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California Legislature Votes to Ban Sterilization of Inmates

The bill was introduced early this year after the Center for Investigative Reporting found that women in California prisons were being sterilized under potentially illegal circumstances.

The bill was introduced early this year after the Center for Investigative Reporting found that women in California prisons were being sterilized under potentially illegal circumstances.

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Want Peace? Killing Black People Needs To Be Treated as a Crime

Michael Brown, 18, who was killed by a police officer in broad daylight on August 9 in Ferguson, Missouri.

Only when it is considered, in practice, a serious crime to kill a Black person will it be possible to have peace in the United States.

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The Media’s Role in Attaining Justice for Black and Missing Persons

When the media neglects to cover Black missing person stories, it is omitting the fact that people care about missing Black women and girls, and permitting the conditions for this toxic environment of invisibility and violent actions with no recourse to thrive.

When the media neglects to cover Black missing person stories, it is omitting the fact that people care about missing Black women and girls, and permitting the conditions for this toxic environment of invisibility and violent actions with no recourse to thrive.

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New Abortion Guidelines in Peru a Victory for Women and Girls, But More Work Ahead

Peru has finally issued national guidelines recognizing that women in the country have the right to therapeutic abortion, and outlining the Peruvian government's responsibility to secure this access. It is heartening to see such tireless work pay off, but the work isn't over.

Peru has finally issued national guidelines recognizing that women in the country have the right to therapeutic abortion, and outlining the Peruvian government’s responsibility to secure this access. It is heartening to see such tireless work pay off, but the work isn’t over.

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It’s Not Just Ferguson: Austin’s Problem With Police Brutality

While national attention is focused on the police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, researchers and advocates in different cities across the country are pointing out the obvious—this problem is larger than one town.

While national attention is focused on the police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, researchers and advocates in different cities across the country are pointing out the obvious—this problem is larger than one town.

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Peace, Organizing, and Outrage Mark ‘National Moment of Silence’ Vigils

Demonstrators gather at Meridian Hill Park (also known as Malcolm X Park) for a National Moment of Silence vigil in Washington, D.C.

Nationwide vigils for Michael Brown and other victims of police violence were a time for peaceful mourning, but not without moments of outrage.

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ACLU of Missouri Files Two Lawsuits Against Ferguson Police Department

The lawsuits seek the full incident report from the Michael Brown shooting and an order preventing the Ferguson, Missouri, police department from blocking citizens and the media from filming police activities.

The lawsuits seek the full incident report from the Michael Brown shooting and an order preventing the Ferguson, Missouri, police department from blocking citizens and the media from filming police activities.

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Obama Responds to Ferguson Unrest as Advocates Decry Police Violence (Updated)

Obama said that there is no excuse for violence against police or for vandalism and looting, but that there is also no excuse for using excessive force against peaceful protesters who are exercising their First Amendment rights.

Obama said that there is no excuse for violence against police or for vandalism and looting, but that there is also no excuse for using excessive force against peaceful protesters who are exercising their First Amendment rights.

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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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Texas Abortion Clinic Protesters Told to ‘Track License Plates’

Anti-choice groups trained future clinic protesters as a federal court heard arguments in a new lawsuit challenging Texas' omnibus anti-abortion law.

Anti-choice groups trained future clinic protesters as a federal court heard arguments in a new lawsuit challenging Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion law.

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