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.
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.
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.
On the last day of arguments in the latest challenge to Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion law, Judge Lee Yeakel pushed lawyers both for the plaintiffs and the State of Texas to answer the key question posed in practically every abortion case since Roe v. Wade: “Exactly what is an undue burden?”
The stories of women who participated in focus groups led by SisterSong, included in a new report, convey the gross under-education and discriminatory treatment of Black women living in the South, in particular, where sexual and reproductive health education is nonexistent and stigma is rampant.
High-profile ultra-conservative Salvadoran right-to-life forces have launched a vicious attack in response to the slow but significant gains achieved by the Salvadoran feminist campaign to secure legal pardons for Las 17, the 17 Salvadoran women unjustly imprisoned on abortion-related charges.
The policy changes include a new payment plan option, expanded financial assistance, and measures to inform residents when their water may be turned off.
This November, Michigan residents will decide whether to cast their vote for Republican incumbent Rick Snyder or long-time Democratic politician Mark Schauer in the gubernatorial election. The candidates have already begun to spar over the economy, education, and public health in the state, which will all be central issues leading up to the November election.
Many have long argued that the “price” women must pay for a strong social safety net is a government that interferes with your reproductive choices. France is proving them wrong, dropping part of its paternalistic abortion laws.
McBride’s parents praised the jury’s verdict, saying that justice was served and that McBride’s shooting “was no accident.”