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Women Surge in Texas’s Congressional Primaries

On Tuesday, Texas was the first state to hold primary races in preparation for the November 2018 midterm elections. For the first time in 25 years, Democrats are running in all 36 of Texas’s congressional districts.

Supreme Court Declines to Hear DACA Case, Leaving it in Place for Now

President Trump set March 5 as the arbitrary end-date for the Differed Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, but a decision by the Supreme Court last week has left an injunction in place that keeps the program on life support for now.

Oregon Legislature Passes Strict Gun Law

Just one week after the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Oregon lawmakers passed a new gun control bill that bans domestic abusers from purchasing or owning firearms.

Black Women Gather to Create a New Political and Economic Agenda at First Power Rising Summit

Hundreds of Black women from across the country gathered last weekend in Atlanta at the inaugural Power Rising Summit to create and strategize around a new political and economic agenda centered on the needs, hopes, and aspirations of Black women.

State Department Report to Downplay Global Women’s Rights Violations

In the latest attack on women’s global health, officials at the United States State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor will curtail the section on women’s reproductive rights and family planning in the annual report on human rights.

Title VII Covers Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation Says Court

On Monday, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that sexual orientation is protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination against employees based on sex.

West Virginia Teachers Enter Third Day of Strikes

Teachers in West Virginia participated in a third day of strikes on Monday to demand higher salaries and better benefits, closing every public school in the state’s 55 counties and impacting nearly 277,000 students. This is the first ever state-wide teacher walk out.

Delegation of Afghan Women Discuss Country’s Progress

A delegation of eight high-ranking Afghan women officials visited Washington DC last week to discuss their country’s progress in women’s equality, fiscal reforms, peace efforts and foreign relations. The delegates included:

Austin Passes Mandatory Paid Sick Leave

Last week, the Austin City Council voted to become the first city in Texas, and the first in the entire South, to mandate that all employers offer paid sick leave. More than 200 people testified in favor of the measure, which received a final vote of 9-2.  

Supreme Court to Hear Major Labor Rights Case

This coming Monday the Supreme Court will hear one of the most important labor rights cases of the 21st century. The decision in Janus v. AFSCME will determine whether or not public sector unions can require public employees to pay “fair share fees”, even if the employee opts out of being a member of that...

Equal Pay Day for Asian American and Pacific Islander Women

Today is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Equal Pay Day, the day into 2018 that AAPI women would need to work to in order to earn the same amount that white men earned in 2017 alone. There are currently 10 million AAPI women, transgender, and gender non-conforming people living in the United States.

Assault Weapons Ban Gets Renewed Attention

Florida State Representatives rejected a proposal Tuesday to move forward with debate on a bill that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. The measure was rejected 36-71 as survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida watched on from the gallery in tears.

Students Demand Gun Reform, Condemn NRA Influence

Students across the country are demanding that politicians address the epidemic of gun violence and are calling out those who take money from the National Rifle Association (NRA) in exchange for silence and inaction. These actions come in the wake of last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, during...

Trump Administration Collaborated with Hate Group to Target Planned Parenthood Says Whistleblower

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) colluded with the national hate group Alliance Defending Freedom to rescind Obama-era Medicaid funding protections for Planned Parenthood and other women’s health centers, according to a letter written by Representative Elijah E. Cummings, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Trump Again Sabotages Senate Attempts to Pass an Immigration Bill

On Thursday, after voting on several immigration amendments, including a promising bi-partisan agreement, the Senate failed to pass any bill to protect recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program from deportation.