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Meet the Koch Sisters

Joyce and Karen Koch are not related to the right-wing billionaire Koch brothers—David and Charles Koch—or to each other. The women say, however, that they are sisters where it counts: in spirit, in union solidarity, and in their shared values.

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Why Are Alameda County Jails Forcing Women to Take Pregnancy Tests?

No one can say for exactly how long Alameda County jails have been forcing arrested women to take pregnancy tests, and no one can really explain why.

For at least several years, Alameda County sheriffs and medical personnel have routinely conducted pregnancy tests on thousands of prisoners, old and young, fertile and sterile, willing or not. It’s a practice that isn’t shared by any other jails in California. No one can say for exactly how long Alameda County jails have been forcing arrested women to take pregnancy tests, and no one can really explain why.

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Excuses for Anti-Choice and Misogynist Harassment Grow Flimsier

The circle of victims of misogynist harassment is getting bigger, and the Supreme Court is playing a role.

The circle of victims of misogynist harassment is getting bigger, and the Supreme Court is playing a role.

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Black Gay Male Criminalization and the Case of Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson, a college wrestler who's been charged with "recklessly infecting another with HIV," offers us a lens through which to examine how Black gay men are particularly vulnerable to HIV criminalization.

Johnson, a college wrestler who’s been charged with “recklessly infecting another with HIV,” offers us a lens through which to examine how Black gay men are particularly vulnerable to HIV criminalization.

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More Than ‘Just Women’s Issues’ in Moral Week of Action

Moral Week of Action demonstrators gather in front of the office of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory.

August 26 was Women’s Equality Day. But true to the spirit of Moral Mondays leader Rev. William Barber’s “moral fusion movement,” the discussion of “women’s issues” wasn’t limited to abortion or birth control.

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Women’s Equality Day Comes to North Carolina, Amid the Moral Week of Action

Organizers thought it was important to incorporate Women's Equality Day in the Moral Week of Action since many of the policies at issue, including the state's recent voter identification law, adversely affect women.

Organizers thought it was important to incorporate Women’s Equality Day in the Moral Week of Action since many of the policies at issue, including the state’s recent voter identification law, adversely affect women.

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Students Walk Out With Their Hands Up to Protest Michael Brown Shooting

A Syracuse University student at a Monday #HandsUpWalkOut event on the steps of Hendricks Chapel.

Hundreds of students at around ten colleges walked out of class in solidarity on Monday, expressing their anger at the lack of justice for Brown and the other young people of color killed in police shootings.

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‘Moral Mondays’ Movement Expands to 12 States for ‘Moral Week of Action’

Rev. Dr. William Barber speaking at a Moral Monday rally

Starting on Friday, August 22, a broad coalition of faith, labor, and social justice organizations will hold events in 12 mostly Southern states with a different social justice theme every day.

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The Evidence Is In: Decriminalizing Sex Work Is Critical to Public Health

Why are researchers only just beginning to recognize the connection between the decriminalization of sex work and HIV? And why is the trend toward criminalizing populations involved in the sex trades increasing in the United States—moving in the opposite direction from other countries?

Why are researchers only just beginning to recognize the connection between the decriminalization of sex work and HIV? And why is the trend toward criminalizing populations involved in the sex trades increasing in the United States—moving in the opposite direction from other countries?

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Detroit Mayor Unveils New Plan to Address Water Shutoffs

The policy changes include a new payment plan option, expanded financial assistance, and measures to inform residents when their water may be turned off.

The policy changes include a new payment plan option, expanded financial assistance, and measures to inform residents when their water may be turned off.

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