· · · · · 

Low-Income Communities Are Disproportionately Put at Risk for Health Problems

Exposure to pollution appears to be increasing the risk of acquired and congenital disabilities in low-income neighborhoods, a problem which is then compounded by poor access to health care—yet few are fighting to address it on a policy level.

Exposure to pollution appears to be increasing the risk of acquired and congenital disabilities in low-income neighborhoods, a problem which is then compounded by poor access to health care—yet few are fighting to address it on a policy level.

· · · · · 

It’s Not Helpful to Tell Indiana Residents to ‘Just Move to a Blue State’

There’s certainly a lot to be unhappy with Indiana’s government right now. But the way progressives are reacting displays how comfortable people in blue states are with making counterproductive, harmful assumptions about more conservative regions.

There’s certainly a lot to be unhappy with Indiana’s government right now. But the way progressives are reacting displays how comfortable people in blue states are with making counterproductive, harmful assumptions about more conservative regions.

· · · · · 

New York Legislators Move to Strengthen Abortion Rights

New York state lawmakers are moving forward with legislation to codify a person’s right to abortion, moving state law in line with the federal standard outlined in Roe v. Wade.

New York state lawmakers are moving forward with legislation to codify a person’s right to abortion, moving state law in line with the federal standard outlined in Roe v. Wade.

· · · · · 

New York Restaurant Workers Face Lower Tips, Still Not Enough Wages

New York tipped workers will soon see a substantial wage increase, but the increase is not nearly enough to raise more workers out of poverty, to compensate their labor fairly, and to reduce the pressure to tolerate hostile work environments or else lose out on tips.

New York tipped workers will soon see a substantial wage increase, but the increase is not nearly enough to raise more workers out of poverty, to compensate their labor fairly, and to reduce the pressure to tolerate hostile work environments or else lose out on tips.

· · · · · 

Papa John’s Once Again Pays for Wage Theft Practices

The order is the second against a Papa John's franchise owner for wage theft this year.

The order is the second against a Papa John’s franchise owner for wage theft this year.

· · · · · 

Savers Retail Chain Accused of Pregnancy Discrimination

A new discrimination charge filed with the EEOC claims the retailer has a pattern and practice of discriminating against pregnant employees.

A new discrimination charge filed with the EEOC claims the retailer has a pattern and practice of discriminating against pregnant employees.

· · · · · 

The Stomach’s Not Connected to the Uterus—But Some Kids (and Lawmakers) Might Really Think It Is

A lack of understanding of basic anatomy can have enormous consequences on both a personal and legislative level.

As much as we may want to laugh about the possibility that Idaho state Rep. Vito Barbieri did not know that the uterus is not part of the digestive system, a lack of understanding of basic anatomy can have enormous consequences on both a personal and legislative level.

· · · · · 

Percy Sutton’s 1966 Abortion Rights Bill: Groundbreaking, But Often Unremembered

Though many remember New York's Percy Sutton as an investor, lawyer, and power broker, he also introduced the state's first bill that would have relaxed abortion restrictions—opening the door for the liberalization of New York's abortion laws before Roe v. Wade.

Though many remember New York’s Percy Sutton as an investor, lawyer, and power broker, he also introduced the state’s first bill that would have relaxed abortion restrictions—opening the door for the liberalization of New York’s abortion laws before Roe v. Wade.

· · · · · 

Report Finds ‘Shockingly Substandard’ Reproductive Health Care in New York Prisons

Members of the Coalition for Women Prisoners attend a rally for New York’s 2009 anti-shackling law.

The report details numerous violations of the state’s anti-shackling law, severely limited access to birth control, lack of trauma-informed clinical care, and a routine denial of basic hygiene items like sanitary napkins and toilet paper.

· · · · · 

Papa John’s Ordered to Pay Almost $800,000 in Wage Theft Case

The judgment is the latest victory against a fast food company for wage theft and another step in holding corporate owners legally liable for illegal acts of their franchise owners.

The judgment is the latest victory against a fast food company for wage theft and another step in holding corporate owners legally liable for illegal acts of their franchise owners.

· · · · ·