Courts

New York Attorney General Seeks to Dissolve the NRA, Citing Fraud and Abuse

Following an 18-month investigation into the National Rifle Association (NRA), New York Attorney General Letitia James took action on Thursday to dissolve the organization, which she argued is “fraught with fraud and abuse.” In a press conference, James announced that she was filing a lawsuit against the NRA along with four individuals affiliated with the […]

Activism Police

18-Year-Old Transgender Activist Pulled Into Unmarked Van by NYPD

A popular video of an unmarked Kia minivan stopping near a protest against the New York City Police Department (NYPD) shows a group of plainclothes officers using physical force to push a protester down to the pavement and shoving her into the unmarked car.  The protester, named Nikki Stone is an eighteen-year-old transgender woman who […]

Other Issues

Muslim Woman Files Lawsuit After Being Forced to Remove Her Hijab Upon Arrest

Ahmed Mohamed, a litigation director at the Council on American-Islamic Relations of New York (CAIR NY) is filing a class-action lawsuit on behalf of individuals who have been forced to remove their religious head coverings upon arrest. At the center of the lawsuit is Ihsan Malkawi, a Muslim woman alleging that police in New York […]

Courts LGBTQ

Transgender Minors in NY Now Allowed to Change Their Gender Marker

Transgender individuals born in New York can now change their gender marker on their birth certificate before their 18th birthday thanks to a lawsuit by a 14-year-old trans boy, known only as M.H.W.   “Effective immediately, transgender individuals born in New York will have the right to make this deeply personal decision without the government’s […]

Violence Against Women

Survivors Still Seek Justice Against Jeffery Epstein, Turn to Civil Suits

This past weekend, Jeffery Epstein, who was convicted of prostitution charges and was recently charged for sex-trafficking, was found dead by apparent suicide in federal jail; however, accusers are still seeking justice through civil cases against Epstein’s estate. Geoffery S. Berman, chief federal prosecutor in Manhattan, ensured the public that the investigation will continue. He […]

Uncategorized

New York Strengthens Sexual Harassment Laws

On Wednesday, the New York state legislature passed landmark legislation that provide stronger protections for survivors of sexual harassment, making it easier to bring sexual harassment claims forward. Governor Cuomo has promised to sign both bills into law. The first of the two bills removes the standard that harassment in the workplace must be “severe […]

Abortion Reproductive Rights

Rhode Island Codifies Rights Granted under Roe v. Wade

Rhode Island governor Gina Raimondo signed the Reproductive Privacy Act (RPA) into law, a monumental moment for the protection of abortion rights in the state. The bill codifies the privacy rights that were established in Roe v. Wade, meaning that if Roe were to be overturned on the federal level, citizens of Rhode Island would […]

Reproductive Rights

VA House of Delegates Table Abortion Bill That Loosens Restrictions on Late-Term Abortions

A proposed Virginia bill meant to loosen several restrictions on abortions, such as eliminating any procedures and processes required that affect a woman’s informed consent, and easing late-term abortion requirements, was tabled by a subcommittee after videos of Del. Kathy Tran defending the bill went viral. Del. Kathy Tran’s remarks went viral after she said […]

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New York Passes Child Victims Act, Extending Time Child Sexual Abuse Victims Can Sue

The New York State Legislature passed the Child Victims Act, which greatly extends the statute of limitations for victims of child sexual abuse to sue both criminally and civilly, ending one of the most restrictive time limits in the nation. The new law allows victims of childhood sexual abuse to take action against their abusers […]

Education

4 Young Girls Subjected to Strip Search in Binghamton, NY

Last Thursday, a school district in Binghamton, New York was accused of subjecting four 12-year old girls to strip searches; the allegations have united community members to call for the resignation of school employees involved in the strip search. The rallied community members called for the resignation of the school nurse and assistant principal at […]

Reproductive Rights

New York Passes Reproductive Health Act, protecting Abortion Rights

On Thursday, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York signed the Reproductive Health Act into law, providing protection against prosecution if an individual receives abortion care as well as expanding the availability of abortions. The law expands the criteria for receiving an abortion as well: the fetus is not viable; endangers the life of the mother; […]

Uncategorized

Federal Trial Reviews Trump Administration’s Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

A new federal trial began Tuesday in Maryland reviewing concerns that the inclusion of a citizenship question to the 2020 census will depress participation of households with noncitizens just a week after a federal judge in New York barred the Trump administration from adding the question to the survey. The same issue is also being […]

Politics

Feminist Candidates Find Support in Battleground Districts

A recent poll in eleven battleground districts, including districts in Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York, Arizona, and Minnesota, revealed that about half of voters support electing feminist candidates. In Kentucky’s sixth district, 47 percent of voters supported electing more feminist candidates, while more than 50 percent of voters supported feminist candidates in Pennsylvania, […]

Politics

Women Win Across the Country in 2018 Midterms

Women won more seats in Congress yesterday than ever before, with over 110 women elected, including the first Muslim women, first Native American women, and two women in their twenties. The women who were elected include the former Teacher of the Year, small business owners, former military helicopter pilots, activists, a former CIA officer, and […]

Politics

Voters Are Choosing Progressive Women of Color

Last week, near the end of a primary season marked by an unprecedented numbers of victories for progressive women of color, Ayanna Pressley won the Democratic primary for the 7th district of Massachusetts, unseating ten term incumbent Rep. Mike Capuano.

Uncategorized

New York Passes Landmark Child Marriage Ban

The New York State Legislature passed a bill last week prohibiting the marriage of minors under 17 and requiring those aged 17 to 18 to obtain court and parental approval of marriage.