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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Affirmative Action Ban

Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Affirmative Action Ban

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld a Michigan state constitutional ban on affirmative action for women and minorities in public education, employment, and contracting.
US Ranks 16th in 2014 Social Progress Index

US Ranks 16th in 2014 Social Progress Index

The United States ranked particularly low in health and wellness, coming in at 70th place, and ecosystem sustainability, 69th place. In the category of access to basic knowledge, the US ranked 39th.
10-Year Old Girl Banned from Boys Basketball Team Will Now Play

10-Year Old Girl Banned from Boys Basketball Team Will Now Play

Last week, the New Mexico Select Youth Sport Club told Coach Frey that Jaelyn could not play with her team in the upcoming Southwest Salsa Slam basketball tournament - because she's a girl.
Report Details Dangerous Impacts of Climate Change

Report Details Dangerous Impacts of Climate Change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report last week detailing the risks people will face around the world as climate change worsens.
Senate Votes to Reauthorize Child Care Bill

Senate Votes to Reauthorize Child Care Bill

The Senate voted 96-2 last week to pass the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 (CCDBG), a federal grant program that provides child care assistance to families and funding for child care initiatives.
Marissa Alexander Now Faces Up To 60 Years in Prison

Marissa Alexander Now Faces Up To 60 Years in Prison

Alexander's initial sentence reflected three 20-year sentences served concurrently, but Florida state prosecutor Angela Corey will now seek to sentence Alexander to consecutive sentences totaling 60 years in prison.
Massachusetts Governor Issues Emergency Regulations Banning Shackling of Pregnant Inmates

Massachusetts Governor Issues Emergency Regulations Banning Shackling of Pregnant Inmates

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed emergency regulations last week banning the shackling of incarcerated pregnant women.
Chicago Archdiocese Documents Reveal Extensive Sexual Abuse Cover-Up

Chicago Archdiocese Documents Reveal Extensive Sexual Abuse Cover-Up

The documents show the lengths taken to protect priests, with complete disregard for the safety and well-being of abused children or those at risk.
Senate Confirms Two Women To DC Circuit Court

Senate Confirms Two Women To DC Circuit Court

The US Senate confirmed Patricia Millett and Nina Pillard to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit this week, making this the first time the court has had five active female judges.
Alabama's Harsh Anti-Immigration Law Permanently Blocked

Alabama’s Harsh Anti-Immigration Law Permanently Blocked

The provisions affected employment, education, transportation, and housing for undocumented immigrants.
Representatives Push President to Protect Detainees from Sexual Abuse

Representatives Push President to Protect Detainees from Sexual Abuse

A bipartisan group of 12 members of Congress are urging US President Barack Obama to issue stronger protections to prevent the sexual abuse of immigrant detainees in a newly-released letter.
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Whatever you need - be it a onesie for the newest feminist in the family, feminist post-it notes for your corner office, or even luggage tags or CDs for the trip home, we've got you covered. Who said you can't have it all?
Fast For Families Calls for Immigration Reform

Fast For Families Calls for Immigration Reform

The fast in Washington, DC is now in its fifteenth day.
College Students Charged With Hate Crimes Against Black Roommate

College Students Charged With Hate Crimes Against Black Roommate

Four San Jose State University students have been charged with misdemeanor hate-crime and battery for committing hate crimes against their 17 year-old black roommate.
NY Court Affirms Right of Pregnant Women to Move Freely

NY Court Affirms Right of Pregnant Women to Move Freely

Last week, the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division rejected a lower Family Court's ruling that a woman's decision to move across the country while pregnant was tantamount to "appropriation of the child while in utero"and therefore could bar her custody case from being heard in her new location.
Man Charged in Renisha McBride's Death

Man Charged in Renisha McBride’s Death

"We have issued these charges because we believe the evidence will show that self-defense was not warranted."
Survivors and Advocates Call on Congress to Pass Gun Law Reform

Survivors and Advocates Call on Congress to Pass Gun Law Reform

For many victims of domestic violence, whether their abusive partner has a gun or not is a question of life or death.
UN Human Rights Expert Urges US to End Prolonged Solitary Confinement

UN Human Rights Expert Urges US to End Prolonged Solitary Confinement

"The circumstances of the incarceration of the so-called Angola Three clearly show that the use of solitary confinement in the US penitentiary system goes far beyond what is acceptable under international human rights law," said Mendez.
Nearly 30 Million in Slavery Worldwide

Nearly 30 Million in Slavery Worldwide

"It would be comforting to think that slavery is a relic of history, but it remains a scar on humanity on every continent."
Majority of Public School Students in 17 U.S. States are Low-Income

Majority of Public School Students in 17 U.S. States are Low-Income

For the first time in 40 years, a majority of public school students throughout the Southern and Western United States are low-income.