Hundreds of University of Oregon educators are striking for paid sick and parental leave and fair wages, the result of a year-long negotiation process between a graduate employees’ union and the university administration, including its president, whose field of research is family sociology and who has published studies on the importance of paid family leave.
The fight for justice in this country is calling on us all to speak out about everyday discrimination. Whether you are in the midst of a struggle or are someone who just wants to help, YouTube personality Franchesca Ramsey has these tips on how to be a strong ally in this short video.
A new memo from the Department of Education clearly explains that schools cannot discriminate against transgender students on the basis of sex, and that, for the purpose of single-sex education, schools should treat these students based on their gender identity rather than the sex they were assigned at birth.
Over at Feministing, Suzanna Bobadilla reminds us of the power of song in trying times. In this performance of “Ella’s Song,” female a capella group Sweet Honey in the Rocks sings the words of civil rights leader Ella Baker: “We who believe in freedom cannot rest.”
Advocates in California are already looking for ways to expand health-care access to the immigrants newly protected from deportation following President Obama’s executive order on immigration.
Nearly two weeks after Brittany Maynard used Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act to end her life at the age of 29, the New Jersey General Assembly passed a similar aid in dying bill that gives terminally ill patients the right to help in precipitating their death.
Former football player Terry Crews discusses his book, Manhood: How to Be a Better Man – Or Just Live With One, and how feminism and gender equality helped him to become a better father and husband. He also explains how the “man code” is problematic. Some men might believe the code helps them “get” ladies, but “does it work when your daughter gets raped,” he asks. “Does [the man code] work when your mom gets abused?”
Like so many other Black mothers, my Thanksgiving day was marred by shadow over the failure of a grand jury to indict Darren Wilson. My feelings Thursday morning were more than just personal grief as a parent, though; they were also my outrage as a reproductive justice activist.
There are many, many people and organizations to whom I am deeply grateful and with which I feel blessed to be affiliated. Today, I want to give thanks to all of you.
With the recent campaign battle in mind, along with the countless other experiences I’ve had during my years of movement building work as a queer Latina activist, I’ve created a fusion of lessons learned from the past and advice for the fights of the future.