Today the U.S. Supreme Court made history, recognizing in Obergefell v. Hodges the constitutional right of same-sex couples to marry. NOW chapters and activists who have worked tirelessly for years to achieve this amazing milestone are celebrating with their allies in the LGBTQIA community.
Supreme Court Ruling in Affordable Care Act Case Means Millions will be able to Keep their Health Insurance
Access to healthcare is a fundamental human right. NOW will continue to work for a single-payer healthcare system — the common sense solution that would guarantee healthcare for all.
It’s important to recognize that this was an act of racial terrorism, and tragically it did not occur in isolation.
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“It looks to me like there are more hurdles being put in front of this drug than there have been on drugs addressing male dysfunction,” Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, told The Washington Post after flibanserin was rejected a second time. “Obviously, everyone only wants drugs to get on the market if they are proven safe and effective. But we don’t want attitudes to get in the way of a good drug.”
Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, said she believed that Obama’s remark was “sexist” and belittling, that Obama “was trying to build up his own trustworthiness on this issue by convincing us that Senator Warren’s concerns are not to be taken seriously.”
The National Organization for Women’s New York chapter and Safe Horizon, the nation’s largest domestic violence victims group, condemned the show’s violence against women — a trend that includes anger from a prominent politician and some critics.
“Gratuitous rape scenes feed the rape culture,” said Sonia Ossorio, president of the NOW chapter, said on Tuesday. “HBO is guilty of this gratuity and of pornifying television in general.”
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All observers agree that fast track will soon become law, making it easier for President Barack Obama to pass the controversial trade pacts in the works with Pacific Rim nations and the European Union. That will be a serious setback to the movements for the environment, labor rights, and affordable pharmaceuticals, among others.
But after observing painful trade votes for more than 20 years, this one left me feeling that opponents should be holding their heads higher than ever before as they regroup for the next phase of the fight. Here are a few reasons why.
There is a moment in the McKinney, Texas pool party video that’s both horrifying and absurd: when Cpl. Eric Casebolt manhandles, violently restrains, then sits on top of an unarmed, 15-year-old, bikini-clad black girl as she cries for her mother.
The absurdity, of course, lies in how unnecessary and over-the-top Casebolt’s behavior is (earlier in the YouTube clip, he barrel rolls across a lawn for no reason in particular). But the horror emerges from the undertones of sexual violence in that instant. Casebolt pulls the girl by her hair, forces her face against the ground and presses his knee into her back — all while she pleads for him to stop. Here’s a grown man, forcing a young girl into submission against her will. The video acts as a prime example of the inherent reality of both physical and sexual harassment against black women and girls at the hands of cops.
Hundreds gathered on Monday evening outside a McKinney, Texas, elementary school to protest the treatment of black teenagers by one of the city’s police officers.
The officer, David Eric Casebolt, has been suspended pending an investigation by the McKinney Police Department. Many of the protesters, all of whom have likely seen Casebolt on video drawing his gun on children at a pool party, say he needs to lose his job.