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Advocates: Don’t License Texas Detention Centers as Child-Care Facilities

Dozens of advocates gathered at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services on Wednesday for a public hearing regarding a proposed rule to license two family detention centers as child-care facilities.

Dozens of advocates gathered at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services on Wednesday for a public hearing regarding a proposed rule to license two family detention centers as child-care facilities.

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Transgender Student Maintains Locker Room Access in Illinois District

More than 600 people attended the emergency  board meeting to discuss an agreement that would allow a transgender student to use her gender-identified locker room. (Jenn Stanley/RH Reality Check)

Though the school district and the Department of Education reached a settlement, misunderstanding about the agreement led district officials to threaten to rescind it.

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Portland City Employees to Get Paid Parental Leave

Beginning January 1, paid time off will be available to Portland city employees for the birth, adoption, or fostering of a child. Workers had previously used vacation time and sick days, or took unpaid leave, a practice that left many new parents in a financial quandary.

Beginning January 1, paid time off will be available to Portland city employees for the birth, adoption, or fostering of a child. Workers had previously used vacation time and sick days, or took unpaid leave, a practice that left many new parents in a financial quandary.

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Illinois School District Reaches Controversial Agreement on Transgender Student’s Locker Room Access

The agreement with the Department of Education upholds the school district's controversial policy to allow a transgender student to use the locker room that matches her gender identity, but only if she changes behind a curtain.

The agreement with the Department of Education upholds the school district’s controversial policy to allow a transgender student to use the locker room that matches her gender identity, but only if she changes behind a curtain.

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Survey: Wage Theft Rampant in Twin Cities

In a report, 82 percent of low-wage workers in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area of Minnesota said they have to work at least two jobs to make ends meet. Sixty-four percent reported they worked when sick because they were denied paid time off.

In a report, 82 percent of low-wage workers in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area of Minnesota said they have to work at least two jobs to make ends meet. Sixty-four percent reported they worked when sick because they were denied paid time off.

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ICE Reverses Plan to Transfer Transgender Detainees to Remote Detention Center

The news comes on the heels of a months-long campaign, led by Immigration Equality, seeking to stop the transfer.

The news comes on the heels of a months-long campaign, led by Immigration Equality, seeking to stop the transfer.

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From ‘Her’ to ‘Bitch’: How Gendered Language Teaches Us Women Are Objects To Be Controlled

The practice of using feminine pronouns (often in a sexually suggestive way) to refer to things such as tools, cars, and even boats is fairly common—so common that many people do not stop to question what they are actually saying, which is that women are objects. This underlying message in our language is reflective of how our society treats women.

The practice of using feminine pronouns (often in a sexually suggestive way) to refer to things such as tools, cars, and even boats is fairly common—so common that many people do not stop to question what they are actually saying, which is that women are objects. This underlying message in our language is reflective of how our society treats women.

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Covenant House ‘Sleep Out’ Raises Awareness of Largely Invisible Issue: Youth Homelessness

Through the journey of two young women we can learn more about this largely invisible issue, how programs like the Covenant House empower youth to take control of their lives, and how we—those of us more fortunate—can help.

Through the journey of two young women we can learn more about this largely invisible issue, how programs like the Covenant House empower youth to take control of their lives, and how we—those of us more fortunate—can help.

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Study: Marriage Equality Has Boosted State and Local Economies by $813 Million

The study released last week by the Williams Institute also says that wedding spending generated an estimated $52 million in tax revenue.

The study released last week by the Williams Institute also says that wedding spending generated an estimated $52 million in tax revenue.

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When $7.25 an Hour Won’t Cut It: A War Veteran Shares His Story

He fought in Iraq, but back home, he's struggling to get by. Fight for $15 advocates that everyone be paid a decent wage.

Posted by Upworthy on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

At a wage board meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, an Iraq war veteran and KFC employee explains how though he takes great pride in his work, he can’t make enough money to take care of his family at his current hourly wage. “We want $15 [an hour], we need $15, we deserve $15,” Derrell Odom says.

 

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