Posts Categorized: Legislation

First Amendment Defense Act: A View on the “License to Discriminate” Hearing

By anonymous As a young queer person, two specific days stand out to me. Two major events in the last year have profoundly changed my life and how I live it. June 25, 2015 marked the day I was legally allowed to marry another person of the same gender via the Supreme Court ruling in… Read more »

Let’s Get Real About Gun Violence and Women

By Emily Imhoff, Policy and Grassroots Outreach Fellow When I moved to Washington D.C. from Ohio, close family members and friends became increasingly concerned about my safety. Ignorant of DC gun laws, a family for whom I regularly dog sit suggested I obtain my concealed carry license. One cousin joked over voicemail, “congrats on your… Read more »

“The Hunting Ground” Documentary And How Campus Sexual Assault Has Become Institutionalized

By Aurea Bolaños Perea, President’s Assistant Intern   In April I attended the screening of the documentary The Hunting Ground in Sacramento, where I was able to meet the producer of the film Amy Ziering, along with California State Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, Chair Assemblymember Cristina Garcia – who is also… Read more »

Politicizing Sexual Assault Awareness

Trigger warnings: sexual assault, rape, violence, suicide, harassment, sexual violence   Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is coming to a close. April is the designated month for sexual assault awareness, and yet not many Americans seem to be talking about it. In a time where politicians think rape is a component of a great party… Read more »

RFRA Laws Undermine Child Protection, DV and Civil Rights Laws

Indiana RFRA Law Inadequately Revised: You may have heard about the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (IRFRA), that many believe attempts to weaken progress the country has made towards equality. Disguised as a law to protect the freedom to exercise religion, the LGBTQIA issues with the original IRFRA have shown the country an even larger… Read more »

Wave of Harmful State Legislation Continues, but Some Good Bills Offered

835.  That is the number of anti-choice measures enacted in states between 1995 and 2014 according to NARAL Pro-Choice America’s 2014 report, “Who Decides?.” Last year alone, state legislators enacted 27 anti-choice measures across the nation. The trend is alarming and doesn’t look to be slowing down. [EDITOR’S NOTE: A guide to legislation recently introduced… Read more »

Sequestration: Another False Choice

Enough already about sequestration. The massive budget cuts that make up the looming sequester are self-imposed and, like last fall’s so-called “fiscal cliff,” present us with two bad alternatives for funding the United States government. This time the choices are: (a) across-the-board cuts in military and social spending with no tax increases; or (b) some… Read more »