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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.
Texas Voter ID Law Took Effect Yesterday

Texas Voter ID Law Took Effect Yesterday

A restrictive voter identification law took effect in Texas yesterday - the same day that early voting for the state's November 5 elections began - despite an ongoing lawsuit by the Department of Justice to stop it.
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.
Nationwide Immigration Reform Protests Continue

Nationwide Immigration Reform Protests Continue

Protests have been held in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Washington, among other states.
Roundup: It's (Still) Worldwide Breastfeeding Week!

Roundup: It’s (Still) Worldwide Breastfeeding Week!

Worldwide Breastfeeding Week ends today. Here's a roundup of resources and personal stories that came out of the celebration.
The Catholic Church Needs Women - And They're Not Alone

The Catholic Church Needs Women – And They’re Not Alone

Ultimately, if we really all are created in God’s image and equal in his eyes, all must be equal in representing him as faithful servants in his church—whichever that may be.
The System Has Failed: We Need to End Stand Your Ground

The System Has Failed: We Need to End Stand Your Ground

We stand with Marissa Alexander and support a broad repeal of Stand Your Ground laws in this country.
A Loss for Dolores Huerta, And the World

A Loss for Dolores Huerta, And the World

By Eleanor Smeal I was distraught to learn last night of the unexpected death of Richard Estrada Chavez, the life partner of my dear friend Dolores Huerta, who serves on the Feminist Majority Foundation board of directors. Richard was the younger brother of Cesar Chavez, who cofounded the United Farm Workers (UFW) with Dolores. Richard...
Betty Ford, champion of women's rights

Betty Ford, champion of women’s rights

I will never forget the day in 1981 that I asked Betty Ford to be an honorary co-chair with Alan Alda of the Equal Rights Amendment Countdown Campaign. I thought it would be a long, involved process. But she said almost immediately that she would be honored to do so. At the time Betty Ford,...
Getting Past "Buy Green" on Earth Day

Getting Past “Buy Green” on Earth Day

On Earth Day, it’s not uncommon to see “Go Green” posters and signs around town, but it feels like more and more we are seeing this slogan in stores, with “green” products or all kinds being sold everywhere you look. Consumerism-masked-as-environmentalism seems to be at an all-time high, where the word green is no longer...
Military Commission To Recommend Dropping Combat Restrictions for Women

Military Commission To Recommend Dropping Combat Restrictions for Women

The Military Leadership Diversity Commission announced plans to recommend that the Pentagon change its policies to allow women in combat. The Commission, established by Congress in 2009, is comprised of senior retired and active military officers. Members of the Commission stated that the report will be given to Congress and the White House by March....