SCOTUS seems to have racist Arizona immigration law’s back

Yesterday, SB 1070 — the highly controversial Arizona law that would legalize racial profiling in the state — was challenged in the Supreme Court by the Obama administration. In the meantime, opponents and supporters mobilized outside to protest, and while supporters were outnumbered, they certainly made their stance clear:

Songs, chants and signs telling undocumented immigrants to “go back to your third-world armpit,” as well as woes of gang violence, terrorism and Obama’s birth certificate made a strong presence outside of the courthouse. In house, Chief Justice Roberts’ said to the Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. upfront:

“I just want to make clear what this law is not about…No part of your argument has to do with racial or ...

Yesterday, SB 1070 — the highly controversial Arizona law that would legalize racial profiling in the state — was challenged in the Supreme Court by the Obama administration. In the meantime, opponents and supporters mobilized outside to ...

Mississippi Governor: Democrats’ ‘one mission in life is to abort children’

Oh yes, he did:

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R), in defending his decision to sign a bill that could shut down Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, told conservative radio host Tony Perkins on Tuesday that Democrats’ “one mission in life is to abort children.”

“Even if you believe in abortion, the hypocrisy of the left that now tried to kill this bill, that says that I should have never signed it, the true hypocrisy is that their one mission in life is to abort children, is to kill children in the womb,” he said. “It doesn’t really matter, they don’t care if the mother’s life is in jeopardy, that if something goes wrong that a doctor can’t admit them to a ...

Oh yes, he did:

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R), in defending his decision to sign a bill that could shut down Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, told conservative radio host Tony Perkins on Tuesday that Democrats’ “one ...

Mad Men Midweek Fix: Far Away Places

Here we go with this week’s take on the latest Mad Men from the Feministing crew. This episode was pretty wild and got seriously intense. Let’s jump in and get discussing.

As always, tons of spoilers follow.

Peggy

I absolutely loved this episode. Coming off 4/20 I thought it was perfectly done. Peggy’s temper tantrum in the Heinz meeting made me cringe, first because I’m generally rooting for her but I felt that she came off as such a petulant sore loser in this scene, and then because I realized how much more willing I had been to accept such behavior from Don’s character than Peggy’s. #internalizedsexism -Lori

Peggy’s acting out–and with good reason. She works her butt off, she’s frustrated and she continues ...

Here we go with this week’s take on the latest Mad Men from the Feministing crew. This episode was pretty wild and got seriously intense. Let’s jump in and get discussing.

As always, tons of spoilers follow.

Peggy

I absolutely ...

Quick Hit: Toxic workplaces in the reproductive health, rights, and justice fields

Steph Herold has a brave and necessary piece at The Abortion Gang today about the reproductive health, rights, and justice movement’s dirty secret: we’re full of organizations that are toxic places to work.

A co-worker once told me that in her 10+ years of working in the reproductive health field, her peers in other movements validated time and again that our movement is the most fucked up. Not fucked up because we don’t have our hearts in the right place (we do) or because we don’t have science on our side (we do), but because of the way we treat each other, and the way our intra-movement politics operate.

In an effort to be less vague, let me make it painfully ...

Steph Herold has a brave and necessary piece at The Abortion Gang today about the reproductive health, rights, and justice movement’s dirty secret: we’re full of organizations that are toxic places to work.

A co-worker once told ...

Breaking barriers, Somali women run

The news from Somalia is often heartrending and horrible. The country is experiencing an unprecedented famine and a great deal of instability and violence.

But today, I bring you all some good news from Somalia. This year, for the first time, the Somali Athletics Federation will select one female runner from a field of 10 to compete in the 400-metres at the London Olympics.

From IRIN global news:

The youngest of those currently training in Mogadishu is Najma, 10. She started running six months ago, shortly after Al-Shabab left the city. “My father encouraged me,” said Najma.

She knows she is lucky – most girls in Somalia do not enjoy such freedom. The head coach of the Athletics Federation, Ahmed Ali Abikar, said it is ...

The news from Somalia is often heartrending and horrible. The country is experiencing an unprecedented famine and a great deal of instability and violence.

But today, I bring you all some good news from Somalia. This year, for the first ...

Today: Violence Against Women Act on Senate Floor

It’s that time again! Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee last month on a party-line vote.

The full Senate vote is happening NOW Senate is discussing reauthorization of the act NOW, and you can watch the Senate floor proceedings on the bill S1925 here.

At a time when the GOP is desperately trying to convince us that they do, in fact, care about women, and that they are not, in fact waging a war on us, VAWA reauthorization is a test. Many, including the VP and women Dems have called the Republicans out on their opposition to this bill, which was first passed in 1994 and has been reauthorized (each time ...

It’s that time again! Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee last month on a party-line vote.

The full Senate vote is happening NOW Senate is discussing reauthorization of ...

EEOC

EEOC covering gender identity discrimination is a big effing deal

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has ruled that employment discrimination based on gender identity is covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. From Metro Weekly:

The EEOC decision, issued without objection by the five-member, bipartisan commission, will apply to all EEOC enforcement and litigation activities at the commission and in its 53 field offices throughout the country. It also will be binding on all federal agencies and departments.

In the decision, the EEOC states, ”[T]he Commission hereby clarifies that claims of discrimination based on transgender status, also referred to as claims of discrimination based on gender identity, are cognizable under Title VII’s sex discrimination prohibition ….”

The EEOC released their decision in connection to the case of Mia Macy, ...

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has ruled that employment discrimination based on gender identity is covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. From Metro Weekly:

The EEOC decision, issued without objection by the five-member, ...

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