Posts Categorized: Legislation

Kavanaugh: A Threat to Women and Our Constitutional Right to Privacy

The danger that Judge Brett Kavanaugh poses to reproductive health and freedom in the United States cannot be overstated. It cannot be over-publicized, over-discussed, over-analyzed, or over-protested. His nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States will not only threaten the rights of women to control our own bodies but ultimately endanger our health… Read more »

Paid Family Leave Only Works When it Works for All Families

By Hannah Tennies, National Action Program Intern Growing up in a household with a single mother means that time off is hard to come by, let alone paid time off. Without federal Paid Family and Medical Leave only about 13% of private sector workers have access to paid leave in the United States (“The Economics… Read more »

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 »