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2/9/1996 - Clinton Vows Not to Order More B-2 Bombers

On Thursday, President Clinton ordered the military to not order any more B-2 "stealth" bombers because they are too costly and not needed for the nation's security. His decision came after reading a National Security Council review on the necessity of the bombers for national security, which advised that the money should be spent on more sophisticated cruise missiles and other bombers.

Some believe that the decision is motivated by the upcoming elections. California is a key state and also contains thousands of Northrop-Grumman Corp. jobs--the corporation that builds the new 20 bat-wing bomber.


2/9/1996 - Important Testimony Scheduled for Polsby Trial Today

The case of Dr. Maureen Polsby vs Donna Shalala, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, is being heard by Judge Chasanaw at the US Federal District Courthouse in Greenbelt, MD. Today, Dr. Jonathan Pinkis, former Chairman of Neurology at Georgetown, is scheduled to testify that Dr. Polsby is making up her claims of sexual harassment and in fact, it was she who came on to him. Dr. Tom Chase, Dr. Polsby's accused sexual harasser is also scheduled to be cross-examined today.

To find out daily information on the trial, you can call, 202-537-FIND.

Support Dr. Maureen Polsby in her fight for her rights in court.



2/8/1996 - Clinton Signs Telecommunications Bill into Law--Ignores Threat to Women's Lives

On Thursday February 8, President Clinton signed into law the Telecommunications Act which includes a clause that will create an on-line abortion ban. This Internet "gag rule" curtails the ability of women to share and exchange information on abortion and abortion services.

Feminist Majority Foundation President, Eleanor Smeal noted, "The Telecommunications Act is transforming the Internet from an information superhighway to an information roadblock invoked by high tech censorship. Ironically, just as more women's organizations and more women are going on-line, Congress is moving to criminalize women’s constitutional right to send and receive vital medical information."

Urge the President and the Attorney General to Enjoin Enforcement on the Internet Abortion Gag Rule

Urge your Representative to Support Rep. Schroeder’s Attempt to Amend the Telecommunications Act



2/8/1996 - Accused Sexual Harrasser in NIH Trial Takes Stand

The case of Dr. Maureen Polsby vs Donna Shalala, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, is being heard by Judge Chasanaw at the US Federal District Courthouse in Greenbelt, MD. Today, Dr. Tom Chase, the branch chief, is expected to take the stand. Dr. Chase is Dr. Polsby’s accused sexual harasser.

To find out daily information on the trial, you can call, 202-537-FIND.

Support Dr. Maureen Polsby in her fight for her rights in court.



2/7/1996 - Salvi Attempting To Prove Mental Instablity -- Throws Tantrum in Court

In an attempt to prove his insanity plea, Brookline shooter John Slavi, struggled and shouted while throwing over a table during his trial on Wednesday. He shouted for his right to speak with the press, declaring, This is unconstitutional. . . I have the right to speak to the people."

Even Judge Barbara Dortch-Okara noted that, Mr. Salvi is obviously playing to the camera."

Salvi is being tried for the murder of two women and the wounding of five other people during a shooting spree at two Boston area abortion clinics in December of 1994.


2/7/1996 - Expo '96 Reinvigorates Feminist Movement

Over 3,200 feminists converged on the Sheraton Washington Hotel February 2-4, for the first ever national feminist exposition. The Feminist Majority Foundation with 299 co-sponsoring organizations showed the nation that feminism is strong and growing. They also debunked the myth that today's young woman are not a supporter of this movement -- about 35% of the attendees were college and high school students.

Young and old gathered together to support issues such as affirmative action and sex discrimination , a feminist perspective to the budget, and voter education and mobilization for the upcoming election. Strategies to level the playing field for women were discussed and many new issue campaigns were launched by various organizations.


12/1/1995 - Women's Campaign to Defeat "CCRI" Launched

Campaign Exposes "No Women Need Apply Clause

Los Angeles -- More than 70 national and state women’s and civil rights
organizations joined an array of prominent women in business, law, medicine,
labor, education, sports and entertainment to launch the “Women Won’t Go
Back” Campaign to defeat the so-called California Civil Rights Initiative.
Campaign Co-Chairs Lorraine Sheinberg, Peg Yorkin, Chair of the Feminist
Majority, and Prema Mathai-Davis, National Executive Director of the YWCA of
the USA, announced today the formation of a statewide and national campaign
to save affirmative action, and expose an extreme and hidden section of the
CCRI which will expressly permit discrimination against women and girls.

“We are sounding the alarm today; the CCRI will not only gut affirmative
action for women and minorities in California, but will also destroy the very
foundation of California women’s rights law,” declared Eleanor Smeal,
president of the Feminist Majority: “This Campaign is significant not only
to California, but to the nation. The architects of the CCRI have introduced
similar language in 14 states and Congress. We must stop the CCRI in
California before it sweeps the nation.”

“The California Civil Rights Initiative means second class citizenship for
women and girls,” declared Prema Mathai-Davis, National Executive Director of
the YWCA of the USA. “For the first time in its 138 year history, the YWCA,
whose mission is to eliminate racism and sexism, has taken a position on a
ballot initiative because this is an emergency to save women’s rights and
civil rights. The YWCA urges California voters not to sign the CCRI
petitions.”

Leading constitutional law scholars Erwin Chmerinsky, USC School of Law,
and Laurie Levinson, Loyola Law School, discussed the impact of CCRI: “CCRI
will have a devastating impact on programs to remedy discrimination against
women and minorities. Gains of the past few years will be erased and
additional progress will be unlikely,” explained Professor Erwin Chemerinsky.
“I call ‘clause (c)’ the ‘No Women Need Apply’ clause. CCRI expressly
allows discrimination against women and girls in areas where it has never
been legally permitted. It will eviscerate the California constitution’s
current protection against gender discrimination, making it more difficult
for women to obtain legal protection,” added Professor Laurie Levenson.

“Working women everywhere in California will be hurt if CCRI passes,” said
Dolores Huerta, First Vice President of United Farm Workers, and spokesperson
for the Coalition of Labor Union Women. “California voters must understand
that women’s jobs and paychecks are on the line in this election.”

General Contractor Martha Diaz Aszkenazy observed, “With Wilson’s
roll-back of affirmative action, women construction owners are already seeing
cut-backs in bidding opportunities. If CCRI passes, the 6% of contracts that
women businesses currently get, will shrink to nothing. That’s why like many
other Republican women, not only will I be voting against CCRI, but I will be
working against CCRI.”

“This Campaign adds the voice of women to the campaigns already mobilized
in the African-American, Asian-Pacific American, and Latino communities,”
explained Connie Rice, Western Regional Counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense
and Educational Fund. “Together, we will stop the roll back of women’s
rights and civil rights.”

Andrea Van de Kamp, joined by young girls carrying signs reading “Give
Girls a Chance” and “Girls are Strong Too,” warned California voters, “Don’t
close the doors of opportunity on our daughters’ futures. We’ve come too
far. We won’t go back.”


10/31/1995 - Abortion Clinic Evicted From Building

Judge John DiNoto has ruled that a landlord may evict the Long Island Gynecological service. The lease permits abortions on the premises but, under new terms agreed to in January, the lease prohibits any activity that "jeopardizes the safety and prope rty of other tenants." Because many persons have violently attacked clinic members and other tenants, the landlord argued that the clinic violated the terms of their lease. Representative Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who sponsored the 1994 F.A.C.E. bill, c alled the ruling "mind-boggling" and said that, "It is going to have a profound effect on a woman's right to choose. These fringe pro-life groups found new ways to get rid of abortion clinics." The clinic plans to appeal the ruling.



10/31/1995 - Abortion Clinic Evicted From Building

Judge John DiNoto has ruled that a landlord may evict the Long Island Gynecological service. The lease permits abortions on the premises but, under new terms agreed to in January, the lease prohibits any activity that "jeopardizes the safety and prope rty of other tenants." Because many persons have violently attacked clinic members and other tenants, the landlord argued that the clinic violated the terms of their lease. Representative Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who sponsored the 1994 F.A.C.E. bill, c alled the ruling "mind-boggling" and said that, "It is going to have a profound effect on a woman's right to choose. These fringe pro-life groups found new ways to get rid of abortion clinics." The clinic plans to appeal the ruling.



10/31/1995 - New Details Released in Breast Implant Case

Judge Sam C. Point, Jr, who presides over the silicone breast implant case, released new details on Friday concerning the proposed settlement. The release includes proposals that would once again reduce the amount paid to the thousands of women injure d by the implants. Court officials also plan to increase scrutiny of possible fraud by doctors and patients. The released figures will likely disappoint many women because of the reduced rates. Many women have already signaled that instead of accepting the settlement they plan to pursue individual suits. Already, if all eligible women participate in the plan, the three companies involved -- Brisol-Myers Squibb, Baxter Healthcare, and 3M -- could pay anywhere from $2 to $3 billion dollars in damages.



10/31/1995 - New Details Released in Breast Implant Case

Judge Sam C. Point, Jr, who presides over the silicone breast implant case, released new details on Friday concerning the proposed settlement. The release includes proposals that would once again reduce the amount paid to the thousands of women injure d by the implants. Court officials also plan to increase scrutiny of possible fraud by doctors and patients. The released figures will likely disappoint many women because of the reduced rates. Many women have already signaled that instead of accepting the settlement they plan to pursue individual suits. Already, if all eligible women participate in the plan, the three companies involved -- Brisol-Myers Squibb, Baxter Healthcare, and 3M -- could pay anywhere from $2 to $3 billion dollars in damages.



10/31/1995 - Filipino Maid Sentenced to 100 Lashes and Year in Prison


A Filipino maid accused of killing her male employer received a sentence of 100 lashes, a year in prison, a monetary penalty and faces deportation. She had to agree to pay the victim's family 150,000 dirhams ($41,000) blood money in order for them to drop their insistence that the death penalty be carried out. In a United Arab Emirtes Jail, Filipino maid Sarah Balabagan pleaded for mercy from the lashes. Supporters plan to ask UAE President Sheikh Zaid bin Sultan al-Nahayan for her pardon. Balabaga n claims she acted in self-defense as her employer was raping her when she killed him.


10/30/1995 - Several-Hundred Million Dollar Suit Filed Against Anti-Abortion Organizations


The Legal Action for Reproductive Rights filed a several-hundred million dollar federal lawsuit on Thursday against American Coalition of Life Activists and Advocates for Life Ministries. The plaintiffs, filing in Portland, Oregon, allege that the anti-abortion organizations conducted a "campaign of terror and intimidation" that violated the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

The law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison is handling the plaintiff's case pro bono. Laura J. Allan, an attorney with the Feminist Majority Foundation, serves as "of counsel" in the case.



10/30/1995 - Clinton Administration to Conduct Welfare Study


At the behest of Senate Democrats, President Clinton has announced the launch of a new welfare study. The study will analyze how the Republican welfare plan adversely affects millions of children. Senator Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.) and eleven other Democrats alleged that the White House had conducted a study which showed that one million more children than originally estimated would fall into poverty if the Republican plan takes effect. In response, the Clinton Administration announced that the Department of Health and Human Services had indeed conducted a study in September. Furthermore, Office of Management and Budget Director Alice M. Rivlin announced that the administration plans to undertake a new analysis of the "impact of this bill on children leaving poverty."


10/30/1995 - Irvine Students Protesting End of Affirmative Action Arrested


Five persons were arrested while camping out and conducting a thirteen-day hunger strike protesting the Board of Regents' July 20th decision ending affirmative action for California universities, . The protesters at the University of California at Irvine campus were arrested, along with two supporters, for obstructing a police officer. The police moved in when the protesters stayed longer than their permit allowed.


10/30/1995 - Irvine Students Protesting End of Affirmative Action Arrested


Five persons were arrested while camping out and conducting a thirteen-day hunger strike protesting the Board of Regents' July 20th decision ending affirmative action for California universities, . The protesters at the University of California at Irvine campus were arrested, along with two supporters, for obstructing a police officer. The police moved in when the protesters stayed longer than their permit allowed.


10/30/1995 - Gingrinch Supports California's Anti-Affirmative Action Initiative

House Speaker Newt Gingrich announced on Friday his support for the anti-affirmative action initiative in California. Gingrich asserted, in a letter to Republican donors soliciting funds for the initiative, that the country must resolve the debate on affirmative action in favor of "individual rights over group rights." The initiative would place a state constitutional ban on gender and race preferences, which essentially eliminates any affirmative action programs for women and minorities.


10/30/1995 - Clinton Announces Refusal to Accept Current Budget in Radio Speech

President Clinton stated in his weekly radio address Saturday that, unless Republicans soften budget cuts in education and health care for the poor, "there is nothing more for us to talk about." His wording suggests that unless Republicans make changes to the current budget bill, Clinton plans to veto it. In response to Republican threats to refuse to raise the federal debt limit if Clinton vetoes the budget bill, he also commented that, "I'm not about to give into that kind of blackmail, so Congress should simply stop playing political games with the full faith and credit of the United States of America."


10/30/1995 - Wellesley Trains Women for Top-level Executive Positions

Wellesley has produced more top-level executive women than any other college, large or small. Seventy-five corporations recruit on its campus every year and strong networking amongt alumnae and students helps women gain entry into the nation's top firms. Of Fortune 500 companies, seventeen female directors graduated from Wellesley. And, of female senior executives, 1.8% graduated from Wellesley. A strong economics department also ensures that Wellesley women are overrepresented at the best business schools, such as Harvard's.

Some prominent Wellesley alumnae include: Laurel Cutler, the Vice-Chair of FCB/Leber-Katz; Lois Juliber, the President of Colgate North Ameirca; Jeanette Loeb, a partner at Golden, Sachs & Company; Ellen R. Marram, the President of Seagram Beverage group. Other Wellesley gradautes in senior business posts include: Ilene Beal, Executive Vice-President of BayBanks; Karen Crider, General Counsel of Stride Rite; and Nancy Lampton, Chief Executive of American Life and Accident Insurance Company of Kentucky.


10/27/1995 - Detroit Ordered to Distribute $10.8 Million to Over 890 Female Police Officers and Job Applicants

A federal judge has approved a plan for the distribution of $10.8 million to settle a sex-discrimination suit filed against Detroit's police department. Judge Paul Gadola's ruling ends a twenty-two year long suit which includes over 890 women who comp lained of systematic discrimination against a class of women. When the suit was filed in 1973, the department required female officers to receive at least two years of college training while it didn't require any college training for men. Female officer s also received less pay then the men and lost promotions because of their sex.


10/27/1995 - GAO Reports Finds Women Underrepresented at Four Federal Agencies

A new report from the General Accounting Office states that while women have made progress, they are still underrepresented at four departments -- the Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, Navy and State. The unequal representation is especially m anifest among the higher grades. The report concluded that, "In general, the relative numbers of women and minorities in each agency increased between 1984 and 1992. As of September 1992, however, certain EEO groups were still underrepresented on an ove rall basis and often underrepresented to a greater degree in key jobs when compared to the [civilian work force]." The report also concluded that the agencies fail to adequately analyze their recruitment, hiring and promotion procedures and thus do not i dentify the fundamental causes of underrepresentation. Neither the Office of Personnel Police officers in Maryland's Prince George's County who use racist or sexist language can now can now be fired, fined, or suspended, under a new policy that makes such offenses comparable in seriousness to police brutality. Police Chief John S. Farrell, responding to recent incidences of racism in his department, was quoted as saying he wanted to "send a clear message that this kind of conduct is absolutely unacceptable." The new policy applies to any incidences of demeaning, derogatory, or abusive lan guage relating to race, gender, or religion. Management nor the EEOC provide the oversight necessary to ensure that the agencies' affirmative employment programs correct the underrepresentation.



10/27/1995 - Maryland Police Chief Sends Message: Racism, Sexism Could Get You Fired

Police officers in Maryland's Prince George's County who use racist or sexist language can now can now be fired, fined, or suspended, under a new policy that makes such offenses comparable in seriousness to police brutality. Police Chief John S. Farrell, responding to recent incidences of racism in his department, was quoted as saying he wanted to "send a clear message that this kind of conduct is absolutely unacceptable." The new policy applies to any incidences of demeaning, derogatory, or abusive lan guage relating to race, gender, or religion.


10/26/1995 - Anti-Abortion Group Must Pay Doctor $8.6 Million in Damages

Three anti-abortion groups -- Operation Rescue, Missionaries to the Pre-Born, and the Dallas Pro-Life Action Network -- must pay a doctor $8.6 million in damages for harassing and trying to force him to stop performing abortions. A federal jury yester day ordered the payment to Dr. Tompkins who received harassment, abuse, stalking, telephone harassment and mail threats from the groups for over ten months. Eventually, Tompkins had to shut down his practice and move out of town.


10/26/1995 - House Lawmakers Refuse to Back Down on Welfare Cuts

House Republicans refuse to back down on provisions of the welfare reform bill which deny money to unwed teens who have children and which give states control of school lunch programs. The House and Senate, trying to come up with compromises on their differing versions of welfare reform, have had difficulty reaching consensus. House members opened negotiations by making changes to the Senate version, but not to the House version. The House did agree to provisions which would allow continued funding to teen mothers who stay in school. Democrats, however, criticized Republicans for refusing to accept parts of the Senate bill which exempt parents with infants from work requirements and provide money for child care and other issues.


10/26/1995 - Budget Cuts Threaten Mammography Research

Indiscriminate budget cuts threaten to eliminate research vital to improving mammography procedures. The Senate has proposed completely cutting funding for the Defense Department's Focused Research Initiative (FRI). The FRI includes a $4 million allo cation for the Stanford-Conductus project, which seeks to develop a cost-effective magnetic resonance imagining (MRI) technique for use in detecting breast cancer. Over 50,000 die annually from breast cancer.