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Woman in El Salvador Acquitted of Homicide Charges for Pregnancy Complications

Carmelina Pérez, a Honduran woman living in El Salvador, was sentenced to 30 years in prison in July 2014 after suffering what appeared to be a miscarriage. But last week, she was acquitted of all charges, setting a possible new precedent in the fight for reproductive justice in El Salvador.

Carmelina Pérez, a Honduran woman living in El Salvador, was sentenced to 30 years in prison in July 2014 after suffering what appeared to be a miscarriage. But last week, she was acquitted of all charges, setting a possible new precedent in the fight for reproductive justice in El Salvador.

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Maryland Republican Has Wanted to Strip ‘Rioters’ of Public Assistance Since 2012

While protests engulfed Baltimore after a young Black man suffered fatal injuries in police custody in April, a Maryland lawmaker suggested that the state should ban public assistance to those participating in the uprising, which he dubbed “thug nation.”

While protests engulfed Baltimore after a young Black man suffered fatal injuries in police custody in April, a Maryland lawmaker suggested that the state should ban public assistance to those participating in the uprising, which he dubbed “thug nation.”

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Did Walmart Close Stores to Retaliate Against Employees?

The union acting on behalf of fired Walmart workers in five states filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board accusing the retailer of retaliating against workers organizing for better pay and benefits.

The union acting on behalf of fired Walmart workers in five states filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board accusing the retailer of retaliating against workers organizing for better pay and benefits.

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A ‘New Low’? GOP Tries to Block D.C.’s New Reproductive Health Law

Republicans in Congress voted Tuesday to overturn a new law that would protect women in Washington, D.C., from being fired due to their reproductive health-care choices.

Republicans in Congress voted Tuesday to overturn a new law that would protect women in Washington, D.C., from being fired due to their reproductive health-care choices.

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‘Code: Debugging the Gender Gap’ (Trailer)

Code: Debugging the Gender Gap explores why there is a lack of women in computer science engineering and how the tech industry can do better.

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Names Do Hurt: The Case Against Using Derogatory Language to Describe People in Prison

Too often, news stories about people in prison or jail use dehumanizing language to describe those under government control. While this coverage draws attention to widespread abuses in the criminal justice system, it frequently undercuts the humanity of the people featured with derogatory phrases.

Too often, news stories about people in prison or jail use dehumanizing language to describe those under government control. The term “inmate” is the most pervasive of these words; it is widely used by judges, prison and jail officials and staff, and the media.

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Underpaid Working People Rally in ‘Fight for $15′ Campaign

Fast-food working people across the United States marched in protest Wednesday as part of the “Fight for $15″ campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and for the right to form a union. [via Democracy Now!]

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On Intersectionality and Pizza Rights: The World Could Use More Flavor

For those people who may not be familiar with intersectionality, comedian Akilah Hughes gives a brief lesson on intersectionality in feminism, using the delicious metaphor of cheese pizza versus deluxe pizza to talk about the importance of including all pizzas (that is, all women) in discussions around feminist issues.

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The Gender Wage Gap Is Not a Myth: ‘It Is Math’

On Equal Pay Day, advocates and women members of Congress said that pay discrimination is no accident.

On Equal Pay Day, advocates and women members of Congress said that pay discrimination is no accident.

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Melissa Harris-Perry Panel Discusses Petition Against ‘Conversion Therapy’

In response to the death of teenager Leelah Alcorn, who ended her own life after her parents forced her to undergo “conversion therapy,” a White House petition seeks to ban all uses of the discredited practice that attempts to change the sexual orientation of people. A recent Melissa Harris-Perry panel discussed the use of “conversion therapy” and its harmful effects. [via MSNBC]

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