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4/14/2015 - Democratic Senators Pushed for the Paycheck Fairness Act for Equal Pay Day
Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) joined Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and five Democratic women of the Senate today to urge Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act....

4/14/2015 - Afghan Woman Awarded International Women of Courage Award
Niloofar Rahmani, the first woman to serve in the Afghan military since the fall of the Taliban, was honored by the US State Department with the International Women of Courage Award last month. Rahmani was one of ten women recognized by the State Department for this prestigious award....

4/3/2015 - Malta Passes Law to Ban 'Normalization' Surgery on Intersex Infants, Allow Self-Determination of Gender
Malta's parliament just passed new legislation that allows self-determination of gender (with a simple process to legally change gender), and outlaws unnecessary surgery on intersex babies....

3/4/2015 - Obama Administration Announces Global Initiative for Girls' Education
The Obama Administration announced yesterday expanded efforts to help adolescent girls worldwide attend and complete school through an initiative called Let Girls Learn. According to a White House press release, the new effort will build on investments the US already has made in global primary school education and expand them to help adolescent girls complete their education....

2/18/2015 - New Bill Would Create a Registry of Military Sex Offenders
Due to loopholes in the system, many convicted sex offenders in the military are not registered as sex offenders when they complete their service....

2/6/2015 - Black Girls Matter: New Report Exposes Gendered and Racial Disparities in Education Too Often Erased
A new report outlines the obstacles facing Black girls in America's school systems - and demands that advocates, policymakers, and educators do better to foster safe spaces for Black girls to learn and grow. "Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected" was released yesterday by the African American Policy Forum (AAPF) and Columbia Law School's Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies....

2/5/2015 - FCC Chairman Proposes Strongest Ever Open Internet Protections

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler has penned an open letter proposing the strongest open Internet protections to-date.

"I am proposing that the FCC use its Title II authority to implement and enforce open internet protections," Wheeler in Wired Magazine yesterday....

2/2/2015 - Activist Monica Jones Can Now Appeal Her Conviction for
An Arizona appeals court Monday overruled an April verdict that found activist Monica Jones guilty of "walking while trans" in a case that highlighted police profiling of trans women of color. Jones, a transgender women of color who is known for organizing around sex workers' rights, was found guilty of "manifesting prosititution" by an Arizona judge last year because she accepted a ride with two undercover police officers in May 2013....

1/16/2015 - Two Fraternities Refuse to Comply With UVA's New Anti-Sexual Assault Regulations
Two fraternities at the University of Virginia have declined to sign on to new fraternity regulations put in place after a sexual assault scandal shook the campus. The University of Virginia last week announced new regulations governing Fraternal Organizations to enhance safety on campus, and required all organizations to sign onto new regulations by Jan 16....

1/9/2015 - Activists are Helping Texas Women Cross State Lines for Abortion Care
With Texas on the verge of shutting down all but 8 of the state's abortion clinics, activists are taking up a new method to increase access to clinics: bringing women across state lines. Texas abortion clinics have been under attack in recent years, significantly reducing women's access to comprehensive reproductive health care, largely due to HB 2, the Texas omnibus anti-abortion law that has forced 80 percent of abortion clinics in the state to close....

12/12/2014 - Senate Blocks Military Justice Improvement Act
The Senate denied a vote for the Military Justice Improvement Act yesterday, blocking the act for the second time this year. A bipartisan group of senators approached the senate floor yesterday to push for the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA), spearheaded by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)....

12/8/2014 - Pentagon Report Shows Continued Scourge of Military Sexual Assault
The Pentagon released new data last week on sexual assault in the military, showing a continued need for reform of the military justice system to help combat an epidemic that has gone virtually unabated over the past year. According to the the Pentagon report, prepared using data collected by the Rand Corporation, there were about 19,000 cases of sexual assault or unwanted sexual contact last year - over 50 cases a day....

12/8/2014 - Activists Demonstrate Outside TransPacific Partnership Negotiations
Workers, human rights advocates, environmental organizations, and consumer rights leaders rallied today in front of the Office of the US Trade Representative to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement, described as "a massive corporate power grab that would set rules governing roughly 40% of the global economy, with potentially dire consequences for the economy, environment and public health both at home and abroad." Negotiators on Sunday kicked off a week of closed-door meetings on the proposed free trade agreement in Washington, DC....

12/4/2014 - Protests Begin After Grand Jury Fails to Indict Police Officer in Choking Death of Eric Garner
A Staten Island grand jury Wednesday failed to indict the New York Police Department officer responsible for the choking death of 43-year-old Eric Garner, prompting mass protests throughout New York City and across the country. In July, several New York Police Department (NYPD) officers approached Garner, including two sergeants, on suspicion he'd been selling loose, untaxed cigarettes....

12/2/2014 - President Obama Meets with Ferguson Activists and Announces Policing Reforms
Following the non-indictment of former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, the White House announced a national plan for police reform. On Monday, President Barack Obama announced a plan that involves $75 million to equip 50,000 police officers with body cameras....

12/1/2014 - Protests of the Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Continued Across the Country Over the Holiday Weekend
Today marks a full week of national pop-up demonstrations protesting the Ferguson grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the officer responsible for the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday in more than 120 cities inside and outside of the US, thousands of local activists and allies spilled onto major highways and thoroughfares to demand that charges be brought against Wilson....

11/6/2014 - Minimum Wage Workers Across the Nation Won Raises on Election Day
Voters threw their weight behind state, county, and city referendums raising the minimum wage across seven states on Election Day Tuesday. 420,000 minimum wage workers in Alaska, Arkansas, South Dakota, and Nebraska can now expect a higher hourly beginning January 1, although many of the approved increases will happen gradually over the course of the next two years....

11/6/2014 - Election Day Decisions on Marijuana and Nonviolent Crimes Also Counter Racial Biases of War on Drugs
Voters in three states and Washington, DC made significant headway in ending criminalization of nonviolent and low-level drug offenses on Election Day....

10/30/2014 - UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case
The United Parcel Service (UPS) is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case. UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015....

10/27/2014 - Mullah Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Rape Under Afghanistan's EVAW Law
Judge Mohammad Suliman Rasuli sentenced Mullah Mohammad Amin - a religious leader from Afghanistan - to 20 years in prison Saturday for the rape of a 10-year-old girl in Kunduz province. Mullah Amin admitted to having sex with the girl, whose name has not been released, but claimed that the child had seduced him....

10/16/2014 - Prosecutors Claim South Carolina's Stand Your Ground Law Doesn't Apply to Domestic Violence Survivors
According to South Carolina prosecutors, the state's Stand Your Ground law, which allows people to use force to defend themselves when faced with "great bodily injury," is an unfit defense for domestic violence victims who live with their attackers....

10/8/2014 - Georgetown University Administrators Apologize for Shutting Down H*yas for Choice Protest
Georgetown University has formally apologized to students and alumni following a university police response to an off-campus H*yas for Choice protest last week that sparked outrage. On September 22, the Georgetown Department of Public Safety (DPS) forced the H*yas for Choice to relocate from an off-campus sidewalk, where they were "quietly presenting an alternative view" to the school's decision to grant an honorary degree to Washington, DC Archbishop Donald Wuerl....

10/2/2014 - Virginia Health Commissioner Recommends Amending State TRAP Law
Virginia Commissioner of Health Dr....

9/17/2014 - Despite Regulations Mortgage Lenders Still Discriminate Against Pregnant Borrowers
Pregnancy could be jeopardizing your chances of getting a new home, according to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In 2014 alone, HUD has launched 15 maternity leave discrimination investigations....

9/11/2014 - Senate Holds Hearing on Police Militarization One Month After Michael Brown's Death
Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) led an oversight hearing Tuesday in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee highlighting growing concerns about the militarization of state and local law enforcement agencies....