Biden administration.
Two critically important women’s rights bills passed through the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday: the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).
On Thursday, President Joe Biden delivered two things. He signed into law the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, just one day after the House voted to pass the groundbreaking relief package.
But just as importantly, President Biden delivered hope as he called on the country to come together to fight the pandemic.
The American Rescue Plan goes beyond stimulus checks. It includes provisions for a variety of important feminist issues, including investments in the child care sector, child tax credits and education.