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Today is Equal Pay Day

Today is Equal Pay Day, marking the point into the year 2017 that women in America need to work to in order to accumulate the same amount of income that men earned in 2016. The commemorative day is always held on a Tuesday to represent how far into the next week women must work to...

Gay Men in Chechnya Targeted by Police

The spokesperson for Kadyrov stated that the accusations made by the Novaya Gazeta were “absolute lies” and went on to claim that “you cannot detain and persecute people who simply do not exist in the republic.”

Senate Expected to Vote on Gorsuch Nomination Next Week

Thousands of grassroots activists and hundreds of civil rights, feminist, and other social justice organizations such as the Feminist Majority Foundation, NAACP, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the NOW, American Federation of Teachers, and Planned Parenthood Federation have publicly opposed Gorsuch due to his consistent rulings putting corporations above women, workers and everyday people.

North Carolina Lawmakers Roll Back Anti-LGBTQ Repeal Bill

The new bill, while repealing the language of HB2, does little to overhaul the harmful impact of the law. The North Carolina General Assembly will still have authority to pass laws over access to multi-stall restrooms and bar local governments from putting forward nondiscrimination ordinances until 2020.

Congress Guts Title X Funding Protections

On Thursday the Senate, using the Congressional Review Act, repealed a rule put in place by the Obama administration in December that blocked states from cutting off Title X funding to women’s health clinics that provide abortion services. The bill was already passed in the House of Representatives in February.

Calls for Federal Investigation Over Missing DC Girls

The Congressional Black Caucus penned a letter last week to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director James Comey asking for an investigation into the seemingly increasing number of children of color, particularly girls, who have gone missing this year in Washington D.C.

California Files Felony Charges Against Anti-Abortion Center for Medical Progress

On Tuesday California filed 15 felony charges against Sandra Merritt and David Daleiden, director of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), the anti-abortion group responsible for the discredited videos released last year that falsely accused Planned Parenthood of illegally selling fetal tissue.

GOP Healthcare Bill Fails, But Could Be Reintroduced

Last week the Republicans in Congress abandoned their plan to vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) for fear that they would not have enough votes within their own party for it to pass.

Nevada Becomes 36th State to Ratify the ERA

Today, Nevada became the 36th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), a federal Constitutional amendment that would prohibit sex discrimination and guarantee equal rights for women and girls.

Trump’s Budget Proposal Has Major Cuts to Fund Military Spending

In order to pay for some of his lofty campaign promises, the President has demonstrated a willingness to cut funding to everything from medical research to humanitarian aid to national programs that feed low-income children and the elderly.

Afghanistan’s First Female Orchestra

Named after a Persian literature goddess of music, the orchestra’s founder, Ahmed Naser Sarmast, hopes they can help revive Afghanistan’s rich musical tradition that has been muted after decades of war.

Congressional Budget Office Releases Analysis of ACA Repeal

By 2026, 52 million Americans would be without health insurance, an additional 24 million than the CBO projected would have coverage if the Affordable Care Act were to stay.

US Attorneys Ordered to Resign by Trump Administration

Contention began this past weekend when Preet Bharara, former US attorney for the Southern District of New York, was fired after refusing to submit his resignation.

Republicans Introduce the First ACA Repeal Bill

By Thursday it had been approved along party lines by the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.

Protesters March on White House to Demand an End to Trump Global Gag

On International Women’s Day, the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), in partnership with dozens of other organizations, marched on the White House to demand an end to President Trump’s expanded Global Gag Rule.

Supreme Court Sends Transgender Rights Case Back to Lower Court

On Monday the Supreme Court announced that they will no longer hear the case of transgender student Gavin Grimm, sending the case back to the appeal’s court for further consideration in light of the Trump administration’s rescinding of Title IX protections for transgender students.

Equal Rights Amendment One Step Closer to Passage in Nevada

On Thursday, the Nevada State Senate voted 13-8 to send Joint Resolution 2 to the majority-Democratic Assembly, where it is expected pass.

Trump Moves to End Clean Water Protections

On Tuesday, the same day the President addressed Congress and declared that he would “promote clean air and clean water,” Trump signed an executive order pushing the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to “review and reconsider” the Clean Water Rule.

Justice Department Withdraws Objection to Texas’ Voter ID Law

On Monday, the Justice Department withdrew its Obama era objection to Texas’ draconian voter ID law, claiming that the Department, now under President Trump and Attorney General Sessions, no longer believes the law was passed with discriminatory intent.

Planned Parenthood Medicaid Cuts Blocked by Texas Judge

U.S District Judge Sam Sparks ruled that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission provided no tangible evidence to warrant the funding ban.